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Ranjan questions re-naming of school in Madiwela

Highways and Road Development State Minister Ranjan Ramanayake questioned on re-naming ‘Sri Rahula Maha Vidyalaya’ in Madiwela, Kotte as ‘Isura Vidyalaya’.

He was speaking during the Committee Stage debate of the Budget when the Expenditure Heads of Defence Ministry and Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry were taken up.

The State Minister brought the attention of President Maithripala Sirisena, who was in the Chamber listening to the debate, to the public and social media criticism on Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya re-naming a school after him. He pointed out that the 25-year old school was initially named after respected monk Ven.Thotagamuwe Sri Rahula Thera.

“This school is located near the Madiwela MP’s quarters where I live. People came and complained to me. It was opened by the Chief Minister on April 1 which is also considered the ‘Fools’ Day’. The Chief Minister was trying to make birth certificates for others’ children. A President naming some place after his or her name is understandable and such examples are found in other countries too.

Speaking on the subject of Defence Ministry, State Minister Ramanayake sought a reply from the President on the outright sale of prime land in Colombo to a Chinese company to put up Shangri-La hotel. “The land in which the Defence Ministry Headquarters was located was sold to China at Rs 8,250million. This is the land where the statue of SLFP Founder S W R D Bandaranaike is located. During a ‘Viyathmaga’ event, former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said recently that the Shangri-La hotel Chairman contacted him asking for land in Galle Face and that he made the arrangements for that within two weeks.Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa were the Chief Guests in the second opening ceremony. We would like to know what action the President intends to take against the outright sale of this land,” said Ramanayake.

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