The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has expressed concern over statements issued by various organisations and individuals over the summit of Buddhist monks they have scheduled to be held tomorrow, describing them as ‘attempts made by racist, extremist groups and opportunist politicians to disrupt BBS activities’.
BBS CEO Dilanthe Withanage issuing a statement has remarked that a series of actions are being carried out as part of a conspiracy to break the momentum that is building in support of their activities, by religious extremists, opportunists, fundamentalists and racists.
He has gone on to say the statement issued by the Sri Lanka Muslim Council on the visit of Burmese monk Ashin Wirathu to Sri Lanka to partake in the BBS summit is one such attempt to aggravate the local Muslim community against Buddhists and Buddhist monks.
“We regret their actions – Venerable Wirathu decided to visit Sri Lanka and participate in the Sangha Sammelana following an open invitation we extended to the international Buddhist community. There is no need for the SLMC to get riled up over it,” Withanage has stated.
Moreover, he called upon all the Buddhists in the country to ensure they do not fall prey to the traps laid by such groups because the primary motive of the Buddhists should be to build the country and not destroy it.
“Despite their continuous use of phrases such as ‘the promotion of co-existence in Sri Lanka’ they are carrying out underhand activities that destroy the nation. This is ample reason fr the entire nation to remain alert on their activities,” he added.
Withanage has gone on to criticize UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake’s statements involving the BBS, describing it as a ‘yardstick to measure how bad the opportunist politicians have failed in promoting their narrow agendas, before the uniting Sinhala Buddhist forces.’
Speaking further he has pledged to continue with the Summit tomorrow irrelevant of the challenges that might come their way and has urged the Buddhist community to refrain from engaging in any activity that would send a wrong impression about Buddhists and Sri Lanka to the global community.