Opposition politicians seek short cuts to regain power
Each time before a general or a presidential election, the LTTE
cohorts make desperate attempts to secure deals with the power hungry
politicians in the South.
The heroic feats of the
Security Forces ushered in the peace we enjoy today. Here
soldiers making sweetmeats during a break. (File photo)
Most such unholy alliances have not only undermined the feats of the
Security Forces but also forced the true sons of our soils to make
supreme sacrifices for the sins of Opposition politicians.
The most notable of them all was Opposition leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe’s controversial ceasefore agreement (CFA) with the LTTE
which confined the Security Forces to barracks and his Governments
acceptance of official territory governed by the LTTE. If that trend
would had continued, the LTTE would have well secured its dream separate
state several years ago.
There is no change this time around as the 2015 Presidential election
is closing by. While the Tiger rump and some Western missions lavishly
pump money for a regime change, the former Tiger proxy party – the TNA,
is exploring all avenues to secure power deals with Opposition
politicians who are looking for short cuts to regain power at any cost.
The joint Opposition knows that the near 700,000 voters in the
Northern peninsula could play a decisive role at the forthcoming
Presidential election. Hence, the main Opposition UNP is making every
effort even to hold hands with devil to secure the Executive powers
which the SLFP had enjoyed for two decades.
Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Maithripala Sirisena and the
mastermind of the plot Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga met TNA leader
R. Sampanthan and M.A. Sumanthiran in Colombo last week.
The TNA has already put forward three demands, including a
self-governing deferral system. This is where the people in the South
have to be extra cautious. This should not be a time to settle political
differences but to beat the common enemy – LTTE terrorism. Although the
opportunistic Opposition politicians, in their lust for power, try to
undermine the feats of the Security Forces, peace-loving voters in the
South could neutralise these moves by rallying round the leader who had
ushered in peace – President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The TNA is at present all agog, drawing up plans to take over the
powers of the Northern Provincial Council, once the scrapping of the
Executive Presidency takes place if Maithripala wins the election.
The powers over the Provincial Councils are presently in the hands of
the Executive and the real beneficiaries in the event of a scrapping of
the Executive Presidency will be the Northern Provincial Council (NPC),
which is demanding land and police powers.
A large number of youth
were killed in the South during 1988-1989 period. These crimes
were perpetrated by anti-democratic administrators.
The Tamil National Alliance is already in dialogue with a foreign
country and the Tamil Diaspora which has shown a keen interest in the
affairs of the Northern Provincial Council on, and how best they could
secure all the powers in the Northern Provincial Council.
With this in view, the Tamil National Alliance has decided to come up
with a massive campaign to support the so called common candidate and
ensure that the Tamil people living in the North and other parts of the
country vote for the so-called common candidate.
The TNA Leader Sampanthan, who had a closed door meeting with Ranil
and Chandrika last week, would make a public announcement in the coming
week on the TNA’s support to Maithripala Sirisena, who is the candidate
of the Opposition.
In the event Maithripala wins the Presidential election, there would
be an amendment brought to the Constitution to scrap the Executive
Presidency within 100 days. That would pave way for the LTTE rump to
creep into the country to resurrect the LTTE. All patriotic and
peace-loving people should understand this threat.
President Rajapaksa, by giving an unmatched political leadership to
the Security Forces to crush LTTE terror, has ushered peace for one and
all to live in perfect harmony. Soon after the defeat of the LTTE, he
created an environment for all communities to live as equals in this
All communities assisted and supported the President to make this
effort a success. The President embarked on an ambitious program to
ensure democracy throughout the country, bringing a new political vision
that seeks development and reconciliation to build a new Sri Lankan
There is no doubt that the masses continue to repose implicit faith
in the President, who defeated the LTTE, eradicated terrorism and
The end of the battle against terrorism is a significant moment in
the history of Sri Lanka. Terrorism had been the major cause that
prevented Sri Lanka from achieving its development goals.
With the end of the military effort, the attention of the government
was focused almost exclusively on reaping the economic benefits of
peace. The Government created a safe and secure country for all to live
freely without intimidation. Accordingly, the people in the North and
East are resettled within a peaceful and a developing environment.
The people have confidence in President Rajapaksa as he was able to
bring the country under a single flag. It is the duty of all communities
to protect this hard-earned peace. Various sinister elements are waiting
to rob the country’s hard-earned peace which we should protect at any
We should not betray the nation by falling prey to Western
conspiracies and undermine the Herculean efforts of the Security Forces.
The objective the LTTE hoped to achieve through the Opposition common
candidate has been amply proved by a statement made by Northern
Provincial Council member Shashidaran, wife of slain LTTEer Eilainan to
a Tamil radio channel.
She has said that talks will be held with the candidate winning the
Presidential election to achieve the objectives which the LTTE could not
realise, within the next few years.
Northern Provincial Councillor Shashidaran had said in her interview
with the Tamil radio channel that they would achieve their objectives
which the LTTE failed to realise, within the next 10 to 15 years.
They would hold talks with Maithripala and his supporters to go
forward from where the LTTE stopped, to achieve their final objectives.
This showed that sinister forces were awaiting an opportunity to
destablise the country and create anarchy. President Rajapaksa never
danced to the tune of foreign forces and the West is now working
overtime to install a puppet leader who would dance the fandango.
He did not acquiesce when they demanded 13 plus. When some
Northerners tried to dance the devil, he even tried to make it 13 minus.
These sinister forces are trying to amalgamate the North and East and
obtain Police powers.
The masses are well aware of the colossal amount of work the
government has done during the past five years. There may be certain
shortcomings which have to be rectified but that does not mean the power
should go to wrong hands.
But the Government had resolved the most burning problem faced by the
country and made it tourist friendly. Internationally, Sri Lanka had
been named among the 10 nations suitable for foreign tourists.
The government had made the NIC a must for people to cast their votes
and removed emergency laws.
The people should think whether it was done to ensure democracy or
not. The charge made by the Opposition about a lack of democratic
freedom was a total farce and a damp squib.
People should ask as to who conducted fraudulent referendums, locked
out thousands of July strikers, assaulted the deaf on the International
Day of the Deaf, attacked the Maha Sangha during May day and opened
They should ask as to who killed 60,000 youths and buried them in
villages countywide. These crimes were perpetrated by anti-democratic
The UNP-LTTE-NGO coalition is using certain former Government
politicians as sacrificial lambs to realise their hidden ulterior
motives. It is unfortunate that Maithripala too has become such a
Maithipala, Rajitha and four others have become victims of the
UNP-LTTE-NGO nexus. Although they claim that they are supporting the
coalition of the above forces for national reasons the political history
of the country proves that such people only have one motive which is the
realisation of their petty personally political objectives.
The UNP-LTTE-NGO coalition was once again trying to destabilise the
country and some government politicians have fallen prey to their
canards. We urge the people to shed petty differences and rally against
the UNP-LTTE-NGO Coalition to safeguard the country.
Whatever conspiracies the NGO ruffians, separatists and anti-national
elements hatch, the people have always reposed implicit faith in
The forthcoming Presidential election is a battle between those who
love the country and those don’t. Presidemt Rajapaksa won the 2010
Presidential election with a majority of 18 lakhs and this time he will
win with a bigger majority.
If Maithripala had told that he was going to contest the Presidential
election, the President would have given his blessings as he did to
Sarath Fonseka in 2010.
Unfortunately, Maithripala did not have a backbone to tell this to
the President before playing the role of a traitor and betraying the
The masses would teach these traitors an unforgettable lesson and
throw them into the political dustbin.