(17.03.2014 – Email)
As per a news item appeared in the Daily Mirror dated 14th march 2014, UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe vowed to topple this government in the same way he toppled the government of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. He has told a rally at Avissawela that the UNP would form the next government in 2015.
As we remember, Ranil toppled the government in 2002 following the same way he learnt from his father Esmond Wickramasinghe, perhaps the only way the UNP leader is aware of who toppled the SLFP coalition government of Mrs Bandaranayke in 1964. Esmond Wickramasinghe, who owned the Lake House Group those days was said to have promised a better life, by various means, to those politicians who were unhappy with the government due to personal reasons to crossover to the opposition. There is no much deference between the political fate of those parliamentarians led by the Minister and the deputy leader of SLFP, C. P. de Silva and Minister Manhanama Samaraweera (father of Mangala Smaraweera), who voted against the government in 1964 and those who moved to the opposition from the government rank in 2002. Most of them either have been rejected by the people with time or have come back to the SLFP led governments later on.
This is not the first time that the opposition leader has had vowed to topple the government. The word ‘topple’ is repeated almost monthly like a ‘mantra’ by Ranil and other handful of disgruntled politicians, probably due to prolonged frustration, while providing moral support to those so-called ‘super powers’ and their local agents who disturbed by the fall of the armed separatists. They are making every possible effort to replace the current government with a puppet choice of their own to drag the entire nation back to chaos.
Ranil had beaten all the records soon after he became PM in 2002. He blindly signed a so-called ‘Peace Package’ with Prabhakaran. He should be held responsible for the demarcation of LTTE controlled areas, supplying high-tech communication equipment to LTTE, providing foreign training to the so-called LTTE policemen in Northern Ireland and provision of many other war capabilities during his short-term of office. He should be answerable to the loss of lives of members of the government intelligence units, army informants and the lives of all those who engaged in the ‘Deep Penetration Unit’.
By being the favourable of agent of so-called international vested interest, Norwegians, he is still doing a great service to the anti-Sinhala and anti-Buddhist elements, both in and outside the country.
We all know very well, if the parliament is dissolved, Ranil has to face another election and considering the past records, the probability that UNP will win under his leadership is nil. It would be interesting to imagine for a moment what would happen, if the government is ‘toppled’ by buying MPs in a similar fashion to what Esmaond Wickramsinghe manipulated in 1964 and repeated by Ranil in 2002.
Even if UNP under Ranil wins in a parliamentary election in 2015, which is very unlikely, unless the President is removed before that, the maximum life of a government of Ranil would be one year similar to his previous record under the President Chandrika. Further, there will be conflicts of interest worse than those existed between Chandrika and Ranil.
A UNP government under Ranil will bound its head to West led by UK and USA and agree to all demands of the TNA and will stop the security operations similar to what he did under the notorious CFA. The local and international Peace-mafia groups will use him to maximum capacity to achieve their end leaving little or no room to escape but to give-in to TNA’s every demand, one by one, quite lavishly, until separatist achieve their goal without firing a single bullet.
Since it wouldn’t be an easy task to reverse back what the security forces have gain by defeating the separatists after three decades of war, even with the fullest backing of the so-called ‘super powers’ all Ranil could do is to intensify his usual cry for foreign intervention and the country will be in chaos. Any foreign intervention under such situation could leads to disastrous consequences.
Unless the Ranil and his henchmen will realise that anti-Sinhala anti-Buddhist stance of the current UNP and their short-sighted opposition to the country’s needs to ensure its sovereignty and independence as a major factor contributed to the stunning defeats of the party under the current leadership, they will have to be in the opposition until they decides themselves when to go or chased out by the people.
– S. Akurugoda