The main opposition UNP yesterday pointed out that it had only criticized the JHU monks and not the Maha Sangha in the country as a whole.
Party media spokesman Gayantha Karunatilake told a news conference the UNP and its leadership had great respect for the Maha Sangha who preserved the Sambuddha Sasana for more than 2500 years. However, Mr. Karunatilake said the UNP levelled political criticism at the JHU monks who promised to create a new political culture for the good of the country, but had been acting in a manner not in keeping with their status.
`Some people including the JHU had tried to misinterpret what party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said as an attack on the Maha Sangha in a bid to mislead the people and discredit the party.
The UNP and its leader have great respect for the Maha Sangha who deserves the credit for safeguarding the Buddha Sasana for the past 2500 years,` he said adding that the Opposition Leader also hailed from a respectable Buddhist family in the country.
Mr. Karunatilake also recalled how a government minister attacked a JHU MP in Parliament shortly after the election, eventually resulting in the parliamentarian being hospitalized.
Accusing the JVP of practising double standards the UNP media spokesman said the JVP suddenly started an agitation campaign against the soaring cost of living while playing the guardian of the government at the same time.