For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
The opposition United National Party (UNP) and the JVP expressed outrage today over comments made by Minister Mervyn Silva that he will not allow the UNP and JVP to erect their flags in the Kelaniya electorate. UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya responding to a question posed by News Now.lk said that no one can impose restrictions other than the Elections Commissioner when it comes to election propaganda in any district.
Minister Mervyn Silva was quoted in the media today as saying that he will not permit the UNP of JVP to erect their flags in the Kelaniya electorate. Jayasuriya said that there cannot be two laws when it comes to election propaganda and if what Minister Silva says is true then that is an abuse of election laws.
Meanwhile JVP MP Vijitha Herath told News Now.lk that Kelaniya was once a sacred place but now it has become a place for the devil with so many restrictions being imposed by a dictator with no law and order.
Asked if the JVP will lodge a complaint with the Elections Commissioner over the issue the JVP MP said there is no point in complaining but he added that the JVP will carry out its propaganda activities in Kelaniya despite the warning.