SB takes on Mangala
One-time cabinet colleagues and thick pals, S.B. Dissanayake
and Mangala Samaraweera worked hand-in-glove during the
Chandrika Kumaratunga regime. As time passes and loyalties
change, such friendships rarely stand the test of time.
One fine example of this was when Dissanayake, the UNP’s Chief
All-Island Organiser, expressed his disdain for Samaraweera last
week, dismissing him as a man who was good for only one thing –
He charged that Samaraweera, by trying to bring Kumaratunga back
to the political arena, was attempting to give life to a corpse.
Claiming that Samaraweera was flogging a dead horse, Dissanayake
expressed the opinion that, in doing so, Samaraweera may well be
digging his own grave. “He will perish with her,” asserted
He went on to say that Samaraweera crossed over to the
opposition only because he was not given the portfolio he
desired. “If he had been given what he wanted, he would
immediately change his tune and say that Mahinda Rajapaksa would
achieve even enlightenment,” charged Dissanayake.
Having walked out on the government, Dissanayake highlighted
that Samaraweera’s top priorities at present revolved around
just one goal – bringing Kumaratunga back and forming an
alliance with the JVP under her leadership.
Dissanayake was of the opinion that Samaraweera was looking to
the UNP for help only in order to overcome certain obstacles in
his path and that the UNP should, while welcoming Samaraweera,
keep him in the “proper place.”
He further said that Samaraweera’s middle path (meda pilivetha)
economy theory had disappeared from the world in the late ’80s,
and questioned what Samaraweera knew about politics, finance and
the economy, adding, “But he is a good fashion designer!”