“The dinner was not to discuss politics but to mark the fourth anniversary of the Yahapalana Government,” United National Party (UNP) backbencher Hector Appuhamy, who attended both the Matara rally and the dinner at Temple Trees.
Galle District UNP MP Wijepala Hettiarachchi said MPs from the TNA as well as Ministers P. Digambaram and Rishad Bathiudeen were also present at Friday’s dinner. He too claimed no political discussions took place on the the occasion.
Last week, a TNA delegation led by its Leader R. Sampanthan met Premadasa at a dinner hosted by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera. The dinner was held at Minister Samaraweera’s Colombo residence on Wednesday (21 August) evening.
The dinner which was scheduled to begin at 8 pm, was delayed for a couple of hours and has gone on till past midnight.
It is also reported over 85 Ministers and MPs of United National Front have joined the dinner.
Along with the TNA Leader, Party Spokesperson M. A. Sumanthiran and Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) leader Mavai Senathirajah also took part in the dinner-meeting.
“It was a casual dinner, not an official meeting between the two parties. We talked about many things including the current deadlock of the new Constitution making process, solution for the ethnic issue and abolishing the executive presidency,” Senathirajah said.
While emphasising that the UNP is yet to make an official announcement over its Presidential candidate during discussion Senathirajah has also raised several issues with Mr. Premadasa.