Nov 01, 2018

Another crossover today: a SLFP MP to join UNP? Featured

Crossovers are taking place in the face of the political crisis that follows president Maithripala Sirisena’s appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as the prime minister.

Five UNP MPs have already extended support to Rajapaksa and accepted ministerial positions.

It was rumoured yesterday (31) that four more from the UNP were going to join the new government.

Duminda-Basil meeting

In the meantime, a nearly three-hour long meeting on the same day between SLFP national organizer Duminda Dissanayake and SLPP national organizer Basil Rajapaksa ended inconclusively.

Thereafter, president Sirisena summoned Dissanayake and inquired from him as to why he was not supporting the Rajapaksa regime.

Dissanayake replied that he would not accept any positions as per his policies, and stressed that he would never join the UNP.

He also said he was disappointed by the problems faced by the SLFP and its supporters following the formation of the new government.

Meanwhile, Sirikotha sources say a young MP from the SLFP will join the UNP today.

MaithripalaS 670px 17 05 08“I’ll take to the streets within two hours if Ranil is brought back to premiership - president

In the meantime, president Sirisena told SLFP electoral organizers yesterday that he would take to the streets in protest within two hours if anyone in the SLFP tried a betrayal to bring Ranil Wickremesinghe back to the premiership.

He added that he was prepared for a struggle in the streets against foreign interferences in the country’s affairs.