New Constitution Not without the Maha Sangha’s blessings

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Buddha Sasana Karya Sadaka Mandalaya has urged the Government not to present the proposed Constitution without the blessings of the Maha Sangha and to appoint a Constitutional-Making Committee that includes the Maha Sangha, if a new Constitution was required.

It said the interim reports, which had been released on Constitutional-making so far had suggested alternative proposals to Article 9 of the Constitution, which gives priority to Buddhism and that there were moves to dilute the prominence given to Buddhism.   


The statement was signed by 29 monks including Diviyagaha Yasassi Thera, the Ven. Kotuwegoda Dhammawasa Thera, Ven. Ittapane Dhammalankara Thera and Dodampahala Chandrasiri Thera.   


“The Government promised not to make any amendment, which would abolish the prominence given to Buddhism, when the Maha Sangha and civil society groups protested against such proposals. But the interim reports of the Steering Committee so far had proposed alternatives to Article 9 of the Constitution,” the statement said.   


It said that Article 9 of the Constitution would be effective only when the country was a Unitary State and that it was not wise to abolish the executive presidency without abolishing the power devolution model introduced by the 13th Amendment.   


“The new draft constitution has proposed a Federal State. It is tragic that this model was introduced as Orumitta Nadu in Sinhala and English copies as well.   


‘Orumitta Nadu’ is ‘united’ or ‘federal’ in Tamil. The word ‘Otraiyachchi’ which gives the meaning “unitary’ had been removed,” it said.   They said members of the committees on the Constitutional making process comprised those who advocate a Federal and a Secular State. 

 

 

The Government promised not to make any amendment, which would abolish  the prominence given to Buddhism, when the Maha Sangha and civil society  groups protested against such proposals

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