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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2647

By making a maiden visit to the Temple of the Tooth, JVP rebels led by Weerawansa has shown their political way

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Most Venerable Malwatte Maha Nyaka Thero told a visiting delegation of parliamentarians of the rebel group of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) that it is appropriate for them to work closely with the country’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa to eliminate terrorism from the country.

"It is opportune for you to secure a ministerial portfolio and serve for the well being of the people, at a time when the President is engaged in the task of eliminating terrorism and simultaneously developing the country," said the most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala , Mahanayaka Thero of the Malwatte Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya who wields control of the largest number of temples in this majority Buddhist majority country, addressing the leader of the delegation , parliamentraian Wimal Weerawansa in front of television cameras when the group of Members of Parliament met him at his official residence in Kandy.

Weerawansa was accompanied by ten rebel parliamentarians of the Janata Vimukti Peramuna, which is showing signs of a major break up at the parliamentary level. He has been working as the JVP Parliamentary group’s leader and the party’s Information Secretary and a politburo member of the party.

Parliamentarians Piyasiri Wijenayake, M. Muzammil, Deepal Gunasekera, Achala Jagoda, Samansiri Herath, Priyankara Weerakumara Dissanayake, Ratna Udaya Shantha, Nimal Premawansa Jayasinghe and Jayantha Samaraweera were accompanied with him on this occasion.

Weerawansa told reporters at Malwatte Mahanayaka Thero’s premises after the meeting that the rebel group’s first ever trip after deciding to work as a group was to visit and worship The Temple of the Tooth in the morning indicating to which way the group was moving. The group leader of the Marxist Party said, they were ready to do things embracing the traditions and culture of the country.

The group which is indicating that they would take political initiatives as an alternative group of the party, not subservient to the status quo of the Marxist group, after worshiping at the Temple visited the Mahanayaka Thero of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya the Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha earlier.

During the meeting with the Maha nayaka Thero of Malwatte, Wimal Weerawansa said in response, that he made untiring efforts to sort out the party’s internal dispute amicably. However, he pointed out that he had to take a challenging critical decision on behalf of the country and the people, as his efforts to sort out the dispute did not succeed. They hoped to get the JVP on the right track and serve the motherland by throwing the handful, which conspired to evict them. If not, they were determined to unveil a new political path, the rebel leader said.

- Asian Tribune -

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