19 October, 2017

A Nation Burdened By A Potpourri Of Political Failures

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema

Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema

Sri Lankans seem destined to be burdened with failures of political leaders without any proper relief in sight in the foreseeable future.

The Mahinda Rajapaksa government with its failures and the opposition political parties with their failures have drawn a grim future for the people.

The governing party and opposition political parties are still picking up the pieces to move forward after the provincial council elections.

Opposition and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who has been called by certain sections of the party to resign as party leader and a few media outlets have commenced a campaign to oust the UNP leader.

Wickremesinghe says that he was prepared to discuss any step that could help the party.

It is in this spirit that Wickremesinghe had agreed to a request by the United Bikkhu Front for a discussion between Karu Jayasuriya, Sajith Premadasa and himself.

Bikkhus including Venerable Girambe Ananda Thero organized the meeting at the Dhammakithyarama Kollupitiya (Polwatte Temple) on Friday.

During the discussion Wickremesinghe has agreed to the proposal put forward by the monks to set up a Supreme Council in the party to play an advisory role.

All parties have agreed to further discuss the proposals and Wickremesinghe has said that the matter would be discussed at the next Working Committee meeting.

However, Premadasa who has now made it a practise to commence a campaign with the support of a few media outlets to ascend to the party leadership after every election has become ineffective with party members questioning Premadasa’s ability to lead.

Given Premadasa’s past actions during disputes in the party and the fate that befell some of his staunch loyalists has resulted in a lack of confidence in his ability to lead the country’s largest political party.

Be that as it may, in the peak of his campaign to become party leader, Premdasa has put himself in a tight spot by saying he was prepared to lead the party and be its Presidential candidate at the next election.

Premadasa advisors have asked him to now think twice before speaking since he was not in a position to contest against President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a Presidential election.

Premadasa’s defeat against Rajapaksa at a Presidential election would diminish forever his chances of becoming the leader of the UNP.

Also, his comment about the UNP being led by imbeciles was also criticized by his advisors who have said that Premadasa should not stop down to the level of the likes of Mervyn Silva.

Premadasa by re-commencing a campaign to become party leader has now exposed himself for a hoard of questions on his ability and preparedness to lead the UNP.

Taking responsibility

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake has been at the receiving end of much criticism after the provincial council elections.

Premadasa has publicly criticized Attanayake saying he has failed to win his electorate.

Attanayake in turn has pointed out that Premadasa has failed to make the party win in his electorate in the Hambantota District in the past few elections. In fact, it was noted that the UNP’s vote bank has been on the decline in the Hambantota District.

He added that his appointment to parliament through the National List in 2010 was due to his responsibilities as the party secretary. Attanayake had won at every election he had contested.

Attanayake threw the gauntlet was once again at Premadasa – How can a person who cannot record a victory against Rajapaksa in his constituency speak of defeating President Rajapaksa at a Presidential election?

Nevertheless, deciding to lead by example, the UNP general secretary handed in his resignation from the post of party organizer of the Kundasale electorate in the Kandy District.

Attanayake’s view is that there should be a collective responsibility for the party’s defeat at the elections and one person should not be blamed for the failure.

“The party did not win in my electorate and I take responsibility for it. Therefore, I resigned and I think it is time we all took responsibility for our actions,” he said.

When Attanayke handed his resignation to party leader Wickremesinghe, he declined to accept it, but he had later accepted the letter saying that Attanayake had a greater role to play in the functions of the party.

Attanayake has proposed the names of several party members to replace him in his position as electoral organizer of the Kundasale electorate in the Kandy District.

During his meeting with the party leader, Attanayake had also explained to the party leader about the criticism levelled against him by some party seniors that the candidates’ lists were prepared by him without consulting other members of the nominations board.

A few days earlier, Lakshman Kiriella and Ravi Karunanayake had met Wickremesinghe and faulted Attanayake for the party’s failure and called for his removal.

