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Ven. Rathana Thera can't work with President: JHU

26 January 2017 08:32 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said today that Ven. Aturaliye Rathana Thera cannot work with President Maithripala Sirisena if he opted to function independently in Parliament.

JHU co-chairman Ven. Hadigalle Wimalasara Thera said if Ven. Rathana Thera criticized the government and functioned independently in Parliament he could not work with the President as he was the head of the government who is responsible for all matters.

The Thera said this in response to a question raised by journalists whether the JHU was taking disciplinary action against Ven. Rathana Thera as he was working with the President.

“We are also working with the President. He is the head of the government,” he said.

The Thera said Ven. Rathana Thera had not informed the JHU of his decision to function independently in Parliament and added that he should resign from the post of MP if he wanted to do so.

“Ven. Rathana Thera was nominated as a national list MP of the United National Party. We have an agreement and he has agreed to work according to the rules and disciplines of the JHU. He has agreed to resign from the post if he was to function independently,” the Thera said.

Ven. Wimalasara Thera said the JHU had informed its stance to Ven. Rathana Thera following a discussion with the JHU Central Committee and was expecting his response to take further action.

He said it was the responsibility of the MPs to fulfil the aspirations of the people who elect them.

JHU national organiser Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said everyone should abide by the rules and regulations of the party when taking decisions.

Referring to the SAITM controversy, he said it was time the government took a policy decision regarding it. (Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 8

  • Bubble Banda Thursday, 26 January 2017 09:18 PM

    Money.... Money..... Thero got caught to MR's trap.

    Selvyn Thursday, 26 January 2017 09:33 PM

    Monks should not come to political life because they deprive another laymans chance of serving the people via DM Android App

    carlion Friday, 27 January 2017 05:25 AM

    Oh Yes?Name one layman in Lanka who serves the people honestly.

    dulan Friday, 27 January 2017 08:41 AM

    Name one Monk who is serving the people honestly

    Veda mama Friday, 27 January 2017 09:21 AM

    He should forget about working with the President. As a Thera, he should follow our Lord Buddha's teachings and be confined to a temple.

    Kaboos Friday, 27 January 2017 09:29 AM

    there are two politician who work for people. One is unborn and other among the dead.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 26 January 2017 09:12 PM

    Thero, if you cannot work with our Honest and Loyal President, then go out.... (get out) please.

    Kadupol Jothywansa Thursday, 26 January 2017 09:17 PM

    Big money.... Big offer.... even Sadhu's will be tempted. Ven. Ratna Thera is not exempted.


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