Amidst speculation that a number of UNP MPs are planning to cross over to the government, the party warned yesterday that these attempts would strain the support pledged to the government to take the peace process forward.
UNP Assistant General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told the Daily Mirror last night that they had already pledged their support to the government to achieve peace despite the government`s failure to address certain issues facing the country today, such as the soaring cost of living.
Despite these factors ,Attanayake said, the party attended the All-Party Conferences summoned by the President as the UNP considered the peace process a national issue. At such a moment he said the party did not approve the government`s attempts to woo UNP members.
He admitted that it was possible the media reports regarding crossovers was mere speculation as he had not received any confirmed reports of the same.
Speculation is rife that three UNP MPs representing Kegalle, Nuwara-Eliya and Polonnaruwa are planning to cross over to government ranks.