Opposition Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila said that Rajapaksa was told not to waste his vote for a budget which was going to be passed.
Gammanpila says a lot of people have been asking why Rajapaksa was absent when the vote on the 2017 budget was taken on Saturday.
“We told Mahinda Rajapaksa not to come to vote against the budget. Mahinda Rajapaksa has one vote like others in Parliament. But he is a person of great significance. So that vote has value. There was no need to use a vote against a budget which was going to be passed,” he said.
The vote on the budget was taken on Saturday and it was passed by a majority. Gammanpila says the former President will however be in Parliament to vote when a major change is about to take place.
He said that Rajapaksa will be in Parliament if a vote is taken on the new Constitution. (Colombo Gazette)