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24th June 2001

Whatever will be; will be

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"Thaaththa," Bindu Udagedera asked, "what will happen to the government now?"

"Why, Bindu," Bindu's father Percy asked, "why are you worried?" "Why, thaaththa, Rauf has been sacked and their party has left the government" "Don't worry," Percy assured, "the government will carry on"

"But thaaththa," Bindu protested, "they are a minority in Parliament now" "But no one has a real majority" Percy argued. "But why did Satellite sack Rauf?" Bindu wanted to know. "A lady is entitled to change her mind, Bindu" "And that is exactly what happened" Bindu pointed out.

"What do you mean by that?"

"Why, thaaththa, everyone was saying that the lady leader of Ashraff's party was supporting Satellite"

"Yes," Percy agreed, that she too resigned, is something that surprised everyone" "She has said that the sudden decision to remove Rauf without giving a reason was an insult to her party" "So," Percy observed, "it seems that Satellite's decision has united two people who were at odds with each other"

"But, thaaththa," Bindu pointed out, "I don't think we can blame Satellite for what she did"

"Why do you say that?" Percy wanted to know. "Why, thaaththa," Bindu tried to explain, "we were always criticizing her for having the largest cabinet in the world"

"And that's a fact isn't it?"

"Yes, but may be she decided forty four was a little too much and to make it forty three; may be that is why she dropped Rauf and it's not fair to blame her for that too" Bindu suggested.

"If that was her motive, Bindu," Percy said, "I can suggest a few more qualified people who could have been done away with without all this fuss" "Thaaththa," Bindu wanted to know, "what will happen to the no-confidence motion now?"

"Why are you worried about that?"

"Why, thaaththa, the government is supposed to be in a minority now and that means they will lose the no-confidence motion." "It won't be as easy as that" Percy warned.

"Why do you say that?"

"Why, Bindu, the Reds are already saying they are not sure whether they will support the motion or not" "Why is that, thaaththa?" Bindu wanted to know.

"Maybe that is because they are not sure of the Greens" Percy observed. "But until recently, Satellite was attacking the Reds more than she attacked the Greens" Bindu argued. "Then," Percy suggested, "it may be that the reds are waiting for the right time to bring the government down" "So, thaaththa," Bindu wanted to know, "do you really think the government will fall because of Rauf's exit" "There's a long way to go for that, Bindu" Percy said. "Why do you say that, thaaththa?"

"For all I know, Rauf, his lady leader and Satellite could all get together by next week and become the best of friends, forgetting all their differences" Percy said.

"Why do you say that, thaaththa?"

"Because, Bindu," Percy explained, "that is politics."

"But what will happen if the Blues and the Reds get together, thaaththa?" Bindu wanted to know. "Now that," said Percy, "will be a disaster" "Why do you say that, thaaththa?" Bindu queried. "Then," said Percy "we'll all be marooned" Bindu didn't dispute that.

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