‘Ara Vaahe Hadanna Bey Oi’ (that fellow cannot be corrected), Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera has told a Mahinda-loyalist editor of a national newspaper. The circumstances are as follows:
Early morning one day, the Thera went to ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Wijerama home hoping to have an undisturbed, serious discussion with him on the country, religion and the nation.
However, when he arrived there around 7.00 am, closest cronies of Mahinda were already there. Among them were ex-chairman of Walallawita Pradeshiya Sabha Udeni, the first to be caught accepting a bribe at the PS premises, ‘Amawathura new editor’ Upali Kodikara, Johnston Fernando alias Arakku Johnny, Rohitha Abeywardena, aka chain thief, Maindananda Aluthgamage and Kumarasiri Hettige, who lost his teeth to the former Basnayake Nilame of Vishnu Devale in Dondra. Seeing them all, Gunawansa Thera inquired from Mahinda’s bodyguards if they lived there.
“No, Hamuduruwane. It is their habit to be here before Mahinda Mahattaya gets up. They have nothing to do and they go after the former president wherever he goes,” they replied.
Not wanting to talk to Mahinda in the presence of them, he left after telling the bodyguards to inform the ex-president that he had come. Gunawansa Thera returned to his temple and telephoned the newspaper editor and told him, “Ara Vaahe Hadanna Bey Oi. He does not listen. He gets up in the morning with a pack of thieves. We are trying to rally all nationalist forces around that Vaahe. What that Vaahe does is to go to courts, remand prisons, weddings, and funerals with that pack of thieves. He gives voice-cuts to the media surrounded by thieves. People of this country were not born again. This pack of thieves is more important for this Vaahe than nationalist forces of this country. There will never be a revival.”