SLPP should become Sri Lanka’s leading political party.
Posted on April 22nd, 2018

By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA. 

Despite dismissal by some silly quisling politicians as a never winning and politically suicide effort the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) the nascent political party of Sri Lanka made a tremendous and historical victory in the February 10th local government elections beating all traditional political parties and becoming first in the majority of local government Institutions in the country.  Its victory was a surprise to many partisan political commentators to warn the neo-liberal reactionary UNP to take even undemocratic actions to suppress the forward march of the SLPP.  The Pohottuwa has been the choice of over 45% of the voters and another significant percentage who voted for groups aligned to SLPP in Maharaggama, Beruwela, Bandarawela etc.  Critics have pointed out that the political charisma of the former President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa was the sole ingredient for the SLPP’s success, although it was one major factor and other reasons included the growing hatred towards the inept government which burden them unceasingly. 

In the forthcoming weeks and months there could be various forms of discriminations and ill treatments to identified and leading SLPP supporters and hence the SLPP without remaining complacent with its success and popularity now itself launch a massive programme to protect its supporters, expand its voter base, establish party offices in every village and the towns, enlist new memberships on a modern highly targeted formula (for instance enlist at least one member from each family), and consolidate support for it from the Sath Maha Balawegavaya, comprising the old Pancha Maha Balawegayaga and the War Heroes and Students.

In this connection it is necessary to hold a party convention as early as possible with the participation of all Joint Opposition members, newly elected members of local government institutions, representatives of the Sath Maha Balawegavaya, academics, professionals, representatives from patriotic organizations, minority community organizations, women’s organizations, youth organizations, progressives, interested general public and overseas resident Sri Lankan organizations to adopt a series of resolutions, elect central, regional and district office bearers with the intention of electing office bearers of overseas resident Sri Lankans as well, and appoint committees to draw up a constitution, and a policy framework to rescue the country from the present calamity. 

We should not expect that the treacherous enemy forces and the gruesome foreign forces who puppeteers the perfidious reactionary politicians and NGO vultures of Sri Lanka will remain silent allowing the SLPP political group to take firm roots in the country. This was evident from the recent Kandy clashes in which the communalist government of Sirisena made all efforts although it was unsuccessful to blame the SLPP for the violence and attempts were even made to indict JO MPs Dilum Amunugama and Lohan Ratwatte as responsible for the riots.

The latest move to create dissent and divisions in the SLPP is the emergence of the gang of 16 that had been unleashed by Aappa Sirisea on the behest of his foreign puppeteers.  The real objective of the gang of 16 was clearly outlined by the political chameleon Dilan Perera who hitherto acted as the media spokesman of Sirisena’s SLFP rump.  Addressing the media on 18th April he has said that the gang of 16 left the government in order to strengthen the SLFP under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and their objective is to get the SLFPers in the joint opposition back to Sirisena’s SLFP.

It is also suspected that the move of the Gang of 16” was under the blessings of the UNP as well.  The political editor of Sunday Times (22nd April 2018) reveals that a lesser known fact among most politically literate Sri Lankans was a directive Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe issued to all parliamentarians of his United National Front (UNF) ahead of the National New Year. It said that he told them to refrain from criticising the Gang of 16 MPs who had voted in favour of the no-confidence motion against him.. This further confirms that the Gang of 16 is on a clandestine mission to somehow destroy the SLPP and they should not be trusted and they should not be taken into the SLPP fold under any circumstances.

Therefore the SLPP should act cautiously and without further delay, and perhaps immediately after holding the May Day rally in Galle on the 7th it should hold the party convention and also start the proposed series of public rallies to be held in major towns which was stalled due to the No Confidence Motion against Ranil Wickremasinghe.

It is suggested that at this party convention or a week of party seminars (as it was done by leftist parties in the past in the form of a mega get together.  I remember that the SLFP too had such events in Ampara and Kurunegala) should be held in which prominent personalities, politicians, academics industrialists and professionals should address the participants on various topics particularly highlighting the political and economic disasters that have been caused to the country, on the follies of the despicable Sirisena-Ranil government, and on the people’s responsibility to rescue the country from the present quagmire.

