Sri Lanka’s largest Buddhist nationalist group urged its supporters to vote for presidential candidates from the Sinhala Buddhist majority at a rally at Bogmabara Stadium in Kandy on Sunday. The chief of the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force) Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara said the group should democratically take power.
«Without any differences between us, if we take 70 temples into account, if... Еще we count 1,000 votes in
one temple that comes to 70 multiplied by 10,000 votes,» said Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara. The call comes as the Easter attacks in the island nation increased sectarian tension.
«We are making a separate Sinhala nation. Let all of us monks get together and take our country onto a straight path. There is no need to get behind any politician,» said the chief of Bodu Bala Sena.
The presidential election in Sri Lanka is scheduled to take place this year no later than December 9.