No decision to keep liquor shops open on Poya Days: Rajapakshe

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Justice and Buddhasasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that the government had not taken a decision to keep liquor shops and bars open on Poya Days. He was responding to questions posed to him by the media after calling on the Mahanayake Theras in Kandy yesterday.

He said some ministers made statements in Parliament and that was their right. He said there was no need to talk about keeping liquor shops open on Poya Days as no such decision had been reached.

He said certain dollar-crazy NGOs were harming national reconciliation. Also, he said undue publicity given to such statements by the media had hampered the reconciliation process.

He added, “I spoke to the Mahanayake Theras about the conservation of temples as well as the reconciliation process and development of the Budda Sasana. Various NGOs are acting with ulterior motives such as harming the national reconciliation process and national unity. I spoke with the Mahanayake Theras about these things.(J.A.L.Jayasinghe)

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  • Dee Monday, 03 July 2017 06:33 PM

    Please don't open. Else the mobile operations will be effected. End of making a quick buck. You know? It's better than lending money.

    Snowy Monday, 03 July 2017 10:13 AM

    Yes Sir you are right Some get $ from NGOs. Other get money and overseas trips by people who ran illegal security services at sea depriving Sri Lanka government of much needed foreign exchange. They are both one and the same.

    RD Monday, 03 July 2017 01:27 PM

    Just one protest and the Gov. backed off its plan.

    Sonali Monday, 03 July 2017 02:06 PM

    I don't get it. How does opening of liquor stores on poya days harm the "reconciliation process"? What reconciliation process is he talking about? Is this a - where are you going? coconut in the basket case.

    ceylon Monday, 03 July 2017 02:10 PM

    if no good close down forever.howcome no good only poya day .close is not important if people drink in poya day.drinkers drink daily. via DM Android App

    Mason Monday, 03 July 2017 06:21 PM

    Hope saner counsel will prevail soon to do away with this meaningless regulation.

    ANTON Monday, 03 July 2017 09:38 AM

    YES .... OTHERWISE HOW THE HELL OUR KASIPPU BREWERS MAKE MONEY.


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