Last Friday indeed was a historical day for all Sri Lankan citizens.
As the UNP government, failed in their desperate attempts to prevent the SLPP Presidential candidate, Gotabaya Rajapaksa from contesting the upcoming presidential polls, the court ruling proved what a hypocritical and failed government we currently have.
From the time this government was elected, they have not done much. From false promises to exaggerated FDIs, this government has only managed to drag Sri Lanka into a bottomless pit with a soaring cost of living, high taxes, a high unemployment rate and a crashed economy.
Infact, all what Sri Lanka had achieved soon after the war, was lost within these past four and a half years.
Since the announcement of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as the SLPP’s presidential candidate in August, the UNP, being greedy for power as they are, begun fresh antiques alleging Mr Rajapaksa’s citizenship was illegal. With their myths and tales, they attempted to mislead the public, in order to cling on to power, thereby causing more harm to this nation.
However, the unanimous decision by the Court of Appeal to reject the case against Mr Rajapaksa, exposed the UNP government and its candidate, Mr Sajith Premadasa’s hidden agenda to prevent a fair and just opposition candidate from contesting, thereby preventing a fair play.
In a democratic nation, it is dangerous when the ruling party’s candidate, has a hidden agenda to illegally oust his/her opponent from contesting a national election. Infact that itself sets a very dangerous environment to hold a free and fair election, and if the UNP at this time is assuring that it will maintain a free and fair poll, then it is nothing but another hoax from their side to mislead us all.
At this point of time, Mr Sajith Premadasa must keep aside his insecurities and concentrate on his policies and agendas. In fact Mr Premadasa has so far failed to give any convincing solution to the issues caused by his own government within these past four and a half years. Infact, how can he, when he was part of this government’s failures.
There is no point now, Mr Premadasa screaming on top of his voice, assuring a new Sri Lanka, new pledges and what not, when he could have easily done it with his government since 2015.
Him assuring to create a new Sri Lanka in the coming five years, if he wins, itself shows how failed he and his UNP have been.
The upcoming presidential polls will be an opportunity for Sri Lanka to elect a new leader who will work for the nation, whether it be in attracting FDIs, strenghtening the economy, building investor confidence, scrapping off unwanted taxes, getting rid of red tape, providing a solution for the unemployed and bringing down the cost of living.
In the recent past, under the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka was dubbed as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ ever since the end of the civil conflict, and it is time we regain this status back and show the world what Sri Lanka truly is.
After all, this island deserves better. Not lies and exaggerations by a government or a candidate, who under the guise of ‘good governance’ led Sri Lanka into a failed nation.