Nov 17, 2018

Mahinda reveals his goal: pressure on judiciary? Featured

The only way to resolve the crisis that has arisen in the country is to go for a general election, said Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The main reason for the crisis is the arbitrary and biased actions of the Speaker and therefore a general election should be held to appoint a stable government, Rajapaksa said in a Face Book post.

He had noted that the sole intention of his party members and the members of parliament is to pave the way for the establishment of a stable government through a general election in order to resurrect the country from this crisis. This was conveyed in a statement issued at the time Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed duties as well.

Reason for disrupting parliament?

Is this an attempt to influence the case before the Supreme Court?

Expressing his views to Sri Lanka Mirror, a UNP-MP said Mahinda Rajapaksa and his disciples are currently trying to disrupt parliament in an attempt to have it dissolved and force an election. 

He said the aim of this protest is also to influence the case being heard in the Supreme Court against the dissolving of parliament.

Ranil’s view on the general election:

''General election would be called prior to June'' Ranil Wickremesinghe

Meanwhile, ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the media yesterday (16) that discussions would be held with other parties to hold a general election before June next year.

He said talks would be held with all parties represented in parliament regarding the general election.

Next his idea is to pass a resolution in parliament with regard to holding an election prior to June next year.

He said that his government needs a few months to restore the economy and thereafter they are ready to go before the people.

Call a Presidential election:

Meanwhile, MP Patali Champika Ranawaka challenged the President to call a Presidential election immediately if he can.
He made this challenge during the protest staged at the Lipton circus on November 15.

He said in 2015 although Maithripala Sirisena contested for Presidency and Mahinda Rajapaksa as his Prime Minister, all forces united and defeated them.

Further, in order to resolve the crisis that has arisen within the country, a presidential election should be held as soon as possible, said the President of the Private Bus Owners Association, Gemunu Wijeratne.