President Maithripala Sirisena assured the Chief Prelates of Malwathu and Asgiriya Chapters that the proposed new constitution will not include any clauses harmful to the country and it will not create division.
The President also assured that the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country will not be compromised and there will be no threat to Buddhism.
The President said some groups were attempting to create a fear psychosis among the people about the proposed new constitution and stressed that he will not allow any harmful impacts to the country during his tenure.
President Sirisena noted this when he called on the two prelates in Kandy on Saturday.
The President also paid homage to the Sri Dalada Maligawa after meeting the two prelates.
President Sirisena said the new constitution will be drafted taking aboard views from all stakeholders and it will not happen without the blessings of the Mahanayake Theras.
Meanwhile, the Mahanayaka Thera of the Asigiriya Chapter Most Ven. Warakagoda Gnaratana Thera said that the public were not fully aware about the government’s constitutional making process.
Responding to the comment, President Sirisena said that he will ensure another opportunity for the public to submit their ideas and proposals to the new constitution.The President pointed out that the government’s balanced foreign policy has been instrumental in winning many international friends which will augur well for the country’s progress.
Meanwhile, Ven. Tibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter told the President that the Yahapalana Government has done much to the country’s socio-economic and political advancement.
However, the Mahanayake Thera pointed out that the public were not fully aware about the true magnitude of the work done by the government in its short span in office. The thera said the government should soon plan a mechanism to increase the public awareness on its endeavours.
The Chief Prelate of the Malwathu Sector also directed President Sirisena’s attention on an energy crisis Sri Lanka may have to face in the future.
President Sirisena said like many other countries, Sri Lanka will have to look for optional energy sources to confront the issue. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake and Central Provincial Council member Tilina Tennakoon were also present.