Only one sovereign legislature with subsidiary bodies: Jayampathi

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Government MP Jayampathi Wickramaratne, who is playing a pivotal role in the constitution-making process said there would only be one sovereign and central legislative body in a unitary state and those proposed in the interim report were subordinate legislative bodies.

He said this during the debate on the constitution-making process and that in an ekiya rajya or unitary state as mentioned in the interim report what is proposed is to have several subsidiary legislative councils other than the central legislature.

Referring to a ruling given by the then Chief Justice Sharvananda, he said there could be more than subsidiary legislative bodies which were not sovereign in a unitary state and that position would be preserved in making the new Constitution. He said if the central legislature had the power to abolish the provincial councils, it was very clearly a unitary state.

"What is proposed is to have a number subsidiary legislative councils in addition to the central legislature. However these subsidiary legislative bodies will not be sovereign which the central legislature enjoys. Besides the central government will have the power to abolish a subsidiary legislative council as and when it becomes necessary," the MP said.

He stressed the need to avoid conflicts between the central and subsidiary councils and said

the government decided to make amendments to the constitution without a referendum only under the 100-day programme. "The Government clearly stated that it would go for a new constitution with the consent of the people through a referendum. Even President Maithripala Sirisena pledged to enact a new constitution through a referendum during the presidential election and renewed the pledge during the funeral of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera who was also agitating for a new constitution. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwadana)

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  • ceylon Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:23 PM

    sinhala english tamil must be official.english must use as state language to bridge the all population. via DM Android App

    Wednesday, 01 November 2017 11:50 AM

    Is this an official state/s.?

    ceylon Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:25 PM

    must have elected parliment from populer vote.selected senate from qualified vote.all above menbers must be graduates.no criminal record. via DM Android App

    ceylon Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:28 PM

    abolish religions from government.its cheating.government cant practice religions while government members are meat eaters and alcohol drinkers. via DM Android App

    Kadmin Wednesday, 01 November 2017 06:26 AM

    Buddhism has to be given the foremost place and the country has to be a buddhist country. Other religions can live in harmony.

    Nandimal Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:40 PM

    A leftover of the N.M.Perera hit team. No religion, no social ethics is attempting to fulfill an assignment similar to that of what NM did for JR.

    Haramanis Wednesday, 01 November 2017 08:58 AM

    Mr Wickramaratne - a self appointed seller of Sri Lanka

    Gsnesh Wednesday, 01 November 2017 09:20 AM

    There is no problem for giving Buddhism foremost place but it should not be misused by some morons , monks, against the people by disturbing their peace where creating noise on the loud speaker at blaring sound day and night and erecting shrines and statues where there is no Buddhists to worship by force with the help of armed forces.

    MENDER. Wednesday, 01 November 2017 09:48 PM

    NOBODY CAN SATISFY..THE TASTE OF EVERYBODY OR STRAIGHTEN THE TAIL OF A DOG . via DM Android App


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