UNP monks want govt. ousted


By Dasun Edirisinghe

Patron of the UNP-affiliated Jathika Bhikkhu Peramuna and Anunayake of Ramanna Nikaya Ven. Girambe Ananda Thera addressing the media at the National Library Auditorium yesterday. Registrar of the Nikaya Ven. Matale Dammakusala thera was also present. Pic Ranjith Wimalasiri

Patron of the UNP affiliated Jathika Bhikkhu Peramuna, Anunayake Girambe Ananda thera said that they were not against incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had given the political leadership the successful war against LTTE terrorism, but wanted to guide him on the right path.

Addressing a media conference at the National Library Auditorium, Ven. Ananda thera said that the reason for opposition parties and other organizations to work against Rajapaksa was that he was not on the right path to restore democracy.

He said that some sections of the media in a campaign to sling mud on Maha Sangha twisted what they said.

"I personally feel hurt due to their reports," Ananda thera said.

President of the Jathika Bhikkhu Peramuna Ven. Meetiyagoda Gunaratana thera said that they had launched their campaign not against Mahinda Rajapaksa but for restoring democracy in the country and putting an end to waste and corruption.

He said that they had worked hard to rid the UNP of its intraparty rivalries and now the party was now in a position to work for the country.

Ven. Gunaratana thera said that the people would oust what he called the present corrupt administration if a free and fair election was held on January 08.

General Secretary of the Jathika Bhikkhu Peramuna Bopitiye Dammissara thera said that they had supported the country’s war on terror, but they could not back a corrupt regime.

"We sent 17 UNP MP to the government to strengthen it while the humanitarian mission was on, but we are not happy with the country is being run today," he said.

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