Mano urges President for a Moratorium on New Religious Site Constructions across Sri Lanka

1 year ago
Sri Lanka

In a recent tweet, MP and leader of TPA, Mano Ganesan has requested President Ranil Wickremasinghe for a moratorium on the construction of any new religious sites across the country. 

Ganesan has urged that this moratorium shall apply to all religions in all parts of the country, stating that “Not Gods but GodMen have gone crazy.”

Ganesan has also requested Minister of Buddhist Affairs Vidhura Wickramanayake to support this request, as the department oversees all religions and the Archaeological department. 

In his tweet, Ganesan has also demanded unanimous support from opposition leaders Sajith Premadasa of SJB and Anura Kumara Dissanayake of NPP for such a moratorium.

This call for a moratorium comes amidst growing concerns over the construction of religious sites, which has led to tensions between different religious groups in the north and eastern parts of Sri Lanka. 

Recently, a historical Sivalingam namely Vedukkunari Aadhilingam located in Vavuniya was demolished by unknown people which escalated tensions. 

Ganesan’s request for a moratorium on such constructions is aimed at promoting communal harmony and preventing further tensions.

The issue of religious tensions has been a major concern in Sri Lanka in recent years, with several incidents of demolition and illegal construction taking place in northern and eastern provinces.