Only two MPs drafted new Constitution: Dayasiri

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Opposition today charged that two MPs namely M. A. Sumanthiran and Jayampathi Wickramaratne had carried out a conspiracy to prepare the draft for a new Constitution without engaging the Expert Panel, which had been appointed to do so.

Opposition MP Dayasiri Jayasekera, who raised the matter in Parliament this morning, said it was revealed at the Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee meeting last Wednesday that a draft of the new Constitution has been prepared by two MPs, namely M. A Sumanthiran and Jayampathi Wickramaratne together with another member of the expert panel Suren Fernando and had got the other members to sign it.

He said only four members have placed their signatures on it.

“This draft has proposed that provisions should be provided for the Prime Minister, the Speaker and the Leader of Opposition to remove President. This is a dangerous move,” Mr Jayasekera said.

Joint Opposition MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage said one of the four members, who had placed his signature to the draft, had not visited Sri Lanka for the last six months.

“One signature placed on the draft is a forged one,” he said.

Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake, also confirmed the issue and said what was presented to the Steering Committee was a paper for discussion.

However, he said it was re-referred to the Expert Panel in order to be amended.

“The paper was rejected as it has been prepared by two or three individuals,” he said.

Joint Opposition Parliamentary Group Leader Dinesh Gunawardane said even the Prime Minister has not been aware of this move.

“Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was also not aware of this move and therefore he too had to agree to reject the paper,” Mr Gunawardane said.

He said this is a move to convert Sri Lanka into a Federal State.

Minister Kabir Hashim and Gayantha Karunathilaka said there was no issue as the draft paper would be amended and would be prepared once again.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said he would discuss the matter with the Prime Minister. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 12

  • iemerald Thursday, 19 July 2018 09:22 PM


    Ceylon Thursday, 19 July 2018 09:55 PM

    225 mp,s in parliment.175 are not passed grade 10 exam.another 25 are not are telling these un educated persons to make a constitution ???.

    Jagath Leanage Friday, 20 July 2018 03:04 AM

    You are just another politician with two toughens .

    Lokka Friday, 20 July 2018 07:02 AM

    If a signature has been forged, it should be investigated and around doers punished Will it happen? This is a serious matter meddling with the constitution.

    Wise Donkey Friday, 20 July 2018 08:00 AM

    And you pocketed alone the one million!

    Yeti Friday, 20 July 2018 08:02 AM

    But too many cooks would have spoiled the soup and anyway the rest of the ministers would have sat to taste it and say 'awesome'. no?

    Chari Friday, 20 July 2018 08:59 AM

    The New Constitution is Rubbish and will be thrown out. Federalism will never see light of day. Patriotic MPs of all Parties will vote against it.

    SangAralingham Friday, 20 July 2018 09:03 AM

    It is not clear to the citizens what is really happening. Integrity dignity soverignity of the government dictates that matters like constitution must be handled by experts in law government affairs educated and individuals expert in the nature of the country traditions of the society closely supervised by the speaker prime minister opposition leader and leaders of all parties

    Palitha Galapitiya Friday, 20 July 2018 09:29 AM

    Now only people understands his real IQ level....???God Bless ShriLanka..

    yahiya Friday, 20 July 2018 11:04 AM

    You must sit with Vimalee.

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 20 July 2018 11:16 AM

    Why this unexplainable fear of a Federal Republic. For Sri Lanka, it would be the best and most democratic solution for all ethnic groups. The most powerful democratic economic powers are federal republics. The economy of a country can only prosper if a peaceful coexistence of the population is guaranteed.

    Sumal Friday, 20 July 2018 04:31 PM

    Definitely you cannot draft or understand constitution. Please sing a song in parliament.

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