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Lanka Sathosa, the state run retail chain, has said that its spices which were packed with a design of a lotus flower on it, will not be removed from shelves, despite concerns raised by the Center for Monitoring Election Violence who has written to the National Elections Commission raising serious concerns of polls violation over it. The Daily Mirror learns that many Lanka Sathosa outlets have these spices on their shelves leading the matter to be discussed on social media in recent days, at a time when the Parliament remains dissolved. Chairman of Lanka Sathosa, Nushad Perera said that the concerns raised by some parties over the packaging was not a reason for the company to remove spices off its shelves at a time of a national crisis as this would lead to a shortage in the market. Perera further said that the packaging was done by a company named DilFoods Pvt. Ltd. who had been providing these packages to Sathosa for the past 15 years and this art work came into effect long before the Pohottuwa was formed. "The quality of the packing is really good so we no cause for concern as it's not a lotus bud but a lotus flower instead," Perera said. "If the argument is that this is an election violation, then even elephant house can be seen as a UNP propaganda. At this time when we need to supply all essential supplies we are not curtailing on our products. There is no reason for us to take it off our shelves," Perera said. The Center for Monitoring Elections Violence, however has raised the alarm over the packaging calling on the National Elections Commission to intervene and remove these products off shelves as this was a serious election violation. National Coordinator, Manjula Gajanayake said the CMEV had written to the Lanka Sathosa Management as well, urging the products to be taken off immediately "My humble request made to Elections Commission, is that even though it may be an old packing, atleast Lanka Sathosa should take action to remove it now," Gajanayake said. "We have to protect the integrity of the Elections," he said adding that this request was not an attempt to hinder the government's ongoing efforts towards the national crisis. The Daily Mirror learns that after concerns were raised by the CMEV, DilFoods have been contacted by members from the ruling party who have told them to stop using this packaging and the company will use fresh packaging from tomorrow which will not include the Lotus flower picture. When contacted, DilFoods Owner, Rohitha Wijesingha said this art work came into existence in 2007, long before the Pohottuwa was formed but this packaging had been stopped since Monday due to the election period. Three million packs which have already been printed will not be used further, during the polls period. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

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  • Dravid B. Cramer Wednesday, 08 April 2020 12:39 PM

    This is a lot of BS!! while they claim this logo was somewhere in sathosa branding on the side, which could be true. However never ever did this logo appear on any of the packages guaranteed until few weeks ago? so yes, it was done on purpose use of the pohottuwa at this time of national crisis but aiming at elections as a campaign!

    Sarah Wednesday, 08 April 2020 12:40 PM

    What is wrong with selling a product which had nothing to do with politics? This CMEV has nothing to do now except arguing about food packaging when people don't even have basic food. Just stop raising stupid arguments. Are you going to stop Elephant House brands too?.

    Francis Wednesday, 08 April 2020 12:43 PM

    Should not much bothered about this crap

    Silva Wednesday, 08 April 2020 12:52 PM

    Anyway they are not coming forward with home delivery. In high risk districts like Kalutara, with a complete shut down, no one has ever seen a Sathosa lorry in the villages. Useless company.

    manjula desilva Wednesday, 08 April 2020 12:58 PM

    Lotus or no lotus food is in shortage is everywhere. Lotus has no plans to distribute food

    Anthony Wednesday, 08 April 2020 01:00 PM

    STUPID IGNORANT FOOLS, JUST CREATING ISSUES

    Shehan Wednesday, 08 April 2020 01:07 PM

    Reality there should be some narrow minded dirty politicians behind it. Even over dead bodies they want to achieve that they want to. Idiots

    Narrow minded Wednesday, 08 April 2020 01:09 PM

    Election results are based on how people feel about a certain party. How can a picture change how they feel? Our people are extremely narrow minded.

    Sally Wednesday, 08 April 2020 01:13 PM

    How come CMEV idiots never had issues about Elephant House drinks, ice cream, sausages during the past so many years that had elections in Sri Lanka?

    Sambo Wednesday, 08 April 2020 01:14 PM

    A very simple solution. Don't buy the product. Let it perish on the shelves.

    Tax payer Wednesday, 08 April 2020 01:18 PM

    At this crucial time when there is a shortage of all these items due to the curfew, I say sell the chilli powder in the packing that it is in and to heck with the CMEV idiots.

    renu Wednesday, 08 April 2020 09:14 PM

    Rohitha Wijesinghe go and tell your grand mother this as people in this country are not fools

    CITIZEN Wednesday, 08 April 2020 10:31 PM

    THIS IS THE HALL MARK OF MAHINDA CHINTHANAYA - CHEATING AT EVERY GIVEN OPPORTUNITY

    Moda Aliya Thursday, 09 April 2020 12:40 PM

    Let's destroy all the lotus ponds in Sri Lanka.


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