By a special correspondent.
Did Maithripala Sirisena, who put Mahinda Rajapksa in a greater trouble, do everything for the needs of the country? Or for personal political objectives?
The only thing everyone living in Sri Lanka or interested in Sri Lanka’s politics must request from the citizens of the country is to refrain from engaging in any form of violent activity. The number of people who are waiting to take political advantages by triggering violence in the country is gradually increasing.
Also, President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision has unexpectedly started to severely damage the country as he took an abrupt decision which should have been taken in several months. This political decision could have been taken completely differently and stealthily, or, in Mr. Sirisena’s words, gentlemanly. One cannot become a hero by forming a government or a cabinet in an unfitting time. One cannot deliver what people of the country expect only through mere words.
The President points fingers at the Prime Minister over the Central Bank bond scam, however, fingers have pointed at the President also for many reasons. He cannot create a genuine loyalty amongst the public by accusing the UNP of everything.
At least Arjun Aloysius, who was accused of the Central Bank bond scam, is in jail. But how many crimes that happened in the country under the direct orders of the President have been concealed? The speech delivered by the President was a very weak one, and through the speech, he attempted to quench the hatred he has Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. It is not something a noble politician can do. The speech did not focus on any of the facts the people, foreign embassy representatives or those who had aided the country wanted to know. After two days, he spoke before the public and made a weak attempt to justify his decision while neglecting what the people of the country and the world were waiting to know.
By now, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has already expressed his views before the people of the country and foreign representatives. If the President’s decision was fair, why did he hide for two days from the people?
There is a risk that the President can be isolated one of these days. Its repercussions can be grave. It can as well put the foreign affairs of the country in a serious situation. Also, it can damage the country’s good reputation. There is also a great risk that the country may have to face sanctions and the economy can be further declined.
Reducing the security of the Prime Minister and removing his staff’s powers are unacceptable. Mahinda Rajapaksa would not have done such a thing under any circumstance. Rajapaksa’s art of taking revenge on his political opponents is a very subtle one. This crisis displays that the country has been put in trouble to settle the scores between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe.
What is tragic about this situation is the political confusion faced by Mahinda Rajapaksa. In fact, it is Mahinda Rajapaksa who has to give answers regarding this political decision. He has abandoned the strong political power he could have easily gained in a year’s time. People who took a stand for him have been dumbfounded.
It would not be surprising if Mahinda Rajapaksa, who could have easily won at the next general election, becomes politically weaker than he was in November 2015 even prior to the general election. This entire event is a breach of people’s trust, whether he knew it or not. That is the end of power hunger.
But what President Maithripala Sirisena actually did was attempting to use Machiavellian political tactics to repair his political downfall. But it is a fact that he put himself in a difficult situation by trying to apply those theories hastily. He has become a deceitful trickster of Sri Lanka’s political history who succeeded in achieving his political goals. But this time, he panicked and rushed.
“The more often a trickster meets a victim, the simpler people’s minds get; they are guided by their current needs,” this is the trap President Maithripala Sirisena used to entrap Mahinda Rajapaksa. He has no political future without saving Maithripala Sirisena. We must not be surprised if Mahinda Rajapaksa loses his political power by the time he finishes saving Mr. Sirisena.
What is President Maithripala Sirisena’s other political agenda?
Every time an outside incident saves an ill-famed person from the consequences of his weak decisions, that person becomes a hero. If he is skillful enough, he will cleverly and promptly take advantage of it. That is what President Sirisena did. However, he is facing unforeseen consequences due to executing it before the correct time.