The Lankaweb Weekly Editorial
Petty Differences Within The Ruling Coalition Needs Immediate Ironing Out!
The recent discontent between the SLFP and JVP which continues to simmer
over issues which the greater power within the UPFA coalition the SLFP
treats as petty, could have far reaching ramifications for the Sinhala
Nation should there be an unconditional pullout of the UPFA coalition
by the JVP whose charisma amongst the nation's voting populace has not
only grown but the more discerning amongst them(and there are many!)
realise that the JVP has indeed lent stabiliity to the coalition with
their no nonsense approach to policy, its attitude towards the
In short the JVP have proved themselves to be a boon to the Sri Lankan
political infrastructure and it would be a folly on the part of the
SLFP to trifle with them as it could pave the way for the hyenas of
the UNP and the LTTE waiting in the shadows for the slightest opportunity
to bounce back while licking their wounds of past oppression created
by this same UPFA coalition which has virtually scattered their objectives
and hold the reins of power as well as holding the impure objectives
of the UNP/ LTTE alliance at bay, undoubtedly feathers in the caps of
both the JVP and the SLFP.
The JVP for its part have every right towards their dissentments which are based on the patronising attitude of the SLFP towards accords and conditions once mutually agreed upon by both sides which the JVP see as being unfair and their importance to the coalition slighted and something which needs the greatest priority at this critical time towards addressing. The unity of the coalition is the key factor towards the stability of the rebuilding of the Nation after the Tsunami devastations where perhaps the future of the entire Nation and the direction it is headed in may be jeopardized in no minor perspective.
Notwithstanding the implications of disagreement between these two key factions which are indeed the hub and nerve centre of the current Sri Lankan Status Quo, the State Media appears to have somewhat inadvertently contributed towards aggravating the discontent shown by the JVP in that it has low profiled the JVP and shown very little importance towards their position within the coalition in the broadbased news reporting which has become painfully obvious nationally and that it has been all Madame President and her benevolence which she is well entitled nonetheless but with without the need to sweep the JVP under the carpet as their efforts towards maintaining the normal order of things within the nation too has a right to recognition albeit in the broader perspective of things, somewhat petty and the JVP anguish if containable would augur well towards National stability and unity!
This is no time for existential differences between the JVP and the SLFP to surface where the former support a rigid Marxist dogma and the latter perhaps in pursuance of the late SWRD Bandaranaike's middle path policies which are greatly altruistic towards the masses yet of a more liberal vein which sometimes tends to circumvent the rigorous disciplines of Marxism has initiated a coming together of heads and its consequences beginning to surface where a workable pragmatism towards the well being of the Nation seems to be of the essence and the differences related to the current coalition hiccups needing quick resolution.
The first conciliatory move towards appeasing the JVP discontent by the
SLFP has been initiated by the Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera who
has met with the JVP leaders at an all important meeting to which all
the heads of the state media institutions (print as well as electronic)
were summoned where the minister has implicitly conveyed to the JVP leaders
that there was no policy decision to blackout the JVP and that in future
full and fair publicity will be accorded to them. To all appearance the
extension of an olive branch of sorts by the SLFP which has indicated
to the JVP in no uncertain terms of their importance and the significant
role they play in the UPFA coalition which must surely leave the JVP with
a feeling of moral victory over an issue they have long thought to be
imperative towards the success of the coalition where they have constantly
complained of being sidelined.
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