17 June, 2024

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19A Minus: A Middle Path

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

There were four main winners in the battle over 19th Amendemnt. Of them, the second biggest winner was President Sirisena who was able to retain much of his power while balancing adroitly between the two contending components of his power base: his ally the UNP and his party the SLFP. The biggest winner however, was not President Sirisena. It was a dead man, President Junius Richard Jayewardene. His 1978 Constitution proved so robust a structure, that it successfully resisted the joint attempt of his distant nephew Ranil Wickremesinghe and his old rival Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s daughter Chandrika Kumaratunga to upend its center-piece, the executive presidency.

The Supreme Court put paid to most of the clauses which attempted to shift power and authority drastically from the Presidency to the Prime Ministership. The Opposition, whose numbers were large enough thanks to JR’s electoral system of proportional representation, put paid to Ranil and Chandrika’s effort to surreptitiously embed unaccountable “civil society” in a crucial role determining role behind the scenes in the Constitutional Council.

The third biggest winner of the battle of 19A was former President Rajapaksa, whose loyalists in the Opposition were able to wage a bitter rearguard action which prevented an SLFP sell-out to the Ranil-CBK program and create a momentum which helped or caused President Sirisena to play a balancing role rather than act as a straightforward ally of his fellow troika members. The Opposition was also able to avoid the error of being seen as a wrecking crew; as spoilers. Instead they played the role of constructive critics and tough negotiating partners. The parliamentary debate saw the SLFP-UPFA drawing together, and resisting Ranil Wickremesinghe while not wrecking 19A. With the seemingly solitary exception of Rajitha Senaratne, the CBK doctrine of the SLFP in collusion with Ranil was eclipsed by the resurfacing of the old contradiction between the UNP and the SLFP/UPFA.

The modest, one might say marginal shift of power and authority to the Prime Ministership resulting from 19A can only benefit Mahinda Rajapaksa, should he become the PM. Indeed the “Premier Stakes” (to borrow the title of a classic of Sri Lankan political writing) assume a greater salience now than at any election since 1977. This cannot but benefit Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The last of the winners was Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, whose original plan was discernible in the draft that he submitted, the sections that were struck down by the Supreme Court and those that were removed by the resistance of the Opposition and the concurrence of President Sirisena. The power shift that has occurred is minimal, falling far short of what Ranil attempted and he was compelled to retreat in his neoliberal Constitutional power grab. However, he has a fairly handsome consolation prize, in that he is able to share credit with President Sirisena for a process of reformist change.

The Biggest Losers were ex-President CBK and the TNA. CBK was the patroness of the cosmopolitan civil society version of the 19th amendment. 19A was the child of CBK’s Constitutional revolution, a ‘born again’ neo-liberal big bang to blow up the Executive presidency. JR Jayewardene’s Constitution has thwarted her over and over again—her Union of Regions package (1995 and 1997) and her draft Constitution. It was her Constitutional Grand Vizier, Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne who produced the draft which was gutted by the Supreme Court this time around.

The TNA and the civil society cohort which hoped to manipulate the state by slipping into the Constitutional Council have wound up the least successful. Ranil and Chandrika produced “19A Plus”, which has been downsized to 19A Minus.

The struggle over 19A was a classic of parliamentary negotiation. The outcome is an updating, not an upending of the Second Republican Constitution of 1978. It slims down the executive presidency without disemboweling it as Ranil, Chandrika, the TNA and JVP wished or retaining it in its swollen form as did the Rajapaksa regime. It is a much needed overhaul of the executive presidential System, but by no means an overturning or overthrow. One may regard it either as a drawn game—a stalemate which reflects the actual balance of political forces—or, more optimistically, as a modest corrective, a win-win outcome consonant with the national interest and people’s sovereignty.

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    Excellent analysis.

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      Rajitha Seneviratne,

      Yes..yes! Excellent analysis.

