After their plan to sabotage the election campaign of the Common candidate by joining the common opposition movement failed, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation today pledged their support to Mahinda Rajapaksa and said they would use their maximum strength to ensure the defeat of Maithripala Sirisena.
Their stance was officially announced today during a media breifig as promised earlier during the week, where they pledged their support to Mahinda Rajapaksa. BBS General Secretary Galagoda Atte Gnanasara speaking at the media breifing said they will not be joining the UPFA but would conduct a seperate campaign in support of Mahinda Rajapaksa.
He said they would travel around the country to ensure Mahinda’s victory since they believe hs is a ‘national leader’. During the breifing he also invited Maithripala to return to the government and criticized those who have pledged their support to the common opposition movement, stating they have fallen prey to an international conspiracy.
Although they were planning to pledge their support to common candidate Maithripala Sirisena’s campaign upon instructions given by the regime, their plan fell through when Maithripala refused to engage in discussions with the organisation.
Their plan to support Maithripala was exposed by Colombo Telegraph and several other media and reliable sources close to Basil Rajapaksa said the plan was to get the BBS to support Maithripala in order to mislead the minority voters.