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The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) said today the Interim Report of the Steering Committee on Constitutional Reforms had craftily challenged the foremost status given to Buddhism despite the assurance given by MP Jayampathy Wickramaratne.

PHU Leader and MP, Udaya Gammanpila said according to Dr. Wickramaratne the foremost status given to Buddhism had not been harmed.

“The Sangha including the Mahanayakes say the prominence given to Buddhism had been harmed by the new report. Two alternatives have been suggested in the new report for the clause 9, which define the status given to Buddhism. The first alternative is almost identical to the existing clause,” he told a news briefing.

The MP said the second alternative suggests Buddhism should be given prominence and also that all religions should be treated equally without discrimination. “If all religions are to be treated equally, no specific religion can be given prominence,” he said.

The MP said the President and the Prime Minister repeatedly said the ‘unitary’ character of the country and the status given to Buddhism would not be changed. “If that is the case, let the two clauses regarding these two facts remain unchanged. Why play with words?” he said.

Meanwhile, the MP said he would send a Letter of Demand to lawyer Namal Rajapakse demanding Rs.500 million as compensation for making defamatory remarks against him.

Earlier, he sent a Letter of Demand to MP Hirunika Premachandra demanding Rs.500 million for making defamatory remarks during a TV programme.

“The Colombo District Court in March this year ordered Ms. Premachandra to pay the compensation. However, she had then filed an appeal. I’m confident Namal will also have to face the same fate as that of Hirunika,” the MP said adding he would take legal action against the media institution which telecast Mr. Rajapakse's remarks. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • kumaran Tuesday, 03 October 2017 12:25 AM

    Surely! The whole world,including BBC, CNN etc saw the excellent status of Buddhism when the "saffron robes" attacked and abused a group of helpless women and children!

    Jeevan Ramanayake (Australia) Tuesday, 03 October 2017 11:04 AM

    Yes, the whole world watched everything over BBC, CNN and Al-jazzira news, this rubbish nutty is just jabbering. Ha..Ha..Ha..

    TMA Tuesday, 03 October 2017 03:33 AM

    I am unhappy about the status of Buddhism in SL, Why monks are behaving like this?

    W.D. Ratnapala (Lawyer) Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:06 AM

    We don't care about you man, whether you are happy or unhappy, the Govt. handled the matter wisely you fool.

    Vernon Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:16 AM

    Because they do not know the meaning - Philosophy of Buddhism. Most of them including the Mahanayakas think Buddhism and Sasanaya is like a company whose interest to be protected.

    Vernon Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:17 AM

    Because they do not know the meaning - Philosophy of Buddhism. Most of them including the Mahanayakas think Buddhism and Sasanaya is like a company whose interest to be protected.

    Vernon Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:23 AM

    Because they do not know the meaning - Philosophy of Buddhism. Most of them including the Mahanayakas think Buddhism and Sasanaya is like a company whose interest to be protected.

    Kadupol Jothywansa Tuesday, 03 October 2017 10:25 AM

    Vernon explained the truth to Gamanpilla.

    Raj Gonsalkorale Tuesday, 03 October 2017 04:20 AM

    Special status for a religion or race is discriminatory against other religions and races. As far as Buddhism is concerned, that itself is against the tenants of Buddhism. So, can one be a true Buddhist and at the same time act against its tenants?

    Kadiya Tuesday, 03 October 2017 07:01 AM

    Tell us just one thing, just one that you morons are happy about!!!

    Snowy Tuesday, 03 October 2017 07:07 AM

    Buddhism is not a religion. It is a philosophy. As such it is in our heart and mind and not on a piece of paper.

    Kottawa Ariyatissa Thero Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:04 AM

    Only the real Buddhist will know about this, this fellow Gomapilla is not a Buddhist really, his wife is really related to a Muslim family.

    ABOVE Tuesday, 03 October 2017 11:32 AM

    SO What - Buddhist above the waist and the other creed below (the waist)

    Kumara Dharmarathne Tuesday, 03 October 2017 07:32 AM

    Sir,I do not think that anybody will care your happiness. Thank you./

    Wesley Rodgers Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:48 AM

    Correct, to care for this rubbish fellow something good should come from him, never in the life he spoke the truth.

