By Chaminda Perera
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party is to sign an MoU with the United National Party for the formation of a national government for a period of at least two years with the objective of solving burning issues faced by the country.
The SLFP Central Committee which met under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the latter’s official residence yesterday, approved the formation of a national government with the United National Party led United National Front for Good Governance which bagged 106 seats at the 2015 parliamentary election.
According to UPFA Acting General Secretary Professor Viswa Warnapala, a six member committee was appointed to discuss the formation of a national government.
The committee headed by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga also comprises former parliamentarians Nimal Siripala De Silva, Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Susil Premajayantha, Mahinda Samarasinghe and S.B. Dissanayake.
The committee was scheduled to meet yesterday evening too under the patronage of former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.
Political sources said that this committee has been tasked with reaching a consensus for the formation of a national government that will pave the way for solving the major issues faced by the country.
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga received a thunderous ovation as she entered the room where the Central Committee met. She appeared at the Central committee of the party after a lapse of 10 years.
Addressing the Central Committee meeting, a senior SLFP Central Committee member stated that divisions within the SLFP could have been averted, and party could have won the election, if a compromise candidate was named a prime ministerial aspirant .
Former Parliamentarians Dullus Alahapperuma, Kumara Welgama and Pavithra Wanniarachchi have vehemently opposed the formation of a national government.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been stressing on the need for forming a consensus government with the support of all parties represented in parliament to solve the major issues and face the challenges that lie ahead for the country.
Political sources said the committee headed by former President Kumaratunga met at the BMICH yesterday and their discussions focused on how the SLFP could make their contribution in forming a national government to solve issues of the country.