Priority given to Buddhism unchanged – PM
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says priority given to Buddhism will not be changed when compiling a new Constitution.
Speaking to media in Kandy after visiting the Chief Prelates of the Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters Premier Wickremesinghe said the unitary state policy will be further secured through the new Constitution.
Premier Wickremesinghe noted the government hopes to launch several programmes to provide relief to villages in the near future.
The Prime Minister stressed following discussions with several parties representing the Opposition and the United National Party, it was agreed that the 9th Article of the Constitution which secures priority given to Buddhism will remain unchanged with the introduction of a new Constitution or when enforcing amendments.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he instructed officials to take legal action against those damaging Buddhist statues.
The Premier also said the government will provide compensation to renovate damaged statues.
Premier Wickremesinghe added he also received several reports related to damages caused to Hindu Temples in a similar manner.
The Prime Minister claimed he instructed the police and senior Deputy Inspector of Police In charge of the CID to take strict measures against those involved in the incident.