Government Spokesman Nimal Siripala De Silva addressing a news conference in Colombo justified the carrying of ``Mahinda Chinthana`` proposals in the budget and said there was nothing illegal in it. He said the budget presented in Parliament on Tuesday reflected the vision of a leader.
Queried whether it would be unfair by UNP Presidential aspirant when the budget proposals reflected certain decisions of the Premier`s election manifesto, the Minister said that was nothing wrong in it. `There was no agenda in the budget. It was his vision that was reflected` he said.
Despite the Minister`s comments the budget however did not allocate funds for the Premier`s main platform pledge of bringing down the price of fertilizer to Rs. 350 and funds for providing meals for school children. However Samurdhi relief of Rs. 500 have been increased by Rs. 250 in keeping to the Premier`s promise of increasing the relief by 50%.
Responding to a query on the UNP`s plan to present a separate budget in the event of the Opposition Leader coming into power, the Minister quipped: `The UNP is talking about a Sirikotha budget. Certainly not the national budget`.
The Minister expressed confidence that they would go ahead with the Second Reading of the budget after Premier Rajapakse was elected President.