16 December, 2017

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An Absolutely Useless Politician – Tissa Attanayake

By Chinthaka De Silva

Chinthaka De Silva

Chinthaka De Silva

When I was small my father Mr Richard de Silva, a veteran English journalist, had many close friendships with the political advocates of Sri Lanka at that time. He used to take me to the parliament gallery as I was keen to hear good speeches and political debates in the parliament and he used to mingle with the all politician’s in JRJ era. That is the time I remember.

Then media minister, late Mr Ananda Tissa De Alwis was a very close friend of my father. My father had very big regard to Mr Ananda Tissa De Alwis, as he was considered an excellent media minister, who always respected media freedom and the freedom of speech.

During the era of JRJ, my father was covering the political page of Times of Ceylon. He then later joined the editorial department of the English Island Newspaper, where he was a founding member of Upali Newspaper Group along with Mr Vijitha Yapa and Mr Gamini Weerakoon. After joining Upali Group, my farther had many hopes to support when late Mr Upali Wijewardena was to enter politics. According to my father JRJ was to bring him as the finance minister and to groom him to take over the party leadership later. However there were two big opponents who stood against this move it was Mr Ronnie De Mel and late Mr Ranasinghe Premadasa, then prime minister.

This was the time my father understood about political pressure on journalists, as my father was enticed with perks such as a flat in Colombo, in order to disable Upali Wijewardena’s political move. My father’s refusal to such offers created political enemies to him. Then came the fate of Late Mr. Upali Wijewardena he was presumed dead on 13 February 1983 when his private Learjet disappeared soon after leaving Malaysia en-route to Colombo over the Straits of Malacca. My father was devastated hearing this news.

The real challenge came when my father was head hunted by late Hon. Lalith Athulathmudali who was elected to Parliament in 1977 and went on to become the Deputy Minister of Defence and Minister of National Security under President J.R. Jayewardene during the 1980s, where my father, Uncle Premil Rathnayake and Uncle Udaya Manawasinghe, were his media men. My father’s name is mention in an article “Lalith Athulathmudali epitome of a pragmatic politician” appeared on 22nd April 2007 Sunday Observer by Mr. Kesarralal Gunasekera on his death anniversary of late Hon. Lalith Athulathmudali

Tissa MahindaLate Hon. Lalith Athulathmudali, Late Mr Gamini Dissanayake, and Late Mr G. M Premachandra and several UNP MPs brought forth a motion to impeach President Premadasa. When that failed, they were expelled from the UNP and began forming a new party, the Democratic United National Front (DUNF). To counter the fierce government propaganda at that time, they had to establish a Sinhala and an English newspaper, The Eagle Eye and The Raja Aliya. My father’s main objective was to ensure that his family was kept safe while propagating the ideologies of the new party through the Eagle Eye.

Late Hon. Lalith Athulathmudali announced his candidacy for the presidency but was assassinated by a gunman on 23 April 1993 after an election rally.

When Lalith and Gamini believed that a constitutional change was required, they knew exactly that most powers of the executive presidency needed to devolve to the parliament along with joining hands with other parties. Today, Hon Ranil Wickremesinghe is leading a silent coup within the ranks of the President to create the most formidable candidate to take on this evil regime in similar fashion. I have met Hon. Leader couple of times in London and found to be most pragmatic politician in Sri Lanka today not to the gallery.

Today, we can see the carnage done to our motherland in mega proportions with new constitutional amendment including term of the presidency is repealed and suppressed freedom of speech, rule of law is eroding day by day and corruption is rampant all over the ministries, state departments and state corporations. The President admitted to media a week ago that he hold files of the ministers. It proves who has given leadership to loot the country.

The most contradictory politician whom I know will go down in the history of politics in Sri Lanka will be Tissa Attanayake whom I knew him as the general secretary of the party, while I was appointed to be the UNP UK branch Secretary.  However this man did not have the charisma to hold such an esteem post. His acumen of world politics to current affairs was so poor and the advice came from a perjury journalist now a refugee in UK. This is the man, who introduced the political pimp Tiran Alles, to cut a deal with Tissa Attanayake on behalf of the president.

