UNP working committee unanimously approves Fonseka’s name
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The UNP Working Committee has decided to appoint Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to Parliament through the United National Front (UNF) National List slot which fell vacant following the demise of former Minister M.K.D.S. Gunawardane, UNP Assistant General Secretary Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.
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So everyone overruled Mr. Wijedasa. Is he going to resign or hang on yet to be seen. Recently US rejected SF’s VISA application and the West see him as a Human Right violator. On the other hand, government adore him for his anti MR /Gota stand. Simply because, enemy of my enemy is a friend of mine.
Gotabaya began to fear Sarath Fonseka after the latter won the LTTE terrorist war in May 2009. It was clear that Fonseka became more popular than Mahinda after winning the war as intelligence reports confirmed that position. That was why Fonseka was removed from the post of Army Commander. Mahinda’s Government jailed Fonseka as it feared the government could be toppled if Fonseka was let free. Now Gotabaya-Mahinda loyalists fear Fonseka’s entry to Parliament as the current ‘patriotic struggle’ launched by them against the Maithri-Ranil Government could be made redundant. Also, the attempt to field Gotabaya at the next presidential election would be in vain. These groups are trying to field Gotabaya at the next presidential election to be backed by Mahinda loyalists to gain power using the war victory.
When Fonseka enters Parliament, Mahinda loyalists who have written the war victory in their names will feel weak. The reason is that even Mahinda was never in the war zones. In contrast, Fonseka was nearly killed by terrorist bombs twice, but returned to the battlefield, against medical advice, as Army Commander. Dinesh and Wimal who scream about the war victory and war heroes have never stepped into war zones. They look like Lilliputians in the presence of Fonseka who is a Gulliver.
In such a backdrop, the entry of Gotabaya into politics, with Fonseka standing firm on the political scene, would look undervalued. If Mahinda loyalists had written the war victory in their names 100 per cent, Fonseka’s entry would reduce it by half to go in favour of the Maithri-Ranil Government and that cannot be prevented. That is why Gotabaya and Mahinda loyalists feared Fonseka’s entry into Parliament.