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Dr. Bandula challenges Opposition Leader

Prove your baseless allegations

Co-Cabinet Spokesperson and Minister of Information, Mass Media, Higher Education, Technology and Innovation Dr. Bandula Gunawardane challenged Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa to prove if the present government has spent over Rs.600 billion during its first three months in power. The minister made this challenge at a press conference held at the Government Information Department auditorium yesterday.

Minister Dr.Gunawardane said the Opposition’s failure to support the Vote on Account in Parliament last Thursday has caused many difficulties to the public.

“Due to this situation the United National Party supporters at grassroots level have expressed their displeasure to the Opposition Leader,” he said.

Accordingly, the Opposition Leader is spreading such allegations to cover the objections of his supporters, the minister said and stressed that all these claims are completely baseless.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has curtailed the unnecessary expenditures of the government under his leadership and thereby has provided an example to the entire world.

This is the first time in the country’s history that a leader of the country took such a progressive course of action,” the Minister Dr.Gunawardane further added.

The Minister also pointed out that through the Vote on Account that has already being passed in Parliament, money has been allocated for the government expenditures until April 30 this year. When an election is proclaimed, the President has the Constitutional powers to allocate money for the Government’s expenditures for the coming three months.

Therefore, he said it is not an issue with this year’s expenses but, about the defaulted payments of the previous government.

“The Opposition has time to rectify the mistake made by them after having discussed it with the Speaker. As soon as it is done, the contractors could be paid with the defaulted payments”, the minister said.

The Minister said that he would meet the Speaker of Parliament today to discuss the issue and find a solution.

“Limiting the number of Cabinet of ministers, Ministerial staff, President’s and the Prime Minister’s security guards, unnecessary publicity costs, limiting foreign tours and recruitments to the public sector are some of them,” he said.

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