People abhorred UNP's Kahala Nadaya - Minister Anura Yapa
Colombo: The United National Party (UNP) has withered further
after the Kahala Nadaya organised by them in connection with increasing
oil prices, Information and Media Minister and Cabinet Spokesman Anura
Priyadarshana Yapa said.
"The people expressed their disdain and contempt for this action,"
Minister Yapa told the Cabinet press briefing.
Minister Anura Yapa
Minister Yapa said the UNP members took part in Kahala Nadaya using
their luxury vehicles and people expressed their disapproval when they
blocked the roads. "The whole campaign became a joke."
Minister Yapa pointed out that certain elements who pretend that they
stand for democracy and also think that it is good if the LTTE prevailed
in the Eastern Province are trying to create havoc in the East after the
Government rescued the Eastern Province from the terrorism and
established democracy and peace there.
These elements motivate people in the East to get involved in
violence. Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan
made an excellent statement recently.
He told that earlier he was misled by inaccurate leadership and
searched for liberation through arms but now I have realised the truth
and try to illuminate the lives of people living in the East.
"We must thank the Eastern Chief Minister for his statement," the
minister added. The Minister stressed that the Government as the State
has a responsibility to protect the people and land and due respect and
honour should be endowed to the Armed Forces protecting the people and
"We should see terrorism as terrorism and not misunderstand terrorism
as fighting for freedom," he said.
Minister Yapa further said that all that the Government always
requests is not to write anything that destroys the courage of the Armed
Forces. Anyone can harbour any opinion.
"Misunderstanding the Government's request to refrain from destroying
the courage of the Armed Forces is something very serious. It is the
responsibility of the journalists to think and write.
Thousands have sacrificed their lives for the country. The Ministry
of Defence is committed to protect the country, its people and their
properties," he added.