I’m ready to introduce new constitution: PM tells TNA
Posted on September 17th, 2019

Kelum Bandara Courtesy The Daily Mirror

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the parliamentary group of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday that he was ready to introduce a new constitution within an year based on the consensus reached at the Constitutional Assembly (CA).

Flanked by Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, the Prime Minister called for a special meeting with the TNA MPs in the parliamentary complex in view of the presidential election.

After the meeting, TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran told Daily Mirror that his party made significant compromises on its position to reach consensus on constitution-making. He said the TNA would also agree to forge ahead based on a consensus reached to evolve a new constitution.

Mr. Sumanthiran said the TNA informed the Prime Minister that it was left to the United National Party (UNP) to sort out its internal differences as far as its presidential candidate was concerned and that theTNA would not be party it.

He said there seemed to be three presidential hopefuls in the UNP and his party would decide on whom to support only after holding talks with all those in the fray including those from other parties. 

5 Responses to “I’m ready to introduce new constitution: PM tells TNA”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    A joke!

    Within one year Ranil won’t be the PM.

    UNP need not appease TNA to win Tamil votes. If a Rajapaksa contests, almost all Tamil and Muslim votes automatically go to UNP.

    This is a trick to induce SLPP to put out their own federal plus proposal. I’m 100% sure SLPP will take the bait.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Yes, the UNP promising a NEW Constitution to the TNA, like the FOX licking its lips at the prospect of looking after the chickens, but without a hope of CRASHING INTO THE HEN HOUSE, is indeed a JOKE!

    Many different segments of Sri Lankan polity want a NEW Constitution to serve their own parochial agendas.
    A NEW Constitution by itself is NOT THE PROBLEM.

    The PROBLEM is what it will CONTAIN and who can be TRUSTED to mastermind it!

    1. The UNP CANNOT be TRUSTED to be Patriotic and is DRIVEN ONLY BY GREED for Power, DAMN the Motherland and its ORDINARY citizens welfare! Therefore, the UNP should NEVER be allowed to FIDDLE with the Constitution!

    2. What it will CONTAIN is the MAIN ISSUE. Everyone wants a NEW constitution, but they want DIFFERENT things in it.

    2.1 Some want to ELIMINATE the Presidency which, in my view, should NOT BE DONE! Instead the Presidency should be STRENGTHENED and the PMs post ELIMINATED!

    2.2 The TNA wants NEAR INDEPENDENCE u8nder their control for the North and East, as a first step towards outright secession! We can NEVER give what the TNA wants, and since the UNP, hungry for power, is willing to give ANYTHING, the UNP is out too!

    2.3 The Muslims increasingly want NEAR Autonomy for their community too until they become numerous and powerful enough to demand secessiom for the East under their control.

    2.4 We Sinhala Patriots want 13A and 19A REPEALED, Provincial Councils DISSOLVED, and the Presidency STRENGTHENED! We will NEVER get the Tamil and Muslim communities support for that, but if the Sinhala Buddhoss and Sinhala Christians join hands, we can DO IT BIG TIME. We just have to get MOST Sinhala people from the UNP to vote for the SLPP!

    Sri Lanka should NOT have elected assemblies for any sub-regions. Instead of ELECTED Provincial Councils, have Districts ADMINISTRED by NON-ELECTED District Governors, just as the British did with Government Agents. The Franchise to ELECT a Member to the National Parliament is FRANCHISE ENOUGH for any law-abiding citizen. Only those harboring DREAMS of SECESSION want Provincial Councils!

    2.5 We also want a constitutional amendment to ENFORCE ONE SYSTEM of National Law, OUTLAWING community laws on religious marriage and divorce, underage marriage, religious “courts”, abuse of spousal property rights, OUTLAWING community claims to different parts of Sri Lanka as communal homelands, OUTLAWING the religious schools outside government supervision. The constitution should specifically protect the right of any citizen to settle, live and do business in any part of country without hindrance. The constitution should PROHIBIT the sale of land and other real property in Sri Lanka to non-citizens, and JEALOUSLY GUARD citizenship by a TOTAL BAN on inward immigration into Sri Lanka by people not of Sri Lankan origin.

    Items 2.4 and 2.5 are what I would call a GOOD START to Amending the current Constitution.

  3. Randeniyage Says:

    Agree with Ananda mostly, but

    The problem is what it contains and NO ONE CAN BE TRUSTED

    1. We Sinhala Patriots want 13A and 19A REPEALED, Provincial Councils DISSOLVED, and the Presidency STRENGTHENED!

    2. No need a President ( what for ? we create Aaaryawas, kings, princes, princesses, friends and relatives taking over the country, friend and relative all over the world lokking after the Royal family interest ….. more importantly a population of slaves who worship the king to hell with country etc.)

    3. NO Disitrict Councils or ANY OTHER FORM of money wasting, friends pleasing system to steal the wealth of the country. We have no money to spend more on politicians. 225 seats also must reduced to 150 or so.

    4. We also want a constitutional amendment to ENFORCE ONE SYSTEM of National Law, OUTLAWING community laws on religious marriage and divorce, underage marriage, religious “courts”, abuse of spousal property rights, OUTLAWING community claims to different parts of Sri Lanka as communal homelands, OUTLAWING the religious schools outside government supervision. The constitution should specifically protect the right of any citizen to settle, live and do business in any part of country without hindrance. The constitution should PROHIBIT the sale of land and other real property in Sri Lanka to non-citizens, and JEALOUSLY GUARD citizenship by a TOTAL BAN on inward immigration into Sri Lanka by people not of Sri Lankan origin.

  4. Randeniyage Says:

    Sorry. A Problem of copying.

    1. Should read

    We Sinhala Patriots want 13A and 19A REPEALED, Provincial Councils DISSOLVED, and the Presidency destroyed !

  5. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    RANILLLLL IS ALLEGEDLY BECOMING A COURT JESTER. HE IS PROMISING A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR THE TNA. THIS MOVE IS OBVIOUSLY A PRESIDENTIAL RACE GUNDU. Rani is forgetting the SINHALESE AND MUSLIMS amongst other Ethnicities. TRICKERY, AND DECEPTION AT ITS BEST.

    ALLES GUTE, HOPALONG CASSIDY. ALLES GUTE.

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