      “19A can only benefit Mahinda Rajapaksa, should he become the PM.”

      Ha..ha! Dream on. Defeated King has criminals cases to answer. The analysis missed it.

      Cheers!

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        Ben Hurling

        Did Ranil use MR’s “F(P)iles” to cajole 212 crooks to support 19A?

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          (:-) (:-)

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      Gamini

      Where are you?

      The war monger identifies four winners, all of them are power traders.

      This war crime denier does not believe ordinary people have won anything at all.

      What is in it for the people? Is this a wrong question to ask?

      I was told the constitution is drafted/amended by the people, for the benefit of the people.

      Could you put some sense into the changes that we have been witnessing in the past four months.

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka,

      RE: 19A Minus: A Middle Path,

      Where is your Wimal Mudawansa Buddy, of 2/2 =0 Fame?

      Thre are two groups. The Modayas, Mootals and Fools you represent, average IQ 65, and the People with Common Sense, average IQ 93.

      With time, the Modaya group will decline. In 2015 there were fewer Modayas than in 2010. Thre will be far fewer Modayas in 2020 and 2021.

      Want to change your profession to fishing or coconut tree climbing? It creates more economic value for the people, than Shilling for Mahinda Rajapakdsa Family Dictatorship. See, the 19A was passed with 215 Votes out of 225.

      Still, there is limited time for the Angilimalas to fess up.

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        Please avoid calling him with Title ?

        If Kelaniya Mervin remains without it, why should DJ s be added ?

        DJ the [Edited out] has fallen to the level that only Wimalburuwansa the like malicious group support andhail his so called analyses. All others
        no doubt have lost their respect –

        best thing is DJ to think of his security – srilanka -ONCE Rajapakshe land will not give any guaranetee so long all the police and other good commisions take the ground. It is like the outer cover is being decorated keeping the contentes unchanged. [Edited out] of all kind would further support MR and thugs – since majoirty lankens have no brains to see it right or wrong. I am ashamed to be a srilanken (sinhalese) I keep hiding my identity alone for that matter

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          Leelagemalli

          – “since majoirty lankens have no brains to see it right or wrong. I am ashamed to be a srilanken (sinhalese) I keep hiding my identity alone for that matter “

          That is a “Problem” that is Fixable.

          Based on the lat election, The Sinhala Modayas (54%), Tamil Mootals(20%) amd Muslim Modayas and Mootals (15%) , can be retrained, to have Simple Common Sense. It will take time, but effort is needed.

          See, how 19A was passed with 212 Voting for the bill.

          Spread the word and expose. Is Modawansa et al of 2/2 =0, “Fame”.,going to hold another rally? He is better off fishing the vast “Indian” Ocea.

          A Partial Answer, get a good sri Lankan writer or writers to write the Common sense,Sri Lanka.

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    One clear loser was DJ.

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      Eactly, this person batted for MR very hard, he wanted to bring back MR as the president and now no chance. I have seen a program that DJ describe MR as person who has not got much in brain to produce a ‘Chintanaya’. This the same person who has changed his tune. Few years ago he canvassed for 13+, now has become a nationalist on the same stage with Wimal, Gammanpilla etc. I do not understand why he is so against Ranil Wickrmasinghe, probably because RW is more intelligent than DJ.
      Not that we have to agree on every thing what RW does, but you cannot take away the fact that he is more intelligent than MR.

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        William Sacks

        ” I do not understand why he (DJ) is so against Ranil Wickrmasinghe, probably because RW is more intelligent than DJ.”

        Yes, it is an IQ Problem. DJ represents Modayas with average IQ of 65, and RW and others represent Common Sense people with Average IQ of 93.

        MS, RW and Team runs circles around his Modayas. 19A voting is an example, passed with 215.

        Both DJ and MR are providing more and evidence for the Modayas, Mootals and Fools Hypothesis.

        Still, there is limited time for the Angilimalas, DJs, to fess up.