My personal experience with Tissa Attanayake consisted of personal favour to drop his daughter to Newcastle College in the UK and to fund his transport while he was visiting London along with Chandrani Bandara, which I felt obligated to assist with, being the Secretary of UK branch at the time.

One must ponder how he got his last parliamentary seat? He used the internal issues to thrive and manage to put his name from the national list. If he contested the last general election he would have not even got to the fifth or sixth place on the preferential list, which in turn would have meant that he would have lost hands down.

Did he manage to get his electorate win at the last provincial election?

He never had a solid vote base compared to people like Johnston and Dayasiri as they appealed to the voter.

President is a loser by doing tit for tat politics, in my view, with the most hard-up politician doing business like English football. If the President got Harin Fernando to cross over, he can be of immense use for the government at this moment and will be a definite striker.

I believe President has done bad business. This will further distance the real SLFP voters.

Giving this useless fellow, Tissa Attanayake, a ministry is a total and utter waste of public money. This will not please the true SLFP stalwarts.

In the end people do not vote based on these defections. They are not as bankrupt as these politician’s without any principle or moral conscience. President is the loser and Tissa is better off with the windfall he received.

Then he wanted to weaken the branch by creating divisions among the UNP membership in UK. There are videos on YouTube where he was challenged in London by a group of ardent supporters and he encountered the same fate in Italy and in Japan. Tissa Attanayake very soon will be political garbage.

It is a disgrace and a shame to see what has become of so-called politicians in the 21st century in Sri Lanka.

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    Oh dear, the arrival of Tissa’s “Senasuru Dara Kaalaya”! The past darling of CT and UNP party is now at the receiving end of their abuse. Well, this is the Political See-Saw of Sri Lanka, a living example of the Ashta Loka Dhamma at play.

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      The darling of the UNP? Did you just wake up from a nap you took in 2000? Most UNP supporters on CT have roundly criticized three UNPers consistently in the past: this guy, RW, and Sajith. This guy for being a stooge, RW for being a loser, and Sajith for being an egomaniacal brat. Dude, seriously, stop talking if you have no clue of what’s going on.

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        KP in disguise? What a joke, no guts to stand on your own strength? How you going to save the country from stooges funny man?

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      Chinthaka De Silva –

      The Price?

      Lure of filthy lucre : Tissa sells his soul for Rs. 200 million , a vehicle and portfolio:

      [Edited out]

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    Chinthaka De Silva –

    RE: An Absolutely Useless Politician – Tissa Attanayake

    He is NOT the only one. There are many others with Mefdamulan MaRa.

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    The crime committed was to legitimize crossovers. The man responsible for it is Sarath Nanda Silva. The constitution bans crossovers. The supreme court overruled the constitution legitimizing it. With Rs500 million this scoundrel does not need to be in politics anymore. He just bought himself a secure retirement. For a man with the gamme chandiya mentality this is tit for tat revenge on Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe for engineering the defection of his own party general secretary. But in the game of politics gamme chandiyas are no match for the educated, seasoned and smart politicians of whom we have a few left. The oldest of them in terms of experience is RW. His plan is going off flawlessly. I will refrain form saying anymore because I might reveal too much.

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      this joker TA’s defection to the criminal camp will have no impact whatsoever on the common candidates voter base. TA is an uneducated imbecile who will sell his mother for a few pieces of silver. 500m will ensure this simian will be able to survive for the rest of his life until the CC investigates the payment made once he is elected president. GROBR as far as the UNP is concerned and TA is now in familiar surroundings of stink and defecation with his new found family.

