Supporters of Mahinda Rajapaksa have targeted Tamil National Alliance MP M A Sumanthiran across social media in recent days, accusing him of misleading the UNP.
SLPP councillor Senani Samaranayake accused Sumanthiran of being the “new boss” of the UNP and tweeted a video of him in parliament, claiming that he had used “filth” when speaking to the UNP’s Ranil Wickremesinghe and Lakshman Kiriella.
Both Kirella and Sumanthiran dismissed the accusation, with the TNA MP telling Colombo Telegraph that the video showed him explaining the electronic voting system in parliament.
“I pointed out that an electronic vote was indeed a vote by name and that it was not necessary to repeat it. I showed him the board that had all the names” Sumanthiran told Colombo Telegraph.
“I was mostly amused,” he added. “I wasn’t angry.”
Colombo Telegraph added that pro-Rajapaksa website and "Twitter trolls" have also recently been attacked the Tamil lawmaker.
Earlier this month, a parliamentarian loyal to Rajapaksa accused Sumanthiran of producing parliamentary disarray.