Ranil Wickramasinghe has no right to continue as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, he should resign from his Office immediately.
Posted on November 5th, 2016
Ranil Wickramasinghe should resign as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. It is not only because of the COPE report, and his deceitful action of trying to cover up a thief, but also for various irregularities of his very appointment as the Prime Minister and his failure to live up to the standard of a Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
Prime Ministers in democratic countries have resigned for less damaging reasons. David Cameron of UK resigned because the people decided the country should withdraw from the EU. In the case of Ranil Wickramasinghe the Office was offered to him as a gift of gratitude, by a man-Maithripala Sirisena who would have never been appointed by the people as a President of Sri Lanka under normal circumstances. He was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in January,2015 unconstitutionally, when there was already an elected Prime Minister and a Government.
The people had rejected him as a political leader capable of leading the country in 29 elections. When he was the Prime Minister in 2004 he signed the most traitorous, and a politically disastrous Cease Fire Agreement with the terrorist leader Prabhakara without consulting either the President or the Parliament of Sri Lanka. That agreement resulted, in 100 nay thousands of lives. It was signed at the demand of a Norwegian of a doubtful honesty, as Ranil Wickramasinha is an inveterate champion, and a poor imitator of white man’s culture. He will stop at nothing to receive the applause of the West.
What he seeks in politics is to gain personal social prestige, and the accompanying priviledge of moving with his western and Indian political heroes. Ranil Wickramasinghe is a stranger to Sri Lanka’s uniqueness which is its Buddhist culture. Hence it is nothing for him to sacrifice all that is Sinhala to reconcile with the Tamils and the Muslims which will win him the accolade of the West as another just and a fair democratic leader among Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore , or South African Nelson Mandela.
Ranil Wickramasinghe is not only a Lee Kuan Yew fan, but also a great lover of Singapore. He takes Singapore as the model to develop Sri Lanka. He recommends to his friends, cabinet Ministers, and even Monks who help him in his political ambition hospitals in Singapore to be taken care of their health. One such monk even died under mysterious circumstances.
Ranil Wickramasinghe’s best friend Arjun Mahendran is from Singapore . He made him the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
Already the political leaders or their representative from USA, Europe and other countries in the West are in and out of Sri Lanka as it is their second home. They come to teach Sri Lanka about democracy, how to live with the minorities and make Sri Lanka a secular country not to affect the spiritual sensibility of the minorities, and to tell Sri Lanka Government to write a new Constitution.
Ranil Wickramasinghe the Prime Minister detests all those who represent Sinhala Culture beginning from the former President Mahinda Rajapakse. He would like to imprison him and all who follows him to put an end to Sri Lanka’s claim of uniqueness because of its Buddhist Culture. The nominally Sinhala Buddhist English educated Colombians- those from schools like the Royal, Trinity, follow Ranil Wickramasinghe calling him a clean “man”. In reality he is the most unclean “ clean man”.
The English educated Colombians have little in common with the former President Mahinda Rajapakse. There are those who comment to say they have first hand information to dislike the former President. But despite the abusers, those harbouring personal grudges having failed to have obtained any personal benefits, Mahinda Rajapakse remains a true Sinhala Buddhist, who belongs to the core (souche) of Sinhala Buddhist culture –the ordinary mass of people. He has contribute to his mother land no Prime Minister or President before or after him was able to contribute.
Ruling a country is difficult more so when the ruler loves the country and its culture and wants to protect it and develop Sri Lanka in keeping it within its Cultural singularity, facing the challenges coming from the enemies of that culture, and those who know nothing of it but desire Sri Lanka go the way the rich and powerful would like it to go.
But Ranil Wickramasinghe the Prime Minister with his loyalty to the West has no compunction to take Sri Lanka the way the west wants it to be taken, outside its cultural orbit to please the minorities, to remove military camps from the north, take the Army personal before an international court for war crimes committed during the elimination of terrorism. He wants to sign trade agreements with India which will subjugate Sri Lanka’s independence and sovereignty to India.
Since Ranil Wickramasinghe became the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, he has not done much to develop the country and secure the hard earned peace after thirty years of war, nor has he taken viable steps to ameliorate the living conditions of the ordinary people of Sri Lanka. There is no doubt that the people were better off under the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse
It is only the English speaking middle class Colombians who speak of a difference in democracy, media freedom, and order and respect to law since the coming into power of the Yahapalanaya Government. But the greater majority of the common people outside Colombo wants a return of the former President Mahinda Rajapakse.
