When Sri Lanka Mirror contacted him in this regard he said the UNP leadership or the MP are not of the view that a general election should be held prior to the presidential election.
However, he said there were indications that the President and Prime Minister would resolve their disagreements and continue with the government.
He said, “There are several views being expressed regarding the UNP candidate. However. We will decide on the most suitable candidate at the right time. The UNP presidential candidate will be revealed in the near future.
The Muslim ministers recently resigned and the Cabinet paper in this regard was published in the media. So now how can anyone claim that the Cabinet paper was not released? The government has no intention of lying or misleading the people. Our intention is to take the country forward in unity and peaceful coexistence.”
Ranil-Mahinda join to topple government
Meanwhile, the Leader revealed that discussions have been held between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesingne and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding the holding of a snap general election in order to overcome the uncertainty currently prevalent in the country, the Leader reported.
The discussion held over the telephone, had also touched on the decision taken by the President to boycott Cabinet sittings.
It is also revealed that the Opposition Leader had assured his support if the government proposes a snap election.
According to the provisions of the 19th Amendment, although the President does not have the power to dissolve parliament prior to the completion of 4 ½ years, it can be done through the passage of a proposal in parliament.
We are against that proposal – Government/Opposition backbenchers
However, when we contacted several government and opposition backbenchers regarding this matter, they claimed that they were unaware of such a proposal and if such a proposal is presented to parliament, they would oppose it.
The UNP backbenchers said it was not possible to suddenly go for a general election, while the opposition backbenchers were of the view that currently only the presidential election preparations have been done.