Mahanayaka Thera of the Malwatte Chapter, Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera has refused to see President Maithripala Sirisena this morning when the latter sought an appointment with the prominent Buddhist monk to discuss the current political situation, Colombo Telegraph learns.
The Mahanayaka Thera had said he did not want to have any meeting with Sirisena who unabashedly violated the constitution by dissolving parliament breaching the provisions of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which he architected himself.
When the reports of Mahanayake Thera’s refusal to meet Sirisena surfaced, the President’s Media Division had strictly instructed provincial journalists in Kandy to refrain from reporting it. As a result, none of the mainstream media institutions in the country received the story this evening.
When contacted by several news reporters in Colombo, the PMD, in a desperate bid to cover-up the humiliating rejection, had said Sirisena did not visit the Malwatte temple and only visited the four Dewalayas in Kandy.
However, after much persuasion, the Mahanayaka thera of the Malwatte chapter had agreed to meet Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, the General Secretary of the UPFA and an ally of Sirisena.