Govt. urged not to present new Constitution without Maha Sangha’s blessings

17 January 2019 12:24 pm - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Buddha Sasana Karya Sadaka Mandalaya urged the Government not to present in Parliament a Constitution without the blessings of the Maha Sangha and to appoint a Constitutional Making Committee comprising of Maha Sanga, if a new Constitution was required.

They said in a statement that the interim reports, which had been released on Constitutional making so far had suggested alternative proposals to the 9th Clause in the Constitution, which gives priority to Buddhism and that there were moves to withdraw the priority given to Buddhism.

The statement had been signed by 29 monks including Diviyagaha Yasassi Thera, Ven. Kotuwe Dammawasa, Ven. Ittapane Dhammalankara and Dodampahala Chandrasiri Thera.

“The Government promised not to make any amendment, which would abolish the priority given to Buddhism, when the Maha Sangha and civil society groups protested against such proposals. But the interim reports of the Steering Committee so far had proposed alternatives to the 9th Clause of the Constitution,” the statement added.

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  Comments - 11

  • Chux Thursday, 17 January 2019 01:18 PM

    This is rubbish this happens whenever elections are closer there is not even a draft

    Chari Thursday, 17 January 2019 04:36 PM

    A New Constitution is not required.

    das Thursday, 17 January 2019 07:20 PM

    Unfortunate that the sasana only gives blessings to nationalistic killers and rogues

    Rfernando Thursday, 17 January 2019 07:36 PM

    When there isn't even a draft how can a new constitution be presented? it also needs 2 thirds majority in parliament, has to be sanctioned by all 9 provincial councils

    I.Monk Friday, 18 January 2019 03:58 AM

    Separate the government from religion. If we do not do this separation, politicians will team up with the religious men and rob the people... like what is happening now...

    C.K.Lankaputhra Friday, 18 January 2019 06:50 AM

    Most of these sinhatories are not impartial. They have their personal political ajendas. Most are bent to MR. any constitution or reforms by the RW side will be opposed by them.

    BE SPECIFIC ! Friday, 18 January 2019 07:25 AM

    Do they mean their own constitution ! ( Another very common meaning of constitution is the physical makeup of a person )

    Thesolonius Monk Friday, 18 January 2019 09:17 AM

    Keep the monkeys out of politics. Mixing state and religion by Banda was the start of our nation's decline.

    Ronnie Bugger Friday, 18 January 2019 09:26 AM

    This is all bullshit. After all this time, still there is no such thing as a constitution. Make things easy - give the fuckheads in the Maha Sangha to prepare the consittution. Chapter closed.

    ram Friday, 18 January 2019 01:23 PM

    its advisible to dissolve the government and give full powers to buddhist priests only. they can rule the country openly

    thari Friday, 18 January 2019 02:43 PM

    What sri lanka need now is an election . Not a new constitution .

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