Mulaitheevu MP, Shanthy Sriskantharasa has expressed her strong condemnation of the attempt that is being made to erect a new name board declaring” Kanathevi” at the Neeraviyadi Pillayar Temple and to install a big Buddha statue, there.
In a context where construction work of the Vihare was undertaken, following strong opposition from the Pradeshiya Saba, public, people’s representatives and the Temple Administration, the construction work was suspended. Now, construction work has been resumed and the ancient name board saying “ Neeraviyadi Pillaiyar, Old Chemmalai “ has been replaced with “ Kanethevi Devalaya” and preparations are also being made to install a Buddha Statue there.
Commenting on this, MP, Shanthy said that this Pillaiyar Temple is an ancient Temple and to destroy the Pillaiyar temple and installing a Buddha statue amounts to preventing the right to worship of the Tamil people. It is a sort of ethnic cleansing she protested.