Legal action over defectors

16 May 2010 12:41 pm - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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By Indika Sri Aravinda


The opposition United National Party (UNP) has warned of legal action against any party member who crosses over to the government in future as they have signed documents saying they will not cross over.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayaka, speaking to Daily Mirror online, said that he has not received any reports of party members planning to join the government but warned anyone doing so will be taken to court.

The UNP says it had obtained written assurances from party members that even if they leave the UNP they will function independently and not join the ruling UPFA government.

There is speculation that at least one Tamil UNP Member of Parliament (MP) is in talks with the government and may cross over in the near future in the event the leadership crisis within the UNP continues. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 14

  • Monday, 17 May 2010 08:21 AM

    Parliament has now turn into a stage show, which posses of uneducated and corrupt politicians. Entering into politics is more of a business, its a total shame. Where are the days where a parliament would consist of educated ministers, who are fit to represent a country. Any tom, dick or harry can enter into politics as long as he/she is popular despite educational backgrounds. It's all about money making, fame, driving around with security. None of them are here to serve the country, i wish our people would learn. Its no use crying over spit milk!!

    Sunday, 16 May 2010 12:44 PM

    Very interesting scenario, will RW use this to remain as the party leader.

    Sunday, 16 May 2010 01:05 PM

    Get another letter saying that after defecting to PA, later they will join UNP again.

    Sunday, 16 May 2010 01:58 PM

    Thats the way to go. Someone must put a stop to these ugly and shameless cross-overs once and for all. If the MPs want to cross over they should resign both from the party and Parliament and seek re-election from their new political party. Thats how responsible people should behave. Otherwise, they are worse than frogs.

    Sunday, 16 May 2010 02:56 PM

    This is an undemocratic stance and holding MPs to ransom. Shows how desperate the UNP is and the level it has decended to. This document is illegal and should be challenged in a court of law.

    Sunday, 16 May 2010 03:08 PM

    The only way to solve this problem is to change in Leadership and bring in active leaders such as Sajith or Dayasiri Jayasekera into leadership and groom Ranjan Ramanayake, Ruwan Wijewardena and Buddhikka Pathirana for future leadership roles, only then UNP could minimize the outflow of its MPs and voter base from then powerfuL and now ailing to the Pinnawala elephant orphange with its handler Ranil........

    Sunday, 16 May 2010 03:40 PM

    The country leaders have no shame whatsoever! Greed for power and personal gain exceeds love for country. As if they will gain any real power when they eventually do get over to the other side! We all know who runs the show.

    Sunday, 16 May 2010 04:56 PM

    This is a good decision. The person, who is found guilty on cross over, must reimburse all the money that party spend for that electorate concern. The person that crossover is not qualified to offer a suitable character to perform public work and thrust.

    Sunday, 16 May 2010 05:28 PM

    Don't cross over - just stay there and support the government in its development plans.

    Sunday, 16 May 2010 06:17 PM

    A strong leadership shall ensure future stability and minimise the chances of cross overs...

    Monday, 17 May 2010 12:04 AM

    Good idea .The voters voted for UNP and the representative has no right to sell that confidence for self gain.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 12:21 AM

    Sri Lanka is a Democracy. There is NO Democracy in the UNP.
    " The Rats are leaving the sinking ship." !!

    Monday, 17 May 2010 02:00 AM

    It is time that even groups pf voters also take legal and other measures against these high jumpers.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 06:41 AM

    Defection from a party after winning elections as an MP as well as encouraging and providing incentives for such defection by another political party ought to be considered as highly unethical behaviour that should be roundly denounounced as undemocratic. The overiding reason is those acts involve a clear betrayal of the voting public.


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