Masses can see through Opposition's wiles
It is still fresh in people's
minds how the New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate Sarath Fonseka acted
during his unsuccessful Presidential election campaign. He made sweeping
statements and his close supporters did not vote for him.
One of the many outrageous statements was that he branded those who
opposed his political ideology as his enemies. In most of his campaign
rallies, Fonseka said these people would be brought to the Galle Face
Green to be punished in public after his 'victory'.
In the same vein, Maithripala Sirisena is also contesting under the
same party and symbol and making similar statements which undermine the
independence of the judiciary. Maithripala has threatened to even close
the Katunayake International Airport from January 8, 2015 midnight - the
day of the Presidential election, to prevent his rivals from leaving the
country after his 'victory'.
This very statement undermines the law of the land. What is more
baffling is that such a statement comes from a man who preaches good
governance, democracy and the independence of the judiciary.
Moreover, if any citizen is accused of any offence or breach of the
law, it is a matter for the judiciary to decide as the Executive has no
power whatsoever to punish or impose rules on a citizen. This was
exactly what Fonseka threatened to do in the 2010 January and five years
on, another NDF candidate - Maithripala is doing likewise.
Any citizen has the right to travel abroad provided he has a valid
visa and only a Court ruling could prevent a person from leaving the
country. This is the general practice in all countries, even those which
do not practise democracy. Nevertheless, Maithripala has threatened to
take over this right and curb citizens' foreign travel which could be
done only by a judge.
This means that Maithripala is yearning to acquire not only Executive
powers but also to take over the Judiciary if he becomes President.
Could any person in his right senses expect such abominable conduct from
a man who had pledged to abolish the Executive Presidency within 100
days of assuming office?
This alone goes to prove that Maithripala would not only retain the
Executive Presidency but also take over the powers of the Judiciary to
become a dictator. Only those who had worked with him closely would know
what a conceited, domineering and selfish man he is. Had the masses been
fully aware of the real Maithripala Sirisena, he would not have
attracted even one percent of the votes he had polled at the last
The million dollar question today is whether the JHU and the UNP need
a dictator of this type to replace President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has
barely exercised his full Executive powers, vested under the 1978
Constitution introduced by none other than the former UNP leader - the
late President J.R. Jayewardene? Perhaps, the prime reason for the JHU
to quit the Government and support Maithripala was the Executive
Presidency. The true colours of the so-called common candidate and the
dictator in him could now be seen clearly with his sweeping statements.
If parliamentarian Maithripala Sirisena could make such wild
statements, one could well visualise how he would act if he were to
become President. Those who shout from the rooftops would realise that
President Rajapaksa has been too benign and exercised his Executive
powers, the least, compared to his predecessors.
Those who follow Maithripala, blindly and live in a political fantasy
would realise the bitter truth only when it is too late. A dictator of
this nature would by no means agree to prune his powers and would rather
introduce Constitutional amendments to give more teeth to the Executive
Maithripala is insatiable and would take the law into his hands to
wreak vengeance from his political opponents - be it within his own
'government' or any other political party. Could anyone perceive
Maithripala's hidden agenda and expect him to turn King Sirisangabo and
hand over the Executive powers to the Prime Minister. Is Opposition
leader Ranil Wickremesinghe guaranteed the Premiership which Maithripala
promised at the outset of his election campaign?
It is as clear as daylight that Maithripala is taking the
power-hungry UNP for a good ride and exploiting the JHU's slogan to
abolish the Executive presidency. If an upstart Maithripala could make
such weird statements, what would he do if he secures Executive powers
is anybody's guess.
The UNP should realise this imminent danger. Their enemy is within
their ranks. Wickremesinghe made the supreme sacrifice for the second
time in good faith, in the hope that the political opponent whom he is
unable to beat single handedly - President Rajapaksa, could be ousted by
an extraneous force who has come to the UNP's rescue. Ranil even in his
wildest dreams would not realise the impending danger and what a costly
exercise it would turn out to be.
It is a foregone conclusion that Maithripala would never install
Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister even if he wins next month's polls. If
his mentor and former President Chandrika Bandaranike Kumaratunga feels
that she could make a comeback through Maithripala, she is sadly
mistaken. Maithripala is not the same man who had served in her Cabinet
ten years ago.
The other lurking danger which jeopardises the country's national
security is the assurances that Maithripala and his cohorts have given
the LTTE rump. By a strange quirk of fate, nine members of the
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam were in Singapore at the same
time when Maithripala, Wickremesinghe, Chandrika, Mangala Samaraweera
and their bandwagon were in that country recently.
The conspiracies were hatched by top members of the so-called common
opposition while in Singapore.
The Maithripala gang is supporting the anti-Mahinda Rajapaksa
sentiment along with various international forces. Since the LTTE rump
and a few Western countries are hell-bent on a regime change in Sri
Lanka, they are exploiting Maithripala to achieve their vicious goals.
Chandrika Kumaratunga, Maithripala Sirisena, Champika Ranawaka, Ranil
Wickremesinghe, Mangala Samaraweera and Sarath Fonseka had been in
Singapore on November 2 for a variety of reasons. It has now come to
light that a powerful LTTE delegation, including nine 'ministers' of the
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam were also in Singapore during
this period. More details of the Opposition's greatest betrayal with the
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam will come to light sooner than
Sri Lanka has a patriotic leader who can face any international
challenge and no other force on earth would be permitted to raise its
ugly head again. Hence, this unholy alliance is teaming up to wage a
battle against its common enemy - President Rajapaksa. They resorted to
various tactics and even attempted to take undue advantage of the UNHRC.
Having failed miserably in all such attempts, the LTTE rump and the West
have got together to use the Presidential election to oust the
leadership which had been a stumbling block to them during the past nine
Minister Keheliya Rambukwella last week said that Maithripala and his
team had entered into agreements with 44 people. It is mind-boggling how
they can ensure the country's stability with 44 such elements. The
masses will by no means permit them to destabilise the country.
Although Maithripala is preaching good governance day and night, he
must first and foremost set an example by revealing to the public the
agreements he had entered into with various political groups, especially
the TNA and the Tamil Diaspora which support the LTTE rump. The masses
have their grave reservations about Maithripala's and Chandrika's moves.
They would descend to any level and betray the country in their lust for
The LTTE rump is acutely aware that the time is opportune to tap the
Opposition politicians who are going hammer and tongs to capture power
at any cost. The LTTE cohorts know only too well that these Opposition
politicians could be bought over easily because they care less for the
country. The masses should remain vigilant over these opportunistic
politicians who are ever willing to even sell a part of the country so
that they could control the rest.By contrast, President Rajapaksa has
not signed any agreements with any political group for that matter. The
constituent parties of the UPFA have worked closely with the President
for the past 10 years. A large number of members of the so-called common
opposition have a visceral hatred against the President. The masses are
deeply cognizant of these threats and would teach these disgruntled
elements a bitter political lesson.