trying to get together, who'll be the Opposition?
"Thaaththa," Bindu Udagedera
said, "what is happening with all these talks that
have been scheduled…?"
"Why, Bindu," Bindu's father
Percy asked, "why are you worried about that?"
"Why, thaaththa, I am confused
because it seems that everyone is having talks with
everyone else…" Bindu said.
"Why do you say that?" Percy
wanted to know.
"Why, thaaththa, now it appears
that even the Tigers are ready for unconditional talks…"
"But," Percy pointed out,
"those on this side are now trying to attach several
"And then," Bindu pointed
out, "Mahinda maama is also talking to the Reds
and asking them to join his government…"
"That is nothing new, Bindu…"
Percy observed, "he has been trying to get them
to join him for the past several months…"
"But he is talking to the Greens
too…" Bindu said.
"Ah, yes," Percy said, "there
is always this talk about a National Government…"
"But it has never got this serious
with the Blues and Greens holding formal talks about
"Well, yes," Percy recalled,
"it is rarer than having talks with the Tigers…"
"And that is exactly what I am
worried about, thaaththa…" Bindu said.
"Why are you worried about that?"
Percy wanted to know, "we should all be hopeful
of the two major parties coming together in this time
"But thaaththa," Bindu said,
"if all these parties come together, that will
be the end of democracy in this country…"
"Why do you say that?" Percy
"Why, thaaththa, at the rate
Mahinda maama is getting people to join his government,
there will be no one left in the Opposition…"
"That will never happen, Bindu…"
"Why not, thaaththa?" Bindu
wanted to know, "already, so many from the Greens
have joined him…"
"But there are so many others
still left behind…" Percy pointed out.
"And now, the Reds might join
him too…" Bindu was worried.
"But what exactly are you worried
about?" Percy queried.
"Why, thaaththa, with everyone
joining Mahinda Maama, there won't be anyone to become
the Leader of the Opposition…" Bindu pointed
"Well, the Green Leader will
not be able to retain that job if they join Mahinda
maama…" Percy conceded.
"Well, he may even be appointed
Prime Minister, if the Greens really join the Blues
this time…" Bindu declared
"Nor will the Reds be able to
take on the job of Leader of the Opposition, if they
too join Mahinda maama…" Percy said.
"And if Mahinda maama succeeds
in talking to the Tigers, all those chaps from the North
will join him too…" Bindu said.
"Then one of them too cannot
be appointed as Leader of the Opposition…"
"That is why I am saying there
will be no one to take up the job of Leader of the Opposition,
thaaththa…" Bindu said.
"Ah, you don't have to worry
about that, Bindu…" Percy said, "there
will always be somebody for that job as long as Mahinda
maama is the President…."
"Who is that, thaaththa?"
Bindu asked, puzzled.
"Why, Bindu, we can always rely
on Satellite to take that offer…" Percy said.
Bindu knew he could not disagree.