Be careful of Pitfalls
By Bandara (Ceylon Today)
Former President of America Ronald Reagan has stated that a race is destroyed through racism. The Ministers and Members of Parliament of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, knowingly or unknowingly have been caught up in a serious conspiracy of the racist, powerful, extremist and corrupt force in our country where political traps of death which take on various types of disguises are set up.
They strongly tell the people that the System of Executive Presidency should not be abolished and that it should continue.
Accordingly they say that Maithripala Sirisena, the present President should be the candidate for the Presidential Election in the year 2020. Another request in this deception is that the country does not need a new Constitution. They also say that a referendum is essential to get the new Constitution adopted.
They say further that President Maithripala Sirisena should be prepared for all of that. They place a beautiful bunch of paper flowers in an attractive vase, in the President’s hand on behalf of that. That is, that the proposal for him to become the Presidential Candidate in 2020 is a proposal from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. In their opinion, as Maithripala Sirisena is the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, he should bow his head and accept the decision taken by the party.
It is wonderful…magnificient…superb!
The scheme which is being prepared to feed poison to the political life of President Maithripala Sirisena is valuable. They have set up the trap quite well. It is a bag-net set up for the legitimacy of an experienced politician named Maithripala Sirisena taking into consideration the time frame.
(This cartoon was added by TW from Daily FT)
Maithripala Sirisena left the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in the month of November 2014 and stepped out. At the unveiling of the Buddha Statue at Abhayarama temple, he explained the reason for his stepping out in that manner. In short it was because he was against the lawlessness, pressure on the people, the dictatorship and being traitorous towards the public which the Rajapaksa administration engaged in. Maithripala Sirisena who walked out in November 2014, was rescued from the horror and fear he was being squeezed up in, and on 8 January 2015, became the leader of the people of this country. He gained victory through a legitimate election.
Maithripala Sirisena who was the common candidate in that election campaign, with great sensitivity gave many indispensable promises. He declared that when he came into power, he will abolish the System of Executive Presidency. He said he will never contest again at a Presidential Election. He also said that he will make a new Constitution and raise the standard of democracy in the country, and will dedicate himself to those tasks.
Today, the majority who is around President Maithripala Sirisena were in the election campaign dedicated towards the victory of Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was the candidate of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
However, the United National Party members who appreciated the noble promises and sayings of the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena, due to the conscious mission carried out by them, the Tamil and Muslim citizens, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and civil organization activists, the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena was able to take possession of the opinion of 6.2 million people.
On the occasion of the funeral of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera who committed himself to achieving this mandate, the President recalled the promise he gave to the people and confirmed it in the presence of the remains of Sobhitha Thera that the expectation of the thera to abolish the Executive Presidenial System will be fulfilled.
The clear stance of President Maithri in this matter was very obvious. The so-called, artless, power hungry clique who sends President Maithripala Sirisena who holds such a point of view to the political guillotine by its proposal, says that, he should turn his back on the mandate given on 8 January and that he should not fulfil the supreme expectation of the people.
Those who did not contribute towards the massive people’s upheaval of this country, in chasing out the dictatorship on 8 January, those who attempted to get terror, corruption and lawlessness to rule with more power than ever before, the Ministers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party have no ethical right at all to force the President to go against the opinion of the people and their expectations. From where did these scheming strategists acquire the right to put a full stop to the expectations of 6.2 million people?
Mahinda Rajapaksa handed over the Party Chairmanship on a platter to the former General Secretary of the Party Maithripala Sirisena, who left the party, became the common candidate and defeated him. The very next week, after handing it over, political campaigns were built up against Maithripala Sirisena being the leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Today it has arrived at such a powerful position so as to split the party.
The dead rope that President Maithripala Sirisena should once again be the Presidential candidate was to be given to S. B. Dissanayake by these individuals. If a noose was made from this dilapidated rope and if an attempt is made to commit suicide in political life, the rope will collapse and the spine will break.
This wretched effort by these individuals is to try and break the political spine of President Maithri. When these ministers escort Maithripala Sirisena to the Presidential Stage in 2020, what will the Candidate Sirisena have to tell the people?
“I did not bring a new Constitution as promised. I did not abolish the System of Executive Presidency as promised. Even though I talked about co-existence, I did not create co-existence. I lied to you all then.”
Will candidate Maithripala Sirisena have to say these things in the presence of the people?
Then he will not receive the votes of the people who believed in the Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena then in 2015.
Then the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Presidential Candidate will be defeated in 2020.
“Do not abolish the System of Executive Presidency.”
“We do not want a new Constitution.”
“The Presidential Candidate in 2020 will be the Chairman of our Party Maithripala Sirisena, the present President.”
“Even if he likes it or not he should bow his head to the decision of the party.”
Such useless stories and dead ropes are being given to break up President Maithri’s political life. As a result, this mature politician who came forward fearlessly to end the dark era of this country and create democracy, justice, equality and co-existence and someone who has a very pleasing political vision and brought about new political reconciliation will be dragged into the drain.
This is a conspiracy that is being put into operation by the Rajapaksa regime phantoms that still make ghostly appearances within the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. It is a massive conspiracy that was created by the powers of Rajapaksa, through scheming strategies, the wealth that was earned and those with the ability of getting the people to join them using craftiness, sat together and conjured up.
Maithripala Sirisena should be careful not to get caught in this opportunistic political cunning. The death trap of the strategy of bringing in President Maithripala Sirisena, who did not fulfil promises, broke the trust of the people, as the Sri Lanka Freedom Party candidate and getting him defeated is the objective. Then the deceitful power hungry collective will bring to the stage a Rajapaksa from the Joint Opposition and this is what is behind the uncivil proposal of making President Sirisena the Presidential Candidate in 2020.
Without abolishing the System of the Executive Presidency and bringing a new Constitution for the country, President Maithri has no future in politics. Recently the President said, “There were fraud, corruption and theft in the extreme. We came out of the wrong administration. I am not ready to establish such an administration again. I have to make that clear. Therefore, if they are thieves everyone becomes thieves. It is not a problem to me whether they are former persons or those in power now.”
We should applaud that statement of President Maithri. We should confirm the trust people put in the President. Without that, there is no possibility of being without fulfilling the promises given to the people.
Therefore, President Maithri should find a method of saving once again the leadership of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party from power hungry, scheming strategies and to fulfil the main political expectation of the Rainbow Revolution on 8 January and to fulfil the expectations of the people. That is something that the President with far-sighted political knowledge should understand.
Without that, what should not happen is committing suicide using the dilapidated dead ropes of the crafty gang. The howling political slaves who are trying to decide the political fate of President Maithri and attempting to destroy the legitimacy should be identified immediately.
“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth” – Abraham Lincoln.
This is a government elected by the people. It is a government that is being made victorious by the people. It should not get caught in the vice of the defeated. It must be remembered that weak corrupt people are like snakes hiding in the grass.