The country which was on the path to reunification has been divided by the politics of this election, former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said today.
In a video statement released today, Nov 18, the leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya said that fear was created among the Sinhala Buddhist community against the minorities by two media organisations, portraying the Rajapaksas as saviours.
He said the 2015 movie ‘Our Brand is Crisis’ by Gordon Green released depicted such a situation which was based on true events around a Latin American Presidential Candidate.
In that instance, the candidate created fear among the people depicting the IMF and the World bank as American invaders which ultimately lead to his win because he appeared as their saviour.
Ranawaka said that the same fear was created among the Sinhala Buddhist people by two media organisations backing Gotabaya Rajapaksa prior to the election.
Further, he said that these media organisations created fear about the Muslim community among the Sinhala Buddhists.
He pointed out that it was clear through the results where Gotabaya Rajapaksa was able to take more than 65 per cent of the votes Sinhala Buddhist area and unable to take al least 5 per cent in Tamil and Muslim areas.
Which he said some parties within the Gota’s camp have already started using targetting the general election to create a fear where the country would be divided.
Ranawaka also said that everyone should carefully think about how the monster which was created through religious hatred, distrust and unsatisfaction will function in the future of politics in Sri Lanka.
He said that the main reason the Yahapalana government lost this time was due to improper governance and the failure to take necessary action against the serious fraud and corruptions done by the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, which he added was the main and clear fact in the mandate given by 6.2 million voters in the previous presidential election.
Further, he said other reasons which resulted in the loss were President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe failing to recognise and respect the mandate given by the people and President Sirisena gaining the leadership of the SLP based on an agreement made among Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Shiranthi Rajapaksa where none of them was arrested.
And he added the people who were appointed by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to investigate into corruptions such as Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Law and Order Minister Tilak Marapana, officers in the AG’s department like Suhada Gamlath, Ravi Waidyalankara who was appointed by the police working according to the political leaders at top who had made deals to save corrupt individuals from allegations.
The main reason for losing the postal votes was summoning government employees to FCID and bothering them about the fraud and corruption incidents of the previous governments.