    R. Marasinghe Tuesday, 03 October 2017 10:59 AM

    Honestly who will care for the happiness of this dam liar and a cheater who nabbed so many millions from innocent people.

    sunil Tuesday, 03 October 2017 07:55 AM

    My dear friend ,(the king of so called DHARMARAAJYA,)You have collected a fairly large amount of money ( Rs 100 from each ) of your election campaign during the last general election . Then you have organized a PINDAPATHA programme to collect money to pay the fine of some top level law breakers who were found guilty by the High court I am sure now you are going to adopt same foolish tactic to collect some votes during the upcoming local govt.elections ! Saadhu ! Saadhu!! ..Saadhu!!!

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:00 AM

    He may have a point or may not have a valid point but it's clear that it's double edged.

    Lion Viswanathan Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:01 AM

    This Rs. 100/- hora has nothing to do, he has become No.2 Dhobi to MR now, he talks nonsense.

    Banis Mama Tuesday, 03 October 2017 11:01 AM

    He is worst than Weerawansa will do any dirty thing to Mahinda to satisfy and hang on to him.

    L.P. Mendis Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:08 AM

    Hay Gamampilla, can you challenge freely with Hirunika at any defined media? Don't just jabber as because you have a dirty stinking mouth, she is a Iron Lady - mind it.

    Kadupol Jothywansa Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:11 AM

    Only a rubbish fellow narrow minded like you will seek the help of Namal Rajapakshe and regard him as a Lawyer. Hay only for you he can be a lawyer not for others.

    P.R. Peter Silva Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:13 AM

    Mr. Gamampilla - have you planned to grab in terms of a hat collection before the elections, why you need 500 million.

    P.R. Peter Silva Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:13 AM

    Mr. Gamampilla - have you planned to grab in terms of a hat collection before the elections, why you need 500 million.

    Aladeniya Kirimathaya Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:17 AM

    You are really a beggar Gamampilla and a dam liar, who will care for you.

    Vijith Pieterz Tuesday, 03 October 2017 10:24 AM

    He is a 3rd class politician, just a rejected rotten garbage.

    Bubble Banda Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:20 AM

    Gamampilla we don't care for you man whether you are happy or unhappy, you are not a human really.

    T.R. Tennakoon Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:44 AM

    Yes its a waste of time talking or listening to this good for nothing waste fellow.

    Dennis Reeves Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:41 AM

    First of all tell me how many cases are filed against you? Most of the cases are cheating cases.... agree?

    Lal Piyal Somapala Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:43 AM

    From the recent Buddhist monks hat collection organized by MR and JO, how much you got Gomma?

    Jagath Weerakoon (Attorney-at-Law) Tuesday, 03 October 2017 10:33 AM

    We cannot tolerate this fellow Gamampilla anymore, better to file a case against him for all his wrong doings and must put him behind bars.

    Colombo James Bond Tuesday, 03 October 2017 10:36 AM

    No salt or pepper.... Ha..Ha..Ha... (without knowing the reality he is jabbering)

    Samson Samarakoon Tuesday, 03 October 2017 10:39 AM

    Hay Gamampilla if you contest in any elections in the future you may get only your vote, not even your wife's vote - mind it.

    Prof. Ranjith Weeakoon Tuesday, 03 October 2017 10:51 AM

    Mr. Gamampilla now you should know your state after reading all the DM comments, so hope you will put a plaster to your mouth hereafter before any danger event occur.

    H. Hettiarachchi (Journalist) Tuesday, 03 October 2017 10:54 AM

    If the CID check Gamampilla's residence, for sure there are thousands of Ani-Govt, posters are hidden and kept, this alone is enough to arrest him. (this comes from a servant of his house)

    ceylon Tuesday, 03 October 2017 09:00 PM

    no one can protect buddhism but only followers by practice it. via DM Android App


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