TNA’s proposal on a ‘common’ candidate

(19.05.2014 – Email)

According to media reports TNA has proposed to make Northern Provincial Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran the common candidate at the next Presidential Election.

All the Presidential elections we had since its inception, other than the last Presidential election conducted in 2010, were direct contests between the UNP (as a single party) and the SLFP (supported by smaller parties). The candidates, except those led by UNP and SLFP were merely contenders by name.  Since the last Presidential election was conducted soon after the defeat of LTTE amidst maximum popularity of the incumbent President, while that of the UNP leader was its opposite, the contest was that between the leader of the SLFP and the candidate shared by those who were in the common opposition to the war against terrorism with the belief that war against LTTE is unwinnable or due to the political or personal grudge leading to a regime change. The so-called ‘Common’ candidate was not only the candidate of the above groups but also the candidate of the so-called international community who were discontented due the defeat of terrorism on our soil due to political and economic reasons.

Since the major opposition party UNP is in disarray, its current leadership may not be considered as its own candidate even within the party itself. It is very unlikely that the DNA and JVP will support the current UNP leader as their so-called Common Candidate. Hence, there  become a necessity for the same group of disgruntled elements (both in and outside the country) to  have a so-called common candidate, similar to last time, other than the UNP leadership who could split the majority Sinhala Buddhist votes. That is why we hear the name of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha, as a possible candidate.  Although Ven. Sobhitha is now a favourite among the above disgruntled groups, leaving no room any more among Sinhala Buddhists who respected him highly as their saviour prior to his change of camp, those who are behind the move must be thinking of aiming two targets with one stone. One is to split the majority Sinhala Buddhist votes with the aim of regime change and the other is to make use of a Buddhist monk to do the maximum possible harm to the image of the religion at the same time by dragging a Buddhist monk to contest the country’s highest executive post.

The only interest of the so-called Common Candidate was to defeat the incumbent President. Since the possibility of defeating the President is not a reality, due to lack of an alternative political figure acceptable to the majority, those who are interested in destabilising the country may try their best to achieve their goal by hook or crook.  The most possible way is to raise the communal or the religious tension. If the TNA’s nominee is not acceptable, one TNA MP living comfortably among Sinhala people in Colombo while promoting racial separation, wants to know the reason why. The reason is very simple.

The writer remembers the days when C.A.S Marikkar of SLFP / MEP (people used to call him Sinhala Marikkar) was elected as the MP of Kadugannawa lectorate in 1956, M. Abusali of UNP was elected as the MP of Balangoda on several elections and many more of such representations where the Sinhala population within those areas were around 80%. The monument erected by T. Thambirajah, who was elected Mayor of Matale City Council in early 1960s by the majority Sinhala voters, to commemorate our national heroes Gongalegoda Banda and Pruan Appu, can still be seen where the two heroes were executed by the British imperialists. None of the above elected representatives appeared for their ethnicity. They represented the common interests of the majority who voted them to power. Majority Sinhala Buddhist people vote according to the party they prefer and not according to the race, religion or the cast they belonging to. This was indicative when candidates with other faiths are still being elected where the Sinhala Buddhist are in majority. Unfortunately, this feature is not visible in areas where the other ethnic or religious communities are in majority.

TNA is the parliamentary wing of the LTTE and we have not forgotten their role during the LTTE terrorism. C. V.  Wigneswaran is now a TNA leading member holding the position of NPC’s Chief ministerial post and according to his latest statements he is not even happy with the PC system and asking more ethnic divisions. TNA politicians, who lives comfortably in Colombo while doing everything possible  to create a mono-ethnic  state or a region for Tamils and/or Tamil speaking people, are opposing the resettlement of 21,000 displaced Sinhala  people  who lived in the Jaffna district in 1971. Any political party agreeing to nominate a candidate from TNA is agreeing to racial separatism.

Under representative democracy, although the sovereign power said to be remains with the eligible citizens, the political power is exercised through the elected representatives. Thus it is dangerous to elect a President with executive powers, to rule a country, who is the nominee of a political party representing only the racial interests with a background of supporting armed separatists in many ways.

– S. Akurugoda

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