President Maithripala Sirisena is the Chairman of the party. However, a large section of the party still support former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and are in opposition to the government.
Seneviratne said that Gotabaya Rajapaksa's elevation would bring about reconciliation between the two camps in the party.
However, senior members of the Maithri camp have been opposed or silent on the matter. Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga expressed her total rejection of the proposal at a recent event. MEanwhile party stalwart Nimal Siripala de Silva declined to comment on this when he was queried by the media recently.