Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has summoned all 225 members of the former parliament on Monday (04) to Temple Trees, sources from the Prime Minister's Office said.
Sources further said that the Prime Minister is engaged in discussions with the other party leaders who represented the former parliament.


The Premier's decision to summon all former parliamentarians comes in the wake of opposition parties urging the President to reconvene parliament so that the country could resolve any issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in a constitutional manner.   

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to get the views of the former members of the House regarding the current situation in the country at this meeting. 

However, the president and the caretaker government have firmly decided not to reconvene the parliament.

The five year term of the previous parliament was slated to end on 01 September 2020.

However, completely ignoring the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic throughout the world, the President using the powers vested upon him as per the constitution, dissolved the Parliament by a gazette notification on 02 March 2020.

Basil keeps forging ahead after taking obstacles as challenges

Meanwhile, Prof. Ranjith Bandara said that former Minister Basil Rajapaksa, the founder of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), who is also in charge of the Presidential Task Force for Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication, is moving forward showing strong leadership qualities.

He made this observation on a note posted on his Facebook page.