Dinesh: Unitary State, place of Buddhism omitted in new proposals
Posted on January 5th, 2016

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

The government had omitted certain significant Articles of the 1978 Constitution, including those on upholding the Unitary State of the country and giving foremost place to Buddhism from the new Constitution, Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) MP Dinesh Gunawardane charged today.

Speaking at a media briefing MP Gunawardane said the people were not informed about the omission of two Articles, which mainly affect the country. He charged that the government’s intention was to obtain approval of the people through a referendum only for two issues – to abolition of the Executive Presidency and replacement of the Proportional Representation System with the First Past the Post System.

He claimed that the clauses about the Unitary State and place of Buddhism had not been mentioned in the document submitted to MPs with regard to the proposals to be presented to Parliament on January 9. He said he suspected whether the changes were a result of the proposals presented by the Tamil National Alliance, and the Muslim Congress.

Even though the first anniversary of the government is falling on January 9, pledges made by the government to the people have not yet been fulfilled. The so-called good-governance and economic development are not established in the country. Meanwhile, the country is being going to another dangerous situation. If these proposals are made laws, eventually the country will be divided into two.

The government should carefully work on the proposals which affect the country without being relied on political parties. We should stand against this dangerous situation irrespective of caste and religion,” MEP Leader said.

He said before major changes regarding the Unitary State or the place of Buddhism are made in the proposed new Constitution, people should be consulted at a referendum.

Speaking on the abolishing of Executive Presidency, he said even if the Executive Presidency should be abolished, certain powers which decide on the national security should remain as they are needed to make strong decisions on issues pertaining to national security. (Piyumi Fonseka)

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4 Responses to “Dinesh: Unitary State, place of Buddhism omitted in new proposals”

  1. SA Kumar Says:

    Unitary State, place of Buddhism omitted in new proposals.
    Mother lanka is United states as India Union state
    Mpther Lanka is Holy land of Lord Bhudda for 2,000 Years or more and will be for ever .
    We need & copy Indian constitution as Union state & 16A similar our to PC & 6A.

    What we need fully implementation of 13A & 6A over night than our problem will disapire over night !!!

  2. Dilrook Says:

    Dayan’s article on 5 main threats to Sri Lanka in 2016 explain this and other threats well. ETCA free trade agreement with India is a connected matter.

    For India to fully integrate Sri Lanka into its hegemonic sphere, economic, military, social, cultural and political reforms are needed.

    ETCA is the economic part; a new federal-secular constitution is the political part and the special court and resultant punishment of war heroes and weakening of the military is the military part. All these will result in a large influx of Indians that will change the island socially and culturally.

  3. Christie Says:

    Even the 1815 agreement with the British and Indians gave respect to Buddhism.

    “If these proposals are made laws, eventually the country will be divided into two”.

    Will it be three, Malay Nadu, Eelam and JVP run Sinhala State.

  4. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    YAMA PALLANGE YAMA PAACHANAYA less than 1 year old.
    The UNPelievable UNPatriotics achievements:
    hit the pensions – no more pensions after retirement, beg on the street
    stop teaching Buddhism in schools – catholic-run UNPelievable UNPatriotic party agenda
    now Buddhism and unitary state gone from constitution
    Not an inch of motorways while rake in the income from the motorways built by MR
    wilpattu gone for the multiplying xxxx

    Mother Lanka weeping, but it is party time for UNPelievable UNPatriotics. Mother Lanka being raped by
    enemies of the state relentlessly. 1000s of years proud history of the Sinhalese and Buddhism being binned systematically
    while some traitor Sinhalese rejoicing. Traitor chief Dr death pol ponil ruling Sri Lanka.

    Maru sira losing sleep over to wear trouser or sarong on his next foreign trip. Ask MR, and he will say
    he never had that problem while being fluent in English. That’s a statesman with plenty patriotism!

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