Eliya highlights Yahapalana sins

Eliya organisation yesterday blamed all woes facing the country in the last three years on the current government and called on people to deliver their verdict accordingly at Saturday’s poll.

Ven. Medagoda Abhayatissa Thera, Chief Incumbent of the Sunethradevi Pirivena, Pepiliyana and

Professor of Pali at the University of Sri Jayawardenepura issuing a statement on behalf of Eliya said:

"This election is by no means an ordinary local government poll and has wider ramifications than electing village level functionaries to keep the streets and drains clean and the roads lit. This will be an election at which the people will deliver their verdict on the performance of the present government over the past three years. The conduct of this government over the past three years has had a negative impact on this country in every sphere. It is the present government that bears the responsibility for the weak state of our economy, the rapid increase in taxes, the sale of national assets to foreign parties, the jailing and harassment of our war heroes who delivered the nation from terrorism, and the insults that have been heaped upon the Venerable Maha Sangha and our cultural heritage over the past three years.

"One of the main objectives of this government is to introduce a federal constitution and to dismantle the unitary state in Sri Lanka. The constitutional reform project has been pushed into the sidelines temporarily due to the local government elections. The new constitution that the government is seeking to introduce into this country is designed to meet the aspirations of separatists and to pander to certain chauvinistic forces and will result in destabilizing the entire system of government in this country.

"The United National party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party are wholeheartedly behind this constitutional reform project. It is a matter of profound regret that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna is also in favour of the proposed new constitution. In the late 1980s the JVP commenced an armed rebellion against the then government to protest against the introduction of the provincial councils system which resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of young people. Today however they have made an 180 degree turn and are openly supporting moves to introduce a new constitution which will go far beyond the provincial councils system and render this country ungovernable.

"The people of Sri Lanka should use their franchise to deliver the country from this perilous situation. On behalf of the Eliya Organisation I would like to draw the attention of the voting public to the need to vote only for political parties that stand against the introduction of the proposed new constitution which seeks to divide the country into nine semi-independent federal units."

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