Joint opposition warns will stage mass strike if no polls

Gammanpila said that UNESCO has not issued any warning to Sri Lanka on the cave as claimed by the Government.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday asserted that the Dambulla cave temple must be protected and steps must be taken to ensure it does not lose its world heritage status. The joint opposition today warned it will stage a mass protest if the Local Government (LG) election is not declared by October.Joint opposition Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila said that if an election is not declared by October the opposition will take to streets till the election is held. He also claimed there was no threat to the world heritage status of the Dambulla cave temple. He said that the joint opposition will not run scared of tear-gas and water cannons. Speaking to a group of monks, he said if steps are not taken to preserve the site in line with the recommendations of UNESCO by December 1st this year it will lose its world heritage status next year.The Prime Minister said that the Dambulla cave temple has been damaged in the recent past and there was a request to take steps to conserve the historic site. (Colombo Gazette)

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