Fonseka at the Cinnamon Lakeside
Perambara has an interesting story on Has the UNP abandoned Fonseka? I daresay, yeah. It was always a tenuous relationship with little coordination. I think most of the manifesto and many documents were UNP, but Fonseka would always keep changing stuff. There weren’t any significant Fonseka representatives hanging around UNP offices. Those there seemed to have plenty of free time, so they probably weren’t that connected.
The JVP and Fonseka were much closer. In terms of body language, I saw the lot at a press conference while Fonseka was under siege in the Cinnamon Lakeside. He was much more jocular with Somawansa and Ranil didn’t show up till late. Then Karu had to move from his seat to let Ranil in, it was funny.
Now the body language is much colder. In the UNP’s manifesto there is literally one point related to Fonseka, whereas Fonseka’s image and ill-treatment are the core of the JVP (Democratic National Alliance) campaign.
Fonseka was a loose cannon and I really think many in the UNP are glad to see him gone, including Ranil. That said, Fonseka was really one of the last people in the country crazy enough to take real shots at Mahinda. Despite being a political neophyte, he was still a more inspiring leader than Ranil and redoubtably brave. Ranil is just calculating and waiting for his inheritance, which will probably never come. Fonseka was crazy enough to go out there guns a blazing and actually do some damage. Before ending up in jail.
It is still pretty shit that the UNP seems to have abandoned Fonseka. He probably would’ve abandoned them if he’d gotten into power, but he at least at the courage to run, basically on their behalf. Being in jail sucks and the UNP is still a big party that supposedly supported him. Except now they kinda don’t.