Gnanasara thero contested the August 17 Parliamentary elections but lost. He contested under the Bodu Jana Peramuna (BJP).
The BJP is to be renamed to contest the next local government elections and the party has made a request to the Elections Commissioner in this regard.
Gnanasara thero said that earlier there was a move to register the BBS as a political party but then there was an attempt to ban the BBS.
As a result the BBS contested the last election under the BJP. However in future it has been decided that the BBS will move away from politics and let others take the BBS concept forward through the BJP.
“We the monks do not need politics now,” Gnansara thero said.
BJP Secretary Dr. Nath Amarakoon said that by having monks in the BJP there was a feeling that the party will be seen as one sided.
So he says it was agreed that the BJP will move ahead without the direct participation of monks. It was also proposed that the name of the party be changed.
He also said that the BJP will put forward proposals to the government on constitutional reforms and will prepare to contest the local government election. (Colombo Gazette)
Report by Ashanthi Warunasuriya