Special Buddha Pooja to mark President’s electoral victory anniversary


President Lasantha Perera and members of the party at the religious event.

By Sujeeva Nivunhella
in London

A special Buddha Pooja was conducted at Sri Saddatissa International Buddhist Centre in Kingsbury, London last week to mark President Maithripala Sirisena’s electoral victory three years ago.

The event was organised by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, UK Branch. Chief Sanganayaka of Great Britain and head of the Buddhist Centre, Aggamahapanditha Galayaye Piyadassi thera conducted the Pooja. 

President of the SLFP, UK Branch, Lasantha Perera, Secretary Namal Perera, Chief Organiser Nimal Silva, members of the party and family and friends attended the religious ceremony.

Delivering the Anusasana, Ven. Dr. Handupelpola Mahinda thera said that it was a good deed to arrange a Pooja to commend President Siripala’s services to the country. 

President of the Branch, Lasantha Perera, said that Sri Lanka was in a debt trap when the President took over the reins and slowly, but steadily Sri Lanka is now overcoming the situation.

He said Sri Lanka’s human rights record was very poor at the time and there was a possibility of having UN sanctions imposed, but the President and the new government turned the tide in favour of the country.

Law and order and media freedom have been restored and there are no longer white vans, he noted, expressing optimism that the President’s vision to eradicate poverty in Sri Lanka by 2025 will be successful, and the people would be the ultimate beneficiaries.

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