One plan is to get back the SLFP members who joined the UNP and another group of UNPers and topple the government with a majority 113.
In such a move the President had been told that not just the two of Thondaman’s Lanka Labour congress members, several others from the TNA, Muslim Congress and the All Ceylon Muslim Congress would also support the President.
At the October 26 incident when the President ousted the Prime Minister, several UNP members had been willing to support the President, a senior UNP member revealed. This time too, the President has been praising certain UNP ministers, it has been observed.
The other plan of the President is to seek Supreme Court clarification on his term, on the grounds that the Speaker had signed the 19th Amendment on May 15, 2015 and that his term should be calculated from that date. He intends doing this after the new Chief Justice is appointed.
If he receives the interpretation he anticipates, the 4 ½ year period when he could dissolve parliament would come in March 2020, prior to the end of his term.