Gnanasara Thera’s Japan visit not pre-planned: BBS

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While rejecting claims made by several officials, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dilanthe Withanage said Venerable Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera’s recent visit to Japan was not pre-planned or not aimed at the official visit of President Maithripala Sirisena.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror he said Ven. Gnanasara Thera planned to visit for Japan for the renewal of his Resident Visa offered by the Japanese Government, before the expiry of the due date.

However, his scheduled visit was got late following several isolated incidents occurred in Kandy.

“Ven. Gnanasara Thera had to visit Japan for his Japanese Resident Visa renewal and in-view of the scheduled 60, 000 Cheevara Pooja (offering of robes) at the Ruwan Veli Maha Chetiya in Anuradhapura on May 19. There was no connection of the President’s visit to Japan,” Mr Withanage said.

“Even Ven. Gnanasara Thera’s visit to the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo on Tuesday has happened following the request by the chief incumbent of a Japanese Temple that the Thera used to visit.

“Before he left for Japan he got permission from several courts where cases are pending to be herd and somehow the Thera had forgotten to get permission for a case that was to be held on Thursday (15),” he said.

Several photographs are circulating on some websites and several social media showing the Venerable Gnanasara Thera at events where President Sirisena spoke.

“However, Ven. Gnanasara Thera was not scheduled to attend the events but so happened to be in Japan at the same time and was at the events,” Mr Withanage said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Curious Friday, 16 March 2018 07:37 PM

    Wonder whether there are Muslims in Japan?

    Hahaha Friday, 16 March 2018 07:38 PM

    This lying government. Shame on the presidents office for denying!

    Kusal Senanayake (Attorney-at-Law) Saturday, 17 March 2018 09:24 AM

    Those days only PM was lying, now Prez also had become a liar and a cheater.

    Mulli Friday, 16 March 2018 07:46 PM

    Who cares about this thera creating tensions in SL. Let him face the due court cases. Mulli

    Budhdhadasa Friday, 16 March 2018 08:41 PM

    Ha ha this guy also a dual citizen.Following the foot steps of his mentors.

    Jesica Sunday, 18 March 2018 05:45 AM

    Japan does not allow fuel citizenship

    Jesica Sunday, 18 March 2018 05:46 AM

    Sorry. Duel

    CITIZEN Tuesday, 20 March 2018 09:24 AM

    He wants to claim Sinhalese were original citizens of Japan!

    Hapuarachi Friday, 16 March 2018 08:53 PM

    The Bottom Line is he has a resident visa in Japan and he talks of motherland . Hypocrite

    Wise Doinkey Friday, 16 March 2018 09:07 PM

    Absolutely right, H.E called me and I followed him in the next flight..........

    Prakash Friday, 16 March 2018 09:15 PM

    how did he get a residence visa?

    Ranjit Saturday, 17 March 2018 07:20 AM

    Very good question. I am in Japan for nearly 50 years and I know how tough for foreigners to get a PR, especially for Sri Lankans. Very fishy and smells bad!!!

    DJ Friday, 16 March 2018 09:23 PM

    When statements of this nature are given it is the Duty of the newspaper to question the spokesperson to ensure the truth to the public is given. It never happens in Sri Lanka

    silly ass Saturday, 17 March 2018 09:07 AM

    So he is taking refuge in Japan ? or motherland not good enough for him?!!

    G.S. de Silva Sunday, 18 March 2018 06:58 AM

    The Thera seems to forget important matters. He should get his head examined.

    GH Sunday, 18 March 2018 06:57 PM

    Now it seems very clear that Maithree and Thero are the culprits behind the Kandy violence.


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