Wickremesinghe had not responded.

Wickremesinghe by then was aware about an incident that had taken place in finalizing the party’s candidates’ list for the Northern Provincial Council election.

UNP MP from Jaffna Wijekala Maheswaran had given a list of candidates for the North based on caste requirements. She had explained to Karunanayake that the candidates did not have monies to carry out a campaign, but if the party supported them, the UNP would secure five definite seats in the Council.

Karunanayake had said the party could not fund individual campaigns and rejected Maheswaran’s list. Instead, Karunanayake had put forward a list of intellectuals and professionals.

It is well known that like in the South, votes in the North are also divided according to caste.

Finally, the UNP was unable to secure even one seat in the North.

WC to decide

The UNP’s Working Committee is to meet on Monday (7) and the discussion is to be focussed on the party’s recent set back at the provincial council elections.

Since the conclusion of the elections, there has been a discussion on making changes in key posts in the party. There have been several proposals being forwarded to the party leadership on key positions in the party, which is to be discussed tomorrow.

The Working Committee would also discuss and decide on appointing special Supreme Council consisting of nine members to guide and advice to the party and the Working Committee.

The Supreme Council would be set up in line with the party’s rules and regulations.

Karu Jayasuriya is to be appointed as the head of this Council and all parties have agreed to it.

Attention is to also be paid to ensuring the participation of all ethnic groups in this Council.

One of the key decisions taken by the party since the elections is to appoint former deputy leader Jayasuriya to the Working Committee.

Some media reports have stated that Jayasuriya has declined the offer to appoint him to the Working Committee and would not therefore attend the meeting on the 7th.

Hearing these reports, communications Division head of the party, Mangala Samaraweera contacted one of Jayasuriya’s confidantes to inquire about the reports.

Samaraweera was then informed that the media reports were wrong and that Jayasuriya had not declined the appointment to the Working Committee.

However, the confidante has added that Jayasuriya would not be attending the meeting on Monday, but would participate in the Working Committee meetings that would take place afterwards.

JVP to re-organize

As for the JVP, the party is also engaged in internal discussions in addressing the issues that have prevented the party from recording an increase in its vote bank.

The JVP at the recently concluded elections managed to secure its seat in the North Western Provincial Council and record the same amount of votes that were polled during the 2009 elections.

However, the party anticipated an increase in its vote bank due to the growing public displeasure against the Rajapaksa government.

Nevertheless, the JVP’s decision making body is now discussing and analysing the reason for its failure to record the targeted outcome at the elections.

The lack of clarity in the party’s policies, inability to address the current requirements of the country due to hard line stances, the distance between the masses and senior party leaders and the party’s dislike to form a broad opposition alliance with opposition political parties have resulted in people being hesitant to cast their votes for the party while appreciating the role played by the JVP.

The party is now forming a long term strategy aimed at toppling the government at the next Presidential election through a broad opposition alliance.

The JVP, which is well known to engage in long drawn discussions with little or no proper action afterwards, should realize that procrastinating at this juncture would only result in the further erosion of the party.

SLFP crisis

While the opposition parties are still dealing with the results of the recently concluded provincial council elections, the governing SLFP is facing its own demons as well.

The elections sent out warning signs to the governing party that its popularity was now on the decline.

Although The Rajapaksa government recorded victories in the North Western and Central provinces, the decision on appointing chief ministers to the provinces has resulted in an internal crisis within the government.

A triangular battle emerged in the In the North Western Province, where former Chief Minister Athula Wijesinghe, UNP defector Dayasiri Jayasekera and Minister Johnston Fernando’s son Johan Fernando were all vying for the chief ministerial post.

It was a similar situation in the Central Province as well. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne’s son Anuradha Jayaratne, former Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake and Minister Janaka Bandara Tennekoon’s son, Pramitha Tennakoon were vying for the top slot in the council.