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      Srilankens regardless of any ethnic background SHOULD be ashamed of the kind of analysts- DJ is a mental case who has only been making every effort to be Mama thamai miniha mode. He feels he is above the other analysts that realy have brains to analyse today s situation.

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      what matters for DJ is to have been fallen that deep and now not knowing how he could get up from the high deep – since his malicious arguments packed in his kind of CT articles have failed to convince many sofar.

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      One clear loser is jungle rule lead by Mahinda & Co and their racism. This group tried various coups to create a blood bath but Maithiri cleverly handled very well even when this group tried to assasinate him. people have realised what is their motive and it is a disaster if they are allowed to rule again. People believe that the law will deal with them. Nobody consider this paralysed opportuistic rascist DJ.

      The clear winners are the people, particularly the Tamils who gave their contributions more than that is expected from them to bring this change. They have proved that they are always with rule of law and justice and the time has come to recognise their rightful rights.

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    All Sri Lankans are winners, except some sore souls like DJ. A small step forward large enough to demonstrate to people that a strong parliamentary system can work in Sri Lanka and lay the groundwork for more broad-based reform in the future.

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    [Edited out]

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    i agree with Dr.Dayan’s article, whoever win or loose doesn’t matter. The peoples’ aspiration always be respected by the politician in the best interest of the country. People have to elect a National Leader beyond party politics but look after the interest of all Srilankans in common not in their Color or race or religion . The incumbent is the beginning of this nature and he has to come away from the influence of CBK or RW and look after the interest of his civilians as his motto of prime object. Also he has to resign from his party leadership and given to his fighting bullies. He must be a National Hero for everyone in the each corner of this Island Nation. Jaya Wewa.

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    Yes, it is 19A minus

    But the main loser is no doubt is Dayan Jayathilake.

    If 19A was passed in the original form, the main beneficiary would have been Mahinda Rajapakse should he become PM and Dayan as his lapdog
    So Mahinda and Dayan had lost badly in this deal.

    Maithripala, Ranil and Chndrica are beneficiaries by fulfilling their main promise of if not abolishing, but by truncating the executive presidency drastically.

    They could face the forthcoming parliamentary election with their head kept high.

    As for TNA,the executive Presidency is for the benefit of minorities they are the winners.

    Whereas maithripala was elected with TNA support,it is not possible to elect anybody as PM with minority support and therefore TNA is also a winner

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    Dayan, where the hell does MR figure in this equation?

    He is a lost cause. Making poojas in temples, getting his 40 Thieves to create diversions and having ‘paduru parties’ in Parliament won’t stop the steam-roller of yahapalanaya from running over him and his coterie.

    By the way, who is going to allow MR to become the PM candidate? We expect that even his 40 Thieves will not be given nomination this time round.

    So stop fantasising Dayan and wake up!

    Watch this space after after the coming General Elections. The long-suffering and honest citizens of Sri Lanaka will certainly see MR and his co-thieves being robustly prosecuted and consigned to Welikada.

    You may then need your languishing passport to make a hasty exit!

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      Quite right! The “Know All” DJ is seriously mistaken in the appointment of Premier. It is the President who appoints the Prime Minister and as long as MY3 is President, Mahinda can only DREAM of becoming Premier as he will never be appointed even if Mahinda takes over by proxy 50% of the MPs in Parliament.

      Ofcourse, MR with his crony legal advisers will try to find some loop hole to get back into power, but I bet, Ranil is smarter!

      Now that the major hurdle requiring parliamentary 2/3 approval is over, there is nothing to stop the CID, FCID, Bribery Commission, etc., going all out to catch the crooks of the previous regime. MR & Co. watch out!

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    Dayan, the word artist at his best, without as is usual now, conveying anything of substance. For him every thing is a game with winners and losers. The significance of the 19th amendment for Sri Lanka, if implemented in the right spirit, eludes him. Similarly, the negative impact of the SLFP proposed change to the composition of the Constitutional Council and its objectives, escapes his attention.

