‘Lawyers for Democracy’ has condemned the use of places of religious worship for political activities in the guise of religious ceremonies.
“This amounts to violation of the fundamental right to practice one’s religion freely, without any obstructions either physical or mental. The use of places of religious worship for political activities has taken a serious tern as even the Sri Dalada Maligawa which is the holiest place of worship for Buddhists all over the world is being used by disgruntled politicians for propaganda purposes in the name of holding a pooja. The walls of Kandy are pasted with posters with prominent pictures of the former president with slogans. It is for the 1st time that we have seen banners with pictures of the former president with greetings for him to be back in power on the outskirts of Sri Dalada Maligawa.” says the Lawyers for Democracy.
Issuing a statement the LfD convener Lal Wijenayake said: “We condemn the use of places of religious worship for political propaganda and calls upon those disgruntled politicians to face the people at a political level and not to interfere with the free use of places of religious worship without any political, class, cast, or ethnic or any other consideration.
This development goes to show the depths to which our politicians has sunk.”