Dec 18, Colombo: Three United People's Freedom alliance (UPFA) parliamentarians have crossed over to the United National Front government led by the United National Party (UNP).
UPFA MPs Lakshman Seneviratne, Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa and Indika Bandaranayake have crossed over and joined the government ranks in Parliament, when the parliament convened today for the first time after the ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Prime Minister on Sunday.
UPFA MP Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa has reportedly said that he was compelled to crossover after witnessing the unwanted tussle between the Legislature and the Executive.
Meanwhile, TNA MP MA Sumanthiran has asked the Speaker to appoint a select committee to ascertain whether those who resigned from SLFP and gained membership in SLPP are still members of the UPFA, UNP MP Dr. Harsha de Silva said.
Although the Speaker has recognized Mahinda Rajapaksa as Leader of Opposition, which is the UPFA now, UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella and MP Sumanthiran have argued that Rajapaksa is no longer a UPFA MP since he has resigned from the party he was originally elected to Parliament and joined the SLPP.