By W. Vishnu Gupta –
In March of this year I stated the following in Part -1 of this article.
“Sri Lankan voters have failed to elect a visionary or a pragmatic leader since the death of Hon. D.S.Senanayake. The voters keep on voting for the same self centered, condescending, corrupt individuals and their family members responsible for failed governments and making us a miserable lot on earth.
Our nation is headed in the wrong direction. The central promise of 2015 elections; -uprooting the country’s deeply corrupt, oligarch-controlled political system –remains unfulfilled. Heavily tainted 19th amendment to the constitution, Erosion of confidence in government institutions plus the financial markets and the Power struggle between oligarchs exemplifies the backsliding.
Yet the old guard representing crony capitalism and crony socialism hopes that voters will be naïve and opt for “experience” once more in 2020. If they succeed, what a travesty; no future generation will forgive us for not doing enough to select “Few Good Men”. 2020 is the most opportune time for “Revolution of Dignity” guided by our religious convictions and to prove plutocrats and oligarchs lead by hedonism are wrong.”
It is heartening to note that a few good men are trickling down to challenge oligarchy leaders holding onto power and trampling our birth rights. What oligarchs have in store or thrown on to the stage so far is no different from what people have encountered during last 71 years of failed governments. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Sajith Premadasa or may be Ranil Wickremesinghe or Karu Jayasuriya. All these fellows are responsible for misery, hopelessness and poverty that exist in the country today. Anura Kumara Dissanayake of JVP a prima donna in the Sri Lankan parliament alleged to have authorized the JVP national list of prospective MP’s that included Ibrahim linked to Easter Sunday Carnage. JVP MPs are also party to luxury vehicle scandal that robbed billons from the national coffers. The above shameless lot and their families are alleged to have stolen from the treasury of the people or “The Begging Bowl of Lord Buddha”. They have started nationwide media circuses with the help of party thugs and goons transported to regional big cities from various parts of the country for the customary political games utilizing ill-gotten wealth to hoodwink and swindle the nation again in 2020. If it is not ill-gotten wealth, voters must have at least common sense to question, how an unemployed person like Gotabaya will be able to throw a lavish private dinner party to political goons and thugs at “Shagri- La Hotel” on 22d August 2019. Moreover,the voters should understand Rajapaksas did not have any wealth or any noticeable asset in the family prior to Mahinda Rajapaksa getting into the parliament of Sri Lanka. The same goes with others, only difference is Anura keeps his booty in the JVP coffers.
Campaign to Evict 225 Plus 1
As a good start to win the Presidential election a few good men/women should launch the election campaign to get rid of 225 members of the parliament and current President of Sri Lanka. 225+1 should never be able to appear in our political system to hoodwink the masses again with deceits, intimidation, bribes, false promises, ethnic divisions or unnoticed election rigging techniques. The country and the people deserve a forthright, upright and pragmatic leader to rescue citizens from oligarchs responsible for 71 years of injustices and grand larceny including selling our future to highest bidders from overseas. They and their cohorts and goons collectively responsible for 71 years of darkest period of our nation’s history
Electing a new President will not satisfy the people until all 225 MPs are evicted and sent on an indefinite holiday. The time has come for a few good chosen men to just do that.
Glimmer of Hope
It was reported that like-minded few good men have assembled at the CIDA Auditorium in Colombo on August 22nd 2019. They were led by Attorney at Law Nagananda Kodituwakku and businessman Rohan Pallewatte furthermore according to Republic Next it was reported;
“Alternative” presidential hopefuls Nagananda Kodituwakku and Rohan Pallewatta joined hands yesterday, vowing to defeat the mainstream political parties that have ruled the country since Independence at the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections. Their decision to work together was revealed at the official launch of a new political alliance titled the Abiman Lanka Peramuna (ALP) held in Colombo yesterday.”
It seems after nearly two years of tireless “One Man Battle”, Naganada has finally found a solid launching pad or beach-head for his campaign to dislodge our nation from the clutches of 225 + 1 oligarchy members and self centered followers of Machiavellian principles. The new political entity ALP and its leaders have given us a glimmer of hope. Therefore it is necessary; their message is understood by every household in the country irrespective of class, creed and ethnicity. There won’t be another chance to stop backsliding, destruction of democracy, growing distrust between different ethnic groups and denial of our birth rights. 2020 is a very decisive year for all Sri Lankans. Present political leaders and their cohorts must be told “Enough is enough” and shown the exit with one full sweep in the forthcoming presidential election.