Leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) Minister Mano Ganesan along with the party's other members had met with President Maithripala Sirisena today (07).
During the meeting, Sirisena had requested Ganesan to join the government headed by parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa and invited him to accept cabinet portfolios. Rejecting the offer, Ganesan stated that the party will not join a government headed by Rajapaksa.
President Sirisena had then requested the TPA members to abstain from voting when the parliament is reconvened on the 14th of November.
However, the TPA had rejected this offer by stating that as a civilized progressive party, they will not abstain at the time of voting and will express their views on the vote is taken.
Sirisena had then inquired about the possibility of the TPA not supporting the 'selection and election' of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister in case the United National Front and its allied parties win the vote in parliament. Sirisena had said that as the President of this country, he may not be able to work with Wickremesinghe if he is elected as Prime Minister again.
Rejecting the third offer made by the President, TPA leader Mano Ganesan had stated that after we win, "it (will be) our responsibility to elect our own Prime Minister."