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Development targets can be reached through a disciplined society

Oct 2, 2010 7:34:39 AM - itnnews.lk

President Rajapaksa has stressed that he is prepared to reach the development targets through a disciplined society. At a meeting with members of the Maha Sangha the President said that Buddhism will be protected while ensuring the rights of other religions.

The President pointed out that law and order should be maintained for development of a country. All should be equal before the law and punishment should be comparable to the seriousness of the offence. He said that only the President enjoys special privileges in the Constitution drafted by J.R. Jayawardena. He noted that it was due to this constitution that he could take fearless decisions. This was the reason why certain sectors were attempting to take him before war tribunals in other countries. He said that one should love his country. There are no frontline villages as of today. He expressed gratitude to the members of Maha Sangha who remained in temples in those areas to protect the country and the nation.

Members of the Maha Sangha representing the Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee and Vavuniya Districts met him. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the problems faced by the Buddhist monks who stay in temples in the area and to seek their guidance in solving the problems. They stressed that the country is on the right path under the Government led by the President. The President said that the aim of the Government is to nourish Buddhism while granting the rights of other religions. The President drew his attention to the problems presented by the Maha Sangha. He assured speedy solutions to the issues. The Maha Sangha offered their blessings to the President to make Sri Lanka a prosperous nation while overcoming all challenges.