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Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith who visited MP Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thera during his fast unto death said the problem would not have blown out of proportion today if President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had acted against those who discreetly aided and abetted the terrorist attacks.

“People have given a mandate to the President, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet to govern the country for five years. They had not been given a lifetime right to be in office. They have not been given the country on freehold basis. The country belongs to people, not to its rulers. The rulers should be mindful of it. The time has come to take a decision on the President and the Prime Minister,” he said.

He said if it were the President and the Prime Minister who could appoint Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, then it was they who had the authority to remove him.


The Cardinal also said that there were no proper investigations into the Eastern Sunday attacks so far.

“No one is investigating to find out about those indirectly involved in this attack. Because of that, there should be immediate investigations to find out who were behind this attack. So we call on the President and the Prime Minister to launch a proper inquiry into the attack immediately,” the Cardinal told the media.

“I urged the President and the government find out the persons who were creating hatred among the communities and take necessary action against them. I believe that Ven. Rathana Thera too conducting this fast because the government had failed to do what the people want in this context," the Cardinal said.(Nadeeka Daya Bandara)

Video by Nadeeka  Daya Bandara

  Comments - 19

  • Leslie Gunatilleka Tuesday, 04 June 2019 06:32 AM

    Many thanks to the Great Cardinal. The Prez and PM will never take rightful decisions in favour of the Country. Time for both of them to go.

    King Tuesday, 04 June 2019 06:42 AM

    I had a lot of respect for this man for the stance he took straight after the Easter Sunday bombings. Since then he has been actively involved in politics same as the Buddhist leaders. This can only lead to more unrest in the community. It's become very obvious who he supports.

    D.Ratnayake Tuesday, 04 June 2019 06:50 AM

    Please keep out of politics. We have enough of it from Buddhist monks.

    cheers Tuesday, 04 June 2019 06:50 AM

    Thank you and well said all singhalese, Buddhist, Catholics will join the forte to topple this ill fated bogus govt

    Jude Tuesday, 04 June 2019 06:52 AM

    His Eminence Cardinal, pls refrain from making political comments!!! Yeah!!!

    mp Tuesday, 04 June 2019 06:57 AM

    How prudent is he? How bold is he?

    ANTON Tuesday, 04 June 2019 07:10 AM


    TS Tuesday, 04 June 2019 07:17 AM

    We know what you are up to.

    N. Ethirveerasingam Tuesday, 04 June 2019 07:22 AM

    Cardinal: Why not advocate for the Rule of Law to be followed instead of asking the PM to remove a Minister without him being given the right to defend himself in a court of law instead of encouraging impunity. Now the Muslim Ministers have resigned because of your orchestration. Hope the Pope will speak to you about your role in politics.

    Hari chandra Tuesday, 04 June 2019 07:35 AM

    If the president and the prime minister was perfect for srilanka. All other communities will be in peaceful. They would not bring hatred each other. President. prime minister and all MPs not guiding the public to peaceful nations. Especially those mobs who attacked the Muslim properties

    Sammy Tuesday, 04 June 2019 07:37 AM

    Is blackmailing the will of the people? Is there no process of law and democracy to be followed in deciding to remove those elected to be in parliament for alleged misdeeds?

    Sammy Tuesday, 04 June 2019 07:40 AM

    Religionists cause as much damage as politicians. Who are these religious heads to decide that someone has committed a crime? There is a legal and constitutional process in place.

    Brian Perera Tuesday, 04 June 2019 07:43 AM

    Your excellency! As a Catholic, I am sad that you as our leader should have stepped onto the road, seeking justice for 21/4 dear innocent victims, rather than being a pawn in the dirty politics.

    Saman Tuesday, 04 June 2019 08:02 AM

    vox populi vox dei - "Voice of people is voice of God"

    Kamal Tilakaratna Tuesday, 04 June 2019 08:07 AM

    I am sorry to say that it is people who have sent Minister Rishad Bathiudeen to parliament. The Minister post was given by the leader of the country. Nobody can remove him from the parliament, we have to wait till next election or it's up to him to resign

    Ajja Tuesday, 04 June 2019 08:13 AM

    Very too what he said.People need to see those blood thirsty terrorist to be punished.If not it is an injustice done to those who died and their families.The way it goes both leaders are behaving like idiots...

    Be-Long Tuesday, 04 June 2019 08:15 AM

    Church belongs to..........?

    Sando Tuesday, 04 June 2019 10:49 AM

    Absolutely correct.

    Angela Vel Wednesday, 05 June 2019 02:20 PM

    Stay away from politics Cardinal.

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