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Friday, 25 April 2014 - 9:55
Update : 46 governments MP's were absent when the vote taking was held on the 1st gazette of strategic development act.
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A spokesman for the government parliament office said that 46 government MPs were absent in parliament yesterday when the first gazette under the Strategic Development Act was taken for voting.

It was reported that nearly about ten government ministers and six deputy ministers were absent during yesterday’s voting.

Among the Ministers absent in parliament yesterday were Wimal Weerawansa, Patalee Champika Ranawaka, Susil Premajayantha, Rauff Hakeem, Rishard Badi Udin and Sumeda Jayasena.

The deputy ministers were Premalal Jayasekera, Weerakumara Dissanayake, Niyomal Perera, Muththu Sivalingam, Bashir Segu Dawood and M.A.L. Hisbullah.

Meanwhile Opposition parliament office stated that ten opposition MPs were also absent during the vote taking. 12 TNA MPs out of a total of 14 were absent to vote yesterday.

The first gazette under the Strategic Development Act was passed by 71 majority vote yesterday.

113 MPs voted for the gazette while 42 MPs voted against. 68 MPs from both the government and the opposition were absent during the vote.

Government Coalition party JHU MP Athuraliye Rathana Thera stayed in house and voted against the gazette.    

Our staff reporter in parliament said that while Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka representing JHU had not participated in the debate, Minister Wimal Weerawansa and Deputy Minister Weerakumara Dissanayake representing NFF had not participate in the debate.

The UNP, the Democratic National Alliance and the TNA voted against the gazette notification.

Our news team inquired from JHU General Secretary Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, why their party’s chairman Athuraliye Rathana Thera voted against the gazette notification yesterday.

The Minister stated that he will express his views regarding the matter during a media briefing to be convened this afternoon.

Democratic Left Front leader Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara stated that the Left-wing party union intends to vote for the gazette notification.

Update : Friday, 25 April 2014 - 13:33
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2 gazette notifications under the Strategic Development Act to be debated today

A gazette notification under the Strategic Development Act  for constructing hotel complexes without casino’s was passed in parliament yesterday by a majority vote of 71.

While the debate on this was held in parliament, while at the time of voting held subsequently the gazette notification received 113 votes in favour and only 42 against it.

Our staff reporter said that at the time of voting 68 were not present at the chamber.  

On this occasion JHU MP Venerable Athuruliye Rathana Thero voted against the gazette notification.

Our staff reporter in parliament said that while Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka representing JHU had not participated in the debate, Minister Wimal Weerawansa and Deputy Minister Weerakumara Dissanayake representing NFF had not participate in the debate.

The UNP, the Democratic National Alliance and the TNA voted against the gazette notification.

Our news team inquired from NFF media spokesman Mohamed Musammil about the decision the front had taken for not participating in the debate on the gazette notification.

Our news team inquired from JHU media spokesman and  provincial councillor Nishaantha Sri Varnasinghe about Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka of the JHU not participating in the voting and Venerable Rathana Thero voting against the gazette notification.

The JHU media spokesman replied that he could not make a statement without holding a discussion with the two persons concerned.

Voting will take place today after two out of the three gazette notifications submitted in connection with the construction of hotel complexes without casino under the Strategic Development Act  are taken up for debate.
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