Mahinda slams incompetent “yahapalana opposition”

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today slammed what he called the “yahapalana opposition” in Parliament over their failure to meet the expectations of the public.

Rajapaksa said that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) excel at talking but are failures in administration.

“There is a yahapalana Government as well as a yahapalana opposition in this country. After the August 2015 parliamentary election, the UNP Speaker refused to recognize the Joint Opposition which had over 50 MPs as a part of the opposition, and gave the opposition leadership to the TNA which had 16 MPs. The JVP which had six MPs was given the position of chief opposition whip. Hence, we now have a situation in this country where the Joint Opposition which votes against the budget every year and opposes the Government both inside and outside Parliament, is not considered by the UNP Speaker to be a part of the opposition, while the TNA which always votes with the Government at the budget and cooperates with them both inside and outside Parliament is considered to be the main opposition party,” Rajapaksa said in a statement today.

He said that the TNA and the JVP were included in the all-powerful National Executive Council which was formed over and above the Cabinet to run the country immediately after the 2015 Presidential election.

Rajapaksa said that while masquerading as opposition political parties, the JVP and the TNA have supported every anti-democratic action taken by the Government in the past three years.

“In August 2017, they helped the Government pass a new local government elections law in contravention of the Constitution and the standing orders of Parliament. A whole new elections system was introduced as committee stage amendments to a Bill that had been introduced in Parliament to correct some technical errors in the then local government elections law. For the first time in Parliamentary history, the Bill that was passed at the third reading in Parliament was not the Bill that was debated at the second reading,” he said.

He said that since 1971, the aim of the JVP has been to destroy the state and the country and to create the confusion that will enable them to seize political power.

“In their failed bids to seize power in 1971 and 1987-89 through armed rebellion, the JVP banned elections and murdered voters who went to the polling booth. They killed hundreds of minor Government officials such as gramasevakas to disrupt the functioning of the Government. They killed hundreds of transport workers in an effort to disrupt the transport system. They killed policemen in a bid to bring law enforcement to a halt. They attacked army camps in the South to collect weapons for their campaign of terror when the entire Army had been mobilized for the Vadamarachchi operation to dislodge the LTTE from the Jaffna peninsula in 1987. They killed members of the armed forces and police in their bid to capture power and even went beyond the LTTE by murdering family members of armed forces personnel as well,” he said.

Yet he says today, JVP Parliamentarians stand before the people as the most incorrupt, innocent politicians ever to be born in this country.

Rajapaksa says the TNA for its part supported the terrorism of the LTTE until the latter was destroyed by his Government.

The former President says the voting public should understand that there is an incompetent yahapalana Government in Sri Lanka and an equally incompetent yahapalana opposition – both of which should be rejected by the people. (Colombo Gazette)