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Dinesh: Unitary State, place of Buddhism omitted in new proposals

3 January 2016 07:27 am - 22     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The government had omitted certain significant Articles of the 1978 Constitution, including those on upholding the Unitary State of the country and giving foremost place to Buddhism from the new Constitution, Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) MP Dinesh Gunawardane charged today.

Speaking at a media briefing MP Gunawardane said the people were not informed about the omission of two Articles, which mainly affect the country.

He charged that the government’s intention was to obtain approval of the people through a referendum only for two issues - to abolition of the Executive Presidency and replacement of the Proportional Representation System with the First Past the Post System.

He claimed that the clauses about the Unitary State and place of Buddhism had not been mentioned in the document submitted to MPs with regard to the proposals to be presented to Parliament on January 9.

He said he suspected whether the changes were a result of the proposals presented by the Tamil National Alliance, and the Muslim Congress.

“Even though the first anniversary of the government is falling on January 9, pledges made by the government to the people have not yet been fulfilled. The so-called good-governance and economic development are not established in the country. Meanwhile, the country is being going to another dangerous situation. If these proposals are made laws, eventually the country will be divided into two. The government should carefully work on the proposals which affect the country without being relied on political parties. We should stand against this dangerous situation irrespective of caste and religion,” MEP Leader said.

He said before major changes regarding the Unitary State or the place of Buddhism are made in the proposed new Constitution, people should be consulted at a referendum.

Speaking on the abolishing of Executive Presidency, he said even if the Executive Presidency should be abolished, certain powers which decide on the national security should remain as they are needed to make strong decisions on issues pertaining to national security. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 22

  • path Monday, 04 January 2016 03:40 PM

    4 ethnic people live practicing 4 religions.So NEW Const has to be FEDERAL

    TONY Sunday, 03 January 2016 01:53 PM


    Chandler Sunday, 03 January 2016 02:04 PM

    I feel for my country, religion and the affects of other region actions on Buddhists. We will fight for it.

    Bibit Sunday, 03 January 2016 02:13 PM

    Race and religion should be kept out of the constitution. We are all Sri Lankans.

    Asoka Monday, 04 January 2016 10:59 AM

    In USA, only Christian only, accepting to contest as a President of USA. Only Christian should be elected as a President of USA. Even in India, only Hindu only can become Prime Minister of India, even in Pakistan only Muslim should be President and Prime Minister. Iran and entire Gulf Countries also same.

    Raja Sunday, 03 January 2016 02:38 PM

    God save the queen-uk national anthem.Which god are they talking about?

    Jaya Sunday, 03 January 2016 02:40 PM

    If race is to be kept out of constitution why talk about a north-east province amalgamation.

    Sapu Sunday, 03 January 2016 02:50 PM

    Keep religion to you self country should be secular

    Barney Sunday, 03 January 2016 03:20 PM

    There should not be any prominence given to any religion or race. These relics should be retired along with their outdated and divisive views..

    BUSHEL Sunday, 03 January 2016 03:22 PM

    But fact is a fact

    Sunil Sunday, 03 January 2016 03:37 PM

    No need of any Tamil, Muslim or Sinhala Buddhist State make Sri Lanka a Secular State and unite all communities and treat them as equals. no one is better than the other we are all Sri Lankans.

    Bibit Sunday, 03 January 2016 04:16 PM

    I am talking about the constitution of Sri Lanka. Not an national anthem.

    R.R.Rohan Sunday, 03 January 2016 04:25 PM

    his survival in politics depends on his speeches on Race and religion,

    OMG Sunday, 03 January 2016 05:00 PM

    Sri Lankans are still stuck in British era, don't know when our people will come out of mind set that Buddhist, Tamil, Muslims, Christians etc. Singapore is a tiny country than SL. Take a lesson from them. If we call our self Sri Lankans we will be a developed county one day. Otherwise we will be 3rd world country forever or even worst.

    Lalitha Sunday, 03 January 2016 05:23 PM

    Religion and race should not in the constitution of the country. Only unity and integrity.

    Sri Lankan Sunday, 03 January 2016 06:10 PM

    Dinesh you and your party are a spent force in Sri Lankan politics.Do not arouse communal and religious feelings and embroil this country in an anarchy again!!!

    Vithura Sunday, 03 January 2016 06:15 PM

    If we go by what this politician says the Constitution will be an instrument of DISCRIMINATION as it is now. No Race or Religion should be given prominence or preference over the other in spirit or form in the proposed constitution, if Sri Lanka is to remain as a united country. Religion is spiritual and for the redemption of the soul, it has no place in politics. Anyone who espouses discriminatory views should be disenfranchised.

    Thanos Sunday, 03 January 2016 06:17 PM

    Indeed what is needed is a secular constitution. Then all those talk about Sinhala country, Tamil homeland can be thrown out. When the state is neutral, your Race, religion, caste, etc is irrelevant.

    Dinithi Sunday, 03 January 2016 06:27 PM

    Yes he knows it is not final. So he is trying to modify it by exposing the shortcomings to public. He is doing a good thing.

    kali Sunday, 03 January 2016 07:35 PM

    If what Dinesh says is true then it is the new Sri Lankan order dictated to by India , USA and the UN and under pressure what Sri Lanka signed up to.

    suresh Monday, 04 January 2016 02:30 PM

    India has has Muslim and Sikh prime ministers and presidents, and so has Singapore

    Hubert Monday, 04 January 2016 08:29 AM

    Have you forgotten the disastrous 1972 constitution and 1977

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