Empowering people - principal issue in devolution
The poor were the worst affected as they could
not afford to make the payments. The proliferation of ministries
resorted to by weak coalition governments elected under the
proportional representation system and the numerous agencies,
especially at the local level ensured that that the ordinary citizen
did not know whom to influence to pull a string for him or her.
The JHU, from pressure group to Cabinet
Mahinda Rajapaksa had been a somewhat
uncomfortable passenger in Chadrika’s ship. His political ideology
was that of the old Bandaranaike’s. Although Mahinda was the senior
most party stalwart he was not in the limelight of Chandrika’s rule
and he only survived the 11 years without earning her wrath.