Sri Lankas political stage is a muddle of fish, eagles, trishaws, trees, mammoties, electric bulbs, coconuts and many more, all convinced they could do a better job running the country than the government or the main opposition.
Splitting up the vote bank at the April 2 polls they may be, but Sri Lankas mushrooming political parties are also making a point. rn
rnFirst that ldblquote Sri Lankas democracy is in healthy working order, whatever the peripheral problems,
dblquote as political analyst, Dayan Jayatilake immediately points out.rn
rnSecondly, and more obviously, that Sri Lankans are so sick and tired of the existing political culture, controlled by the main political parties, that they are willing to go out there and do something about it.rn
rnThe United Muslim Peoples Alliance (UMPA) for instance, is contesting because of dissatisfaction with the traditional Muslim political leadership.rn
rnldblquote Muslims have political difficulties. Muslims were killed by the LTTE but the Muslim l