Nither UNP nor SLFP is the Grand Old Party of Sri Lanka!

With the exodus of a sizable fraction of the party hierarchy, Sri Lanka’s main political force the United National Party (UNP) has arrived or rather matured to grace age, after seven decades of pretending to be a party that kept the tiny nation united. For it was this grand old party that got divided in the nineteen fifties to form the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) that was its main opponent who ruled the country between them for over seven decades.

Whereas the UNP was formed at the time of independence and as its name implied to provide a holistic rule to unite the citizens living in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country, that was dominated by Sinhala-Buddhist majority. After independence in 1948, the UNP could have ruled the nation well with the Sinhala-Buddhist dominating under the one man one vote democracy, with the rest benefiting from the constitution, that was specially drafted to protect the rights of the minorities. SLFP too had its chance to provide a holistic rule but failed miserably. They both even tried to rule the land together between 2015 and 2019 it was a disaster, never to be repeated again!

Sri Lanka, the country that was known as the pearl in the Indian Ocean lost its paradise status in no time due to misrule by UNP and SLFP. Is today in ruins with both parties losing the power to rule the island nation? Further, both UNP and SLFP are split into smaller units with no gains made by either, but only created problems for the ruled. In this scenario, with General Election due shortly, a new political force is all set to win the election and take over power to rule the country at least for the next five years!