Video: Motion defeated because split in opposition: Kiriella

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Leader of the House and Minister Lakshman Kiriella said today the voting on the increase on the Treasury Bills’ threshold showed a split among members of the opposition.

“Yesterday we realised this situation in the opposition and it is clear that some opposition members are supporting the government while some are not. However every member in the opposition had assured they would support the government to secure the objectives of its 100-day programme,” he said.

The minister said that according to Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva, the opposition would support the government to get the resolution approved but several members of the same opposition had voted against it.

“We don’t know whether the decision was taken after discussions between two groups or if a rift exists in the opposition. But it is totally contradictory to parliamentary traditions,” he said.

“The government is keen on issuing Treasury Bills and Bonds locally and raise the local borrowing threshold to meet its expenditure since Government spending has increased while the revenue has decreased because of the salary increase to government employees and the price reduction of fuel, gas and other essential items through the interim budget,” the minister said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
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  • gamaraala Wednesday, 08 April 2015 05:32 PM

    You need to be a little bit more smarter than this.

    appuhamy Wednesday, 08 April 2015 05:34 PM

    Political suicide by the opposition yesterday. But not sure if this government can take advantage of it.

    gilmart Wednesday, 08 April 2015 05:39 PM

    Aiyo Siripala. .how are you to justify your vote at election time ?

    upali Thursday, 09 April 2015 10:50 AM

    Split has ended in large numbers supporting MR?

    Horri Jimonis Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:02 PM

    Hay man, nothing wrong with MS, mistake is with RW.

    Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:03 PM

    Means RW deserves the seat of the Opp. Leader.

    Bubble Banda Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:04 PM

    Feel sorry for an educated man like RW taking wrong decisions and gets into the trap. Why you took the rubbish?

    Pissa Thursday, 09 April 2015 03:36 AM

    We are lucky cos we got government opposition and opposition opposition.

    Rish Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:38 PM

    Been a lawyer is not been eduacated. Quarter of our parliament is like lawyers.

    dutchy Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:36 PM

    Why did we vote for such a dummy like mi3 to be the president of the country? Now he is very silent

    Prasanna Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:40 PM

    Sri Lankan voters are freebees always ready for free gifts and ready to strike and sabotage consiquitive Governments. Ex.Pres. Mahinda Rajapakse mastered this trade and now the country is in trouble.

    M.O.A.Careem Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:45 PM

    20 year rule of CB

    Yem Wednesday, 08 April 2015 08:01 PM

    I sometimes wonder whether my3 is the leader of this country. He is nowhere to be seen at-least in emergencies.

    supunp Wednesday, 08 April 2015 08:19 PM

    I like this man mr Kiriella... a funny guy it seems...

    silverspringslk@hotmail.com Thursday, 09 April 2015 01:29 PM

    Where have they gone? I mean the 77 ministers!

    sarath Wednesday, 08 April 2015 05:17 PM

    this shows how inefficient this govt is.if they have increased the salaries and price reduction of some goods without securing funds you can imagine how genius Ravi is. he never said that he does not have money to do what previous govt did. we all live in fools paradise

    Dev Wednesday, 08 April 2015 05:17 PM

    Getting indebted to provide subsidies is so short sighted. I hope voters gets more responsible say no to such populist policies.

    Giabao Wednesday, 08 April 2015 05:20 PM

    But how could a split in opposition defeat a govt bill. Such split should have helped to pass the bill. LOL


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