The party convention should elect the following committees to represent each and every segment of the society:

Committees to represent the Maha Sangha, Farmers (separately for Paddy farmers, vegetable and fruit farmers, and farmers of other crops including export crops), Fisher folk (marine and inland), animal husbandry, milk producers, Doctors, indigenous medical practitioners, Nurses, Health workers, Teachers, University teachers, IT teachers, Women’s, students (University and others), Pensioners associations, Disabled and retired war heroes associations (if it is legally permitted), Legal fraternity, Minority community Units such as Tamil, Muslim, Christian, Indian Origin Tamils, Aadi Vaasi Society, Trade Unions combined and separately for public sector, private sector, media personnel, private and state bank employees, film industry, apparel industry, garment industry, gem and jewellery industry,  various other industries, sand mining, quarry operators, shop employees, restaurant employees, transport sector (separately for private and SLTB). Railways. Three wheel drivers, school transport, skilled workers (masons, plumbers, carpenters, electricians etc), LG institution workers, daily wage earners, unskilled workers, payment hawkers,  etc.

Professionals and erudite personalities should be inducted into these committees as much as possible to guide them in the proper perspective and political objectives..

In addition to this on a cooperative basis the party organizations should establish restaurants, rice mills, food processing units, bus services, lending institutions and village based industries suitable for the respective areas.

Foreign branches should be established in all European countries, in the United States. Canada, Japan, Middle East countries, Australia, South Africa, India and Asian countries including Malaysia and Singapore.  These associations should be geared to counter tiger terrorists’ malicious propaganda and misinformation activities against Sri Lanka, provide accurate information about the country and its people and to promote tourism and investments.  The party should keep these associations periodically informed about the economic and development activities of the country and there should be a separate party office in Colombo coordinating these activities.

The SLPP should also adopt Non Aligned Policy as its foreign policy which brought much fame to Sri Lanka during Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s time and even J.RJatawardene did not dare to challenge or change it.

It is also suggested that maximum efforts should be made to obtain the services of the following for the promotion and policy formulations of the SLPP.

Ven.Muruttuwe Ananda Thero, Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero, other ven. Theros on the recommendation of the former President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, Mr. Hudson Samarasinghe, veteran journalist C.A.Chandraprema, Dr Dayan Jayatilleke, Malinda Seneviratne, Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera, Dr Seetha Arambepola, Rev. Fr. Wimal Tirimanne, Ms. Tamara Kunanayagam, Mr. Arun Thambimuttu, at least two Jaffna youth who oppose Vellala caste structure,  Karuna Amman, Lawyer Rushdi Habib, Ali Sabri PC, Mr. Omar Kamil,  Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne, Mr.Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Manohara De Silva PC, Mrs. Anuradha Yahampath, Mr. Prathibha Mahanamahewa, Dr. Ranjith Bandara, Admiral Wasanthha Karannagoda Ms. Kamalika Peiris, Mr. Wasantha Keerthiratne Mr. Ranjith Vithanage etc.   This is only a few names I can remember and the readers of this article  may submit the names of other suitable patriotic personalities.

The party should start a daily and weekend newspaper and a website in all the three languages as early as possible and on priority basis and steps should also be taken to establish a Radio station and a TV Channel at the earliest.

After forming the suitable committees they should go into full action in their respective areas and gather information and data on the resources available, shortcomings been faced and reforms required in their respective fields and these findings should be submitted for information and further action by the tri-monthly party conventions without waiting for a whole year for the traditional annual party convention.  It is only in this manner the new party, the SLPP, could become a true people’s party living in the minds of the people and dedicated to the service of the down trodden society in this country. (end)

One Response to “SLPP should become Sri Lanka’s leading political party.”

  1. ranjit Says:

    Those who are against this horrible treacherous Yamapalanaya government must rally behind Mahinda Rajapaksa. There isn’t any leader in this country whom we can keep our trust or bring real peace and prosperity to our Motherland than Mahinda Rajapaksa.
    He shouldn’t do any stupid things like before. He should correct his mistakes and move forward like a lion. He should think of the fellow countrymen first than the outside forces who are waiting to destroy our Sinhalese nation. Instead of appointing thieves and traitors in high positions he should bring young energetic qualified individuals in to high positions to serve the people genuinely without thinking of their own selves. I like if he stay as chairman and advisor to the pohottuwa our new hope and give a chance to Gota to take over the country and allow him to rule our beloved nation with strict rules and discipline. He has a strong support of educated and intelligent people behind him. He is well respected by maha sanga specially and I sincerely hope he can do a better job than others. Anyhow all these people must work under pohottuwa not any other party or colour. Pohottuwa will bloom and bring peace and prosperity to our Motherland for sure under the Rajapaksa’s not Appaya or the bank robber Ranil. So think wisely and use your valuable vote on pohottuwa and help to send these current yamaballo to hell as soon as possible.

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