Who is governing
? The President or the Prime Minister ? UNP or SLFP ? Sri Lanka
From all what we see it is apparent that it is not the former President Mahinda Rajapakse or the Joint Opposition that is manoeuvring the break up of the SLFP but Maithripala Sirisena himself want that break up to help Ranil Wickramasinghe his benefactor to form a UNP Government.
Maithripala Sirisena for all his talk has no allegiance to a political party. He left Sri Lanka Freedom Party obeying the call of the Opposition lead by Ranil Wickramasighe to form a government with them. As some Members of the SLFP such as Sarath Amunugama, Rajitha Senaratne, S.B.Dissanayake, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardhane, Dilan Perera, Vijitha Soyza, Faiser Mustapha and few others whose allegiance to the SLFP is equally questionable, but their selfish desire for ministerial fortunes much more evident followed Maithripala Sirisena to the opposition camp.
These Nationalist members, are not responsible to the people but to Sirisena who accepted them into his group of SLFP fortune seekers. Therefore they have their allegiance to Sirisena the President and follows his demands to the letter. They will thus be the Parliamentarians who will provide the votes to Ranil Wickramasinghe and his UNP to pass the proposals they put to a vote in the Parliament.
They helped Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickramasinghe to pass the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, They helped passing the three Budget readings passed with a two third majority, and they will similarly help the UNP to pass the new constitution with a two third majority.
Now itself Maithripala Sirisena is preparing the ground to allow the UNP sponsored ECTA with
to be passed in Parliament with a two third Majority. This is what the President Sirisena said
about the ECTA: India
Those traitors of SLFP were an unexpected fall from “heaven” for Maithripala Sirisena’s sustenance in the opposition. Maithripala Sirisena asserting his allegiance to the opposition parties and his gratitude to Ranil Wickramasinghe for allowing him to be the opposition Presidential candidate, no sooner than his election as President, made Ranil Wickramasinghe his Prime Minister.
Unexpectedly again the President of SLFP the ex President Mahinda Rajapakse seeing that there would be a split in the SLFP if he were to retain the leadership of the party, generously decided to allow Sirisena now the President to lead the SLFP as its leader.
Maithripala Sirisena instead of using this opportunity to unite the SLFP and carry out the policies of the SLFP for the betterment of the country under his Presidency, used his new power with the support of his faction of the SLFP to make Ranil Wickramasinghe more powerful by getting the SLFP faction under him to support Ranil Wickramasinghe’s old West supportive UNP policies he hatched when he was the Prime Minister from 2001 to 2004, which he could not carry out, as he was kicked out by the then President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
Maithripala Sirisena has a “war” with the former President Mahinda Rajapakse mainly because he cannot hold even a candle to him. Therefore he is suffering from an inferiority complex which he makes up by his subservient adoration of Ranil Wickramasinghe.
The Western leaders who powwow with Ranil Wickramasinghe the “ Mont Pelerin “ are often pleased to shake the hands of Maithripala Sirisena which pleases him iimmensely. Therefore as much as Maithripala Sirisena wants Ranil, to continue to have the accolade of his new white chums of the West, Ranil wants Maithripala to provide him the SLFP votes to pass the proposals suggested by the west with a two third majority in Parliament.
Ranil Wickramasinghe is for the UNP and its supporters a clean man, a visionary leader, despite the Batalanda skeletons in his cupboard. Ranil’s clean man title disappeared with the Bond Scam he planned “importing” a specialist all the way from
, to refill the UNP coffers that had gone dry after 29 successive election
losses that left them in the political wilderness for nearly twenty
The COPE report which was mutilated by the UNP Members of the COPE committee by adding “footnotes”, was still an accusation levelled against the Governor of the Central Bank Arjun Mahendran and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe as the Minister in charge of the Central Bank.
In a real democracy much talked about by the Yahapalanaya Government the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe should have tendered his resignation the day the COPE report was presented to the Parliament. But for Ranil Wickramasinghe democracy ends where his political position is put in question.
Maithripala Sirisena is undoubtedly the most ineffective President Sri Lanka has had. In this so-called Yahapalanaya Government , it is the Prime Minister who behaves like the President in decision taking. In reality Yahapalanaya Government is the Government of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and his UNP ministerial group.
The President is only the coordinator of the Yahapalanaya to provide UNP the votes of his SLFP followers to make sure the UNP proposals get passed in the Parliament. Maithripala Sirisena is only a decoration !
See for instance, what Maithripala Sirisena proposes are disposed of by his Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. There was recently the case of the IGP Pujitha Jayasundara who spoke over the phone subserviently to some one assuring him that he will not allow the police to arrest the person called Nilame, on behalf of whom that authoritative person was calling him. In the Parliament President Sirisena said that he saw the video about that telephone call and promised to take action against the IGP. But the following day the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe spoke in the Parliament to say that there was nothing wrong about the telephone call and that there no necessary to make an issue of it.
Then again when the Bond scam was reported in Parliament, the President Sirisena asked his Prime Minister to remove Arjun Mahendran . But the Prime Minster said that he will appoint a committee to investigate it. Prime Minister appointed three of his friends to the Committee and later said that the Committee did not find the Governor of the Bank Arjun Mahendran guilty of the offence he was accused. Later when the President appointed a new Governor the Prime Minister did not still remove him , but appointed him to a more responsible post as his advisor.
Who is the Boss, the President or the Prime Minister ?
The President Maithripala Sirisena is said to have presided over the International Anti Corruption day. The question is whether the President Siripala has the moral right to speak about anti corruption when the Government under him has committed the biggest Bond Scam and those accused have not been arrested or the Prime Minister who is responsible for the Bond scam has refused to make a statement or tender his resignation.
The President presume that being elected as the President has enhanced his mental qualities and has a greater wisdom than others and goes round making speeches, while the country is sinking into a political cess pit as one of his own minsters himself said.
The President Maithripala Sirisena is unable to save the deteriorating political situation in the country. It has been reported that eleven SLFP members with him are preparing to join the UNP for it to form a government.
If that happens what will the President do ? Will he dissolve the Parliament ?
He may not because Maithripala Sirisena may be happy with a UNP government as he knows that it was the UNP votes and the votes of the Tamils and Muslims that made him win the Presidential election and those voters will support him even if he were to present himself for a second term of Office.
It is not the joint opposition that works to break up the SLFP but Maithripala Sirisena.