“Great plot hatched at the Hilton Hotel on April 12 to make Sajith the Prime Minister,” Ishini Wickremesinghe recently posted on Facebook.
In her note, she said Mangala Samaraweera, Malik Samarawickrama and Krishantha Cooray, who met in the Hilton Hotel on April 12 for lunch, conspired to make Sajith Premadasa the country’s leader.
Ishini Wickremesinghe is the daughter of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s brother Shan Wickremesinghe. She is the Media Consultant to the Chief of Prime Minister’s Personal Staff. She is also the head of Propaganda Unit of Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Presidential Election Committee.
However, on April 12, when the so-called plot was hatched at the Hilton Hotel, Minister Mangala Samaraweera was not in Sri Lanka. In fact, he was in the United States. It is evident that Ishini Wickremesinghe wrote the aforementioned note irresponsibly, without looking into the matter properly.
Also, regardless of the objective of this note, it may also create a serious crisis within the United National Front (UNF) government, or else worsen the existing crisis situation. Ishini Wickremesinghe is mature enough to comprehend it.
Even before a presidential election, Ranil Wickremesinghe may have to face the undesirable consequences of her actions.
What’s more, Ishini Wickremesinghe earlier served as Mangala Samaraweera’s Personal Secretary. She was recommended for the position by one of Mangala Samaraweera’s advisors who recommended three women for various positions with the aim of increasing women participation in the field; Inoka Sathyangani as the Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, Thilaka Jayasundara as the Chairperson of the Independent Television Network and Ishini Wickremesinghe as Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s Personal Secretary. However, they all failed.
Taking into account the facts that Ishini Wickremesinghe’s note is highly political, and consequences of her actions are most likely to emerge in the future, at least now Ranil Wickremesinghe must be careful not to give wrong positions to wrong relatives.