SLFP AGAINST ANY INCLUSION OF FEDERALISM IN NEW CONSTITUTION

nimal-siripala-de_-silva_The Sri Lanka Freedom Party says it will not compromise on its stance on three issues concerning the new constitution. Speaking to reporters in Kandy after a meeting with SLFP organisers Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the SLFP remains adamant that the new constitution should preserve the prominence of Buddhism and the unitary state principal and should not include any federalism.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the new constitution is not being compiled in secret. He said the Lal Wijenayake committee report contains the summary of public opinion on what should be the content of the new draft but said none of them have been accepted yet.

The Minister said, “foreign organisations and NGOs have also made suggestions. Some of the proposals are not in line with our culture and our code of ethics. Some suggested Sri Lanka should be a secular state. We have not agreed to any of them”.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said 9 committees will provide recommendations on various issues such as rights and the judicial process but the Parliament will make the final call.