Gunawardena told committee chairman, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that it was a big question as to why the key government ally was avoiding the meeting, even as the JO which is against a new constitution was taking part.
Minister Mano Ganeshan noted it would be futile to discuss a new constitution which is being opposed by the SLFP.
JVP’s Anura Kumara Dissanayake and SLMC’s Rauff Hakeem agreed, with the latter stressing that a mere constitutional reform as demanded by the SLFP would be meaningless.
Gunawardena recalled a remark made by the PM that parliament should be informed that a new constitution was not possible as the SLFP was not cooperating.
Wickremesinghe intervened and said he would raise the matter with president Maithripala Sirisena and the opposition leader after the former returned from his Russia visit.