Within these past 24 hours, UNF’s Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa has challenged SLPP’s Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa to a live debate to discuss policies and vision. The first obvious question is when has he publicly articulated his vision and policies for the nation? Other than making some lame statements and baseless promises, citizens of this country are yet to see a clear strategy to bring Sri Lanka out of this pitfall and develop the nation.
His call very obviously has been supported by his party members who believe that a live debate between the two candidates will help cover the failures of this government and miraculously lead Sajith Premadasa to a victory next month.
Mr. Premadasa’s call for a live debate at this juncture is seen as nothing but a mere joke especially since, during these past few weeks, he has been unable to provide a solution for any of the issues facing this country.
Infact, Mr Premadasa has only been able to confuse one’s mind with his clueless statements and a promises which he could have easily fulfilled within these past four years, but he has now put it off for achieving within the coming 5 years.
Mr Premadasa should have known that rather than calling for open debates with candidates who have already begun working for the citizens, he should first resolve his own faults. His party, the UNP, right now is in disarray, with MPs such as Wasantha Senanayake demanding for questions as to who would be their prime ministerial candidate and whether MPs such as Ravi Karunanayake, accused for the Bond Scam controversy and Rishard Bathiudeen, who is facing allegations for having links with terrorists, would have any role to play in his government.
With no power to control his own party, how is Mr Premadasa contemplating to run a government? And with no solution to address the issues caused by his own government within these past four years, how does Mr Premadasa decide to run a country?
Moreover, information is now surfacing that Mr. Rauff Hakeem, who is a part of this UNF government, has had links with Easter Sunday attacks mastermind Zahran, as there are pictures which he has posed with the terrorist.
Infact, Mr Hakeem now denying that he had known Zahran is not surprising as all citizens know that this government is quite popular for ‘not remembering’, ‘not knowing’, ‘not being informed’ or ‘I saw it only in the papers’ statements.
If Mr Hakeem had known terrorist Zahran in any way then why was he appointed to the Parliamentary Select Committee which was set up to probe the Easter Sunday attacks? It is obvious that Mr Hakeem knew Zahran so when he has links, why did he accept his position on the PSC?
The answer to this is very simple. It was very obvious that Mr Hakeem was appointed to the PSC to cover up as to who was to actually to blame for the Easter Sunday attacks. He has well manipulated the proceedings and has prevented the truth from being exposed making one conclude that the entire PSC was a sham and was set up only for the public eye.
Mr Premadasa has such pressing concerns he needs to address and so many answers he has to provide to the nation for the failures caused by his government.
I kindly suggest Mr Premadasa puts his own house in order and apologize to the nation first for the grave mistakes and crimes committed by his entire government within these past four years and for taking the lives of 250 innocent victims before challenging other candidates to debates.
Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa has, since announcing his candidacy been travelling across the country listening to the concerns of the citizens and has begun his work to lead Sri Lanka to a path to prosperity.
As enough has been spoken these past four years by Ministers who worked only for their own gain. It is now time to implement and walk the talk.