Some members of the committee appointed to get S.B.Dissanayake released from jail made a vow at Sri Maha Bodhi on Saturday (19) to illuminate Sri Maha Bodhi premises with eighty four thousand coconut oil lamps, and to offer a sovereign gold coin within thirty days if S.B.Dissanayake is released from his two years rigorous imprisonment sentence before the Sinhala new year.
On the advice of Atamastanadhipathi Venerable Pallegama Sirinivasa Thera, Bomaluwa Viharadhipathi Venerable Ravaela Piyatissa Thera performed the religious service. Mrs. Thamara Dissanayake, Matara District parliamentarian Mahinda Wijesekera, Anuradhapura district parliamentarian P. Harison and many others participated in the ceremony.
Seth Pirith was also chanted by the Maha Sangha.
Many Opposition members of the North - Central Provincial Council including its leader of the opposition R.B.Abeysinghe, and Pradesiya Sabha members attended the ceremony.
Mahinda Wijesekera said he expected to hand over a petition with one hundred thousand signatures to the President requesting her to pardon Mr. Dissanayake to get his release, `A group led by UNP leaders will walk all the way from Devendra Devalaya to the President`s house to handover the petition` he said.
An Adhisthana Pooja and a Satyakriya will be held on April 01 at the ancient Ruwanweli Maha Se Maluwa under the patronage of the opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghne he said. `After this ceremony a meeting will be held at Anuradhapura Town hall under the patronage of Mr. Wickremasinghe,` said the MP.