Five people who must resign now

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By 2018-02-13

By Eranda Ginige

The people of Sri Lanka have exercised their sovereign power. A clear majority of Lankan citizens have rejected definite representatives together with their policies. Here are the top five people's representatives who should bow down to the people's decision and leave their posts immediately.

1. Ranil Wickremesinghe

People have rejected you for the 9th time now! How many times do people have to tell you that the people no longer requires you? You're the most unsuccessful representative in the history of Sri Lanka. On one of your hands there's the blood of the 80s youth and on the other, there's the billions of rupees stolen from the Central Bank. You stutter utter nonsense anywhere you go. You and your cronies have held hostage the UNP for 24 years. You have conspired with foreign forces against the best interest of this country. You have sold national assets without the consent of the people of this nation. Ranil must immediately resign unconditionally from his positions as the UNP leader and prime minister.

2. Anura Kumara Dissanayake

JVP is a disgrace to the Left-wing politics. Their leader is nothing but the class joker who's only job is togossip on stage. You have betrayed your brothers and sisters who died for your party'slost revolution. You and your old cronies have done absolutely nothing except distraction and destruction to the people and the assets of this nation. And people have been rejecting you and your party, time after time. Your unprincipled policies to align the JVP with "whatever popular" agenda on the table has badly backfired. People have seen through your nonsense. Anura must immediately resign unconditionally from his position as the JVP leader.

3. R Sampanthan

Sampanthan runs racist and divisive politics. Even after being appointed as the Opposition Leader of the Parliament, he chose not to act as a unifier. Instead of helping the Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala people to unite, he acted in complete racial-interests by propagating a divisive constitutional change. Political parties which act on majority vs. minority mentality and play the race and religion card to instigate and divide the people of this country are a disgrace to democracy. As the Opposition Leader you failed to hold the UNP accountable. The joint opposition was formed in the lack of your public duty.We don't need Sinhala or Tamil or Muslim or Burgher parties and leaders. We need parties that will unite the people and act in the interest of ALL the People.

Sampanthan should resign immediately as the Opposition Leader.

4. Mahinda Deshapriya

Mahinda Deshapriya with his megalomaniacal attitude failed in his duty, first to hold the local elections in time; and then to release the election results in time. There needs to be a public enquiry regarding the results blunder. And whatever the reasons may be, he failed to plan, prepare and execute his duty on tax payers' money. It is completely unacceptable that he withheld the results for over 12 hours since the time he promised to start releasing the results. His attitude is a disgrace to all public servants with his boastful media briefings and open threats to shoot civilians. May I remind you, Deshapriya that there is a law in this country and it's not you! Deshapriya is too old for his job and must resign immediately and let modern, technology-savvy people to innovate the election mechanism to suite the 21st century.

5. Maithripala Sirisena

Sirisena has made a complete fool of himself. Every decision he made in the past three years was miscalculated. Every word he spoke was a mistake. More memes have been made with his face than any single human being on Earth, proving that the people have no respect for him. Still, Sirisena kept on bloating and bloating and bloating in his ego, consuming his arrogance until it all blasted on the 10 February 2018. His approval ratings are less than even Ranil's, which seriously challenges the legitimacy of his presidency. He has no vision for the country. He has not been able to reconcile the Sinhala and Tamil people which is evident from the North and East vote. And the people chose his former contender over him with a huge margin giving Sirisena no chance to even bargain. Sirisena should immediately resign from the party leadership of SLFP.

Mahinda Rajapaksa has been given another chance by the people of this nation. But they can't keep giving chances. This is not a win or loss to anybody. It's simply the people's choice. Before the people, the sovereign owners of this land reject you again, please live up to the people's mandate. Be the unifier we all need. Listen to the people. Strictly reject the corrupt.

Start the transformation to meet the future social, environmental and economic challenges. But most importantly give way to the other worthy leaders who are standing behind you. Leave at the first chance, at the height of your success. That's how you will stand apart from the previous failed lot. That's the most noble thing a leader can ever do. Let the new generation take over.

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