'Minnal Ranga' tipped to cross over to Rajapaksa alliance
[TamilNet, Friday, 07 May 2010, 15:26 GMT]
Two parliamentarians of the main opposition United National Party
(UNP) are likely to cross over to the ruling party shortly, according
to political sources in Colombo. One is Mr.M.A.Abdul Cader and other
is Mr.Ranga Jayaratnam, a well known personality in the electronic media as he was conducting Minnal programme in Sakthi TV of the MTV
Mr.Abdul Cader was elected from the Kandy
district and Mr.Ranga from the Nuwara Eliya district on the UNP ticket
Although Ranga voted against the motion seeking extension of State
of Emergency, he said in parliament last Wednesday that he would
severe all connection with the UNP. He is a member of the Puravasi
Peramuna but contested on the UNP ticket.
Informed Tamil circles in Colombo said Ranga was known for his friendship with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for a long time.
But, Mr.Cader voted with the government in extending the State of
Emergency. He said the UNP leadership ignored him and nominated Rauf
Hakim, leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) on the UNP
ticket in Kandy district.
This had split the Muslim votes in the
district thus depriving more seats to UNP Muslim candidates. Hence he
decided to leave the UNP and to join the ruling party. He was seen at
the reception accorded to the new Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne in