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Prime Minister says foremost place given to Buddhism in the Constitution will not be changed

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 28, 2018 18:51

Prime Minister says foremost place given to Buddhism in the Constitution will not be changed

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has said that the foremost place will be given to Buddhism when bringing forward a new Constitution or in the presentation of Amendments to the existing Constitution. The Prime Minister made this observation after paying a courtesy call on the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter during a tour of the Kandy City today.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe first visited the Asgiriya Maha Vihare and paid a courtesy call on the Mahanayake Thera the Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera. A group including the Ven. Dr. Muruddeniye Dhammarathana Thera of the Muthiyangana Raja Maha Vihare and a member of the Asgiriya Maha Vihare Karaka Sangha Sabha and several Parliamentarians joined in the occasion. Thereafter the Prime Minister arrived at the Sri Dalada Maligawa. He was greeted by Kandy Mayor Kesara Senanayake and conducted him on a red carpet. At the Wahalkada the entrance to the Dalada Maligawa, the Prime Minister was welcomed by the Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela. The Nilames of the four Maha Devales joined in the occasion. The Prime Minister after entering the Dalada Maligawa signed the book at the special guest booth and thereafter worshipped the Sacred Tooth Relics.
The Prime Minister later visited the Malwatte Maha Vihare and paid a courtesy call on the Mahanayake the Most. Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera and received his blessings.
Thereafter expressing views to the media, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that when he called on the Mahanayakes of the Asgiriya and Malwatte Chapters they thanked him for the initiatives taken to protect the Constitution and the sovereignty of the people. He said that if they were maintaining a stable government hey need institution’s protecting the stability and also have to appreciate the steps taken by the Mahanayakes. At the same time, the Prime Minister said that he told the Mahanayakes that the Government intended to launch programmes bringing relief to the villages. He said that the United National Party had agreed after talks with the Opposition not to change Article 9 of the Constitution even by one word the foremost place given to Buddhism when drafting or amending the Constitution. At the same time he informed the Mahanayakes to carry forward the unitary status of the country. He said that he also instructed the CID and the DIG in charge of the CID to take dire action with respect to the vandalizing of the Buddha Statues.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe also joined in an almsgiving Pinkama held at the Malwatte Maha Vihare. A large group including many Parliamentarians was present.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 28, 2018 18:51