    The fact that MR in the event he becomes Prime Minister, will feel like a big fish in a small bowl, instead of the limitless ocean he erratically swam as President, is conveniently ignored by Dayan. MR will be extremely claustrophobic, in the role of the Prime Minister, after the 19th amendment. It will be worse than being incarcerated for him.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Jack of all political analysis, Master of none, DAYAN JAYATILLEKA

    None of your BLUFF in recent days has come true?

    You are failing because, you are on the wrong side.

    FYI,

    Your arch enemy or UN friend has written the following in the CT :

    It is obvious that he is referring to you and Planter Mahinda Samarasinghe.

    Is it true that your frienship with India is in stalemate?

    13th AMENDMENT AND INDIA

    During the peak hours of the war and end of the war, Rajapaksa told the international community, especially India that his government would give more than 13th amendment, the “13 plus”, to the people in the North and East. Since the end of the war, Rajapaksa was in power for nearly six years with a two third majority in parliament. During this period what did he do about the root causes of discrimination and oppression and the six decades of bloody ethnic conflict? Under his orders more and more innocent people were ‘disappeared’, killed, raped, arrested and tortured.

    While Rajapaksa continued to give bogus promises to the international community and especially to India, his lobbyists were making use of India. For example, some with the earlier regime supported the 13th amendment and possible Indian negotiations, but presently, they are totally against it. One, who won a pro-Sri Lanka resolution with the help of India in the UN Human Rights Council – UN HRC in June 2009, recently said that India can’t be a mediator any longer, in Sri Lanka!

    At the same time another who claimed India to be their main friendly country to African and Asian states, thus gaining their support in the UN HRC, recently said that India can’t force Sri Lanka to implement the 13th amendment.

    Does this mean that both expect China, Cuba or Venezuela to be negotiators or to demand Sri Lanka implement the 13th amendment? Then neither of them knows the history of the 13th amendment. Racist thinking is deep in their hearts, even if it doesn’t show in their pen and voice!

    Hope Indian decision-makers will make a note of what is being said and what is happening today regarding the 13th amendment in Sri Lanka. To my knowledge, India is being taken for a ride by all governments in Sri Lanka.

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/what-is-national-security-for-rajapaksas/

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    Here our MC , Political Scientist Dr.DJ take us again on his merry-go-round with his ranting against Ranil, CBK, JVP, TNA , JHU and others. The smart patriot has become more cunning this time in his mission to bring back Rajapases to power again to cover up the corruption charges again.
    On this matter DJ is a bracket of Ranil.

    He has been praising MR all these while and at the same time putting down Maithiri. Now suddenly DJ praises Maithiri for his political skills. Also DJ is indirectly claiming that Rajiva and he were working behind the scene with GL, to make changes to 19 A.

    DJ wants to to put wedges among MS, Ranil , CBK, JVP, TNA, pro MS SLFP inorder for for his
    God Father MR to come back like Phoenix.

    Never mind about the citizens from N& E, Will the majority of the citizens from the rest of SL will trust MR and his team for so many bad practices they had since 2010 ?

    If DJ has back bone and standing on a moral highground, he should write few analysis about the corrupt practices that had been going on since 2010

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    need of the hour is a constitution which gives power to crush tamil and muslim terrorism….Bring Gota to rule SL

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      OK, Gota come out mate, we know it is you who is hiding behind hikz…

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    President Sirisena’s negotiations with his own party men to win them over in support of the 19th constitutional amendment helped expose the double face of TNA.

    Dr Peiris is on record saying that TNA’s MP Sumanthiran’s name the first name given by the President on the list of government side to negotiate with the quarrelling SLFPers led by Dr Peiris himself. In fact Dinesh Gunewardena had reportedly questioned whether Sumamthiran is a Government MP.

