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Sri Lanka police chief says he's taking orders from President

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

said on Wednesday that he was taking orders from and he was not in a position to take orders from the of ousted

of Police (IGP) Jayasundera was responding to a letter sent to him by Ranjith Madduma Bandara, the Wickremesinghe government's law and order minister, who had directed that all ministers who were in office before October 26 be provided police security.

Jayasundera said that the Ministerial Security could only be provided on the recommendations of He added that it could not be provided based on requests made by Ministers or other officials.

on October 26 sacked Wickremesinghe as the and replaced him with Mahinda Rajapaksa, triggering a constitutional crisis in the island.

on Monday slammed Sirisena's "unconstitutional and undemocratic" actions to sack Wickremesinghe and suspend Parliament, saying he will not recognise Rajapaksa as the new unless he wins a floor test.

Madduma Bandara had written to Jayasundera following Jayasuriya's recognition of the

Several MPs of Wickremesinghe's camp have also requested the police to provide them with Ministerial Security, saying they were still ministers of the government.

Rajapaksa needs 113 seats in the 225-member assembly to prove simple majority.

In a setback to President Sirisena, of his (UPFA) government resigned Tuesday and backed Wickremesinghe in the ongoing political crisis.

Nanayakkara's defection came hours after Sirisena announced publicly that people should not doubt his majority - 113 in the 225-member legislature.

Meanwhile, the main - - said Sirisena met the party leaders this morning to urge them to change their stance of opposing the Rajapaksa appointment.

The TNA MA Sumanthiran said they told Sirisena that their stance stood and there will be no reversal.

The party also urged Sirisena to reconvene parliament at an earlier date than the scheduled November 14. Sirisena said their request would be considered.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 17:00 IST