UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe alleged today that ‘certain members of the Buddhist clergy’ had threatened to take over 500 temples in the Southern Province, if the Maha Sangha Sabha Buddhist convention was held as planned.
Speaking at a press briefing held in Colombo, the United National Party leader alleged that the Maha Sangha Sabha which was due to be held on the 18th of this month by the Mahanayakas of the four chapters, in order to adopt a resolution to ensure a peaceful atmosphere in the country, was later postponed indefinitely citing security reasons.
Wickremasinghe said that ‘certain members of the Buddhist clergy’ had threatened to take over 500 temples in the Southern Province belonging to the Malwatte chapter and bring them under the purview of Rohana Nikaya, which is not a recognized sect in Sri Lanka.
He alleged that this had been done with the encouragement of the government and added that according to Article 9 of the Constitution, Buddhism is given the foremost place and should be protected and fostered by the state. (KB)
Comments - 10
Friday, 19 February 2010 06:39 AM
If this is true, this is the greatest betrayal to the country. accordingly dividing sanga is "Ananthareeya Papakarmayak"
Friday, 19 February 2010 06:40 AM
EVEN PRABAHRAN DID NOT DARE TO DO THIS!!
Friday, 19 February 2010 07:10 AM
What about other chapters (sects)?
Friday, 19 February 2010 07:15 AM
This Government, Split the JVP, Split the UNP, Split the SLFP, Split the Muslim Congress, Split TMVP, Split the CWC, and Finally Split the Sangha Saba. What more they aim to Split.
Friday, 19 February 2010 07:29 AM
Mr Ranil as a Lawyer.... first you should make a complain to the police !.
Friday, 19 February 2010 07:37 AM
If you cannot win an Election causing dissension among the Clergy and the people is the way to go.
Friday, 19 February 2010 08:07 AM
ok it is true, where is democracy?????
Friday, 19 February 2010 06:31 AM
This is why it was a mistake for the Buddhist cllergy to engage in politics (of any colour). It will destroy Buddhism, the foremost religion in SL.
Friday, 19 February 2010 06:32 AM
"God bless Srilanka"
Friday, 19 February 2010 06:33 AM
There is a lot that needs to be changed in our so called Constituion......
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