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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 - 11:46
Is the government heading for a crash?


These days President Maithripala Sirisena has become most controversial political speaker. He makes unpredicted speeches at election rallies. It projects that there is a tension between the main two partners of the Unity Government, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and United National Party.

on 27th of January, addressing an election rally in Ratnapura, the President said that the moment all the 96 elected members would say that they are supporting him, he would form an SLFP government. Then two days later he says he made that statement knowing very well that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna would not support him.

Those double-edged statements would have sent shivers amongst the UNPers, all know who sacrificed a lot to bring in the common candidate in Maithripala Sirisena to bring into power.  Some critics say that the President is making such statements to avoid SLFP voters turning towards SLPP at the LG polls.

We also saw as to how certain UNP Ministers and MPs started to thrash President after the Presidential Commission of Inquiry report on Bond scam was released. They alleged that the President is on a mission to tarnish the image of the UNP. The Bond report has surely created tension between UNP and SLFP.

When UNPers started to target President at the election platform, President used the weekly cabinet meeting to show his displeasure. He walked away after making a statement. Now there’s a dispute over the date to debate the Bond report in Parliament. Initially, party leaders agreed to have it on 20th and 21st of February. Then President challenged to have the debate before the LG poll date, which is 10th of February. He also accused that an elite group has got together to obstruct his fight against fraud and corruption.

Then Prime Minister responded to President’s challenge by asking Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to convene the Parliament on 8th so they can debate the Bond report. However, the SLFP now says having the Bond debate on the 8th would obstruct the LG poll activities.   

Those are some of the misconnections transpired between the country’s two main parties, who have formed the Unity Government. However, they have forgotten their “motto”, that is the good governance. Could this prevailing tension do any good for the country’s future? Will this push the country further into a chaotic situation? Or is the government heading for a crash?

What do you think? Your views and opinions are welcomed.
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