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Jan 16, 2017

SLFP divided over bond issue debate! Featured

The SLFP is having divided opinion over its participation in the parliamentary debate due on January 24 on the COPE report into the Central Bank bond issue.

The party is faced with an uncertain stand as a proper investigation is yet to take place into the issue and the COPE report has earned controversy.

Some seniors are of the view that the opposition would target and attack the UNP leader by claiming fraud in the bond issue, but the SLFP cannot do that as that will adversely affect the future of the government.

Others disagree and want the party’s participation in the debate, saying it is UPFA general secretary Mahinda Amaraweera who has first complained to the Bribery Commission against the bond issue and that many SLFP ministers have claimed it to be a fraud and called for punishment for the offenders.

Debate should not be delayed

Meanwhile, UNP member of the COPE committee Ajith P. Perera says his party wants the matter debated by parliament without delay.

The party has no intention of postponing or avoiding the debate, he says.

Neither the UNP nor its leader will ever disrupt the proceedings after they have acted democratically and with transparency by tasking the COPE, headed by an opposition MP, with inquiring into the bond issue, Perera notes.

The COPE report was presented to parliament on October 28, and then referred to the attorney general by the prime minister on November 02, he says, adding that the PM openly remarked about the issue in a speech to the House on December 21.

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