Sri Lanka has been a Bud­dhist coun­try for cen­turies - Min­is­ter Kiriella

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY SANDUN A. JAYASEKERA

Min­is­ter Kiriella said every gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to pro­tect and pro­mote Bud­dhism which has been guar­an­teed in the Con­sti­tu­tion and no one can challenge Bud­dhism

In an ap­par­ent broad­side at Fi­nance Min­is­ter Man­gala Sa­ma­raweera, Leader of the House, Lak­sh­man Kiriella yes­ter­day said those who are not con­ver­sant with the coun­try’s his­tory say that ‘Sri Lanka is not a Bud­dhist Coun­try’.

Sri Lanka has been a Bud­dhist coun­try for cen­turies and this gov­ern­ment promotes, fos­ters and aug­ments Bud­dhism, he added.

Min­is­ter Sa­ma­raweera de­clared in a pub­lic func­tion a fortnight ago that Sri Lanka was not a ‘Bud­dhist Sin­hala Coun­try’ but a coun­try of Sri Lankans, trig­ger­ing a huge protest from many quar­ters.

Mr. Kiriella, who is also the Min­is­ter of Pub­lic En­ter­prises, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy City De­vel­op­ment, addressing a cer­e­mony held to mark the lay­ing of the foun­da­tion stone to the rest room for sick monks at the Bod­hi­malu Vi­haraya at Bogam­bara, Kandy said three for­eign na­tions ruled Sri Lanka for 400 years.

“They at­tempted to de­stroy Bud­dhism but failed, as our heroic Bud­dhist monks saved and nur­tured Bud­dhism putting their lives at risk,” Min­is­ter Kiriella stressed.

Min­is­ter Kiriella said every gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to pro­tect and pro­mote Bud­dhism which has been guar­an­teed in the Con­sti­tu­tion and no one can challenge Bud­dhism.

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