This is the second defeat in Parliamentary General Elections this year for the dictatorial former President , who’s bid to become Prime Minister miserably failed and people voted for Ranil Wickremesinghe of United National People’s Party part of United National Freedom Party for Good Governance which is the coalition or pre-poll alliance partner of TNA or Tamil National Alliance and the Leftist Janata Vimukti Peramuna. Former President Maithripala Sirisena of United People’s Freedom Alliance also may convince some his MPs to extend cooperation to the new coalition of Ranil Wickremesinghe so as to form a stable government with comfortable majority for Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister with or without joining proposed UNP led government.
According to Ranil this is a referendum against Rajapakse and according to civil society members this is a referendum against racism. People cutting across all religions Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims etc have voted against Mahinda Rajapaksa. After having gotten vexed with his more than a decade old authoritarian and corrupt rule., Srilankans also had fear of LTTE and the ghost of Tamil militancy returning or haunting Srilankans once again in the event of Mahinda Rajapaksa is allowed to hold the reins of power once again. Hence, he was thoroughly defeated.. Besides Mahinda Rajapaksa his son also was embroiled in a murder case.
The challenges before Ranil Wickremesinghe are to bring in Constitutional reforms, admitting truth and to offer reconciliation and rehabilitation to Tamil civilian victims and survivors of 3 decade old civil war between LTTE and Mahinda Rajapaksa led Government in which Velupillai Prapbhakaran, LTTE Supremo and thousands of others including innocent civilians and children were killed and thousands of the inhabitant Tamils of eastern and northern parts were made homeless or displaced. Ranil has to make north and east fully autonomous states within a united Sri Lanka, grant Secularism, Democracy of political economic and social to all Sri Lankans regardless of their ethnicity recognizing Tamil self-respect and their dignity apart from good governance and development with vision to one and all. Mahinda Rajapaksa should be prosecuted and punished for his illegal amassing of wealth through corrupt means.Rajapakse should be Prosecuted and punished for killing thousands of innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of war or War crimes. His son also should be brought to book for the alleged murder after an impartial thorough investigation by appropriate judicial authority and if his alleged murder charge is proved he should be accordingly punished. No one however high and mighty he or she may be allowed to go scot free by committing crimes under the garb of power. I hope. Ranil Wickremesinghe would pay heed to this appeal of mine and along with millions of Justice and Good Governance seeking Sri Lankans and do the above mentioned things by treating all ethnic groups of Srilankans equally along with Sinhala majoritarians.