NFF against change Nat. Anthem version change

The National Freedom Front (NFF) has decried National Languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara’s proposal to introduce a new version of the National Anthem, to be sung in both Sinhala and Tamil, at the 65th Independence Day celebrations.

A senior spokesperson for breakaway JVP faction told The Island that post-war national reconciliation wouldn’t be possible through such moves.

Asked whether the NFF would mobilise the people against the proposal made by a parliamentary committee late last week, the spokesperson said that changing of the national anthem would violate the Constitution.

According to him, changing the national anthem would require a two-thirds approval in parliament as well as referendum.

Minister Nanayakkara last week told The Island that the committee, which met under his leadership, decided to make the proposal to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Minister said that their move would greatly boost the ongoing post-war national reconciliation effort, particularly in view of this year’s Independence Day celebrations being held in the East.(SF)

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