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2017-07-17

The Joint Opposition has requested religious leaders to intervene with regards to the efforts taken by the government to amend the Inland Revenue Act.

Speaking to media Joint Opposition Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena said he met with the Chief Prelates of the Asgiri Chapter and held a discussion in this regard.

MP Bandula Gunawardena said religious leaders are not asking for new concessions adding that what they ask is to refrain from pressurizing the general public by removing the concessions provided by Mahinda Rajapaksa who was the then Minister of Finance.

The MP said there are 6 petitions against the Inland Revenue Act which are being heard at the Supreme Court.

He further noted there is a major protest against the Inland Revenue Act from various sectors adding thar therefore the Joint Opposition calls for an amendment.

Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena further noted many members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party will move to the Joint Opposition in the ensuing time period as a result of the actions carried out by the government.

MP Gunawardena said even more government MPs will join the Opposition if the United National Party continues the current program.

The MP said visiting certain countries and even religious places will also be an issue in the future adding that the Joint Oppositions hopes that MPs who love the country will choose the side that will further develop the country and disregard the benefits and posts they receive when choosing the correct side.