According to political sources Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has recently convened social media bloggers attached to Mahinda faction to provide publicity to the ‘pada yathra’ carried out by the joint opposition and had told them that despite arranging various ‘pada yathras’ promoting Mahinda Rajapaksa, he, Gotabhaya, would be the main contender at a future election.
Gotabhaya had told the participants all those who participated in the discussion would be given higher posts in media institutions once he comes to power after toppling the present regime and for that news should be fabricated stating there were conflicts between Maithri and Ranil He had added the publicity given regarding a conflict between the President and the Prime Minister when appointing the Governor to the Central Bank was inadequate.
This indicates that despite Wimal, Dinesh, Vasu, Gammanpila and Welgama carrying out ‘pada yathra’ to topple the government, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is having a different plan. It is interesting to note that there is a group that opposes Gota as well as another group that opposes Basil within the Mahinda faction. It is reported that many in the faction oppose Gota’s group as it consists of ultra communalists.