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Ranjith Zoysa’s vacant Parliamentary seat filled:

MP crosses over to Opposition

The MP who was sworn in to fill the seat vacant by the demise of United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Ratnapura District MP Ranjith de Zoysa, Udagama Liyanage Waruna Priyantha Liyanage, joined the Opposition ranks crossing the Chamber floor yesterday.

MP Liyanage, delivering his maiden speech in Parliament, rejected the constitutional crisis. He cited what he called anti-constitutional moves of the UPFA as an excuse to join the United National Party (UNP).

“I must say that I have no issues with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. But, I took a different decision having witnessed the anti-democratic behaviour of Opposition lawmakers before the last election. However, I will not engage in politics in a place where anti-constitutional forces are active. So, I stood with the UNP and took a seat in the Opposition to support the new Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa,” he said explaining the reasons for his crossover.

During the 2015 General Elections, MP Liyanage received 49,850 votes from the Ratnapura District. “With the recent demise of MP Ranjith de Zoysa, I was able to become an MP. It was my father who introduced the late MP Zoysa to politics. During the last elections, my father and I supported Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Former President Maithripala Sirisena allowed my application to go through in the nomination process of the Ratnapura District. I thank him for approving my application,” he added.

 


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