    TNA had been telling the Tamils that they are not part of the government and had the audacity to even ask for the Opposition Leader’s position for its leader Sampanthan. President has by his action in naming Sumanthiran as a Government side negotiator has exposed the fact that TNA is in fact part of the UNP led government.

    TNA always shows two faces; one to the Tamil public and another to the party in power. Another undeniable fact is that TNA and ITAK had always propped up UNP governments and this is exactly what they are doing now.

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      Naga,

      Could not the decision have been dictated by the fact that the TNA was supportive of the 19th amendment and Sumanthiran’s ability to advocate and defend it better than many others in parliament?

      Dr.RN

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        No doubt Sumantiran is an able Parliamentarian and an experienced lawyer. But the fact remains that he is aligned to UNP and Chandrika and he was the main architect who delivered TNA votes to Sirisena at the last Presidential election. That is the reason why the President has a special place for him. Further I believe he got Sampanthan to back the present government and to accept a position in the Executive Council, the body that makes major policy decisions for the government.

        As the saying goes “Aalai Illa Oruku Illupaipoo Chakarai” Sumanthiran has become the decision maker for TNA in the absence of any other notable English educated MPs within its ranks. Suresh, Adaikalam,Mavai,or the three stupid MPs from the Batticaloa district are no match for Sumanthiran. These other TNA MPs are only Tamil speaking and will be tongue tied when it comes to delivering a speech in English or Sinhala. It is a pity that except for Sumanthiran, there are presently no good debaters among Tamil MPs. In the past the likes of Amirthalingam, Sivasithamparan and Sampanthan were great debaters and even earned the respect of Parliamentarians who were opposed to their political views.

        Sumanthiran has emerged as the sole decision maker for the TNA because the ageing Sampanthan leaves many important matters for his decision. Though this may not be to the liking of fellows like Suresh Premachanderan they can’t do anything because they themselves cannot do what Sumanthiran can.

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    When I read the above article, I tryied to get your idea. You stated our President won yesterday since he is left with some power. I feel you want to devalue president’s noble gesture not because you really do not know the truth. Okata api Sinhalen kiyanne kuhahakakama kiyala , nethnam pehedili irisiyawa. I know you always admire Mahinda Rajapaksa more than any one else. I do not know the real reason. I am sure you know definitely who he is more than all of us.You really know the important value of passing 19 th amendment. But even today Mahinda Rajapaksa said it would be immensely disadvantagous to our community, since Ministers would not be able to control professionals thereafter. We really know the extent of controlling function he adopt even today. Not only Ranil we cannot imagine why any one do any action in this society. Sathara agathiya chandaya, dweshaya , bhaya, Moohaya are theoperating system inour society not lejjawa, bhaya or honda, naraka as we see outwardly. You have not mentioned about 20 million people in our country. May be they are not your concern. As a veteran person you could render a valuable service if you consider 20 million people. Though the ones you considered are big shots in my view they are singlular persons.I feel during the last regime according to former president professionals are not free to serve people using their valuable knowledge He considered it as an advantage at that period. According to my first hand experience yes it was an immense advantage to him. Referring to your earlier articles what is the potential impact on Tamils and Chinese friendship. I am sorry if I made any mistake. As a veteran professional I respect you. Though I had been a professional today I have been expelled from the professional society as well as general society. Though I have BSc Eng and MSc qualifications all those were cancelled by mad certificate today. But I should write some thing since I cannot live alone though almost all persons with me left me alone because I am mad.

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    “The Opposition, whose numbers were large enough thanks to JR’s electoral system of proportional representation, put paid to Ranil and Chandrika’s effort to surreptitiously embed unaccountable “civil society” in a crucial role determining role behind the scenes in the Constitutional Council”

    To my understanding,in the original proposal of the government the constitutional council(CC) was going to consist of the President, Prime Minister, Speaker, opposition leader and six members from the Civil Society which was an ideal balanced combination as the CC is entrusted to appoint various commissions etc. However, as the Rogue UPFA MPs of the opposition who are dead scared of one day ending up in Jail wanted six Rogue MPs instead of the six honest civil society members to be included in the CC and if not they were going to vote against the 19th amendment. To get the 19th amendment passed the President and the PM who are both statesmen agreed to a compromise formula by splitting the six into 3 civil society members and 3 Rogue MPs.

