By Our Ampara Correspondent
State Minister for Education V. Radhakrishnan said Tamils and Muslims in the Northern and Eastern Provinces should unite before demanding for the merging of the two Provinces.
He was speaking at an event where he declared open a laboratory and laid the foundation stone for a three-storeyed building at Pottuvil A.I. Kalam Maha Vidyalaya in the Eastern Province last week.
Radhakrishnan, citing the exemplary reconciliation of the two major parties, the UNP and the SLFP, asked why the Muslims and Tamils could not unite and work for the common good before demanding the amalgamation of the North and East. Muslims and Tamils should be determined to unite and work for United Sri Lanka headed by President Maithripala Sirisena, he said.
Addressing the teachers, parents and students Radhakrishnan added that today Tamil speaking Education Ministers are there to look into the interest of those areas and now they are being looked after in a satisfactory manner as far as the development and the academic affairs are concerned. “This should prevail in the upcountry too. Then only can we expect vast development.”
During the course of his speech he also a made it a point to say that powers should be given to the Provincial Ministry too to pave the way for better environment and development.
Radhakrishnan later declared open a Technology Laboratories at Pottuvil’s A.l. Irfan Maha Vidyalaya and Pottvil Muslim Central College. State Minister for Faizal Cassim, Chief Minister Hafiz Naseer Ahamed, Member of Parliament Kaveenthran Kodeewaran, Opposition Leader M.S. Uthumalebbe, M.P.C. Ariff Samusdeen, Pottuvil Divisional Secretary N.M. Muzarrath and Provincial Minister Health A.L.M. Naseer too were present at this ceremony.