Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunge responds to crossover debate

Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunge responds to crossover debate

Written by Bella Dalima

10 Jan, 2014 | 10:33 pm

Will Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunge crossover to the Government?

This debate in this regard was fuelled when MP John Amaratunge accompanied President Rajapaksa on an official state visit abroad.

MP John Amaratunge returned to the country Friday following the conclusion of this visit.

This is the response that MP John Amaratunge gave, when contacted over the telephone and questioned on whether he would crossover to the Government.

“I gave prior notice and obtained permission for this visit. There are numerous false messages that are propagated through the media. I do not need to say that what I did was wrong. Do we not know the tales that are told in the media and in the press? I will not be troubled by these.”

Newsfirst also questioned MP Amaratunge on a statement made by Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody on Thursday, where he hinted that Amaratunge would receive a position in the government.

Weerakkody said “If that is the case, I should talk to him and ask for it. The President said no such thing. He did not ask me to cross over. Neither did I ask. I went on a religious pilgrimage. I finished that and returned. I will never change parties for any reason. The thought has not crossed my mind. I have not been invited either. Neither have I thought of going over. That is all I have to say.”

In spite of these statements, several politicians who in the past eventually left the UNP expressed similar views days before they crossed over to the government.

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