TNA Dismayed at Maha Sangha ‘Veto’

President gives chief prelates assurance following meeting

President Maithripala Sirisena has given the chief prelates an assurance on the Constitution making process following a meeting held with them in Kandy today.

A meeting between Maha Sangha (chief prelates) led by Maha Nayaka Theros and President Maithripala Sirisena was held today at the President’s House in Kandy.

 The Maha Sangha presented their ideas and proposals on the political, social, economic and religious matters, to the President during this meeting. They presented a list of proposals related to these matters, the President’s office said.
The Maha Nayaka of Malwathu Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thero, Maha Nayaka of Asgiri Sector Most Venerable Varakagoka Sri Gnanarathana Thero, and Maha Nayaka of Ramagna Maha Nikaya Most Venerable Napane Premasiri Thero attended the discussion. (Colombo Gazette)

TNA Dismayed at Maha Sangha ‘Veto’

By Lakshmi Jayakody

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has urged the three main Buddhist Sectsin the country to reconsider their assertion that there was no need for a new Constitution for the country.

TNA MP MA Sumanthiran stated that when all political parties represented in the legislature had contributed towards the drafting of a new Constitution, the main Buddhist Sects affirming that there was no need for such a framework was both shocking and ridiculous.

He pointed out that the whole objective in electing a new regime two years ago was to introduce a new Constitution and asked why the Buddhist clergy had taken such a long time to state their case.

Sumanthiran added that for the first time in the country’s history since independence it has got a golden opportunity to enact a new Constitution with input from all political parties and the public. He alleged that there could be a sinister move behind the stance taken by the Maha Sangha.

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