The no confidence motion against the Finance Minister was defeated in Parliament today with a majority of 94 votes.

Accordingly, 51 members voted in favor while 145 voted against the motion tabled by the Joint Opposition.

The motion was signed by 37 MPs and was handed over to the Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya on March 24.

The motion has been filed accusing Ravi Karunanayake of proving false information to the Parliament including the proposals included in the 2016 Budget.

All the members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) voted against the motion.

The JVP voted in favor. Twenty eight MPs including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Opposition leader R. Sampanthan were absent at the voting.