The one time vociferous champion of good governance, and supporter of Maithripala Sirisena during the run up to the presidential elections, Buddhist Monk and Member of Parliament, Athuraliya Rathana has decided to take a backseat from party politics and function independently in Parliament.
In an interview with the ‘Deshaya’, the monk said that “I prefer to be more responsible to society than be connected to party politics. I do not have any animosity against anyone.”
He also disclosed that he will step down from the position of Chairman of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), and function as a consultant of the party.
He also noted that the JHU has always taken a stand against any wrong doing no matter who committed it, and his party’s criticism was one reason that brought about a government change.
The Buddhist Monk also added under the new administration democracy has been established in the country ‘to a certain extent.’ He however pointed out that the country was being governed without a proper economic vision. “We need an economic plan if the country is to achieve sustainable development,” he added