The hardline Bodu Bala Sena group is scheduled to surround the Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs Ministry in a short while in order to protest against its failure to live up to the promises made to the organisation.
A tight security cordon has been placed at the Ministry. Police armed with riot gear and batons are currently at the gate of the Ministry at Dharmpala Mawatha.
The BBS says that although the Sri Lankan Constitution guarantees the foremost place to Buddhism in the country, this provision has been reduced to mere words alone.
The BBS has called for the Buddha Sasana Ministry to be brought under the Ministry of Defence run by Secretary to the Ministry Gotabaya Rajapaksa in order to ensure Buddhism is given its due place and protected in Sri Lanka.