Following much deliberation, the government decided to appoint Jayasekera as the Chief Minister for North Western Province and former Chief Minister Ekanayake was re-appointed to the spot on the basis that the sons of cabinet ministers could not be made chief ministers.

The President’s decision to sideline Anuradha Jayaratne on the basis that he was an offspring of the Premier and lacked experience is being criticized by senior SLFPers.

A senior SLFP source said that this type of reasoning does not go well when there’s rampant nepotism where one family is concerned.

Prime Minister Jayaratne has publicly stated that the Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa’s son, Shashindra Rajapaksa was the Chief Minister of the Uva Province despite the Rajapaksa policy and the fact that Shashindra was appointed after winning at his first election.

A protest was held in the Kandy town against Ekanayake’s appointment as Chief Minister of the Central Province by Jayaratne supporters.

Anuradha Jayaratne obtained the highest number of preferential votes at the elections.

The protesters had reportedly gathered at the Dalada Veediya in Kandy and blocked vehicles and showed their displeasure over the appointment.

Anuradha Jayaratne had then addressed the crowd and they had dispersed afterwards.

The protest by die hard SLFP members and supporters in Kandy was a discomforting situation for the government due to the public showing of a clash within the SLFP.

A similar situation was witnessed during the funeral of former North Central Province Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake.

Dissanayake’s supporters protested against Minister S.M. Chandrasena and his brother, Chief Minister S.M. Ranjith, who are seen as Rajapaksa loyalists.

Huge crowds that gathered for the funeral protested against Chandrasena and his brother and some even chanted slogans against the Rajapaksas.

The emerging dissention within the SLFP is now a key discussion in government ranks and the need to address the matter before the next round of provincial council elections scheduled early next year.

Challenges for TNA

Meanwhile, the TNA after recording a resounding victory at the Northern Provincial Council election is now faced with many challenges. These challenges have started from the point of deciding on the ministers for the provincial council.

The demands of the constituent parties in the TNA have caused a major obstacle that the TNA is hopeful of overcoming shortly. The TNA currently consists of five political parties the ITAK, TULF, EPRLF, TELO and PLOTE.

The constituent parties are making demands based on caste, religion and gender.

EPRLF leader Suresh Premachandran it is learnt is demanding a ministerial portfolio for his brother who had contested and won from Jaffna. Former TELO parliamentarian MK Sivajilingam who also won from has reportedly requested for a ministerial portfolio. ITAK General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah has requested that the former Jaffna municipal commissioner C.V.K. Sivagnanam be appointed as a minister. Also, former MP and PLOTE leader Dharmalingam Siddharthan who won in Jaffna is also being considered as a ministerial contender.

Meanwhile, wife of LTTE’s Trincomalee Leader Elilan’s wife, Ananthi Sasitharan, who polled the second highest number of preferential votes, is also being considered as a ministerial hopeful. Her candidacy is backed by members of the Tamil Diaspora.

With all these issues to be considered, the TNA is in the process of finalizing its ministerial portfolios and the party is expecting the finalization of the names to be done by the 11th.

However, TNA nominated members to fill the party’s two bonus seats in the Council. In a pragmatic move, the TNA decided to appoint a Muslim and a lady to fill the two bonus slots.

On the other hand, the controversy that surrounded the oaths taking of Northern Province Chief Minister elect, C.V. Wigneswaran was finally put to rest.

TNA leader R. Sampanthan met President Rajapaksa on Friday morning.

The discussion was focused on the Northern Provincial Council election, the future functions of the Council and Wigneswaran’s swearing in ceremony as the Chief Minister.

It was decided that Wigenswaran would take oaths before President Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Monday (7).

The meeting was the first between the TNA and the President after the TNA won the Northern Provincial Council election.

Following the swearing in, one of Chief Minister Wigneswaran’s first meetings would be with Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid who will be in Sri Lanka on the 7th and 8th.

Indian concern

During Khurshid’s visit to Sri Lanka, he is to meet President Rajapaksa among other government officials.

