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The fear psychosis and suspicion prevailing among Tamil and the Muslim communities can be understood. But the fear among the Sinhala Buddhists cannot be regarded as justified.
Evidently, the Tamils in the north and particularly the Muslims in the east have voted en-block for Sajith Premadasa while a vast majority of Sinhala Buddhist voters in the south voted for Gotabaya Rajapaksa. This Presidential Election clearly shows a pattern of voting where major ethnic groups – Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim had cliqued into three separate groups according to their race and religion, in casting the vote.
Another highlight of the Presidential Election is the unprecedented role played by the majority Sinhala Buddhist population to defeat the combined effort of Tamils and Muslims in making Sajith Premadasa the winner and ensuring the victory of Gotabaya Rajapaksa who is also a Sinhala Buddhist.
Moreover, the results of this Presidential Election reveal the peculiar nature of the political behaviour of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities in Sri Lanka. Everyone was aware of the anxiety and the sense of insecurity felt by Tamils and Muslims. Similarly, the election result has revealed the prevalence of great fear among Sinhala Buddhists as well, in regard to the survival of their race and religion.
The fear psychosis and suspicion prevailing among Tamil and the Muslim communities can be understood. But the fear among the Sinhala Buddhists cannot be regarded as justified….