The President has named him as the treasurer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and he mentioned this addressing function held in Kandy to reorganization the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
He stated that although he was to vote against the first reading of the budget, but he had to act in accordance with an advice from the top of the political hierarchy to vote in favor. The MP noted that he wanted to protect the unity of the party.
Even Dayasiri Jayasekara, the SLFP general secretary SLFP, also wanted to vote against the budget, but he acted in accordance with the instructions given by the top to protect the unity of the party, said S.B. Dissanayake.
Though the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) had decided to vote against the budget, but at the last moment it was withdrawn on the advice of the President.
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Kurunegala District UPFA Parliamentarian Anura Priyadarshana Yapa speaking in this regard said that the budget cannot be defeated as long as there are Horikadayos (ill-bred people).
He made this comment addressing a public rally of the SLPP under the theme of ‘Gama Samaga Pilisandarak’. He pointed out that a group of SLFPers have become Horikadayas.
Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse said that it is pity a group of members of the President abstaining vote at the second reading of the budget. He made the comment participating in a function held at the Sri Dharmaloka Temple in Muwandeniya, Matale.