Dec 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) plans to consider a proposal to set up a new post of Vice Chairman in the party's Leadership Council.
The proposal was made following a discussion between a group of former UNP parliamentarians and a senior Buddhist monk in the United Bhikku Front (UBF).
UNP sources said the discussion was based on getting UNP parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa to join the party's Leadership Council.
"The possibility of creating a new post in the Leadership Council and to appoint Premadasa to the post was discussed and hence it was agreed to propose the setting up of the post of Vice Chairman in the Council," a senior UNP member said.
Premadasa has boycotted the Leadership Council despite agreeing to be part of it at a discussion held a few months back with monks of the UBF and UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya, who is now the Chairman of the Council.
UNP MP Thalatha Atukorale has also boycotted the Leadership Council and refused to accept the position offered to her in the Council.
Meanwhile, the party has considered appointing parliamentarians D.M. Swaminathan and Rosy Senanayake to fill the slots left vacant by Premadasa and Atukorale in the 9-member council, Media reports quoting party sources said.