These days President Maithreepala Sirisena’s behaviour is debatable. What he speaks not only shakes the country, but the International as well. The opposition parties are seemed to be taking advantage out of it. Defeating the Rajapakshe rule, the Maithree – Ranil Convention was built in January 08, 2015 promising that it will be foundation to a new era of political culture. Therefore, we remember well the speeches made yesterday as well as those of today.
Nevertheless, why does the President behave as if he is jumbled upon threads is a question.
The President was able to win the favour majority of the people. Even sometimes, he proclaimed the defects of the Government by stating in the public platform and the need to solve them. In the meantime, their slow walk to work in effect towards the legal actions against the gang of goons led by Rajapakshe had also been denounced. But the majority of people were not ready to reject President Maithreepala Sirisena. As a whole, they wished that the Conventional Government should be protected.
Although people from the grassroots have had hopes towards the Conventional Government as such, as of now, some of the behaviours tend to push them from believing in the dream.
Recently, we witnessed how the President took measures to shake the whole Government by announcing to dissolve the board of directors of Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank and the Board of Investment.
At first, it was said that the President had decided to dissolve the relevant board of directors; later that there is a need to reorganize them. Accordingly, it was said that relevant measures will be taken soon. While discussions are being carried out in relate to the decisions, in organizational level, it is proclaimed that their board of directors are still functional.
Many amendments are likely to be added into the story. However, they shall not be disrupting the storyline. Despite the theory, judging by how a story in Sri Lanka is repeatedly being amended these days, we are not sure of this one either. After when news was published that the President had ordered to dissolve the board of directors of the above three institutions, Minister Lakshman Kiriella stated that he has the power to make such decision to dissolve the board of directors. The Minister said that accordingly he was instructed by the President to take necessary measures for reorganization.
However, the announcement the President has made, as if in such urge, now has begun to affect the International as well. Among many banks function in the country, People's Bank and the Bank of Ceylon are the two state banks that have received the international recognition. It is a very serious matter that the President suddenly speaks of the two state banks which are standing in the highest position of financing. It is only natural to receive spontaneous reaction of doubt whether there are internal crisis within the two bodies, when the President of the country, rather than the subject Minister, himself announces of a need to dissolve the board of directors in the respective banks.
What shatters is the country’s faith on finance. In a situation neither there is an error recorded in an audit report for the least, the country’s President’s stance in regard to the subject, as if he has woken from a nightmare, would steer the International to firmly believe in it. What happens next is that there will be drawback of reliability towards the most trusted two banks. It will be just enough to cause instability amongst the banking system of the country.
The stance of turning two state banks into instability itself is a stance to cause instability amongst the finance system of the country. How would the President answer to this instability? How will he receive advices on recovering the country from falling into this crisis?
With no doubt, now the serious question surfaces towards the public is that the continuous act of announcing statements with zero responsibility. Departed to the statement of dissolving the above board of directors, recently the President has stated at the Cabinet meeting that the Indian “RAW’ Spy Service tends to assassinate him. Serious statements as such cannot be excluded as just assumptions. On one hand, problems are being raised within the country itself, while on the other hand are dumps of problems collected internationally. Later more people need to get involved in solving them. Such behaviour by a nation’s leader is questionable. There has to be a clear base for such behaviour. Unless these comments are being made arbitrarily, he must have been influenced by someone or some people to make these statements. Otherwise, there must be other political strategies buried beneath those comments.
What happened in the end was that the Prime Minister had to ease the severity of the President’s claims during his visit to India. What emphasized in the media announcement made by the Media Unit of the Prime Ministry after the Indian tour is the name. In 2015 election, President Maithreepala Sirisena had received support by the Indian “RAW” Service.
In laymen’s terms the “RAW” had intervened in wining Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena as President. With the political situation then, India stood up for Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena. It is not wise to ignore them. Therefore, now the President has to be cautious in receiving instructions and making implementations.
We, who are very much aware of those who are standing around the President, need to say that when there are specialists with wide experience in the administrative field who understand the economic and political behaviour very much around him, tending to receive advices from a group of Machiavellian people, among which on one hand there are personal grudges with the UNP, and on the other hand neither has a proper knowledge on the economic behaviour of the country and are hiding behind the President to implement personal agendas, is a question.
In a clear state of mind we can say that the President’s Media Unit is also a forsaken land filled with Machiavellian people. They are able to abuse the goodwill of the President for their own personal agendas. Therefore, now the President should be careful from these Machiavellian people. For that, he should be firmly staying in touch with the educated, wide experienced bodies standing around him. We say that in belief that the President Maithreepala Sirisena must be protected for the sake of our future.
As of now, for the Sri Lankan Government is a Conventional Government, the whole world is watching at its procedure.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his displeasure at the Prime Minister's official visit to India saying that there is a delay of implementation of the development projects, for which a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between India and Sri Lanka in 2017. Accordingly, Prime Minister had requested from Mr. Wickramasinghe to implement these development projects immediately.
The Prime Minister had to guarantee him that not only his attention has been focused on the matter, but also the necessary measures will be taken on immediate implementation. Such state of affairs in a diplomatic meeting, on one hand is not good for the maturity of the country. One can never continue this journey holding grudges against anyone given the country’s economical-political situation and the current global trending. The Machiavellian advisors around the President should know about it.
For almost all practitioners, especially the President, keeping advisors is important to prevent possible mistakes from happening. Nevertheless, the real question now is what would be the advices given by these advisors to the President. Spare the advices; what is now visible is obviously that they are nothing but fabrications.