21 May, 2024

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After May Day: Now What?

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

The diagnostics and the prognostics after May Day are in. I discard the assertions of those who are committed to fixed opinions and repeat their convictions sans analysis. (“Everything is proof that the JVP/NPP is heading for a landslide victory”. “Only Ranil can deliver the goods and the people will rally around him”. “Sajith’s star is rising, he is our next president come what may”, etc). I have taken note only of intelligent people who have interpreted events and evidence with an analytical mind. For example, Mr X has access to several observers, police reports and what state officials and business leaders say and has sifted through all of this. Mr X may have political preferences of his own but he is “scientific” in interpreting evidence. This is the type of person I have given credence to in this piece.

The facts diligently extracted from such sources are as follows.

* The JVP/NPP rallies and meetings in Colombo and Matara were impressive, Anuradhapura was so-so and Jaffna was a failure.

* Ranil had the advantages of incumbency – streamlined train and bus services – but the showing was not impressive. Some who were expected, refrained from climbing on his stage The section below entitled Closing Arguments for the Novice is an important follow up this matter.

* Sajith’s show was, well ok, but not impressive enough; well, so-so again

* Mahinda’s SLPP was abysmal. People say the SLPP will be hard pressed to poll 10%.

* The SLFP showing was also poor; maybe 10% of the total poll.

Now let me move to the next set of questions. One that is often asked is “If it appears to Ranil that he is going to be hard pressed by the Anura, is he likely to cancel the presidential election that by law must be held in about October this year”. My sharp and peremptory response is “No ways. He dare not try that lark! The country will explode and the international community will roundly condemn him. The preservation of democracy in Lanka is the bottom line that cannot be crossed: It will not sit comfortably with the West, the IMF, its Extended Fund Facility (EFF) or with India. Nor is there anything in it for China or conversely for global imperialism (meaning the US) either. The presidential election will be held!

If the presidential election is as scheduled, what of the outcome? My informants like Mr X, separate from their own preferences, suggest that there is a fairly good chance that the JVP will prevail. Lots of people say “We have tried everything else and failed, might as well give the buggers a chance”. All of us have heard this and I am only repeating something familiar to most of you. Please believe me, though my own leftist leanings are familiar to many of you, this is not the motive for this avowal.

There is still the nagging concern “Can the 3% become 50%”? The JVP always showcased enormous rallies but come elections it rarely polled more than about 3%! Could this time also be another flash in the pan? Too early to tell but the trends will become clear in the coming months. Let’s watch.

My comment about democracy in Sri Lanka has another side to it. Nearly all of the moral pariahs who voted to turn this country into a dictatorship, that is nearly ALL who voted for a constitutional amendment permitting Mahinda a third term (and thereafter unlimited terms thus making the country another Idi Amin, Papa Doc state) are still sitting in the Chamber. They are worse than harlots since the ladies of the night have hungry children to feed or sick relatives to minister to. Our parliamentary pariahs were only fattening themselves or seeking renomination from Mahinda. Among them is Vasu – I confess I made the mistake of briefly joining a political faction led by him. Attorney Lal Wijeyakayake and Prof. Vijaya Kumar, also leftists loke me, did not make that mistake. Ceylon/SL parliament’s finest constitutionalist may have had hopes of nurturing Vasu as a future member of the leadership team. NM would be turning in his grave but he was cremated and spared that indignity.

Whosoever is elected president and forms the next government is certain to dissolve parliament and attempt to secure a working parliamentary majority at a fresh parliamentary election. He (no she in sight) will face monumental tasks. SL faces colossal challenges in attempting to dig itself out of the pit it fell into in 2021-22, namely default on international debt, downgrading by international rating agencies, conflict with Sovereign Bond holders (that is capitalist market agencies who want all their money back, and don’t want to suffer a hair-cut) and other complex and painful economic choices.

The four big challenges facing Lanka in order are as follows:

* Paying off a sufficient part of the country’s accumulated debt to satisfy the IMF and its Extended Fund Facility that the economy is in repair and that some part of the over $5 billion of currently blocked IMF funds can be released. The IMF Board is unlikely to play hangman and push Lanka into anarchy if there is proof of seriousness of purpose. And which is more difficult, if serious steps are taken to fight political corruption, leniency can be expected.

* Strengthening the export orientation of the economy because economic consolidation is critically dependent on the performance of exports.

