Gen. Fonseka surrounded by bunch of traitors - Minister Champika
Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka
JHU member and Environment and Natural Resources Minister Patali
Champika Ranawaka in an interview with the Sunday Observer says the
conspirators are working full time to destabilize and plunge the country
into a dark era by creating a division among nationalist forces but they
are yet to succeed in their evil attempts.
Q: The President decided to seek a fresh mandate in January
next year although according to our polls calendar he could have
remained in office for another two years. What will be the JHU’s stance
at the polls?
A: The President and our heroic Armed Forces restored national
security. That paved way for development and other economic activities,
especially in the North and the East.
The President has a right to seek a fresh mandate to ensure political
stability so that within the next six years the Government can implement
long-term development plans.
People in the North and the East have a golden opportunity to cast
their vote without fear and elect a leader of their choice. During the
first presidential election in 1982, the LTTE scuttled the process using
violent methods. In 1988, it was the JVP.
They boycotted the election and forced others to do so too. Then the
LTTE was using their violent tactics to disrupt the elections till
2005.The President should have a renewed mandate from these people
because he has fulfilled all the promises mentioned in the Mahinda
Chinthanaya. The unitary character of this country has been preserved.
We want to support the country regain its lost opportunities. The JHU
wants this country to have a great leap forward. We are no more for ‘Diyawu’,
‘Karawu’, ‘Ganiwu’ slogans.
We need a constructive era. We want this country to become the Naval,
Aviation, Commercial and Knowledge hub of Asia. Within the next five
years we will have our own satellite.
On the other hand we are exploring the sea bed. We have submitted
proposals to extend our continental shelf by 23 times, thus enabling us
to exploit all the resources in 1.4 million more sq. metres of sea bed.
Explorations have found that we could extract 9 billion barrels of oil
from our continental shelf. This is one percent of the total capacity of
Q: The main election pledge of the UNP led coalition and their
would be tie-up, JVP is that if they win the election they would
abrogate the Executive Presidency. The JHU was of this opinion at one
A: President Rajapaksa has signed an agreement with JHU Leader
Ven. Ellawala Medhananda Thera giving a pledge that the Executive
President will be accountable to Parliament and the Judiciary. We shall
not seek for an abrogation of the executive presidency alone without
doing away with the present electoral system, the Proportional
Representation system. These two are inter-connected.
You cannot simply change the Electoral Process without having some
stability in Parliament. If we do it, the Western Powers could simply
change Governments every month or so and destabilize the country. They
tried to topple the Government in 2007. We have ample proof of this.
Q: Do you think he made the right choice in deciding to call a
Presidential Election before a General Election?
A: After November 19, 2009 the President had the right to go for a
fresh mandate. He will lose one year. But we need political stability.
We need to explore the window of opportunity opened up by our heroic
The President is of the view that the Northern and Eastern people
should also be given an opportunity to vote. He feels the need to renew
Q: War victories will be the trump card in the upcoming
election. Will there be a split in the majority Sinhala Buddhist vote
base due to the candidature of Gen. Fonseka? Is he seen as an electoral
threat to President Mahinda Rajapaksa?
A: Not at all. He is not worried about individuals. Gen.
Fonseka has done a tremendous job for the unification of this country.
At the time he had a very good team. Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya, Maj.
Gen. Prasanna de Silva, Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva, Maj. Gen. Chagie
Who are the people in his team now? Ranil Wickremesinghe, who once
said Thoppigala was just a jungle. His second Lt. Mangala Samaraweera
who retorted the Army Commander was not fit even to lead the Salvation
Army, Ravi Karunanayake who said the troops were in Medawachchi, not
Kilinochchi, Lakshman Kiriella who said any madman can lead the war,
Mano Ganeshan who is a campaigner for the ruthless LTTE terrorist
organization and Hakeem who represents a fundamentalist party.
They are a bunch of traitors trying to manipulate retired Gen.
Fonseka for their own goals. Gen. Fonseka must be vigilant and cautious
of these conspirators.
We should make the people aware of the impending threat. There could
be planned assassinations to diminish the popularity of the President.
In the past, Ehelepola Nilame went against King Sri Wickrema
Rajasinghe.This affected the sovereignty of our country.
The British took over because of this division. Now the same tactics
of the British colonial era are being used to divide our national
Q: Will there be a division in the majority vote base?
A: This is their plan. But the Sinhala Buddhists have not yet
endorsed Gen. Fonseka’s candidature. Not a single individual known
nationalist has endorsed Gen. Fonseka’s decision.
This is a clear indication that no one is going to camp with him.
Everyone knows Gen. Fonseka is an able individual to lead our Army. But
his coalition partners are known traitors. He will become imprisoned
within his own camp.
On the other hand President Rajapaksa has already laid the foundation
to lead the country towards prosperity by modernizing the road network,
ports, airports, communication network. The country is ready for that
great leap forward.
Q: What if General Fonseka contests as an independent
A: We don’t know if he will come as an independent candidate
but the national forces will not support his candidature at this
Q: The Opposition accuses the government of widespread
A: We must evolve a structure to fight corruption and ensure
transparency in Government deals and evaluate good governance.
The JHU has called for constitutional reforms, not the 17th Amendment
but new reforms which can counter corruption. We must bring in
meritocracy and do away with bureaucracy.As far as my ministry is
concerned we have introduced meritocracy and we are financially
sustainable. We do not depend on taxes and the Treasury. As a model
Ministry we have shown the entire country that State institutions can do
away with corruption.
But the UNP cannot talk of corruption. Their track record is so
tainted they have no moral right to talk of corruption.
We need a strong and a formidable opposition to correct the path of
the Government. Without Damayanthi Darsha, Susanthika could not have won
the Olympics. The strong competition led Susanthika to go for the best.
We now have a 30 per cent Opposition. What we need is a 49 per cent