A young UNP MP told Sri Lanka Mirror that president Sirisena also said that he would never backtrack on the step he had taken, and would not, under any circumstances, reappoint Wickremesinghe to the position.
That will not change even if he shows a parliamentary majority of 113 members, the president has insisted.
Addressing UPFA MPs at the Presidential Secretariat, he echoed the same sentiments, and said he would not hesitate to take other steps in the future, if needed.
He added that a House majority for the government was ready and would be shown when necessary.
UNP’s appointed MP Ven. Rathana Thera, who has extended support to the president, was a notable participant in the meeting.
Meanwhile, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has said he is willing to work with President Maithripala Sirisena if given a chance to prove his majority in Parliament.
On whether he could still work with the President, Mr. Wickremesinghe said: “I’ll have no problem working with him, that’s a question you must ask him. The Constitution doesn’t make provision for personal prejudices,” he said in an interview to The Hindu at Temple Trees.
Amid the persisting political crisis Mr. Wickremesinghe is optimistic about an early recall of Parliament.
“The Parliament’s power is supreme and that is what the Speaker has upheld,” he said, referring to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s statement on Monday, noting that Mr. Rajapaksa will not be recognised as PM until he wins a floor test.
“I am confident of having the numbers,” Mr. Wickremesinghe said, adding: “The fact that they are delaying the recall is because they don’t have the numbers.”