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I’m not in hiding – Sajin Vaas (Video)

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Former MP – Sajin Vaas Gunawardena has emphasised that he is not in hiding as claimed by reports.

Noting that the many in the country knew where he lived, he has said that he is not in hiding.

Mr. Gunewardena was responding to a recent news report which had been quoted by president of the ‘Magen Ratata organization’, Mr. Sanjaya Mahawatta, during a recent media briefing.

Mr. Mahawatta had said that according to the news report, a court order had been issued to summon Mr. Gunawardena over a massive tax fraud.

Speaking further, Mr. Gunewardena says that the report quoted was dated well over 07 – 08 in the past and he had already appeared in court in this regard to resolve the matter.

He added that he has been paying taxes for over 10 -15 years.

He also challenged Mr. Mahawatta to take the matter up in court, and he will appear accordingly to reveal the truth.

The statements of Mr. Gunewardena and Mr. Mahawatta are as follows.

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Former Minister Ronnie de Mel no more

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Former Minister – Ronnie de Mel has passed away today (27) while being treated at a private hospital, reports say.

He was aged 99 years old.A former civil servant, he was the Minister of Finance from 1977 – 1988 under the United National Party government and holds the record for the largest number of budgets presented by a finance minister.

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NPP to also back NCM against Speaker

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The National People’s Party (NPP) has also decided to back the No Confidence Motion against Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran, Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kieirella, Professor G. L. Peiris, Tissa Attanayake, Chandima Weerakkody, Shan Wijayalal de Silva, and others have signed the motion on behalf of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya and Samagi Jana Alliance.

Meanwhile, Dullas Alahapperuma, the leader of the Freedom People’s Congress has also said that they would back the NCM.

Yesterday (26), the Uttara Lanka Sabhagaya had stated they would back the motion as well. 

The motion cites several reasons, including the Speaker’s failure to appropriately present the amendments proposed by the Supreme Court for the Online Safety Bill before its passage. 

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Muthukumarana to take up Uddika Premarathne’s MP seat

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S.C. Muthukumarana is set to be named to the Parliamentary seat  left vacant after the resignation of Anuradhapura District MP – Uddika Premarathne.

It is reported that the Secretary General of Parliament – Mrs. Kushani Rohanadheera has informed of this to the Election Commission, in accordance with Section 64(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act No. 1 of 1981.

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