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Supplementary estimate withdrawn with ‘errors’

Minister Kiriella cries foul

Public Enterprises, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development Minister and Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella told Parliament yesterday that the Budget Supplementary Estimate he had presented to Parliament yesterday would be withdrawn until errors in it were rectified.

The Minister said this in response to JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake who questioned Kiriella regarding the allocation of additional funds to repair and upgrade the Minister’s official residence.

Minister Kiriella said: “This is an utter lie.I have been living in my own home since 1989.This is absurd. However, this supplementary estimate also includes allocations for the purchase of a vehicle for the Opposition Leader. If anyone in the Opposition is against it, then stand up and express your objection.”

However, no one from the Opposition objected to it. “So no one is opposing the provision of a vehicle for the Opposition Leader. After all, an election is also round the corner!” teased Kiriella.

MP Bimal Ratnayake asked Kiriella if he would withdraw the supplementary estimate presented yesterday, to which Kiriella responded that it would be withdrawn until the error has been rectified.

However, Minister Kiriella later said that the supplementary estimate was not for the repair of his official residence but for that of Minister Kabir Hashim.Therefore, he requested his previous withdrawal to be reversed.

Objecting to Minister Kiriella’s statement, SLFP-MP Chandima Weerakkody said, he cannot withdraw the withdrawal in this manner and that the supplementary estimate had to be submitted to parliament again. Meanwhile, MP Bimal Ratnayake who was at the chair said that the supplementary estimate that was withdrawn cannot be reinstated and that the matter had to be referred to the Speaker for a final decision.

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said at the time he became Opposition Leader, former Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan had taken away all vehicles allocated for the Opposition Leader. “Not only were the vehicles taken, but even the house was taken. Therefore, I don’t see anything wrong in providing a vehicle for me,” he added.

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