Vote on Appropriation Bill passed
The vote taken on the appropriation (amendment) bill was passed in
Parliament with a majority of 163 votes yesterday.
The only Parliamentarian of the Frontline Socialist Party, Ajith
Kumara called for a division at the end of the second reading. When the
House moved for the vote, MEP Leader MP Dinesh Gunawardena asked for a
division by name. However, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa informed the House
that it was too late to call for a division by name and the vote was
taken row by row.
The bill received 164 votes in favour and MP of the Frontline
Socialist Party, Ajith Kumara voted against the bill.
The SLFP, TNA and DNA members voted for the bill. the other UPFA
constituent parties, LSSP, CP, MEP and NFF abstained from voting. The
UPFA members who abstained from voting were Dinesh Gunawardena, D.E.W.
Gunasekara, Prof.Tissa Vitarana, Wimal Weerawansa, Chandrasiri Gajadeera,
Gitanjana Gunawardena, Y.G.Padmasiri and Sriyani Wijewickrama. At the
end of the vote, MEP Leader MP Dinesh Gunawardena requested the Speaker
tto record their abstention from voting. Speaker Rajapaksa said that it
will be done as requested by the MP.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on behalf of the Government
thanked all those who voted for and those who abstained from voting. He
said the intention of the budget was to provide relief measures to the
people. He also thanked MP Ajith Kumara who was the only member who
voted against, for his stance which would help the sustenance of
“This is a new political experience and we do not need to go for any
divisions. This is an attempt to create a new political culture in the
country”, he said.
The third reading of the bill was passed with amendments, without any