The Working Committee of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has decided to conditionally accept an invitation by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for talks.
Over a phone call, the President had invited the SJB leader and opposition leader – Sajith Premadasa for discussions.
According to media reports, a majority of MPs at the Working Committee meeting had urged Mr. Premadasa not to go in for discussions with the President.
According to sources from the Presidential Secretariat, a clearly miffed President had inquired from Mr. Premadasa why they opposed the organic fertilizer initiative. To this, Mr. Premadasa has said that although they do not oppose the idea itself, they had only opposed this based on the contents of a report published in this regard.
Following the phone call to Mr. Premadasa, the President had then phoned the SJB General Secretary – Ranjith Maddumabandara.
‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ learns that the President has called Maddumabandara to tell him that relevant authorities were unable to find the report mentioned by Mr. Premadasa.