Oh Mahinda Mama. Why you play me like that. I just got done thanking you for stepping down gracefully when I started hearing rumors. Now it’s out in the media (BBC), that you tried (and failed) to stage a coup. Why you gotta be like that? You could have retired with the respect of the country. Instead it looks like you tried to flip the whole table over.
Here’s the stories I’ve heard. At this point it all stories because the military and AG’s office aren’t talking.
From The UNP
From the UNP/Maithri side I’ve been hearing that:
- You called in the military heads
- You called in the Attorney General
- You asked them to stage a coup, to stop the results and occupy TV stations, government buildings, etc.
- You said you wanted to serve another two years
- They said no
- Nimal Siripala De Silva also said no
So those are the rumors I hear from there. I like these guys but the UNP obviously has an interest in making you look bad, so maybe it’s that.
From A Journo
Now this is from a journalist I know who says he had a source in the room. Who and how I don’t know, so still quite in rumor territory. He said:
- You called in the military heads and the IGP
- You called in the AG
- You asked them to stage a coup, to take over the Airport, TV stations, radio, telcos, etc.
- You said that you wanted to serve two more years.
- The Army Commander was down but the IGP talked him out of it
Hearing a rumor from two people doesn’t make it true, but I’ve actually heard it from three or four now. And Rajitha Seneratne said it at a press conference, with the military right next to him. That still doesn’t make it true but then again, it doesn’t seem implausible. But why would you do that? At 2 AM on election night, you suddenly want to call a do-over?
If it is true, though, this is pretty bad. It would have been an untenable mess and it would have amounted to treason against Sri Lanka and the will of its people. It was also impossible in Sri Lanka – we’re actually not an isolated country and you could barely keep your Parliament in line nevermind the entire population. Given the postal votes, at least 40% of the government and military voted against you.
If this is true Mahinda Mama, it’s an ugly and shameful way to go out. You had the respect, at least, of most of the Sri Lankan people, if not their votes. You lost the election, but now it seems like you’re losing the peoples respect as well. You’re losing mine.