The Maha Sangha today issued a pledge that all politicians will be rejected under the Maha Sangha Convention if Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa does not step down allowing the formation of an interim government.
Speaking during the Maha Sangha Convention at the Independence Square this evening, Professor at the Rajarata University, Venerable Olaganwatte Chandrasiri Thera demanded the government to provide solutions to the prevalent economic and political crisis.
The thera said advice should be sought from professionals in the relevant field and stability must be bought back to people’s lives.
The thera called for prompt amendments to the Constitution and to curtail the powers of the Executive Presidency and strengthen Parliament.
The venerable called on the President to heed the letter by the Chief Prelates and establish an all-party interim government.
The thera called for the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa adding if the Premier failed to resign, the Maha Sangha will pledge to reject all politicians.
Joining the event, Prof. Ven. Agalakada Sirisumana Thera said public expectations were shattered when the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was passed and excess power was granted to the post of Executive Presidency.
The Thera stated through the Amendment; commissions to investigate bribery and corruption were dissolved, the President and the Prime Minister were exempted from being audited while bribery, corruption and misappropriation of public funds became rampant.
The Thera added Ministries were handed over to individuals who did not posses necessary qualifications, while leadership of state institutions was granted to retired military officials.
The Venerable said means were arranged for those with favour of the President and Prime Minister to amass significant wealth.
The Thera added the move to import turmeric instead of local cultivations caused great distress to the public.
Prof. Ven. Agalakada Sirisumana Thera said with the pandemic the government did not pay heed to the advice of experts such as Former Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jayasinghe and guided the country further into crisis.
He said vaccines were obtained without proper control while the country was driven further into debt.
The Ven. said while the country faces an economic crisis; President Gotabaya Rajapaksa continues to spend money on jogging pathways.
The Thera said the people cannot live much less exercise.
The Thera condemned the shortage of gas, fuel and other necessities adding the present administration has only ensured lengthy queues.