Two prominent Bhikkhu organisations yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to hold a referendum immediately to let the people decide whether they approved of the dissolution of Parliament.
Addressing a press conference organized by the Pevidi Handa in Colombo, Ven. Murutththettuwe Ananda Thera said that there were sinister forces in overdrive to deprive the people of the victory they had achieved.
“The best way out is for the President to consult the people directly at a referendum because sovereignty resides in them.”
At a separate press conference in Colombo by the National Bhikkhu Forum, Ven Medagoda Abahayatissa Thera echoed the same views. “If the Supreme Court interim order delays a general election then the President should go for a referendum which would help ascertain public opinion.