Apart from the issue of Indian fishermen, the Indian External Affairs Minister is to discuss the situation in the country following the Northern Provincial Council election and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

India continues to remain resolute in its stance that the Rajapaksa government should fully implement the 13th Amendment.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was last week quoted in the Indian media saying that there was no change in India’s stance in relation to the piece of legislation.

“Our views are well known as far as the devolution of more powers to the Northern Province is concerned. On an umpteen number of occasions, we have discussed with the Sri Lankan President the need to implement the 13th Amendment. Therefore, our position is fully well known to the Government of Sri Lanka,” Singh said.

The strained relations between Sri Lanka and India were once again in the limelight with reports of Singh being unable to meet President Rajapaksa.

Although the Indian Premier has said that time did not permit for a meeting with the President, it is evident that Rajapaksa was given the cold shoulder by the Indian leader, whose frustrations on the Sri Lankan government’s failures have now reached a peak.

Singh had told the Indian media that he was unable to meet Rajapaksa in New York as the dates given were not convenient to him.
“I would have had no hesitation in meeting him. He asked for a meeting on dates which were not convenient to me, because I came to New York only on the 27th and he asked for a meeting between 24th and 27th. So the meeting could not be arranged. There is no other reason,” Singh has told reporters.

Meanwhile, India is yet to decide on its participation at the CHOGM.

The Indian media has quoted Union Minister V. Narayanswamy as saying, “The Prime Minister will take a call on that,” when questioned on the opposition in Tamil Nadu against Prime Minister Singh’s participation in CHOGM in Col­ombo.

With India’s role where Sri Lanka is concerned becoming a key factor during the period of the CHOGM and the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions next March, the Rajapaksa government is now looking at quick measures that could be taken to “temporarily” please the Indians like finalizing the long drawn Sampur coal power plant.

Whether the Indians would fall for the ploys by the Rajapaksa government similar to the ones implemented during local elections, is another matter altogether.

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    Instead of writing articles to promote dissent among Sri Lankans, is there anyway that your writing skills be used in something constructive to the human kind ?

    OR this way of writing make you happy and wealthy ?

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      JimPissa:
      Don’t judge everyone by your moronic standards. It is b……ds like you who write for money and it is even worse when, like you, they get paid for writing rubbish. Public money being spent on garbage in a poor country like ours should be a capital crime.

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        This yako [Edited out]. He knows a few English curse words which he uses without knowing even the meaning.

        What a shameless [Edited out] he is?

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      the truth will hurt the likes of you machan!

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      Good Stuff Mandana! Hope you are well.. Keep it coming.. we need a critic of Sri Lanka’s ROTTEN POLITICAL CULTURE – which is there in ALL POLITICAL PARTIES. Civil society and the media has been silent about this..
      Today politicians are the scum of the earth in Lanka, with a handful of exceptions. They have become a privileged and UNTOUCHABLE CASTE – living the high life with enormous perks, driving around in UNREGISTERD super luxury Audis and Posches with lots of security.. provided by the Rajapassa criminals for these law breakers, rapists and murderers..
      At the same time, Ranil is of course a hypocritical scum of the earth and he must GO. He has lied, manipulated and acted in BAD FAITH to get rid of the best and brightest in the party in order to hang onto the leadership of the UNP which he obviously thinks belongs to him and has DESTROYED the UNP and democratic opposition in the country as a result!
      A good leader MENTORS and GROOMS younger folk to take over leadership. But this type of leader is singularly absent in Lanka today – whether in Govt, opposition or Civil Society NGOs – particularly the dead Leftist NGOS run by geriatrics! The pattern is to pass the position from father to son or uncle to nephew. This pattern should be broken and a woman and outsider who is capable and charismatic like Rosy Senanayake should be made UNP leader.
      “Damn with faint praise assent with civil leer and without sneering teach the rest to sneer.. this is Ranil the awful two faced supporter of Rajapassa who is as responsible for the ROTTEN POLITICAL CULTURE and the gross corruption in politics in Lanka today. There are NO ETHICS or PRINCIPLES in politics because both the Govt and opposition leaders are corrupt and DISHONEST – this is the sad fact!
      It is astonishing that the Sinhala intelligensia continues to pretend that Ranil is honest when he is patently not! Civil society by supporting Ranil all this time and pretending that there is no one else in the party has also done a great dis-service to democracy in Lanka.

