UPFA budget passed by 105-vote majority
[TamilNet, Friday, 10 December 2004, 18:57 GMT]
Sri Lanka parliament Friday evening adopted the maiden budget for 2005 of
the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government with a majority of
105 votes at the third reading following the conclusion of committee stage
debate, parliamentary sources said.
118 Parliamentarians of the ruling UPFA and other constituent parties,
Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Sri Lanka Muslim
Congress (SLMC) dissident group voted for the budget. 13 Tamil National
Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians voted against the budget. Parliamentarians
of the main opposition United National Party
(UNP) and the SLMC led by Mr.Rauff Hakim abstained, parliamentary sources said.
The UPFA budget was presented in the parliament on November 18th. The
budget was debated for about eighteen days including the committee stage,
The TNA asked for division when the third reading of the Budget was put to
vote Friday evening, sources said.
Thereafter Speaker Mr.W.M.J.Lokkubandara adjourned the parliament for
January 05 next year wishing a happy and prosperous new year for
parliamentarians, sources said.