UNP's Jana Bala Meheyuma belittled sovereignty of people - Nayake
Batapola Subhadraramadhipathi Ven. Batapola Nanda Nayake Thera
yesterday scoffed at the UNPs Jana Bala Meheyuma march saying it was a
futile exercise which challenged and belittled the sovereignty of the
The Jana Bala Meheyuma also demonstrated UNP leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe's greed for the presidency.
If the country's problems had aggravated the people had the sovereign
right to defeat the Government or the President at an election.
Holding elections at the whims and fancy of individuals would be a
violation of the constitution. The present constitution was adopted by
the UNP in 1978.
Neither Ranil Wickremesinghe nor even the author of the present
constitution late J.R. Jayewardene could violate it even he returned
from the dead.
Ven. Nanda said the tsunami was the biggest catastrophe faced by the
country during its entire history. Without cooperating with the
Government to solve the burning problems of the country caused by it the
opposition UNP was trying to provoke the innocent masses by organising
Jana Bala Meheyumas and he would vehemently condemn such actions.
Ven. Nanda said President Kumaratunga had rendered dedicated service
to protect the Buddhasasana, country and nation and the masses would
never forget it.
One had to accrue merit in previous births to become a country's
leader. But guardian deities would never allow an epitome of Don Juan
Dharmapala to become President of this country.