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SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said today they defeated resolution to raise the Treasury Bills threshold because the Finance Minister had informed Parliament that they had enough funds to pay salaries thus contradicting the Government’s earlier reason for the need of a bond issue.

He asked why the Government needed to raise the TB threshold if it had enough funds and said the Government had acted in a callous and arrogant manner during the debate without showing any semblance of cooperation.

Mr. Yapa said neither the Finance Minister nor the Prime Minister were present in the parliament during the voting.

“When the government clarified that the Bill was to pay the salaries of state employees, we agreed to support it. However, the Finance Minister had maintained throughout the entire debate that they had adequate funds to pay salaries and started lashing out at the opposition. How can the Government expect us to vote in favour of the resolution after such behavior,” he told a news conference held at the SLFP head office in Colombo.

He said the SLFP members were not prepared to raise their hands in agreement to each and every regulation forwarded by the United National Party (UNP).
Meanwhile, SLFP Senior Vice President and Chief Opposition Whip W.D.J. Seneviratne said the resolution was defeated to condemn the approach by the government to gain the support of the opposition.

Commenting on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, he said the fundamental rights of the people would be violated if the Amendment was presented in the Parliament tomorrow without giving room for the people to study it.

“We are completely against the government’s move to present constitutional reforms on April 9 and 10 hastily. It keeps adding more reforms to the reforms already gazetted and submitted in the Supreme Court,” he said adding even they were clueless as to what had been inserted in the 19th Amendment.

Mr. Seneviratne reiterated that the SLFP would not support the 19th Amendment if the electoral reforms were not brought simultaneously. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
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  • balla Thursday, 09 April 2015 10:42 AM

    Well done SLFP!At last you have done something right professionally.Keep it up

    public Wednesday, 08 April 2015 05:54 PM

    Very good

    De silva Wednesday, 08 April 2015 05:58 PM

    Bundle of contradictions!

    gong baas Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:00 PM

    Mr Yapa. .save your words for the election time.

    sri lankan Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:05 PM

    Mr Yapa. ..Do you think you will get more votes by this at the next election ?

    voter Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:09 PM

    Irresponsible and short sighted action by the opposition yesterday. At the end of it you have voted against public interest.

    Pissa Thursday, 09 April 2015 03:44 AM

    400 billion for 9 days (100 - 91)?

    anton Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:13 PM

    harsha de silva was barking all the way long saying the country was trapped in a debt cycle.. Now where is that dog??

    lokka Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:17 PM

    Getting panicked ?

    K. C. John Thursday, 09 April 2015 05:41 AM

    Clear stab in the back. Otherwise, the Govt. members would have all attended the vote. Having done the dirty, now talking like innocents.

    public Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:31 PM

    If this happened during previous regime there would have been protest campaigns against opposition MP s organised by W W Wansa.

    raj Wednesday, 08 April 2015 07:20 PM

    people who are attached to Mafia will oppose any revolution since they miss the benefits of mafia style rules and benefits.

    Good Citizen Wednesday, 08 April 2015 09:38 PM

    Many will have to leave politics, which will be very beneficial to the country.

    jayasingha Wednesday, 08 April 2015 09:39 PM

    Think of the votes lost for the UNP by these bungling appointed MPs who are now ministers.


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