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A new organisation calling itself the “Collective for the abolition of the Provincial Council System” was formed today. It comprises the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the SihalaRavaya (SR), and civil activists including Attorney-At-Law S.L.Gunasekara, Professor Nalin De Silva and other individuals and organisations.

The collective is calling for the abolition of the 13th Amendment from the Constitution.

At its first news briefing held today in Colombo, the Collective stressed the need to devolve administrative powers as a solution for the existing impasse and pointed out that the devolution of political power to provincial councils had failed.

“What is needed is the devolution of administrative powers and not the devolution of political power. The Provincial Council system has failed to address this issue and as a result the entire country has been made to pay for this,” BBS Secretary the Ven. GalabodaAththeGnanasara said at the news briefing attended by many monks and civil society activists.

Ven. Gnanasara said the Buddhist populace has to take responsibility for failing to win the hearts and minds of the people living in the north.

“Although its four years since the LTTE was defeated LTTE militarily,wehave still failed to win the trust of the Tamil people. The Tamil people are least bothered about the provincial council system andonly want to live happily in their areas,” he said.

All the speakers underlined the various shortcomings of the provincial council system insisted that it did not solve the existing “problem”.

When asked by journalists whether there were moves by certain sections within the government to scuttle the aim of the organisation, the collective’s acting spokesman Rev. Gnanasara said it was so.

“This is the way these things work and of course there are moves to break this movement, but we aren’t afraid to face these challenges,” he said.

The Thera said the newly formed collective would take all possible measures to create awareness among the people against the provincial council system in case the government decided to proceed with it.

“Like the ‘halal sermons’that were preached we will now start preaching the ‘provincial council sermon’ at every given opportunity and we will take all measures within democratic boundaries to oppose moves to implement it.”

BBS Leader the Ven. KiramaVimalajothiThera, concurring with the communiqué released said if the government proceeds with the Northern Provincial Council Elections, it would have to do so subject to the amending Police andLand powers, the power to merge, the majority rule and amendments on adhering to Central Governmentdirectives.(Hafeel Farisz & Jayashika Padmasiri)



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  • jayasekare Wednesday, 12 June 2013 04:47 AM

    What the ven' Monks are telling 100% Right ,some Tamil are still trying to get ealam through this 13 amendment ,we should support the monk idea''

    Kidapolagama Tuesday, 11 June 2013 03:13 PM

    I don't like the idea the monks are in every phase of lay life - politics is certainly what Buddha preached. Where are we headed to?

    mack Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:00 AM

    best available racists hate mongers in action.Mr gota where are u? via DM Android App

    zara Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:00 AM

    halal chapter closed. next 13. via DM Android App

    zara Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:00 AM

    next war starting..... via DM Android App

    Jagath Sumatipala Wednesday, 12 June 2013 04:57 AM

    Another bunch of tossers

    nilame Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:17 PM

    The PC system has become a Political layer & without it the
    UFPA has no hope of winning in the future. Winning is all
    that matters.

    lokka Tuesday, 11 June 2013 04:13 PM

    where were they for last 25 years

    Peace Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:30 PM

    We were Happy and Felt the Peace 2 years ago as soon as war was Over... ALL the happiness DIED after BBS was formed... Are they planning another war??? Please Please Please BBS Team and SR, we just wannt a happy life for us and our family.. DO NOT come up with new Issues...

    Gamini Tuesday, 11 June 2013 04:12 PM

    This could have done immediately after we won the war. It is too late to react. But best thing is to abolish whole constitution and form a new one by people of this country and not by politicians.

    Sena Tuesday, 11 June 2013 04:17 PM

    This country is going for the goons.It will be more worse in the future let see.

    Grace Tuesday, 11 June 2013 04:23 PM

    What the ven.thera telling is true. Buddhist have failed to win the hearts and minds of the people in the North. At the same time Tamils have failed to win the hearts and minds of Sinhalese because of their politicians.

    Amila Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:00 AM

    if this becomming real, very nice to hear.......... congratz. via DM Android App

    muhammad Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:00 AM

    MODA jokers via DM Android App

    OMG Tuesday, 11 June 2013 10:12 AM

    The other side of the coin.

    mohideen Tuesday, 11 June 2013 10:20 AM

    Actual democracy

    Sadarana Tuesday, 11 June 2013 10:36 AM

    hummmmmmm......are they real???

    Arthy Tuesday, 11 June 2013 07:01 PM

    This is too much....

    Nina Kamal Tuesday, 11 June 2013 10:40 AM

    apoi get a life & get some real work done - will ya!

    Mohammed Tuesday, 11 June 2013 07:13 PM

    Look who is talking of wining the hearts and minds of the tamils in north.

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 11 June 2013 11:12 AM

    Not hard to guess who is behind this

    Dammika Tuesday, 11 June 2013 11:15 AM

    Hey what do you say about the CASINO Business coming up. Say it louder for us to hear.

    dkp Wednesday, 12 June 2013 11:10 AM

    This solution introduce solution to Tamils problem 25 years ago .clearly majority Tamils don’t wants this solution and went for War .don’t go backward and insult Tamil people re introducing same old fail polices and forceful solutions

    sobers Tuesday, 11 June 2013 11:28 AM

    Srilanka becoming an ACHARU!

    Maddy Tuesday, 11 June 2013 02:32 PM

    good work


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