Gammanpila pledges one plant for each preferential vote received

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Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) Leader Udaya Gammanpila today pledged to plant one plant for each preferential vote he would receive at the upcoming General Election.

He made the pledge before an audience of environmentalists at Diyasaru Uyana, Battaramulla while joining the programme 'Haritha Hetak, Manapayata Pelayak' (A plant for each preferential vote, a greener tomorrow).

Speaking at the event, Mr. Gammanpila, who is contesting the General Election from the SLPP, said the election has become the enemy of the environment.

“Posters, polythene, and fire-crackers contribute immensely to the environmental pollution. The most recent contribution is the vehicle processions. Some candidates believe that higher a number of vehicles in the procession, higher their status. When I arrive at a location in a single vehicle, some say it doesn’t show the peoples power. It is evident that they have no knowledge of carbon emission. Higher the number of vehicles, higher the carbon emission," he said.

He said only the trees can absorb carbon emitted and the best option available to lessen the impact on the environment during the election campaign is to plant trees as much as possible.

He also said what is more important than just pledging to protect the environment is to take action to protect it.

“Therefore, I expect to add one plant each for each preferential vote I get, to the environment. If I get 300,000 votes from the voters in Colombo, I will dedicate myself to plant 300,000 plants in the next five years," he said.

Ven. Pahiyangala Ananda Sagara Thera, Professor Sarath Kotagama, Professor Hemanthi Ranasinghe and veteran environmentalist Samatha Gunasekara were also present at the event. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • roni Tuesday, 28 July 2020 12:26 AM

    How do you intend to pay for these plants ? Will history repeat itself. Empty vessels make the biggest noise.

    BigEars Tuesday, 28 July 2020 01:12 AM

    Hey! Do not get missed again. He is referring to "Grass" plants. Not Jack trees.

    Hehe Tuesday, 28 July 2020 10:09 AM

    Lankan Mr Beast

    Ronnie Bugger Tuesday, 28 July 2020 11:20 AM

    Muta pissu. Ara rupiyal seeyae kathawa wage.

    vince Tuesday, 28 July 2020 01:26 PM

    WILL HE THIS TIME ASK FOR Rs 1000. FOR EACH PLANT THAT HE WILL ONE HOPES PERSONALLY PUT IN THE GROUND.

    Samson Tuesday, 28 July 2020 01:29 PM

    Though your party will win you will not get many preferences, so you don't need many plants

    Joshua Tuesday, 28 July 2020 01:57 PM

    Plant some useful plants which will bear good fruits to the future generation. What a joker

    Interested Tuesday, 28 July 2020 02:13 PM

    haha is he planning on a ganja plantation?

    Citizen Tuesday, 28 July 2020 09:27 PM

    Yes if he wins he will plant trees for 5 years , that's all he can do for 5 years hik hik


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