Mar 04, 2019

No talks between Mahinda, JVP – Mahinda Yapa Featured

There will be no talks being held between Mahinda Rajapaksa and the JVP, UPFA-MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said.

Addressing a media briefing in Matara yesterday, he said no matter what the media reports, there have been no talks held between the JVP and Mahinda Rajapaksa do far and there is no plan for any talks in the future either.

Meanwhile, MP Wimal Weerawansa said that if Mahinda Rajapaksa agrees to the JVP’s 20th Amendment, he would resign from the Joint Opposition.

When the whole country is wanting Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who is within the Mahinda Rajapaksa camp, if the latter falls into the JVP trap to abolish the Executive Presidency, he and his party the National Freedom Front, would not hesitate a moment to leave the Mahinda camp, said Wimal Weerawansa addressing a public gathering held in Moratuwa recently.

“Mahinda is willing” – says JVP

However, the JVP claims that a meeting with Mahinda Rajapaksa is on the cards on March 6th.

Addressing a media briefing in Panadura, the JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath noted that during the meeting, measures needed for the abolishment of the Executive Presidency would be discussed.
“Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa had said that he was supportive of the abolishing of the Executive Presidency, He had said this was his wish in parliament two weeks ago. He said the same thing in 2005 and 2010. Therefore, we will discuss the current situation with Mahinda Rajapaksa,’ Herath further noted.

‘Agreeable, policy wise’ –says Mahinda

Meanwhile, expressing his views to the media yesterday, Mahinda Rajapaksa said although he endorsed such a move policy wise, the government does not possess a 2/3rd majority to pass such an amendment.

However, he said he would discuss the abolishment of the Executive Presidency with the JVP. He noted that as the Opposition Leader, it was his responsibility to discuss matters with the other opposition parties.