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)