RAW is behind regime change in SL : – Wimal Weerawansa

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National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader MP Wimal Weerawansa, in an interview with Dailymirror  says, his party, along with others, is ready with basic arrangements to contest the next general elections with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the prime ministerial candidate.  He said RAW, was behind the regime change in Sri Lanka. wimal2

Q : National Freedom Front (NFF), as a political party, has embarked on a political exercise together with others at the moment to bring back former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.  How do you plan to proceed with it under the prevailing circumstances?
Our political activism is unequivocally linked with the challenges confronting the nation. As a country, we witness the deadly sign that the forces hostile to the national interests try to rise from their defeats. In one aspect, we defeated the most ruthless terrorist movement. It was not only ruthless but also racist, separatist and fascist.  

Six years after its defeat with enormous sacrifices, it seems to be raising its ugly head in different forms today.  
Attempts are made to try those who gave leadership for the elimination of terrorism under war crime charges. Alongside,   plots are being hatched to remerge the northern and eastern provinces.  Afterwards, these forces, arraigned against the interests of the country, will enable the remerged North –East Provincial Council to pass separate statutes on police, land and financial powers. This will amount to a stepping stone for self rule.

Dilution of executive powers at the centre is helpful for their sinister struggle to gain self-rule.  It appears that the present leaders are determined to dilute executive powers further after the next elections.  

This will not end at that point. They will push for a separate unit with self-rule for  Muslims in the east, pitting them against Sinhalese eventually in future. In such an eventuality, ISIS, an international terrorist network, will also be a party to the crisis here.  This was the western conspiracy. This is what US Secretary of State John Kerry wanted.   The present regime is dancing to the tune of the western forces. Now, the challenge before us is to unseat this government. We are bracing for it.

Q : How successful have you been in mobilizing people in this respect?
By January 9 and 10, everyone anticipated that all   the MPs- representing the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) – would rally round new President Maitripala Sirisena either willingly or unwillingly. Then, it was planned for a national government with Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe from the United National Party (UNP) as the Prime Minister and another from Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)   as the Deputy Prime Minister.

After the Nugegoda rally we conducted on February 18, the trend has reversed. Today, the forces, behind President Sirisena, have been shattered.

Q How do you plan to contest the next general elections to be declared shortly?
For that, we have two plans.  First, we seek the nomination of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the prime ministerial candidate of Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Then, we can contest as a front along with him as the prime ministerial candidate.

If it is unsuccessful, we will look for a different front with Mr. Rajapaksa on board. For it, we believe, 95 percent of SLFP will join. Besides, a number of UPFA allies will join hands. Along with them, we try to take up the new challenge. 

Q By the way, what are the definite details of this political front?
Basic arrangements have already been made. For the rest of work, it does not take much time. Once the elections are declared, we can reveal the plan to the country.

Q How certain are you that the SLFP headed by President Sirisena will nominate Mr. Rajapaksa as the prime ministerial candidate.
In my personal view,   it is highly unlikely.

Q :Though you try to bring back Mr. Rajapaksa, he was defeated at the January 8th Presidential Election.  You were campaigning for him at that election. In your view, what are the reasons for his defeat?
In addition to the mistakes of the then government,there were countless allegations made on false grounds by its opponents.  Both these factors contributed to the downfall of the government which we represented. 

People got carried away by such baseless allegations. For example, there was an allegation about the inflated costs of highway projects.  Today, the new government has planned to proceed with the Colombo-outer circular expressway at the same cost estimated by the previous government. Yet, at that time, there were allegations about the cost of this project being inflated to make commissions for those involved in the execution of it. That was how people were flooded with all kinds of misinformation.  

US President Barak Obama, during his visit to India, thanked her for helping to bring about democratic reforms in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

Besides, these critiques spewed social bitterness against the Rajapaksa family, with allegations about owning private helicopters, horses. None of these allegations is proven today. They looked for Lamborghini cars, but could not find any. Yet, these baseless allegations had their impact on the campaign of Mr. Rajapaksa.

Administrative and Management Shortcomings Alongside, there were internal shortcomings at management and administrative levels of the previous government, leading to its downfall at the end.  The previous government did not go for certain reforms which were timely and needed for the country.     The opposition camp was able to make use of the situation for their political end as a result.

Q You said   the then government failed to bring about certain reforms. What were they?
In May, 2014, we mooted a public discussion on this matter. We foresaw the kinds of challenges lying ahead. We sensed that Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) would quit the government and join hands with the other side.  We proposed to bring about certain reforms including changes in the Constitution. 

Likewise, we asked for reforms in the economic sector.  Also, we sought democratic reforms.
But, the political and economic management of the previous government lay mainly in the hands of former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.  His standpoints and perceptions virtually became those of Mr.Mahinda Rajapaksa as the then President as well. Mr. Basil Rajapaksa was not in favour of reforms.

