SLFP rejects JO condition to vote against budget!

The SLFP has rejected a joint opposition condition to demonstrate its sincerity by voting against the 2018 budget if the two sides are to contest the election for local government bodies together.

The SLFP has assured finance minister Mangala Samaraweera of its fullest support for the budget, a ministry spokesman said, adding
that its general secretary Duminda Dissanayake had a meeting with Samaraweera yesterday (28).

Earlier in the day, meeting at a committee room of the parliamentary complex chaired by ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the JO adopted several proposals, including that the SLFP should be asked to vote against the budget, said MP Gamini Lokuge.

Also, Kumar Welgama told journalists after the meeting that if the SLFP did not leave the government, the JO would contest the LG polls under the ‘flower bud’ symbol, for which candidates have already been chosen.

There will be no alliance with SLFP as long as it remains in the government, he insisted.

JO’s representatives at talks with the SLFP Pavitra Wanniarachchi, C.B. Ratnayake and Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena are due to convey this decision to the SLFP.