President’s solemn pledge before Maha Sangha at
Sacred Dalada premises:
I’ll never allow bifurcation of Motherland
I will never allow the bifurcation of the Motherland which was united
after defeating divisive separatists, pledged President Mahinda
Rajapaksa last Saturday at the Sri Dalada Maligawa premises.
He was addressing the ceremonial gathering on the occasion of the
conferment of the honour Vishwa Keerti Sri Sinhaladhishwara on him
jointly by the Karaka Sangha Sabhas of the Malwatta and Asgiriya
Chapters of the Siyam Maha Nikaya presided over by the Most Venerable
Tibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Malwatta Maha Nayake Thera and Most
Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkhita Asgiriya Maha Nayake Thera. It is
the highest honour bestowed upon any individual jointly by the two
chapters of the Siyam Maha Nikaya.
Accepting the honour the President said that he considered himself
most fortunate to receive such a high honour. “I consider this the
highest honour that any individual could get from the Motherland,” said
The Maha Sangha led by the Maha Nayake Theras of the Malwatta and
Asgiriya Chapters made a significant contribution to unite the country
by constantly giving their blessings and encouraging us, he added. They
also deserve honours for the success achieved in uniting the country, he
“The intention of the Maha Nayake Theras in conferring this honour
was to ensure that the united Motherland would be preserved and
safeguarded and I solemnly pledge before the Sacred Tooth Relic that I
would never allow the bifurcation of the united Motherland,” stated the
He also expressed his confidence that we would be able to build a
virtuous society with the constant advice from the Maha Nayake Theras.
“This honour will give me added courage and strength to build such a
virtuous society without delay,” the President further said. The nation
should be grateful to the Maha Sangha for their encouragement in these
endeavours, he said in conclusion.
Honours were also conferred on the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya
Rajapksa, Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Donald Perera, Army
Commander General Sarath Fonseka, Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha
Karannagoda, Air Force Commander Air Chief Marshal Roshan Gunatilleke,
Inspector General of Police Jayantha Wickremaratne and Civil Defence
Force Director General Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera.