Govt constituent parties to meet President, PM
BY KUMUDU UPUL SHANTHA
Leaders of the SLPP’s constituent parties yesterday unanimously decided to hold discussions with both the President and the Prime Minister, in connection with the alleged handing over of 40 per cent of the Kerawalapitiya Power Plant to a US firm, and a few other pertinent issues.
Minister of Water Supply, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, speaking to the Media, following a meeting of the constituent parties of the SLPP coalition, stated that they were not yet certain who had signed the controversial agreement to hand over 40 per cent of the said Power Plant to the American firm. He remarked that mere signing of agreements on pieces of paper will not be valid or legal as all such agreements will need to be approved by the Cabinet before ratification in Parliament with a majority vote.
Nanayakkara noted that the aforesaid issue had only been discussed at the Cabinet fleetingly and affirmed that when the topic was broached several Ministers, including himself, had opposed it. He added that on 18 September leaders of a few constituent parties of the SLPP had met Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa to discuss the agreement in question.
The Minister observed that though the Minister of Finance had consented to certain issues contained in the agreement on the whole, there had not been a wider consensus pertaining to more complex issues among the leaders of the SLPP constituent parties.
Nanayakkara noted that hence they will be looking to sort out the complex issues contained in the agreement in discussion with both the President and the PM and pointed out that all leaders of the constituent parties of the SLPP will also be involved in it. Speaking to media, Minister Wimal Weerawansa said that the party leaders decided to hold discussion about this with the President and the Prime Minister.
Among those involved in the discussion held by the SLPP constituent parties yesterday, were leader of the DLF Vasudeva Nanayakkara, leader of the LSSP and SLPP National List MP Prof. Tissa Vitharana, State Minister and General Secretary of the SLFP Dayasiri Jayasekera, Sri Lanka Communist Party member DEW Gunasekera, its General Secretary Dr. G. Weerasinghe, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera of the AJP and head of the Yuthukama Organisation Gevindu Kumaratunga.