The joint opposition has decided to request financial aid from supporters overseas for rallies they hope to hold island wide against the government.
National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader Wimal Weerawansa and Kalutara District joint opposition MP Rohitha Abeygunawardena had visited Japan on March 20 to collect funds, sources revealed.
However sources said that even though they had expected a rousing welcome and a high volume of donation to their cause, when they had visited a temple in Japan, the two monks who were there had not even spoken to them. It was further revealed that a rally had been organized close to the temple and the incumbent monk has been invited to the rally. But the monk had told Wimal Weerawansa that he does not like to mediate with any political issues in Sri Lanka.
Even though about 1,000 Sri Lankans had been invited to the rally held in Japan, only about one hundred had participated, sources said.
Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was also scheduled to participate in that trip, but he had decided not to attend and instead to address several meetings via Skype. Efforts by The Sunday Leader to obtain a comment from Wimal Weerawansa and Rohitha Abeygunawardena in this regard proved futile.