缅派的Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thera法师表示，总统拉贾帕克萨和僧人、佛教密切的联系使得大众团结在他的周围。他是个诚实正直的人。
与此同时，斯里兰卡媒体部长Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena 称，斯里兰卡有缅派僧人12700人，蒙派僧人6000人，而两派联合向一位领导人表示敬意和赞扬还是第一次。总统贾帕克萨不仅团结了整个国家，还把所有僧众团结在一起，而这一时刻也将被载入史册。
斯里兰卡佛教在僧伽组织系统上，分成三大宗派：1.惺罗派 2.缅族派 3.蒙族派（编译：子规）
Buddhist countries can play a major role in the future of Sri Lanka and counterbalance the western powers, suggested President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a tribute organised by Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya and Sri Lanka Ramanna Nikaya at Independence Square, yesterday. He said that Buddhist monks too can play an important role in Sri Lanka’s international relations by bringing these countries to support Sri Lanka.
“We need the support of other Buddhist countries and we need them to play a bigger role in the development of the country and Buddhist monks can play bigger role in rallying their support,” he said. “From ancient times Buddhist monks have played an important role in our national histories and they have done a lot in the fight against terrorism but there is still work to be done,” he added.
The president added that he plans to incorporate more Buddhist principles in the administration of the state. In order to develop a society should be built on morals the president claimed. “A moral society is disciplined and only a disciplined society can prosper,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thera of the Amarapura sect said that the masses rallied around the President because of his close ties with the Sangha and Buddhism. The president is an honest and straightforward man.
“There were many leaders in the past who had no ties with the sangha. Most of them did not adhere to Buddhist principles and that is why the sangha and the masses were hesitant to rally behind them. But President Rajapaksa was always close to the sangha and people recognised him as a moral and courageous man,” Dhammawasa Thera said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Mass Media, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena claimed that this is the first time that the two sects have united to pay homage to a leader. The President has also united the sangha as well as the country he added.
“There are 12 700 monks of the Amarapura sect while there are 6,000 monks of the Ramanna sect and today they have united for the first time to pay tribute to the President. This fact alone makes this a historic moment,” he said.