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Sangha leaders urge Muslim ex-ministers to resume portfolios

The Maha Sangha of the three Nikayas yesterday urged the Muslim Ministers who have resigned to take their portfolios back and resume normal duties.

Following a meeting of the Maha Sangha of the three Nikayas in Kandy yesterday the Anunayaka of the Malwatte Chapter of the Siyam Nikaya, Ven. Niyangoda Vijithasiri, told news media that it was the opinion of the Maha Sangha that all Muslim ministers should not have resigned.

The Thera said that if there were allegations against ministers or other important officials of the government, they should prove their innocence.

“At our meeting we decided to hold separate discussions with these political leaders on the matter,” he added.

While noting that the country was at a critical juncture following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, the Thera said it was the opinion of the Maha Sangha that it was important for all three major communities - Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim - to stay united more than ever to overcome the current difficulties.

The Thera said that if the fear and uncertainty which prevails in the country following the Easter Sunday attacks was allowed to continue the economic situation and the peoples living standards could further deteriorate.

“If we do not properly understand the challenges we are facing now and take remedial action immediately the country may lose the hard earned peace, social and economic stability”.

The Thera said that the meeting of the Maha Sangha leaders from the three Nikayas had focused on several issues which are highly important in the context of the current situation in the country.

“Following another round of talks we will release a statement containing the opinions and proposals of the Maha Sangha on these matters in the next few days.”

Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera had presided over the Maha Sangha meeting. The Lekakadikari Theras of the three Nikayas and other members of the Maha Sangha had participated.

 


 

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