|Thursday, 8 November 2001|
UNP silence cause for voters' suspicion - Most Ven. Asgiri Maha Nayaka Thera
by Kandy District Group Correspondent
The UNP should respond to the allegations made by the Government about a MoU that has been signed with the LTTE and if it has been proved I will get on the streets with the masses, the Maha Nayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter Udugama Sri Buddha Rakhitha Thera said.
The prelate said so after an edited version of the election manifesto of the UNP was presented to him by UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya and Media Spokesman Prof. G. L. Peiris.
The prelate further said:"The President is constantly alleging that there is a connection between the UNP and the LTTE and it is up to the UNP to explain with facts the veracity of these allegations. There is every room for doubt among the voters and the country at large if the UNP maintains its stoic silence.
This country should have citizens of every ethnic denominations. Development cannot be effected with any of these ethnicities in isolation.
Over 70 per cent of the Tamil population is opposed to the LTTE. Therefore, a conducive environment should prevail for the Tamils to engage in political activities.
The Maha Sangha cannot speak unilaterally. All political parties should give adequate consideration to the needs of the people by implementing an economic development program. There is no point in attacking each other instead of explaining the policy statements of these parties".
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