Party leaders meet and discuss situation in the country

Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Political party leaders met and discussed the situation in the country today. The meeting took place at Temple Trees on an invitation extended by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Former Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran said that the issue of reconvening Parliament was raised at the Party Leaders’ Meeting by him and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauf Hakeem.
“I said that it was not necessary to meet physically in one place but that it was important to have an active Parliament so that feedback from the people are received and for better accountability. We may also need to pass legislation re. Election etc. mode of meeting can be decided on later,” he said.
Sumanthiran said in a Facebook post that there was no response to this suggestion but there was somewhat of a favourable response to his suggestion that Party Leaders at least meet regularly, though not physically.
The party leaders sat keeping a distance between them while some wore face masks