    No one will ever think that this is a great achievement of Weerawansa, Vasu, Dinesh, Dullas, Siripala etal. Anyway this is not going to affect the commissions appointed by the CC once the new government is formed in due course since all Rogues will either be in Jail or chased away by the people in the next general election.

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    This is as you feel since you are proved to be a loser of the day.
    Your efforts to stand against MY3-RW-CBK backfired as we predicted it.

    DJ, please go back to your medication from the day you stoped it. That can at least help you for the future. Losers of your kind can not go against the JANA BALAYA. Latter is becoming clear to everyone but not to the ilk you represent. Rome,Italy

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    Listen to the highly intellectual speech of the well educated dr. dayan jayatillika
    https://www.facebook.com/yahapalanayarocks/videos/1407125696275641/

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      THere he proves that the guy has the same genetics as that of THummulle wimale. Peronal attacks – being made just because of childhood vendetta.
      DJ, go to hell – that is much better than being supportive to Mahinda Rajapakshe.
      Just because of his terms eleminated LTTE terror means nothing – when considering the billions that the bunch of Rajapakshe thieves grabed from poor mans pockets.
      Good luck DJ, you are falling to a level that nobody would respect you anymore. Alone the speech of the nature – far similar to that of Buruwanse- can end up you with unexpected scenes – you are simply in danger to this day.

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    I feel more sick than anything eals when I read articles of this writer.
    A turn coat of this caliber is hard to find anywhere in our political landscape.
    What a loser!
    Lick your wounds in Silence Mister Dumb Jonny!

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    I don’t read this blighter anymore. Not since that Nugegoda meeting where he unfrocked himself thereby revealing his political agenda, which no professional should ever have. So whether good or bad I merely go by the comments of others.

    My take is that DJ will tread closer to the middle path now that he knows the President has strengthened his hand, but he will fly his true colours from the topmost mast at the snap of two fingers the moment the tide changes.

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    The modern Machiavelli of the Rajapkse regime cannot be seen to remain silent. I wish to refrain from using the Mafia jargon – mouthpiece.
    Now he has written his piece. What and wherefore even he himself knows not. “The third biggest winner of the battle of 19A was former President Rajapaksa, whose loyalists in the Opposition were able to wage a bitter rearguard action which prevented an SLFP sell-out to the Ranil-CBK…” says he. The Rajapakse fight was to totally prevent the 19A becoming law, in which exercise MR and friends were thoroughly rejected by his own former friends – many of whom still hold a grudge against him and his brothers, sons and family. But the final voting tells it all. A staggering 212. DJ, this time around, does not wish to talk numbers. Far too embarrassing, uh!

    It is now for him to tell his clients it’s only a battle lost. Let the War continue. The question is will the Rajapakses consult their other mouthpiece across the Straits – Dr. Subramaniam Swamy – who has the experience of playing in different wickets in that vast sub-continent for a long time using googlies, chinamen, full tosses, no balls and even uda bats.

    Kettikaran

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    AND this time, you missed the Bus, the train,the last trishow Mr Einstein.
    The people who do the same thing over an over again expecting a different out come are called idiots.
    Go tell stories and read out loud what your keeper MR dictate you to read in his political meetings while he stays warm at his home having a hearty laugh at you and your fellow travelers Wimal,Namal,Dinesh et AL doing his bidding..
    You have come down as low as to be identified with people like Wimal Weerawansa, how can you walk the streets anymore??

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    Welcome back.

