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Thursday, 21 November 2013 - 12:23
A Budget full of tax on the common man - a statement from the UNP The Budget has gone off the country's economic track - says the JVP

Members of several opposition parties were absent in parliament chambers when the budget speech was delivered this afternoon.


The UNP and several members of the Democratic National Alliance including MP Jayantha Ketagoda boycotted the budget speech today.  Another 2 Democratic National Alliance MPs Arjuna Ranatunga and Tiran Allas were also absent in parliament during the budget speech.


However MP Ajith Kumara who contested under the Democratic National Alliance ticket and later decided to remain independent was present in parliament during the budget.


The TNA also remained in parliament during the budget speech.


After the budget speech was over, our news team contacted several Opposition MPs to comment on the budget speech.


The first to express his party views on the budget for 2014 is UNP General Secretary MP Tissa Attanayake.


MP Thissa Aththanayka stated that the common man is heavily taxed through the budget.


The JVP pointed out that the 2014-budget speech has gone off the country’s economic tracks.


Speaking to our news team Colombo District Parliamentarian R. Dumindha Silva speaking about the 2014 budget which was presented by President Mahinda Rajapakse stated that he is thankful to the president for providing many concession to the public through the budget.


Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapakse stated that funds are allocated to the health and education sectors and the drinking water issued is addressed through the budget.

Update : Thursday, 21 November 2013 - 07:15 PM

UNP and JVP to boycott today's budget speech. Budget-2014

The UNP and the JVP have decided to boycott the budget speech which is scheduled to take place in Parliament today.


However, the TNA states that it will take part in Parliament during the budget speech.


Subsequent to a special UNP parliamentary team meeting that took place in parliament this morning UNP parliamentarian Ajith P. Perera expressed the following views to our news team regarding the decision taken by the UNP.

Speaking to our news team, UNP parliamentarian Sunil Handuneththi stated that despite not taking part in the budget speech, the UNP will be taking part in the budget debate.


While the JVP is representing the parliament under the Democratic National Alliance, chairman of the Democratic Party, Jayantha Katagoda has also decided to boycott the budget speech scheduled for today.

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