(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Thirteen parliamentarian of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party including the party’s chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris have crossed over to the Opposition in Parliament today.
In a special statement the MPs said from today (August 31) they will take the seats in the opposition benches as an independent group.
The lawmakers said the decision was taken to oppose the actions taking place at this time violating the mandate given by 6.9 million people and also, to protect the aspirations of the voters of the SLPP and move forward.
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Member of Parliament Prof. GL. Peiris said that he could not fulfill the promises made to the people during the 2020 general election. Accordingly, the people should be allowed to elect a parliament of their choice.
In addition to SLPP Chairman Professor. G. L. Peiris, MPs Dullas Alahapperuma, Dilan Perera, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, Prof. Charitha Herath, Prof. Channa Jayasumana, K. P. S. Kumarasiri, Dr. Gunapala Ratnasekara, Udayana Kirindigoda, Dr. Upul Galappatti, Dr. Thilak Rajapaksa, Wasantha Yapa, and Lalith Ellawala, have decided to sit in the Opposition.