Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka yesterday called Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera, who condemned the statement he made with regards to war crime charges, a mad man in robes.
"That monk is mad. That’s all I have to say," he said in response to a question asked by a journalist after the 71st anniversary celebrations of the UNP held at the party headquarters, Sirikotha.
Speaking further, Minister Fonseka said the Thera had never visited him or helped him as claimed by certain news reports."This monk is simply trying to score marks for the things that others did," he said.
Responding to the assurance given by the President that he won't allow anyone to touch General (retired) Jagath Jayasuriya, the minister said the President meant no international faction would be allowed to act against our soldiers.
"But the President didn’t say he would prevent domestic action against soldiers who had committed war crimes. There is a handful of people who have brought disgrace to the army and Jagath Jayasuriya is one of them. Action should be taken against them. Jayasuriya is the one who issued the order to carry out the Rathupaswala shooting as well," he charged.
When asked about reports that the minister was attempting to take revenge against a former counterpart, he said it was he who went to jail due to an act of revenge.
"Should I stay quiet just because I was put behind bars and my family was intimidated?" he asked.
I don't know why this monks are getting involved in politics and making things worst. I agree with you he is trying to become popular.
bobby Thursday, 07 September 2017 04:59 PM
Fellows like you, A non Buddhist will never understand the role of Buddhist monk in preserving and protecting the sinhala identity and Sri Lanka.
Nonis Appuhamy Thursday, 07 September 2017 09:17 AM
Monks should not interfere with politics other than preaching the dharma.
Bobby Thursday, 07 September 2017 05:01 PM
Naturally, that is the expectation of Non-Buddhists.
MS Thursday, 07 September 2017 09:18 AM
Fonseka is telling what I fear to tell openly!!This is absolute true!!Cheers!!!!
malik Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:46 AM
The Only Sensible comment he has made. Cant argue
Lal Weeraratne Thursday, 07 September 2017 09:21 AM
This particular monk is influenced and backed by Gottabe.
Senewi Thursday, 07 September 2017 09:32 AM
The sick people in metal hospitals also say that their doctors are mad .
Motta Mamma Thursday, 07 September 2017 09:58 PM
You mean this Buddhist monk !!!
shameer Thursday, 07 September 2017 09:43 AM
yes... how many military personnel have been arrested for various crimes.... no political backup for them.... only the ones that gota
joshua Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:01 AM
well said Sir.....it is nothing but the truth
Neo Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:10 AM
If you talk about the security of your country you are a "mad monk". If you side with terror sympathizers you are a "war hero". This is the mentality of new Sri Lanka which is becoming a banana republic day by day thanks to traitors who were voted into power.
Liberal One Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:13 AM
The only silver lining out of this is Fonseka is going to destroy UNP through an inevitable power struggle once Ranil leaves. This is paramount if we are to build a strong sovereign nation.
Aussie Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:17 AM
What SF says is totally truthful. When there is a lot to be done by the Buddhist priests for the betterment of the Sri lankans and the country,why this priest interfere into unnecessary things. Politicians bark like dogs for each and everything,if it benefits them. Buddhist priests should totally be different from dirty politicians. After all this is a matter which is to be settled in courts. Why this priest is disturbed about it.
bushel_perera Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:22 AM
YOUR CLAIM IS PERFECT. BUT EARLIER REGIME TOOK REVENGE FROM U FOR SOME MATTER. NOW U R ON AVENGE.
shanthapriya Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:36 AM
This man must not deserve a membership in parliament.After all now he is talking about Ratupaswala incident.
Rasheed Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:49 AM
When a person tell the truth, he does't deserve a place in the Parliament, this is your opinion.
ceylon Thursday, 07 September 2017 11:30 AM
monks are defending killers and rapists.this monks are not buddhist monks. via DM Android App
Lion Thursday, 07 September 2017 03:20 PM
Fonseka is a man of principals. He calls a spade a spade, he never mixed words to deceive people.He is straight forward, We need more people like them. What President said was that he never allow intentional judiciary to get involve in domestic matters. Jayasuriya should be probed locally as Mrs Bandaranyake did with army killers of beauty queen Manamperi,
Upul Thursday, 07 September 2017 06:40 PM
He talks from the experiences that he had with Jayasuriya while he was the commander. I think he is basically telling the truth, which some group of people reluctant to accept.
Citizen Thursday, 07 September 2017 07:56 PM
His obsession with personal vendettas has been his downfall
gemba Thursday, 07 September 2017 09:27 PM
The army man is sick perhaps his brain was screwed up by the bomb.
weera Friday, 08 September 2017 07:38 AM
May be he received a luxury car and other goodies from theprevious regime.
Kumar Friday, 08 September 2017 07:48 AM
More than 40 % of Sri Lankan's have voted in favour of Fonseka. If the Monk thinks he is correct let him contest and show that he can at least get 4 %.Religion should protect innocent. Do we agree with the Rohiniya Killings in Burma? Can the Reverend monk explain his actions with the teachings of Budha.
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