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Dona Kathirina betrays the nation

"Chandrika is trying to be another 'Dona Kathirina'
and she has already dug up her own tomb with her dictatorial actions". -Convenor of NMAT, Athuraliye Rathana Thera Full story

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 Ven. Madihe Pannasiha Maha Nayake thera called on the nation to forget party differences and unite to avert this disaster which will mean the demise of this country, the Buddha Sasana and an ancient civilisation.
What would be the result, he asked.

"The north/east will be the 'nija bhumiya' (homeland) of the Tamils; the south will be their 'weda bhumiya' (workplace) and for the Sinhalese it will all be a 'susana bhumiya' (burial ground)" he said.

"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.

 

     Posters in Colombo against the bill         Monks in a protest march Ven. Hadigalle Wimalasara in a upavasa

 

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