Speaking at an event held on Sunday at the Sri Bodhiraja Temple in Colombo Fort, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena assured the audience that Buddhism would be given its foremost place in the new constitution.
President said that a group of extremists are creating conspiracies stating that the government is going to deprive the place of Buddhism through the new amendments to the constitution and said that he would not govern the country without the advice and guidance of the Maha Sanga.
“I am bound to protect the Buddha Sasana according to my pledge given to the people when I undertook the leadership of this country on January 08, 2015. I am also bound to protect it as a real Buddhist who was born and brought with the influence of the temple in the village. I will be committed to build a fair society for justice by safeguarding not only the Buddhism, but also all religions of this country,” President Sirisena said.
The Sri Lankan Buddhist clergy and key Buddhist organisations had urged the Sri Lankan president and prime minister to ensure that the new constitution gave Buddhism the foremost place.