Rathana thera began a protest fast in front of the Kandy Dalada Temple a short while ago in retaliation to the President’s failure to meet his demand of ousting Muslim politicos Rishard Bathiudeen, Azath Salley and M L A M Hizbullah from their positions.
On May 29th, he promised to announce a ‘grave decision’ by 4 pm yesterday if President Sirisena failed to act on his demand.
Rathana thero who seems to find himself in the middle of controversies quite often, held a presser at his Temple in Colombo on May 28 and issued an ultimatum to Sirisena, demanding that measures be implemented to remove politicos Bathiudeen, Salley and Hizbullah from their positions by May 29th.
“Among these politicos, Salley makes statements in a way that supports extremism and have pushed Muslims to take up arms against other Sri Lankans; Hizbullah has drafted plans and was well into the plan to establish a university that would propagate Islamic extremism,” he told the press explaining reasons behind his demand for their removal.
The deadline issued by Rathana thera expired in the evening of May 29th.
Although he had told Sinhala print outlet Divaina that a ‘grave decision’ will be made if Sirisena fails to act on his demand and that it would be announced at 4 pm yesterday, no signs of any action have been announced as of yet.
Rathana thero also asked all spiritualists to join him in meditation and other spiritual activities when his decision is announced, to help him defeat other forces using the power of nonviolence.