Mahanayakes say ‘out with the 13th’
* ‘13th detrimental to country’s well being’
* ‘Not suitable for country like ours’
The Mahanayakes of the Asgiriya and Malwatte Chapters have called for
the repeal of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The Mahanayakes
said all should join hands by putting aside all party differences to
scrap the Provincial Council system, which is causing divisions and is
detrimental to the well being of the country.
Asgiriya Mahanayake Thera Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha and
Malwatte Mahanayake Thera Most Ven. Thibbottuwe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala
expressed these views when Construction, Engineering Services,Housing
and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa called on them to seek
their blessings for his intended action to campaign to abolish the 13th
Amendment to the Constitution .
The Minister called on the Most.Ven. Mahanayakes and submitted a copy
of the letter he has drafted inviting the attention of the Prelates in
respect of the harm caused to the National well being by the
establishment of the Provincial Councils based on the 13th Amendment to
The Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter Most Ven. Udugama Sri
Buddharakkitha the Maha Nayake Thera said the Provincial Councils were
set up not because they were needed. It was something imposed on us by
force. India is a big country and a single state of India was very much
bigger than Sri Lanka. A Provincial Council system may suit such a big
country. But it is not suitable for a small country like ours. Although
there is devolution of power in India it, is not possible for any state
to work independently, from the Central Government.
“How much money is being squandered to maintain the Provincial
Councils. This is a sort of thing, the government of the day did to keep
their power intact. Had a decision been taken after careful thought at
that time, we would not have faced the present crisis situation in the
country. The wrong decision taken then has provided an opportunity to
those waiting to divide this country. What the Constitution has
envisaged to give the Provincial Councils would create the opportunity
for the North and East to break away from the country ,” the Asgiriya
“If and when the North sets up a Provincial Council, they will do
things their own way. If that happens, what would happen to the country
that was freed from the clutches of the terrorism with the great
sacrifices made by the Armed Forces . The Gam Sabha system would not be
bad for a country like ours. No one should be given powers to create
their own kingdoms. We need not be ready to act to suit the whims and
fancies of foreigners . Ours is an Independent country. We should act in
such a way not to create crisis after crisis. All Members of Parliament
should decide to act with one voice and march together. Chief Prelate of
the Malwatte Chapter Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala
Thera said they were opposed to the Provincial Council system right from
the beginning. We are also totally against the Executive Presidential
System of Government and Preferential Vote System. These should be
repealed. All should join together to put a stop to all that is
detrimental to the country.
National Freedom Front Leader and Minsiter Wimal Weerawansa said the
Provincial Council system was something imposed on the country by the
enactment of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. “What they could
not achieve through struggle, they are being given through the 13th
Amendment. We may be branded as extremists by the international
community. But we must defeat those serving the international lobbies.
What we need is a country where the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people
can live like brothers and sisters. A peaceful country is what we need.
We cannot allow the country to be divided according to the whims and
fancies of every ethnic group,’’ the Minister added. Meanwhile, the
National Freedom Front is to institute legal action before the Supreme
Court shortly to repeal the Provincial Council Act.
Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities
Minister Wimal Weerawansa told the reporters yesterday that his party
was ready with the necessary document to file action before the Supreme
Court and they had based themselves on a point of law supportive of
their stand and had prepared the necessary legal documents.