Mar 07, 2019

Secret plot to defeat budget & topple govt. Featured

A highly secretive operation is said to be underway by the opposition to defeat the 2019 budget presented by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and attempt to topple the government again, Sri Lanka Mirror reliably learns.

These sources noted that it is the same group that attempted the October 26 coup that is trying the new attempt. 

This conspiring group is focussing on the JVP who has openly declared that they would vote against the budget, while several TNA members have also stated that they would vote against the budget.

This October 26 group is also focussing on winning over several UNP backbenchers who are disgruntled with the government.

However, the above group is unhappy that they have not received any positive response from President Maithripala Sirisena or Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding the defeating of the budget.

Two stands within the SLFP!

Meanwhile, addressing a media briefing on March 05th, SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara said as this was not a people friendly budget, they would not accept it.

He said that the SLFP and UPFA members would hold a meeting on March 11 to take a decision regarding the vote on the budget. 

However, expressing his views after the presentation of the budget, UPFA –MP Duminda Dissanayake said the head of the government is the Chairman of his party and it is unjustified to vote against it.
He said Maithripala Sirisena is the Chairman of his party and holds several ministerial portfolios as well. Therefore if is unjust to support in defeating the budget.

Open invitation by the President

Meanwhile, addressing the media heads yesterday, President Maithripala sirisena invited anyone with proposals or suggestions to resolve the current economic crisis in the country to come forward and present their proposals. 

He noted that at a time when the government has completed four years and two and a half months in office, all political representatives who love their motherland should unite and take responsibility collectively and stand together in finding solutions to the current economic crisis facing the country.
The President said he had made every effort to fulfil all the election promises he made, but due to economic and political issues the country is at a difficult juncture. The debt crisis and the poor export and local production status has aggravated the situation. Hence all should forget their political differences and unite to take the country out of this crisis and help rebuild it, he said.

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