The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS)wants the Buddha Sasana Ministry brought under the purview of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to protect Buddhism.
BBS General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara thero said that the Buddha Sasana Ministry was not functioning properly.
Mean while the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today insisted that the self-immolation committed by the ex-JHU monk, Ven. Bowatte Indarathana Thera was an act of self-sacrifice and not a case of suicide.
Addressing a media briefing Minister of Technology and JHU General Secretary, Champika Ranawaka said sinister western moves were underway to interpret this act of self-sacrifice as an act of religious extremism and made a request from the public to be mindful of those moves.
The Minister said amongst other requests left in the note written by the monk before he set himself on fire, a request to the President for a new Constitution that would suit a Buddhist country was also included.
Meanwhile JHU member Udaya Gammanpila addressing the press conference said as long as cattle slaughter prevailed in Sri Lanka no value would be attached to the self-sacrifice committed by Bowatte Indarathana Thera.
“We plan to transform the demands made by Indarathana Thera into reality and hope that the two Bills already presented in Parliament against animal cruelty and religious conversions committed by force, would be approved in Parliament,” Gammanpila said.
Meanwhile parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa on Saturday requested President Mahinda Rajapaksa to immediately ban the slaughter of cattle in the country.
In a letter addressed to the president, the minister of construction and housing said that the ban should be imposed “as the country’s Buddhist and Hindu people reject cattle slaughtering with disgust and only a small group in Sri Lankan society approves of it”.
“It is disappointing that cattle slaughtering continues to take place in Sri Lanka, a country which boasts an agricultural economic history,” said Weerawansa in his letter to the president.
He also said cattle slaughtering has been banned in India, which has a majority of Hindu devotees.