No nominations for cross-overs
No politician who changes his party allegiance will be given
nominations, according to an agreement reached between President
Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
This decision was arrived at to herald a new political culture in the
country, it is reliably understood. The UNP-SLFP Government, a joint
political venture could implement a tremendous volume of work, and
letting parliamentarians cross-over to political parties of their choice
could jettison the joint efforts, spokesmen for the two parties are
reported to have said.
Speculation is rife that a number of politicians of the two major
parties of whom the majority represent the present Parliament, are ready
to shift allegiance.
Political parties have failed to reach a consensus on the 20th
Amendment since the UNP, JVP, NWU, TNA and SLMC have their reservations
on the increase in the number of Members of Parliament.
However, a Government spokesman told the Divaina that a consensus
would be reached this week when the outstanding issues are resolved at a
special committee to be chaired by the President and the Prime Minister.