Skipping lunch and tea?
Several government and JVP MPs huddled around Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse at the MP’s lunch room at the Parliamentary complex during the tea party on Budget day hosted by Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama. The Prime Minister was in a nostalgic mood saying this would be the last time he would be having tea in this particular room implying once he is elected President on the 17th, he would no longer be coming to Parliament.

Funnily in his manifesto “Mahinda Chintanaya”, the Premier has stated, “To endorse the responsibility that the President has to Parliament, I will attend Parliament once a month”. Maybe he is planning to skip the lunch and tea when he comes there next time.

Costly refusal
Rupavahini Corporation Chairman M.M.Zuhair has refused to air four advertisements submitted by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) supportive of Presidential candidate Ranil Wickremesinghe saying that they contained visuals of the late SLMC leader M.H.H.Ashraff and permission was needed from the late Minister’s family before they can be aired. Insiders say this has resulted in the Corporation losing more than one million rupees in advertising revenue. Wonder if the SLRC bothers to seek permission every time pictures of deceased persons are aired.

At state expense
The Chairman also seems to be making maximum advantage of his position as Chairman. He has hired a car from a company which is a non-existent one and allegedly registered under his own son’s name. Insider says he is paying Rs. 40, 000 for the rental and a monthly insurance premium of Rs. 7,940 for the Cefiro vehicle. And all this luxury at state expense.

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