The ceremony held to announce the new leader of the Sri Lanka Podujana Party and the Presidential candidate of the party was a very successful propaganda campaign.
Everything was organized so meticulously and the culmination was the well-practiced speech by Presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa after his name was announced by SLPP’s newly appointed leader Mahinda Rajapaksa. He did not forget to say that he understands the Tamil expectations that led to 30-year civil war and solutions would be granted to the problem under his government.
Mahinda Rajapaksa’s speech was also a well-practiced one, specially the part he spoke in Tamil language. He is not well-versed in Tamil but spoke without use of script. However, he spoke in a more relaxed mood suitable for an outgoing veteran.
However, Mahinda Rajapaksa did not forget to highlight that Gotabaya is not his choice but the people’s choice, maybe because his wife Shiranthi was also in the audience. Their son, Namal Rajapaksa, is their contender to be the President.
The stage of the event gave a very strong message to the party and to the country. The stage decor was a replica of Medamulana Walawwa ancestral home of the Rajapaksa family.
The President, Prime Minister and all the senior Ministers are to come from Rajapaksa extended family if Gotabaya Rajapaksa comes to power. Is it the destiny of Sri Lanka?