(Second edition)The second reading of the Budget-2019 presented by the UNP Government was passed with a majority of 43 votes in parliament today (12th) evening. A total of 119 MPs voted in favour of the budget while 76 MPs voted against it.
The Members of the UNF government, as well as that of the TNA, voted for the budget while the JVP (6 MPs) and 70 Members of the Mahinda faction of the UPFA voted against the budget.
29 MPs were not present in chambers when the vote for the budget was taken.
MPs Piyasena Gamage, Lakshman Seneviratna, Vijith Vijithamuni Soysa, A. H. M. Fowzie who joined the government from the SLFP voted for the budget.