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        George

        I am so frustrated about this kind of uneducated, incapable, lunatic, unpatriotic, idiotic, lower class, politically untouchable caste, Tissa Atanayaka son of bitch’s crossover and 500M deal. Over 15 years or so, this Kandyan lower class son of bitch blamed the southern coastal fisherman MR for over millions mismanagement and corruption issues. Now what the F–K this son of bitch is going say? Is he going to say the Southern MR guy is genius in HORA deal making? You know what the more frustration about the whole issue is; whether the general peace loving good people in our Sri Lanka understand this 500M is our poor people’s money and it has been paid to the retirement of the Kandyan lower caste Attanayaka. Really Really sad man.

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    Tissa Aththanayake is a spent force, he could not win an election and he came to the parliament with a “pinata seat”. Unlike him Hirunika Premachandra won an election and she received the highest number of votes. So who is he looser, Rajapakse is the looser and who is the winner Maithri is the winner.

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    Now that Tissa has left and joined the ruling class let him enjoy the fruits of his labour in disrupting the UNP as per his contracts at least for a short while. We do not know what the “santhosams” he has received for his great job from his present masters. He did not have any followers except one or two and soon he would be “nobody” in politics.

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    Despair , Depression, Frustration and Hopelessness of the UNP UK comes out in shit loads here.

    Inhabitants can understand that, after the UNP UK branch’s hard work to align the Reverend and Suren’s LTTE outfit in London to the Opposition for this Election , and made it in to a UNP, TNA, Diaspora Alliance.

    It was before the cousin CBK brought Champaka and Ven Rathna to sit in between Sambandan and Ranil when CC Sira holds court..

    .UNP UK’s hard work is all in vain now…. Right..

    Unless the TNA has signed a MoU to stay in the sideline, hoping CC Sira scores and Ranil fulfils the Vellala and Diaspora demands..

    But the sad fact is the oldest Capitalist Political outfit in the Motherland is now totally Kaput, Finito..

    And Ranil has ensured it finally happened sooner than later.

    Now Ranil is the undisputed Leader of the Christian Faction of the UNP.

    It won’t be too long before the Sinhala Buddhist Faction declares their hand under the Leadership of Keselwatta Kid.

    It could be even before the Election..

    Where would it leave CC Sira?

    He will be the only Sarong Jonny in the UNP Christian Faction..And can fill Tissa’s vacancy too , quite easily ..

    And he already addresses the CF Leader as “Sir” anyway…

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      KAS is blind, following blind ! Forever Ma Ra lackey !

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      Very witty K.A Sumanasekara. Rather than making these short – but excellent- commentaries, why don’t you write a full length article for CT? I am sure they will publish it.

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    The Garbage in the UNP garden has now been cleared at no cost to the UNP.

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    Valuable and interesting insight from Chinthaka De Silva, surely Tissa Tissa is a no body was on the fence all the while better he is on the other side rather than being on the fence.

    Murder of Lalith Athulathmudali is a turning point in our country it was followed by many such acts, events of that era is what is shaping the political landscape today.Hopefully we can turn a page on 8th Jan 2015. Fingers crossed, I have my doubts.

    Sri Lankans are too selfishly and self centered to give consideration about nation.

    MY3 and the Team has a difficult task in turning the tide and battling the voting rigging and other similar schemes of a Dictator.

    If you have watched the nomination you would have noticed unlike every one else MR did not hand over the nomination in front of the EC, he went to his seat and handed over the nomination papers. To him maybe he thought it is inferior for him as sitting President to stand in line like everyone else, he wants to project he is superior.

    To me this it looks like a weakness he is going behind EC, as if he is on his knees pleading using backdoor to get his job done. What a pathetic fellow.

    Hero has become Zero. Let this nation be liberated from Rajapaksa Cronies. Let us all live strive towards true democracy.

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    Well Done Chinthaka. A beautiful write up. Congrats.
    I remember the media briefings when Lalith was the National Security Minister. Lanka Buvath was famous for all the so called true incidents. It was all the wrong, misleading, distorted and fabricated facts. All credit goed to Lalith’s media team. I am sorry that I cannot avoid these observations while congratulating you. I am sorry.

