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* Rajapaksa group attempts to sow communalism and gain power - Prime Minister
Tue, Nov 5, 2019, 09:47 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 05, Colombo: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says although everyone's wish is to establish a Sri Lankan identity, the opposition Rajapaksa team is working to sow communalism and gain power.

Addressing a cluster meeting in Chenkaladi, Batticaloa Tuesday, the Prime Minister said that the aim of the United National Party (UNP) was to ensure the Sri Lankan identity.

He pointed out that the policy of the United National Front alliance is to take Sri Lanka forward with the unity and consensus of all ethnic groups - Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims under a Sri Lankan identity.

"The 25 year war resulted since we forgot the Sri Lankan identity. We are all Sri Lankans, we need to move forward together the journey we started on January 8, 2015."

The Prime Minister said he was committed to a political solution for devolution of power within a unitary state and will use the proposals of the former Presidents Ranasinghe Premadasa, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Mahinda Rajapaksa as basis to prepare the solution.

Wickremesinghe appealed to the people of Batticaloa to bring Sajith Premadasa to power by putting a cross for Swan symbol on the 16th of November, in order to take Sri Lanka to the future with this common agreement and to safeguard freedom, democracy and reconciliation.

Minister Ravi Karunanayake and a group of local political representatives participated in the event. A large number of residents of the area were present at the meeting.


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