UNP engineers crossovers


PM Wickrekesinghe with defectors at Kolonnawa

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday enrolled three SLFP and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna candidates contesting the Feb. 10 local government polls. In addition to them, several activists representing the SLFP and SLPP received UNP membership from UNP leader Wickremesinghe at an event organized by UNP Kolonnawa organiser MP S.M. Marikkar.

Political sources told The Island that the UNP had engineered defections in the wake of President Maithripala Sirisena promoting UNPers to defect.

 Among those crossovers to the UNP are former SLFP members of Kolonnawa Municipal Council Sudath Senaka and Chintaka Muthukumarana and LG polls 2018 candidates SLFPers Saman Nissanka and Manjula Herath (Kolonnawa MC) and SLPP candidate Wellington Kahandawalage contesting Mulleriyawa Padeshiya Sabha on SLPP ticket. (SF)

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