SLFP:  LEAD BY WHOM AND FOR  WHOSE BENEFIT?  WHY CANNIBALISE SLFP?
Posted on February 11th, 2015

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

Structurally it appears that  the President Maithreepala Sirisena is the Leader of the SLFP, at least on paper.  But who is maneuvering the steering wheel of the SLFP? Is it President MS, Madam Chandrika, Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva or former President Mahinda Rajapakse?

So far the President MS  has failed to demonstrate that he is an Executive Presidential material.  He has already been sidelined and not articulating the basics of a leader.  He himself is unsure whether he is entitled to ” call the shots”.  He is a follower than a Leader.

The question is whether the Leader of the SLFP, President MS is dancing to the tune of Madam Chandrika, Prime Minister RW or former President Mahinda Rajapakse.  It is clear that Madam Chandrika is quite a happy person after taking revenge from the former President Mahinda Rajapkse. Everything else is now secondary to her.

In reality the Prime Minister  Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe is behaving like the Executive President  taking maximum advantage for the UNP from the destructive conflicts appearing in the SLFP.  The unlimited  “Ostensible Presidential Powers” exercised by the Prime Minister is benefitting the UNP,  Tamil and Muslim political parties.

The current Prime  Minister has not faced a vote of confidence on the floor of the House as required by the Constitution.  Yet he is threatening to dissolve the Parliament if the no confidence motion against the a Minister is succeeded.  It is clear that the Prime Minister has become the “de-facto” Executive President after silencing the President MS.

In essence, the SLFP is inadvertently empowering the UNP to remain in power and win the General Election.  Both the President MS and Madam Chandrika have got their tongues in cheek being unable to challenge the high handed acts of the behaviour of the Prime Minister Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe. The details of the electoral pact between MS. CBK and RW still  remain a mystery and not available in public domain.  Therefore, it is a reasonable presumption that the trio’s long term objective will be to empower the UNP at the expense of the SLFP.

Madam Chandrika’s father left UNP and formed SLFP . Later he formed Mahajana Eksath Peramua with Mr Philip Gunawardene, P H William De Silva with the support of respected Buddhist Monks such as Bambarande Siri Seevali Thero.    Should Madam Chandrika undo what her father pioneered?

Before it is too late, will Madam Chandrika  realize the foolishness of the current political marriage and embark on the journey to bring back the freedom to the people of Sri Lanka, particularly to the majority Sinhalese,  free from international intervention?

If the current trend continues, the outcome of a future general election likely to favour the UNP.   The way RW is behaving as an Executive President at the moment, is a clear indication of his future strategies if elected as the First Executive Prime Minister.   The UNP at present is tarnishing the image of the former government and it is regrettable that the SLFP will be guilty of cannibalisation.

The SLFP should embrace an action plan immediately to:

  • bring a no confidence motion against the current Prime Minister;
  • Delay changes to the Executive Presidential powers and changes to the Constitution until a  comprehensive debate and review is undertaken. Delaying the changes to the powers of the President will appease the President himself;
  • If the choice is to face the General Election with Mr Nimal Siripala de Silva as Prime Ministerial candidate, the probability of success will be low. If former President Mahinda Rajapakse is nominated as the Prime Ministerial candidate, with the current Opposition leader as Deputy PM, the value of “stock in trade ” of the SLFP will be enhanced, the political and economic stability for Sri Lanka will be continued.
  • If SLFP is determined to marginalise the former President Mahinda Rajapakse, the emergence of a third force cannot be avoided. In such a situation,  the SLFP will be forced to recognize the third force after the General Election to form at least a minority government.

2 Responses to “SLFP:  LEAD BY WHOM AND FOR  WHOSE BENEFIT?  WHY CANNIBALISE SLFP?”

  1. ranjit Says:

    I wish the Former President and the S.L.F.P read lankaweb daily to get some good advise and also will come to know how many patriots are there in this country who loves their Motherland dearly.

    Dissanayaka’s idea is good and I hope the S.L.F.P will recognize the importance of having Mahinda Rajapksa on their side as the Prime Ministerial candidate and face the next General elections. I do not think MY3 or CBK will like to take him back but for the sake of the country and for the future of S.L.F.P. the Opposition must do that. My3 is a puppet as I said before. Ranil is operating him with ease because he is the west’s favorite Tie Coat man. MY3 himself down graded his position of Presidency to show the people that he is an ordinary person same like them and not enjoying all the luxury a President use to have. Ranil is the real winner in this coup. He got his place by chance and now he enjoys it with his UNP thugs. Be united to send these Gobells home and have a free country to live in Peace.

  2. NAK Says:

    It is evident and understandable that My3,RW,CBK and Nimal Siripala are not interested in giving MR another go despite the grave danger it poses leaving the country at the mercy of these jackals.
    A third force seems to be the only option but it will greatly weaken left front and allow the limp horse win the race.

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