* Persuading the people to accept a degree of belt-tightening; difficult in the light of widespread poverty (about a quarter of the population lives below the official poverty line). But people will be prepared to go with it if they are convinced that the burden is being equitably shared and this not a gimmick by the w, ll to do to retain their privileges and pass the buck. There are dozens of commentators in the centre pages of our newspapers who are buck-passers, that is apologists for assemblies like the Official Creditor Committee (OCC).

* Persuading the Left that an all-populist all-socialist agenda is not on the cards, anywhere, at this stage in world history.

In respect of the last point a significant matter has come to my attention. The NPP is not bereft of wise and mature advisors, as people had feared. It seems that there are informed economists and sombre advisors even on delicate topics like national security, working with the NPP. This is no longer the ludicrous Wijeweera JVP era; it is more sombre. Nevertheless, the May Day declaration by Lal Kantha (the JVP’s foremost buffalo and trade union leader) that an NPP government will devolve and vest judicial power in its own grassroots bodies and Harini’s acute embarrassment in Parliament to try to wriggle out, will worry people about repetition of Rohana era escapades. This is going to cost the NPP some votes.

Of Lanka’s national debt of $ 58 billion, $ 27 billion is owed to bilateral and commercial creditors. Hence, even after debt restructuring a largish burden still remains and arrears and instalments have to be serviced. Usable foreign reserves of the Central Bank are only $ 3.4 billion. Since my readers, like myself, are probably novices in economic jargon let me sign off with a summary of some terminology.

Closing Arguments for the novice

The Government and the State are different though they overlap and sometimes collide. Government is the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, their immediate staff and to a degree Parliament which votes money for the Government (the Budget). The main sources of Government revenue are taxes, customs duties and excise duties and its main expenses are social-services like health, education, welfare-subsidies and development programmes. Ideally the budget should balance but rarely, in Lanka or anywhere else does it. Invariably the Budget is in deficit and this is what this Closing Argument is about.

For the sake of this section of the essay, only, I will define the State as the Central Bank (CB). Of course it is much more, the judiciary, the bureaucracy in general and the military. But let me move on with my point. The CB is broadly responsible for the nation’s finances; printing money, managing rupee exchange rates and interest rates, managing inflation, monitoring foreign asset movements, issuing Treasury Bills and doing the sort of things foreign lenders, bond holders, and the IMF are much concerned about.

Yes, there is constant bickering with Government and much interference in every country – you name it. But the big point I am making is that though the CB is responsible for the nation’s external finances, in the case of Lanka, the President and the Governor of the CB are singing the same arpeggio.  Ranil says my government is doing all the right things and Nandalal Weerasinghe (NW) says ‘we are on the right track, let’s go on as we are’. Ranil says “to the rupee has strengthened above LKR 300 to the dollar, we have brought total debt from about 128% of GDP to below 100%, analysts say GDP growth in 2024 will exceed 3% and foreign reserves are improving”. All this seems to be music to NW’s ears. However, since we have got it wrong so often in the past, nobody is as yet offering any bets.

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    Dear Kumar,
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    You have written this:
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    “The SLFP showing was also poor; maybe 10% of the total poll.”
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    The total poll is likely to be over 10 million; the SLFP+the SLPP will not poll a million votes. It is more likely to be around 10,000 persons giving them FIRST Preference.
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    I have much to say about all this, but moments ago the house was shaken by a thunderbolt. … Correction! Shouldn’t I be saying “lightning”?
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    It was only Zeus who claimed to be hurling thunderbolts. You Professors who specilise

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      SM,
      “It is more likely to be around 10,000 persons giving them FIRST Preference.”
      Your blind faith is affecting your commonsense. I would bet you half a million that the Pohottuwa will do better than 3 million, but I don’t want to lose my anonymity.
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        OC,
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        so true. But how many of them will grasp it?

        If SM could be part of AKD’s delegation for his foreign trips, he could have been able to improve his knowledge.

        Also, we can see that AKD is a bit broadly minded now than back then, probably his foreign trips helped him change his mind.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZHSQQC5ugE

        AKD has now agreed to continue “carrying the baby across the shaky bridge”.
        A few months ago, his tone was far from that. They agreed to join hands with Indian entrepreneurs, even though their “lesson modules” were based on earlier anti-Indian sentiments.

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          LM,
          There are still lots of Pohottuwa faithful around.

