The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) expressed disappointment at the manner in which senior partners of the coalition it is a member of has responded to the results of the recently concluded local government elections. The party also warned that if serious steps are not taken to rectify the errors that in part led to the disappointing election result, the JHU would come out with its own action plan to put things back on track shortly.
The JHU stated that it was necessary and expected that radical structural changes be effected following the defeat and observed that nothing of the sort had happened so far.
The reference clearly was the the political shadow-boxing between the major partners of the National Government (UNP and SLFP) which had contested separately, with each trying to go solo and form a new government. It was also a clear allusion to the cabinet reshuffle that was much talked about but didn’t really materialize with the ministers belonging to the SLFP-led coalition (UPFA) retaining their portfolios as did the vast majority of the UNP ministers. The changes that were effected are widely seen as cosmetic.
President Maithripala Sirisena, while stating that a reshuffle of portfolios currently held by UPFA members would take place within the next two weeks, has hinted that he may move around the institutions under the various ministerial subjects. He has also asked for one month to sort out the current uncertainty in the government.