Opposition Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa claimed in Parliament today that the Ports Authority was spending state funds to construct the tree.
Ranatunga however denied the claim and said that the tree was being constructed with funds from a private company.
Weerawansa however said that Ports Authority staff were involved in the construction work and were getting paid from the Ports Authority.
Ranatunga said the Government of good governance respects all religions and will support the activities of any religion. (Colombo Gazette)