UNP parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera has criticized the government’s move to evict low income earners from their houses in Colombo and has expressed shock to see the involvement of a Catholic leader involved in the attempt.
Samaraweera made this comment in a statement issued on the eviction of low income earners from Colombo in order to demolish their existing abodes.
He has been critical of Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for attending a meeting organized by UPFA parliamentarian Duminda Silva to address the people who were being evicted.
“It was shocking to see a religious leader of the caliber of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith participating at a meeting called by MP Duminda Silva, who had been given the task of evicting the low income dwellers fromColombo,” Samarawera has said.
He has charged that while the land grabbed by the government is to be sold to foreigners to earn big commissions, the eviction of these people would also have an adverse impact on the UNP’s vote base inColombo.
According to Samaraweera, the government was trying to change the vote base which the UNP enjoyed in the City ofColombo.