A Grand Alliance? Ranil – Sajith – Opposition Groups

4 September 2023 12:01 am – 3      – 458

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Political leaders must set aside their differences and work together for the greater good, recognizing that these economic issues affect everyone, regardless of political beliefs


Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa has voiced his reluctance to form political agreements or alliances with President Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of the UNP. There were speculations about a possible merger between Premadasa’s SJB and the UNP, with the potential for Premadasa to become Prime Minister under Wickremesinghe’s leadership after the next Presidential election.

Premadasa’s statement, “Why should I get into deals with Ranil?” reflects his reservations about such collaborations. He seems to prioritize addressing critical issues in Parliament, such as hunger, thirst, and medicine quality, which he believes are essential for the people. In response to criticism from ruling party MPs accusing him of excessive questioning in Parliament, Premadasa defended himself by asserting his role in representing the people’s interests and holding the government accountable as an opposition leader.

These statements underscore Premadasa’s commitment to his opposition leader role and his hesitation to form alliances that might compromise his principles. President Wickremesinghe’s recent comments about Sajith’s decision not to play an active role in guiding the country highlights the importance of leadership decisions for our nation’s future. This reminds us that leaders’ choices can significantly affect our country’s path and global standing, emphasizing the need to stay vigilant about political developments and their potential consequences.

There is also a suggestion that Sajith should consider stepping aside in favour of Sarath Fonseka as a presidential candidate. Sarath Fonseka is a notable figure in Sri Lankan politics. They believe that this move could improve the electoral prospects of the SJB. The comments predict that Sajith would not fare well in an election and argues that the proposal of bringing Sarath Fonseka, would increase the SJB’s chances of forming a government. However, it’s important to remember that political outcomes depend on numerous factors, and these comments represent individual opinions.

In light of these global challenges, Sri Lanka must prioritize political stability and effective economic management. Political instability can worsen economic problems and hinder responses to external shocks. Governments should develop and implement policies addressing these complexities to foster a stable environment for economic growth. While positive changes in the global economy can aid Sri Lanka’s recovery, a comprehensive approach, including domestic political stability, effective governance, and sound economic policies, is essential for navigating the current global economic landscape successfully.

The President has understood the importance of working together with Sajith’s and other opposition groups and respect their ideas and goals. Wickremesinghe’s promise to include everyone and treat them equally is super important because our country is made up of many different kinds of people, and we should respect that.

Past misunderstandings offer valuable lessons for both sides to consider. Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures, urging a departure from conventional approaches. Learning from the thoughtful way Sajith’s father handled his interactions with JR Jayewardene provides a valuable guide for Sajith in his journey towards becoming a genuine political leader.
Sajith should prioritize clear and respectful communication with political opponents. This can help foster a constructive dialogue and bridge gaps between differing ideologies, focusing on practical solutions to real problems rather than getting caught up in ideological battles. Building consensus among diverse groups is essential for effective leadership. Sajith must listen to his learned MPs, learn from their knowledge and experiences, and combine their ideas into his policies.

Emulating Ranil, Sajith should learn to make decisions that may not be popular in the moment but are in the best interest of the nation’s future and also build a convincing plan for his own political leadership. It involves pragmatism, effective communication, the ability to build consensus, active listening, and a strong commitment to the long-term prosperity of the nation. If he can possess these qualities he can become a respected and effective leader.

To start a meaningful dialogue, Premadasa should proactively assemble a diverse team led by Harsha de Silva from within his own ranks, including representatives from various communities and perspectives. This team would create a platform and guide Sajith for constructive discussions with President Wickremesinghe, the legitimate authority for the nation’s advancement. Political leaders must set aside their differences and work together for the greater good, recognizing that these economic issues affect everyone, regardless of political beliefs. For Sajith Premadasa, this moment is seen as pivotal, and there is an expectation for him to rise above partisan politics.

A divided political landscape aggravates economic problems, hindering the search for effective solutions. To improve the situation, leaders should harness their diverse experiences to create a clear plan for economic recovery. In challenging economic times, political stability is crucial. Investors and businesses closely watch political actions, and when leaders prioritize the nation over personal interests, it boosts confidence and fosters hope, ultimately improving the economy. Leaders and politicians working in harmony can create policies that boost the economy, attract foreign investments, and enhance job opportunities. It also entails planning for the long term, beyond the scope of the next election, laying a strong foundation.

Despite prevailing distrust and conflicts, the unity of these influential politicians offers hope. They possess the power to turn our aspirations for progress and stability into reality. It is now incumbent upon Wickremesinghe and  the opposition to set aside past differences and seize this significant opportunity. It’s an opportunity to prioritize unity, prosperity, and genuine leadership. The global economic landscape is shaped by various factors, some of which can profoundly impact us. Geopolitical events, disruptions in global supply chains, climate-related disasters, and inflation are among these influential factors.

It means making plans that look far into the future, not just what happens in elections. This creates a solid base for our country’s future. In a time when people don’t trust politicians and are divided, the coming together of these political leaders gives us hope. It’s up to Wickremesinghe and  the opposition to put aside their past problems and make the most of this opportunity. The road ahead might be tough, but it leads to a big victory that shows our shared dreams and big goals.
Within the opposition, several groups have emerged, primarily consisting of former Rajapaksa loyalists and a few acolytes who played a role in supporting the family’s detrimental impact on the economy. The majority of them are disillusioned individuals eagerly seeking to reclaim their lost political influence.

However, one of the most recent groups, led by a government MP affiliated with the SLPP, named Lanza, is advocating for a pro-Ranil stance and opposing Basil Rajapaksa. Instead of persisting in their efforts to secure a place in the upcoming parliament, the other SLPP factions should consider uniting their efforts to support the President in his initiatives aimed at revitalizing the economy and alleviating the nation’s financial challenges.
Collaboration and unity among these different political groups could potentially contribute to more effective governance and it is in the best interest of the nation to prioritize collective efforts to address its pressing challenges and move toward a more prosperous future.


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