Will work for people in Wellassa - MP Zoysa | Daily News


Three SLFP MPs join UNF Government :

Will work for people in Wellassa - MP Zoysa


Parliament convened yesterday for the first time since UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Prime Minister on Sunday.

MPs Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Lakshman Seneviratne and Indika Bandaranayake crossed over and joined the UNF Government as SLFP members.

Giving reasons which prompted him to cross over, MP Wijith Wijayamuni de Soysa said Lakshman Seneviratne, Indika Bandaranayake and himself had taken the decision to pledge their support to the UNF government. “There were many reasons that led us to take this decision.

The people of this country are aware of the recent incidents where Parliament was made dysfunctional and the executive, legislative and judiciary were acting against each other.

The political instability was felt throughout the country from the man living in a mansion to those living in huts. They will all have to pay the price for this crisis.”

He said everyone in the country felt the political crisis and the consequences of this crisis will inevitably fall on the shoulders of the people by way of taxes. He noted that as members of parliament all MPs have a huge responsibility.

Commending the smaller parties for the manner in which they acted during the crisis he said, “We need to give credit to the smaller parties for the way they acted. I have no issue in working with the Chairman of the party President Maithripala Sirisena or advisor Mahinda Rajapaksa. As the SLFP we have a big responsibility.”

Soysa said SLFPers had fallen into a pathetic plight. “I am a SLFper by birth and in 1979, I contested the Avissawella Municipal Council election at a time when there were no contenders. No leader came and asked us to vote for them. I even worked tirelessly during the period Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike lost her civic rights and also worked to appoint Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge as the President. I was in the SLFP youth front. At the time Ranjith Maddumabandara and I were arch rivals, but today fate has made both of us to sit on one side. But none of these disputes were for personal reasons.They were solely based on our political rivalry.”

However, he said that he had no disagreement with Mahinda Rajapaksa as he had even given Soysa a ministerial post. “I can work with him and I respect him, but it’s the wolves around him that I can’t work with. I was not allowed to work during our government but during the good governance government I was allowed to work for the people in Wellassa. We planned to construct 200 irrigation tanks and we have done 100 under the directions of the President,” he added.

However, he noted that his decision to cross over was not a move expecting positions and it is in no way a move to join the UNP.


UPFA MPs join government-Time: 13:51

UPFA MPs Vijith Wijithamuni Soysa, Lakshman Seneviratne and Indika Bandaranayake crossed over to the UNF government in Parliament.

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