United National Party Parliamentarian Mujibur Rahuman says the 2019 Budget cannot be defeated even if the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna both vote against the Budget.
MP said during the first vote the government managed to garner 119 votes, which is more than a majority.
He highlighted that even if the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party vote together against the Budget they will not be able to defeat the Budget.
Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavithana says even though certain expenditure heads of Ministries were defeated in Parliament last week, the Budget as a whole will be passed.
The Deputy Minister said the expenditure heads of two Ministries were defeated last week due to an unexpected situation.
Paranavithana added at a time that government MPs were not present in the House the Opposition called for a vote.
He noted it is the responsibility of MPs to remain in Parliament during the vote, highlighting that the defeated expenditure heads and the Budget will be passed on Friday.
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