More crossovers to be expected

More crossovers to be expected

Written by Staff Writer

18 Dec, 2018 | 9:00 pm

Colombo (News1st):  Three UPFA MPs Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Lakshman Seneviratne and Indika Bandaranayake crossed the floor of Parliament and joined the government benches today (December 18).

MP Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa addressing the chamber stated that political uncertainty they experienced will have to be borne by the people of this country in the guise of taxes. He noted that as members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party they have a huge responsibility and they will not have any issue in working with the chairman of the party Maithripala Sirisena or Advisor to the party Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Wijeyamuni Zoysa then took a small dig at the former president saying that he did not know whether he was still a member of the SLFP as he had seen Mahinda Rajapaksa obtain membership of another party through the media.

Zoysa noted that as members of the SLFP they were in a helpless situation and it was because of this that he had to sit on the same side as his nemeesis Ranjith Madumabandara.

In the impassioned speech Zoysa thanked former President Rajapaksa for giving him a cabinet ministerial position but states that while he respects him, he does not respect the dogs and the wolves that surround Rajapaksa.

He also thanked President Maithripala Sirisena for granting him a ministerial position and giving him the room to work on behalf of the people. He noted that during his period as a minister under President Sirisena, he was able to commence reconstruction work on 200 tanks and complete 100 of them.

Turning to members of the UNP, Zoysa stated that he had not come to join the UNP but to ensure political stability in the Government.

According to the United National Party Parliamentarian Harshana Rajakaruna, several more parliamentarians are to join the government.

Will any action be taken against those who joined the ruling party?

UPFA MP Dayasiri Jayasekara expressing his views at the parliamentary complex stated that they hope to take disciplinary action against those who have crossed over. He noted that if the President and the central working agree that they should remain in the opposition, this is what should be done.

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said that they are waiting to see what is about to happen. Speaking about the crossovers that occurred he noted that they have the freedom to make such decisions.

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