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      Yes Better to write The Biography’s of JARAPASSA CLANS,

      { LOOTERS,F- KINGS] oF Corrupts Sri Lanka.
      then coming generations will / can curse them continuously.

      Working for RAJA FOXES will make Axx lickers happy and wealthy.

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      All her stuff is just hear say… wonder how credible her sources are…She is now HAPPILY domiciled in N.America and can throw anything at anyone, but we in SL have to be on the guard… She should think about an interview with OPRAH or Jerry Springer… latter the better… or even consider writing a book for the Americans palate…

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    It is high time Ranil stepped down as the Leader of the UNP.So long as he hold this position, there is no way that UNP can ever be in power again and defeat the Rajapakses.
    Now that there is disunity in the ranks of the SLFP,UNP with the help of Mangala Samaraweera,use the opportunity get the dissident on board.

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    Why was she sacked by Sunday Leader?

    Dishonesty. Fearless journalism from Sunday Leader.

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      FukuaSimba;

      Now Sunday leader also like YOU, PUKASIMBAS, JIN SOTHTHY, KASUmanwathy, Lal, and
      Some are called Patriots to Support Jarpassa clan to loot and destroy Srlanka.

      Everyday money canot Talk.

      World should Remember, what happened to RAJIVE Ghandhu, Premadasa, Indira g, Sadaam hussain, M L Qadahaffi??????????????.

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      Mandana is not a beggar like you duffer.
      Mandana, Tisaranee etc are brave women who has guts to call spade a spade unlike you bumscker.

      Very well written article Mandana. Keep safe yourself.
      That ‘Pig’ fellow is still mad. Entertain us please write more
      reveal more, guide the opposition more.
      You guys can do a lot.

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        Yes you are right.

        These women are the future for the future.

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    When ruling party president MR has so much power with 72 constitution and 18Ammendment there is no way UPFA and Rajapakses can be defeated in any election. MR will buy any new popular opposition politicians.

    Just give up.

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    All parties and the people of the country are rudderless without proper leadership. Country is in the doldrums financially with mounting debt. CHOGM is being marketed as if it is the panacea for all the ills that plague the country. Only Rajapakse & Co have their plans working to loot the country.

    He’s a real nowhere man,
    Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
    Making all his nowhere plans
    for nobody.

    Doesn’t have a point of view,
    Knows not where he’s going to,
    Isn’t he a bit like you and me?

    Nowhere Man please listen,
    You don’t know what you’re missing,
    Nowhere Man,the world is at your command!

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    Now you can earn more money by writing to destroy the image of my country.

    One day nature will punish you for your writing.

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      AMEN !!!!

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      Wow.

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    Mandana, your ideals are clear. On the one hand you demand democracy. On the other hand, you long for an oligarchy run government that back the neocons. These two standpoint stand poles apart. Besides, I do not see any colonialists robbed country is having democracy the way you write and develop itself at the same time. Give us example, if I were wrong.

    People in this country see, neocons and their agents backed oligarchy is against MR and his government. People also see that the leader of the opposition is a born worshiper of white colonials. They have seen his anti national stance when he promoted a sham peace and then longed the government to lose its war against separatist terrorists.

    Only 5% of this country read English news prints and they alone read your politics. You back the ideals of the opposition leader but you stand against him because he and his opposition keeps losing elections. Is that why you have identified the opposition and the government are both failures. But I am telling you, you colombian mindsets don’t have the brains to fathom why people vote against Ranil and his opposition. You stupids think if Ranil is thrown out, oligarchy can make a fortune.

