The rejection of Ranil’s rip-off regime
|Ranil Wickremesinghe reached the peak of his power on January 8, 2015.
Then he was neither the prime minister nor the president. But he had the power to make things happen. It can be argued that he had the world at his feet because he represented the promising moral force of the day. With that power he held his future and the future of the nation in his hands. Led by Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha, the respected moral spearhead of the time, surrounded by NGOs and civil society, backed the West and India, boosted by the grass root forces disillusioned with the Rajapaksa regime, hailed by the minorities, welcomed by the business community, he had all the power he needed to make “the difference” he promised, particularly with a newly elected President who was puttee in his palms. It was the greatest hour of his long career as the leader of the UNP. Gifted with a pliable President who could be easily pressured to follow his instructions he had the power to achieve whatever he wanted
The most remarkable exceptions were Dudley Senanayake who swept the polls on the sympathy vote of his father’s death and J. R. Jayewardene in 1978 who sailed into power (5/6th majority in Parliament) @|
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