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Joint Opposition, JVP to vote against Budget 2017

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:05 GMT, Nov 12, 2016 |
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The Joint Opposition led by former President and current MP Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have reportedly decided to vote against the Budget 2017 presented in parliament.

Mahinda Rajapaksa MP said that the budget had nothing substantial to offer the public and so the joint opposition will vote against it.

He said the Joint Opposition will not vote in favour.

Meanwhile, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said the 2017 Budget based on the conditions imposed by the International Monetary Fund, had pushed the people from the frying pan to the fire.

JVP which opposes the anti-people budget and, therefore, said it would vote against it in Parliament.

“Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has assured the IMF that the government would take steps to reduce the budget deficit by imposing taxes,” JVP MP Vijitha Herath said.

Mr. Herath said the government had no plans to increase State revenue by increasing production but instead had burdened the people.