Focus on rebel MPs of Sri Lanka ruling alliance

Nov 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka government sources say that the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) hierarchy has focused attention on the Buddhist party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and the breakaway Marxist party National Freedom Front (NFF) for abstaining from voting for the acquisition bill.

The parliamentarians of the two parties were absent in the House when the vote took place Wednesday for the “Revival of Underperforming Enterprises and Underutilized Assets Bill”.

The parliament passed the bill with 122 votes in favor and 46 against it. The opposition parties, United National Party, Tamil National Alliance and the Marxist party Democratic National Alliance voted against the bill.

The legislators of the two coalition parties have raised voices regarding the bad aspects of the Bill but did not announce that they would vote against it or abstain from vote. Instead, they have resorted to an elusive absence.

JHU spokesperson Western Provincial Council Minister Udaya Gammanpila has earlier told media that the party would urge the government to withdraw two schedules of the Assets Acquisition Bill.

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