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Bodu Bala Sena advocates Executive Presidency

Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary General Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanansara Thera yesterday said that Sri Lanka should stick to the constitution introduced by President J.R. Jayewardene and maintain the Executive Presidency without changing it.

Addressing a press conference at the Bodu Bala Sena Office at Kirulapone, Ven. Gnanansara Thera said his organisation would assemble bhikkhus in their thousands in Colombo and create an awareness about the shortcomings in the proposed new constitution to enable them to go back to the villages and educate the people about them at grassroots level.

Communities should join hands to defeat and foil the new constitution trap, he said. He said Sri Lanka should be governed by a dictatorial system founded on the dhamma.

“As such the executive powers of the presidency should be further increased,” he said. The thera said Minister Patlai Champika Ranawaka should place his views on the new constitution before the people.

“Ideas and views of people like Ranawaka, Ven. Ratana Thera, Dinesh Gunawardena, Udaya Gammanpila and Wimal Weerawansawould also be vital to be taken into account by mooting a public discussion on the matter,” he said. He said there was such a surfeit of websites operating today that one could not properly distinguish between the truth and untruth published in them.