Amidst a deepening split within the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the Joint Opposition Parliamentarians will decide shortly whether they will attend the forthcoming 65th Convention of the SLFP next month.
The Joint Opposition MPs, who are members of the SLFP is scheduled to meet this week to decide if they will attend the convention on September 4 in Kurunegala. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is also scheduled to attend the crucial meeting where a final decision will be taken.
Rajapaksa who is a senior patron of the SLFP has also been formally invited to the convention, which will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena who is also the leader of the SLFP.
The Joint Opposition MPs have become increasingly irked in recent months by the current SLFP leadership, specially with Sirisena taking steps to alienate the Joint Opposition MPs from their senior positions in the SLFP on grounds that they are loyal to Rajapaksa and not him.