The UNP Parliamentary group which met at Temple Trees unanimously agreed to form a UNP government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesimghe.
“If the SLFP doesn’t like the idea, they can pull out of the government. If the President doesn’t like the PM, he can step down too. But, the UNP is proceeding with its plan. We have a clear majority in Parliament at the moment and can form a government without a problem,” a Parliamentary group member of the party told Asian Mirror, soon after the meeting.
It is learnt that the conduct of the MTV/MBC Media Network has been heavily criticized by some MPs at the meeting.
They have said President Maithripala Sirisena is pushing for the Prime Minister’s resignation following its owner Killy Maharaja’s advice.
Many Parliamentary group members had categorically stated that only Prime Minister Wickremesinghe could hold the party together.
However, the formalities of forming a UNP government are yet to be discussed within he party, he said.
“For instance, according to the 19th Amendment to the constitution, the Cabinet must be reduced to 30 members. Only 40 state and deputy ministers will be allowed. We also have to finalize the working arrangements with the TNA and the SLFP MPs willing to cross over,” the MP explained.
TNA Promises To Support UNP Government Without Ministerial Posts: But Will Push For ‘Progressive’ Reforms
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has agreed to support a United National Party government without demanding any ministerial portfolios, informed political sources told Asian Mirror.
The TNA has 16 MPs in Parliament and they will support the UNP, which has 106 seats, to form a majority government.
Although the TNA will not accept ministerial portfolios, the party will pressurize the government to bring about ‘progressive reforms’ in terms of reconciliation and accountability.
In such an event, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan is likely to lose his position as the Opposition Leader.
This is in addition to the group of SLFP MPs who have promised to cross over to the UNP in the coming days, our sources added.