Nov 18, Colombo: The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), an extremist Buddhist movement in Sri Lanka says Opposition Leader and Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremasinghe is the most suitable common candidate for presidency.
Addressing a press briefing held in Colombo today, the leader of the BBS Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero said that the BBS was considering to field a candidate to the Presidential election but a final decision would be taken when the election is called.
Speaking of common candidates the BBS General Secretary said theout of the names suggested as a common candidate, the Opposition Leader is the most suitable and someone who possesses certain good political policies.
The Thera explained that 80 percent of BBS membership is of the view that the group should field a common candidate. However, the BBS is thinking about a national candidate instead of a common candidate.
Gnanasara Thero further said that the aim of the BBS is not the presidential election but the general election and the party's aim is to buildi a Buddhist state.
In addition to the opposition leader, The names of Chairman of the UNP Leadership Council, Karu Jayasuriya, former President, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, former Chief Justice, Shirani Bandaranayake, Democratic National Alliance MP Arjuna Ranatunga, and Leader of the National Movement for Social Justice, Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera have also been suggested for common candidate.