Sirisena turns traitor
The stage is set for the seventh
Presidential election. Although the UNP-led Opposition is making a big
hue and cry, it was the self-same party which introduced the Executive
Presidency while it was in power with a five-sixths majority after the
1977 general election victory.
The Executive Presidency and the preferential electoral system were
introduced under the 1978 Constitution by the then Prime Minister J.R.
Jayewardene. Regrettably, there was no election for the first Executive
President in the country. JRJ interpreted it in his own way and
exploited the thumping majority he enjoyed in the Legislature to become
the first Executive President sans an election.
The first presidential election was held in 1982 at which Jayewardene
sought a second term in office. Since then, we have witnessed five other
presidential elections in 1988, 1994, 1999, 2005 and 2010. President
Ranasinghe Premadasa's tenure after the 1988 election victory amidst JVP
violence ended prematurely when he was assassinated by an LTTE suicide
bomber during the UNP's 1993 May Day procession. This helped the then
Prime Minister D.B. Wijetunga to become the President to complete
President Premadasa's remaining term. The country had been run by the
SLFP-led coalition Presidents for two decades since 1994 - two terms
each by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and
President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Political parties in the Opposition have already conceded that they
are unable to defeat President Rajapaksa at the next presidential
election. They have acknowledged defeat even prior to the announcement
of the date of the next presidential election where President Rajapaksa
is seeking a record third term.
The so-called joint Opposition is shouting itself hoarse on their
common candidate but has failed to find a strong Opposition politician
who could match President Rajapaksa's immense popularity. Hence, they
have now found Maithipala Sirisena who had betrayed not only his voters
in Polonnaruwa but also the entire nation by falling prey to the
People have betrayed nations from time immemorial. Over the years
opportunists had turned traitors, caring two hoots for their motherland.
Sri Lanka is certainly no exception. From ancient times, there had been
pusillanimous characters who had betrayed their country for petty gains.
Even during the British rule, from 1815 to 1948, there were several
instances where the country had been betrayed to gain positions, power
and wealth from the British rulers. Irrespective of the time or period,
these traitors acted in this manner due to their lust for power or
personal benefits. The latest in that long list is the so-called
Opposition's common candidate is Sirisena after Sarath Fonseka played a
similar role at the last 2010 presidential election.
Fonseka's greatest betrayal was to team up with opportunistic
Opposition parties and extremist elements to create dissension in the
country at the last presidential election. Maithripala is now getting
ready to play a similar role.
Thanks to the overwhelming support the masses extended to President
Rajapaksa, all these conspiracies were thwarted. Five years on we see
another similar character yearning to play a similar role and rob the
country of its hard-earned peace, with the support of the TNA, the LTTE
rump and a few Western politicians who are hell-bent on a regime change
in Sri Lanka.
The Opposition is ready to embrace the pro-LTTE goons in the TNA. It
is needless to dwell on the type of politics that the TNA indulges in.
It is an open secret that the TNA had been a Tiger proxy and attempted
to pump the last drop of oxygen to the LTTE leadership during the
2006-2009 humanitarian operation.
The UNP and TNA leaders went on many world jaunts to woo Western
support and pressurise the Government to stop the battle against LTTE
terror. According to reports some senior UNP leaders had held
discussions with the LTTE rump in Europe.
The TNA leadership put down the same conditions to UPFA candidate,
President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last presidential election. But the
President was not willing to compromise the country's sovereignty and
the hard-earned victories of the valiant Security Forces for the sake of
The President vehemently rejected the TNA's proposal to exchange TNA
votes in the larger interests of the country and that of the Security
Forces. The President won a convincing victory at the January 2010
presidential election. The Opposition's sole aim this time too is also
to win at any cost.
Hence, the Opposition's common candidate will fall in line with
whatever conditions the West, the LTTE rump and the TNA put forward.
Unlike President Rajapaksa, the power-hungry common candidate does not
perceive the gravity of these conditions. Even though Maithripala knows
the repercussions of the proposals that the anti-Sri Lankan elements
would make, he cares less as his sole aim is to become the President by
hook or by crook.
If President Rajapaksa is willing to undermine the magnificent
victories of the Security Forces, he too could easily enlist the TNA's
support. But the President will never do so even in his wildest dreams.
This is precisely why the masses need to be extra vigilant at the
forthcoming presidential election. This would be not merely voting for
the political party one supports but a crucial decision that could prove
extremely costly and push back the country to that dark era again.
The country's pathetic situation when President Rajapaksa first
assumed office nine years ago is still fresh in people's minds. The
economy was in the doldrums as LTTE terrorism was at its peak. The
nation's future was bleak and LTTE bombs, targeting civilians, were the
order of the day.
Regrettably, some people have conveniently forgotten the
circumstances under which the President took the challenge of changing
the nation's destiny. At the time, the people yearned for peace and
amity for them to live in harmony.
Thanks to the President's political sagacity and illustrious
leadership, the Security Forces vanquished the world's most ruthless
terrorist outfit in three-and-a-half-years, a feat which most people
thought was an impossible task. The President inspired the true sons of
our soil with all logistical support to accomplish that impossible
If by chance, power goes to the wrong hands and a puppet of the West
is installed, terrorism could raise its ugly head again. The LTTE rump
could use power-hungry Maithripala to make a comeback under the guise of
strengthening peace and reconciliation. Moreover, he is backed by
certain Western elements and 'peace merchants', along with former
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga who permitted the LTTE to
strengthen itself when she was at helm and even went to the extent of
granting a self-governing body called PETOMs after the 2004 tsunami
devastation. This is where the masses need to be extra cautious, sinking
petty political differences. One must decide oneself whether one could
permit a 'Western peace agent' to ruin the country's hard-earned peace.
With the dawn of peace, President Rajapaksa took on the challenge of
winning the 'economic war' as well to put the country on the right
development path. His ultimate goal is to make the country the Wonder of
Sri Lanka is now marching towards that cherished goal. Never in Sri
Lanka's history has the country witnessed such mega development
projects. President Rajapaksa not only united the country by vanquishing
the LTTE but also ensured a secure future for the nation.President
Rajapaksa restored peace and unity in the country and it is no surprise
that he is enjoying tremendous popularity among people from all walks of
life who are eternally grateful to him for defeating terrorism and
ushering in peace.
The President, during his second term in office ensured that the
country is endowed with peace and political stability. Today, Sri Lanka
has become a haven for prominent foreign investors.
President Rajapaksa has also won world acclaim for Sri Lanka and his
appointment as Head of the Commonwealth was ample testimony to the wide
recognition the international community has held him in. The country
would undoubtedly sustain these achievements and progress as a developed
nation under the Mahinda Chinthana.