January 8th conspiracy defeated
President of the “Yuthukama Sanwaada Kavaya” (Responsibility Discussion Circle) Gevindu Kumaratunga says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe failed to fulfil pledges given on 8 January 2015.“The new government came into being to halt the huge destruction that was taking place under the Yahapalana Government”.
Excerpts of the interview:
What is your opinion on the National Government and the appointment of the new government, as a representative from the Yuthukama Sanwaada Kavaya?
A: We saw the government which was established in January 2015 as one that was fulfilling the requirements of foreign forces. When we consider President Maithripala Sirisena’s speech, after removing Ranil Wickremesinghe from the Premiership, we see our criticisms from back then are correct. It is a very positive change and a very necessary action that was taken, to stop the journey to completely deprive us of our right to a lifestyle on our motherland and to fulfil the requirements of foreign influences, is our opinion. It can also be considered as putting a stop to the West influenced journey the country was on and rescuing it from the socio-economic and political downfall. Take the example, the Northern situation, it was one that the previous government was very concerned about and spoke much of the suffering there, however, the President in his address to the Nation said the government was unsuccessful even in providing housing with foreign funding in those areas. Hence, it is very clear that it was an unsuccessful government that was removed. Removal of the wretched government, which only destroyed and didn’t achieve anything else, is correct.
However, the allegation that appointing a new Prime Minister was not Constitutional, cannot be taken lightly?
A: Not only the Constitution, even if you view it from the angle of democracy, morality and the like, there was a pledge on 8 January 2015, that the two parties will get together to solve all the problems in the country and to symbolize that Maithripala Sirisena was selected. However, it is very clear that the former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has failed to honour that pledge. The President they selected is saying the Central Bank was robbed, that Central Bank thieves were protected and the country was directed towards destruction. The President also spoke of attempts to take forward cultural changes that were unsuitable for the motherland and of unethical practices. We can see that too. On the other hand, if we consider the ethical view point, what the UNP and the civil organizations which support it told the people, was that the two main parties will get together and solve the problems of the country.
Accordingly, rather than when the main faction of the government – the UPFA quitting the government, is correct or not, what is revealed was that they were unsuccessful. Their programme has been completely defeated, within the motherland. What they should do now is, accept the fact and leave this political stage. If you consider from the democracy angle the political process of the UNP is totally rejected.
Against UNP policies more than 3 million have voted, around Maithri-Mahinda. So, how can you say that these appointments are against democracy?
If Maithripala Sirisena became the President, in 2015, based on a Western agenda how can he go on a journey with Mahinda Rajapaksa’s faction that is known for progressive ideals?
A: In 2005, Maithripala Sirisena supported Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government against terrorism. There are such examples from the past too.
King Wimaladharmasuriya went to the hill-country with Portuguese forces. It was the same with Ehelepola Nilame. People are waiting to see what sort of decisions he would make in the political arena. Our wish is that, in keeping with this brave decision and standing by it, he takes decisions for the benefit of the motherland. President Maithripala has already shown that he doesn’t want to be a hired hand of foreign forces.
However, it is the opinion of some that this getting together is a trap prepared to destroy the two politically?
A: I do not know how practical it is politically, trying to read minds of various persons. However, if we consider from the aspect of the motherland it is a very correct decision. Like you are questioning, there could be various doubts and uncertainties among those leaders as well. It is largely there particularly among their followers. That is why we are saying that this decision was correct as well as a very brave one. Making such a decision, especially one that raises suspicions about oneself is very difficult, to do, therefore, it is a good thing that Maithripala Sirisena has trust in Mahinda Rajapaksa, for the sake of the motherland. At the same time, it is not an easy task to trust Maithripala Sirisena and for Mahinda Rajapaksa to accept the invitation. Both individuals have taken the challenge, on their future, for the sake of the motherland. However, it is an action that had to be taken, at this time, for the sake of the country.
History was changed by self-sacrificing decisions of fearless leaders.
The talk is that very few foreign governments sent good wishes to the new Prime Minister and how will this affect the country?
