Jeewan Breaks Silence On Crossover Claims: Opposition Says "It's Almost Certain"

It is widely speculated that Postal Services Minister Jeewan Kumaratunga has finally agreed to join the common opposition to support presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena.

Speaking to Asian Mirror, a senior spokesman of the opposition said Kumaratunga’s crossover was almost a “certainty”.

Earlier it was reported that the Minister had decided to remain in the ruling party after much contemplation after giving his consent at the outset. According to political sources, he was one of the first to receive an invitation from Maithripala Sirisena and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.

“However, he has now changed his mind and will join the opposition in the coming days,” an opposition’s spokesman said.

When contacted by Asian Mirror, Minister Kumaratunga said there was no truth in such rumours. “There is nothing like that. It is all false,” Kumaratunga said this morning.

When asked whether he moved out his personal wares from his ministry office, the Minister said, “there was nothing like that”.

“It was reported in a website. That’s all I know,’ he also added.

Jewan Kumaratunga, a nephew of the late Vijaya Kumaratunga, was brought into politics by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga in her run up to the Presidency in 1994. Over the past 20 years, Kumaratunga has managed to secure his parliamentary seat.



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