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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Ranil waiting to Chandrika for her misdeeds

[b]Ranil waiting to Chandrika for her misdeeds[/b]

From our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 12 September, ( According to informed political sources the UNP has put into operation a subtle campaign to lull President Chandrika Kumaratunga into a false sense of security, with Ranil Wickremesinghe promising her a role in his regime if elected. This is a calculated move to pit her against Mahinda Rajapakse in the hope of weakening the formidable alliance behind him.

Political observers also note that she is wooing the UNP in a big way. She is attempting to hedge her bets in case Wickremesinghe wins the election, they state. Accompanied by Mervyn de Silva, known more for his attacks on the media and his son’s attack on the Police, she called on the residence of Malik Samarawickrema, the President of the UNP, ostensibly to pay her respects to his mother who had passed away. But the meeting ended in an animated discussion on Mahinda Rajapakse’s alliance with the JVP.

Whether her tactics can buy the loyalty of Wickremesinghe is in doubt because he has consistently made use of those who supported him and dumped them once he gains office. According to informed sources Ranil Wickremesinghe is playing a divide and rule game. These sources indicated that he is biding his time to do to her what his uncle J. R. Jayewardene did to her mother, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike: appoint a commission (a favourite political tactic of both uncle and nephew) and deprive her of her political rights. According to UNP sources Wickremesinghe has a dossier on her to indict her on charges of corruption and violations of human rights, including the stripping of women and forcing them to walk in the streets in the Wyamba election.

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