Mangala hits back at those who debarred him from Gampaha temples


Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday lashed out at the Gampaha Sasanarakshaka Balamandalaya, who had banned him from entering temples there on Tuesday.

"The Buddha didn’t even ban Deavadatta, who tried to kill him, from entering temples. He was a great man. Peace be unto the idiots that didn’t understand this," he said in his twitter account.

The Gampaha Sasanarakshaka Balamandalaya on Tuesday banned Samaraweera, Minister Rajith Senaratne and his son MP Chathura Senaratne from entering temples there.

Ven. Pahalagama Somarathana Thera headed the Gampaha

Sasanarakshaka Balamandala meeting held at Sama Maha Vihara at Gampaha. The decision to ban the three politicians was unanimously passed. The Balamandalaya also stated that they expect all temples in the country to adopt similar decisions.

Samaraweera’s stock is low not only with Buddhists. On Tuesday Rev. Fr. Freely Muthukudarachchi, Secretary, Council of Priests, Archdiocese of Colombo condemned Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera for his recent criticism of Malcolm Cardinal Rajith.

Samaraweera called on the Vatican and Pope Francis to take note of Cardinal Ranjith visiting MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera in Kandy on Monday, while he was engaged in a fast demanding the resignation of Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and Provincial Governors M.L.A.M. Hisbullah and Azath Salley.

Cardinal Ranjith by going all the way to Kandy and shaking Thera’s hands had aggravated hatred and communalism, Samaraweera said, adding that he had brought to the notice of the Vatican and Pope Francis the damage that Cardinal Ranjith had caused to communal amity and national reconciliation by choosing to visit Rathana Thera at that juncture when the country was trying to recover from the April 21st Easter Sunday suicide bomb blasts by the National Thowheed Jamaath, which killed 258 people and injured around 500.

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