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BBS demands action against Salley; challenges for an open debate

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BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaththe Gnanasara Thera today challenged former Central Provincial Council member Azath Salley for an open debate, instead of him issuing inflammatory statements.

Ven. Thera said he was ready for an open debate anywhere in the country, or in Medina in Saudi Arabia.

“Salley had threatened that he would blow himself up like a suicide bomber and kill me over a statement I made in Mahiyanganaya. Salley’s statement is shocking to Sinhala Buddhist society and now it will become a major controversy in the social media,” Ven. Thera said.

The Thera had also condemned the burning of Buddhist flags in Mahiyangana on the Wesak Poya day by Muslim extremists, over a preaching of Dhamma against cattle slaughter.

“A protest was held in the area. The extremists not even feel sorry for burning the flags. They had also had lodged a complaint with the Police IGP,” Gnanasara Thera said.

Meanwhile, BBS Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Withanage said making such statements was a violation of Fundamental Rights of Gnanasara Thera and the country people.

“I would like to ask Azath Salley in view of Sinhala Buddhist people, who he is? If there was an insult to the God that he believes in, he should let that God handle it. Is he the representative of the God to mete out punishments?” Withanage said.

“We request the Government to conduct an immediate investigation over Salley’s statement and to take a clear decision to arrest him and to remove him from the Government post.

“We would launch an open debate under the leadership of Gnanasara Thera in society like the ‘Panadura Wadaya’, if President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and IGP Pujith Jayasundara do not act on this,” he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • Dumbo Thursday, 07 July 2016 04:56 PM

    Why are you even giving any exposure to Gnanasara? Pls think of the country and don't give coverage to people who propagate racial disharmony.

    sobers Thursday, 07 July 2016 04:58 PM

    Take it easy.

    Zee Thursday, 07 July 2016 05:00 PM

    Bloody nonsense!

    Selvyn Friday, 08 July 2016 02:40 PM

    Who is this Dilantha. Surely he has a personal agenda to achieve through BBS. He is a fox. via DM Android App

    TRUEMAN Thursday, 07 July 2016 05:13 PM

    THE . VOICE OF. AN ..... via DM Android App

    TRUEMAN Thursday, 07 July 2016 05:15 PM

    NO BODY CARES. via DM Android App

    Ihale Thursday, 07 July 2016 05:18 PM

    Two of them have called for fight.. via DM Android App

    sanga Friday, 08 July 2016 07:14 AM

    Lanka soon you will be Muslim.. ideal snip the top and throw away... via DM Android App

    bigsam Thursday, 07 July 2016 06:33 PM

    Perfect opportunity to lock up both these miscreants in one go!

    AjithP Friday, 08 July 2016 10:21 AM

    Buddhists simply don't understand how discriminatory Sharia-Law is. They don't understand that their religious rights will be severely affected. Despite some hiccups there is no legal restriction in spreading Islam in SL, but if Sharia is imposed one day, Buddhists will see 1st hand see how discriminating Sharia is.

    Faihaan Friday, 08 July 2016 11:45 AM

    When the truth is heard against falsehood , falsehood will perish. So please seek knowledge before commenting ..

    PERERA Friday, 08 July 2016 11:49 AM

    dont stop taking those meds.

    john frazer Friday, 08 July 2016 11:50 AM

    I THOUGHT HE IS BEEN LOCKED UP FOR LIFE TIME


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