JHU Buddhist monks submit Colombo nominations
[TamilNet, Friday, 20 February 2004, 16:00 GMT]
The leading monks of the JHU, Ven. Uduwe Damaloka
Thera, Ven. Ellawala Methananda thera, Ven. Athureliye
Ratthana Thera, and Ven. Kolannawe Sumangala addressed
a press conference in downtown Colombo in connection
with the submission of the nomination papers.
Speaking at the press conference, Ven. Kolannawe
Sumangala, the chief candidate of the JHU in Colombo
said he considers the elections as a just war (Dhamma
Yuddhaya) to safeguard the Sinhala nation and
|Rev. Uduwe Dhammaloka thera addressing the press conference
Ven. Ellawela Methananda, said that politicians had
not taken any interest in the Sinhala people after Sri
The general secretary of the JHU, Ven. Uduwe
Dhammaloka, widely considered the successor of the
late Ven. Gangodawila Soma Thera, said governments in
Colombo had failed to protect Buddhism, referring to
their current struggle to stop unethical conversions
in Sri Lanka. He said Buddhist monks were contesting
elections to safeguard the nation and to rid the
country of power hungry politicians.
The JHU which is backed by the Sihala Urumaya (SU) is
contesting in all the electoral districts in the
island in the forthcoming parliamentary general
election according to its Propaganda Secretary
The majority of JHU candidates would be selected from
the Buddhist clergy, according to Mr.Ranawake.
J.H.U. Rev.Uduway Dammaloka threa (R) Rev.Ellawala Medananda thera )Rev. Athuriyalay Rathnathera ( L) talks at the press conference table.
J.H.U. leading monks march to the G.A. office.