This is taking place at a time when the SLFP is at talks to get ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa and other MPs in the joint opposition back to the party.
The aim of giving Kumaratunga, presently the Attanagalle organizer, an MP position is to negate the political imbalance that is likely in the party in the event Rajapaksa and others return to its ranks.
Appointed MP willing to resign
Already, a UPFA national list MP has expressed willingness to resign, paving the way for Kumaratunga’s entry.
Top figures in the UPFA are trying to lure Kumaratunga to enter parliamentary politics again.
A northern political party asked the president last week that her active participation is needed for the constitutional reform process.