The UNP has decided to suspend talks with the government on constitutional reforms claiming that the government was using the talks to draw opposition members to the government side.
Recently two Members who had entered Parliament through the UNP ticket, Democratic People’s Front’s Prabha Ganesan and National Union of Workers leader P. Dhigambaram joined the government.
When UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe entered into the most recent round of discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, one of his main request to the President had been not to encourage any more defections from the opposition to the government.
However, a government source stated that if Opposition members were willing to join the government, the President would not be able to stop them forcibly. “Why not take maximum advantage as we need only a few more for a two thirds majority in the House,” the source queried.
The UNP alleges that the government had roped in opposition members by using the talks as a tool and is now attempting to seek the support of more opposition members in order to secure the two thirds majority in Parliament.