The opposition says although the government has won the 2022 Budget, the public has been defeated once again.
Speaking to media after the Budget vote in Parliament, Parliamentarian Harsha de Silva said they are standing with the people and the country.
MP de Silva said citizens have no food and drink to consume at present while in the next few days they will not have powdered milk and fuel. He added even medicines are in short supply.
MP Harsha de Silva said Minister Basil Rajapaksa has no alternative plans for the present crisis.
He said they cannot let the government starve the people.
The Parliamentarian noted that if the government has to seek the support of the International Monetary, the opposition will support the move.
He said an alternative plan should be tabled.
Meanwhile, Minister SM Chandrasean said the 2022 Budget has been passed with a two thirds majority in Parliament.
Parliamentarian Tissa Attanayake said the budget was passed only through votes of MPs but the public did not endorse it.
Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara said the Budget has given new hope for the country.
Minister Nanayakkara said if the fertilizer crisis and the shortage of essential goods are resolved, the government can forge ahead.
State Minister Duminda Dissanayaka said the opposition has requested the government to seek the support of the IMF.
He said however the government is of the firm belief that the local economy should be strengthened instead of taking countless number of loans.
Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka said the government is taking temporary loans for three months and six months and running the country without a long-term plan.
He said all ratings indicate that the country is heading towards bankruptcy but the government has not provided any solutions.
MP Ranawaka said therefore the government should understand the issue at hand and deal with the crisis.
Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran said the government has no plans to run the country or repay the loans.
MP Sumanthiran said the only way to repay loans is to obtain more loans.
Meanwhile Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage meanwhile said there will be no economic crisis in the country next year and claimed that they will repay all loans in a timely manner.
He said he as the Agriculture Minister can assure there will be no food shortage and no one needs to go overseas.
Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claimed that they will direct the country in the right path.