The UNP yesterday associated itself with the stand taken by sacked Ministers Sripathy Sooriyarachchi and Mangala Samaraweera requesting Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee to probe any secret deal allegedly struck with the LTTE before the Presidential Election.
UNP MP John Amaratunga told the Daily Mirror the allegation was serious enough to even bring a no-confidence motion against the government, and therefore the party as the main opposition was bound to reveal the issue to the people.
On Thursday, the two members handed over a letter to the office of the Parliamentary Secretary General asking for a Select Committee to investigate the matter.
Meanwhile, the Tamil National Alliance also said it would not oppose the setting up of such a Committee.
Tamil legislator Suresh Premachandran said the credibility of the government would be at stake more than that of the LTTE if such allegations were proven true.
`The government is presently bombarding areas inhabited by Tamil civilians. We can say the government is engaged in terrorism more than the others if it strikes deals with an organization branded by itself as a terrorist outfit,` he said.
However, TNA MP M.K. Eelaventhan said Velupillai Prabhakaran was not a leader who could be bought over women, wine, wealth and power. Mr.Eelaventhan said late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi also failed in winning him over in such a manner after signing the Indo-Lanka Accord.