DPF deputy leader condemns Ranawaka over traitor comments



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by Lal Gunesekera


Deputy Leader of the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) Dr. Kumar Guruparan yesterday condemned Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka of the Jathika Hela Urumaya for stating that those who were against the reduction of powers in the 13th Amendment were traitors.


Dr. Guruparan told The Island President J. R. Jayewardene had, through experience, introduced the 13th Amendment. "Such a leader would not do anything to harm the interests of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka.


Minister Ranawaka wanted to build an exclusive Sinhala-Buddhist country, which was contrary to the preaching of the Buddha, who wanted an inclusive humane society without any segregation or discrimination, on the basis of caste, creed or religion, the DPF deputy leader said.


Dr. Guruparan said the Buddha had considered everything in a humanitarian manner for everyone to live peacefully. JRJ, too, had realised it and wanted every community to live in peace in the country.


He claimed that great leaders of South Asia like JRJ and the late Rajiv Gandhi, the former Indian Prime Minister, had been confident that only devolution of power could bring about a peaceful society in Sri Lanka.


Therefore, Dr. Guruparan maintained, it was regrettable that Minister Ranawaka had chosen to take a communal stand.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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