President Maithripala Sirisena today vowed before the mortal remains of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera that he would do everything possible under his command to abolish the Executive Presidency and introduce electoral reforms which the late prelate fought for in the past years.
The cremation of the Ven. Thera (1942 – 2015) took place under state patronage at the Parliament Grounds in Kotte last afternoon amidst a large gathering of Buddhist monks, Buddhists devotees, religious leaders, devotees of other religions, politicians, diplomats, Buddhist delegates from other Asian Buddhist countries, armed forces personnel and many others.
President Sirisena addressing the grieving gathering of all walks of life further said the Thera passed away at an unexpected time and before fruition of his wish and expectation of creating a ‘just society.
“Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera devoted his life in the last few years to create a just society and promote the concept of good governance in Sri Lanka without politicizing it and paying little attention to his own well being which ultimately led to the deterioration of his health. The National Movement for a Just Society’ he formed to achieve those goals and gave the leadership put the foundation to the mass campaign to bring myself and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the present positions and to form the regime of Good Governance of today,” President Sirisena said.
He recalled how Ven. Sobitha Thera worked tirelessly for the welfare of the Sinhalalese, Tamils and Muslims during the conflict which could be termed as a national service and Yuga Mehewara.
President Sirisena reiterated his pledge to create a just society, good governance, fully restore the rule of law and strengthen democratic institutions the Ven. Thera wished to establish through his campaigns.
“The Ven. Thera being a Buddhist monk was completely a different character, who took a different path to create a just and decent society. It was a diversion of the commonly accepted path for Bhikkus. But his struggle itself took the better of his life and made the Thera sick and weak which created shock and sorrow among all of us. The greatest honour we can give Sobitha Thera is by following in the path he showed us and endeavouring to achieve a just society and good governance,” President Sirisena stressed and concluded his speech wishing the supreme bliss of Nirvana to the Thera. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)
Comments - 20
GIALANKA Friday, 13 November 2015 12:50 AM
ALL TALK,BUT THE ACTION IS LIKE MAHINDA.
S.E.Wijayasiri Friday, 13 November 2015 12:54 AM
Mr. President ,First of all you have to take permission from Pateli Champika Ranawake I am sure he will not allow you to do it.He is dreaming to be executive president in future.
Sapu Thursday, 12 November 2015 06:15 PM
Both CBK and MR said the same thing and MR even increased his powers! I have hope in MS and he did reduce some powers after 19A but long way to go
YAMADUTHA Thursday, 12 November 2015 06:16 PM
How can we belive this ? Most Rev. Sobitha Thera made protest to get even 19th, amendment, and chesated having 50 cabinet ministers which had impact on health of Rev. Sobitha Thera
Bandara Thursday, 12 November 2015 07:25 PM
before abolish Executive presidency, protect Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Thursday, 12 November 2015 07:38 PM
Yatha wadi Thatha kari-Yatha kari Thatha wadi
Sammy Friday, 13 November 2015 10:52 AM
Perhaps after taking full advantage of his position.
simon Thursday, 12 November 2015 08:00 PM
Sure.It will take another 5 years!
DS Thursday, 12 November 2015 08:07 PM
That is something that could have been done by MS when Ven Sobitha was alive. Can we believe that it would be done when he is not alive? This is already a very clear broken promise
Lankan Thursday, 12 November 2015 08:24 PM
I think we can trust MS. He is very humble man. My only worry if MR gain power we have to face the music.
Lal Kumara Thursday, 12 November 2015 08:33 PM
Me manussaya kiwwoth boruwak, gahuwoth pachayak!
Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 12 November 2015 09:25 PM
How about punishing the MR and his family members?
Sincere Thursday, 12 November 2015 09:26 PM
Yes, Your Excellency, Let us do it!
J Palitha Thursday, 12 November 2015 09:27 PM
Sir how about Basil, Mahinda, Namal, Gotta, Mahinananda and Weerawansa? Will you take action against them?
Kadupol Jothywansa Thursday, 12 November 2015 09:30 PM
Please also make a vow - in this budget to reduce the prices of all foodstuffs and give a relief to the poor masses who voted for you.
Horri Jimonis Thursday, 12 November 2015 09:32 PM
Make a vow that you will keep MR behind bars next year at least.
Vijith Pieterz Thursday, 12 November 2015 09:33 PM
At least, keep Weerawansa behind bars for about two months. Then you are brave Sir.
Desmond Jeromme Thursday, 12 November 2015 09:36 PM
Hon. President, why Mahinda and his brothers did not attend the funeral? Are they scared or no invitation.
Nims Saturday, 14 November 2015 07:23 AM
Ane karannako oka ikmanata - boruwata kiya kiya inne nathuwa. Than avuruddak unane oka kathawa kiyala
Lelum Thursday, 12 November 2015 11:05 PM
Dont worry with you in presidency we feel like the presidency is already abolished. Just finish your 5 years and off without planing to become the next executive prime minister.
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