By Rajan Philips –
There are three Ps in Sri Lanka’s political firmament: the People, Parliament and the President. But they are not peas in a pod. There is a massive disconnect between the political protests of the people and the survival games that pro-government MPs, the Prime Minister and the President are playing. The President is playing hide and seek from the people and getting his handful of Ministers to say that their boss is ‘not going to budge.’ The Prime Minister, the family’s only communicator comes on television and cuts a sorry figure as a long-gone has-been. The PM says he is ready to meet with the young protesters, but the young protesters are saying there is nothing to meet about and the only thing the PM can do is go into sunset with the President.
The task before parliament when it reconvenes on April 19 cannot be clearer. It must rise to the occasion, stand in solidarity with the protesting people, and pass No Confidence Motions against the President and what is left of his government. If it fails, parliament itself, not just SLPP MPs, will become irrelevant.