Ven. Athuraliye Ratana, the Parliamentary group
leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) on Monday scotched
rumours that there was a split between its lay members and
monks. Speaking to "The Island" he said rumour mongers were
having a field day spreading malicious rumours. Certain elements
are trying to make a "mountain out of a molehill". However, I
have decided not to speak on the internal matters of the party
among outsiders" and we will sort out our internal problems
within the party.
Meanwhile JHUís dissident Parliamentarian Ven
Uduwe Dhammaloka, who boycotted the partyís meeting on Friday,
demanded that the JHU membership tell the world the real
position within the party before Wednesday. If they donít he
will let the "cat out of the bag" at a news conference scheduled
for Wednesday he said.
Among the reasons he cited for boycotting
Fridayís JHU meeting was that it would be injurious to Buddhist
tradition for the clergy to engage in debates with a group of
laymen. However, contrary to his statement on Friday, Ven
Dhammaloka met party stalwarts yesterday and agreed to postpone
his decision whether to resign from the party or not provided
that they prove the accusations levelled against him. He said
that if they failed to do so today he will announce his
resignation tomorrow at a news conference.
Ven. Kotapola Amarakiththi , Chairman of the
Supreme Sangha Council of JHU said: "As an emerging party there
could be a few differences in the party. The Buddhists in the
country have placed a lot of faith in the JHU and claimed that
there will be a renaissance in the party and it will do its
utmost to meet its objectives."