Video: Govt. using Pillay as excuse to remove DS statue: UNP

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The main opposition United National Party (UNP) today accused the government of attempting to remove the statue of late Prime Minister D. S. Senanayake that is at the Independence Square by using UN Human Rights Chief Navanethem Pillay as the excuse for doing so.

UNP spokesman Gayantha Karunathilaka said the party would reveal more details on this matter after Ms. Pillay responds to letter sent to her by UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

“Mr. Wickremesinghe has asked Ms. Pillay whether she called for the removal of Mr. Senanayake’s statue and the Buddhist flag from Independence Square.  He has also made her aware as to the late Mr. Senanayake’s stature as a highly respected political leader of this country,” he said.

Referring to the elections to the provincial councils, Mr. Karunathilaka said the government was sticking to the slogan “Suravai Musavai (alcohol and lies) instead of the slogan “Sathutai Nidahasai (happiness and freedom) under which claimed it would conduct its campaign.

Gampaha District UNP MP Ajith Manapperuma said UPFA allies who are criticizing this regime should have the backbone and the guts to leave the government.  (Yohan Perera and Lahiru Pothmulla)
 
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  • Ukussa Wednesday, 11 September 2013 07:29 AM

    There were two items. Not only the statue but also the Buddhist flag. Whatever it is Gayantha you need much political maturity before commenting on this type of issues. Otherwise you also end up with just another joker commenting on behalf of UNP.

    GC Tuesday, 10 September 2013 12:15 PM

    Some people may worship blindly but, worse, other seem to criticise, suppress and kill etc without any thought to the teaching of those they worship.

    John Ediriweera Wednesday, 11 September 2013 11:51 AM

    My sentiments exactly. With regard to every statue. Or better still cease this ridiculous practice of erecting statues all over the place.

    tomsamusa Tuesday, 10 September 2013 06:40 PM

    That would be the BEST thing to happen in sinking lanka!!!!!

    xlntgson Wednesday, 11 September 2013 12:11 PM

    There was news around that SWRD Bandaranaike's statue will also be removed! That is the end of statues old, living one's may stand petrified!

    hello Tuesday, 10 September 2013 01:00 PM

    Please make sensible comments without showing your...........

    Maxi Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:32 PM

    Very soon our future generation will have to forget who Mr. D.S. Senanayake was.

    Dee Wednesday, 11 September 2013 04:49 AM

    there seems to be many fathers of our nation. soon will find out .

    Esala Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:19 AM

    Correct, Pillay wants to replace Prabhakans statue, and LTTE flag in those places. She don't like D,S.Senanayaka statue and buddhist flag in Independence Square

    nicky karunarathna Wednesday, 11 September 2013 05:49 AM

    It should be in the museum as piece of history and not in public places where crows take the mean advantage to denigrate the UNP heroes. It will be more safe and clean for UNP stalwarts to go and pay homage in private.

    pr Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:39 AM

    Why not plant a Sri Lankan flag????? to represent all communities.

    ANTON Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:39 AM

    MAJORITY OF OUR PEOPLE WORSHIP STATUES AND MONEY.

    npj Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:43 AM

    Such comments will make more Prabakarans than those of Pillay.

    Roshantha Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:58 AM

    UNP worships Pillay. They should erect a statue of her's at Sirkotha.

    CW Tuesday, 10 September 2013 10:09 AM

    Did you see President's response to Pillay's question? Please do not spread lies.


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