As Colombo Telegraph reported on 17th of January, the President Maithripala Sirisena will not participate in political meetings or campaign events and will play a caretaker role during the Parliamentary election, sources close to Sirisena again assured Colombo Telegraph.
In last January Colombo Telegraph reported as follows;
Despite taking over the reins of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, President Maithripala Sirisena will strive to maintain his independence from partisan politics as he races to fulfill his 100 day pledges.
Sources close to the new President told Colombo Telegraph that while there were fears about the SLFP switching loyalties to President Sirisena and how it would impact the new ruling coalition, he would try to remain above the political fray.
President Sirisena will not participate in political meetings or campaign events and will play a caretaker role during the Parliamentary election scheduled once the process of constitutional reform is completed.
Sources close to President Sirisena said the incumbent was keenly aware of how his ascent to power was engineered by parties like the UNP and the JHU and the other civil society and academic forces that rallied around him.
These stakeholders provided Candidate Sirisena with their party machinery, personnel and expertise to propel him to victory in last week’s election, the sources said. While Candidate Sirisena insisted throughout the campaign that he remained the legitimate General Secretary of the SLFP, the fact was that his rise to power was a result of every other political and civic minded force in Sri Lanka, other than the SLFP, his own party. The exceptions to this rule were the SLFP members who crossed over to support his candidature and joined hands with the UNP and other coalition allies to work for his victory, the sources explained. Sirisena became an attractive candidate to the electorate precisely because he was able to shed his affiliations and bring together different political and non-political forces to work together for his victory, the sources said.
The UNP has expressed fears that President Sirisena taking over the SLFP could make Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe‘s position in the Government vulnerable. However, persons with insight into the new President’s personality insist that Sirisena is not an ungrateful or petty man.
While some remain fearful, other political observers say there is hope for bipartisanship in parliament as there never has been before. The 2015 presidential election was remarkable in that both the UNP and SLFP party activists worked in cooperation during the campaign at the village level, proving that there was space for these two parties to cohabitate in power.
Amarasiri / July 13, 2015
RE: As Colombo Telegraph Reported In January, Maithri To Stay Away From Party Politics During August Elections
Polonnaruwe Pallewatte Gamaralalge Maithreepala Yapa Sirisena (who committed the biggest betrayal ever in history
Sirisena, you better do that to salvage whatever is left after you treacherous act.
People remember your treachery and lies..
Shame on you, shame on you. You have collected a few titles, as spineless, wimp, coward, traitor, liar, friend of the crooks, Chinese bribe taker, bribe collector of Mahinda Stolen Billions etc.
MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa Amana Polonnaruwe Pallewatte Gamaralalge Maithreepala Yapa Sirisena
Rohan / July 13, 2015
He has to make an open statement saying that people should vote for candidates who are not corrupt and who are good for the country.
If Sirisena had formed a strong ‘clean’ SLFP, he would have had a chance to save his party and his clean image. Well, le the people make the call.
Shiran / July 13, 2015
Sira, you know you cannot do anything without MR. Last time I voted for you but this time it will definitely be for MR. We should not be stuck in one party for ever. As independent citizens, we should observe well which party or leader does good to the country and then use the vote. Whoever does a good job will get our votes.
Lakshman / July 13, 2015
we can only hope for though his actions hitherto does not assure same
Lanka Watch / July 13, 2015
In any case he cannot get on to the stage as no party will not want him there as it will be a minus point for party who wants him on the stage. The recent shameful somersault shocked the people who were
longing for good governance and they do not want to hear him at least until the election is over. He has dug his own grave by telling the
people, who voted him to power and the whole world that he lost control
of both parties SLFP & UPFA. though holding the position of President
of both parties.
Lasanda / July 13, 2015
Ranil has no chance of becoming PM! He is unpopular as ever before! So why bother protecting him CT?
Samuel Jayaweera / July 13, 2015
Ranil is the most intelligent leader of the nation -currentlyfound in lanken politics. He is the man to bring back the economy creating lacks of employments to the youth.
