“Bhikkhus are not supposed to rise to their feet before a layman however powerful he may be. But we should respect the laws of the country” he said. The JHU monk said this was the tradition of the Sasana.
At this point, UNP MP Palitha Ranga Bandara queried about the Asgiriya Mahanayake Thera’s statement which was contradictory.
Ven. Medhananda Thera responded saying it might have been the personal viewpoint of the Mahanayake Thera.