Tamil Diplomat

Govt relegating Buddhism to second place is a canard: Kiriella

Higher Education Minsiter Lakhsman Kiriell has stated that certain factions are carrying a propaganda that the government is going to relegate Buddhism to an inferior place. This is nothing but a canard.

Addressing the media, Minister Kiriella said this was the first time that public views are being entertained in a major way when preparing a new constitution for the country.

He allayed fears expressed by some opposition members that the government was planning to omit certain significant Articles of the 1978 Constitution, including those on upholding the Unitary State of the country and giving foremost place to Buddhism from the new Constitution.