As Rajapakshe does, he would not shut doors to Westerners, who are the investors to country, not only materialistic chinese. GSP plus can bring more jobs to the nation – srilanken being merged with any other powerful world carriers could bring more profits to the country.
Even if this buggers born to Rajapakshes thought to do otherway around – while grabing all the billions into their pockets – no any other leader would do the same if they love this nation. Mr Clean would never do that – even if Central Bank deal was realted based on misinterpetation. Those who come from colombo families would never behave like Rajapakshes. Today, he himself go on saying that he was silent at the time, his ministers were doing all unethical things. This bugger should have changed his both ends by surgical means to see it right today – the harm being made towards the Muslims of th enation was beyond all morals and ethics. Ghanasara instead of sending to jails, MR kept aside to sow the seeds of racism.
Did the country have any kind of Ghanasaras at the time war was at its height ? No, those Ghanasaras, are born aggresive men though living in safron robes to deceive the poor folks further.
Supun Jayawardhane / July 13, 2015
Go and see in mirror – you are no better to that toy pistol mayor, mervin silva, duminda silva, Mahindanananda, Rohitha, Bandula – latter have grabed the funds of poor man for their survivival. Let them be revealed man , this can be a hope if only Meeharaka Raja would be kept away. We all want to see him being caught by legal system of the island, then only, justice is done for those who respect it- the numbers are not few 62lacks among the vote eligibles.
0.9 Mio -the new eligible voters would see it that Raja should be sent to retirement with respect. That is it, THEY want new leadership to take over for the sake of the future of youth in this country.
Native Vedda / July 13, 2015
“So why bother protecting him CT?”
So that many people in this island can be educated by exposing the corrupt and putting across alternative view points, encouraging discussion and retaining a free healthy media, a small space for those want democracy.
At least for a short period of time CT has to protect him, actually its in CT’s interest.
Lanka Watch / July 14, 2015
Lasantha – Who else do you think could fit in the position of PM.Do you
prefer some one among the corrupt,arm twisters and political thugs to
become the PM. If Ranil is not popular, you as a citizen wanting to have good governance, freedom of speech and harmony among the people
of all races and religions,should make him popular as we have no other
choice. He is blunt no doubt but a sincere man. Can our poor country
afford to lose billions of dollars in siphoning out of the country by
corrupt politicians. Wake up man.!
Vibhushana / July 13, 2015
I think the reason he held onto SLFP chairmanship is to prevent Rajapakse from taking control again. He hasn’t fully succeeded. Although he still holds the trump card because its him who appoints the PM.
Even in the military once an officer rises above a certain rank he is no longer obligated to his regiment. He must then serve the entire army without prejudice.
Similarly, the Head of State no longer belongs to the party he once belonged. He is now an overseer that must remain apolitical.
He should divest of himself all interests in SLFP and hand it over to someone else until he ends the current role. Meddling in SLFP is micro-managing that in not in keeping with his current position.
K.A Sumanasekera / July 13, 2015
The latest news is that the President is about to resign from the SLFP….
Will he join the UNP, sorry UNF to help Ranatunga, Rajitha and Champaka?…
Ansar / July 13, 2015
He will join the TSUNAMI HORA,MURDERER,PLUNDERER AND THE BUNCH OF ROGUES TO PLUNDER THE NATION FROM WHERE THEY STOPPED, NOT TO MENTION ABREW, THE RAPIST CHIEF JUSTICE.
That sounds better, isn’t it TSUNAME. WHAT ARE YOU ANYWAY?
Paul / July 13, 2015
Ranil may end up being the leader who lost the war but won the peace. As much as I find fault with him for his weaknesses, he is the last hope of a broken nation.
Leelawathie / July 13, 2015
Mr Most Abusive Rajapakse ?
Jagath Fernando / July 13, 2015
Ranil may be intelligent.
He needs to get rid of some of the stooges close to him some even holding cabinet rank.
Supun Jayawardhane / July 13, 2015
I think young politicians in the UNP will not allow any wrong doings.
