This decision was arrived at to herald a new political culture in the country, it is reliably understood. The UNP-SLFP Government, a joint political venture could implement a tremendous volume of work, and letting parliamentarians cross-over to political parties of their choice could jettison the joint efforts, spokesmen for the two parties are reported to have said.
Speculation is rife that a number of politicians of the two major parties of whom the majority represent the present Parliament, are ready to shift allegiance.
Political parties have failed to reach a consensus on the 20th Amendment since the UNP, JVP, NWU, TNA and SLMC have their reservations on the increase in the number of Members of Parliament.
However, a Government spokesman told the Divaina that a consensus would be reached this week when the outstanding issues are resolved at a special committee to be chaired by the President and the Prime Minister.