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            Dear old codger,
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            This response to you is an after-thought. Please see my main response to your objection, which will be below this.
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            There may be half a million Pohottuwa supporters, but since most of them will realise that the game is up, they will switch to one of the other non-NPPers. If the Political Parties attempt to educate the public about the use of Preferential Votes, almost all the corrupt Pohottuwa “leaders” will request their voters to switch to their protector,Ranil “Rajapaksa”
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            Dis-satisfied Tamil voters who I expect to vote for a Tamil candidate, may cast a Preference for AKD. If that happens, I will consider switching my SECOND Preference to the Tamil candidate. Siritunga Jayasuriya, who is not a racist, will not mind.
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            What will happen to Wijedasa Rajapakshe? He won’t contest, nor will Dhammika Perera. But honest Siritunga will contest; he will get my SECOND choice, and Sajith will get my THIRD.
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            I expect a sizeable number of Tamil voters to give AKD their FIRST PREFERENCE.
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            I expect a retort from oc.
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            Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V)

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              SM,
              “I expect a retort from oc.”
              And here it is .If the voters are indeed capable of understanding all these preference convolutions you are fixated on, don’t you think they would have selected better governments in the past?

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            Dear Rational Thinkers and SM,

            According to updated statistics, more than 3 million voters (a little less than 6.9 million) or more still support Rajapaksa.
            That is why analysts believe that even dreaming of winning an election in Sri Lanka without the support of these “Polburuwas- real donkeys” would be an eternal dream.
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            tHOSE low esteemed voters (similar to LESTER) don’t care even if their loved ones are raped and killed in broad daylight, they go after “Rajapakshe Saranag Gachchami” (their little world would not allow them to grow out of the box).
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            Unfortunately, the JVPs believe even today that their rally crowds will fully reflect their election results. I remind this of the ” childish films being displayed by indians providing them good moments”. Truths lie aside for theose poor folks forever.

            Even last election, JVPrs firmly believed it. We know how exaggerating they were at that time, the crafty Indians recently invited them for an official state visit.
            Immature JVPrs were boasting that it was all because of their world recognition. The truth is, Maldives has been completely tamed by their rival China, and India is making every effort to save their soul in the Indian Ocean.

            However, I was also completely disappointed in the 2020 general election.
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              it should be little less than the half of ” 6.9 millions”.

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          L M ,

          ” If S M could be part of ……………………………….improve his knowledge.”
          Dear L M , I warn you , not to be misled by Gimmicks of Ancient or
          Modern politics that employ different tactics to beat the other to win
          votes . One AKD or An AKD with few of his Comrades can not run
          our country successfully Just thanks to Some Foreign Visits . Two or
          three days visit to a country will never give him any Knowledge or
          Experience of that country . If that is possible , our hospitals today
          must be of World Class Ones , provided the amount of Doctors who
          are serving with foreign training for months or a couple of years !
          Remember , their foreign trips are to convince the public that they are
          well accepted in the West . Secondly , seeking support from the
          families and relatives of the diaspora , back home . Thirdly , it is also
          possible to demonstrate that AKD is not second to Ranil’s foreign trips .
          There could be quite a lot into it but rest Assured , Gaining Knowledge
          And Experience in the West to develop our country is definitely not
          their target . I bet , even you spent your life time in the West , you won’t
          succeed emulating them . And finally one more thing for you to think
          about , in Tamil , there’s a saying that goes ” what is not bent in five ,
          will it bend in fifty ? ” meaning , a child should be taught or corrected
          at age five , if missed or failed , at fifty , it is too late !

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        OC:
        “I would bet you half a million that the Pohottuwa will do better than 3 million.”

        You’d lose the bet.

        According to recent opinion polls, Pohottuwa would get about 8% of the popular vote. What this means is that in a parliamentary election, they would get under one million votes.

        This is how I arrived at this figure:

        Total registered voters in 2020 about Rs. 16.3 million.
        Assuming an average voter turnout of 75%, 8% of 75% of 16.3 million is 978,000.

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      Sinhala_Man, This article does not help us to predict what is going to happen next as it is not CT readers who only vote, but the citizens in dire need because of what politics has done to them and their children’s future. Many runaway to foreign countries and may not even vote.

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        “Ranil says the rupee has strengthened above LKR 300 to the dollar, we have brought total debt from about 128% of GDP to below 100%, analysts say GDP growth in 2024 will exceed 3% and foreign reserves are improving”.
        All this may well be true, but this sort of talk doesn’t win elections, unless the voters are all economists. What people are concerned about is prices, and they won’t come down unless the USD goes down to 180 or so. But that, if it ever happens, will take many years, and involves totally getting rid of our debt, not a moratorium. Not even the JVP’s big talkers can do that.

