Gnanasara Thero’s Nomination rejected

ECONOMYNEXT – Election officials have rejected the nomination papers of firebrand Buddhist Monk Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara who was planning to contest the upcoming Parliamentary General elections from a registered political party called Ape Jana Bala Pakshaya (AJBP).

The party’s nominees in the Kurunegala, Colombo and Moneralaga Districts were rejected a Bodu Bala Sena spokesman said.

Fellow hardline monk Athureliye Rathana Thero also submitted nomination papers in Gampaha but EconomyNext has been unable to confirm reports that his papers were also rejected.

Former three-time cabinet Minister Jeewan Kumaranatunga and several others from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party were also contesting under this party ticket in Colombo.

Navaratne also said that “some members of the Global Sri Lanka Forum” were also joining this party to contest the April 25 election. Final decisions as to who would be contesting will be taken later today, Navaratne said.(Colombo March 19, 2020)

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