Another UNP MP has crossed over to the Rajapaksa faction and been awarded a ministerial portfolio.
Dunesh Gankanda, who has been caught in the public eye for racial abuse, physical assault and verbal assault, was sworn in as Minister for Environment by Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The former UNP law maker, is reported to have used racist slurs against a counterpart’s Tamil stepson.
He was also arrested and released on bail after biting a person's nose, causing them to have corrective surgery.
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Rajapksa has been reaching out to UNP MPs to cross over as he seeks to ensure he has a majority when parliament reconvenes.