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President Kumaratunga stabbing her presidential nominee to s

[b]President Kumaratunga stabbing her presidential nominee to sleep with the enemy[/b]

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

So far the only consistency in the career of Chandrika Kumaratunga – a president on her way out – has been her inconsistency. No one knows what she would say or do next. Nor can anyone predict who will be her friends or foes tomorrow. Perhaps, the only outstanding feature of her political career has been her unscrupulous readiness to discard, when it suits her, her father, her mother, her brother, her loyalists, her party and even her nominee for the presidential race.

To begin with, she dumped her mother, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, when she walked out of the Bandaranaike household, assuming that she had the best recipe to solve the problems of the nation. She broke away from her mother and drifted into a queer mixture of flag-waving, pinky socialism which went to her head like the French wine which she is fond of – a habit acquired when she got a free ticket to enter some wayside off-shoot of Sorbonne. Newspapers had a field day questioning whether she was ever a student of Sorbonne and whether she gained any recognized degree.

Her compass has been her inflated ego. She fancies that she is a super intellectual. She boasted that it was she who drafted the budgets for her finance minister, Prof. G. L. Peiris to read it in Parliament. She had the temerity to front up before skilled interviewers (example: Tim Sebastian of BBC Hard Talk) and disgrace not only herself but the nation as well. Each time she was cornered she would make feeble attempts to get out of her predicament by lying through her teeth. She once told a correspondent of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that she does not care for power. Her more honest sister, Sunethra Bandaranaike, put the record straight when she bluntly told the ABC correspondent: “She would say that, wouldn’t she? She loves power.”

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