The request came at a meeting of leaders of the two parties two days ago to discuss measures for the continuation of the government.
SLFP’s Mahinda Amaraweeera, Nimal Siripala de Silva and S.B. Dissanayake and UNP’s Kabir Hashim and Malik Samarawickrema were among those who attended the meeting.
The SLFP strongly requested the UNP to get the prime minister’s agreement to immediately remove the ministers accused of corruption.
However, the UNP responded that the PM would not agree to such a move.
A group of UNP deputy ministers asked the president recently to mediate to remove a minister from their party who was accused of serious abuse of state finances and resources,
The president said that as per the 19th amendment to the constitution and his agreement with the UNP, it was up to the PM to take a decision with regard to ministers’ subjects.