The greatest betrayal: Part one:
MEET THE TRAITOR
by K.M.H.C.B. Kulatunga
Daydreaming of a larger
Sinister elements in the West and the anti-Sri Lankan lobby,
including the LTTE rump, know that the present Government and the Head
of State do not dance to their melody. Ever since President Mahinda
Rajapaksa was first elected President in November 2005, they have been
making every effort for a regime change and create a leader who would
pay hosannas to the West.
They are fully aware that they should make use of ‘indigenous stuff’
to press for a regime change.
Hence, the sinister elements in the West and LTTE rump have been on
the lookout for traitors who are willing to betray their country in
their lust for power. Many people have betrayed nations from time
immemorial. There are many instances in which opportunists had turned
traitors, totally ignoring the interests of their motherland.
There is no exception in Sri Lanka and from ancient times, there had
been power-hungry characters who had betrayed the country for petty
gains. Even during the ancient times when the country was ruled by
kings, there have been enough and more characters who had turned
traitors and betrayed their country.
Especially during the British rule, the then Governors always looked
for prominent people whowere greedy for power, titles and wealth. They
made use of these characters to conspire against Sinhala Kings.
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When the West was looking for such a character to oust President
Rajapaksa in 2010, they had a prize catch in Sarath Fonseka. The Western
godfathers and the Tiger cohorts thought they would definitely be able
to make a regime change, using Fonseka’s then popularity as the Army
Commander during the Security Forces’ battle against terrorism.
But the masses were far more intelligent than those sinister elements
in the West and the anti-Sri Lankan lobby, including the LTTE rump. The
masses know how they should differentiate a good military leader from a
patriotic politician. Hence that 2010 coup was effectively vanquished by
the masses that rallied round President Rajapaksa during the 2010
Four years later, the self-same elements who are daydreaming of a
regime change have found another person to play the role of a traitor,
identical to what Fonseka played in 2010. In former minister and
ex-general secretary of the SLFP Maithipala Sirisena, the Western
godfathers and LTTE rump have found just what they have been dreaming
When one compares the two traitors, there is a huge difference.
Fonseka was far more popular than Maithripala. Although he boasts of
over four decades of political experience, Maithripala was never a
national figure. True that he held the all-important post of SLFP
General Secretary and a top ministerial portfolio but the masses had
never considered him a national figure. His popularity was only confined
to the Polonnaruwa district. In contrast, Fonseka was far more popular
and a national figure when he contested the 2010 presidential election.
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Yet, the masses did not endorse Fonseka’s name as a political leader
though they had gratitude for him for his military achievements.
However, Fonseka was no match to President Rajapaksa and was
When one carefully analyses these facts and the thumping majority
President Rajapaksa enjoyed in winning the 2010 presidential election,
one could well imagine how miserable Maithripala would fare at next
month’s presidential election.
Since the UNP-led Opposition is backing his candidature, Maithripala
must be daydreaming that he could win the 2015 presidential election.
Let him stay in that political fantasy until January 8, 2015. Fonseka
too lived in such a wonderful political fantasy for 45 days in 2010
before he finally found where exactly he stands.
Before handing over his nominations, it not too late for Maithripala
to get a political lesson even from a novice such as Fonseka. In a
recent joint Opposition news conference, Fonseka had told the bitter
truth about a so-called common candidate. Fonseka said though many
politicians and parties were behind him during the 2010 presidential
election, he said everybody deserted him after the defeat, from the
moment the results were announced.
He added that he had to make his own lonely battle for survival after
losing the election and none of the political leaders in the so-called
joint Opposition ever uttered even a word of comfort.
Fonseka’s stark facts and first-hand experience should be a good
eye-opener to Maithripala who is under a delusion. Fonseka too was under
a similar delusion during the run up to the 2010 presidential polls.
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Most importantly, Fonseka commanded the support of almost the entire
Opposition, including the fullest backing of the UNP as well as the JVP.
But Maithripala cannot boast of the same support or the identical
popularity. The JVP has not agreed to support Maithripala’s candidature
yet. Even if the JVP extends support, the party would lost the support
of grassroots level when the JVP seniors asks to vote for a person whom
they have criticized heavily.
However, after finishing way behind at the 2010 presidential election
and being isolated by all those joint Opposition leaders who pretended
that they are extending support, Fonseka has now understood the bitter
truth. What Fonseka understand now will become a gospel truth to
Maithripala from January 9, 2015, the day the results of Sri Lanka’s
seventh presidential election are to be announced.
