Political Déjà vu behind President taking over Rupavahini?

Political Déjà vu behind President taking over Rupavahini?

10 September 2019 10:21 am

President Maithripala Sirisena has taken over the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation with effect from midnight on Monday (09) on the instructions of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike, sources said. 

Although the crisis spawned over Inoka Sathyangani's refusal to resign from the Rupavahini Chairmanship was seemed to be the immediate cause, there are signs of a serious political upheaval that run deep, sources closer to SLFP said. 

This situation has sent a stern warning to the UNP, as all parties involved in the fall of UNP government formed in 2001 are now back on track. 

On November 05, 2003, the then President Chandrika Bandaranaike took over three ministries, including the Defense and the Mass Media, to bring down the UNP government. It culminated in February 2004 when she used her executive powers to dissolve parliament.

Bandaranaike has now rejoined with President Maithripala Sirisena as a powerful member of the SLFP. Her longtime political ally Mangala Samaraweera, who is a powerful member of the UNP's Sajith Faction, also closely associates with the President. 

Meanwhile, Central Province Governor Keerthi Tennakoon, a close associate of the President, made a Facebook post soon after the gazette was announced to acquire Rupavahini Corporation by the Defence Ministry saying that the 2019 Presidential Battle has begun. 

Apparently, the President's actions show more than what appears on the surface, according to political sources.