Asgiriya Chief Prelate questions North CMs demand

The Chief Prelate said this when he met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is on a visit to Kandy. Responding to this, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe noted that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is working well with the new Government. The Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter, the Venerable Galagama Attadassi Thera, has questioned the demand by the Chief Minister of the Northern Province C V Wigneswaran, that the army should be withdrawn from Jaffna.The Venerable Galagama Attadassi Thera said that the Government must be wise when responding to such demands and ensure that Sri Lanka remains united under one National flag. Wickremesinghe also noted that the issue of returning land held by the military in the North to the civilians is still an issue.However he said that land which the military does not require anymore since the war is over, is being returned to the rightful owners. (Colombo Gazette) He recalled that some TNA members had even attended the Independence Day celebrations this year and this shows that the TNA accepts Sri Lanka’s Independence Day and also the military.The Prime Minister said that while there maybe a few negative comments being made by some TNA members, in Parliament both the Government and the TNA have a good understanding. read more