Maddumabandara denies reports of crossover

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Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) General Secretary Ranjith Maddumabandara denied reports that he was to crossover to the Government together with a large group of SJB MPs.

Addressing the Media yesterday (18) he added that he does not intend to switch sides as that kind of thing is not in his books.

“There was a time when my own party leaders told people not to vote for me and still I did not crossover. I was offered a ministerial portfolio in 2006 yet I declined it,” he recalled.

However, he added that there is a sinister move to divide the SJB by groups with vested interests.

“Forming an all-party government is one thing and dividing parties is another thing. We will support the Government through Parliament committees without accepting ministerial portfolios,” he said.

Maddumabandara also requested Media organisations which circulated the said rumour about his crossover, not to destroy what the party has built politically and to protect media ethics.

By Nabiya Vaffoor