True leader of SLFP: Vote on VAT Bill will decide, says PHU

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The Parliament vote on the VAT Bill would act as an Ordeal (Agni Pareeksha) to decide whether the true leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is President Maithripala Sirisena or Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) said today.

PHU General Secretary MP Udaya Gammanpila said the President, in Polonnaruwa, had expressed his views against any tax increment which would be a heavy burden on the citizens.

On the other hand, he said the Premier had said the tax increments were needed to fulfil conditions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“Therefore, the SLFP faction in the government which follows the President’s orders should vote against the Bill. But, if SLFP MPs accept the leadership of Prime Minister instead, they could vote for the Bill. This voting would decide who the real leader of the SLFP ministers is,” he told a news conference.

The MP said the Minister had no knowledge about the plight of the VAT revision and charged the inclusion of the private medical services in the VAT spectrum was a blow to the citizens, specially the senior citizens, who need health care constantly.

“Most of the senior citizens rely on their children as they don’t have a proper income. Blood tests, urine tests and other tests are not strange to them. They are the ones who undergo surgeries mostly. Today, senior citizens are in distress because their monthly expenditure for healthcare had been increased by 15 per cent,” he said.

He recalled that the Supreme Court order suspended the VAT increment and said therefore, the people heaved a sigh of relief even it was temporarily. “Now we can see who really takes care of the people,” he said.

He said the opinion of the Supreme Court would be presented in Parliament today (9) and presumably, the Court would order to obtain the Cabinet consent for the VAT amendment Bill before presenting in Parliament. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • jolly bird Tuesday, 09 August 2016 10:53 AM

    DULICATE MR. BEANS OF SRI LANKA WHO IS TRYING IN WAYS TO BECOME POPULAR BUT.................. ...................... via DM Android App

    jolly bird Tuesday, 09 August 2016 10:55 AM

    MASTER OF BORU . via DM Android App

    karsha Tuesday, 09 August 2016 11:40 AM

    Hello for your info the the leader of SLFP is the current PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY. GET IT INTO YOUR THICK HEAD.

    nuwan Tuesday, 09 August 2016 06:25 AM

    pivithuru gembo panapan wathurata, ethakota gililama marei!

    chandra Tuesday, 09 August 2016 06:56 AM

    Ultimately bill is on hold. therefore we can say that no leader to the country. via DM Android App

    Selvyn Tuesday, 09 August 2016 07:30 AM

    Hello You can blindly follow MR but the others got to be conscious of peoples needs via DM Android App

    M.O.Daya Tuesday, 09 August 2016 07:58 AM

    Why are you worried about the SLFP? You are not a member of it. Let the SLFPers decide. And the court? This gave relief because it is independent. Not when you were ruling, of course.


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