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* Sri Lanka's Marxist party blames government for alleged resettlement of people in Wilpattu National Park
Mon, Apr 21, 2014, 06:26 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that it is the government that should be blamed for the controversy over the alleged resettlement of people in the Wilpattu National Park.

JVP Western Provincial Councilor, K.D. Lalkantha said that Muslims in the country shouldn't be blamed for the clearing of the Wilpattu National Park.

Western Provincial Council Minister of Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) party, Udaya Gammanpila recently called on the government to initiate legal action against Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen over the alleged resettlement of Muslim people in the Wilpattu National Park.

Explaining that the lands and resources of the country belonged to the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers and the Malays, Lalkantha noted that the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), which is protesting against the resettlement of Muslims in the Wilpattu National Park, should have surrounded Temple Trees instead of blaming the Muslim community.

"It is the government's responsibility to provide lands, houses and livelihoods for the Muslims in the North who lost their lands, houses and livelihoods, while also being responsible for the relocating, sourcing and finding of suitable lands," Lalkantha said.

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