Written by Staff Writer
11 Jan, 2016 | 9:20 pm
Various views were expressed on Jan. 11 about the new constitutional amendment.
State Minister of Highways, Dilan Perera stated that they will not endorse the amalgamation of the North and East again. He added that the new constitution under President Sirisena will be prepared while protecting the unitary state of the country, which will give due recognition to Buddhism and all other religions.
Minister of Technology, Technical Education and Employment, Susil Premajayantha stated that they presented a bill consisting of nine proposals. He added that the amendments presented by them were welcomed by government representatives led by PM Ranil Wickremesinghe during the finals discussion. Furthermore, he added that the amendments presented by Dinesh Gunawardene are most likely to correspond with each other.
UPFA Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena stated that in reality of the opinion among SLFP MPs is that the proposal tabled was not right. He added that they have submitted that a committee of the entire House of Parliament be appointed in line with the constitution. He went on to note that the government has already taken off the word ‘new’ constitution in the proposal.
Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils, Faiszer Musthapha said that if they had tabled a bill, then a constitutional council and a constitutional assembly will be asked for. He went on to note that this is a process carried out based on the 1978 constitution.
JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake stated that the government lead by the prime minister acted in a very forceful and arbitrary manner during the process of preparing a new constitution. He added that their proposal was that the process of preparing a new constitution must be carried out according to the standing orders of parliament.
Secretary of the Democratic Left Front, MP Vasudewa Nanayakkara stated that the prime minister is keen on constitutionalising a new liberal economic policy by carrying out this programme to create an authoritative framework, in order to exercise his powers based on whim and fancy. He went on to note that the he wants to increase powers of the prime minister.
Minister of University Education and Highways, Lakshman Kiriella stated that they are yet to draft a single paragraph in this constitution.
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