Speaking further, the minister said that several members of the SJB have already met with Mr. Wickremesinghe.
Accordingly, in the future, Mr. Wickremesinghe will replace Mr. Premadasa as Opposition leader, he further noted.
Wijedasa to form a new party
Meanwhile, it is reported that several leading Buddhist monks and Wijedasa Rajapakshe have held several secret meetings at a leading temple in Colombo with the intention of forming a new political party targeting the upcoming elections.
Two prominent monks who backed the present government at the 2019 Presidential election and two other monks representing the opposition had spearheaded this move and are backed by a handful of powerful government stakeholders.