Ratana Thera stands his ground, refuses to hand over ashram


The UPFA dissident, the JHU said that it wouldn't hand over Sadaham Sevana at Rajagiriya to the state.

JHU leader Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera said as Ven. Atureliye Rathana Thera, MP, had received the land on behalf of the Sangha and the government couldn't demand it back because the JHU had given up ministerial portfolios over some differenceswith the UPFA.

Ven. Rathana dismissed claims that he had handed over the Sadaham Sevana. Addressing the media last Tuesday, Ven. Sobitha and Ven. Rathana stressed his party’s determination to resist government attempts regardless of threats. Ven. Sobitha Thera said that the government should be grateful to Ven. Rathana for setting up an institute of international standards.

UPFA supporters launched a protest campaign at the entrance to the Sadaham Sevana yesterday demanding the JHU give up the property. The protest got underway as the JHU leadership was in Kandy to brief the Mahanayakes on their decision to break ranks with the UPFA. (SF)

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