Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the Prime Minister without a majority support in the parliament. Although he stated that he will show the support of 113 MPs after the swearing in ceremony, so far Mahinda’s team has failed to do so.
Mahinda’s team attracted several MPs offering Rs 500 million money bags and ministerial portfolios; however, it still has not gained the support of 113 MPs. Rs 500 million money bags will be reportedly increased up to Rs 1000 million bags.
An MP, who was recently appointed as a minster of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, asked President Maithripala Sirisena, “Where’re the 113 MPs, sir?” The President angrily responded that he never promised to show 113 MPs’ support. He had further said that he appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister using his powers, and establishing the majority support is the responsibility of the Prime Minister.
He had further stated: “Basil’s the one who said that they can show the majority support in the parliament and appoint Mahinda as Prime Minister.”
When the abovementioned minister met Basil Rajapaksa, he asked the same question.
He responded: “What 113! It was the President who promised he can get 113 MPs’ support. Even we are waiting for President’s 113 MPs.”
The minister told Basil Rajapaksa what the President said. Basil had answered: “What madness? If we had 113 MPs’ support, we wouldn’t have waited this long. We would have won the motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister as well. I have been a part of many games and deals but I was still fooled by this man’s trickery.”
The reason behind the change of the government
Mahinda’s team formed a new government with the support of the President claiming to defeat Ranil’s activities against the people. But the foremost objective of the change of the government was weakening the special high courts set up by the Yahapalana government.
The special high courts were established with the aim of promptly hearing the cases of large scale fraud, corruption, robberies and crimes that took place during Rajapaksa’s rule. At least one member of the Rajapaksa family is connected with each of those crimes. Had the special high courts been functioning for at least another year, Rajapaksas and their accomplices would have been proven guilty. The real intention behind gaining MPs’ support offering Rs 500 – 600 million money bags is suppressing the proceedings of the special high courts.