The NPC Members had warned that if the Governor Reginold Cooray attempts to thrust Buddhist Religion in the North within a short period of assuming duties as Governor, he will confront the opposition of the Northern people. This opposition had been expressed with regard to the 67 ft. Buddist statue to be erected in Nainatheevu at a cost of Rs.120 million.
The Member of the NPC and the Chief Organizer of TNA for Island sector, Kanagaratnam Vinthan commenting on this said that, that the historical Nagapoosany Amman Temple is located in Nainatheevu. Around 500 years ago, the Dutch destroyed this temple and the chariot was thrown into the middle of the sea between Nainatheevu and Analaitheevu. 90 % of the inhabitants are Hindus and the rest Christians. Because Lord Buddha had visited Nainatheevu, a Buddhist temple was built there. Now an attempt is made to erect a 67′ high Buddha statue near this Vihare.
We cannot consider it a simple thing erecting a 67′ Buddha Statue in Nainatheevu lying at the tip of the Northern Province which is the traditional home land of the Tamil People. We cannot accept the subjecting of Tamil people in the name of a religion by thrusting on us Buddhism and Sinhala chauvinism. This activity is detrimental to Unity and reconciliation. The Rs.120 million to be spent on construction of the Buddhist statue could be used to re-construct the North destroyed by war and to raise up the livelihood of Northern Tamil people affected by war he said