JVP Leader Anura Dissanayake has observed that the Constitution is the protector of the socio economic process of the country. It is necessary to change the socio economic body of the country prior to the enactment of the Constitution. We must address socio economic issues in drafting a new constitution. He was speaking in the House on the motion on the enactment of a new constitution.
He said: ‘Previous regimes strengthened their powers to fulfill their personal desires by bringing amendments to the 1978 Constitution. The 1978 Constitution has been amended 19 times. Apart from the 17th and 19th Amendments, the other amendments were bought to strengthen the powers of respective governments by using the 2/3 majority of Parliament which they earned by offering ministerial portfolios or some other benefits. None of these amendments were bought to ensure democratic rights and the freedom of the people. These amendments didn’t strengthen even Parliament.
The present Constitution of the country is a distorted one. We accept that the country needs to have a new Constitution. We have two suggestions on the procedure that should to enact a new Constitution.
The whole process should be a Parliament centred process. All Parliamentarians should receive an equal opportunity to make their comments and suggestions without considering the status of the political parties that they belong to.’