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The Kandy Heritage Protection Foundation has handed over a letter to the Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters expressing its objection and urging the authorities not to hold the motor race tournament scheduled to be held in Kandy on May 17 and 18.

KHPF Chairman and former National Freedom Front parliamentarian Nimal Premawansa joined a delegation that met Malwatte Mahanayaka Most Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera and Asgiri Mahanayaka Most Ven. Udugama  Sri Budharakkhitha Thera asking them not to allow the motor races to be held in Kandy.

Mr. Premawansa told journalists that they expressed their protest over the holding of the motor races. “The Mahanayaka Theras are displeased with decision to hold the motor races in Kandy. The Asgiriya Mahanayaka Thera opposed the arrangements to hold the motor race on the road which is used for the parading  the annual Kandy Perahera and said  however if they wished to hold the race they could do so in the Gannoruwa area,”  he said.

The Malwatta Mahanayaka Thera also said he would write to the President about their decision. (J.A.L. Jayasinsghe)

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  • sunilnarayan Sunday, 05 May 2013 01:49 PM

    i think they can speak bit more stronger and straight forward !

    Prof. Calculas Sunday, 05 May 2013 02:07 PM

    Please please, do not stop the carnival. We are a mid income country and these are a must.

    MayIwin Silva Sunday, 05 May 2013 02:12 PM

    It is highly recommended and suggested to parade few Lambogini and other latest cars during the forthcoming Kandy Esala Perahera.

    sss Sunday, 05 May 2013 02:14 PM

    hope offer of two luxury cars will not be used as bait

    Sonali De Silva Sunday, 05 May 2013 02:22 PM

    Lets hope our clergy will hold fort and not be bullied into letting them have the races in this sacred city. This country has become a farce.

    Nodrog Sunday, 05 May 2013 03:15 PM

    Even if the prelates agree will the 'organizers' comply? After all this govt only does as it wants.

    thala Sunday, 05 May 2013 03:18 PM

    Tradition has gone to Dogs....

    GC Sunday, 05 May 2013 03:37 PM

    It is time to show some stronger leadership and to be a good example to the people.

    Saman Tuesday, 07 May 2013 02:25 AM

    No Plane Mattala Airport is a better venue.


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