The government yesterday said the UNP had no right to ask for a postponement of the November 8, budget.
Government spokesman Nimal Siripala de Silva told yesterday`s cabinet press briefing that the government had decided to present the budget as scheduled on November 8, and the UNP nor its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had any right to ask for a postponement.
`The Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe cannot ask for a postponement of the budget. It is a matter for the party leaders meeting. He is mixing up the forum.`
De Silva, said that the UNP`s chief opposition whip Mahinda Samarasinghe was present at the last party leaders meeting, but he never asked for a postponement of the budget.
`He did not seek a postponement when I announced that the budget would be presented on November 8.`
The UNP`s Deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya recently wrote to President Chandrika Kumaratunga seeking a postponement of the budget until after the November 17, presidential election.
The reason for seeking a postponement, he said was that whoever wins the presidential election should be given the opportunity of presenting a budget of their own.