In an attempt to stop one of his UNP MP's from jumping ship to the government, the leader of the opposition, Ranil Wickremasinghe, met MP Dayasiri Jayasekara on Friday.
According to ColomboPage, UNP sources said the discussions, which lasted over an hour, were "fruitful".
Meanwhile earlier this week, a government MP, Economic Development Deputy Minister S.M.Chandrasena, asserted that one quarter of all UNP MPs were ready to cross over to the SLFP.
Previous such ministers who have slipped over to the SLFP from the UNP include the current Minister of External Affairs, G.L Peiris.
Recently, a TNA Jaffna Municipal councillor Remedius Mudiappu and a UNP Pradeshiya Sabha member for Chavakachcheri, Kumar Sharvendran, also made the jump, applying to stand as the SLFP candidate for the proposed Northern Provincial Council election.