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          Dear OC and the other logical thinkers,
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          Whatever the truth that changes people’s lives, the srilanken media distorts it and tries to take the side of the culprits. That diachotomizes to me as “media mafia in srilanka”:
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          While the developed world is doing more with social media for their positive lives, Sri Lankans are getting it at the wrong end. They want to prepare the country to go to the International Monetary Fund for the 18th time. That is seen as their ” own pride”. A shameless nation … aiyyooooooooo…
          Beasts disguised as humans cannot see it at all.

          Unfortunately, there is no hope for a good future in that country.

          Our netrual commenters LANKA SCOT would be clear about this next days. BUt in the same time, SINHALA_MAN swallowed with dellusions would never see it right. He would die oneday with that “super-racist- NATHA DEWIYA (Dr Nalin De Silva)” ended up. Natha Dewiyas destiny was shaped up by KARMA, putting HIM in his last days in a country he hated most.

          Tbc

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        Dear dtg,
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        I hope that you don’t particularly mind my according equal status to Zeus, the thunder god, and to Yahweh, the god of Moses, and of Evangelical Christians.
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        The New Testament, after all is written in Greek.

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          Sinhala_Man, Where creation is considered there is only Yahweh God for all of his creation from Genesis to Revelation and he does not belong only to Moses. I am not concerned whether you call on Zeus or any other god.

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            Hello DTG,
            Do any other gods exist and how do you know which ones do and which ones don’t?
            Best regards

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              LankaScot, Obviously there can be only one Creator God Jehovah and he said there are no other gods before me.Isa.45,5 This is said in many places and forms in the bible. When you accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour, as this one God has a triune nature, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in our spirit and gives discernment and power to do his will and purpose. Your question is how to know, and this is the way. In fact, on March 19th is Pentecost when the first time Holy Spirit came on disciples with wind, flames on heads and speaking with other tongues, all of this being supernatural and difficult for atheistic believers. Regarding other gods, they are from the devil who deceives as he craves worship and many religions manifest these many gods of devil worship

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                LankaScot, You asked how I know which gods exist. The classic example is what Pharaoh worshipped in Egypt enslaving Israel led out later by Moses through parting of the Red Sea. God made plagues out of what Pharaoh worshipped, 1st being the Nile river. It turned to blood. Then frogs, lice, beasts, cattle plagues, boils, hail, locusts, darkness due to sun worship and finally death of 1st born who would be pharaohs and was called Passover when Israel put blood of lamb on door posts so that the death angel would passover and not enter to kill. All these gods are deceptive, satanic manifestations and pharaoh and army too drowned in the Red Sea when chasing to catch escaped Israel.

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                  Dear DTG,
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                  When you met Moses, did you speak to him in English, or in Hebrew?

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                    Sinhala_Man, I have never tried to meet Moses as I want union with Father and Son, through the Holy Spirit.

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                If Easter was on March 31st, 2024, how can Pentecost be before that?
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                Perhaps you meant 19th of May.
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                Sorry DTG, I’m not going to explore that; just going on common sense.
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                Plus, of course, I used to win the Divinity Prize with monotonous regularity. But those were in my salad days. The crunch came when somebody thought of a prize for a Sermon. That was something I refused to participate in! Instead, I wrote out a sermon replete with quotes from P.B. Shelley, at the request of a Hindu.
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                The new (and absolutely sincere) priest, knew nothing of Shelley; the Hindu won the Sermon Prize!

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      Continuation: – PART ONE
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      The above comment
      , the first submitted by me – this will probably be ten comments below that – as it now stands has 93 words, the last of them misspelt. I was in a hurry to stop, after correcting that word, and adding “electricity” plus two or three other words, when it got submitted inadvertently.
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      What to do? I copied the entire comment, put it on to an email, and sent it off to Kumar.
      Dear “old codger” I was able do that sort of thing because neither Professor Kumar David, nor I tries to be anonymous. I was going to give this link later:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-season-of-fun-every-pantaloon-is-running-loose/
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      His own earlier article, where I remembered I had linked this:
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_presidential_elections_in_Sri_Lanka
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      Having sent off the email, knowing that Kumar would make the connection I knocked off the computer. It is true that it probably took me two minutes more to do all that, during which time the wrath of Zeus could have manifested itself, but I instinctively know that lightning takes that couple of minutes to re-charge itself.

