Crucial voting on UPFA budget to be held Monday

[TamilNet, Sunday, 07 December 2008, 16:44 GMT]
The final voting on the third reading of the Sri Lankan budget for 2009 presented by the government led by Mahinda Rajapakse is to take place Monday amid speculation that some of the UNP dissident parliamentarians led by its leader Karu Jayasuriya would rejoin the UNP. However, the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said the budget would be passed with a comfortable majority.

UPFA sources said parliamentarians of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF), Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), National Freedom Front (NFF), a splinter group of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and dissident group of the UNP would vote with the government.

Meanwhile parliamentarians of the main opposition UNP, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would vote against the budget.


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