Political deal between Wimal and Basil might change the tone of Lions’ Roar, MP Harin reveals

Political deal between Wimal and Basil might change the tone of Lions’ Roar, MP Harin reveals

20 October 2020 09:09 am

A special discussion was carried out between Mr. Basil Rajapaksa and Minister Wimal Weerawansa at a party held in a residence belonging to one of the national list members of the Ruling Party, who, by reputation, is a famous political dealer, disclosed SJB MP Harin Fernando. 

Whether Minister Weerawansa's strong views against the 20th Amendment to the Constitution would remain unchanged would be revealed next Thursday, as the voting takes place, in compliance with what was discussed in the meeting, Fernando noted.

The SJB MP made this disclosure speaking to media yesterday (19) afternoon.

Fernando added: "We get to see that members within the Ruling Party, Wijedasa Rajapaksa, Vidura Wickramanayake and Wimal Weerawansa, are seemingly holding opinion against the 20A with a backbone. But we have to think now, whether these parties would behave the same in the Committee Stage. We would like to call them 'sir', if they can hold their spine and stand with people while standing on the side of the Ruling Party. To be a 'sir' is to be someone who thinks of people."

"But there may be a small problem," the SJB MP went on. "There is a 'Captain of Deals' in Sri Lankan politics. He [who was also mentioned in the argument whether the LTTE was financed] was out of scene lately. He had arranged a meeting between Mr. Basil Rajapaksa and Mr. Wimal Weerawansa at his house. Media should know this. There, a special discussion was carried out, as to how the 20A should be favoured."

In the revelation, MP Fernando added that they hope that Minister Weerawansa's views against the 20A - as if a Lion roars - would not be changed, when the voting takes place at 7.30 pm this Thursday, saying "We may have had political disagreements with Mr. Wimal Weerawansa, but his recent attitude towards the scenario made us feel a little proud. If he continues to speak fiercely and fight from the side of people, we will be proud of him." 

Therefore, these strong opinions against the 20A from the side of the Ruling Party cannot be scripted, the SJB MP emphasised, adding that even the clergy of the country stands with the opinion that 20A is not good. 

MP Harin Fernando also said that he will soon reveal how the ones who continue to 'roar' like Lions in the present had dealt with the 'dual citizen mastermind', adding whether their behaviour would be changed would be revealed this Thursday.