The Congress of Religions, a body comprising the leaders of the 4 main religions in the Island, have added their comments to that of the 4 Mahanayake Theros, who appealed to the President to set aside the Impeachment Motion.
In fact they are exceedingly scathing and quite unequivocal in their forceful statement that grave injustice has been done in the proceedings to impeach the CJ. That must be particularly insulting to the Head of State, as it adds to the Mahanayake statement and pushes him to a corner to do something within his powers to escape from it altogether.
It is no doubt this pressure, that has resulted him making the comment that another independent committee will look into the findings of the PSC. IF that was not a serious indictment as to the lack of objectivity of the PSC then what is? I am afraid it implies that the PSC were NOT fair in their conclusions, and if I was a member of the PSC, I would be furious with the President for making such statement which calls into the question their integrity. Further it is now likely that the Parliamentary debate called for in January, which the Speaker said could be for over 15 days, be cancelled and the whole enquiry lapse for want of any further prosecution, due to all the pressure that has come to bear on the President from unforeseen quarters that have hitherto been his greatest non-partisan support base.
The actions and words of the Commander in Chief are telling. They give some indication on how decisions are taken in this administration and when plans do not go according to script, who has to shoulder eventual blame.
The State Media is now in a ‘state of denial’, and every utterance gives away desperation and conflict within their logic. It is remarkable how the supporting cast of ministers come out with priceless retorts to the allegations, some of which cannot be even invented if one tried. They now add to the contempt with which the actions of the elected leaders are viewed, something that is tragic to the citizenry of this country. We cannot afford to have our elected leaders look like bumptious buffoons in not only the eyes of the world, but more especially by right thinking people within the Country.
The call again to the leaders is “Kalpanakaranna” before you take any more steps!