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The Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chaptermost ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha thera said today that he would take to the streets if the government continued with its plans of opening a casino resort in Colombo

Taking a strong stance against the proposed tax-free Casino haven scheduled to be constructed in the heart of Colombo, the thera said that he would be the first to take to the streets if the government went ahead with its plan.

“If the government, another entity or person is about to start a Casino business in this country, I would be the first to take to the streets. This country does not need such games. The entire Sangha will take to the streets if this continues,” the monk said.

He made these observations addressing the media at the temple premises.

“I have been wanting to say this and I want you to tell this to the country,” the Chief Prelate said. (J.A.L Jayasinghe)

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  • P.P. Kahanthi Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:40 AM

    Not for Casino?

    Just Another Citizen Monday, 10 June 2013 12:05 PM

    There are bigger issues than building Casinos. What about them? Moreover, if we are to be a tourist destination why not have casinos?

    oshanda Monday, 10 June 2013 12:03 PM

    Ohh yaa...why dont we start brothals and sell the women too, part of development.

    limatc Monday, 10 June 2013 12:27 PM

    great saying from the highest order , protecting the country from future rogues . where is BBS , JHU , RB , they are all inclined towards this casino , they cannot live without this earnings.

    no casino Monday, 10 June 2013 12:00 AM

    Sri Lanka doesn't need all of this crap. we are not Los Angeles. and we don't want SL to go to the dogs. good move, ven. thera. via DM Android App

    Krishan Monday, 10 June 2013 12:00 AM

    he is going all in?? not a good move ;) via DM Android App

    sana boy Monday, 10 June 2013 12:00 AM

    hah...now where is the bodu bala sena? via DM Android App

    Thilina Monday, 10 June 2013 12:00 AM

    for your info!!! there are already casino operating in the country! why not fight for a real cause!!! via DM Android App

    muhammad Monday, 10 June 2013 12:00 AM

    we support the mahanayaka on this protest. via DM Android App

    Chanu Monday, 10 June 2013 12:04 PM

    I hope you are kidding.

    Assagee Tuesday, 11 June 2013 01:58 AM

    Mahanayake hamuduruwo kiyana de hariyata hari.

    pramiya Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:00 AM

    its about what R bros want and it will happen at any cost via DM Android App

    hb Tuesday, 11 June 2013 02:48 AM

    Mahanayake thero against Casino, but the almighty BBS and Ravana Balaya have no such issues.

    sarehan Tuesday, 11 June 2013 03:15 AM

    oh sleeping beauty has woken up!!!

    COASTEL-BERUWALA Tuesday, 11 June 2013 05:54 AM

    Asgiriya chapter not a government chapter!

    Sammy Tuesday, 11 June 2013 06:49 AM

    Small casinos are no issue, it is only the mega casinos that are objectionable?

    Sim Tuesday, 11 June 2013 07:02 AM

    Are we going to have Casino's & Prostitution to bring in more tourists or preserve the Sinhala Buddhist culture ?

    faiq Tuesday, 11 June 2013 10:55 AM

    well said Macha

    CROW Monday, 10 June 2013 11:30 AM

    RIGHT STEP.

    zara Monday, 10 June 2013 12:00 AM

    very good. that's good for our future generation. only that mahanayaka knows its effectiveness. via DM Android App

    zara Monday, 10 June 2013 12:00 AM

    obata pinsidu wewa. via DM Android App

    steve Monday, 10 June 2013 12:00 AM

    what about the existing casinos ? nobody came to road for that... via DM Android App

    zara Monday, 10 June 2013 12:00 AM

    excellent via DM Android App

    Gon Haraka Monday, 10 June 2013 12:00 AM

    Where BBS? are they in favour of casino? via DM Android App

    Shavanka Monday, 10 June 2013 11:18 AM

    Again, looking for issues to protest about. How much narrow minded can certain factions be. Government should stand firm and complete the project no matter what. When will these people open up an understand that building cosmopolitan cities are part of development. This is essential for the country to go forward and be a preferred destination.

    Critic Roshan Monday, 10 June 2013 11:18 AM

    Well said Ven. Maha Nayaka! We have great respect towards the Asgiriya and Malwathu Maha Nayakas, But, still we could not hear anything against the CASINO from the newly established BBS, RB and other Sanga Organizations.

    Shehan Monday, 10 June 2013 11:25 AM

    Nice joke. Now we will see which samagama is the strongest.

    dev Monday, 10 June 2013 12:00 AM

    we support you! via DM Android App

    Fayad Monday, 10 June 2013 11:40 AM

    What about the existing casinos ?

    Ling Monday, 10 June 2013 11:45 AM

    Commission already into somebody bank accounts, can the plan stop?

    wasanthi Monday, 10 June 2013 11:53 AM

    Right idea ,take action.

    dinu Monday, 10 June 2013 11:53 AM

    Eerily

    oshanda Monday, 10 June 2013 11:54 AM

    At last, at last....Maha Nayaka thero opened his eyes....

    shan Monday, 10 June 2013 12:02 PM

    Mahana kamath Bana dahamath meyai mata....For the sake of the country Mahanayake is right in getting the correct message across.

    AJ-DXB Monday, 10 June 2013 12:00 PM

    silence of BBS means endorsement of the scheme but Asgiriya chief's voice will meet the deaf ears bcoz GR's shadow speaks louder


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