Tamil politicians have asked president Ranil Wickremesinghe not to change a decision to return private land near two archaeological sites in the east.

Changes to decisions at the insistence of Buddhist monks have always deceived Tamil people, they claimed.

Ilangai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) leader Mavai Senadhiraja inquired what had happened to the decision to free land at Kurunthurmalai and Tiriyaya taken at their meeting with the president.

Tamil People's National Alliance (TPNA) leader C.V. Vigneswaran told weekend Weerakesari that Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera was instigating the Sinhalese against that decision.

Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) leader Suresh Premachandran alleged the president had taken no action to prevent the army from constructing 1,000 Buddhist temples in the north and the east.

People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) leader Dharmalingam Siddarthan said the national issue has now taken the shape of a religious matter.

“President Ranil may have a liberal face, but he remains so with the support of the Sinhala Buddhist majority. Therefore, he should work according to the opinion of the majority leaders. But, he should understand that Tamils or Hindus are not against Buddhism,” he said.

Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) leader Selvam Addaikkalanthan said he condemned the president for going against the decisions he had taken.

Meanwhile, a team led by Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader Udaya Gammanpila is due to visit Kurunthurmalai archeological site today (21).


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