A: Actually, that has to be expected, isn’t it? It is clear that the Western world is not very happy about this tiny country standing up as an independent State. Those countries that assisted terrorists and countries where there were offices assisting terrorists, they don’t operate according to how we in Sri Lanka want. We have to accept this truth and also accept it as the reality. This was in existence previously too. They established this government in 2015 to betray the motherland. That is why they prepared constitutions which were in conflict with the history of the motherland.
Where was this leader who is speaking about democracy, now, when the Leader of the Opposition was appointed; not giving it to the Leader to the Party which had 50 Parliamentarians, instead, gave it to Sampanthan who had only 16 MPs? Where was this leader who is talking about democracy?
Even while the Supreme Court had said that postponing Provincial Council elections was a violation of the supremacy of the people and the elections were postponed, where were these leaders who are talking about democracy?
Every time there is an attempt to change the historical journey of our motherland, beginning with those who work on the agendas of foreign forces, it collapses. Today, the conspiracy of 8 January has been defeated.
Therefore, interventions by foreign forces expressing regret should be condemned. I do not think there is a necessity to obtain advice from those who were in the early stages of civilization when we were building Ruwanveliya and Kala Wewa.
Can we expect solutions from this government for issues that have arisen in the country?
A: There have been positive signals, even within the last two or three days, to indicate that Mahinda Rajapaksa is a leader who can be trusted.
The share market recorded a high value after a period of five years. As I see it, the role of this government is to halt the destruction that was going to take place and in keeping with the desire of the people maintain an interim government. I see the halting of the ongoing ruination as a great benefit to this country.
The task of electing a new Prime Minister seems to be an issue heading towards Parliament. This means that there will be more political instability?
A: Was there a stable government in the country? Wasn’t the country unstable already? The economy was not controlled and what state was it in? They commemorated freedom saying it was 40 years since 77. Wasn’t the country unstable enough to have to halt the import of vehicles for the Government, food items and so forth? Weren’t the financial institutions in the country on the verge of collapse? Weren’t places of importance such as the Port and the Airport in an unstable condition where the country would have been deprived of them? Wasn’t the country becoming a victim and a colony, due to the trade agreements that were signed? On the other hand information was being circulated in society that there was an alleged attempt to assassinate the President. Can you say under these circumstances that the country was stable? So, there is no problem regarding instability, what Parliament is faced with now is whether the government under the Premiership of Mahinda Rajapaksa will be confirmed or whether it will collapse. But are they talking about a majority in Parliament in agreement with the mandate of the people? When a leader who said that two main parties will join together and solve the problems of the country is unsuccessful, he has no right keep repeating the same and be in politics. Is it democracy to get together with the Tamil National Alliance which says they want a Federal Government and establish a Government?
If that is going to be the situation, then they will definitely have to betray the country and set up that administration. If not, there is no other way. If so, they can set it up. The people of this country will decide what they will do to such a government. Supremacy is not in Parliament but in the hands of the people. Tell Anura Kumara to stop hiding and accept a ministerial post.
How long do you believe this government should remain?
A: It is like this, as they prevented the destructive journey, even one day in office of this government, is valuable for our country. It was laying the foundation to eradicate the political and economic instability. This government does not have the mandate to decide whether it should be maintained for another 100 years. The people have to be given the opportunity to begin a new journey, to create stability in the country within a minimum time frame.
What do you think about Gotabaya Rajapaksa who was in the spotlight as prospective Presidential candidate opting not to take on any positions in the government?
A: This government was set up to carry out the role of an interim administration only. Even though Gotabaya Rajapaksa will not accept any positions, he has said he would assist in directing the country towards the correct path. Even Dinesh and Dullas who are seniors have said that they do not need any positions in this government. The task of protecting life happened from generation to generation in our motherland, from the time of King Dutugemunu. Although, the Pyramids are historic archaeological monuments to Egypt, the Ruwanweliseya, and Jaya Shri Maha Bodhi are valuable treasures tied to our lives. What we want is to protect that life and foundation. It is a government such as this that we expect. Even Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be involved in it. This government came into being to halt the huge destruction that was taking place.
By Denagama Dhammika Ranaweera