Jul 07, 2017

Rathana Thera to take to the streets against a new constitution Featured

MP from the UNP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera warns of maximum measures together with the people to defeat a new constitution if introduced in violation of a promise given by the president not to introduce constitutional amendments that require holding a referendum.

Speaking at a media briefing in Colombo yesterday (06) organized by Lanka Jathika Maha Sabha, he said many Buddhist monks, including him, had committed themselves to bring the present regime to power.

However, the government is now trying to destabilize the country by introducing a new constitution to serve needs of some persons in dollar-depending NGOs, he charged.

He said certain amendments to the constitution, with immediate focus on the electoral system, would not be opposed.


Is a new constitution needed to solve north’s problems?

Rathana Thera went onto say that the previous government had resettled several hundred thousands of war-displaced people in the north during its office, but that the incumbent administration has failed, even after two years, to settle the remaining 7,500.

A new constitution is not needed to give them good houses, uplift their agriculture and economy and to resolve the language issue, he added.