Government accused of buying votes for 2017 budget

The Government has been accused of buying votes for the 2017 budget which was passed in Parliament last weekend.

The joint opposition claimed that some Parliamentarians were given cheques to the value of Rs. 500,000 and Rs. 200,000 a day before the vote on the budget.

Joint opposition Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage said that some opposition Parliamentarians were offered the money to obtain their votes for the budget.

The 2017 budget was passed by Parliament on Saturday by a majority but Aluthgamage says most Parliamentarians were given gifts to buy their votes.

He said that apart from money, the Parliamentarians were also given other perks, including new vehicles. (Colombo Gazette)

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