Not a single Bhikkhu elected to this parliament


In the recent general election 2015 a large number of Buddhist monks contested. Around 150 Bhikkhu monks have participated as candidates. This is the highest number of Buddhist monks who had participated in any general election from the inception of the parliamentary elections.

None of the 150 Buddhist monks who contested the parliamentary election have made it to the new parliament.

Among those were a number of Bikkhus who had contested from the Bodu Jana Peramuna party from the Bodu Bala Sena organisation who predicted that they will win at least 10 seats but have not been able to secure a single seat.

The UNF has Ven. Omalpe Sobhitha Thera and Athuraliye Rathana Thera on its national list, and they may be appointed to parliment.

This is a clear indication that the vast majority of Buddhist voters do not approve of Bhikkhus dabbling in politics.

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