Weerawansa Holds One On One Meeting With Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa To Iron Out Differences Within Ruling Camp

February 19, 2021

Minister Wimal Weerawansa has met Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for a one on one discussion in the wake of the recent controversy within the Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) over Weerawansa's statement on the party leadersjip.

A source familiar with the matter said the meeting between the Prime Minister and Weerawansa was held to iron out differences between the two party. It is learnt that the meeting was cordial and ended on an amicable note.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa, commenting on Weerawansa's remarks, recently said he understood the "essense" of the Minister's statement.

In an interview with a Sunday newspaper, Weerawansa said President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa should be made the leader of the SLPP without isolating him at the Presidential Secretariat. The statement, however, drew severe criticism from SLPP MPs who asserted that Weerawansa had no right to express opinion on the SLPP leadership as it was an internal matter of the party.

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