When the memorandum of understanding was signed between the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party prior to presidential election backing Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former President Maithripala Sirisena has posed two special conditions, sources disclosed.
Although he as the SLFP chairman cannot enter the conditions into the agreement, the former president has emphasized to the members of the Rajapaksa family that the two conditions have to be accepted in order to form a pact with the SLFP in the election, sources further disclosed.
The first condition was to let his brother Kumarasinghe Sirisena keep his job as chairman of the Sri Lanka Telecom.
The second was to continue the contracting of many state institutions including National Savings Bank with the advertising agency owned by his daughter Chathurika Sirisena under the new government with no changes.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has informed the Information and Communication Technology Minister Bandula Gunawardena at the time of his assumption of duties in the Ministry to allow the Chairman of the Telecom to remain in the position, according to sources.
Sirisena therefore even at the last moment of his tenure as President seems to have acted as a loving father and a brother, sparing the party's future.