Mangala withdraws from race to enter Parliament

In a surprise announcement today former Minister Mangala Samaraweera announced that he has decided not to contest the 2020 Parliamentary election.

Samaraweera said that he plans to enter a new leaf in his political journey which will not include being a member of Parliament.

He requested the public in Matara to refrain from casting their preferential votes for him at the upcoming 2020 parliamentary election although his name appears in the electoral list as a candidate from the Samagi Jana Balawegaya.

He has addressed letters to the leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe and the leader of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya Sajith Premadasa informing them about his decision to refrain from contesting in the parliamentary election.

Mangala Samaraweera also held a meeting today at his residence with local government representatives from Matara and briefed them regarding his decision.

Expressing his views at this meeting, Samaraweera observed that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s leadership has been inefficient and short-sighted, and that this has been proven within a brief span of six months.

He further observed that under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, ethnic, racial and religious divisions among the people of the country are being widened while the state is being militarized, and that the opposition does not seem to have a clear understanding of what its role and duty should be at a time when the nation is faced with such grave challenges.

The former Minister stated that, in his view, if the nation is to be resurrected it is necessary that the fundamental values and principles of the United National Party are activated. He therefore expressed his deep regret at the division that has occurred in the Party.

Speaking further, the former Minister said that for over 30 years, he worked for united principles and policies within parliamentary politics, with the objective of raising the standard of living of all citizens of Sri Lanka, as well as forging reconciliation and enhancing a sense of humaneness. He stated that during this time, he succeeded in achieving progress for Matara as well as the country at large, yet a lot more still remains to be done.

He emphasized that it is necessary to initiate a movement towards a progressive political trajectory in Sri Lanka in partnership with the people in this country who respect democracy, and the different social identities and cultural traditions in the country, and people who are not overwhelmed and consumed by hatred towards one another.

He urged the people in this country who are not governed and guided solely by their racial, caste, religious, ethnic and gender identities at birth and those who are free of political, cultural and social hypocrisy to come together and join forces for this purpose. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. I really don’t believe that Mangala qualifies to criticise President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, because he never spoke up during the Central Bank robbery and Easter Sunday attacks. Since the 1980s, politicians’ educational standards have gone backward, but their wealth multiplied. Mangala is a perfect example for it, and no wonder why South Asia can’t compete with the West or China, even though South Asia has two billion people.

  2. Whatever Mangala said is acceptable as far as the role of opposition is concerned. I have commented on the same line in this e.paper. The opposition has no policy, no priority and they are attacking each other and destroying themselves. Their only objective is to come to Parliament at each others cost. Ranil and Sajith Both are responsible for this situation. Elder Statesman like Karu opted out of politics due to this melly. On the other hand Government is very clear in its objectives.

  3. Dear Mr. Samaraweera,
    It is sad to hear but you have taken the right decision, at the most appropriate time.
    It is entirely true that,
    [“Expressing his views at this meeting, Samaraweera observed that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s leadership has been inefficient and short-sighted, and that this has been proven within a brief span of six months.”]
    is more than enough an acceptable reason for your decision and the parliament will miss your valuable input & debates if there will be another gathering ever.
    On the other-hand, I visualize another great ‘Dudley Senanayaka’ with a bank balance of Rs.140.00 in his account as a leader of this island nation.
    May you be well, happy, peaceful and free from ill health to come back to serve the poor helpless citizens of ‘Silly Lanka’ with the ‘Sathara Brahma Viharas’ flourished in your heart
    Metta!

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