Duminda, please don’t die
MP Duminda Silva’s got his head blown up and is being treated at the Sri Jayawardenapura hospital, of which the director board was sent home for some mysterious reason after Silva was brought there. It’s unclear whether the three bullets that pierced his head has done any damage to his brain. I believe it hasn’t. You can blow the head up of a Sri Lankan politician and they’ll still function as they normally would. Remember Douglas Devananda?
Mahinda and brothers however must be hoping and praying that he dies. Imagine what would happen if he lives. Are they going to arrest him for murder; for getting five men to repeatedly shoot at Bharatha Laxman? Of course they can’t. No, not after the millions he spent for Mahinda and the UPFA. Who knows what sensitive information that can go public if such an arrest was made. Duminda Silva raped an underage girl, kidnapped an actress and her mother, shot a guy dead with his own hands at an polling station, and yet he got away with all of them. Who is Bharatha Laxman to Duminda Silva?
But Mahinda cannot not arrest Duminda either. Of course he won’t if he can help it as Mervyn Silva’s famous antics have shown us. Mahinda certainly knows how to put prejudice aside and keep a man close as long as he brings votes. But Duminda really screwed it up for everybody. Why did he have to kill a former minister. Why couldn’t he just kill a nobody if he really has to, say, a teacher married to a fat woman with for kids? Nobody would give a damn if someone like that got shot. People like that are worthless. They exist only to vote for the worthy.
To be sure, most middle class SLFPers do not like Duminda because they think he’s a thug and a drug lord, and they don’t like Mervyn because they are both ashamed and scared of him. If they had a little more intelligence they wouldn’t have liked Mahinda getting Susantha Punchinilame either, the one who murdered Nalanda Ellawela.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like SLFPers don’t like having thugs. They do. They want Mahinda to have them in the party. They just don’t like thugs who attack their own. They also don’t like uncontrolled thuggery, such as that of Mervyn, but are quite alright with that of Bharatha Laxman. So if Duminda doesn’t die, they’d want him arrested. And of course, they know Duminda really did not have a party but that Bharatha did. Oh the dilemma Mahinda would have to face.