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        Continuation: – PART TWO
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        I now request readers to get back to the five-part comment that I gave here:
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        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-season-of-fun-every-pantaloon-is-running-loose/
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        and go through those five parts. I knew that there were going to be five parts there because I took my time with them, and reached the conclusion that it was not possible for a third candidate to get anywhere near 10%, even if at this early stage we reckon that he has a 10% chance of being elected.
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        I’m sure that old codger realises that the Pohottuwa candidate, who is likely to be fourth (AKD and Sajith – in whatever order being the two who qualify for the run off), with Ranil a poor third with, perhaps, 5% of the final tally. And the Rajapaksas fading in the final lap, as their voters realise that they have no chance. They will be below 100K votes.
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        Kumar is the betting man; a bottle of single malt will be your wager. Contact him. I don’t drink even the blended stuff, or even beer, although I may very occasionally taste something new. I’m not, after all, a Muslim.
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        Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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          SM,
          “And the Rajapaksas fading in the final lap, as their voters realise that they have no chance. They will be below 100K votes.”
          So you’ve decided to give them another 90,000 votes? That was a fast revision.
          As for anonymity, I don’t want to be cruel, knowing that personal problems cause you to write the way you do. But I can be confident that my grandchildren won’t be sniggering at their grandfather for writing something like “this will probably be ten comments below that – as it now stands has 93 words, the last of them misspelt. I was in a hurry to stop, after correcting that word, and adding “electricity””, if only because I am anonymous.

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          Don’t you realise that the “Rajapaksas being below 100K votes is still compatible with around 10K votes.
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          It is difficult for us to assess at this stage. We know for certain that Siritunga Jayasuriya and Battaramulle Seelaratne Thero will make sure that they contest, especially since there is all this talk about increasing the fee for contesting.
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          However, we can’t be sure about candidates other than Anura Kumara and Sajith. Ranil may decide not to contest, after all. He’s depending on Pohottuwa support.
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          There may be more for me to tell you, but it’ll have to wait!

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    It’s only another 5 months ……. let’s wait and see if the elections will be held ……. if so, who wins.

    In politics, a week is a long time.

    Whoever wins ……. Lanka, as always, is in for a rough ride.

    People I’ve spoken to …… are scared shitless of the JVP old guard; the likes of Lal Kantha …….. somehow they didn’t/don’t have the same fear of “conventional” pols who did/does more damage to the SL judiciary. Can Lal Kantha cause more damage to the Lankan judiciary, than that has already been done to it by Sirima/JR/Premadasa/CBK/Mahinda/Sirisena/Gota/Ranil?

    Can someone please elaborate what more damage the JVP can do to an already monumentally buggered system of justice/judiciary?

    Things can’t get any worse: things can only get better …….. perhaps Lal Kantha’s remedy is the solution! Who are we to know without giving it a try? ……. All the other remedies people have enthusiastically voted for have been abject failures.

    Who knows ……. Lal Kantha might be the fortunate accident/coincidence that Native has been praying for all these years!

    Never discount ……. that DTG’s all benevolent God is renowned to work in mysterious ways ……. that mere mortals cannot grasp ……..

    We are truly blessed …….. in more ways than one.

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      nimal has said something soothing to the ears of Sinhala_Man.
      Sinhala_Man, You will not hear one word from me in that direction.

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        Nathan ,

        I give you a thumb up .

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        Nathan Uncle,
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        Good governance and the current government has done a lot for the people compared to any other governments since independence. THat is the POV of the analysts.

        However misconceptions are governing the society. Only another shortage of gas and petroleum will open people’s eyes.

        . Sri Lankans in general love disaster. They enjoyed the 83 riots. They also enjoyed the “tsunami disaster”. Increasing numbers loved COVID crisis. They also enjoyed the 30-year civil war. They love to hate. They love hypocrisy. They love schadenfreude.
        They like to hurt others like senior undergrads enjoy brutal ragging on freshers. Their schadenfreude is genetically more pronounced than anything else in that hell. Elephant is in the room, not many seem to take it serious.
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        .. They never learn to see it right. Recent incidents are facts for the sociologists and other analysts about our society.
        Look, Basil’s staunch supporter was a female teacher who was brutally dipped and punished in the smelly Baira Lake. Even today, She enjoys her smile as a mental sick patient would do before the cameras today, paying her support further to Rajapakshes….. EDUCATION is falsly defined in that country. What a future is before the youth … aiyooooooooooooooooooooooooo??.

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      nimal fernando

      “Who knows ……. Lal Kantha might be the fortunate accident/coincidence that Native has been praying for all these years!”