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    Attanayake of the UNP and that guy Katagoda from the Democratic Party had become informants of the President for many years and that is why the leadership of the two parties were at loggerheads with their General Secretaries. Attanayake was piqued that he did not know even of the decision to field Maithripala Sirisena as the common candidate. Obviously the party suspected his bona fides! GROBR.

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    The cross over of this good for nothing case is My3’s gain and MR’s loss and burden. I hope the latter will realise this soon and dump TA despite wasting Rs500Million on him….

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      TA will not see a penny of it apart from some bola.

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    People actively involved in the election should not bother when MPs and councillors cross over to either side without a vote bank. They just add one more vote to the party they join. Tissa Attanayake is an example as he lost his seat in parliamentary elections last time and UNP made him an appointed MP, so his votes remain with the UNP and not carried away by him. People do not respect parliamentarians who cross for monetary benefits and not for a cause.

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    Nothing to worry. MR is 500 million poorer now with no votes from Thissa

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    As I read somewhere on this same Website “(Mr. Sajith) Premadasa launched into a chorus of high praise for Attanayake at the UNP Convention last Saturday. Premadasa told the membership at the convention that it was Attanayake who was responsible for bringing UNITY back to the UNP. Premadasa said that it was because of Attanayake that he was even able to speak at the convention that day.”
    Please remember, this is serious talk and Mr. Premadasa is your Deputy leader. He is only 2nd to Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe. Correct?

    I personally know how hard Mr. Attanayake worked for the Party and its leadership. He is the one who represented the UNP and its leadership at many B’day parties, Anniversaries, funerals, Dana and Pirith ceremonies,and various community functions of grass-root level UNPers where Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe failed to attend for various reasons. That’s why the UNP leadership tried to prevent him from joining the Government at the beginning, and finally gave up!

    The writer of this article says Attanayake is a ‘useless politician’ but the average UNPer in Sri Lanka thinks the opposite, and they have a lot of practical reasons to do so, (whereas the writer of this article has not given a single convincing reason to prove Attanayake’s uselessness, inabilities and failures!

    And the video clip given here also depicts an extremely negative picture of the UNP branch in UK and only proves how unruly your membership is! What it actually proves is that current Sri Lanka needs not only one Rajapaksa but a several of his type to keep the country and nation together! Is this how you UNPers are going to support the common opposition candidate and topple Mahinda Rajapaksa? Good luck my friend!!!

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      Thank you for that insight. Now we know that his loyalty to the UNP was so intense that he left to join Mahinda Rajapaksa, perhaps to bring him over to the UNP.

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      Richmond Peiris,

      Nice eulogy. It wont work. The king is dead and Thissa will always remain on the losing side.

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    “An Absolutely Useless Politician – Tissa Attanayake”
    Gem of the Poli – My3pala Sirisena :-)

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    “Tissa Aththanayake is a spent force,”
    How would you term Chandrika and Ranil? Mighty force?

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    If Tissa Attanayake were an absolutely useless politician, why was he tolerated for so long in the UNP, and then even moved up to become the General Secretary?
    We expect some honesty from the son of Richard de Silva. If Sirisena can come as the presidential candidate sponsored by theUNP, Attanayake can cross over in disgust.

