Opposition leaders to meet Prime Minister
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 06 July 2004, 20:14 GMT]
Leaders of joint opposition parties are scheduled to meet the Prime
Minister Mr.Mahinda Rajapakse of the minority ruling United People’s
Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government Thursday to discuss the possibility of
advancing the date of next session of the parliament, which is scheduled for 20 July, political sources said.
Leaders of the main opposition United National Party (UNP), Tamil National
Alliance (TNA), Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC),
Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and Upcountry peoples front (UPF) met Monday and
took this decision to meet the Prime Minister following the rejection of
their request by the government to advance the date of the next session of
the parliament at the meeting of party leaders held earlier on the day in
the Speaker's Chamber. Speaker Mr.W.J.M.Lokkubandara presided over the
meeting, the sources said.
Minister Mr.Jayaraj Fernandopulle who is the chief whip of the ruling UPFA
at the party leaders meeting opposed the move of the joint opposition to
advance the date of next session of parliament. The joint opposition has
claimed that it has the support of 114 parliamentarians in the 225-member
The joint opposition had failed to submit valid reason to advance the date
of the next session of parliament. The Speaker has no authority to advance
the date unless a request made by the Prime Minister, Mr.Jayaraj
Fernandopulle said at the party leaders' meeting, the sources said.