Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been severely criticized by the leaders of the Joint Opposition consisted of the Sri Lanka Podujana Pemamuna (SLPP), as well as his family, for allegedly involving in abolishing the Executive Presidency by favouring the forthcoming of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution by developing a coalition with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to secure his own political career, sources say.
Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) Wimal Weerawansa has reportedly warned at an internal party meeting held last Friday (22) that the people will be polled against Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa by launching a strong political movement, if he tends to support the 20th Amendment to the Constitution by joining with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
In keeping with the sources, Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, commenting on the situation, has stated that he is strongly against abolishing the Executive Presidency. He went on to say that the country, which has been saved by the hands of the soldiers, shall not be abandoned to be driven for personal political gain of whose leadership was once vital for the supreme mission.
Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has made these comments with some of his closely associated journalists.
He further emphasized that abolishing Executive Presidency would be but a huge disadvantage to the country.
Apparently, it is obvious that Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa has been criticized by his own pool of people.
Nevertheless, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s immediate family members, Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapaksa, Mr. Namal Rajapaksa, are at a firm stance that the 20th Amendment to the Constitution shall be approved, whereas he should be the next Prime Minister candidate representing the SLPP and the Joint Opposition.
According to reports, Mr. Basil Rajapaksa against Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s opinion subtly favours Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, while Mr. Chamal Rajapaksa and his son Shashendra Rajapaksa favour Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s opinion.