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UNP suspends MP for statements 'against Buddhism'

The United National Party (UNP) has suspended the membership of parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake for statements “made against Buddhism and Buddhist monks,” reportedly on the orders of former Prime Minister and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The General Secretary of the UNP, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam told reporters that the party would inquire into Ramanayake’s time as State Ministers during which he reportedly publicised “critical videos of Buddhist monks”. 

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The suspension comes after Sri Lankan government minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told parliament he had obtained evidence that former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had conspired to assassinate him.

Aluthgamage, Sri Lanka's State Minister of Power, said that following the arrest of UNP parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake, evidence had been retrieved that contained telephone conversations between Ramanayaka and Wickremesinghe with details of an assassination plan.

 

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