By Helasingha Bandara –
I was reluctant to put pen on paper until I was certain that Maithripala has dug his own grave. I hesitated to comment as the nomination saga kept confusing everyone. It may be more or less clear now that Sirisena has given in perhaps not knowing what is to come.
First, this is not simply a betrayal of millions who looked forward for a peaceful, lawful and resourceful Lanka when they ousted the dictator a few months ago, but a total annihilation of the wishes of the majority of people to have good governance that can stop mass scale stealing of public funds that can be re-channeled for the public good. Rampant corruption amongst the politicians and the state officials is the decisive factor that keeps Sri Lanka under-developed and its people struggling to make the ends meet. All sufferers wanted this to stop. Their wishful thoughts now have been shattered by a gutless leader that they chose.
Led by Mhinda Rajapaksa, all sorts of bad elements are coming into rule us again. The best example is Johnston Fernando. Those who opposed MR at the previous election in the Kurunegala district wanted Jonny to be erased from the political landscape. Sadly an uneducated, unethical and uncultured goon like Jonny is going to be nominated from a party that we all expected to be cleansed with the arrival of Sirisena.
It was reported that MS has agreed to give conditional nomination to MR. It now is clear that MR was the one who imposed conditions upon MS. He was about to pull out if Prasanna Ranathunga and some of his cronies were not given nominations. Dashing all our hopes little Sirisena has succumbed to MR conditions it seems.
Over six million people who voted MS in and thousands of people who worked hard to make that happen at the risk of everything including their lives can now be laughed at by people like Weerawansa consequential to Sirisena’s cowardice.
It is reported that MS will not accept MR as the Prime Ministerial candidate. Irrespective of what he does or does not, Mahinda will be the Prime Minister if the UPFA secures the majority in the parliament. MS has not realized that MR will be the Prime Minister and he will have a vociferous clique around him who would relegate MS into oblivion and then resign.
Should we be despondent by the cowardice of one man that we believed to have a spine? He has only one vote. We are millions. We can take our destiny into our own hands. So, look to vote for the progressive people as individuals on their merits because there are no signs of a united front of even relatively better people emerging.
I want to vote for a person who has had no hand in stealing public money, in taking bribes from the public, in drug trafficking, in human trafficking, in abusing position and power, in criminality. I want to vote for a person who is well educated, well principled, and gutsy and straight talking irrespective of the political consequences like
Mudiyanse Tennakoon, honest and dignified like U.B Wanninayaka. I see no one in the Kurunegala district fits that bill for me to vote. It is a shame that the Sath Korale that produced kings and commanders of the caliber of Tennakoon Rala of the Rajasingha era does produce only wimps, goons and worthless men. I will abstain from voting. I truly will.