IF PRESIDENT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE DID NOT ENTER THE ELECTION, RANIL WOULD HAVE WON BY LANDSLIDE!
Posted on August 9th, 2015

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

The President Sirisena, Self-appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and redundant Chandrika Bandaranaike did every political manoeuvring to prevent President Mahinda Rajapakse entering the General Election of Sri Lanka.   The harsh reality is that if MR did not enter the contest, it was a foregone conclusion that Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe would have roped home with almost 70% or more  of the seats in the 225 seats Parliament.

The trio never expected MR  to enter the fight, assuming the resurgence of public support for MR will diminish with the passage of time.   The illegal government headed by Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe wanted to buy time till next year, so that many allegations MR government could be brought before the Judiciary, via FCID.

RW STRATEGIES  BACK-FIRED BY MR’S INTELLIGENCE:

(a)  The original draft of the  19 Amendment to the Constitution had several clauses, empowering the  Prime Minister to take control of the state of affairs and reduce the level of President to an almost a ceremonial role.  The briefless Barrister Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe recruited a replica of Jayampathi Wickremasratne, to do the legal draftsman’s duties.    The MR camp had other strategies.  They made several amendments to reduce the powers included in the original draft, to prevent RW becoming a “dictator”.  Without  the support of the MR camp, the 19 amendment would not have secured the 2/3 rds majority of Parliament.

(b)  The MR camp was not in favour of 20th amendment.   With a General Election to be held in the near future, the existing system favours UPFA much more than the UNP.   Hence, several delaying tactics were adopted to prevent the passage of 20th amendment.

(c)  MR camp was more inclined to have the General Election, following a dissolution as early as possible.  RW insisted passage of 20 amendment before the Parliament is dissolved.  RW wanted to buy more time to firm up his authority.  RW’s blunder of appointing a Tamil Singapore citizen to head the Central Bank and the subsequent allegations that Arjun Mahendran squandered billions of state funds reached nervous headlines for the self-appointed Prime Minister.

(c) MR camp could have initiated action during March or April to bring a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister.  But it was not the correct timing. The Central Bank fiasco was the ideal scenario to justify a no-confidence vote against the Prime Minister.    MR camp knew that RW will lose the motion and therefore exercise the option of recommending the dissolution of the Parliament.   MR camp achieved its overall plan at a time RW was totally unprepared to face an election.

(d) Having had his “house of cards” tumbling down at an unexpected time, RW had to seek salvage from CBK.   Neither UPFA Secretary Mr Premajantha nor SLFP Secretary Priyadarsana Yapa did take part in any of the “bring back Mahinda” campaign pioneered by Messrs. Weerawansa, Gunawardene, Nanayakkara and Gammanpila.  After the dissolution of the Parliament, both secretaries publicly declared their allegiance to Mr Mahinda Rajapakse, which was a death blow to Chandrika and Ranil.

It appears very clearly that both Ranil and Chandrika are extremely angry and upset by the change of events within a short period of time. If MR did not enter the election, Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe would have won by a landslide,  as there was no other alternative political leader in the SLFP to take on RW.

The Prime Minister is fearing the publication of COPE report after the election and possible legal actions against him.   This will be the last opportunity for MR Ranil Wickremasinghe.   The UNP candidate from Hambantota will be eagerly waiting to take over the leadership of UNP.

2 Responses to “IF PRESIDENT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE DID NOT ENTER THE ELECTION, RANIL WOULD HAVE WON BY LANDSLIDE!”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    BE THOU FOREVER, MOTHER LANKA!

    By Ananda-USA

    Patriots Young,
    Patriots Old,
    Patriots Staunch and True,
    Rally around the Lion Flag,
    The Red, and the Gold, in Hue!

    To Your Mother Lanka Sing,
    Patriots Near and Far!
    Loudly Let the Echoes Ring,
    For All We Have, and Are!

    Esto Perpetua!
    Esto Perpetua!
    Esto Perpetua!
    The Red and Gold Lion Flag, Forever!

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    To the ALWAYS FAITHFUL Patriots,

    A Heartfelt Tribute in Gratitude!

    Semper Fidelis, Patriots of Lanka

    By Ananda-USA

    Our Motherland, resplendent Sri Lanka,
    Hallowed be thy name!
    Thy children flock today to vote,
    To preserve thy immortal flame!

    The Lion Flag flutters proudly aloft,
    To remind us this freedom’s day!
    Our duty to keep thee, safe and strong,
    As our forefathers did yesterday!

    A Mahinda Rajapaksa by deed and word,
    Strode forth boldly to eternal fame!
    To lead his people to a safer world,
    When all others retreated in shame!

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