17 January, 2021

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Basil Calls Muzammil; Jokes About Ravi K’s Cross Over

As the United National Party’s crisis deepened late last week after the nominations process for the Western and Southern PC polls ended with dissatisfaction all around, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa has telephoned disgruntled Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil to ‘congratulate’ him.

Basil

Basil

The Sunday Times in its Cafe Spectator Column notes that Muzammil was perplexed by the Minister’s congratulations since he and his wife Ferouza are smarting over the Party’s decision to deny her a nomination to contest the Western PC poll from the Colombo District.

Minister Basil Rajapaksa quipped that he was congratulating the Mayor because if his wife had received nominations, the Government would have to make provision for UNP Colombo District Chief Organiser Ravi Karunanayake who would have crossed over.

Speculation has been rife that Karunanayake is poised to join the Government if he is not elevated to a position above UNP Hambantota District MP Sajith Premadasa. Karunanayake is also engaged in a long war against the Colombo Mayor.

Muzammil meanwhile is in the process of severing ties with UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Party’s Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya who he has publicly chastised for failing to give his wife a nomination to contest the poll.

Less than 24 hours after the UNP Nomination Board finalised its decision the Colombo Mayor made up old quarrels with Sirasa Media Chairman Kili Rajamahendran, Ceylon Newspapers (Mawbima) proprietor Tiran Alles and MP Sajith Premadasa. With these individuals who are carrying out an open campaign to destroy the UNP because of their antagonism towards Leader Wickremesinghe, the Colombo Mayor is holding long conversations to reveal details of the party’s internal affairs. He has also been seen and heard running down UNP Leader Wickremesinghe and the party and revealing details about how he blasted his Party Leader with Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the President’s Independence Day banquet on February 4.

Mayor Muzammil has pledged to ensure the UNP loses at the upcoming Western Provincial Council election because of the slight against his wife.

Although there was speculation about the Mayor’s crossover, Colombo Telegraph learns that Muzammil will not join the Government immediately, because he would stand to lose his position as First Citizen of Colombo. The UNP still holds a majority in the Colombo Municipal Council and if Muzammil joins the Government ranks within the Council he will be relegated to a mere councillor.

“Muzammil likes being mayor too much to give it up in a hurry. It is his fear about losing all relevance once his term ends just over a year that is prompting him to so strongly advocate for his wife. The Muzammils were also hoping to field their daughter for political office in due course,” one UNP MP said, on condition of anonymity.

“It was Ferouza Muzammil whose support base in Colombo ensured Mr. Muzammil won the election in 2011. She remains a highly popular figure and a crowd puller. She should have been given a nomination because the UNP needs winners in Colombo. The Mayor on the other hand has become increasingly unpopular in Colombo because of his cozy relationship with the Defence Secretary. He doesn’t act like a UNP mayor who won office but as if he is someone who was appointed to his position by the Rajapaksa Administration. So what other candidates say about Muzammil’s actions eroding the party’s support base in Colombo is very true. But maybe his wife should not have been penalised for it,” the MP said.

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  • 9
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    So, so, everybody and everybodys mother wants a position in the government just to be with the crowd. Father, mother and now the daughter wants to join politics. Nobody is genuinely interested in the real future of the country only to make money when the going is good. After that jump over to the other side. this is the Kekkuma with our country and its people. KAATA DOH KIYANNE.

    • 1
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      Please do not worry. Whether it is UPFA or UNP, politicians see only the immediate family as the society. In the case of Muslims in politics, the immediate family is always bigger, and therefore the society is larger. And the and the members of family enjoy the economic, social and political freedoms better than Sinhalese and Tamils.

      • 2
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        The UNP is finished. TNA should stop being so parochial and contest in Colombo and stop just being a regional northeast Tamil party.. TNA will win many Tamil and Muslim votes if it runs a good campaign and can replace UNP as the opposition in the capital city.

