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House passes second reading of Budget with majority of 43 votes

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Parliament on Tuesday passed the second reading of the Budget 2019 presented by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera with a majority of 43 votes at the end of seven day debate. 119 MPs voted in favour of the budget and 76 MPs voted against it.

When the division was called by UPFA MP Dinesh Gunawardena, the UPFA and the JVP voted against the budget. Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa voted against the budget.

The TNA members voted along with the government members. The two Opposition MPs from the Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC) including its leader Arumugam Thondaman also voted in favour of the Budget.

29 MPs were absent. SLFP Maithree-Group members namely Ven. Aturaliye Ratana Thera, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Dayasiri Jayasekera, Shantha Bandara, Thilanga Sumathipala, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Mahinda Amaraweera, Douglas Devananda, Duminda Dissanayake and Dr Sarath Amunugama were among the absentees.






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