Maha Sangha Convention put off due to government’s threat-UNP charges
[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 February 2010, 01:58 GMT]
The main opposition the United National Party (UNP) Wednesday accused
that the Maha Sangha Convention summoned by the Mahanayake Theras of
four chapters on February 18 to consider the current volatile
political situation in the country was postponed due to the threat by
two deputy ministers of the government led by President Mahinda
The said deputy ministers had threatened the Mahanayakes
not to conduct the special Maha Sangha Convention as scheduled at
Kandy Sri Dalada Maligawa on Thursday or to face dire
consequences, claimed the UNP general secretary Tissa Attanayake
Wednesday at a media briefing.
The Buddhist prelates Tuesday announced that they decided to call off
the convention due to security reasons.
UNP general secretary claimed that Mahanayakes’ decision to postpone
the convention came after meeting a government delegation led by a
Buddhist monk that allegedly threatened the Mahanayakes not to go
ahead with Maha Sangha Convention.