The sources said that the President would make a statement in this regard at a public rally within the next few days.
''If women get addicted to alcohol, whole society will suffer”
The President of the ‘Hela Bodu Saviya’ Venerable Budugala Jeenawansa Thera in a letter to the President said, “You should take immediate action regarding Mangala’s detrimental law and think of the country’s future generation and ensure a just and moral society for them to live in.”
Meanwhile, ‘Sinhale Jathika Peramuna’ President Venerable Madille Pangnaloka Thera addressing a press briefing in Colombo yesterday (12) said, “The whole society will perish if women gets addicted to alcohol.”
Further, the former leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya, Venerable Omalpe Sobhitha Thera expressed his disapproval on the relaxing of the laws that prohibited women from manufacturing or selling alcohol by the Finance and Media Minister and vowed to take stern action against such a move.
Treating women differently:
Women granted permission to purchase alcohol legally after 60 years
The special gazette notification under the Excise Ordinance was signed by the Finance and Media Minister on January 10.
Accordingly, the prohibition imposed on women to engage in the production of alcohol or be employed in places that sell alcohol has been lifted.
The government decided to permit women over 18 to purchase alcohol, permitting women to do so lifting a ban imposed for over 60 years.
According to the government the decision was taken to revise the law imposed in 1955 as it is seen as discrimination against women.
As the relevant law was amended on January 10, it is now legal for women to be employed at liquor outlets.
Sinister plan to create friction between the President and Mangala!
Rousing the Buddhist clergy and nationalistic forces to obtain statements…..
Meanwhile, the brains behind the flower bud party, former minister Basil Rajapaksa had instructed his media network to target Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera this whole week and carry out an elaborate media campaign against him, according to social media reports.
These reports indicate that Basil had instructed the media to rouse the Buddhist clergy and nationalistic forces and obtain statements from them condemning the gazette notification issued by the Finance Minister and set the stage for a conflict between the President and Minister Samaraweera.
Namal’s clan too joins the bandwagon!
It is also said that Basil had also involved several members of the ‘Tharunyata Hetak’ organisation operated during the previous regime by Namal Rajapaksa, for this sinister campaign.
Some of them are currently functioning as heads of certain media institutions making it advantageous for Basil Rajapaksa.
Currently a very efficient political social media campaign is being run under the directions of Basil Rajapaksa. He has even succeeded in gaining the support of certain social media campaigners who were against the Rajapaksas during the past Presidential and general elections.