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Prelate says people feels need for Rajapaksa now more than ever before
Published Date: 20/11/2017 (Monday)

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

Most Venerable Anunayake of the Asgiriya Chapter Wendaruwe Sri Upali Thera said, at a religious event, at the Sri Dalada Maligawa, attended by the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had not been defeated. Instead, he had been allowed to relax and take over the reins of government in the future, the prelate said.

The Thera said the people now felt the need for Rajapaksa as the leader more than ever before.

Ven. Sri Upali Anunayake Thera said so at an alms giving to mark the 72nd birthday of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Anunayake Thera highlighted the services of former President Rajapaksa had rendered to uplift the living conditions of the people and to safeguard the territorial integrity of the country by defeating terrorism.

The Mahanayake Theras of the Maha Vihares had recognised Rajapaksa’s patriotism and devotion to the Sasana and honoured him by conferring on him honorary degrees such as Sri Rohana Puthra, the Anunayake Thera said.

Not only the Mahanayake Theras of Malwatte and Asgiriya but also the Mahanayake Theras of other sects had recognised the services rendered by Mahinda Rajapaksa to the country, the prelate said.

The Anunayake Thera said the people never forgot Mahinda Rajapaksa. People rushed to have a glimpse of him wherever he was present. People rallied behind him at meetings attended by him. Large crowds were present at meetings as were seen at Kurunegala and Ratnapura among other parts of the country.

Anunayake Thera invoked the blessings of the Sacred Toot Relic on the former president.

Former President’s wife, Shiranthi Rajapaksa and his sons Namal and Yoshitha, Professor G. L. Peiris, Parliamentarians Keheliya Rambukwella, Bandula Gunawardana, C. B. Ratnayake, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Gamini Lokuge, Lohan Ratwatte, Dilum Amunugama, former Mayors of Kandy Mahindra Ratwatte and Sena Dissanayake were among others present.

Diyawadana Nilane Pradeep Nilanga Dela had made arrangements for the religious event.

Source: The Island

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