Hand over of govt. fatal mistake - Vasu


by Shamindra Ferdinando

(L-R)Former Ministers Vasudeva Nanayakkara, D. E. W. Gunasekera and Prof. Tissa Vitharana at yesterday’s media briefing (pic by Kamal Bogoda)

Former National Languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara yesterday alleged that the SLFP had caused a fatal mistake by giving up the government immediately after losing the presidential election.

Democratic Left Front (DLF) leader MP Nanayakkara said that constituent members of the SLFP-led coalition partners had not been consulted by the SLFP prior to reaching an understanding with newly-elected President/UNP as regards forming a government.

MP Nanayakkara was responding to a query by The Island at a media briefing held at the N.M. Perera Centre, Borella. He was flanked by CP General Secretary DEW Gunasekera and LSSP

leader Prof. Tissa Vitharana.

MP Nanayakkara said that there was no precedent of a newly elected President taking oaths so fast swearing in a new Prime Minister immediately afterward. That brought an end to UPFA administration, he said, accusing the SLFP of seriously undermining the faith of those who had voted for the UPFA.

MP Vitharana described the SLFP action as betrayal. Both Nanayakkara and Vitharana acknowledged that the SLFP-led administration should have been ready to face such an eventuality.

Commenting on President Maithripala Sirisena’s 100-day programme, MP Nanayakkara emphasized that Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government wasn’t a temporary arrangement. Having declared that left parties wouldn’t support the new government in any way, MP Nanayakkara said, however, that in accordance with an understanding among Socialist Alliance members, they would back support implement the implementation of 100-day programme.

Vasudeva alleged that the former President Rajapaksa had committed another fatal mistake by agreeing to give up leadership of the party. Emphasizing that surrender shouldn’t be an option, MP Nanayakkara said, adding that over 5.7 million people exercised their franchise for the former President. "We’ll have to give leadership to them and strive to ensure their well being."

The former UPFA minister said that the left parties were not agreeable to the much-talked about national government concept. It was nothing but an illusion, the MP said, noting that the Socialist Alliance would strongly defended the new government from those attacking it on racial issues.

Comparing the difference in the number of votes polled by former President and his successor, MP Nanayakkara said that he was in a way satisfied that the margin of defeat wasn’t bigger when the number of crossovers was taken into consideration over the past several weeks.

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