Sept 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe says that the proposed constitution draft bill will not include any clause that would become detrimental to the prominent place of Buddhism or to the unitary nature of the country.
The Prime Minister made this remark addressing the United National Party (UNP) member meeting in Kalawewa electorate in Anuradhapura today.
The objective of the meeting was to strengthen the reorganization activities of the party. General Secretary of UNP, Minister Kabir Hashim, Minister Chandrani Bandara and several other senior members also attended the event.
Speaking at the event, the Premier said that the world community has blamed Sri Lanka earlier for breaching human rights when there were killings of media personnel and even athletes. However, the world community today recognizes Sri Lanka and nobody isolates Sri Lanka.
He said that the Sri Lankan identity has been established through the unity of Sinhala, Tamil, and Muslim communities. He added that the government has embarked on a program of action.
The Premier pointed out that certain groups are shouting that Buddhism is endangered in the new constitution, even before the release of the committee report on the draft constitution. He assured that no changes have been made regarding the status of Buddhism and the status of the unitary state will not be diluted.
The Prime Minister said all are in agreement that Buddhism should be given the prominence as stated in current constitution. Even the Tamil national Alliance has no problem with the unitary nature of the country, he said.
The Premier reiterating that no room would be allowed to divide Sri Lanka, appealed to all the citizens of the country not to allow anyone to rouse racism or religious extremism.
North Central Province Opposition Leader and Kalawewa UNP Organizer Anil Ratnayake organized the meeting. Ministers Kabir Hashim, P. Harrison, Chandrani Bandara, MPs Ravi Karunanayake, Chandima Gamage and Ishaq Rahuman were present on the occasion.