Amunugama embarks on new political culture
Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama
pledged to depart from the traditional electioneering method and instead
convert his platform into a forum for intellectuals.
* Forum for intellectuals
to be introduced from Kandy
under title of citizens force
The Minister said he would introduce this system from Kandy where
ideas and views of intelligentsia would be obtained in the country’s
He said this while introducing the Puravesi Balawegaya (Citizens
Force) consisting of intellectuals which he said would be a new
experience in the country’s political landscape.
Launching his election campaign in the Kandy district, Minister
Amunugama said today it is the view of intellectuals that they should
come forward to work towards the future development of the country
putting aside political differences and that they need a platform for
Hence his decision to set up such a platform under the title of
Speaking on the occasion Ven. Marathugoda Dhammananda Thera said
today when one sees the thuggery, killings, etc surrounding politics,
many shudder when even politics is mentioned.
Many intellectuals and even the Maha Sanga refrain from expressing
their views due to the sorry state of state of the country’s political
Therefore Dr. Amunugama should be commended for understanding this
situation creating a platform for intellectuals to air their views, the
Prof. Palitha Randeniya said having associated the Minister for
around 40 years, he is not surprised at this move since he (the
Minister) always came out with new ideas and thoughts.