06 April 2018

The Joke of a Government-backing Opposition in Sri Lanka’s Parliament

Nowhere in any parliamentary democracy has anyone heard of an Opposition that supports the Government in power even debating in favor of the Government. Nowhere in the world is there an Opposition comprises just 16 MPs. If the main role of the Opposition is to question the government & hold them accountable to the public, why is the present so-called Opposition voting en bloc to safeguard the Prime Minister at a no confidence motion based on a monetary irregularity that has affected the entire country & not based on any false propaganda? Moreover, how can a Prime Minister agree to demands made by this Opposition party for his personal political survival?  

a cartoon circulating on social media

The Opposition’s main role is to question the government of the day and hold them accountable to the public. Instead of doing that the present so-called Opposition members are using the floor of the Parliament to argue in defense of the Prime Minister & his Government. At no time has the present Opposition Leader used the floor of the house to speak on behalf of the citizens except make demands for LTTE missing/dead referring to these terrorists as ‘political prisoners’. This is an unprecedented scenario and what baffles everyone more is that the apostles of democracy & good governance in the West are all silent without even pointing out this discrepancy while they are funding millions for programs to uplift the democratic & parliamentary process mechanism in Sri Lanka!

What everyone has conveniently forgotten is that the TNA is a product of the LTTE. If not, there should be a Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate the LTTE-TNA links. TNA-LTTE links are confirmed even by the EU Election Observation Mission Chief John Cushnahan released the EU report on June 17, 2004 clearly establishing the LTTE-TNA alliance:

Quote: Firstly, the LTTE intended that no other rival Tamil party (or Tamil candidate from the mainstream political alliances) to the TNA would be able to claim to represent Tamil interests. A chilling message to this effect was sent early in the campaign when a UNP candidate and an EPDP activist were murdered. Incidents such as this seriously restricted the right of the parties other than the TNA to campaign freely in the Northern and Eastern Districts. During the 2004 elections, the major incidents of violence was perpetrated by the LTTE, whereas at the earlier elections; the primary source of the violence (although not all), were the two largest political parties. Unquote  

LTTE had been campaigning for TNA in the 2001 & 2004 elections. The Commission may also confirm the authenticity of the allegation that 5000 LTTE ‘volunteers’ helped rigged the polls for the TNA to facilitate their entrance to Parliament.

Sivajiingam entered Parliament as a result of this alleged rigging. It was also with the help of the LTTE ‘volunteers’ in the East that Selvam Adaikkalanathan also made it to Parliament. The same person that has announced the agreement with the PM for their support for the no confidence motion. Has TNA similarly rigged elections held thereafter calls for another investigation. Present TNA leader also made it to Parliament with help from TNA.

The present UNP leader & PM signed the infamous cease fire agreement agreeing to LTTE territory in 2002. The TNA MPs including its leader and many of the MPs in Parliament have been regular invitees and guests to pro-LTTE events globally where they have openly advocated the demands of the LTTE. Many of these pro-LTTE groups remain proscribed by the GOSL under the UNSC Resolution 1373.

The election manifestos of the TNA virtually uphold every demand made by LTTE. Anyone in doubt need to take out the election manifestos of TNA in 2001, 2004, 2010 & 2013 as evidence. https://www.onlanka.com/news/tamil-national-alliance-ltte-separatist-manifestos-2001-2004-2010-and-now-2013.html TNA is even dubbed Tiger Nominated Agents!

There are plenty of photo evidence of the present TNA leader with the LTTE leadership & statements to back their connections.
 


TNA MP Sridharan was an ardent supporter of the LTTE and was a member of the LTTE for a brief period. TNA MP Sridharan is married to the sister of Theepan (one time head of LTTE military wing) TNA MP Sridharan’s brother migrated to Switzerland and is running anti-SL websites promoting LTTE ideology.

Every demand TNA members make is identical to the demands LTTE has made.

The TNA head who is also the Opposition Leader is doing exactly what Amirthalingam did as Opposition Leader in the late 1980s – promoting a separate state ideology. Both these Opposition Leaders are misusing & abusing their position to advance a racist separatist agenda & it demands that the vote base of the present so-called National Government realize the detrimental consequences of allowing such separatism to be politically given space.

What LTTE did with the gun the TNA is doing politically

What is getting clearer to understand is that the well-orchestrated regime change that installed a set of puppets & brought forward the 19th amendment clipping key executive powers of the President, peddled a ‘national government’ to cater to the selfishness of SLFP MPs to bind them with Ministerial posts so that the title of “Opposition” could be given to the other puppet the TNA and completely erase Opposition to the Government misadventures in Parliament.

The no confidence motion has become another fiasco wherein the winner is not the Prime Minister against whom the motion was presented but the TNA & SLMC whose MPs voted en bloc to herald a situation where minority racist political leaders & their agendas that are linked to foreign plans will rule the day.

This can be clearly seen in the manner that the PM has agreed to 10 demands made by the TNA for their vote at the no confidence motion. How can a Prime Minister for political survival agree to racist demands is something his own political party leadership and his vote base will need to ponder while everyone else must question the PM for agreeing to such demands.

The following are the TNA proposals accepted by PM Wickremesinghe:

(1) providing a political solution to the North-East problem expeditiously

2) enactment of a new Constitution with a two-thirds majority in Parliament before the next national election

3) ensuring that the military vacates all property belonging to civilians

4) a general amnesty to all political prisoners (LTTE are NOT political prisoners)

5) probing the wartime disappearances (who are these?)

6) protecting of rights of those living in the Northern and Eastern Provinces (Govt is bound to protect rights of all citizens not only those in North & East)

7) employment for youth living in the Northern and Eastern provinces (a Govt is bound to provide employment to all not discriminate)

8) ensuring that those who are not resident in the North and the East will not be employed in the two provinces at the expense of eligible candidates there

9) appointing Tamils as Divisional Secretaries of eight Northern and Eastern administrative districts and (another racist demand)

10) taking into consideration views of members representing Northern and Eastern Provinces in respect of development projects as well as priority for projects undertaken by the Northern and Eastern Provincial Councils.

The West that is now showering praises of ‘vibrant democracy’ in SL may well like to explain the allegations of bribery, threats, media attacks & thuggery that were all part & parcel of the no confidence motion outcome. Are these the initiatives they have spent millions on of late. None of these western envoys or their nations seem to be bothered that billions have been lost to the state from 2 bond scams, that MPs are being bribed for votes, that the bogey of national government excuses the dishing out of portfolios inspite of 19a restricting cabinet to 30 MPs and the mass scale corruptions completely go without comment or reprimand to the Government the West installed to advance their agendas.

In a 225 Member Parliament how can the Opposition comprise just 16 MPs?



Shenali D Waduge