While the public is burdened with several burning issues, it is irrelevant to them whether the country’s national animal was a Grizzled Giant Squirrel (Dandulena), a tiger, a rabbit or even a deer, former JVP MP Samantha Vidyaratna said.
Vidyaratna stressed the main issue the present regime is striving to resolve is that concerning giant squirrels in the country and not the economic woes felt by the citizenry.
Vidyaratna charged that the Government is resorting to such flimsy tactics to dupe the public and deviate from pressing issues faced by them.
He added that the new regime has already shown through their conduct thus far that they have no concrete programme to resolve the burning issues of the masses.
Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera recently said attention has been paid to the removal of the Grizzled Giant Squirrel (Dandulena) as the national animal, as the animal causes crop damage.
By Anurada Herath