PA Learn from Ranil, the opposition leader.
In any democracy it is important to have a responsible and strong opposition. Unfortunately, today our opposition (the PA) doesn’t seem either. They also seem to lack common political sense. In this context it would be valuable for them to go back and see how Ranil W, the opposition leader conducted himself when the PA was in power.
When the UNP lost the election, in 94, it went through
an internal power struggle similar to what they PA is going through today.
Ranils strategy was to, first take firm control of the party before trying
The reason UNP lost the elections in 94 was because of thuggery and corruption and not because of any economic problem. Even the North-East war being successfully executed with the entire eastern province cleared of terrorists.
Then he began the cleansing process by sidelining members
who “appeared” to have a unclean image in the minds of the
public. This resulted in the eventual exit of people like Wijepala mendis,
Nanda Mathew, Sirisena Cooray and Adikari among others. In the process
he also forced out people like sarath amunugama and susil moonasingha
for political reasons.
In addition he brought in new and efficient people like Karu Jayassoriya, Charitha ratwatta, Karunasena Kodithuwakku, Senerath Kapukotuwa and a host of others to the fore front. They were given key positions in the party. It was only then that he began to take on the government head on. Ranil patience and cool headedness was annoying slow for his own party men, who at one point openly challenged his leadership.
But eventually all this paid off. It did not happen in two or three years it took seven years but it happened and he came back stronger than many people ever thought he could. There were Many who went around saying “as long as Raanil if leading the UNP, it will never come back”. But what happened?
Unfortunately, look at the PA today. Barely six months
have passed since the UNP was elected to power, but we see the PA out
on the streets protesting. The reason the PA lost was because of gross
mismanagement, in every imaginable field. Do you really expect the general
public to take the PA seriously? It’s the very same people who ruined
the country for seven long years, who are out there protesting the cost
of living. We see Mangala samaraweera, the biggest supporter of Chadrika’s
peace plan, shouting about Ranil dividing the country. We see DM Dassanayaka
People of Sri lanka are not completely brainless. They gave PA two major chance to prove themselves, and they will give Ranil at least one. Just because Chandrika or Mangala samaraweera is in a hurry that doesn’t mean the people of Srilanka are going to change a government. The JVP who are shouting today about Ranil dividing the country also shouted when Chandrika started her peace talks with the LTTE. But did the people kick out the PA at the first given opportunity. NO! In fact the people voted the PA in, on at least five consecutive elections before saying enough is enough.
If the PA is serious about coming back to power, they will have to do what Ranil did with the UNP between 94 to 2001. First solve this leadership crisis. In my opinion the best person to lead the PA is Mahinda Rajapaksha. This is just a personal opinion but the fact remains that the leadership issue has to be settled. Then they have to sideline the people with a not so rosy public images e.g. Ratwattas, the Ranatungas and the Dassanayakas.
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