Upeksha Swarnamali, MP in an interview with a Sunday Leader journalist has said, “I don’t know why I am been asked these political questions, I don’t want to talk about politics.” Then, what was the purpose of her becoming a politician? She had accepted a political invitation, subsequently changed the party affiliations and contested a parliamentary seat successfully and now after crossing over to the government, she is reluctant to speak on politics.
Journalists are within their professional discipline to inquire about political matters from a MP. But the public is aware that she is not competent enough to speak on any matter. With JR’s constitution where a MP represents an entire district, most parties nominated persons who did not possess the capability to make a meaningful parliamentary contribution but possessed the financial means to finance a district contest. The numbers of such members are rapidly increasing. She apparently is one of them on her own admission and is now a political prisoner tormented with the feelings of guilt over duping her voters.
She should realise that the President during the elections requested the voters to provide a two-third majority to enable him to change the constitution. But the voters did not support his request and MPs thus cannot individually decide; to crossover and change the decision of the people. Fortunately for her the UNP has not litigated to dethrone her so far.