Foremost place to Buddhism: Vijith Vijayamuni

Irrigation Minister Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa while addressing the media yesterday quelled rumours over the alteration of the status accorded to Buddhism, adding that the preservation and protection of the religion lies with the Head of State and that a Constitution was a pragmatic solution to the national question.

“It is the sincere aspiration of the President and the Prime Minister that the creation of a new Constitution through consensus and discussion will unify its citizens for a peaceful country,” he said.

“Different politicians may have varying views, but the quest of this Unity Government has never been more firm,” he said.

MinisterSoysa added that there have been many attempts throughout history to re-write a Constitution,while accoording the foremost place to Buddhism while treating every Sri Lankan as equal. “Do not tarnish this effort,” he said, adding that “this was only the start of the process and not the final constitution.”

The Minister further said it was a rare occasion where two major political parties had come together and reached a consensus for the creation of a new Constitution and requested people to make use of the opportunity than to sabotage the efforts of this government. 

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