The closest such conflict is the criticising remarks made against the SLPP founder Basil Rajapaksa by the National Freedom Front Leader Wimal Weerawansa to the ‘Irida Lankadeepa’ newspaper.
Basil Rajapaksa had made a statement to last week’s Lankadeepa newspaper that there are no temporary stopovers in politics. Hence, Weerawansa had made the following remarks when he was asked for his response to this statement by journalist Prasanna Sanjeewa.
Is appointing Mahinda as PM a refuge?
“Some people see wrong things as temporary refuges. This is not a temporary refuge and cannot be branded as such. Us wanting to appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister, can it be referred to as a temporary refuge? Him being able to appoint the Cabinet of minister and run the country, how can that be a temporary refuge? Is keeping the power of the government and going for a presidential election, is this foolishness? Is preventing the country from disaster foolishness? Is allowing the country to suffer all possible destruction and waiting to take over the country once it has been completely ruined the intelligent thing to do?
Hence, if anyone sees the attempt to build the 113 members and take over power as a temporary refuge, then they are wrong. It differs how different people see different situations.
Somehow, we must demolish Ranil Wickremesinghe’s power. If they are forwarding any arguments, that is only to save him and nothing else.”
“Not ready to divert the target in another direction.”
Basil Rajapaksa noted that he is not prepared to divert the anti-government force in another direction by forming a caretaker government under President Maithripala Sirisena.
Expressing his views to last Sunday’s Lankadeepa newspaper he said, “My personal view is that there are no mid-way refuges. But the majority of them feel that under the current circumstances, such mid-way decisions have to be taken and there is a good possibility that we might have to take such decisions. I won’t challenge it. But I am not prepared to divert this target in another direction.”