Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe‘s Twitter account, which remained highly active during the 51-day political turmoil, has now returned to its usual dormancy.
Wickremesinghe upped his social media game during the political crisis and used Twitter as an effective tool to drive home his political messages. Many believed that the political crisis would result in a marked shift in Wickremesinghe’s otherwise lethargic social media behavior.
However, Wickremesinghe’s Twitter account has been inactive since December 25. The last tweet posted by the Prime Minister refers to the flood situation in ten Killinochchi area and the measures taken by the government to support the flood victims in the North.
When contacted by Colombo Telegraph, a spokesman from the Prime Minister’s Office said they were unaware as to who is in charge of the Prime Minister’s Twitter account. However, it is learnt that the account has been put under UNP national list Parliamentarian Ashu Marasinghe’s supervision.
Meanwhile, the official website of the UNP is also not accessible to the public. Party sources said the website has been inactive for at least two years. Before the last Presidential election, the website was supervised by UNP Colombo District Manager and Working Committee member Lasantha Gunawardena. After the election, however, the operation of the official website has been taken away from Gunawardena.
Although Colombo Telegraph spoke to several UNP Parliamentarians to find out who had control over the party’s website, they said they were completely unaware of it.