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    I find to my dismay k.A.Sumanasekara’s obsession with Vellalas. One can discuss any subject, he will end up coming with this Vellala phobia. It is an incurable disease he is suffering from his birth. He thinks the Vellala caste is having a stranglehold on Thamil politics. This might have been the case a few decades ago. Not after the LTTE came to dominate Thamil political landscape. Suffice to say LTTE leader himself did not belong to the Vellala caste. On the other hand caste plays a big factor in Sinhala politics. Since independence no President, no Prime Minister came from the Karava, the Salagama and the Durawe caste. All came from the Govigama caste. Dr.N.M.Perera led the LSSP although criminal lawyer Dr. Colvin R de Silva was a better choice. There is only one notable exception. Ranasinghe Premadasa who became president despite the fact he came from a low caste. Caste remains a significant feature in Sinhala politics. The JVP and the NNF are both caste based. So is the different Buddhist Nikayas. In the choice of candidates for certain electorates, for example Katana is Salagama Sinhalese. Balapitiya preferably Salagama, if not Karawe, Buddhist, Sinhalese. Moratuwa Karawe Sinhalese, preferably Buddhist but a Christian would be acceptable while Moratuwa and Ambalangoda should be Karawe, Sinhalese and essentially Buddhist.Karawe candidates can never win seats in the NWP and Central Province even if they are “kingfishers”. So caste is a necessary strategy when it comes to Sinhalese politics and elections. Mr. Sumansekera must remove the beam in his eyes before he removes the speck in others eyes.

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    This is an article of the writer’s father. He is blowing his own horn. Not about Tissa Attanayake. [Edited out]

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    Sad to say that people waste their precious time for this USELESS man.

    Please try your best to write some valuable facts about charismatic political figures or leaders such as Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena or about fresh characters like Miss Hirunika Premachandra. They are brave and influential.
    Thanks.

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    Chinthaka silva is a idiot.Go and get check your horoscope.

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      Today in SL, ballige puthas of your kind would support any criminals becoming more stronger while the others fight against a place free or crime and corruption. So the culture introduced by Meeharaka Rajapkshe is based on his astrologers thinking – this could be the reason you to ask the writer to go and have check on his. ANyway, only fools of your nature would rally round to idiots while the masses will join to say good by to Meehraka in power since they eager to see the country with much less corruption and crimes.

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    We CT readers knew that Tissa Attanayake was spying for Rajapakses for a long time until finally he joined MR. Tissa owns a luxury house in Colombo 07. This guy’s IQ is Zero and we wonder why Ranil made him the GS in UNP party.

    Today Rajapakse’s showed their bankruptsy when MR appointed him as the Minister of Health. Very soon our public health will go to Dogs.

    These UNP bought and paid tourists will further divide old UPFA.

    Another clear sign of Rajapakses loosing the Jan. 08 2015 Presidential elections.

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    Nice story about your Dad, Chinthaka De Silva.

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    Mate,
    How come all is good as long as He’s on My3’s side, and suddenly useless when gone?
    I read praises and suddenly “useless” articles of Gammanpila too.
    How many other articles do you have in “Draft” form, so that you can publish when the crossing over happens?

    Now I get a very clear picture of the crossovers. Its got NOTHING to do with principles, just what POSITION is vacant on which side that fits you best.

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    How come you are rattling this now. Are you saying this to get advantage of British hospitality extended to Mahinda opponents. We know how different people got visa to enter various western capitals by simply saying bad things about the government. We know how did some journalists got to these countries by giving bogus information. This is like some of the statements given by refugee claimants in the western capitals.
    You are stating Tissa Attanayake is a useless politician. Then why did UNP held him for such a long time. Are you Suggesting Maithri Sirisena is a better politician. We see this unified opponent is a big farce. The only thing that should have happened was Ranil or Sajith to contest with the support of many other parties now the coalition. UNP is not taking any responsibility and should be defeated at the election at any cost.

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    If Maithreepala failed to handle Health ministry how could a sissy who just joined the bunch could do the job properly.
    Today 0.5 mio Rajaarata people are caught by kidney failure it becoming fatal to the worst end. No remedies are provied to them as pormised though the bunch in power are overwelmed by providing rations and materials to gain votes for the elecitons. I met innocient people who stuggled to find proper medicine since their lovely ones are met with the named health problesm not having healthy water to drink. Bringing solution providing them hygenic water is the least thing that a govt could do, but this is long overdue issue as had been the one reported from Rathupaswala. They talk about big projects but fail to provide the least to the most in need. Why is this greater difference ? It is all because they have no unity within their UPFA and governance.

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    Tissa Attanayake was paid 100 million to cross which was God sent. But we are after him.

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