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Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that the Joint Opposition (JO) submitted amendments to the Inland Revenue Bill to ensure that no taxes would be imposed with regard to any place of religious worship.

He said the government accepted these amendments and included them in the Bill.   

“Otherwise, places of religious worship would have been taxed like all other institutions,” he told a group of journalists in Kandy.  (Nadeeka Daya Bandara)

  Comments - 10

  • Danushka Saturday, 09 September 2017 02:03 PM

    All lies. If the JO amendments were accepted why did they vote against. Anyway the former president was not even in parliament to vote- he doesn't know what's happening.

    Vernon Saturday, 09 September 2017 06:12 PM

    What harm taxing religious places from the profits they make, when they are raking millions from worshipers who has very little idea where the money they put is goes.

    Dr. A.C.B. Jayaweera Saturday, 09 September 2017 06:14 PM

    He talks like an angel to satisfy the Buddhist monks, but most of the Senior monks knows who he is and how he robbed those days.

    Somapala Gurusinghe Saturday, 09 September 2017 06:15 PM

    Mahinda only talks to pacify the monks who are with him, not does anything practically good, all he did were up to criminal charges.

    S.T.M. Jabeer (Attorney-at-Law) Saturday, 09 September 2017 06:17 PM

    Hay Mahinda you are talking about protecting religious places. Do you know when churches and mosques were set fire by your own men (BBS) you were keeping quiet.

    Aladeniya Kirimathaya Saturday, 09 September 2017 06:19 PM

    MR thinks if he talks like this he could win the support from all the religious leaders and win elections, never...never.... sorry putha... it will never happen.

    vithura Saturday, 09 September 2017 06:56 PM

    The motive being he could use his 'offices' in viharas to do his 'deals'.

    Dhammika Saturday, 09 September 2017 06:57 PM

    VERY CORRECT DANUSHA , Now MR is playing the safe mode card . Firstly he getting into politics as an MP and forming a so called JO has got the whole country in to a political mess.

    karthik Sunday, 10 September 2017 10:26 AM

    Well done ex President. You know the values of all religions.

    gamini Monday, 11 September 2017 08:42 AM

    why should the religious places not be taxed, they make more money than many small business


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