Minister S.B.Dissanayake today admitted that the UPFA had only the support of 105 MPs at the moment but said they were ready to show 116 on the 14th, the day Parliament reconvenes after prorogation.
Addressing a news briefing, Minister Dissanayake said he was in contact with a number of Parliamentarians of the TNA, SLMC and ACMC to woo them to the UPFA and added he was confident that UPFA would be in a position to show the support of 116 MPs.
Minister Dissanayake pointed out that the TNA had disintegrated to four groups and the SLMC and ACMC had also problems. As such the UNP could not expect the support of all members of these minority parties, he said.
Responding to a journalist on his failed attempt to rope in UNP MP Range Bandara by offering him a cabinet position, Minister Dissanayake said he has talked to many UNP members and will continue to do so until the 14th.
He said Mr. Bandara had earlier agreed to accept Rs. 200 million but later come down to Rs. 80 million and added offering a ministerial portfolio to get his support was not a bribe. (Sandun A Jyasekera)
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Comments - 19
Sad Thursday, 08 November 2018 11:21 PM
Then what is it other than a bribe? What do you call it? This country is such a joke men..
boru boru Thursday, 08 November 2018 11:21 PM
But the president said at the rally that he already had the necessary number?? Was he lying?
treacherous Thursday, 08 November 2018 11:24 PM
By the 14th, even this guy might be with the UNP
shiran Thursday, 08 November 2018 11:30 PM
Sira can appoint a commission to investing gate this bribes also.
vithura Thursday, 08 November 2018 11:34 PM
A minister of a banana republic so spake!
Sumal Friday, 09 November 2018 12:28 AM
So giving your wife or daughter also not bribe right?
Cheers Friday, 09 November 2018 12:56 AM
You are giving pain to UNP dont do that lot of them are heart patients
Wise Donkey Friday, 09 November 2018 01:07 AM
A disgraced politician who has no shame.........
Joseph E Fernando Friday, 09 November 2018 01:49 AM
Please hand over the Government to well managed Companies in Sri Lanka to save the people of SriLanka.
Samanmalee Friday, 09 November 2018 01:54 AM
So they are admitting that the have forcibly taken over the gov without the support of the majority of MP's . in any other country this would be called a coup, and those responsible would be arrested and jailed.
Palithajay Friday, 09 November 2018 01:58 AM
Why was he asking for 200ML and offered 80? For what reason? Why do you say ministerial post is not a bribe????? What is 80ML? For??
SB Friday, 09 November 2018 02:12 AM
He ask every one "Oya Ennedda?
Dayawathie Friday, 09 November 2018 02:54 AM
With politicians like this, God bless this beautiful island. Do they worry about the ordinary down trodden citizens of this country. ?.
Daya Friday, 09 November 2018 03:07 AM
See how openly and shamelessly discuss the million dollar deals in open air. These are the peoples kept quite when country actually in the verge of economically collapsing and not pumping the money.
Gemunu Friday, 09 November 2018 03:41 AM
If you have numbers why not open the parliament and prove that.
RP Friday, 09 November 2018 03:52 AM
SB, I know you are not an idiot, You have always been saying things that can be done. Instead of disturbing the proceedings show your strength in Parliament
Dayawathie Friday, 09 November 2018 04:11 AM
Further to my earlier comment I like to add when politicians come from overseas trips spending our money people should not welcome them with garlands. We should welcome with garlands those housemaids coming with foreign exchange after going through much hardship.
Wise Donkey Friday, 09 November 2018 01:20 PM
You can make it very easily make a cabinet of 113 ministers in addition to the suspicious cases rub little palm oil too few millions if needed. YOU GOT THE MAJORITY. In our country party politics and colors are the norms of the past. Now each one would have change a dozen shirts of various colors !@
aj Friday, 09 November 2018 03:27 PM
If any one can rob power like this, we should taste a Military regime who could discipline the 225 Scoundrels.
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