BLACK SHEEP IN THE JOINT OPPOSITION
Posted on January 14th, 2016
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
Undoubtedly, Mr Vasudeva Nanayakkara is one of the odd men out of the current team of the Joint Opposition. It is surprising to note his continuance with the Joint Opposition, instead of joining the so called government of good governance. Mr Nanayakkara can most certainly occupy a posh key ministerial position with the government, with all perks.
Mr Nanayakkara tried twice before to become the President of Sri Lanka, in 1982 and 1999, receiving 0.26% and 0.28% of votes respectively. In 2015 general election, contesting with the UPFA of MR camp, he convincingly won the Ratnapura District, receiving 81000 votes and placed in the 4th position.
It is no secret Mr Nanayakkara fear the presence of Messrs Gotabhaya and Basil Rajapakse in the MR camp. Mr Nanayakkara’s policies towards Sinhala Language and Buddhism are well documented. His sentiments are towards a United Sri Lanka instead of Unitary Sri Lanka. He is fighting for the rights of Tamils, but not for the rights of Sinhalese or Buddhists. Mr Nanayakkara’s continuation in the Joint Opposition, in our view, is a serious draw back. At a critical moment these groups may rally against MR policies, which will increase the stocks of the government of good governance instantly.
During the period of Alutgama riots, the then Minister Mr Nanayakkara blamed Bodu Bala Sena as “setting fire to the country” (‘බොදු බල සේනා රට ගිණි තියනවා’. During the BBC interview, he questioned the President Rajapakse government, attacking it ” if this government is a government, why no action has been taken against organisations such as these”(“ආණ්ඩුව ආණ්ඩුවක් නම්” මෙවැනි සංවිධානයක් මේ ආකාරයට කටයුතු කරනු “නිකම් බලා සිටීමට” ආණ්ඩුවකට හැකිදැයි වාසුදේව නානායක්කාර ඇමතිවරයා ප්රශ්න කරයි.)These views of a Minister in the government against itself created doubts in the minds of Muslims. Massive campaign of rumours were spread trying to establish a connection between Mr Gotabaya Rajapakse and the extremist group of BBS. These are political snakes under the carpet, similar to Maithreepala Sirisena.
Both President Mahinda Rajapakse and Mr Gotabaya Rajapakse, together with Dinesh, Wimal, Udaya, Prasanna etc. have made it clear the war was against a group of terrorists in the Tamil community, winning the war was a major victory for innocent tamils. Mr Nanayakkara’s hatred attitude against sinhala buddhists, including buddhists monks deserve no place for him in the Joint Opposition.
Mr Nanayakkara should strongly consider joining the government of good governance. This will greatly help for the formation of clear cut policies on language, religion, unitary status by the Joint Opposition. It will not be possible to get rid of 13 Amendment to the existing constitution, or similar proposals in the new draft constitution, with the presence of members of parliament in Joint Opposition Group who are not committed to the basic rights of sinhalese and buddhists.