Won't resign, will pressurise govt.: Rathana Thera

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MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera, who is in the centre of a controversy over his recent statement that he would act as an independent member in Parliament, said yesterday that he would not leave the present government.

He said there is no need for him to leave the government as he wished to get what he wanted done with the help of the government.

Speaking at a harvest reaping function of a paddy field where organic fertilizer had been used instead of chemical fertilizer, the Thera stated that Sri Lanka could save more than Rs. 100 billion for a year by using organic fertilizer.

“Medicinal drug production in the country is also in the same state. Bangladesh and Pakistan produce their own medicine. Why is it not possible for us? We have competent scientists, and our minister has set the initiative. A few similar achievements would bring the country out of present chaos,” Thera said. (Bandu Thambawita and S. Madawala)

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  • Lord Wolfstein Monday, 27 February 2017 12:04 PM

    The men in robes demand that Buddhism take a foremost position among the religions. Then Lord Buddha's rules for monks should also become laws. This forbids the monks to interfere with politics.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 27 February 2017 12:12 PM

    You will not resign why because you get all the Luxury Benefits such as Car, Hotel Accommodation, 5 star food etc., from the Government.

    lkboy Monday, 27 February 2017 12:13 PM

    He wants to have the cake and eat it.

    Bubble Banda Monday, 27 February 2017 12:14 PM

    To maintain your Priesthood please go to a Temple and preach Dharma, not dirty politics.

    Desmond Jeromme Monday, 27 February 2017 12:15 PM

    Don't be so greedy for power and wealth like MR.

    Kadupol Jothywansa Monday, 27 February 2017 12:17 PM

    Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera, why are you so greedy to be a Politician. As a young monk, it is better you to set an example for our youngsters teaching Buddhism.

    J Palitha Monday, 27 February 2017 12:19 PM

    Are you also getting a monthly allowance from Mahinda? If so, that money (approx. one million) is more than enough for you to exist with luxury comforts which you enjoy now.

    ceylon Monday, 27 February 2017 12:26 PM

    no one expect you to resign.power greedy politicians never resign. via DM Android App

    Banda Monday, 27 February 2017 12:36 PM

    Use of pressurize is wrong here. Thats used with related gases. The correct word should be pressure. via DM Android App

    Banda Monday, 27 February 2017 12:36 PM

    Pressurise via DM Android App

    ANTON Monday, 27 February 2017 12:58 PM

    NO NO BANDA ...... IT IS PRESSURE - RISE.

    Mandy Monday, 27 February 2017 12:59 PM

    Govt has no money to start new venture. Private sector will not do as JO and GMOA always against private sector. So give us your full proposal dear Rev Rathana how to set about this.

    Nelum Monday, 27 February 2017 01:06 PM

    If you can organize all monks of SL to direct fertilize rice fields with own organic wastes once a week, SL need not to import any fertilizer for rice. This will be an example for other religious leaders to use organic fertilizer for other commercial crops.

    Shelly. Monday, 27 February 2017 01:05 PM

    Hela Urumaya another Party very close to grave. Can understand Fertilizer nd Agro Chem multinationals buying nd using men to knockout Ratana Thera who who is a threat. The thera should stay in Govt. and work with Socielist like Rajitha. via DM Android App


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