    I am in the process of drafting a code of conduct for CT enthusiasts who post their insults and opinions here,

    Nevertherless:

    Do I detect a hint of neo-chauvanistic racist Sinhala undertones in your article, or is that my imagination? Never mind, better minds than mine will judge and condemn your article as necessary.

    It was a rare treat to see the Parliament in action late Tuesday night. Perhaps due to the need to negotiate a settlement ( why coudn’t we do that to end the war?), everyone spoke civilly if not calmly.

    P.M. R.W. was in fine form, and as I have said earlier, ruled the country during a time of war under the patronage of CBK. One also has to respect DG, for his amendments and objections to ‘inelegant’ clauses, and so did GL and others.

    To my untrained mind, but then the general populace is untrained, there were several instances of ‘you cannot put that in a constitution’ and it really seemed to be so. Hopefully we were spared all these ‘inelegant’ amendments. What was really being attempted here? Was it indeed an “effort to surreptitiously embed unaccountable “civil society” in a crucial role determining role behind the scenes in the Constitutional Council.” and “neoliberal Constitutional power grab” If I understand you I will have to agree.

    The kindest thing that could be said was the sheer gutsiness in RW’s naked power grab attempt, to make the President worship the Prime Minister, and also some incongrous paragraphs aimed at muzzling the press, in fairness both Government and Private. These attempts were doomed to fail, but the opposition as in those who opposed them did sterling service in this regard.

    Unlike the general poulace I respect all politicians, especially the ones with convictions – not the crimminal kind you understand, but real convictions, so in general (pardon the pun) I like our Parliament as it is.

    Perhaps it is the unholy alliances between parties without real convictions (not as in ‘convicted crimminal’ convictions) but in genuine beliefs expressed honestly that bothers me the most.

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    A lone sailor in a light house possibly looking for fishing in troubled waters. If DJ’s only concern is the capitalist state, why did anuruddha thilakasiri stoop to accuse lalith of acid-throwing.

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    “It is a much needed overhaul of the executive presidential System, but by no means an overturning or overthrow. One may regard it either as a drawn game—a stalemate which reflects the actual balance of political forces—or, more optimistically, as a modest corrective, a win-win outcome consonant with the national interest and people’s sovereignty. “

    I believe it is the latter.

    To wit, here are my views :

    1. There is no need to change the Presidency only 5 years after a war has ended, wait until 2020. If MS is such a good person, he will be a fine president.

    2.This is all because the General Population (Not THAT General ) did not have enough collective sense to want to show that they would vote for for Ranil as a replacement for MR.

    3. For Sri Lanka’s divided, extremely partisan, class conscious and lets say racially and religously oversensitive populace, the current parliament, or better still, a re-elected parliament is just the solution, where all extremes are represented and thus pacified.

    4.Hopefully it has been understood that there are no short cuts to justice for both large and the small. Lets have absolute rule of law, I mean what harm could it do? Also Amnesty ( not Amnesty International, but International Amnesty) and rehabilitation for those who have allegedly done wrong in the past.

    5.Something must be done about the Tamil psyche which is extremely unhappy no matter which Sinhala government is in power. It maybe be due to to a Depression in the Bay of Bengal or Discrimmination but they are darn unhappy. Why not make them happy, don’t you want to? I am sure MR wants to make them happy.

    Let me end with a quote fit for such an occasion:

    “When it can be said by any country in the world, my poor are happy, neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them, my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars, the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive, the rational world is my friend because I am the friend of happiness. When these things can be said, then may that country boast its constitution and government. Independence is my happiness, the world is my country and my religion is to do good.” ― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

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    Dayan’s take makes me feel a bit more comfortable.

    Most of the 215 who raised their hands have to front up to the 5,8 Million soon.

    If they made Ranil a legit Executive PM , they would have had the one finger salute written on the ballot paper.by our irate electors.

    But my main worry is, will they raise the hands again to extend the Parliament beyond the expiry date.

