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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2647

UNPer's cross-over is not a 'big deal' - Wimal Weerawansa

By Vandana Jayasinghe – Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 16 January, (Asiantribune.com): While the government is anxiously awaiting with 20 odd garlands to warmly welcome the 'jumbo' dissidents MPs of the United National Party (UNP) that are expected join government, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) warns the government that majority of these UNPers were against the people's mandate in 2005 and the Mahinda Chinthanaya that put forward in the Presidential election.
JVP Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa told the 'Asian Tribune' that if the government would strengthen its majority in the Parliament with these UNPers, the desired objective of the government would not be realized as the cross over is against the people's mandate.Wimal Weerawansa : "Today UNP is an 'ambalama' (a resting place) with out a proper leadership. So the government got an opportunity to throw baits and fish dissidents easily."Wimal Weerawansa : "Today UNP is an 'ambalama' (a resting place) with out a proper leadership. So the government got an opportunity to throw baits and fish dissidents easily."

"Today UNP is an 'ambalama' (a resting place) with out a proper leadership. So the government got an opportunity to throw baits and fish dissidents easily. Under the present prevailing situation within the UNP, accommodating these UNPers in the SLFP is not a big deal," he said.

He pointed out that there would not be a major benefit to the government by getting these dissidents into the party. "The team that joins the government including Prof. G.L.Peiris and Rajitha Senaratne are not considered as heavy weights within the UNP," he added.

However, the JVP has not yet decided to have talks with the other political parties but according to Weerawansa, the JVP would take a decision after the cross-over.

Meanwhile, JVP's Anura Kumara Dissanayake accusing the government for violating the agreement signed with the party in 2005 said that it was sad to hear that those UNPers who heavily criticized the President Rajapaksha and even Mahinda Chinthanaya are in the list of dissidents who are crossing over, purely because of their quest to power.

However, government sources confirmed that with the cross-over of nearly 20 UNP parliamentarians, the government is to go in for a cabinet reshuffle this week as some of them are to be accommodated in the Cabinet of Ministers.

According to reliable sources that those UNPers who join the President Mahinda Rajapaksha’s Government would remain with the UNP, while holding Ministerial portfolios in the government.

- Asian Tribune -

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