Dona Kathirina betrays the nation
Chandrika is scheming for the great betrayal of the nation
Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has vowed to resurrect her ethnic peace plan which suffered a major vote setback in parliament, officials said Saturday. Kumaratunga's plan seeks to turn the country into a de facto federal state within two months of the next elections that must be held by October 10.
"We will never abandon the new constitution," Chandrika Kumaratunga told national television, adding that she wanted a new parliament after elections due by October to act as a constituent assembly to approve the proposed new constitution.
Chandrika's problem is compounded by the fact that the Opposition United National Party (UNP) and the newly-formed Sinhala Urumaya have rallied round the Maha Sangha, sensing possibility of using the influence of the clergy at the village level to rake in votes. So far, Ms Kumaratunga has not directly plunged into the task of getting the Sangha over to her side, but the appointment of Mr Ratnasiri Wickramanayake as the PM and his being received by the Mahanayakes of Malwatte and Asigiriya in Kandy, have created a line of communication between her and the prelates.
But there is a catch here. The Mahanayakes have not openly come out with a pro-devolution statement yet. Another worrying factor is the Malwatte Maha-nayake's alleged refusal to see Mr S B Dissanayake, the general secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Ms Kumaratunga's party and the main constituent of the ruling Peoples' Alliance
"The final hour has come for all Buddhists to rise and protest this so-called new constitution," -Ven. Athuraliye Rathana
"This is not a protest where we want to commit suicide. This is a sacrifice of life for the greater good of our people." -Ven. Tebuwana Piyananda.
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