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Appeal for alcohol-free election campaign

JHU candidate Ven Athuraliye Ratana Thero told the media yesterday he lamented the lack of in-depth substance or ideological thinking in the propaganda or rhetoric of candidates at election platforms or meetings today.

"The values have been lost and they play to the gallery simply to please them and also it shows the ignorance on the part of the election candidates," he said.

"There is a total deterioration in the country’s political culture".

Although this government should be credited for ending the 30-year-old war and defeating terrorism, the nation is facing another kind of terrorism today in the form of drugs and alcohol, he said.

During the election campaign, politicians provided free cigarettes and liquor to the people in order to garner their support, leading to a sharp increase in the profits generated by alcohol and cigarette manufacturers.

The next Parliament has a responsibility to stop this political culture, he said.

Ven. Ratana Thero said the JHU condemns the practice of providing alcohol and cigarettes to party supporters and other people merely to gain their support for its part the JHU was also promoting a ‘polythene and a plastic free election campaign’.

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