During the recent meeting of the Constituent Board, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and the SLFP group had protested against the word ‘Unitary’ being included, and accordingly the meeting had ended without consensus.
The SLFP had also not agreed to the abolition of the Executive Presidency.
Leave the government?
Meanwhile the group of SLFP Ministers had also met at the Parliament lobby recently and discussed that they need not be in the government for five years and it was their view that one party should rule the country.
Their opinion was that if they remain with the government for the duration of the five years, they would be rejected by the people at the next election. Hence, they have pointed out that there should be a change by the next budget.
The Unity Government UNP-SLFP MoU ends on August 21 this year.
However, the UNP and SLFP have decided to extend the term of the consensus government and include new conditions to the MoU to be signed between the two parties and discussions in this regard are currently underway, said SLFP General Secretary Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.