Feb 20, 2017

Political excitement over report on Mahinda’s civic rights Featured

There is excitement in the political circles following reports that ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa will be deprived of his civic rights based on the serious allegations of fraud and corruption leveled against him.

This follows a front-page headline article in a weekend national newspaper said to be owned by a key SLFP figure and a parallel poster campaign in Colombo city.

It said several ministers and civil society activists have urged the president and the prime minister to deprive Mahinda of his civic rights.

SLFP is against it
A SLFP minister said on condition of anonymity that this would not be the opportunity to take such a measure that would definitely divide the party.

Even if a presidential commission is appointed to inquire into accusations of misconduct against the ex-president, a proposal in that regard has to be passed by a two-third parliamentary majority, which will be not be achievable at this moment, said the minister.

UNP will not get involved in a political project

When contacted, a popular UNP MP said he was personally against the deprivation of Rajapaksa’s civic rights.

He told 'Sri Lanka Mirror' that Rajapaksa should not be the victim of such an anti-democratic act, after having pioneered the war victory to free the country.

Preferring to remain anonymous, the MP went onto say that such a measure would only strengthen Maithripala Sirisena’s hold in the SLFP.

Therefore, the UNP should not get its name tarnished by involving itself in a political project of that nature.

He added that he did not believe Ranil Wickremesinghe would resort to such action as the UNP has not yet been able to erase the blemish on the party caused after J.R. Jayewardene had deprived Sirimavo Bandaranaike of her civic rights.

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