    Without naming names, there are a few who wouldn’t or couldn’t go to the electors wearing the same badges like last time.

    And they will be happy to stay where they are.

    They of course will get the Ranil badges, but it wouldn’t help unless they get on to the NL.

    My elders tell me that the UNP has lot of experience in postponing Elections. after Ranil’s uncle did it in the 80s.

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      K.A Sumanasekera, I see Dayan has a fan, just the one I note. You two keep me in stitches of laughter at your crude analyses or wishful thinking. Some think Dayan has attained this mental state after he stopped taking his medication, but I’d say only a lobotomy would cure him. The way he carries on, he must have a picture of his God Mahinda Rajapakse in his bedroom that he worships first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Dayan’s take makes me feel a bit more comfortable.”

      If you want him to sing lullaby for you and rock your cradle you may have to come back another day.

      All that hosana he cried had gone wonky. He too needs a shoulder to cry.

      Go away.

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    This guy has nothing to say these days as his dreams of MR coming back is fading away but still he wants MR brought into the equation. Even at this juncture he doesn’t speak about any of the corruption committed by MR and his family.

    Why can’t he think that Ranil with not even 25% of the MPs in parliament still he managed maneavoure and get at least this much of changes to the constitution. Ranil W is the best strategist in our leaders today and DJ & Co can wait and watch in the coming months what is in store.

    DJ can preach his good for nothing knowledge through Sirasa but there is no audience to follow same.

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    Day Dream Dayan the D…..

    The first and the last Loser put altogether is MARA THE BRUTE DICTATOR OF TSUNAMI FAME.

    With all the startling revelations coming out OF your ROGUE MASTER MARA with regard to financial and other criminal activities, the people will eventually know the real MARA who in fact is a Wolf in the sheep’s cloth. If an educated MUTT like you cannot understand the true face of MARA, how on earth will the poor village folks know the real truth about MARA’s true qualities.

    Do not worry, Ranil and the team will eventually strip MARA’s sheep’s clothing and expose his true wolf inside of him very soon. Then the masses will know the real him.

    Ranil is quite capable of doing that, just like he stripped the LTTE Leader and showed to the Eastern population, the true colors of PRABA which culminated in the defeat of LTTE.

    I said it earlier as well, One Moustache perished in Nandikadal and the other perished in Diyawana Oya yesterday, That’s it. End of story.

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      “… and the other perished in Diyawana Oya yesterday, That’s it. End of story.” with
      one voting against the 19A – who is it? Not even Namal Rajapakse?

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    Dayan J’s analysis is biased by his personal loyality to MR as his only hope. I was surprised to read him praising Old Fox JR when referring to robustness of the 2nd Republic constitution(1978).

    What he failed to analyse was the fact that 19 A is going beyond 17A (the only other amendment which attempted to reduce the enormous power of the President) in terms of reducing the power and immunity of the President.

    It is hard to fathom what Dayan means by “5. Something must be done about the Tamil psyche which is extremely unhappy no matter which Sinhala government is in power. .. I am sure MR wants to make them happy.” MR made them too happy that is why Northern province and Eastern province voted overwhelmingly for Maithree at the last presidential elections. 19th Amendment received so many (AAM’s) from tamil speaking in MP’s yesterday and we could take that as a symbol of happiness they enjoy about it.

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    You are BOOTLICKER of Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    Now Shut up.

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    The “biggest loser” is Dayan Jayatilleke.
    Ha has lost his future as a diplomat.
    Now he is just a cypher who occasionally rants against tamils and those who dethroned the hoodlums of the Rajapakse Family.

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    The misguided analyst blatters about the winners and losers rather whether it is good or bad for the country. Patriot isn’t he ?

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      jinkers

      He advocates “Smart Ass Patriotism”.

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        Ha ha

        His [Edited out] smarting a bit. Time for him to have yet another name amendment.

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