Received Positive Responses From North – Gnanasara Thera

By Jatila Karawita | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 1 2021

By Jatila Karawita

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thera says if he gets an opportunity to enter Parliament he will look to unmask the lawmakers who hoodwink the country with regard to threats faced by the people concerning spread of extremist Islamist views, forced conversions of people etc. The Thera who took part in a private TV political talk show aired on 29 November said it was not his intention to enter the Legislature as a Buddhist monk. 

But he stressed it was important to be in the House to reveal nothing but the truth to the nation on the aforesaid matters from where laws are enacted. The Thera said presently three types of jihadist ideologies were being propagated in the country such as economic, political and Islamic by extremists. However, the monk was quick to point out that it would be difficult to repeat terror attacks of the scale of the Easter Sunday blasts of 2019 due to intelligence units being strengthened by the incumbent President. 

He also urged the intelligence units not to drop their guard with regard to Islamic extremists who are working round the clock to set off carnages of the mould of the Easter Sunday mayhem two years ago. 

The BBS General Secretary remarked the Presidential Taskforce set up for the formulation of the ‘One Country, One Law’ concept under his stewardship had visited the Northern Province to seek views from various people with regard to the drafting of a set of proposals. He mentioned a monthly report on the concept compiled by the Taskforce which was formed early last month, has been submitted to the President on 29 November and expressed hope they will be able to hand over its final report to the President before the 22 February deadline next year. 

When asked for salient points contained in the report, the outspoken monk refused to reveal contents explaining that it could be distorted by parties with vested interests who could then give a warped image of it to the country. But, he maintained that there was a strong and overwhelming desire from people in the North for the establishment of the ‘One Country, One Law’ concept. He added the Taskforce will shortly be visiting the Eastern Province as well for a similar undertaking.

By Jatila Karawita | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 1 2021

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