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