Written by Tharushan Fernando
15 Jul, 2015 | 9:55 pm
The mahanayake of the Malwathu Chapter of the Siam Sect, the Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sumangala Thero commented on what has happened to the objectives of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
Chief Minister of the Western Province Prasanna Ranatunga visited the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and subsequently called on the Mahanayake of the Malwathu Chapter of the Siam Sect.
Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thero noted that the people of the villages did not benefit in the past and this was highlighted by the media and that is why they stepped on to the streets and development only took place in the cities; but, he said, it will be better to direct it to the villages as well.
He added that the Sri Lanka freedom Party was in power for 20 years, which included 10 years for Chandrika Kumaratunga and 10 years for the former president and leaving aside 5 years because of the war, there are still five more years. He said normally the tenure in power is five years. He further noted that the common man is usually ignored and they are only remembered when an election is around the corner and that cannot happen for the village too must be considered at all times.
He also said looking at Sajith Premadasa, who as far as they remember, has been doing work for the people even though he was not in power for a number of years, he has been working in the village, which shows that you do not need to be in power but you need to work from your electorate and be with the people.
The mahanayake also noted that on television, it was shown that around 100 houses were given in Hambantota, but that people are living in only two houses because there is trouble from wild elephants and no water during the dry season.
He went on to state that it is the government that must provide the facilities for the people, adding that this was the area of the former president. He stated people do not need airports and harbors and that if nothing happened for years with the alliance, he believes the Sri Lanka Freedom Party must come forward under the symbol of the palm and when you form an alliance you only work to achieve their objectives and not the objectives of the party
Mahanayake of the Asgiri Chapter – Siam Sect,Ven. Galagama Sri Aththadhassi Thero noted that it is only if one works in unity, that one can continue this journey; but if one wastes time just talking, this journey will not be complete.
Chief Minister for the Western Province Prassanna Ranatunga added that more could have been done but that nothing was done in the past six months, when compared with what was done in the past decade. He noted that is a weakness the country’s leaders have but when they are with the people, they care for them.
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