President Maithripala Sirisena’s attempt to speak with Mahinda Rajapaksa on the telephone and discuss current political issues ended in failure as the Former President had not come to the phone to talk because he was engaged in an important matter.
This had happened on Thursday February 15th 2018.
However Mahinda Rajapaksa who was too busy to talk to Maithripala Sirisena had on the same Thursday night telephoned Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on his own
When President Sirisena made the telephone call, Mahinda’s eldest son and Hambantota district MP Namal Rajapaksa had answered the phone and said his Father could not coome to the phone as he was “busy” over an imprtant matter.
Instead of talking to Mahinda President sirisena had to be content with talking to Namal alone.
These facts were revealed in the political column published in the “Sunday Times”newspaper of February 18th 2018. Relevant excerpts are –
“In a separate development, Rajapaksa also telephoned Premier Wickremesinghe. The conversation had related to current political developments”.
“The same Thursday night President Sirisena reached out to Mahinda Rajapaksa. He made a telephone call. It was, however, answered by the son Namal Rajapaksa MP. Rajapaksa Junior said his father was busy over some important matter and Sirisena spoke to Namal on issues related to SLPP support for a new SLFP Government and related matters”.