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BBS to contest elections as BJP

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) will contest the forthcoming general election as the Bodu Jana Peramuna (BJP), with BBS General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara the leader of the party.

Mr Gnanasara told the Daily Mirror its election symbol would be a cobra.

“We have requested the Elections Commissioner to reserve the Cobra symbol for our newly formed party and looking forward to his approval,” he said.

BBS CEO Dilantha Withanage said civilians would contest the elections for the party, with Buddhists monks providing advice.

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