The presence of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
next to Maithripala in Friday’s news conference would do more harm to
the joint Opposition candidate than good. Maithripala vowed to abolish
the Executive Presidency within 100 days, if he is elected.
It was the laughing stock – Mathripala making such a promise while
having Chandirka on to his right as she is the lady who made similar
promises in 1994.
Chandrika even set a definite timeframe to abolish the Executive
Presidency and never kept her promise.
It is with such a lady, who had done virtually nothing notable during
her 11-year tenure, that Maithripala is going to embark this journey.
Lust for power
From the day the then Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was nominated
to contest the 2005 presidential election by the SLFP Central Committee,
Chandrika has conspired. She made every effort to ruin the chances of
the candidate her own party.
But the masses knew that all those sinister campaigns against the
then Prime Minister were due to Chandrika’s lust for power.
Chandrika appeared to be a Western puppet in all her dealings with
the LTTE, dancing to the melody of the INGO rump.
The Opposition has embarked on an ambitious journey to win at any
cost. In fulfilling that dream, they are even ready to embrace the pro-LTTE
goons in the TNA as well as the Tiger cohorts in the West.
The Tiger proxy TNA which attempted to pump the last drop of oxygen
to the LTTE leadership during the 2006-2009 humanitarian operation will
put forward demands that are detrimental to country’s sovereignty and
territorial integrity. But the UNP-led Maithripala’s camp would not have
an iota of shame in agreeing to all those.
If not for President Rajapaksa, the country would have still been
subjected to LTTE terror. Unfortunately, some power-hungry Opposition
politicians have deliberately forgotten this fact. Maithripala is a
blind follower of Chandrika but he has forgotten how the former
President had treated him in the past. When Maithriplala was well set to
become the SLFP General Secretary during Chadrika’s tenure as the
President, she strategically eliminated Maithipala from the race to give
the post to one of her then confidants.
Maithipala should not believe that Chandrika has teamed up with him
with sincere thoughts. Chandrika does not like to see the SLFP and the
country prospering under the able political leadership of President
Rajapaksa. It was a mere political jealousy due to Chandrika’s
extraordinary greediness for power. Even after holding the Executive
Presidency for two successive terms, Chandrika is unable to give up his
lust for power.
All past Presidents had spent their retirements in exemplary manner,
without poking their fingers into their successor work. When former
President R. Premadasa made blunders after blunders, his predecessor J.
R. Jayewardene did not utter a word and let Premadasa to run the country
the way he wanted. In contrast, Chadrika has been making sarcastic
comments and conspiring with her former confidantes from the day
President Rajapaksa assumed office.
Her aim is to destroy the party her late father Prime Minister
S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike had founded simply because it is headed by the
incumbent President. The UNP will soon fall into Chandrika’s trap laid
through Maithripala whose chances of becoming the President are
Even if he becomes the President, he would not let Ranil become the
Head of State within 100 days as promised. Maithripala is a mere puppet
of Chadrika and her political confidant Mangala Samaraweera.
When Ranil and Mangala were finding a way out and save Ranil’s UNP
leadership as well as the Opposition leader post, Chadrika suggested the
name of Maithripala whom they could control easily. Hence, Ranil had no
hesitation in endorsing Maithripala’s name as the common Opposition
candidate, a dual purpose exercise for the UNP leader.
First, Ranil could avoid the embarrassment of losing another election
by making Maithripala a scapegoat. Secondly, he could well wash his
hands off saying that it was not his defeat but that of Maithripala and
face the pressure from Sajith group to hang on to the UNP leadership.
Unfortunately, Maithripala had become a victim of
Chandrika-Ranil-Mangala conspiracy. What Maithripala cannot understand
now would be proved to him by January 9, 2015 - the day the joint
Opposition would desert him.
Maithripala is now getting ready for the episode two of the greatest
betrayal after Fonseka starred in episode one. It won’t be a surprise if
the UNP forces Maithripala to win at any cost by obtaining the support
of the TNA and the LTTE rump.
Definitely they will lay conditions but the joint Opposition will not
hesitate to agree to whatever those conditions in their lust for power.
They would even go to the extent of teaming up with extremist
elements and the Tiger cohorts to create dissension in the country.
The Opposition could even sell the country’s hard-earned peace, if
they find that as a short cut to capture power.
There was a similar conspiracy in 2010 but the masses extended their
overwhelming support to President Rajapaksa to thwart conspiracies of
Though Maithripala is yearning to become another Fonseka and rob the
country of its hard-earned peace, the masses would teach them an
It will be then that Maithripala would endorse Fonseka’s current
views on common candidate.