    The people do not think government has failed. Need I say, that’s why the government keep winning elections. You guys say elections are not fair or gilmarts. As far as I can see, we at best now when it comes to elections. Don’t forget, this country has changed governments under worse conditions. Only those cannot swim against the truth makes excuses.

    I remember, you lot tried to import ‘Arab springs’ that was arisen in dictatorial countries where one man ruled over twenty five or more years with no elections to Sri Lanka. You stupids didn’t see that dictatorship there, are associated with the religion and the culture of citizens. Look at what had happened those countries since. ‘Arab springs’ have become bitter winters in every country that tried it out. Sri Lankan are lucky for the majority are far more intelligent than you neocon puppets who wanted ‘Arab springs’. We saved ourselves from the miserable adventure of your type.

    People in this country have been rejecting the neocons and the projects by their puppet NGOs, evangelists and thers. If MR not rejected neocons advice, we would never have the peace that we enjoy so much today and the development that takes place. People know it but Madana knows none. She thinks SLFP is in disarray and MR is about to lose. She must be praying daily; ‘please Indians, give us parippu’.

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      This Bugger thinks he is a smart Alec and others are novices. His convoluted Logic fails him miserably. He has bum sucked MR so much he has lost his taste buds to differentiate different tastes. How Pathetic?

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      If Mandana says which country she is residing, then we can write the true democracy of that country.

      All the western countries have double standards. she won’t be spared from that.

      Even Fredrica Janz goes through the same fate where she is residing in the Washington State.

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        Utterly disgusting comments as usual. Not even any close to the topics that Mandana has raised in the current article. So you are truly representing the gawky masses in the country. They are the targets of Jarapaskes.

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    Ranil is the most suitable person to lead the UNP. If UNP wants to win future elections remain united. It should be UNITED NATIONAL PARTY. Get rid of this cutthroat Depath Nayaa Premadasa immediately. And please re-appoint Tissa Attanayake to his former position.

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    To Ms Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema;

    We,
    the Fair thinking people of sri lanka wants to hear your side of the Story.
    Fully with any proofs , if any available.

    thanks,
    JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA.

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    Welcome Back Mandana! Hope you’re keeping well. Lots of love Shali & D

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    Mandana,

    Your account of the current political situuation can be described as follows. The Ruling Thugs headed by MR are stuck in the past and the UNP are trying to swing to the future. Both are difficult tasks and we have no desire or the mandate to get involved in the argument other than a cursory look at the rumblings in the House Next door.
    We have our own problems and I take note of the word of caution for the constituent parties who made up TNA . But the message from the election was clear and any one who deviates from the main plank of the Election Manifesto will pay a heavy price at the next election.
    The people of the North have enough on their plat so there is no room for faction fighting and we have an unenviable task to build a Nation from the Scratch.
    India amongst all the other countries of the World has an important role to play and India with a shadow of doubt is the only Nation that can bring MR to his knees. MR knows what Indian Pressure is when he sucumbed to pressue and called the elections to the Northen Assembley and I take the view that the relationship between the two countries is like Master and Servant.
    In refusing to meet MR, Manmohan had an impotrant message to convey to MR and that is I dont have time for Bad Boys. I take the view that the forhcoming CHOGM is only a small weapon that is at the disposal of those who are trying to make Sinhala Lanka to toe the line and the UN dead line set for March being the other.
    The biggest weapon and the lethal one of all is the Change at the top in India in March and if proof was needed one needs to read the news about the unannounced visit by Mr.Thackery of BJP at the request of MR ( May be to try and offer him some Bribe but it wont work). I am hopeful March 2014 is the begining of the END for MR and we can start his Indictment proceedings to the Hague to face Justice.

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      Dream on fantasy boy, don’t you ever give up. But while dreaming on your hopes and etc, you should learn a bit about India that you think is our big brother who control us and act as the samaritan when we quarrel ourselves.

