Girambe Ananda Thera writes to Ranil in support of Karu

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 01:17 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The patron of the United Bhikkhu Front, the Venerable Girambe Ananda Anunayaka Thera, in a letter addressed to United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had informed him that the Bhikkhu front would keep away from the party’s activities if he failed to name UNP Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya as the common Opposition candidate. The Thera told Wickremesinghe that the Government was way ahead in its campaign for the presidential elections while the main opposition UNP was virtually asleep. He had said this was a sad state of affairs. He further stated that the candidate who was to be announced by the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera should be a neutral candidate. He requested the UNP leader to name Jayasuriya as the candidate. He had said the Bhikkhu Front would keep away from the UNP if the party didn’t name Jayasuriya as the candidate. Meanwhile, the Venerable Ananda Thera chaired a meeting with the Venerable Atureliye Ratana Thera and several political parties at the Naga Vihara in Kotte Sunday evening and decided to field either the Venerable Sobhitha Thera or Jayasuriya as the common candidate.