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UNP pledges to build 1000 Buddhist shrines in Tamil homeland

The United National Party pledged to build 1000 Buddhist viharas in the Tamil homeland, under the guise of reconciliation.

“500 million rupees has been allocated to build 1000 viharas in the Northern and Eastern Provinces,” a UNP manifesto said on a page titled ‘Reconciliation’.

The construction of Buddhist sites in the North-East in areas with few, if any, Buddhist residents leaves a perception of Sinhalese imperialism, a US State Department report said last year.