The Prime Minister’s Office has made arrangements to organize a banquet for the

United National Party (UNP) parliamentarians on Friday (23) in a bid to obstruct the parliamentarians from attending the rally organized by Minister Mangala Samaraweera in Matara in support of UNP Deputy Leader, Minister Sajith Premadasa’s candidacy at the presidential election on the same day, The Leader reliably learns.

The banquet is being organized under the guise of a celebration of the fourth anniversary of the United National Front (UNF) government. Interestingly, unlike during previous such functions, the Prime Minister’s Office has taken measures to invite the families of the parliamentarians as well.

However, UNP MPs who are attending the Matara rally have informed officials at the Prime Minister’s Office that the travel time between Colombo and Matara was only one hour and they would therefore participate in the banquet after attending the Matara rally.

The rally in Matara, which is being organized under the theme of “Sajith is coming,” is to commence at 3 p.m. on Friday (23) and is to be telecast live on Sirasa TV and Siyatha TV.

Mathata Sajith