Having watched last week Satana telecasted by Sirasa, I felt, whether they are supportive to the Rajanos.
They did not allow any of the names to be added by Ranjan – as if Raja did nothing – people just slang mud on him for nothing ???????????????????????…
HOw can a smoke be there without a fire ? Are these all blind or memory losers ?
Rohan Polwatte / July 13, 2015
Gammanpila says Ranawaka eating his own words
GAMMANPILA WILL BE EATING ITS OWN SHIT SOON!
Sellam / July 13, 2015
What has he done under the 100 day pledges. He has visited few countries. He has done nothing. He is being squeezed by his followers on both sides and he is a weakling, not fit to be a president. There is not single human soul in Sri Lanka to fit in that post. That post should have been completely abolished. Then again who is going to be the Prime Minister? Politics has gone to dogs both in the South and in the North and East. Future generation is being modelled in that fashion.
GOOD NIGHT / July 13, 2015
If MR becomes an MP (he will), he will be elected as the leader of the SLFP & UPFA Parliamentarians, Then, it is a matter of the SLFP Central Committee deciding to appoint him as the President of S.L.F.P. MS can not challenge it, as he was not elected as President of S.L., as a candidate of S.L.F.P. / UPFA. Then, MR will be the leader of UPFA, by defualt. If the UPFA gets the second highest no. of Seats, he will be the Leader of the Opposition, too.(which may be unlikely if JVP & TULF joins together & put forward their candidate). Even if MR does not be the Leader of the Opposition, he will be the Leader of UPFA.
If MS holds on to the post of President of SLFP / UPFA, he will be thrown – out of SLFP, with humiliation. SLFPERS too will rejoice saying, this is the sweet revenge for betraying their Party at the Presidential Election.
People who voted for MS will say that, it is dittadamma vedaneeya karma for MS, for destroying the only hope the people, specially the Youth of the Nation, created by themselves, with many sacrifices.
MS forgot that, what is popular is not always right & to stand for what is right at any cost, which people did. He failed to think as the President of the Country, for which he should never be excused.
If MR used his absolute power for worst, people would have never gone against a man who used some of those absolute power for good of the Nation.
If he is a matured politician & a leader, with some brains & back born to stand against MR & his Mafia, as soon as he was appointed as the President of SLFP, he should have asked the officials & Members of the Central Committee to resign. Then, he should have appointed Members who are favorable to him, specially for the Post Of Secretary. Then, dissolve the UPFA & form a new UPFA with a Secretary favorable to him. This would have given him the control of SLFP & UPFA. What a weak man to be the President of a Country. Now, he can preach all excuses, thinking the people are bloody fools, but the result is the biggest insult to humanity.
How can this MS eradicate Drugs, which is an international Mafia, with such weakness, when MS could not even face the MR & Mafia, with the right strategy. It is just a propaganda to cover-up his defeat in the hands of MR & Mafia.
The result will be creating RW Mafia & MS will be just a spectator, saying : Yes, Sir.
We, the poor & average People of S.L., will be the sufferers for ever. The youth of this Country will never believe that, the Ballet could bring them change.
What a betrayal !!!!!!!
Rohan Polwatte / July 14, 2015
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Analyst / July 14, 2015
HE CANNOT BE TRUSTED ANYMORE. ONCE A TRAITOR ALWAYS A TRAITOR.
REMEMBER THE HIDDEN FILE KEPT BY MR.? HE SAID BEFORE THE LAST ELECTION. THE REAL CULPRIT IS SAFELY SAVED BUT MS IS LIKE A PUPPET ON A STRING.
Rohan Polwatte / July 14, 2015
Its time for [Edited out]village idiot to come to public and explain what is going on.
Rohan Polwatte / July 14, 2015
Now we suspect that you did something wrong and mahinda rajavassas are sabotaging you!
Galle Ruwan / August 2, 2015
MR has no shame. He is contesting only for his son’s future and henchmen’s future. Don’t be silly you blind. Galle Ruwan