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Monday, 23 April 2012 - 12:33
Premier says Dambulla Mosque is illegal; Muslim Congress against government decision.
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A discussion is scheduled to be held at the Rangiri Dambulu Raja Maha Viharaya this evening with regard to other places of worship which are alleged to have been constructed within the Dambulla sacred site.

It is reported that the Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs, the District Secretary of Matale, the Chief Prelate of the Asgiri Chapter and other government officials will participate at this discussion.

The Chief Prelate of the Rangiri Dambulu Chapter of the Siamese Sect Venerable Inamaluwe Sumangala Thero stated that during today's discussion, it is expected to draw special attention with regard to how the future development activities of the Dambulla sacred premises will take place.

Meanwhile, participating at a religious function which was held at Hatharaliyadda in Kandy yesterday, Prime Minister D M Jayaratna expressed views with regard to this mosque.

The Prime Minister stated that this mosque which has been constructed within the Dambulla sacred premises is an illegal construction.

Speaking further the Prime Minister had this to say.

The Premier decided yesterday to remove this mosque from the relevant location and to establish it in a separate location.

However, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress states that it does not agree with this decision.

Expressing views with this regard, the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Parliamentarian Hasan Ali had this to say.

When our News Team inquired from  the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress whether he is participating at the discussion which is scheduled to be held at the Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya today in relation to this mosque, he stated that they have not been invited to this discussion.

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