Sri Lanka legislator says offered Rs500mn to crossover

ECONOMYNEXT – A Sri Lanka legislator from the United National Party had told Speaker Karu Jayasuriya during a meeting at Parliament that he was offered 2.9 million US dollars (500 million rupees) to crossover, colleague Harsha de Silva said amid an ongoing political crisis.

De Silva tweeted that Range Bandara, who was a State Minister, was offered 2.8 million US dollars to crossover.

"This is first time bribing MPs to cross has been publicly divulged," de Silva said in a message.

"He said will go to Bribery Commission."

Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was controversially appointed Prime Minister by President Maithripala has been scrambling to get a majority, while Ranil Wickremesinghe has insisted that he cannot be sacked.

There have been speculation that legislators have been offered hundreds of millions of rupees to crossover. (Colombo/Nov02/2018)

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