Aftermath of January 8 Conspiracy
Posted on July 26th, 2015

Chandrapala Hitihamillage

In my previous article I highlighted the nature of the conspiracy. Post January 8 election results appear to have confirmed the observations made thereon without any doubt. As expected, Maithreepala Sirisena became the president by a slender majority with minority Tamil, Moslem and non-Buddhist votes. When Mahinda Rajapaksa retired to his Madamulana residence after his defeat, he gave up his presidency of SLFP as well to Maithreepala Sirisena.

At the outset, the President had to fulfill his obligations to his conspirators. Ignoring the Prime Minister who is already at the parliament with a majority vote, he appointed Ranil Widkremasinghe as the Prime Minister who did not command a majority vote. One of it’s kind in the entire political history of Sri Lanka. For this purpose he used his position as the president of the SLFP and persuaded some of the Ministers and MPs of the SLFP to join for a national government for hundred days under Ranil Wickremasingle as the prime minister. Most of the important ministries were given to the MPs of the UNP.

In spite of his repeated defeats, Western powers were able to keep him as the head of the UNP as he was their most trusted and effective representative. Immediately after assuming duties as the prime minster he announced his budgetary proposals to hood wink the public. These proposals included reduced fuel prices, higher guaranteed prices for some products including paddy and some financial benefits to government employees without considering in the least about their implications on government expenditure. In consequence they were forced to borrow an unprecedented amount from the domestic market by a treasury bond issue in a controversial manner. Now this bond issue is accused as a downright fraud. He also took measures to stop the activities of the Colombo Port City Project funded by the Chinese  overnment and Uma Oya project funded by Iran under the guise of environmental problems He used some of his stooges for this purpose who gave wide publicity to certain make shift environmental issues to mislead the public.

Some of the other projects in progress were also stopped. He unleashed his revenge on his political opponents by accusing Rajapaksa family and others on false charges of corruption and by dragging them on to the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) appointed particularly for this purpose. Sometimes they were led to other legal authorities such as the Criminal Investigation Department, Bribery Commission etc. Chief Justice was replaced even without allowing the existing CJ to resign.

A former CJ Shirani Bandaranayske who was found guilty on some charges was exonerated and reinstated with full honours and made her retire on the following day with full benefits of retirement. The President was given a Royal Welcome for what he did, by summoning his to the Buckingham Palace on the advise of the British prime minister. American Secretary of State John Kerry himself came to thank him personally after a long lapse. India arranged an immediate welcome ceremony. Several measures were taken to relax security arrangements in northern and eastern areas and by giving back some land held by the armed forces for security reasons to appease Tamils and Moslems..

With the help of Chandrika Bandaranayaka Kumaratunga, the President started to break the SLFP by appointing anti-Mahianda Rajapaksa MPs like Arujuna Ranatunga as organizers of Strong SLFP constituents like Attanagalla. But when Chandrika Kumaratunga started campaigning for them with an eye on becoming the president of the SLFP again she was booed out of the meetings by the people.

By this time people were beginning to realize that they were cheated and that all the accusations made against the Rajapaksa family and others were false as none of them were proved beyond any reasonable doubt. The conscience of people made them feel that they had been very unreasonable to the former president who had done so much to the country.

Hence, they started flocking in large numbers to pay courtesy calls on him. Other party leaders of the alliance Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dinesh Gunawardena and some members of the SLFP Bandula Goonewardena, Prasanna Ranatunga, Kumara Welgama, Professor G.L.Pieris and several others startedcampaigning against the conspiracy and the dual role played by Maithreepala Sirisena in trying to destroy the party. They wanted Mahinda Rajapaksa back as their leader to contest the election for the post of Prime Minister.

When this was denied by Maithreepala Sirisena as the president of SLFP all the other MPs rallied against him except a few and he had no option but to oblige. The culmination of these events forced him to make a statement to the nation. This statement let the cat out of the bag and exposed his leading role in the conspiracy.

One Response to “Aftermath of January 8 Conspiracy”

  1. ranjit Says:

    Opportunist,Traitor and a liar three in one Sira is now like a rattle snake in the desert with no one around him except a wild elephant and some crooks and murderers who are hanging in his tail.

    Rally round Mahinda to give these Opportunists a real answer on Aug 17th and chased them out to Thoppigala jungle.

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