Maithripala Sirisena appears to be extremely perturbed by recent political developments and is consequently acting like one deranged, sources close to President Maithripala Sirisena told Colombo Telegraph.
In the face of increasing evidence of disapproval among the voters, Sirisena is said to have been disturbed to the point that he is quick to lose his temper even over relatively minor issues.
The unofficial presidential pollster, Malith Jayatilleka (MP), who also predicted that Mahinda Rajapaksa would lose the Presidential Election in January 2015, is said to have informed the president that if the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) contests alone it would end up fourth in the local government election. This view has been echoed by intelligence reports, Colombo Telegraph learns.
President Sirisena has accordingly been informed that outside the Northern and Eastern Provinces his faction of the SLFP would have to fight the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) for the third place.
The President’s anti-Wickremesinghe advisors are said to have urged him that the best option under the circumstances is to forge an alliance with Mahinda Rajapaksa.
It is widely held that Sirisena’s moves to postpone local government elections is to purchase time to forge such a deal.