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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2736

Bodu Bala Sena to contest in the general election

Colombo, 30 June, (Asiantribune.com):

The Bodu Bala Sena , on Monday (29) announced that it will contest at the forthcoming general election under the Bodu Jana Peramuna (BJP) ticket with the symbol of cobra.

BBS Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Vithanage told that the BBS has also requested the BJP to change its existing symbol from pen to cobra.

The organization had planned the launch of the party for a few weeks. The party will field only laymen as candidates while the Buddhist clergy will play a guiding role, BJP Leader and BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera said.

He said the BBS would remain as it is, but for the upcoming elections, it would affiliate itself with the Eksath Maha Sabha Pakshaya (EMSP) which is a registered political party.

The EMSP would in future be called the Bodu Jana Peramuna or the BJP, with a new symbol and new officials. The Thera told that new officials have been appointed to the BJP and was waiting the Elections Commissioner’s approval for its Cobra symbol.

“We have requested the Elections Commissioner to reserve the Cobra symbol for our newly formed party and looking forward to his approval,” he said. He said the Elections Commissioner had earlier refused to register any new political party in keeping with election regulations and that was why they had affiliate with the EMSP.

- Asian Tribune -

Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera
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