The season begins

All Sri Lankans are looking forward for the festive season and are getting ready to celebrate it. December is usually the month where the usual hectic life becomes lighter, thanks to Christmas and the New Year.

The climate also kind of helps to keep with the mood.

However, not everyone is relaxed and in a celebratory mood. There are crossovers happening. Political parties are in the process of submitting their nominations. Yes, the country is getting ready for another election, scheduled for early next year.

These elections are crucial for many reasons. Apart from the fact that the Local Government polls have been on the cards for a long time, the elections will also be a test for many of the political parties, including the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), and the United National Party (UNP).

The emergence of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) spearheaded by MP Basil Rajapaksa has posed a challenge to the coalition government which has been in power since August 2015.

Despite the many progresses over the past couple of years, the government had continued to receive flak over several matters pertaining to good governance, most notably the bond scam, and the .

On the other hand, the tug of war between the SLFP and the UNP had come out various occasions. Many contradictory statements by members of the government had only confused the masses.

It is important that both the SLFP and the UNP address this issue at the earliest.

Sri Lanka has never had a coalition government where the President and Prime Minister were from different political parties and had agreed to work together.

We had a situation in 2002 where Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge was President and Ranil Wickremesinghe was Prime Minister. But it did not work as they had no consensus.

Differences of opinion are inevitable in a coalition government. But, these differences of opinion should be used to build up the nation and not to confuse the people.

People wanted change and they did get it. But are they satisfied? Has the government fulfilled its pledges to the people?

You cannot say the government had completely gone back on its promises. But there is more to be done and already over two years had passed by and much more to be done.

Published in the Nation on December 17, 2017

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