Ranil wants democ­racy hop­per

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

The hop­per story which has be­come al­most leg­endary since the de­fec­tion of Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena from the Mahinda Ra­japaksa gov­ern­ment in 2014 con­tin­ues to be used as a po­lit­i­cal id­iom in the present day po­lit­i­cal sce­nario.

UNP Leader Ranil Wick­remesinghe who was among the speak­ers at the Pro­fes­sion­als for Democ­racy event held in Colombo on Thurs­day started off his speech by mak­ing ref­er­ence to the hop­per talk. “This is the tachchiya (pan) talk­ing. We all got to­gether and cooked a hop­per and that hop­per was democ­racy,” he said amidst ap­plause from the crowd. He vowed to fight on to up­hold these prin­ci­ples de­spite the con­tin­u­ing clash with Pres­i­dent Sirisena.

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