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The Joint Opposition was breaking into splinters and slowly turning into a diluted group, Public Administration Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara said today.

While addressing a media briefing, he said that the Joint Opposition members were trying to topple the Government by dashing coconuts.

“A Government cannot be toppled by dashing coconuts but it only can be done through an election,” the Minister said.  

“Yesterday, three ministers crossed over to the Government and they are appointed as Deputy Ministers and a State Minister.

“UNP MP Palitha Thewarapperuma, UPFA MP Manusha Nanayakkara and UPFA MP Lakshman Seneviratne crossed over yesterday and were appointed as Deputy Ministers and one as a State Minister. Many MPs have shown interest in joining the Government and discussions are underway,” he added.

There were more than 160 ministers in the Government and the Government was strong and stable to run through the next five years, he said.

“The members in the Joint Opposition were not from the Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP). Those MPs hang on to the party because they have nowhere to go,” he said.

“The Joint Opposition MPs, who once laughed at the international organisations and to the international human rights organisations, had now gone to the Inter Parliament Union in Geneva with complaints.

“They went there wearing coats and trousers without wearing our national dress. They even have no courage to wear the national dress,” he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • Darm Friday, 08 April 2016 04:44 AM

    Did your leaders go to China wearing clothes?

    mk Thursday, 07 April 2016 04:31 PM

    Its amazing how proudly he says that there are 160 ministers in the government!

    JANATHAWA Thursday, 07 April 2016 04:36 PM

    JOINT OPPOSITION MEMBERS HAS GONE TO GENEVA TO DASH COCONUTS......

    Harry Thursday, 07 April 2016 04:44 PM

    Cross overs are common matters for big money during the last regime and now, Diyawannawa looks like a brothel fulfilling each others gains. No one cares any development of the country.

    chandra Thursday, 07 April 2016 08:10 PM

    Dont dream Hon minister. Joint opposition is not the deciding factor but it is people of Sri Lanka. They will decide at correct time if your government do not perform well. via DM Android App

    Diogenes Thursday, 07 April 2016 08:15 PM

    You people are insulting those who voted you into power. God save Sri Lanka from these selfish, corrupted politicians.

    jolly bird Thursday, 07 April 2016 08:41 PM

    BROKEN OPPOSITION WITH BROKEN PROMISES. via DM Android App

    ranmala Thursday, 07 April 2016 10:17 PM

    No one gave you permission for such a large cabinet. Both parties are two sides of the same coin. MS is only worried about his survival


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