      Kashmir is a occupied state of India. Like elsewhere there are Shias and Sunnis sectarian clashes there also. But what Ms. Syeda Sana Batool, a poet, writer and lecturer says is disturbing. She says, Indian government uses that sectarian violence as a way to divert the attention of the world from the woes suffered by the Kashmiris at the hands of the Indian army. She alleges that there had been over 8,000 disappearance, more than 70,000 deaths and more than 6,000 unknown and unmarked mass graves in the last 22 years. Now that is a big enough number Pillay should consider explore on. But nothing of the sort will take place. Why? India has ganged up with the hypocritical West. India continue to violate UN resolution but insist we comply what was rammed by India under gun diplomacy.

      Imagine the chilling numbers of killed and maimed that would come out if we write an article on violence in other states of India. No neighboring country likes India. Suffix to say, India is an ass without a friend in the neighborhood. Even Ganesh won’t help the day that Tamils be the catalyst to break India to pieces.

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        September 21st has come and gone which MR tried to postpone indefinitely. March 2014 beckons. Criminals never willingly admit to their guilt.

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    Mandana,

    Nice to hear from you, albeit from a parallel universe but not a million miles from paradise. They cannot touch you now, so let us have the full unepurgated version of events. Let it hit the fan!

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    Why should Ranil go? What wrong did he do. Did he rob the country fo Tsunami funds. One media controlled by Capital Maharajah is spinning the idea, for their own monetary benefits.
    Who sponsored Ranga, Buddika Pathirana, Harsha few more. Who killed Lady Dianna ? Isn’t it the PRESS.Can Maharajah rascals break and make govts. Have you ever heard for the past few years, the Maharaja media pointing a figure at the Rajapakse family.
    The Sinhala Buddhist must first get rid of the Maharaja media net work.The Tamil community will not caste a single vote to the UNP,if Ranil is removed.
    Do you know that the Ranil decedents are being sponsored by Maharaja media net work.

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      Incompetence qualifies disqualification to retain leadership. The recent defeat confirms it without any doubt. The ruling family seems to be quite happy with leader of the opposition’s incompetency.

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      It looks like you missed the forest for the trees. The original sins for what you see happening now, started many moons ago, with Ranil’s lack lustre performances at many elections, holding tight on to the leadership in defiance, unwilling to delegate authority to the hopeful and deserving, lack of recognition afforded to loyal, faithful and deserving party members, putting up with ruling party truances including accepting defeat without a fight in the face of diabolical manipulation of election results through a process famously come to be known as computer ‘jilmart’, use of government support to keep him at the helm as Leader of the opposition to best serve their own interests to prop up a weak leadership in opposition, are just some of the many blunders attributedto him. In fact he acts more covertly like ‘hand in glove’ with the government and is in their pay. Ranil does not have the leadership qualities to defy government policies when in becomes a burden on the people, expose or highlight inefficiencies, reveal all the waste, mismanagement, bribery, corruption, nepotism and vice committed by government ministers, in short, he is jst like one of them. A defacto ruler himself, without the embellishments of governance and responsibility, with nothing for the his own party members. This is the true Ranil, no matter wat anyone may say of him. This country needs checks and balances to keep this government from going the way of authoritarian rule. Enough is enough for God’s sake.

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    Mandana, now that you are a free bird, could you pls publish your rxposure on the scandal involving Namal which when he felt threatened, sent goons to your home, of which one was killed when police opened fire.

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      Yes Mandana, how much of a Commission was received by Namal from the Krish Group? Luckily the Police intervened, otherwise none of us would have known what happened to Mandana like what happened to Lasantha Wickrematunge.

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      Cyril

      Well said. please do keep it that way.

      I hope you will endevour to persevere.

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    Mandana , as you arenow in a position to to write freely, now please let us know the true story behind your attack. People need to know the truth

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