Ranil changed his decision to quit politics, says prelate

15 August 2018 08:12 am - 28     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe changed his decision to give up politics and leave the country several years ago following the advice of several leading Buddhist monks including the late Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, the Chief Incumbent of Mirisawetiya Venerable Ethalawetunu Wawe Dhanatilaka Thera said yesterday.

The Venerable Thera expressed these sentiments during a religious ceremony held at the Mirisawetiya Cheithiya to mark the present government’s completion of three years in office last evening.

“Prime Minister Wickremesinghe was planning to give up politics and leave the country for higher studies but gave up the idea following the advice of leading monks including the late Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera and myself. We told him not to give up politics and remain here. I personally phoned him and told him to change his decision and he heeded my request,” the thera said.

He said the Prime Minister was very good at selecting and deciding on things.

“Mr. Wickremesinghe was heavily criticized for talking of Wi-Fi and he also predicted that coconut pluckers were going to own mobile phones around 30 years ago but today what he said has been proved to be correct,” the thera pointed out. (Yohan Perera and Athula Bandara in Anuradhapura)

  Comments - 28

  • PC Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:22 AM

    RW has a vision. He will be a good President with MR as PM. Unfortunately most people in this country cannot see beyond politics.

    AJ Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:54 AM

    Haven't you noticed the harm to the Sri Lankan economy?

    Dhammika Wednesday, 15 August 2018 05:14 PM

    VISION . What nonsense RW is a politician without a MISSION.

    Unchikun Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:30 AM

    I thought it was April 01.

    Bandula Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:41 AM

    Now we know who to blame

    Don Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:53 AM

    If he retired/left country the Bond scam would not have taken place and there could be a number of other benefits

    fareed Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:43 PM

    Bond scam had been going on for the last 20 years.

    Amaris Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:07 AM

    It would have benefitted the country immensely if he had gone a long time ago. Now that he is still here, the money stolen in the bond scam must be recovered before he leaves. I think that a new investigation should start on the torture chambers of Batalanda.

    Haramanis Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:19 AM

    To Sri Lanka's loss !!!

    Thushara Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:22 AM

    Ayyo Ranil Sir, Don't leave politics. Your are the best leader / premier who was in power so far.

    Premalal Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:23 AM

    What a bad decision for him personally because he will never win an election and what misfortune for the country because at least the Central Bank would have been spared.

    Citizen Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:24 AM

    Ayyo !!! What a bad decision for the country! Sri Lanka could have been much better off without him at the helm!

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 15 August 2018 09:31 AM

    My dear Mahanayake Thera's, it seems that ur'll are totally involved with administering

    Waco Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:46 AM

    Whether he likes it or not, RW will have to leave the country after the 2020 election.Mahanayake Thero does not know that RW is not a Buddhist.

    Sam silva Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:27 PM

    What a shock to us. He should have left 50 yrs ago. Country would have been in a better dtate if he had left.Even today millions would pay his ticket to leave

    sach Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:30 PM

    Ranil leaving politics.....he he that's funny

    Ransith Wednesday, 15 August 2018 12:45 PM

    He should quit politics n the country would have saved from the bond scam

    kevin Wednesday, 15 August 2018 01:32 PM

    Aney Ai Giye Naththe!!!!!!

    Kasun Wednesday, 15 August 2018 02:05 PM

    RW is a good long term plannerr and a visionary. He is not good at execution and politics. He needs a loyal person who can execute.

    sach Wednesday, 15 August 2018 05:13 PM

    You hardly know about Ranil

    Ceylon Wednesday, 15 August 2018 02:05 PM

    He has not done any notable work.he is not a thief but protecting thieves.he is good for as a adviser.he is not brave enough to do the right things.leader must be a leader not just a follower.best thing for next election is help nagananda,who is proving daily of his leadership qualities,to become next president.

    ravi Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:36 PM


    Mohamed Wednesday, 15 August 2018 06:05 PM

    Quite right Nagananda is best bet right now. He need to be supported and promoted

    Dallas Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:48 PM

    Fareed :Bond scam has been going on for twenty years.Do you know that Perpetual Treasuries made millions of dollars from Bond scam and bribed most SL politicians Do you know that RW with UNP protected Arjun Mahednran for 2 years

    Appusingho Wednesday, 15 August 2018 04:15 PM

    That is quite true. Nagananda is he only person who could put the country on the right path.

    Farook Wednesday, 15 August 2018 04:43 PM

    Yes he is very good at decision making that is why he decided to appoint Arjun Mahendra as the Governer of CB ha ha ha

    Dimuthu Mendis Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:23 PM

    Of course he is very good at selecting and deciding.. His best decision was appointing Arjun Mahendran as the governor of CB. Do these monks think Srilankans are numb...

    Dasa Wednesday, 15 August 2018 08:35 PM

    Honorable prime minister is like my "inna". I am having this "inna" in my private part for a long time now. it comes and goes but never for good. Leaders come and go but not our prime minister.

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