Once Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe was appointed before the President as the new Prime Minister, Mahinda’s party expected that Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe would leave the Temple Trees. However, since nothing as such has ever happened, all Mahinda’s expectations have come to disappointment.
Although Mr. Wimal Weerawansa has stated before a public media briefing that the Temple Trees will be surrounded, neither Mr. Wickramasinghe nor any other UNP party member seemed to have scared, and they say that constitutionally Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe still is the Prime Minister. Therefore, claiming that Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe should not be leaving the Temple Trees, a group of UNP supporters are constantly on guard at the Temple Trees.
As of this concern, both Mahinda Rajapakshe and the President have turned anxious. The President told Mahinda that the Temple Trees can be cleared acquiring the Army and the Air Force if needed. However, in response to the President’s call on this matter, Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe commented, ‘Are you crazy? Do not touch the Temple Trees.’ Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe said that he previously burned his own hand by attempting to teach Sarath Fonseka a lesson, adding that he is not ready to burn himself ever again.
Where is the majority?
As of now, creating the Parliament’s majority has become a huge burden to Mahinda, and none has so far come forward for entrustment. Although Mr. Basil Rajapakshe had stated that he will be delivering the majority, many among Mahinda’s party have understood that he has failed in the mission.
In the end, all garbage has been dumped into parliamentarian S.B. Dissanayake. Mr. S.B. Dissanayake, who bragged around many people that he has done the wirework in joining Mahinda and Maithree and seeking majority is like biting cashews, now is being led to stand unable to digest what he has eaten.
Although everyone expected that once Mahinda is appointed as the Prime Minister a portion of the UNP will be switching parties, it seems that nothing as such is being happened. Even members from Muslim and Tamil parties, who share a history of favouring any Government comes to power, state that they will continue to support the UNP led by Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe.
Meanwhile, the most serious question Mahinda is being led to face is securing the remaining members if the United People’s Freedom Alliance, not creating the majority’s power. As of now, 10 UPFA members, including Duminda Dissanayake, have decided to act independent, and accordingly, in order of situating a new Government, Mahinda needs at least 25 more members.