Maithripala Wants Ranil to Step Down
The prevailing political relationship between federalists Sirisena and pro-minority Ranil has come under heavy strain lately due to the on going Presidential commission of Inquiry into the alleged Treasury Bonds Scam.
Wickremesinghe who has already submitted replies in the form of an affidavit to a questionnaire sent by the Presidential commission of inquiry is scheduled to testify before the Inquiry commission on November 20th 2017 and provide further clarifications to the Commission. It is understood that the Prime minister would respond to queries by the Commission Chairman Justice K.T. Chitrasiri and Commissioner Justice Prasanna Jayawardane only and would not be questioned by counsel from the Attorney -Generals Department. The Commission of Inquiry is scheduled to wind up on December 8th 2017.
The latest problem that has arisen is the demand couched as a request to the prime minister who is also the leader of the United National Party (UNP) leader from the president who is also the leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP)that the PM should step down before appearing before the Inquiry commission. The request was made in a one on one meeting between the President and Prime Minister earlier this week said sources close to the President.
As such Maithripala feels that Ranil should set a bold precedent by stepping down and appear before the commission of inquiry as an “ordinary citizen” not to be influcned by the Commison. According to informed sources President Sirisena thinks the speaker Karu Jayasuriya could serve as a Caretaker Premier briefly during this period. However, former president who is working tirelessly to set up an office to prosecute war heroes in Sri Lanka is favouring to her associate and anti-Sinhala Buiddhist Mangala Samaraweera to achieve her objective of diluting Sinhala Buddhist majoritism in the Island.
The fragile political equation between Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe has suffered many storms in the past in particularly in drafting of separatists’ federal constitution. Most of them have been virtual “tea cup tempests” and the coalition Govt despite pressures has withstood the test of time. Most of the earlier Maithri0Ranil disputes however concerned external personalities such as the former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran or Ex- Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake. This time there is a crucial difference as the issue concerns Premier Wickremesinghe himself personally. 39 Viewers