Militant monk movements such as the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) were created by the opposition during the tenure of President Rajapaksa’s Presidency and is now being fuelled by the same elements of the former opposition who are now in the…government, said UPFA Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. He added that it was a premeditated move meant for political agendas.
Rajapaksa added that these monks who were active during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidency were criticized by the then Opposition, but the incumbent government is being indifferent to the chaos wreaked by the militant group.
Speaking to media he said,
“I am waiting to see the reaction of the Prime Minister who reacted when the same thing happened to Rishad Bathiudeen. The manner in which the Prime Minister, who was the Opposition Leader then, reacted when this particular group went into Bathiudeen’s office without appointment, is very different from the way he is reacting now when the same has happened to Mano Ganesan. The Prime Minister is being very quiet about the incident that took place in Mano Ganesan’s office.”
He added that there were many groups like the BBS, which are being manipulated by the government as evident by the soaring hate crimes in the recent past.
“Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga stated while campaigning in Beruwala that if “certain people act in a certain way” – (in reference to rioters) – they will bring them like dogs and put them in jail. But it does not seem to happen now. There is enough evidence for us to believe, with the upcoming referendum and the local government elections, that there may be another conspiracy similar to that which happened prior to 2016,” he said.
Apart from minority issues, he added that the government is unable to take a firm stand on any matters. Commenting on the President’s decision on the Wilpattu issue, he added that the government is not able to address it properly in a conclusive manner.
“I am not going to say who is right and who is wrong, but at the end of the day the government has to be answerable to the people. Yet there is no tangible solution to that,” he said.