ustice and Buddha Sasana minister Dr. Wijedasa Rajapakshe is preparing to leave the UNP and join the join opposition, reports say. This follows a proposal by the prime minister that minister, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka be given an assistant leader position in the UNP. Party strongmen, including Rajapakshe, have strongly objected to the proposal.
The PM was to summon the party’s working committee to take a decision in this regard, but has now taken a step backward. The WC meeting is due to take place on the 08th.
Strongly criticizing the proposal, Rajapakshe has told his friends that he would leave the party if Fonseka was given an assistant leader position. He questioned as to how the ex-Army commander, who is without a strong vote base, could be given a top position when the UNP had many front-liners who make great commitments for the party.
Meanwhile, minister Rajapakshe’s daughter is to wed at Gangarama Vihara on Monday, with the president, PM, ex-president Rajapaksa and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as well as several JO MPs invited to attend. After his daughter’s wedding, Rajapakshe will take a decision with regard to his political future, political sources say.