The opposition has decided not to re-nominate the Parliament Patali Champika Ranawaka M.P, who represented the Government’s Finance Committee on behalf of the opposition until the end of fourth session of the Ninth Parliament,
Member of Parliament Nalaka Godaheva’s name has been put forward for the opposition. He is the one who recently joined opposition with the S.J.B and is a member of ”Viyath Maga Moovement” who was instrumental in bringing Gotabaya Rajapaksa to power.
Member of Parliament Patali Champika Ranawaka served as Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means until the end of the fourth session of the Ninth Parliament. According to the announcement made by the Speaker today, no name has been submitted by the opposition for the Ways and Means Committee.
In particular, Patali Champika Ranawaka, who was an active member of the Parliament’s Finance Committee chaired by Dr. Harsha de Silva, and He was appointed as the Acting Chairman of the State Finance Committee during the period when Dr. Harsha de Silva went abroad. .
Despite the situation, opposition leader Sajith Premadasa removed the name of MP Patali Champika Ranawaka for the sake of the quota for the opposition to select members, and appointed Dr. Nalaka Godaheva, who having corruption charges, in order to make up for a personal rift with Patali Ranawaka. Political commentators say that there is a doubt.
Earlier also, he had mentioned that there will be a cut in giving time to Patali Champika Ranawaka to address the Parliament.
On the other hand, the Parliamentary Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Patali Champika Ranawaka, removed the existing inefficiencies of the main sources of government revenue such as the Inland Revenue Department, Sri Lanka Customs, Excise Department, recovered tax arrears, and increased the revenue several times through the proper implementation of the arrangements. The income reports of those institutions had recently shown that they were able to increase. In such a situation, what the opposition leader hopes for by not naming Patali Ranawaka MP is a problem.