We tried to convince him of the danger lying ahead. But, we never knew whether he realized it or not. This was also a reason for the defeat. It led to unrest among others in the government at that time.  The opposition camp capitalized on these fissures within the government for their advantage.

Q Now you are trying to bring back Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister. Mr. Basil Rajapaksa is his brother. Again, there is the possibility of them uniting politically. What are your views?
It does not happen. If it happens in that way, we will not be party to such a political exercise.  

Q It means you are for a reformed Mahinda Rajapaksa?
Yes, of course.  We have to retain only the constructive features of his last administration while discarding the negativities we noted.  Our present political predicament is, in a way, an opportunity for us to take stock of the situation. It has afforded us the opportunity to weigh the pros and cons of what we did, and make corrections accordingly.

Q Also, the minority communities voted against Mr. Rajapaksa, making it a key reason for his defeat. What are the reasons for the alienation of minorities in this manner?
 Actually, there was no reduction of Tamil votes for Mr. Rajapaksa in the north and the east. Compared to the 2010 Presidential Election, the number of votes polled by Mr. Rajapaksa in the north and the east has increased this time.  But, as you know, there was a great reduction of Muslim votes.  The reason is known to everyone.  

Isolated attacks targeting Muslims elsewhere in the country were projected as a campaign well-orchestrated by the then government.  In the end , there was a disadvantage for the government.

Q But, a sizeable number of Sinhala Buddhist voters, particularly in the urban areas, had cast their ballots against Mr. Rajapaksa this time. It is visible when you examine the voting patter in electorates such as Kaduwela and Maharagama in the Colombo district. What have you got to say about it?
It is true. Venomous and vituperative campaigning alienated people to some extent from the former government. On the other hand, the role played by JHU and Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera also had an impact. People, harbouring dissent against the previous government, had also concerns that LTTE terrorism would raise its head in the event of the defeat of Mr. Rajapaksa.

Yet, at the same time, they thought it should not be allowed to happen due to the presence of JHU and all. So, they made up their mind and voted. But, these people are distraught   . They regret their decision. They know what is happening in the north now.  There is anarchy with stones being pelted at court houses.

Q You were involved in the campaign of Mr. Rajapaksa. Then, why were you unable to counter allegations which you say were baseless?
The decision making on all such matters lay in the hands of one individual.  These responsibilities have not been delegated. That was a shortcoming.

Q The present government claims that it has won over the international community. What is your response?
It is not true actually. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will submit its report on Sri Lanka in September.  I have a feeling that 43 individuals including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, will be accused of war crimes in it.

Before that, these international forces have advised the government to conduct the parliamentary elections. If the elections are conducted after the September report, they believe, it will be electorally advantageous to Mr. Rajapaksa.

Actually, there was no reduction of Tamil votes for Mr. Rajapaksa in the north and the east. Compared to the 2010 Presidential Election, the number of votes polled by Mr. Rajapaksa in the north and the east has increased this time.  But, as you know, there was a great reduction of Muslim votes.  The reason is known to everyone.

The Prime Minister announced in a TV interview that the election would be concluded before September.  The President announced that the domestic inquiry would begin soon. Now you can see the timings of all these activities. The government has agreed to give what the western forces want. Then, there is no conflict. Already, the government has agreed to devolve powers beyond the 13th Amendment. Then, it is a federal state.  The government which upholds the agenda of western forces has no conflict with them at all.
Port City Project suspended to appease US and India

This government is embroiled in a confrontation with China. They want money from China. At the same time, they suspended Chinese projects.  They suspended the Port City project to appease India and the United States.  The government also tries to reduce the height of the Lotus Tower to allay Indian fears. The government is pleasing the interests of certain power blocs in the world.
The government gave budgetary concessions on the imports of   spices and vehicles from India. Earlier, they accused the previous government of being over reliant on China. 

China does not politically influence us.  It has no political interference here.  It has only diplomatic relations with us. Today, the world’s financial power is in the hands of China.  The United States (US) acts as the world’s super power. But, it does not have enough money in its pockets.  The US depends on China for financial needs. So, it is always advisable for us to have economic relations with China in better terms.

The western countries do not offer anything to us. Not only that, they apply undue political pressure on us. US President Barak Obama, during his visit to India, thanked her for helping to bring about democratic reforms in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.  The US and India envied   China developing friendly ties with Sri Lanka. So, they jointly conspired to defeat the government of Mr. Rajapaksa.

This will not end at that point. They will push for a separate unit with  self-rule for  Muslims in the east, pitting them against Sinhalese  eventually in future. In such an eventuality, ISIS, an international  terrorist network, will also be a party to the crisis here.  This is the  western conspiracy.

It is clear that RAW (Research and Analysis Wing), the prime intelligence service,    bought over a lot of MPs.  RAW is clearly behind the regime change in Sri Lanka. RAW is still involved in operations to eliminate Mr. Rajapaksa completely from the political scene.