General Fonseka to be the opposition common candidate?
November 8, 2009 10:44 am
General Sarath Fonseka who returned to the island a few days ago is tipped to be the common candidate of the Opposition Alliance for a future Presidential poll, sources from the newly formed United National Front say.
When contacted, Democratic People’s Front (DPF) leader Mano Ganeshan said the name of the candidate will be revealed by Friday. Mr. Ganeshan who earlier opposed General Fonseka’s entry as the common candidate and threatened to withdraw, later changed his stance claiming that a representative from General Fonseka had met him and discussed several issues and that now he was for the General.
The news is now out that Gen. Fonseka will definitely contest the next Presidential elections of Sri Lanka as the common candidate, against the incumbent President, Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The term of Presidency in Sri Lanka is six years, out of which, Mahinda Rajapaksa will complete four years in the middle of this month.
Riding high on the victory against the Tamil LTTE terrorists (once known as the most ruthless terrorists in the world), President Rajapaksa decided to hold the Presidential elections two years earlier and the general speculation was that he was confident he would get two thirds of the vote, thus giving him a clear mandate to run the country.
However, recently, it was felt that the Rajapaksa government was handing out a raw deal to General Fonseka, who in fact was the architect of the victory against the LTTE. The consensus of opinion here is that it was Sarath Fonseka who won the war for Sri Lanka, and not the Rajapaksas. And that he would have achieved victory under any President who gave him a free hand to run the war.
Rajapaksa should be commended for giving Fonseka a free hand. But, should not be entitled to be promoted to 'King' on account of Fonseka.
With the entry of Fonseka to the fray, the following are possible:
* The President, as a result of a drop of confidence decide to hold the elections in two years, when it is really due. This decision may not hold water with the voters of Sri Lanka now, because of the arrogance shown by Govt. media in announcing that the President was planning to have the Presidential elections in December 2009.
* The President may decide to hold the General Elections (which are almost due), before the Presidential elections. This will onceagain bring out the level of the President's confidence factor.
* The President may not accept Fonseka's retirement papers. Although Fonseka was 'kicked up' after the war, his present position is powerful on paper and not otherwise. His services being required for the country may be the reason. The question then would be why a man who was not required by the country three months ago (after the war), is suddenly required.
Without doubt, the present Sr Lankan Government has displayed corruption of a high level. Although there are honest officials at all levels, government corruption prevails.
Fonseka has been squeaky clean in all his dealings and is a person who is bent on eliminating corruption at all levels. His thinking is that if corruption is put to and end, the economy will well be on its way to recovery.
Fonseka can be a breath of fresh air.
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