My policy is to give prominence to Buddhism and protect unitary status: Sajith

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New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa said yesterday his policy was to give prominence to Buddhism and to protect the unitary status of the country.

Speaking at the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) special convention held at the Campbell Park in Borella he said there were no major differences in the policies of JHU and the United National Party (UNP).

“Policies of the JHU are to give prominence to Buddhism and to protect the unitary status of the country. My policies are the same. I don’t think there is much difference in the policies of JHU and the UNP,” he said.

He said the contribution made by the JHU as a political party to safeguard the unitary status, sovereignty and political freedom of the country was commendable.

“The contribution made by the JHU to gain war victory was commendable. Even after a decade since the war has ended, the country has had to face numerous challenges in political, economic and security sectors,” he said.

Mr. Premadasa said people should decide whether to hand over the country to a family dynasty or march forward as a new country.

“We need to go forward to a new country with modern technology and information technology. We will create a new era in governance after the victory at the presidential election. We will give priority to skill and talent," he said.

He stressed that people should not allow a single-family to decide on the national agenda of the country. (Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 7

  • Sundara Rahayya Saturday, 19 October 2019 10:03 AM

    Then protect ancient ruins in North and East before minorities destroy them.

    Hans perlee Saturday, 19 October 2019 10:09 AM

    If you really want this country to forward, start by separating state and religion Hi

    Kanagaratnam Ganeshanathan Saturday, 19 October 2019 10:43 AM

    The contest is between Premadasa family and the Rajapakse family

    Really Saturday, 19 October 2019 10:51 AM

    Hoooooookkokok

    Rimzan Saturday, 19 October 2019 11:23 AM

    Sorry for asking but, Why are you saying that you will give Prominence to only Buddhism? What about other Religions / Faiths? Don't they have Equal rights in Sri Lanka. Why do we divide ourselves on the grounds of religion, cast etc...? Finally Why cant we get United for the Sake of the Future of this Country ???

    Gamini Abheyadeera Monday, 21 October 2019 03:57 AM

    Sajith Premadasa. You look a sorry state every day. The desperation has made you to utter senseless baseless comments. People can see a man in panic and desperate. You being the Minister for Culture did not find a constructive solution to many Buddhist sites. It appears that the final outcome is known and yu know the peoples pulse

    Randy L Tuesday, 22 October 2019 10:48 AM

    We watch very carefully what action you take or not take regarding Gurukanda and Muhudu maha vihara issues which comes under your purview


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