      My Elders tell me JVP used to run Kangaroo Courts when they controlled rural areas in 1971. Lal Kantha could just be the right Chief Justice if JVP decides to create such courts through out the island.

      Things to come:
      Khmer Rouge: Cambodia’s years of brutality Published
      16 November 2018
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-10684399#:~:text=Declaring%20that%20the%20nation%20would,of%20any%20sort%20was%20killed.
      Excerpt:
      “Declaring that the nation would start again at “Year Zero”, Pol Pot isolated his people from the rest of the world and set about emptying the cities, abolishing money, private property and religion, and setting up rural collectives.

      Anyone thought to be an intellectual of any sort was killed. Often people were condemned for wearing glasses or knowing a foreign language.

      Ethnic Vietnamese and Cham Muslims in Cambodia were also targeted.

      Hundreds of thousands of the educated middle-classes were tortured and executed in special centres.”

      Chinese support was vital for Pol Pot’s brutal regime’s survival.
      JVP leader Somawansa Amerasinghe and his colleague Nandana Gunatilleke signed agreement to establish party to party relation.

      If necessary China could …………………..

      In the meantime Lal could work with SJ who admired Pol Pot and his “Year Zero” ideology.

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        Isn’t every day a May Day in Sorry Lanka. Empty sound bites, rhetoric, promises, political stunts ….. BS
        …..more BS ……

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      nimal fernando, Glad you accept all benevolent God, but his justice and judgment are always there to work against evil which he has never approved from anyone. Truth is sacred and Jesus said he is the only way, truth and life to come to the Father. John 14,6

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    In Pakistan, the Popular Politician the ex PM is serving 14 years prison sentence for trying to be neutral in the world politics. USA along with India[UK+Australia] will prefer Ranil W to be their puppet.
    One should NOT be surprised if Parliamentary Elections comes before the Presidential election.
    AKD has NOT got free hand to do anything he wants. He has to go along with the guidance of India.
    We, the sensible ones, wants him to bring Justice to those who were murdered extra-judicially & to those who has ill-gotten wealth.

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      Naman, Trust that Creator God Jehovah will finally bring justice to those who trusted themselves and extrajudicially murdered and got ill-gotten wealth in their greed for power. They do not know the future they are in for.

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      Naman ,

      Truth and Lie , Good and Bad And Right and Wrong belong to
      Religious Morals Followed by Victorian Morals that are today
      Only on Exhibition At Big Time Museums . I hope sensible ones
      do understand that Modern Politics does not carry that burden
      on their shoulders . So , why false hopes ? I think the vast majority
      wants a guarantee that there’s enough supply for them to Export
      right through the Exit Route situated right in the Middle of the
      SYSTEM !

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      “We, the sensible ones, wants him to bring Justice to those who were murdered extra-judicially & to those who has ill-gotten wealth.”
      Are you sure that they (especially the former) are his priorities?

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        SJ, His priorities are those who accept him and hence come into his family finally.

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          Hello DTG,
          I think SJ was referring to AKD and not Jehova, but I have been wrong before regarding Sri Lanka Politics😢.
          Best regards

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          Is He a Freemason of some kind?
          Search for a sensible God and there are plenty to choose from.

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    Dr.KD, Appreciate your comment that there is no all-socialist agenda anywhere at this stage in world history

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    After May day comes the VICTORY DAY on 19 May, then comes the JANARAJA DAY on 22 May.

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      What kind of victory day for a nation 🤔 whose stupidity reelected the criminals and made the country 🤔 a bankrupted state forever.??????
      😳 people are to blame. The next disaster is now in making. GOTABAYA 2.

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    Sadly there is just little to no way out for Sri Lanka – the top 5-10% of wealth holders (who aren’t just the pollies) are more than fine but the middle class and lower will lose more real wealth over the coming years. It is also their mistake for leaving their brains at home when going to the polling booth, no point blaming politicians if there are plenty of brain-dead buffoons to vote for them.

    For those of us that built our wealth here legitimately and are comfortable here, Sri Lanka is one of the best places to live – and no we did not all vote for the likes of GR/MR/RW nor do we need to have connections to build wealth.

    The birth-rate has plummeted, good in a way because the country needs an overpopulation correction. We will need young and intelligent leaders (I’m a big fan of Vivek in the US) in 15 or so years when this current crop of politicians and older voters finally meet their makers.

    Younger voters are making an effort to educate themselves about what good governance should look like via the forms of non-conventional media available – if older folk also did this, the old pollies would be run out of the business.

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