Stating that the country should not be put in jeopardy by reconvening the old Parliament, Maha Sangha had said no decision should be taken outside the Constitution, the President's Media Division said.
The Maha Sangha have expressed these views when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa enlightened the Maha Sangha on the measures taken by the Government to control the spread of COVID-19 virus and their progress during a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.
The Maha Sangha had also unanimously agreed with the decision not to convene the dissolved legislature.
According to the PMD, Nayaka Theras of all three Chapters said that they approve the conduct of the President and the Government.
Ven. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Thera said the previous Parliament should take the responsibility for the current financial crisis in the country.
Ven. Thrikunamale Ananda Thera, the Maha Nayaka of the Amarapura Sri Dharmarakshitha Chapter, said that when looking at the initiatives taken by the President to prevent the spread of coronavirus as well as for the future, it is clear that there is a new vision being implemented in the country.
Ven. Prof. Medagoda Abayathissa Thera was of the view that the measures implemented by the President to prevent the spread of the coronavirus could be an example for other countries in the world.
"The young generation of the country and other various groups have invented many new products. ‘This is a golden opportunity for a better future’, the Thera further said.
He also said that the Maha Sangha of the country will always support the steps taken by the President.
Ven. Prof. Indugare Dhammarathana Thera presented a set of proposals comprising 12 points to make the Motherland secure.
Ven. Dr. Diviyagala Yasassi Thera and Ven. Prof. TubulleSeelakkanada Thera pointed out the importance of creating an environment to celebrate the Vesak festival using electronic media while remaining at homes.
It was decided to appoint a Committee in this regard.
The President explained about the control of the spread, quarantine process, reliefs granted to people and future measures to revive the national economy.
The support rendered by every segment of the society including health, security and the entire state mechanism in the face of current challenges is enormous, President said.
President stressing the necessity of a strong Parliament to fulfil the aspirations of the people bestowed on him with the landslide victory said that there are no Constitutional powers to reconvene the old Parliament but to convene a new one.
President said that he expects to meet Maha Sangha regularly on 3rd Friday of every month and expressed his anticipation of blessings and guidance of Maha Sangha as he stated in front of Ruwanweli Seya and during the assumption of office.
It's best all religious bodies and its leaders to stay away from politics.
Anthony Saturday, 25 April 2020 03:16 PM
bullshit. Then why dont you all takeover the government.
අනිල් ජයවර්ධන Saturday, 25 April 2020 03:41 PM
මොන බොරුද, මොන හොරුද
Sokrates Saturday, 25 April 2020 03:58 PM
But it must be clear that the new vision being implemented in the country is against the constitutions and other laws. But how can this plague of monks know the constitution of the country if they don't even know the Lord Buddha's rules? According to the constitution, there is now no other option but to convene Parliament. Of course, every clear-minded person is aware that the dictator with his clan, his henchmen and his military would rather rule without parliament. It is a crime against the Constitution and betrayal of the people that Gota is using the crisis to expand his power.
TripleX Saturday, 25 April 2020 04:00 PM
Goya’s next term is fixed, only negativity is whether his heart too could hold on to stand with him.
Roshan samarathunga Saturday, 25 April 2020 04:12 PM
Please would you ask everyone separate religion from politics
Paul Saturday, 25 April 2020 06:11 PM
Does he work according to instructions of religious leaders or country's constitution? He has pledged to uphold the constitution. If it is so he should convene parliament.
These jobless folks would be better utilized growing some vegetables. They wouldn’t recognize the constitution if it smacked them on their faces.
Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam Saturday, 25 April 2020 09:14 PM
The House of Lords need to be tutored on the constitution by a specialist in Sri Lanka Constitution.
harsha sk Saturday, 25 April 2020 09:34 PM
Are these Venerable Monks constitutional experts? Only the Supreme Court can interpret the Constitution. The president take care of his health.
Dee Saturday, 25 April 2020 09:35 PM
Who told you about the economy? Mr. 2500/- !
Humble Professor Saturday, 25 April 2020 10:27 PM
Gamarala and Sokrates make wise, constructive comments. When politics and religion becomes woven, leads to disaster. History past, and events present, globally tells us loud and clear. But, will anyone take their time and reflect. I wonder!
Hubert Saturday, 25 April 2020 10:30 PM
Look into Thripitakaya not the constitution
Ernest Sunday, 26 April 2020 10:04 AM
Please for the sake of country we don't need your advise,Please do your preaching at the temples for the benefit of the people.
Latley Gunasekera Sunday, 26 April 2020 03:43 PM
In between religion mixed up with the politics create a grey zone with deep turbidness.
This is the breeding field for dictators and criminals and disasters..Since 1950’s we are accustomed to that.
Citizen Silva Sunday, 26 April 2020 08:15 PM
Sir we believed you were above politics and a technocrat. Another let down it now seems. It is all cheap politics and retention of power is it not?
Sangha Kumaran Monday, 27 April 2020 01:39 AM
Please donot mix religion with politics. If Maha Sangha is allowed to decide then they should run the country. What joke?
Donn Juwan Monday, 27 April 2020 07:40 AM
Assembling a selected group of monks who personally agree with whatever the government suggests and ask their opinion about election is a big show. I doubt their knowledge on our constitution. The people of this country are not so foolish as they were a few months ago.
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