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Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardena commenting on the rising communal tensions in Sri Lanka said no organisation could take the law into its hands under the pretext of protecting religion

“The law of the country has to prevail, no organisation can take the law into their hands under the pretext of protecting a religion,” he said.

The minister said the Cabinet sub-committee would hold a crucial meeting in this regard this afternoon.

When asked about the government’s passivity in the entire issue, he said the government was committed to uphold communal harmony.

“We won’t let any sort of communal conflict occur in this country and we are doing everything possible to prevent such a thing. There are many working tirelessly behind the scenes regarding this matter,” he said. (Hafeel Farisz) (Pix by Nisal Baduge)




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  • Roman Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:10 AM

    Well done Mr Minister. Better late than never.
    The last time the clergy organized a big gathering in Kandy in support of SF it was suddenly cancelled in the last minute for unknown reasons. Now another group of clergy is summoning another big gathering in Kandy. Will someone with a genuine interest raise the same concern as last time or could some mischief maker ignite something in the crowd to trigger mayhem and anarchy in this beautiful little country.

    paths Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:10 AM

    If one sees racial tensions developing, clearly Govt must take action to prevent this.
    But there r racially & religiously biased parties in the Govt.
    Const must be secular. BUT our const says Budhism is State religion.
    Why did over a million Tamils leave SL? because they r treated as 2nd clas citizens.
    Muslims r genuine in their actions relating to Halal meat.
    It is in their religion.
    Hope the crucial meeting will appeal to all citizens to maintain Status Quo.
    Muslims were always feeling they r being treated by Govt as well as Singala people as 2nd clas citizens.
    Politicians must NOT EXPLOIT situation.

    Shiyam Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:25 AM

    Happy to see a Sinhala Cabinet Minister speaking at least lately. Hope he will continue his stance.

    RF Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:27 AM

    Preaching Bana....

    malkanthi Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:24 AM

    There seem two divisions in the government, we will wait and see who will win!!

    PRASANNAJIT Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:21 AM

    You dumb politicians have taken law into your hands. So this is the outcome, lawlessness in the country.

    Dilipa Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:22 AM

    there is much more than the halal certificate .

    Kadira Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:31 AM

    Firstly there has to be a rule of law. There is no rule of law in Sri Lanka at present. What you say also applies at the UNHRC meeting in Geneva.

    sobers Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:31 AM

    Be straight! reveal the facts.

    Mahinda Maama Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:32 AM

    law of this country has to prevail? what law?????

    RamUk Wednesday, 13 March 2013 10:10 AM

    alright we didnt know !!!! that so it is just a restaurant matter

    rif Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:36 AM

    EYE wash talk

    sanjay g Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:38 AM

    tohether Only
    YES WE CAN

    sanjay g Thursday, 14 March 2013 01:46 AM

    together Only
    YES WE CAN

    christopher Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:03 PM

    Baila, baila, baila just to divert attention and wash off some mud sling at the government. Don't believe them please.

    Buddadasa Wednesday, 13 March 2013 10:13 AM

    Dear Minister if your really want to help,Please stop stupid activities.Then only you can make peace in country.Not only country even international community will respect your government.Only person it can do is GOTA...But strange..very strange...still he is silent..

    tony Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:30 AM

    One who preach do not practice what he preach

    Saman Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:36 AM

    Could you express the same to Gota

    nazeem Wednesday, 13 March 2013 06:41 PM

    "Truth takes time"

    zeereez Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:34 AM

    have to find the Lal behind the Halal issue....

    SL_EXPATS Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:43 AM

    This is called politricks, after letting everything to be over..

    Ism Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:45 AM

    Who is to control No 1 in the country Gota? This president is 2nd . GOTA is NO 1. Minister mind it ok.

    Lanky Thursday, 14 March 2013 04:39 AM

    Gota is generally gentleman but sometimes naughty , !! like in the cases of Duminda Silva , BBS etc .

    DOTS Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:54 AM

    Yes , it is very sad , This is started only after this powerfull man got interest of opening Restaurents !

    PRASANNAJIT Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:55 AM

    So, what are you going to do about it?

    Ism Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:00 AM

    Ready to face Bribery commission dear honourable minister

    Rasheedomar Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:57 AM

    At present the Govt is encouraging and giving protection to the BBS, one day this same BBS will go against the Govt and that time it will be too late.

    R.Dias Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:58 AM

    he is collecting votes for the next election...these are damn maggots on a dead body....they allow the problems to rot..

    Raiz Lankai Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:04 AM

    This is the result of playing politics with religion. Only a spark in the hands of a fool be enough to make billions worth of property to go up in smoke. That time the politicians instigated this will be protected. Only the poor Lankans will suffer.

    Mewan Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:08 AM

    This ugly trend of clergy, may it be Buddhist, Muslim or Christian, trying to make or amend laws of the country should come to an immediate stop. Time honoured method of making laws by legislation after going though normal parliamentary process is the hallmark of a democracy. If we don’t restore this soon and relegate the clergy to their mandated role of looking after the spiritual side of the public, not only the country will tumble toward anarchy but also we will be ridiculed and shunned in the international community. We are already getting there pretty fast!

    Be fair...... Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:11 AM

    " No Group can take law into own hands".....cant be better than that, the very reason only ONE family has it

    Citizen Thursday, 14 March 2013 05:13 AM

    Can any religious group become judge,jury and the Executioner,Stop the rot ,
    if you have guts to go against the powerful

    ANTON Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:07 AM

    Dinesh (you were my school mate ), PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH.

    Ism Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:14 AM

    After 1st and 2nd retired from this country, don't worry bones will b there

    S Kumarihami Wednesday, 13 March 2013 10:43 AM

    Protecting them, helping them financially.

    Truth Hurts Wednesday, 13 March 2013 07:45 AM

    They are trying to close the gate after the horse has bolted!

    ANTON Wednesday, 13 March 2013 07:46 AM

    TELL BBS FIRST

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 13 March 2013 07:47 AM

    Is he referring to Bodu Bala Sena - which has got covert support from some powerful elements inside the government itself!

    hello Wednesday, 13 March 2013 07:47 AM

    Only the Govt can!

    shihan Wednesday, 13 March 2013 07:59 AM

    But what is Gota doing?

    AMM Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:01 AM

    why dont you directly warn to BBS? they only trying to break the PEACE in country

    shaib Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:02 AM

    No words.We need some action to curb this kind of ugly thing happening in the country.

    weha Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:10 AM

    Other than the government big wiggs, their family members and their goons.

    Concerned Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:05 AM

    Please be specific Minister, without going around the mulberry bush!

    Silva Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:09 AM

    Then Boys Cannot be Boys...

    chux Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:15 AM

    Only government henchmen can....

    Handipora Wednesday, 13 March 2013 08:18 AM

    Bravo, Mr. Minister. For the first time a Minister of the Government has come out with what it looks a firm stand on this simmering issue. We trust and pray that your words will be concrete. Don't let another episode of 'a la Maharagama' to take place. Hooligans should be controlled for the future betterment of Mother Lanka.


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