Bodu Bala Sena Chief Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thero is taking the credit for the election of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, saying the political movement he and a few others began to unite Sinhala Buddhists has borne fruit.
“Now this Sinhala Buddhist land has a leader we have wished for from the bottom of our hearts. Our mission is accomplished and we must now give him the time and space to implement his agenda,” he told reporters yesterday in Colombo.
The BBS has been working on the ideology that by uniting the Sinhala Buddhists in the country it will be possible to elect a government that will work for them since 1998, he said. He said the majority had been neglected because successive governments have neglected the majority.
Gnanasara, who was in jail for contempt of court and is out on a pardon by former President Maithripala Sirisena, said that when President Rajapaksa thanked the country’s Bhikkhus for the victory during his inaugural speech, he knew all his efforts were recognized.
“We have addressed gatherings of thousands of Bhikkus at the Sugathadasa Stadium in 2015 and more recently a few months ago and we have to be grateful to them for this victory,” he said
He said the next mission is to “clean Parliament of all those people who have bred extremism in the form of Christian Fundamentalism, Muslim extremism and the influx of huge amounts of foreign funds for these organisations.”
If that is achieved, Gnanasara said there will be no purpose for the BBS and “we can disband the organization.”