Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday in a hard hitting speech in parliament, threatened the exposing of the New Fascist Buddhist movement led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
“What happened at the Abhayaramaya yesterday? Some 20-30 persons came there. .. We have information about the Abhayarama discussion yesterday. We are investigating these racist movements and in a couple of weeks times more organisations will be revealed. We are ready to counter this” he said.
The Colombo Telegraph in August last year, exclusively revealed that the President and Prime Minister were in possession of a report from the State Intelligence Service which provided details of a plan to create the movement from within temples.
The former President during the time, visited a large amount of temples throughout the Island, and was used for a failed attempt to re-capture power during the parliamentary elections.
The detailed report states that the sole purpose of these visits was to seek help in safe guarding himself, his immediate family and his brother namely the former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the on going cases relating to abuse of power, forgery, murder, fraud, corruption and malpractices through the creation of a Buddhist Temple Based Neo-Fascist Movement.
Moreover the damning report states that the formation of this Buddhist Temple Based Neo-Fascists Movement was so well organized, that if in the event any Rajapaksa family member was arrested by the authorities, the entire cadre which also includes certain Buddhist monks could take to the streets within minutes, even leaving their places of work by communicating using secret codes.
Former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared recently that a new ‘party of the people’ should be formed as an alternative to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
It is observed that the drama which unfolded at the Homagama magistrates court may have been a ruse to “check the pulse of the government”- by leaders of the New Fascist group.
Galagoda Atte Gnanasara had no history of turning up at the Prageeth Ekneligoda case during any of the previous hearings. However, politicians who are supporters of Rajapaksa had on numerous occasions been present at the hearings.
In a surprise turn of events last week, Gnanasara had in the courtroom stood up and spoken to the judge, while court was in process. Thereafter he had threatned the wife of Ekneligoda before insulting the judiciary.
“The behaviour, is not consistent with Ganasaras previous records in the court room or with law enforcement authorities. Questions remain as to the motive of his visit to the courtroom that day. The entire drama unfolds in the backdrop of fascist processions, and rumours of a new party being created which Rajapaksas are tipped to lead. Prime Minister would expose all these soon” a source closed to the Prime Minister told Colombo Telegraph.