By Helasingha Bandara –
The majority of the Sri Lankans has contributed to the defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR), laying the faith on Maithripala Sirisena to usher a revolutionary change in political, social and economic cultures of Sri Lanka. The conspiracy theory of Mahinda Rajapaksa is a ludicrous explanation of his defeat. He dug his own grave by choosing the wrong path of rule while in power, choosing to appease his greed, choosing to adhere to wrong political maneuvers, choosing the wrong people to save him and choosing the wrong time being duped by an astrologer. The truth is that the public desired a change from corrupt governance to good governance, end of story. Among many expectations, restoration of democracy, elimination of corruption, prosecution of murderers, criminals, plunderers, drug dealers and enforcement of law and order that would result in a social, economic and political transformation were hoped to take priority. The re-emergence of Rajapaksa or for that matter, anyone else would be immaterial as long as the new regime headed by the new President implement what they have promised people, without fear or hesitation. The promise that Rajapakshas are to be protected should only be limited to their political activities in relation to the war. They should be treated as any other ordinary citizen when it comes to other crimes. No positive discrimination will be tolerated by the people who wanted a change in which every citizen is expected to be treated equally in both positive and negative actions. Delaying of actions against crooks, fraudsters, murderers, criminals, rapists, cheaters, deceivers, liars, thieves and so on for any reason is committing Hara- Kiri. We the contributors to the change, which once was thought impossible, will consider that our efforts are betrayed if the regime does not take the right path towards that most fancied change, irrespective of political consequences. Maithri has said that he would not contest again. Therefore he has nothing to lose by doing the right thing.
Who is Mahinda?
Since the end of the war, Mahinda’s limited intelligence had no scope to see beyond accumulating personal wealth, enhancing family fortunes, assisting the family and friends, establishing power and basking in luxury. In this process he has contravened all civilized traditions, norms and morays plunging the country into a dark abyss. Apart from his contribution to the cessation of war there was very little that Rajapaksa regime can be proud of. He and his cronies have pulled this country towards hell by stealing people’s wealth, abusing power, introducing crime and nefarious activities etc that resulted in making the country the most undesirable place to live in for the ordinary citizen. Mahinda is clever in his political maneuvering. This does not mean that he was intelligent to choose his actions with a foresight. He has not understood how he lost power that he intended to secure for himself or for his family forever. He is still bent on telling the same lies through the very same people who caused his defeat. Nugegoda and the four cronies is the best example.
If Dayan Jayatilleka (DJ) contests an election independent of an established political party in any constituency of the country, it would be a miracle if he gets more than 500 votes. Such is his political standing among the general masses of the country. They do not know him, this English educated, self proclaimed political pundit. Very small percentage of people in Sri Lanka who read English media knows or knows of him. Luckily they know him or know of him too well that they would not hesitate for one minute to reject him. We need people of his education and skill caliber. Yet do we need an undignified opportunist like Dayan to lead us. The manner in which the MR regime treated and discarded DJ was most unfair and humiliating. This writer was the first to draw public attention to the unfair treatment meted out to DJ by the previous regime. To our utter surprise DJ went back to MR seeking favours and went down even below the level of Mervin Silva. He firmly believed that the political cunning and the black money that MR possessed would take him through the last election and he together with Mahindapala sang hosannas for MR. Now he knows that there is no position, power or luxuries come his way. The only remaining hope is to resurrect MR and hang on to his tail to go to heaven. There is no doubt that this man does not have the poor masses of this country at his heart when he embarks on the Mahinda resurrection journey. Those who know him or know of him know this too well.
Wimal Weerawansa AKA Panikkayalage Wimalsena
I mentioned the alias as both he and his wife are alleged to have altered their birth certificates. Not knowing how many times and not knowing which one is his right name it is safer to use all the names that I have heard. A few years ago the media highlighted the mansion that he built at the cost of 70.5 million Rupees. People wandered how Wimalsena who originates from an underprivileged background managed to have amassed such wealth. I travelled to Sri Lanka after the elections. Some villagers who are considered uneducated by the so called urbanites told me that they were tempted to turn off their television sets when Wimalsena appeared and spoke. Such were his speeches without proper substance but with hatred, degrading personal slanders and absolute nonsense that are meant for the gullible masses, a large proportion of the population that still is. Although I have thought it is inappropriate to use the name Fool’s Paradise for Sri Lanka any more after how people voted at the recent elections, I cannot but hesitate to change my mind totally as there are plenty of fools who can be deceived by such opportunistic, undignified and debased people like Wimalsena. Nugegoda was the best example of the so called urban folly.
Vasu & Dinesh
Their total votes put together in an election, contesting from their own parties would not be sufficient to save even one’s deposit. People of the country have moved forward a lot that they recognize that those two have shed their goodness a longtime ago and they are engaged in MR worship for the lack of confidence in their own goodness, skills, experience, self and self esteem. They want an MR resurrection to consolidate their own positions not the wellbeing of their fellow countrymen.
The President does not have to panic about their activities or agendas if he can act swiftly on what he promised. That will sort out most of the rogues. Now that the independence of the Judiciary is believed to be back on track, most of the fraudsters will have no legal ability to contest in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, once they are convicted of their crimes.