"New Kid On The Block
Mahinda Rajapakse The Better Choice
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In a short space of time Sri Lanka will have a newly elected President.The
speculations are rife from many quarters about the identity of the new
President where objectively and from a Nationalistic and Patriot standpoint
it appears the choice would be Mahinda Rajapakse where his opposite
number Ranil Wickremasinghe is probably poised to say his last hurrah!
The opinion polls cited towards the highly biased speculation of an
unlikely Wickremasinghe win appears to be laced in propaganda and innuendo
where no credibility can be given to the so called personal opinions
of pro UNP foreign journalists who quote professionals and their impressions
based on personal visits to areas of relative importance.They are neither
professionally equipped nor qualified statisticians to draw conclusions
accurately as to what the final outcome would be especially when the
deductions are made on hearesay and individual opinions towards what
the more discerning might term cheap sensationalism and rabble rousing!
This is a far cry from a professionally conducted opinion poll!!
Quoting one such journalist who says " While surveys done by professional
pollsters predict a close fight, if not a win for Ranil Wickremesinghe
of the United National Party (UNP), personal visits to the field indicate
decisive support for Mahinda Rajapaksa, the candidate of the ruling
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)" the indications of confusion of
this statement appear to be quite clear and no more than conjecture
to which no statistical or numerical facts are attached!
The simplest equation involving the terms "Majority Buddhist Community"
which dominates Sri Lanka as opposed to" minority communities"
such as the Muslims, Christians and Indian Origin Tamils such as the
writer himself, play out the end result spontaneously without much brain
taxing towards the realisation that it will be the dominant Sinhala
Buddhist vote which will eventually project Mahinda Rajapakse into Presidential
Power and depose Ranil Wickremasinghe from his political platform perhaps
never to surface again!
To those who care to dally with words such as 'Outback" to describe
rural Sri Lanka it must be conveyed that their dispensation of terminology
borders on simple ignorance as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Matara and
Kurunegala are a far cry from the barren wastes the term outback normally
describes as those on the australian sub-continent and there is a sense
of derogatory arrogance in the manner this term is used to describe
populated and well coordinated communities with their own local governing
bodies hence contentious! These are the very areas which will assure
an "Apey Mahinda" Rajapakse victory and from a UNP propaganda
standpoint the derision indicated by an alienated Ranil Wickremasinghe
must be cross referenced towards objectives beyond accomplishment! the
all elusive UNP victory perhaps and thei weakness in the past to uphold
The Nation has seen and constantly been dissapointed with the 'Strong
campaigns on 'economic issues' alluded to indicative of pro- UNP propaganda.Strong
campains perhaps which have on many occassions resulted in the blatant
misappropriation of public funds and the "practical and workable
solutions to all problems " an Everest which the UNP has never
conquered effectively other than an incongruously delivered Peace Process
and ceasefire now botched to the degree of needing concerted recussitation
which in their terms cannot be accomplished without signing away the
Sovereignity of Sri Lanka towards a secession involving the LTTE terrorists
who do not even have recognition of being the overall representation
of Sri Lankan Tamils despit the flowery terminology of the pundits who
circumvent all definitions relating to Sri Lankan unitarity stemming
from the enclaves of the UNP with hidden agendas perhaps!
On this issue alone Ranil Wickremesinghe has lost his credibilities
with the Sinhala Buddhist Majority who interpret his moves as Pro -
LTTE and says little or nothing by way of condemnation of the daily
violations of the Ceasefire Agreement by the LTTE together with their
continued attrocities of murder and mayhem now concealed in cowardly
underhand guise.The anticipated collusion between Wickremesinghe and
the LTTE which prevails in the minds of most alert and discerning Sinhalese
opposed to Wickremasinghe's policies in the past seems the focal point
in a manner very detrimental towards his chances of victory.
Mahinda Rajapaksa's promises to consider every aspect of public opinion
before entering into any deal with the LTTE and his promise to address
the LTTE leadership directly, without foreign intermediaries of dubious
repute such as Norway appear to have won great admiration, respect and
accollades from the general voting public of the Sinhala Nation, a surge
which does not seem in any danger of being swayed by the present UNP
rhetoric which appears not only monotonous but also conveys a sense
of anxiety despite the propaganda machines which depict the contrary!
The common man's hopes, aspirations, fears and concerns very implicitly
appear to be beyond the capacity of the UNP to deliver as has been the
case for many years now, so what guarantees will there be that a verbally
dispensed election manifesto will suddenly accomplish the near impossible,
lending much credibility to the "New Kid On The Block" Mahinda
Rajapakse who presents himself as a future leader of the Nation with
a dedicated sense of Patriotism and an unbending will to preserve Sri
Lanka's Sovereignity and Territorial Integrity on which basis the Presidential
victory by rights should be his Fait Acompli!