Parties affiliated to the government have requested the President to hold a round of discussions on the government’s decision to transfer the rights to supply gas to the Kerawalapitiya Yugadanavi Power Plant to an American company.
Leader of the National Freedom Front Minister Wimal Weerawansa said he hopes to make a request in writing with the signatures of the leaders of 11 affiliated parties.
A discussion was held at the Temple Trees last evening between party leaders and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa pertaining to the controversial situation related to the Yugadanavi Power Plant.
Speaking to media subsequently, Minister Weerawansa said they tabled their concerns while the Minister of Finance also expressed his views.
The Minister said owing to varying views, around 10-11 party leaders will pen a letter to be handed over to the President while further discussions on the matter will be conducted.
Minister Weerawansa said the Prime Minister remained neutral during the discussion and expressed hope that the Finance Minister would heed their requests.
Meanwhile, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Sagara Kariyawasam speaking to media said the Yugadanavi Power Plant will not be sold to an American firm as claimed by some.
MP Kariyawasam said such investments are positive for the country.
The MP said the agreement was explained in detail, adding that 40% shares will be vested with the American firm for a period of 15 years.
He claimed individuals at the meeting did not oppose the move, adding that when the agreement was detailed everyone understood its importance.
MP Kariyawasam said the agreement is favourable to Sri Lanka adding that any country would welcome such a deal.