The adjournment motion brought in by the JVP on the COPE report in connection with the Central Bank bond transaction was debated yesterday (24th). However, retired president Mahinda Rajapaksa did not participate in the debate. It is reported he was not in parliament yesterday.
As the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayaka joined the debate he asked whether the retired president Mahinda Rajapaksa was present. However, no one from the joint opposition responded to him.
Despite the joint opposition, the JVP and the TNA participated in eh debate on the bond issue, the absence of the retired president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was also the finance minister during his term, became the talking point of many Parliamentarians.
It is noticeable that despite the retired president Mahinda Rajapaksa making various statements against the present government at various places, he had never taken part in any debate against debates in connection with present government’s corruption, frauds that took part in parliament. Also, he was never present to vote against government’s budgets.