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Many take to politics to benefit themselves Mahanayake
by Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY - Many take to politics to benefit themselves rather than to work for the benefit of the people. Politicians forget the assurances they gave at the polls as time goes on, observed the Mahanayake Thero of Asgiriya Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha at a felicitation of former Diyawadana Nilame Neranjan Wijeyeratne on his being appointed the UNP, chief organiser for Galagedara.

He said that a person of the calibre of Neranjan Wijeyeratne was taking to active politics at a time when people do not appreciate the behaviour of majority of politicians.

Mr. Wijeyeratne had proved his efficiency and intelligence during the two decades of his term as Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa. Party politics had been responsible for the ruination of the country when a particular political party came in to power the other political groups pull it down by the leg. Party politics was the bane of the country, he said.

The United National Party (UNP) was a political party that served the country immensely under leaders like D. S. Senanayake and others. But at present the party requires some changes and amendments, the prelate added.

The Anunayake Thero of Malwatte Ven. Niyangoda Sri Vijithasiri said that Mr. Neranjan Wijeyeratne was an energetic administrator. He had proved his capabilities during his term of office as the administrator of the Sri Dalada Maligawa.

It was due his proven ability that the shrine which was devasted by the LTTE bomb attack of 1998 was restored, Ven. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Anunayake Thero said.

Mr. Wijeyeratne will fill the vacuum created by the absence of a proper Buddhist leader of the country, the prelate he added.

Ven. Vijithasiri Anunayake Thero gifted an green crystal Buddha image to Mr. Wijeyeratne.

Mr. Neranjan Wijeyaratne told the prelates that the leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe made him the chief organiser of Galagedara electorate. He would do his utmost for the benefit of the people of Galagedara.

Mr. Wijeyeratne told the prelates that he was not a novice to politics in Sri Lanka. He had inherited politics since his political lineage came down from his grandfather Sir Edwin Wijeyeratne, of Kegalle.

Kandy Mayor L. B. Aluwihare and former mayor Kesara D. Senanayake were present at Asgiriya Vihare.

Opposition leader of Galagedara Pradeshiya Sabha, former Central Province Council member W. Senaratne Bandara, Private Secretary to UNP General Secretary Lal Handapangoda and former Central PC Sarath Muniratne accompanied Mr. Neranjan Wijeyeratne.

Earlier in the morning Wijeyeratne paid his homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic at the Sri Dalada Maligawa.

 

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