23 September, 2020

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Aha! An Election Is Near!

By Helasingha Bandara

Road of neglect

Rathnayaka (husband)-“Soma said that she saw some road-construction machinery have been parked at Mawathagama”

Bandaramenike (wife) “No doubt an election may be near”

People sighted heavy machinery, mostly stationary, under the shades of trees, in February this year, along the Nikaweratiya- Ambanpola road. They concluded that it was a sure sign of an election approaching. They weren’t wrong; the Government has announced that it would hold North Western Provincial Council elections in September.

DIG Vass Gunawardena

The arrival of machinery, re-laying of a foundation stone, and digging a bit here and there have been repeated so many a time  throughout the last fifteen years that people have become wise to the truth; it is an election gimmick! It started with T.B.Ekanayaka, then Minister of Highways, followed by many others and finally with Namal Rajapaksha promising to construct the road. It was only four kilometers to be constructed.

It has been 4 years since the article “The Road That Gets The Eternal Blind Eye” has drawn attention to this road. A few elections have come and gone. Only one kilometer of the road has been constructed. At this speed it needs another 12 years and at least 9 elections for the road to be completed. The irony is that when it is completed at one end the other end may need reconstruction as it is being very badly constructed with the cheapest raw-material. This means that the road will never be complete in our lifetime.

As soon as the people see the movement of machinery they predict an election is coming. Despite that knowledge the fools do not stop voting nonetheless.

No gravel roads

One strong trump card in the government’s pack is that they have developed a very good road network in the country and they continue to do so. We generously appreciate that, while questioning the second class treatment that we the rurals receive in this regard.

Unfortunately we cannot buy into Minister Basil Rajapaksha’s proclamation at the opening ceremony of the Southern Expressway that there are no more gravel roads in Sri Lanka. As far as we are concerned the only truth in the statement is that, yes, we do not have gravel roads. Instead we have earthen roads, we are not fortunate enough to have even gravel on our roads.  This is a fact for the entire road network into the villages along the Nikaweratiya-Ambanpola main road, of which at least three kilometers are still gravel.

Arrest of Vass Gunawardena

Is the arrest of Gunawardena an election gimmick? Gunawardena has been accused of many crimes including murder, abduction and extortion. The case of Nipuna, a student of Malambe who was beaten by Gunwardene’s wife, son and the bone licking constables was a much publicized case against Gunawardena. Gunawardena has always been an Agunawardena. Was timely action taken against this shameless police officer? Had that been so a few lives could have been saved.

Possibly thanks to some elections coming people can live without the fear of Gunawardena at least for some time while he is behind bars.

Dispelling of NWP Councilor

Is the dispelling of Sarath Kumara, a Provincial Councilor of the North Western Provincial Council also an election gimmick?  Although the rogue deserves what he got and more, there is ample reason for the public to believe that it can be an election gimmick. He may have been thrown out as he is an anchovy among the sharks.

We want to believe that the actions of the government against those two beasts have been taken in good faith. Having experienced that many people being seen to be punished but coming back into higher positions with more power to harass people, we are wary of believing the action of the government. There is no doubt that the government is aware of the rogue elements of the country that make the land lawless and unsafe for the powerless. If the authorities allow the law enforcement agents to do their jobs without the fear of political interference, it is still not too late to save a few more valuable lives.

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    After the election, Vass comes out, Sarath Kumara comes out. attorney general identify there are no evidance against them so he withdrow the case. cycle continue. MURDER, RAPE, BRIBE, and then when another election is near by, same drama….

    Our people are so stupid, they simply dont understand. ( 14 days memory )

    Hail KIng !!!! here we go…

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      Peace Lover,
      Duminda Silva has returned to parliament.
      Sampath Chandrapushpa Vidanapathirana reverted to his job of Chaiman,Pradeshiya Saba,long ago.
      The attorney general nas indefinitely postponed the indictments against them,it appears – or,maybe until CHOGM is over.
      Both will shake hands with royalty and heads of governments.
      Our justice system is for politicians of the correct parties – NOT for the common man.

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    Illl informed voters are often reckless and no better than a child with a loaded gun. Progressively since 1956, thanks to SWRD, we have accumulated greater and greater numbers of poorly informed voters because of our one dimensional language policy. Today the Government whoever it may be can boldly hoodwink the voters with state owned media spewing out all the half truths and lies. How can the poor voters ever get out of these clutches without an alternate medium. Unfortunately these don’t come in the vernacular languages.
    Even the few informed ones are making the Govt. so uncomfortable that they are now after the social media, FB and twitter!

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    The government reflects what the people want. Corrupt people will elect corrupt government. Good people will elect good government. Sure, you can feed propaganda through media. But, if people are not smart enough to know between corruption and honesty, then not much can anyone do. Live with it.

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      Hit the nail….!That’s all. What to speak ?

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    Stupid Srilankans will open their eyes only when their tummy is been hit. We are almost there.
    It will be interesting to see how that racist Mad Dog Angoda famed Leela would attack this writer.

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      Leela is deliberating in ITN nowadays.

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    I HOPE SRI LANKAN WONT BE STUPID. IT IS OK FOR MERVYN THE GOON TO TIE A GOVERNMENT SERVANT TO A TREE TO PUNISH HIM AND WHEN UPFA GOON ASKS A TEACHER TO WORSHIP HIM IN FRONT OF THE STUDENTS PRESIDENTE HORA RAJAPASSA CALL THE TEACHER TO APOLOGIZE BEUCASE THE ELECTIONS ARE NEAR. DONT FORGET THE PAST. DUMINDA IS GOING TO REUTURN TO THE PARLIAMENTS. DONT FORGET HE IS RAPIST AND MURDERER. MERVYN IS A THUG, MURDERER WHO COLLECT MONEY BY FORCE. EVERYONT SUPPORTING THE GOVERNMENT VOTED FOR CJS IMPEACHEMENT WHICH IS ILLEGAL. SO DONT FORGET SRI LANKANS. KEEP THESE THINS ALAWYS IN YOUR MIND AND KICK OFF THIS ILLEGAL GOVERNMENT.

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    It is only in a miracle of Asia can an ex killer Duminda Silva whose gang killed Bharartha Lakshman in broad day light can enter the parliament (Uththareethala) barely one and half years into the gruesome killing. He should have been allowed to enter the parliament brandishing his killer pistol.What a Nation we are. Vaas Gunawardane will enter the fray with much more fanfare and even liquidate the CID officers who questioned him, exactly the way he threatened them during interrogation. This sums up the law and order situation in our Miracle of Asia.

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    Glad some action has been taken on Sarath Kumara, Provincial Councillor, NWP. Whether this is a political strategy is yet to be unfolded.
    People are confused why a Minister from the same political party who has a name for thuggery goes squat free for his famous acts Colombo 7, Kiribathgoda and Chilaw.
    What would be the next wonder of Asia?
    JP

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    In time to come so called DIG will be an Ambassador, and Sarath Kumara will be an adviser to President.
    This is how all these years MR ran the country.

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