Housing and Samurdhi Minister Sajith Premadasa says that the LTTE groups in the West are now protesting against TNA leaders and burning their effigies as TNA has agreed that unitary status of Sri Lanka should be preserved.
Addressing a ceremony at Mathuwakanda in Mulkirigala to lay the foundation stone for a new chaitya at Handugala Sri Vijayarama Vihara last week (04), Minister Premadasa said the Opposition alleged that TNA had supported Maithripala Sirisena during the presidential election as part of a strategy to divide the country. “Now it has been proved otherwise. The LTTE activists in London are burning the effigies of TNA MPs Sampanthan and Sumanthiran. These protests by the LTTEers in the West have silenced those who clamoured here that the votes given to President Sirisena were votes in support of Tigers and the country would be divided.”
The Minister said the TNA MPs did not demand a separate state; they only wanted equal treatment to Tamil community. “Those who campaigned against President Sirisena wanted to prevent that. According to the Constitution no citizen should be discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, language, caste, sex, political opinion, place of birth or any such grounds and every citizen has a right to be considered equal. But, there are plots being hatched to secure power by mobilising people on racist lines. People should not fall prey to these forces. We, as Buddhists, should remember that the Buddha never approved of discriminating against humanns the basis of race, caste, class or creed.”
Premadasa said that the duty of Buddhists was not to demand the annihilation of other religions but to take action to protect and safeguard Buddhism. “For that purpose we should maintain our temples. If the Sunday dhamma schools in our villages are not functioning, we must revive them. If the children in dhamma schools have to study under trees we must construct buildings for them. That is the way to protect Buddhism,” the Minister added.
He said that action had been initiated to build three dagobas at temples belonging to Siyam, Amarapura and Ramanna Chapters in Hambantota. Work of constructing the fourth chaitya commenced at the Handugala Sri Vijayarama Vihara. “I do not spend public money for these works but use my own funds,” the minister added.