Some trying to drag SLPP into racism - State Minister Nimal Lanza | Daily News

Some trying to drag SLPP into racism - State Minister Nimal Lanza

State Minister Lanza looking at an opening of a road development programme.
State Minister Lanza looking at an opening of a road development programme.

Rural Roads and Other Infrastructure State Minister Nimal Lanza said that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is not a racist party even though some are trying to drag it into racism.

The State Minister was participating in several road development programmes in Kantale in the Trincomalee District on April 10.

He opened the Kantale-Gantalawa Ananda Mawatha and the rehabilitating of the Kantale Rajamaha Vihara Godella Mawatha at a cost of Rs. 75 million.

“We are not a racist party. We work with all races, religions and parties. The SLPP is a party of all Sri Lankans. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or UNP, SLFP or SLPP. We want only to develop the country,” the State Minister said.

The State Minister said that the Provincial Council Elections will be held soon.

“Those ordinances will be brought to Parliament to amend the laws in this regard. The Provincial Council System has been established. Therefore, it cannot be abolished.

“The people will be given the right to vote at the Provincial Council Elections before long,” he said.

He said that in a democratic country, democracy cannot be disregarded. “It is the right of the people to have Provincial Council Elections. A Divisional System will replace the Provincial Council system. But some parties support the old system. It should be possible to field three or two candidates in the Divisional System, too,” the State Minister said.

State Minister Lanza said that when a country gives democratic rights to the people none can oppose it. “You can vote for a party of your choice. You can choose a candidate of your choice. We cannot deprive the people of their rights,” the State Minister said.

MP Kapila Nuwan Atukorala and a number of local politicians were present.