Two Tamil MP's P. Digambaam of National Union of Workers & Praba Ganesan of Democratic Peoples Front crossed over to the Govt formally today
Both were elected on the UNF ticket at the 2010 polls. Digambaram from Nuwara-Eliya & Praba Ganesan from Colombo.
Though from different parties both MP's met President Rajapaksa together at "Temple Trees" today & declared their support to UPFA government
Digambaram says he joined govt for the welfare of plantation Tamils & Praba Ganesan says he joined for the benefit of the Tamil people
Both of them after being elected had functioned "independent" of the UNF under which they contested the April 2010 Parliamentary elections
Both had problems with UNP leadership immediately after elections over allocation of national list seats to their respective
Digambaram wanted a seat for National Union of Workers general - secretary Uthayakumar who contested &lost in Nuwara - Eliya district
The Democratic Peoples Front wanted a seat for party leader &Praba's brother Mano Ganesan who had contested &lost in Kandy district
Ranil Wickremasinghe refused to nominate saying it was against party policy to appoint national list MP's from defeated candidates
The Tamil parties protested saying UNP policy wont apply to them the UNP said they could not give seats to other parties &had to give to UNP
UNP's Ravi Karunanayake added insult to injry by speaking disparagingly of both parties in an interview to the BBC Tamil service 3 minutes ago
Even as the problem occurred President Rajapaksa spoke to leaders of both Tamil parties and expressed his "sympathy" on their predicament
It was a foregone conclusion then that the crossing over would take place in due course. The only question was "When"?
Interestingly Praba's brother & party leader Mano Ganesan was not present at the ceremony when his sibling formally joined the Govt today
With the two Tamil MP's move, speculation is rife about four Muslim Congress MP's joining the Govt next followed by some other MP's from UNP [ http://www.twitter.com/dbsjeyaraj ]