A unison governance or unity government is not an easy task. The present Government under President Maithripala Sirisena has landed in a difficult experiment and the people have to wait for some time to see its outcome. A unity government or national government should be meaningful and it should show it serves the purpose through its activities. These constructive activities will clear the little suspicion which exists in the minds of the common public. We have seen many governments with single party dominance. There have been many instances in the past where the Single largest party fell short of obtaining a simple majority in the parliament. In these instances they formed the government with the help of a few members of the opposition.
As an ordinary Tamil citizen of this country, I feel that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is in dire straits. This alliance is in an uncomfortable situation because it has been given the role of the opposition
Those governments were called single party governments although few members from the opposition supported the ruling alliance. A significant advantage in a single party dominance is that decisions could be arrived without much difficulty. There is always an opposition to challenge the ruling party in those situations. That fact that remains here is how can you think of “Good Governance” without a strong and competent opposition in the parliament? A moderate citizen will always think a strong opposition is mandatory and it is a part of good governance. On the other hand, appointing week opposition will leave room for misconduct, misuse, malpractices and authoritarian rule. This will also create many flaws in the ruling mechanism and rule of law. Therefore, it is the utmost responsibility of the ruling coalition to give more thought to this and make corrections before it is too late.
No one is perfect in this world. Despite being much praised, the present ruling coalition cannot be taken as granted in this context. There can be some positive and negative impacts to common masses through the decisions of the rulers. A strong voice is needed when there is a negative impact to innocent civilians. Thereby, it justifies the existence of an opposition. For an example, we saw from the media that some farmers from north western province and southern province were frustrated and worried about the deliberate delay in selling their paddy to government control prices. They said their day to day life was totally disturbed and were facing severe financial difficulties due to this situation. Most of these farmers are from poor families of majority Sinhala population. This problem should have been highlighted by the responsible opposition in the parliament. But they (TNA) failed to do it. Can you expect the TNA – the opposition to raise voice to address the grievances of these Sinhalese? Or will the Tamils in the north and east expect the TNA to raise voice for Sinhalese when the issues of Tamils have not been solved to date? This leads to a confusing situation, hence one has to get to the beginning to rectify this problem. It is surprising to see that those countries such as US ,UK and some western forces, who boast that they are the guardians of democracy, have not come forward to talk about this precarious situation.
The rulers who are determined to pursue “GOOD GOVERNANCE” should never fear the strong opposition. If you feel that you are doing the right thing, why fear opposing forces? You should have good reasons to justify your cause. If you want to convince the minds of the masses or make the common man to believe in the ruling mechanism, it is important to have an able opposition in the parliament. As an ordinary Tamil citizen of this country, I feel that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is in dire straits. This alliance is in an uncomfortable situation because it has been given the role of the opposition. The new role of the TNA will create a negative impact on the majority Sinhalese from the perspective of the Tamil speaking community in this country.
We can also recall the historical event when UNP government, under President Jayewardene’s rule, created a role for the opposition and gave it to the TULF then headed by late A. Amirthalingham. What happened? Nothing! But the severity of the national problem got worse. The national ethnic issue was not solved at all; instead it created a feeling of hatred towards the Tamils by the majority Sinhalese. Knowing this fact, we should handle the present situation very carefully and avoid repeating history and fall into unnecessary trap.