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Now, BBS calls for banning of Shoora council

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation yesterday demanded that the government ban the National Shoora Council (NSC), which also went as the National Consultative Council.

Addressing a media conference at the BBS Operations Office in Kirulapone, its General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera said that NSC was a part of an administrative structure of Muslim countries, but it was not so here.

He said that some Muslim countries called their Parliament the NSC or part of the House in some others.

“Issuing a statement to media, the NSC recently accused the BBS of being responsible for Alutgama mayhem, but we asked how can they spread false statements without having any valid evidence or conclusions of an investigation,” Gnanasara Thera said.

BBS Chief Executive Officer Dilanthe Withanage said that some Muslim extremists and politicians wanted to create an optional Shoora Council in Sri Lanka to show Muslim countries which funded them that the Sinhala Buddhist organisations attacked them.

The Thera said that a National Consultative Council should be appointed by the President, but it was doubtful whether the Presidential office approved what he called ‘this false council’.

The BBS said it could expose the NSC’s relations with foreign countries and foreign organisations.

When contacted for comment, NSC Deputy President M. M. Zuhair PC said that National Shoora Council was a forum of all Muslim Associations in Sri Lanka.

“We never asked anyone to ban Bodu Bala Sena as we respect Buddhist revivalism, but the government should have a methodology to stop unnecessary acts by BBS like the Alugtama mayhem,” Zuhair said, adding that except NSC all others had called for a ban on the BBS.

The former ambassador said that some statements of the BBS and posters provoked Sinhala people into attacking Muslims in Alutgama, but the NSC saw the need for the Sinhalese and Muslims to co-exist for the wellbeing of the country.

Zuhair said that they had not been to any embassy to complain about the Alutgama incident and they remained silent even when the embassies asked them about it.

Author: TELO Media Team 1