The third reading of VAT (Amendment) Bill was passed in Parliament today (26th) with a majority of 53 votes. 76 voted for the Bill while 23 voted against it. 125 MPs were not in the chambers at the time of voting. The MPs of the JVP and several MPs from Mahinda faction of the SLFP voted against the Bill.
As usual Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa was absent at the time of voting. Chamal Rajapaksa, Prasanna Ranatunga, Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando and several MPs were absent.
The second reading of the Bill was passed with a majority of 66 votes. 112 voted for the Bill while 46 voted against it. At the time of the second reading 65 MPs were not in the chambers.