Opposition boycotts Independence Day celebrations!!

The main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and a few other opposition political parties representing Parliament boycotted the 74th national Independence Day celebrations at the Independence square today.

SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara told Daily Mirror that his party decided to boycott the ceremony and held its own celebrations at Pollwatte Temple.

“ We decided to keep away from the main ceremony as we opposed the move to hold a grand ceremony which display aircraft and other military equipment at a time the country is facing a crisis especially in the economic front,” Mr. Madduma Bandara said.

Meanwhile, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe also kept away from the ceremony despite receiving an invitation. Sources close to Mr. Wickremesinghe said he had gone out of Colombo. “We don’t know whether Mr. Wickremesinghe officially boycotted the ceremony but he was against having an elaborate affair with a high cost,” sources said.

The JVP and the TNA MPs were also not present as they did during the last two years. (Yohan Perera)

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