The ruling party group headed by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa met at the President's House last Sunday (24).
Meanwhile, the media questioned the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Secretary at a media briefing yesterday (25) whether a decision had been taken at the party leaders’ meeting to import vehicles for Ministers and MPs.
In response, SLPP Secretary MP Sagara Kariyawasam said, “It is not a decision to import vehicles again. Earlier when it was discussed to import vehicles, the Members of Parliament requested to postpone the importation of vehicles due to the economic problems in the country. But, this matter was discussed again yesterday that now is a good time to reconsider that request. However, we only talked about it but, no decision was taken.”
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Earlier, letters of credit were issued to Members of Parliament, including Ministers, for the importation of 399 vehicles at a cost of Rs. 3.7 billion.
According to the cabinet paper, among the vehicles to be imported included 227 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado vehicles and a Toyota Land Cruiser V8.
However, there was a crisis over the inability of the Bank of Ceylon to recall the loans issued by the Bank of Ceylon. Accordingly, Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa had opened LCs subject to Cabinet approval for the import of 164 vehicles instead of the Prado jeeps and a proposal was submitted to the Cabinet and approval was obtained.