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UNP Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene, General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara with Venerable Abanpola Gnanaloka Thera at the launch of the UNP affiliated Buddhist Organisation at Sirikotha.

The UNP will continue with its rich tradition of obtaining advice from the Buddhist clergy pertaining to party matters and national issues, its Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijeyewardene said on Wednesday.

Speaking during the relaunch of the UNP’ affiliated Buddhist organisation at party headquarters Sirikotha, Mr. Wijewardene said the party would be made a strong political entity once again based on a pro-buddhist image.

“UNP is a party with a rich tradition of preserving Buddhist values. Our past leaders donated their own wealth for the betterment of Buddhism unlike other parties which makes use of Buddhism only to gain power. However, the UNP is labelled as an anti- Buddhist party. Our present leader was accused of being an anti- Buddhist. Some said he was a Christian.

Our lea der had always acted as a Buddhist wholeheartedly,” Mr. Wijewardene said.

“We will restore and maintain the UNP as a powerful entity based on the advice of the Buddhist clergy . We will work closely with other religious leaders as well,” he said.

UNP Deputy Leader said he was happy about the announcement made by UNP Senior Vice President- Sagala Ratnayake that the Buddhist organisation affiliated to the party would be expanded with islandwide branches.

UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara said the “The Priven Act’ which was the only legislation which had not been amended to this date, had been introduced by the UNP. “However, a label was placed on us later, depicting us as antiBuddhists. Monks have played a role in correcting this position,” he said.

Several Buddhist monks and party members were present at the event. (YOHAN PERERA)

  Comments - 16

  • Prasadp Patt Friday, 15 October 2021 08:17 AM

    What has the Buddhist clergy got to do with running a country? The rulers are not good enough?

    UNPer Friday, 15 October 2021 09:12 AM

    Now the UNP is introducing a religious fervour into the Party which was not there since inception.Advice can also be taken from Ven. Gnanasara Thero.

    concern Friday, 15 October 2021 10:41 AM

    You are correct.

    Philosopher Friday, 15 October 2021 09:42 AM

    The end of the beginning.

    Christian Friday, 15 October 2021 10:23 AM

    Accused to be a Christian? Like we are criminals. They clearly don't want my vote.

    Kapatiya Friday, 15 October 2021 10:41 AM

    Have you all forgotten to get the advice from Arjuna Mahendiran. Politicians ruin the values of all religiond

    concern Friday, 15 October 2021 10:48 AM

    Introducing divisions among people. Pouring oil into burning communal and racial issues for survival.

    D LL Gunasekera Friday, 15 October 2021 10:57 AM

    1956 winning leaders came to power in this same method. The worst tragedy of the country started from that point .Hurra , 65 years later loosing set come forward with same pattern. God or Chinese save Sri Lanka!!!

    joshua Friday, 15 October 2021 11:16 AM

    cant do anything on their own. Bunch of nuts. What does the clergy know? Blind leading the blind

    Woodoo Friday, 15 October 2021 11:19 AM

    This has been the curse for our country for decades..

    Lumbini Friday, 15 October 2021 11:43 AM

    Never mix religion with politics/government. Treat religions as a private affair.

    Kiri putha Friday, 15 October 2021 11:58 AM

    Just nothing but trying to cheat public .

    Sajith Themenadasa Friday, 15 October 2021 12:37 PM

    Pukabari Wijewardhana ayi mee paththee Ariyaawathda Ranila thoge puka paththee!

    Man Friday, 15 October 2021 12:56 PM

    With one National list from about 93 or so?

    vince Friday, 15 October 2021 01:28 PM

    Why only Buddhists? What is wrong with other religious clergies? Is the UNP discriminatory and trying to belike Gnanasara?

    ranjit Friday, 15 October 2021 01:33 PM

    will you be consulting clergy of other denomination ?

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