Rajapaksa brothers accused of implicating Sri Lanka in trouble
Since early April, protesters have been alleging that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda were leading the country to economic ruin. They also staged long protests demanding the resignation of the Rajapaksa brothers throughout the country, including the capital Colombo, but these two brothers in power tried to quell the demonstrations at gunpoint. Not only this, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa did the work of suppressing the voice of the people by declaring emergency in the country. This intensified the violence and reached its peak this week.
Mahinda Rajapaksa had to resign because
In response, there were also reports of clashes between supporters and protesters of Mahinda Rajapaksa in several cities. Last week, when a protesting crowd gathered outside Mahinda Rajapaksa’s house, his supporters attacked him. Several protesters were injured in this attack, due to which a furious mob set their house on fire. It is claimed that Mahinda Rajapaksa was present in this house at the time, but his security guards managed to get out through another route immediately before the fire incident. In response, the homes of several leaders of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s party were attacked. In such a situation, the pressure increased so much that Mahinda Rajapaksa had to resign from the Prime Minister’s chair.
Mahinda Rajapaksa is hiding at the naval base
It is being told that 76-year-old Mahinda Rajapaksa is hiding in a naval base in the north-east of Sri Lanka for his safety. A local court in Colombo has even banned Mahinda Rajapaksa from leaving the country. In such a situation, it seems a humiliating thing for the former Prime Minister of the country, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has been President twice. Due to the resignation of Mahinda, his younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 72, is also under increasing pressure to resign. Opposition parties have announced that they will soon bring a no-confidence motion against President Gotabaya.
Mahinda was compared to Sinhala Buddhist kings
Mahinda Rajapaksa is considered the leader of the majority Sinhalese population of the country. He is seen as a war hero for ending nearly three decades of civil war in Sri Lanka. He was the one who crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009 during his first term as President. Although he was also accused of committing genocide, Mahinda, who was in power, denied this and continued the military campaign in northern Sri Lanka. He was compared to Sinhala Buddhist kings at victory parades and public events soon after this victory.
Mahinda Rajapakse was known as ‘Emperor Mahinda’
Mahinda Rajapaksa was the most popular Sinhalese Buddhist leader in Sri Lanka after independence, the BBC quoted veteran political analyst Kusal Perera as saying. Some even called him Emperor Mahinda. In his 2017 book Rajapaksa: The Sinhala Selfie, Perera describes the role of the Rajapaksa family in Sri Lankan politics and the political journey of Mahinda Rajapaksa. He told that Mahinda Rajapaksa was an MP who rose from Leader of Opposition in the House to the Prime Minister’s chair in 2004.
Gotabaya called from America to eliminate LTTE
When Mahinda Rajapaksa became president a year later, he made Gotabaya the Defense Minister. It was a big career leap for his younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was leading a quiet life in the US after retiring from the Sri Lankan army. Gotabaya returned from America for his brother’s campaign to eliminate the LTTE and earned a reputation as ‘The Terminator’ as a ruthless officer. Soon after, other brothers and relatives of Mahinda also joined the government. In doing so, Mahinda Rajapaksa played an important role in the establishment of the Rajapaksa Empire in Sri Lanka.
rift between two brothers
Till now both the brothers stood together in politics. But, a few days ago, there was a rift in the relationship between the two brothers. In fact, to end the growing political crisis in the country, Gotabaya Rajapaksa had asked his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign. For the man who brought his younger brother into politics and made him the first citizen of the country from a retired military officer, this demand was huge. It was in a way a demand to end Mahinda Rajapaksa’s political career. However, Mahinda’s elder son Namal has denied that there is any problem between the brothers.
Sinhalese people also united against Mahinda
Despite allegations of serious human rights abuses, abuse of minorities, and murderous attacks on the media, Rajapaksa was extremely popular with the Sinhalese public for years. But, now the dire economic condition of the country has made him a villain. Most of the Sinhalese population believes that Mahinda Rajapaksa has the biggest hand in pushing the country into the trough. People in Sri Lanka are struggling to survive and this struggle has united the ethnic communities. Now Sinhalese protesters are also raising their voice of support for minority rights.