United National Party (UNP) MP Ravi Karunanayake today alleged that at a time when there was peace in Sri Lanka, its neighbor India was known to have attempted to create problems for this country by supplying weapons to certain elements.
Mr. Karunanayake was responding to media reports that India was planning to hold talks with the Sri Lanka’s minority political parties on the national question.
“Why is India talking to minority parties? The UNP also represent the minorities. Tamils and Muslims also voted for me and were instrumental in electing me to parliament. Must I be a Muslim to represent Muslims,” he asked while speaking on the need to license all weapons in Sri Lanka.
During the private member’s motion moved by him Mr. Karunanayake proposed that if anyone was found possessing an unlicensed weapon, he or she should be charged under the breach of criminal law with a mandatory jail sentence of 20 years.
He hailed Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa who vowed to take action against those who had failed to surrender illegal firearms in their possession.
“This is a timely move. The country has been rescued from terrorism and we need to appreciate the government’s role in ridding Sri Lanka of illegal weapons,” Mr. Karunanayake said adding that it was the politicians who were responsible for the proliferation of firearms in the country. he said.
Comments - 19
Friday, 11 June 2010 12:00 PM
Friday, 11 June 2010 12:41 PM
At last Ravi got an issue to blow his trumpet to compete with Sajith. Ravi is too far behind Sajith.
Friday, 11 June 2010 12:55 PM
Have you forgotten from where UNP leader came from? Was he from the same school?
Friday, 11 June 2010 12:58 PM
Please get out of Traditional Politics and allow the Country to calm
Friday, 11 June 2010 01:59 PM
well said mate!
Saturday, 12 June 2010 09:56 AM
Friday, 11 June 2010 06:02 PM
Then why is your 'boss' such a frequent visitor to India?
Friday, 11 June 2010 09:25 AM
spoken like a true royalist. bravo. wish others in the unp could act in the same way and criticize only when its really needed. btw im not a upfa supporter
Friday, 11 June 2010 09:27 AM
Indian plot is much more better and safe for SL than thoses of the US and the west. You can follow whatever you would want when you come to power.
Friday, 11 June 2010 09:35 AM
Sudden change in eyeing for the party leadership.
Friday, 11 June 2010 09:38 AM
THE MORE YOU KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT, IT IS BETTER FOR YOU AND THE COUNTRY.
Friday, 11 June 2010 09:40 AM
Ravi, any comment about the statement made by the defence secretary to the BBC hard talk about the hanging of the national hero?
Friday, 11 June 2010 09:42 AM
I wonder why Ranil always visit India. Ravi, did you consult your boss before making this statement. If your party represent minorities, how did the Jaffna library get burnt during the UNP regime?
Friday, 11 June 2010 09:50 AM
whatever our personal political affiliations, there is no denying the fact that India never was, never is and never will be a genuine neighbor. we need to develop ourselves to be able to face threats and intimidation from India. also we should be in a position to to tell India that we need only a bilateral relationship with it and nothing more. now that ealam war is over, they will try to find some other way to create chaos here. so one good way to forestall that would be to say no to indian consular offices outside of colombo and immediately stop issuing on-arrival visas to indians.
Friday, 11 June 2010 10:01 AM
ROYALIST - is not the word bro, He is trying to place his head on his shoulders, it was some where else before.
ROYALIST - This catogery should be born & brought up from Greater Colombo rest all faks. When it comes to politics and buisness any one from this school is a prime or Royal cut throat. except for very few of course. This is one of many.
Friday, 11 June 2010 10:02 AM
His tone and language has changed, since changing his attire from Western to National!
Friday, 11 June 2010 09:57 PM
This is kind of fishy: MR, UNP and JVP, all run to India, more often than they visit their own constituencies.
Friday, 11 June 2010 10:10 AM
Very well said,Ravi
Friday, 11 June 2010 10:24 AM
Pls Ravi... Keep your trap shut. The UNP election loss was partly to your stupid remarks you made in parliament about the Pamankade episode.
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