A budget defeat and parliament dissolution ?

pol-cartoon4The fate of Budget 2015 hangs in the balance with speculation rife of more crossovers when it is taken up- for vote today in Parliament at 5.00 p.m., political sources told Ceylon Today.

If the Budget is defeated, the Parliament stands dissolved automatically under the provisions of the Constitution and the President’s will, under powers vested in him, issue a proclamation directing the Commissioner of Elections to call a General Election.

A budget defeat and parliament dissolution ?

by Ravi Ladduwahetty,  J.t. De silva and Daya Perera

The fate of Budget 2015 hangs in the balance with speculation rife of more crossovers when it is taken up- for vote today in Parliament at 5.00 p.m., political sources told Ceylon Today.
If the Budget is defeated, the Parliament stands dissolved automatically under the provisions of the Constitution and the President’s will, under powers vested in him, issue a proclamation directing the Commissioner of Elections to call a General Election.
The third reading of the budget will conclude today after a hectic session and the final vote will be taken at 5.00 p.m.
Last Friday, Minister of Health and SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena defected with several other MPs, including Rajitha Senaratne, Duminda Dissanayake, Rajiva Wijesinha and M.K.D.S.Gunawardane. Speaking at a press briefing attended by the crossovers and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike.
Kumaratunga said that there will be crossovers on the last day of the budget.
The Opposition has stated that there would be a reduction in the number of votes for the budget as more MPs and ministers are expected to leave the government today.
In 1960, with the defeat of the budget, then Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake resigned from his post and dissolved the Parliament.
If the budget does not get passed, the Parliament will stand dissolved. In political circles it is rumoured that there would be crossovers from government side to the Opposition and vice versa.
Many politically crucial events are expected to play out in the Parliament in the coming times.
Chief Organizer of the United People’s Freedom Alliance government said that all government MPs and ministers must remain in the Parliament until the vote on the head of expenditure of the Ministry of Finance and Planning takes place.

JHU praises Maithripala Decision soon

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) congratulated Maithripala Sirisena on his decision to contest as the common Opposition candidate, JHU’s national organizer Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said.
Maithripala Sirisena is one of the senior ministers in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and a politician with much experience Warnasinghe said.