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By Shamindra Ferdinando
Water Supply Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara said yesterday (04) that despite the removal of National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa and Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader Udaya Gammanpila from Cabinet , the 11-party rebel group would not give up its campaign to change the course of the SLPP-led government.
Democratic Left Front (DLF) General Secretary Nanayakkara said so during a hastily organized press conference at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel where lawyer Gammanpila launched a scathing attack on Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa over of the current economic crisis.
The media were informed that they would not forge an alliance with the opposition under any circumstances.
In an obvious reference to Basil Rajapaksa’s dual nationality, Colombo District MP Gammanpila said the “ugly American” should accept responsibility for the crisis the country is going through at the moment. The rebel group blamed Basil squarely, who returned to parliament last July with the help of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which Weerawansa and Gammanpila voted for in October 2020 after initially opposing it.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa sacked Weerawansa and Gammanpila on Thursday (03) following ten SLPP voters and Ape Janabala Pakshaya presenting an alternative course of action to bolster the badly deteriorated national economy. The group demanded massive debt restructuring and an end to lending on the international money markets. The alternative plan was presented at an event at the Monarch Hotel Sri Jayewardenepura, Kotte, chaired by former SLFP president and leader Maithripala Sirisena.
Stating that he had been with Weerawansa and Gammanpila since the start of the political project, launched following their Supreme Court move against the controversial Yugadanavi deal in September last year, lawmaker Nanayakkara underscored his strong protest against the dismissal of his colleagues. Nanayakkara, who had fought many political battles alongside Mahinda Rajapaksa, said he would not hold ministerial office to underscore his opposition to the government’s decision.
President Rajapaksa refrained from sacking Nanayakkara when Weerawansa and Gammanpila were dismissed to pave the way for a minor cabinet reshuffle on Thursday. Other changes were made on Friday as except for the education portfolio held by Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader Dinesh Gunawardena, all portfolios were shared by the SLPP. The MEP abstained from joining the group led by Vasu-Wimal-Udaya.
Lawmaker Nanayakkara said that after launching a campaign alongside Weerawansa and Gamamnpila et al, he could not let them down. However, he ruled out the possibility of him resigning from his ministerial portfolio. Except for a few henchmen, the vast majority blamed the government for sacking ministers who gave leadership to a much-needed political initiative, MP Nanayakkara said.
The Ratnapura district legislator said the action taken against Weerawansa and Gammanpila could not be justified in any way.
The PHU leader alleged that Sri Lanka was trapped in an intentional conspiracy. The former minister compared the current situation with the one Indonesia faced in 1997.
Gammanpila swore whatever the challenges they would do their best to thwart the conspiracy.
Democratic Left Front, Lanka Sama Samaja Party, Freedom Party of Sri Lanka, Communist Party of Sri Lanka, National Freedom Front, National Congress, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya, Sri Lanka Mahajana Pakshaya, the Vijaya Dharani Jathika Sabhawa, the Eksath Mahajana Pakshaya and the civil society organization Yuthukama, endorsed what SLFP leader, former President Maithripala Sirisena called the national declaration at the launch of the monarch.
Except for Ven. Atureliye Rathana Thera, who represented Ape Jana Bala Pakshaya in Parliament, all others were SLPP voters.
Lawmaker Nanayakkara alleged that those who sacked Weerawansa and Gammanpila, both Colombo district parliamentarians, clearly did not bother to understand what they were saying. Stating that both members had a large following, MP Nanayakkara said the decision to sack popular politicians was a decision made against the public.
Acknowledging that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had come under heavy pressure, MP Nanayakkara said they would not let up on the pressure on the President and the government.
On behalf of the group, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila addressed the assembly.
Gammanpila alleged that the national economy was now in the hands of someone who had absolutely no idea about economic matters. Stating that they were forced to take their case to the people, MP Gammanpila said their efforts to convince the government to take corrective action had failed. The former minister warned the SLPP leadership that as a former cabinet spokesman, all those who had been involved in the plot would be exposed. The head of the PHU claimed that interested parties have wreaked havoc in the country to facilitate outside interventions. The lawyer explained how Western powers have destabilized Indonesia to the point of paving the way for the recognition of East Timor as the first sovereign state of the 21st century.
MP Gammanpila has pledged to continue his campaign whether or not he continues with the government.