A leading Buddhist monk today played down some of the development work carried out by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Hambantota District.
The Chief Prelate of the Malwattu Chapter, the Venerable Thibbotuwawa Sri Sumangala thera, said that airports and highways are not things the ordinary man in Hambantota wants.
He said this while speaking to Western Province Chief Minister Prassana Ranatunga when Ranatunga met the monk in Kandy today.
Ranatunga, who is contesting the August 17 Parliament election, spoke of the development work carried out by the former Government.
He said that there are now attempts to reverse the development work initiated by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Venerable Thibbotuwawa Sri Sumangala thera however said that the people in Hambantota need food and water and not airports and highways.
Ranatunga also told the Chief Prelate that there is an attempt to create a rift in the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
The Chief Prelate responded by saying that there are too many political parties in the UPFA and some of them could be attempting to achieve their own agendas. (Colombo Gazette)