UNP MP Sajith Premadasa speaking to the Leader shortly after the 18th amendment was passed said that the actions of the UNP MPs who had voted with the Government were “traitorous.”
“They have totally betrayed the UNP and the party supporters of their districts… they are friends of mine, but I’m afraid I have to call them traitors. There’s no other word [to describe them],” Premadasa said.
He added that he had called all those who were rumoured to cross over to the Government side and attempted to dissuade them.
Speaking of allegations made by some MPs that the defectors were offered bribes and even Cabinet positions, Premadasa surmised, “If one decides to to forego the trust and faith placed in them by him/her by the thousands of their supporters, there could have been something given. However I was not privy to the secret meetings.”