Former Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan joins Mahinda Rajapaksha party

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan joined Mahinda Rajapaksha’s party on Wednesday when the premier’s controversial government lost a no-confidence motion in Parliament.

Tillakaratne Dilshan aged 42 became a member of newly formed Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP). He took the SLPP membership as announced by the party secretary Sagara Kariyawasam. He need to run for the seat in Parliament from the southwestern Kalutara district.

President Maithripala Sirisena named Rajapaksa when he was prime minister in October following the shock sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe as permier. Wickremesinghe refused to quit and after weeks of political turmoil, Rajapaksa lost the trust vote earlier on Wednesday.

A parliamentary election which was previously scheduled in January is in doubt as the Supreme Court issued a temporary order that overturned Sirisena’s dissolution of the present parliament.

Rajapaks left Sirisena’s SLFP party and joined SLPP two days ago.  Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga was a Cabinet minister in Wickremesinghe’s government.

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