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The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has stressed that there should be no space for different factions within the government, political sources said, adding that SLPP National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa had already briefed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in this regard.
 
It is reported that Basil Rajapaksa has expressed his regret over the formation of a separate faction comprising 10 constituent parties of the ruling coalition led by the leader of the National Freedom Front and Industries Minister Wimal Weerawansa.


Furthermore, it is said that Basil Rajapaksa has requested the President to inform the group including Minister Wimal Weerawansa to refrain from forming separate factions in the government.

The sources also said that Basil Rajapaksa has cautioned the President that a government with a two-thirds majority should always act in unison and should not in any way allow moves to create factions within the government.


Wimal's team:

On January 30, the Leader of the National Freedom Front and Industries Minister Wimal Weerawansa met with the leaders of member parties of the SLPP to discuss the possibility of taking action against a cabinet paper on the sale of the Colombo Port's Eastern Container Terminal.

Minister Weerawansa had invited the leaders of 10 political parties for the discussion.

The General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Dayasiri Jayasekara, Leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Udaya Gammanpila, Leader of the New Democratic Left Front Vasudeva Nanayakkara, General Secretary of Lanka Sama Samaja Party Prof. Tissa Witharana, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka Dr. G. Weerasinghe, Leader of the Sri Lanka Mahajana Party Asanka Navaratne, Leader of the United People's Party Tiran Alles and representatives of the Eelam People's Democratic Party.

At the last cabinet meeting, Ministers Namal Rajapaksa, Johnston Fernando, Prasanna Ranatunga and Rohitha Abeygunawardena had castigated Wimal Weerawansa and the 'nationalist groups' affiliated to the government for their conduct during the ECT issue.