Deadly blow to Rajapaksa by workers, Tamils and Muslims

Sirisena supporters
NSSP Media Statement

Sri Lanka's presidential election concluded with Maithripala Sirisena as the winner. It tells of a peoples' uprising that goes beyond a mere electoral process. The motivation and resolve displayed by the people in their aspiration to win freedom and democracy enabled the smashing up of every fascist style action of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Therefore, this change of power can be identified as a victory achieved through widespread mass intervention.

The working class fulfilled a massive task in achieving this. It is evident in the gains made by Maithripala Sirisena in the Colombo and Gampaha Districts as well as in the up country electoral districts. Plantation workers in the up country demonstrating in the election campaign waving red flags was a familiar sight.

Amidst all this, the majority in many Sinhala dominated areas have voted yielding to the Sinhala Buddhist racist campaign launched by Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Tamils and the Muslims joined hands to deal a deadly blow to this situation. Accordingly, the intervention by Tamil and Muslim people was vital in destroying the Fascist state led by Mahinda Rajapaksa. Confronted with the unrelenting advance of the brave and determined uprising of the oppressed, powerless Rajapaksa had no final choice left than abandoning office. That timely step taken at the end helped prevent an unfortunate episode the country would have faced.

Today, the working class and the numerically minor nationalities who rose up in action for freedom and democracy are waiting with hope. The Nava Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) has a duty in relation to those expectations. It is because our intervention also a helped them move forward. Therefore, we need to fulfill our duty by actively working to bring their expectations to a victorious conclusion.

Those who were engrossed in ultra left activities have been dumped in the rubbish heap by this groundswell. They have only being able to collect a meager amount of votes, thus demonstrating the ineffectiveness of their activities within the mass struggle.

In the coming period, the NSSP hopes to unite the forces of leftist and peoples' organisations that actively participated in this mass struggle, so that we can take action and intervene to achieve the goals that the masses fought for: Freedom and democracy.

Dr Vickramabahu Karunaratne
10 January 2015