President, leader of one nation
Endorsement for President’s leadership:
A leader close to people’s hearts:
An year has passed since the last Presidential election. A lot of
scenarios appeared during these 365 days, especially in the political
arena. The majority in the island endorsed Mahinda Rajapaksa’s
leadership for the second time in a landslide victory over his main
opponent Democratic United Alliance (DUA) candidate Sarath Fonseka,
recording the biggest ever margin of victory in the Presidential
election history in Sri Lanka.
It was not an unexpected victory. Most realized the value of his
Presidency when he eradicated LTTE terrorism. Bringing peace to the
island not only brought stability to the country. It helped the
development process in every sphere. Another reason for President
Mahinda Rajapaksa’s re - election was that there was hardly any
Opposition that could challenge his supremacy and the vast political
experience and knowledge he has.
The common man saw him as one of them, sincere and kind but strict
where necessary and he had already proved that he was a trustworthy
When President Mahinda Rajapaksa won the election with a massive
majority over the Opposition, the combination of United National Party
(UNP) and (People’s Liberation Front) JVP made a baseless allegation
saying that the election results were a ‘computer jilmat’ (false
statistics made with the help of computer technology).
The UNP and JVP got together to defeat President Mahinda Rajapaksa
but broke into pieces when unable to achieve their selfish political and
personal goals. They had no option other than to sling mud at the
President and his family. The joint Opposition tried hard to give a
wrong impression of the great victory President Mahinda Rajapaksa
gained. Only option they had was to create chaos and support local and
international elements to bring into ridicule the victory to hinder the
development of the country. However the UNP and JVP couldn’t hold on for
so long as they realized that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was not so
easy to tackle and defeat.
As a leader no other SLFPer has succeeded in uniting other parties
and organizations with their different manifestoes, whether it is for
political or administrative purposes.
This was truly witnessed at the 2009 budget in Parliament. Most
critics thought that the Rajapaksa Government would collapse by losing
vote on the budget but his proposals were approved by a great majority
to prove that he is a reliable and trustworthy figure. Some doubted what
would happen until the last minute other than the President himself.
That was because he knew that he had achieved what he was asked to
do. To end the 30 year war and bring peace. Apart from that besides all
the problems he continued with a large number of projects successfully
while engaging in a costly war.
There is another fact that signifies President Mahinda Rajapaksa as a
ruler. For most of the time the Presidency was occupied by city based,
pro-Western leaders but Mahinda Rajapaksa with a village background
changed that by becoming the President for the second consecutive time.
This made it more difficult for those who were in favour of upper
class businessmen and Western oriented intellectuals who sought only
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is well aware of the needs of the poor
villager and the ordinary Sri Lankan lifestyle. No other ruler in the
recent past could get closer to the hearts of the people than President
Many political figures crossed swords with the media while President
Rajapaksa is well known for his media friendly attitude. Government and
privately owned media respect him as a leader of one nation. At times
when there were controversial issues the President calmly handled the
President Mahinda Rajapaksa was willing to negotiate at times of
disputes. He invited the state owned and private media and requested
their support for the development process, to highlight what has been
done and what is to be done.He is renowned for his humanity, kindness
and frugality being an exemplary character to every citizen.
No doubt he is the only leader to win the hearts of the masses
including those supporting other parties.
His bilateral relations and diplomatic ties with other countries are
considered vital elements in most crucial issues affecting the country.
Although one of the smallest countries in the world President Mahinda
Rajapaksa’s Statesmenship is welcome by neighbouring countries like
India, Pakistan, Iran, Chinaand Bangladesh.
During the effort to wipe out terrorism his intelligent handling of
sensitive issues was an asset. Another reason that makes Mahinda
Rajapaksa a noble character is that he is good at making friends,
winning the hearts of Opposition politicians in times of need.
That capability is always useful in the development process
especially for a leader within the democratic framework.
Despite all the vicious and furious allegations hurled against him,
he continuous as a brave leader and considers it his duty to avoid vice
and practise virtue.