Constitutional Assembly: focus on aspirations of all people

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The Constitutional Assembly and the steering committee should focus on the aspirations of all people when it comes to compiling a new Constitution instead of taking into account the ideologies of a few, joint opposition parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardene said today.

"NGOs do not represent the people. The steering committee therefore should focus on the citizens of the country and consider their ideas as well," Mr. Gunawardene said while highlighting that the constitutional steering committee interim report only highlighted ideas of a small group.

He questioned why there was no consistency with regard to the sovereignty of the nation in the interim report. The MP said the Sinhala, Tamil and English copies of the report were not consistent as it gave different interpretation on the sovereignty of the nation.

Further, Mr. Gunawardene said the joint opposition would not allow anyone to change the status guaranteed for Buddhism in the present Constitution. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 6

  • surasna Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:02 PM

    Once you fed-up with laundering Rajapakse's under-garments, you may speak about people for a change.

    vithura Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:04 PM

    The guy has gone bonkers, he talks about aspirations of all and in the same breath he speaks about the guaranteed status of Buddhism. Why do we have to put up with such nincompoops?

    wicky Friday, 22 September 2017 07:15 AM

    Rather than criticizing each other better to see what would happens to us.Specially the power devolution.Who will suffer?We are in a critical stage. Will be not easy to reverse.If not act wisely generations will suffer.Do not forget we are a nation suffered for generations due to foreign powers.

    R.M.B Senanayake Friday, 22 September 2017 06:39 PM

    Devolution has implications for the subsidizing of the other provinces by the Western Province. Financial devolution must go hand in hand with the devolution of power to regional authorities. So I don't think financial devolution will benefit the Tamil people who like the other people in the provinces are subsidized by the Western Province.So the cry for devolution of power by the Tamil people will have to be moderated in their own interest.

    Park Friday, 22 September 2017 09:34 PM

    Aspirations of the people was shown at the Presidential and Parliamentary elections. People did not vote for Joint Opposition. Its Joint Opposition members who behave like thugs in the Parliament and protest on the streets ignoring the mandate given to the government. Who are the members of the Joint Opposition? More than 90% of them have acquisitions of bribery, corruption, murder etc against them. They are trying their best to topple the government so that they can come to power by hook or crook and stay away from the arms of the law.

    amazing Friday, 22 September 2017 09:41 PM

    Another loony bin. Only knows to shout and scream!


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