He had made this suggestion at the UPFA group meeting held at the parliament complex yesterday.
During this meeting which was held under the patronage of Mahinda Rajapaksa, MP Dallas Alahapperuma had noted that at a time when the country and the people are facing a crisis, their seniors should come to a definite decision.
Internal protest against SB!
The statement made to the media on November 22 by S.B. Dissanayake of the group of 16 that he had suggested to the President to withdraw his decision to dissolve parliament and hold a general election and that he could withdraw the gazette notification issued in this regard, had come under severe criticism by the Mahinda faction.
Several MPs had criticised S.B. Dissanayake over his statement and Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and Dallas Alahapperuma had stressed the importance of all parties in the Maithri-Mahinda group, being in one view and staying united.
Can’t work with the flower bud – Amaraweera faction tells President!
Meanwhile, the General Secretary of the UPFA Mahinda Amaraweera and several others had met with the President on November 22 and explained to him the difficulty they face in working together with the SLPP group.
The SLFP National Organiser Duminda Dissanayake, Mahinda Samarasinghe and Dayasiri Jayasekara had also participated in this meeting.
They had told the President that in the face of pressure from the SLPP, their party is being weakened gradually, and had urged the President, as the leader of the party, to intervene in saving the party.
However, the President had assured that as long as he is in the party he would not allow the party to fall, notifying Amaraweera to explain to the SLFP members who joined the SLPP of the risk of losing their ministerial posts by their switch.