By Rose Kenny
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) movement General Secretary Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thera said that the organisation will disband following the Parliamentary election.
He said that as the country finally has elected a leader who has pledged to uphold the Buddhist values and safeguard the Buddha Sasana, there was no need for his organisation to continue any further.
“Now we have a good leader who during his address to the nation after being appointed as the Executive President of this country pledged to protect the Buddha Sasana. He acknowledged the commitment of the Buddhist clergy in his journey to becoming the president.”
He added that for the past 71 years the Sinhala race was being degraded and humiliated, adding that now that a strong leader has been appointed, they have faith that he will uplift the Sinhala race. “We are also happy that we could have contributed in some way to have gained this victory even without the support of the minorities. We defeated the myth that no Sinhala leader could come to power without the votes of the minority. We enjoy this victory with humble pride,” BBS General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero told a news conference in Colombo yesterday.
Gnanasara Thera also did not fail to thank the patriotic minority communities who had contributed to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s victory. “We should not take lightly the commitment of the minority communities who voted in our candidate’s favour against all adversities. We are very grateful to them all. At the same time the small group of minority leaders who tried to poison the minds of the people should be defeated and we must as a majority race take steps to win the hearts and minds of the minority communities.”
He said now the task is to clean up the parliament. He noted that all Muslim extremist groups that have terrorized the world are functioning in this country and certain politicians in parliament are protecting and nurturing them. “The majority of parliamentarians remained silent until the bombs exploded on Easter Sunday. These parliamentarians did nothing. Hence, he said they need a powerful commission to discuss these issues in the future.”
However, he called on all Sinhalese not to behave foolishly during this victory and act in a responsible and disciplined manner. Gnanasara Thera said that the Buddhist monks had to take to the streets and confront the police because the leaders of the country failed to listen to them. But, now, he said that wont be necessary as the current president understands and they can talk to him and resolve issues.
He noted that Dhamma had triumphed over myth and falsehood. “Therefore, there is no need for the Bodu Bala Sena anymore to fight against myths and falsehoods,” he said, adding that therefore, discussions were underway to disband the BBS after the General election. Until the General election there is still some work left to be done and thereafter the decision would be taken, Ven. Gnanasara Thera added.