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Mahinda Rajapaksa’s subtle move to return to power
It is no secret that defeated President Mahinda Rajapaksa is engaged
in a subtle move to return to power again. He was floating in unlimited
power and now can’t be without it.
The people rejected him because he was avaricious for power by
bringing in the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, expecting to be in
power for a third term, but miserably failed to achieve his goal. The
countless allegations of corruption, intimidation against political
opponents and journalists and the scant respect towards minorities,
mostly the Tamils, brought a nauseating hatred from foreign countries
against his authoritarian rule.
The plain truth is that he and his coterie of undesirables, never
expected this defeat and least expected Maithripala Sirisena, to be the
MR expects to contest again on a nationalistic agenda, depending
largely on Sinhala Buddhist votes. The marginalised Tamil and Muslim
votes will play a vital role, in a future election.
MR who came to power in 2005, promising to end the political sleaze,
has done practically nothing worthwhile except for appointing
commissions and holding conferences and these commission reports are yet
to be put out.
The servile public service we saw during the past regime, serving the
political needs of the powers that be, are not forgotten and the
damaging consequences not only to the public service but to the entire
nation was well known.
Meanwhile, Maithripala Sirisena maintains his stature, he should
abide by his election pledges, some of which are already honoured. A
formidable, United Front under MS and Ranil, should be formed, to
counter moves by the MR faction. The people have not forgotten the
unbridled corruption that took place under MR and it is up to the voters
to select the correct path, rather than treading on the feared dreaded
track under Mahinda Rajapaksa!
Promises to voters
One of the promises made to voters to be executed within the 100-day
program was to implement a scheme to give Rs. 350 to rubber sheet
Although, we see in the media that the promises are being
implemented, rubber producers are yet to know how this scheme is being
The producers of sheet rubber will be thankful to the authorities, if
they are informed through the print and electronic media, the procedure
to be followed, to be eligible for this subsidy, from the point where we
give our rubber sheets to our dealers.