It is reported that the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake has been hampering Speaker Karu Jayasuriya of issuing the gazette notification to reconvene Parliament by presenting spurious legal arguments.
Parliamentary sources said that Dhammika Dasanayake, who is a close associate of the Rajapaksa family, had once personally looked into the meal arrangements of former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa when she visited Parliament.
It is also reported that the Speaker had been preparing to issue the gazette notification to reconvene Parliament today (04). Joint Opposition sources, however, said that a group led by Basil Rajapaksa had met Dasanayake last night and requested the Secretary General to delay the reconvening of Parliament.
The inability of the Maithri-Mahinda faction to muster the majority in Parliament has been identified as the reason for their request to delay the issuance of the gazette notification.
The Maithri-Mahinda faction has 104 members as of now but fears of certain SLFP MPs abstaining during the vote has led the conspirators of the coup to delay the convening of Parliament until they are able to secure the majority.
SLFP MP Lasantha Alagiyawanna is currently overseas while Duminda Dissanayaka, who was recently sworn in as a Cabinet Minister, has gone into hiding, SLFP sources said. Close associates of Duminda Dissanayake said that he, together with a few SLFP MPs will act against Mahinda at a decisive moment in the future.