Amir Ali of minister Badurdeen’s group, who is to be appointed to parliament to fill the vacancy created following the resignation of national list government MP A.H.M. Azwer, is refusing to attend parliament until he is given a deputy ministerial portfolio, say government sources.
This group’s demand is that they would support the government only if they are given a MP position as well as a deputy ministerial portfolio.
However, following Buddhist extremist Bodu Bala Sena’s declaration that it would support the government, Amir’s supporters and mosque representatives have stressed that he should not go to parliament to support the government.
Yesterday (03) night, president Mahinda Rajapaksa held a crucial discussion with Risath Badurdeen and Amir at Temple Trees, where the president ruled out giving a deputy ministerial portfolio. After the meeting, Risath and Amir had met with minister Basil Rajapaksa and said they would support if they are given a deputy ministerial portfolio. Then, Basil has proposed that instead of a deputy ministerial portfolio, a sum of Rs. 50 million could be given. Risath and Amir have shown some agreement, but asked Basil to get that offer raised to Rs. 100 m. if Amir attends parliament, you will comprehend as to what actually had taken place.