When the President has unexpectedly appointed a new Prime Minister, the Budget report for 2019 by the Yahapalana Government was fixed with dates to be presented to the Parliament. Accordingly, the Budget report was just finalized.
Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Finance S.R. Atigala, who was the Deputy Secretary to the Treasury then, was in charge of all responsibilities of preparing the budget at Mangala’s Finance Ministry. At the brick of political crisis, the budget had been finalized under his instructions.
The Deputy Secretary to the Treasury has expressed his support to Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe once he was sworn in as the Prime Minister, and accordingly he was appointed in the Secretary position in the Ministry of Finance. The secret of having the former Deputy Secretary appointed in the Secretary position by Mahinda has now been revealed.
The Budget Proposal prepared by Mr. Mangala Samaraweera as the Finance Minister has been handed to Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe unedited by Mr. Atigala, and loosely reading the report with sense of revelation, Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe has said, “For god’s sake, good thing that I acted too quickly. If Mangala presented this to the Parliament, we won’t even last in 2020.”
The Mahinda Rajapakshe group is expecting to submit a vote account for the following two months to the Parliament, and it had also been taken as reasoning for proroguing the Parliament. Reportedly, it is Mr. Mangala Samaraweera’s original Budget Report the Rajapakshe group is aiming to present through the vote account.
Although senior officers from the Finance Ministry took measures to inform Mr. Mangala Samaraweera of the fact that Mr. Atigala is a Rajapakshe supporter, he was not much attentive to the information for he kept faith in Mr. Atigala. Accordingly, Mr. Atigala has been able to gain Mr. Mangala Samaraweera’s trust.
However, internal sources say that Mr. Atigala had framed Mr. Mangala Samaraweera. He was able to convince Mr. Samaraweera that he never is a Rajapakshe supporter.
Nevertheless, Mr. Atigala is revealed with his true colours to Mr. Samaraweera when Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe has resurfaced in the political arena with his swearing as the Prime Minister.