Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G. L. Peiris will soon move the District Court, seeking a clarification as regards President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s eligibility to contest the 2019 presidential election. Prof. Peiris revealed his party’s plan, yesterday, at a media briefing at the Nelum Mawatha Office of former President Rajapaksa.
Former External Affairs Minister Peiris said in terms of the Article 125 of the Constitution, the District Court could refer the matter to the Supreme Court for a ruling. According to him, the Supreme Court will have to make its ruling known to the District Court within two months.
Even GL Peries who realised that Mahinda will not appoint him has the next presidential candidate of the JO given up his hope and wants Mahinda to contest the election, knowing that at the current situation JO will not win the election due to there close links with right extremist associates who are calling Sri Lanka a Sinhala Buddhist country.
He knows that Mahinda will only allow a Rajapaksha family member contest as the next presidential candidate of JO.
Mahinda led JO has unofficially refused to support the new constitution which will give some rights to the minorities because any support to minorities will anger his Sinhala Buddhist extremist supporters.
It is known truth that the current constitution which has been tinkered by the Parliamentarians to have 19 amendments in 40 years has outlived its original purpose and is no longer a document that meets the aspirations of the People. Every amendment has only served to satisfy the Rogue Parliamentarians to further their narrow aims and consolidation of power in their hands.
History is rife with many examples of heads of state who became dictators after holding that position for more than ten years. We could mention Ferdinand Marcos, Muammar Qaddafi, Mobutu Sese Seko, Robert Mugabe, Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Jean-Claude Duvalier and Augusto Pinochet. Some Rogue Parliamentarians who increased their wealth during Mahinda rule want Mahinda Rajapaksa’s name to be listed alongside by future historians. Mahinda possesses all of the traits that are the hallmarks of a dictator!
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa could file a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition in the Supreme Court to obtain its opinion whether he could contest or not at the Presidential Election, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader, MP Udaya Gammanpila said addressing a news briefing today.
It is well known that opinions were expressed that MAHINDA could again contest and the views of the Supreme Court would be sought but the argument for it was not known. The political angle to this letting off is to unite the JO and anti-government elements and create a new feeling among those concerned “Mahinda might come back”. Thus this is a great psychological operation.