The VAT Amendment Bill was passed by the Parliament last afternoon by a majority vote.
While it was passed at the second reading by a majority vote of 66, it was approved at the third reading by a majority vote of 53.
At the second reading 112 voted for and 46 against the Bill.
JVP MP Wimal Ratnayake recommended that a voting for the third reading was necessary, and was carried out accordingly.
The result was 75 for and 23 against the bill.
Accordingly the Bill was passed at the third reading by a majority of 53 votes.
During the second reading 65 MPs were absent.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Chamal Rajapaksa, Prasanna Ranatunga, Salinda Dissanayake, C. B. Ratnayake and Ministers from the SLFP Nimal Siripala de Silva, Duminda Dissanayake, T. B. Ekanayake, and A.H.M. Fowsi were not present at the time of voting.
While the Joint Opposition and the JVP voted against the Bill, TNA MPs including Opposition Leader R. Sambandan were also absent.