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The Karaka Sangha Sabhawa of the Asgiriya Chapter has said a new Constitution was not the need of the hour.

The Sanga Sabhawa which is headed by the Asgiriya Mahanayake the Most Ven.Warakagoda Sri Gnanaratana Thera passed a resolution to this effect after a lengthy discussion.

The members of the council had also resolved that the foremost place accorded to Buddhism and the unitary character of the country should be retained and the executive powers of the president should not be scrapped.

The Council said electoral reforms could be introduced in the form of a constitutional amendment if necessary and noted that the draft proposals for constitutional changes had been discussed with the involvement of NGO representatives who were advocating power devolution. However, the Mahasanga were not invited for this meeting.  (J.A.L. Jayasinghe)

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  • Goraka Monday, 03 July 2017 06:44 PM

    Unfortunately, the Maha Sangha does not consider themselves as one of the main reasons for such divisions in the country.Look at Singapore, for instant. What a difference.They are more interested in protecting themselves and taking the naive public for a ride.

    Snowy Monday, 03 July 2017 07:07 PM

    Yes, what they want is a religious rule.

    Eds Monday, 03 July 2017 07:40 PM

    Thank heavens the ven. maha sangha has finally woken up from their 31 month long slumber!

    Mokan Monday, 03 July 2017 07:47 PM

    The only outcome will be another war

    sg Monday, 03 July 2017 07:55 PM

    According to original teaching of the lord Buddha that Buddhas followers cannot not allow to do politics or influence to political and policy decisions of the ruler or states..but in Sri Lanka .. what is happening now????

    vithura Monday, 03 July 2017 07:57 PM

    No religious body should interfere in matters that are political, otherwise we will become another Iran. Ideally we should revert back to the 1948 constitution of course modified to reflect that the country is now a republic, job done.

    Bala Monday, 03 July 2017 08:24 PM

    What is the purpose of a new constutution when the current one is not implemented properly as decreed therein. Police action, Judiciary delays for the ordinary person but expedited for others, Rights off citizens for equal treatment, flouted day in day out. All supposedly Independent Commissions useless including Constitutional Council all rubberstamps only. Has any commission declined an appointment - are all such niminations so good ?. See the appointments to diplomatic service and to high posts - none rejected.

    surasena Monday, 03 July 2017 08:34 PM

    A Sanga Saba that hails the actions of Ven. Gnanasara, knows anything about Constitutions?

    JilllaBOOM Monday, 03 July 2017 09:02 PM

    That is discrimination against atheism and agnosticism

    mahalinga Monday, 03 July 2017 09:22 PM

    RW wants to change constitution for political gains.The present crisis was created without any national requirements. "My way or highway" approach.

    Sinnavi Monday, 03 July 2017 10:19 PM

    What is the point of having a government when the monks decide the fate of the country. Are we moving forward or moving backwards. We all are going to suffer and our future generation will pay a very high price.

    vadda Monday, 03 July 2017 03:40 PM

    looks like sri lankans want to stay in the same hole all the time and not look at ways to solve the issues

    ANTON Monday, 03 July 2017 03:59 PM

    BUT THEY MUST INCORPORATE SOMETHING IN TO THE CONSTITUTION...........IT SHOULD PROVIDE THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION, NOT FREEDOM FROM RELIGION.

    Thilanka Monday, 03 July 2017 04:12 PM

    It is the sacred duty of the Sangha to protect the nation from external meddling in the absence of proper rule.

    Yasiru Monday, 03 July 2017 04:12 PM

    Why don't you stick with religious matters only? We have enough people to look after the politics, I guess.

    Claude Peries Monday, 03 July 2017 04:13 PM

    Lesson learned : First and foremost The country must be govern for the benefit of its own citizens , not for the whims and fancies of other countries citizens .

    Jaya Monday, 03 July 2017 04:16 PM

    The opposition had no power or resolve. So the Sangha had to put a stop.

    Dimuth Monday, 03 July 2017 04:23 PM

    Beginning of the end of Ranil-CBK-Mangi project.

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 03 July 2017 04:40 PM

    This country is becoming another Ayotollah like Iran, where their only bankrupt logic for imposing anything or everything was through religion. It is a shame that a great religion such as Buddhism is being insulted and desecrated in this manner.

    MP Monday, 03 July 2017 04:52 PM

    Yes, it is not the need of the hour!

    yahiya Monday, 03 July 2017 04:55 PM

    All people

    ceylon Monday, 03 July 2017 05:05 PM

    correct.cant even impliment exhisting one.no way can impliment any other one. via DM Android App

    DJ Monday, 03 July 2017 06:06 PM

    There is no need of a new constitution as this will take another 10 years before they start bashing that too. Waste of money and resources which our country dies not have

    sobers Monday, 03 July 2017 06:12 PM

    What everyone wants is to live with respect. Religion is only Secondry. United we will win Divided we will suffer as this is a poor country depending on foreign aid.

    Mason Monday, 03 July 2017 06:15 PM

    What the Sanga says is very right. Where changes are needed amendments could be made. The only one who wants a new Constitution is the PM and he is harping on it whenever and wherever opportunity arises.

    C.K.Lankaputhra Monday, 03 July 2017 06:15 PM

    Religious wing of the Mal pohottuwa.


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