Ranil Wickramasinghe has organised his own secret police the FCID, and the judges are ready to accede to the findings of the Prime Minister’s FCID, Commission of Bribery and Corruption to please the Yahapalanaya Government. Ranil Wickramasinghe as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka has failed to earn the confidence of the people, who have begun to speak openly of his inability to continue as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
The worst ever Bond Scam since Sri Lanka became independent came under Ranil Wickramasinghe’s Premiership. It is the worst fraud committed against the people of Sri Lanka. The COPE investigated into the Bond Scam and presented its findings to the Parliament. It has found the Prime Minister’s best friend, the Governor of the Central Bank Arjun Mahendran has played the central role in the Bond Scam making him accountable for the massive loss of over Rs.11 billion in the sale of Treasury Bonds.
The COPE has not named the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe as directly involved in the theft, though it has been said that Arjun Mahendran had declared that he acted under instruction from the Prime Minister. But even if the COPE report has not mentioned the Prime Minister’s involvement in the Bond Scam, his responsibility and his being a party in the fraud in the sale of Central Bank Treasury Bonds become evident in examining the matters leading to the Bond Scam.
These facts alone make him a party to the Bond Scam which is reason enough under democratic tradition for him to tender his resignation, before he is removed from the Office by the President.
If the President Maithripala Sirisena fails in his duty to request the Prime Minister to resign, he himself become directly responsible in the Central Bank Treasury Bond Scam.
This is a serious matter which can be treated lightly by referring to frauds committed by the Previous Government of the former President Mahinda Rajapakse. These are two separate Governments and each has to be responsible for each one’s wrongs without any reference to the other to make light of the present offence with regard to the Bond Scam.
Even if it is granted that there had been “ financial irregularities” during the former government of the President Mahinda Rajapakse, the Bond Fraud is far greater, and the worst is that the loss continues for 30 years.
What are the factors leading to the Central Bank Treasury Bond Scam, which make the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe directly or indirectly responsible for the fraudulent means used in the sale of Treasury Bonds-the Treasury Bond Scam ?
The Treasury Bond Scam seems to have been pre-planned. At the Presidential election of 8 January,2015 Maithripala Sirisena was elected President. Immediately after his swearing in as the President on 8 January,2015, he swore in Ranil Wickramasighe as the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister took over the Central Bank under his Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs.
On the 15 January,2015 Mr.Arjuna Mahendran a citizen of Singapore was appointed as the Governor of the Central Bank. In February, 2015 treasury bonds worth one Million rupees was put on sale by the Central Bank.
Immediately after the fraud with regard to the sale of treasury bonds was reported, the Prime Minster appointed a committee of three lawyers to investigate into the fraud and report on the involvement of the Governor of the Central Bank.
The Committee reported that there was no direct involvement of the Governor of the Central Bank in the Bond Scam. In the meantime the term of office of the Governor of Central Bank was coming to an end.
The President wanted the Prime Minister to terminate the Service of Arjuna Mahendran from the Central Bank. The Prime Minister pointed out that Arjuna Mahendran was not found guilty in the Bond Scam by the Committee he appointed to incestigate the Bond Scam.
Nevertheless the President appointed Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy as the Governor of Central Bank.
For some reason the Prime Minister still refused to send away Arjuna Mahendran. Instead of sending before an instigation committee for the alleged irregularities, the Prime Minister took him away from the Banka and appointed Arjuna Mahendra as a Financial advisor to the Prime Minister in the Ministry under him.
The Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe had been sending his FCID to arrest and question the Family members including the former first lady- the wife of the former President Mahinda Rajapakse, Ministers of his Cabinet and every one connected to him and worked with him in his government.
Most of these persons had been arrested, some put in remand jail without allowing bail, for offences which are “peanuts” compared to the Bond Scam in which the Prime Minister is directly involved when examining closely the matters leading to the COPE Report.
The questions that should be asked from the Prime Minister are:
Why did he take over the Central Bank under his Ministry, when traditionally it should be kept under the Minister of Finance ?
Why did he appoint Arjuna Mahendran as the Governor of the Central Bank knowing that he is a Citizen of Singapore ?
Why did he appoint three lawyers who are working for him at Sirikotha to a Committee to investigate the involvement of Arjuna Mahendran in the Bond Scam, knowing that they were not independent ?
Why did he not terminate the Services of Arjuna Mahinda when the President demanded him to do so ?
Why did he appoint Arjuna Mahendran as his Financial Advisor along side Paskaralingam, without sending him before a court of law for investigation as to his involvement in the Bond Scam ?
Why did the Prime Minister repeatedly defend Arjuna Mahendran knowing that he was in some way involved in the Bond Scam ?
Has he made inquiries as to how the Perpetual Treasuries had disposed of the gains from the Bond Scam ?
Has any part of the monies involved in the Bond Scam find its way into the coffers of UNP ?
The fact that the Central Bank came directly under his Ministry makes the Prime Minister directly responsible for the Bond Scam. The Prime Minster Ranil Wickramasinghe has completely lost the confidence of the people of Sri Lanka , therefore he has no moral right to continue as the Prime Miister of Sri Lanka. He should resign forthwith from his Office as Prime Minister.