Government not shaken, may seek a fresh vote

The Government says it is not shaken after losing the vote on the expenditure heads for two Ministries today.

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that the Government may seek a fresh vote on the expenditure heads of the two Ministries and ensure it is approved.

He said that there was an agreement among party leaders that a vote will not be taken on the expenditure heads of any Ministry during the committee stage of the 2019 budget debate.

However, he says the opposition broke away from that agreement today and called for a vote.

Accordingly, the expenditure head for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government was defeated in Parliament today.

The expenditure head for the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development was also defeated in Parliament today.

Most Government MPs were not in the House when the sudden vote was taken. (Colombo Gazette)

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