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* Sri Lanka's Marxist party challenges government to hold a secret ballot for the 2014 Budget
Sat, Dec 14, 2013, 09:31 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has challenged the government to hold a secret ballot on the third reading vote for the 2014 Budget presented by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 21st.

JVP parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti said that the government should hold a secret ballot for the 2014 Budget where every governing party member could cast their vote according to their conscience.

"Many governing party members, especially ministers are displeased with the budget proposals since the monies allocated to their ministries are insufficient and most often they do not receive even the allocated amounts," he noted, adding that a major portion of the budget has been distributed among three ministries administered by the President and his family members.

The JVP MP pointed out that the budgets of the governing party are now being defeated at local government bodies and the trend will continue as even the governing party members are opposed to the government's actions.

"We challenge the government to hold a secret ballot for the 2014 Budget to see for themselves the opposition within the governing party to the proposals. The government will definitely stand to be defeated if a secret ballot is held," Handunnetti added.

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