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Buddhist monks petition UNP over ‘insults’

An organisation of Buddhist monks have written to the United National Party (UNP), calling on it to ensure that members who have “insulted” monks to not be given any parliamentary nominations in upcoming elections.

The Tri Nikayika Tharuna Bikkhu Sangamaya - an organisation of young Buddhist monks that represent the island’s three Buddhist chapters - handed a petition to the party this week, with demands made to the UNP leadership.

“We have requested the UNP leadership not to give nominations to MPs Mangala Samaraweera, Ranjan Ramanayake and Rajitha Senaratne who had insulted monks,” said Kotahene Narada. “We also request the UNP leadership not to give nominations to Dr Senaratne who had spoken on behalf of a lady who is working for the Swiss Embassy in Colombo.”

The monk was referring to a Swiss embassy employee who had been abducted and molested in Colombo, an incident that has sparked a diplomatic row between the Swiss and Sri Lankan governments.