‘Do not vote for Monks’
By Ruwantha Nithulgaspitiya
Chief Incumbent of the Mihintale Rajamaha Viharaya, Ven. Dr. Walahahengunawawe Dhammaratana Thera made a request to voters to refrain from voting for monks contesting the 5 August General Election.
He expressed regret that none of the monks elected to Parliament thus far had presented a Bill in furtherance of the Buddha Sasana, adding that all they had done was to enter Parliament to fulfil their lust for privileges and in turn live lives of luxury whilst enjoying personal privileges.
He emphasised that such monks who put forward the Arahat symbol but sully the saffron robe and the Buddha Sasana should not be allowed to do so. He noted that the responsibility of the monk is to advice rulers based on the meaning of Dhamma and not to get involved with governance and enter Parliament and enjoy luxury. The educated and intelligent voter should understand this at the upcoming Poll, he added.
He also observed that even though the Chief Prelates of the three Sects had made a special request from all political party leaders to refrain from giving nominations to monks and appointing them to the party national lists, a group of monks had formed separate parties and were going on an arbitrary journey, thereby unheeding even the request of the Mahanayakes. This should be vehemently condemned, he pointed out.
He elaborated that at a time when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who is doing a great service to the growth and progress of the Buddha Sasana and was meeting the monks of the three Sects on a monthly basis to discuss issues and provide expeditious and suitable solutions to all such problems, monks attempting to unnecessarily involve themselves with politics would result in a great dishonour to the Buddhist flag and the Buddha Sasana.