The Colombo Telegraph today learns that the meeting sought by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa with President Maithripala Sirisena is to inform Sirisena that he would not contest the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The coalition of parties which have repeatedly called for the nomination of Rajapaksa as the Prime Ministerial candidate, are set to field Gotabaya Rajapaksa the former Defence Secretary as its main candidate.
The meeting which was first scheduled to be held in the first week of March was postponed due to non availability of Sirisena owing to foriegn engagements.
The brokers of the meeting, which include Kumara Welgama and Reginold Cooray earlier said the meeting was postponed due to official engagements of Sirisena.
Cooray however, last week said that dates have been provided and the meeting between the two would be facilitated forthwith.
If Rajapaksa were to contest the upcoming general election, he would lose all privileges accorded to a former President.
The recent passage of the 19th amendment and the shift in political popularity also may have cause the former President to concede contesting the general elections, sources said.