        Time is ripe for TNA to think and act like a NATIONAL PARTY and become a bigger player – in the struggle to save Lanka from the Jarapassa Military Dictatorship and Sinhala Modayas who vote for them..

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          But the stripes are still showing under the rather shoddy paintwork!

          • 0
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            [Edited out], so is Muzammil

        • 1
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          Sinhala masses won’t vote for TNA . If TNA enters the fray both the UNP and SLFP will try to one up each other in condeming TNA to garner votes.

      • 4
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        WOW! the UNP has a Leadership Council instead of a Leader.
        What Basil is showing symbolically is that the Rajapakses have Ranil the green snake in their hands.

    • 4
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      Time has come to liquidate the UNP and call it a day. The party is DEAD as a DODO and best to let it rest in peace and move on without wasting more time on the UNP curse and crisis that is Ranil Wickramasinghe, Karu and Sajith.
      The fact of the matter is BOTH UNP and SLFP, political parties that have dominated politics in Lanka since independence are awfully CORRUPT and full of CRIMINAL elements. POLITICAL CULTURE is rotten to the core because the voters and SINHLAL MASSES ARE IGNORANT on the true meaning of DEMOCRACY and do not DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, INTEGRITY, HONESTY and Transparency from politicians who have enormous perks and priviledges and thinks they are demi-gods!
      Lanka needs an alternative NEW political party – an Aam Sadmi party that can EDUCATE the Sinhala voters on the Spirit, substance and practice of Democracy.
      All civil society organizations should start a massive campaign to educated the Sinhala voter on the fact that Democracy is not about feudalism, family rule and corruption and money making though politics.

    • 8
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      Muzammil should be FORCED TO RESIGN. He is a corrupt insult to the people of COlombo!
      Muzammil MUST be investigated by the Bribery Commission. He is corrupt and has been paid off by Gota to Goon to keep his mouth shut about all the contracts issued during the CHOGM circus. The CMC is in massive debt. Meanwhile Muzzamil hangs out at the Casino and spends his black money there..
      What are Muzamil’s qualifications to be Colombo Mayer except being a filthy politician and Ranil WIckramasinghe’s hand picked candidate for Mayor?
      Those who think that Ranil Wickramasinghe has any ethics, brains or can judge character should think again. Muzamil the corrupt clown became mayor of Colombo because of Ranil.

      • 0
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        “The UNP is finished. TNA should stop being so parochial and contest in Colombo and stop just being a regional northeast Tamil party.”

        and create the real holocaust bigger than 83 caused by northern terrorist for the west to consider?? Eheme nede??

  • 10
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    These muslim politicos (including R.Hakeem, POOP Azwer) are opportunistic, dishonorable and are not worthy of public office. This scoundrel is just waiting for the right time to jump ship, the other guy has no voice at all and Mr. POOP Azwer bark like a mad dog without any reason.

    These are all deceitful vermin’s, they should be chased away from public office.

    This also shows the bankrupt nature of UNP. What a sorry state. Just look at the parliament of one of the oldest democracies in Asia what a collection we have! minus a selected few.

    • 8
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      Afzal ,

      At least the Muslims now realize what an opportunist lot their politicians are:
      Spread the word in your community to chase these fellows out in the elections.

      Get some genuine fellows like what TNA got in NPC today.

      Most Sinhala politicians in general are rotten to the core and basically racist.

    • 8
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      you forgot PAISA MUST APPA… another idiot of the highest caliber tho educated as a top lawyer….

      • 6
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        Paisa is not only an idiot of the highest caliber, but also an ace Kommis Kakka. Useless bean-pole climber. Only interested in making tons of black money by hook or by crook.

  • 5
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    What’s that green spineless invertabrate he is tempting to cross? It’s not Ranil is it?

    • 3
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      Don’t forget that BR was with UNP and is familiar with green invertebrates. If you know blue ones send them to RW to return the favour.

  • 4
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    UNP is doomed!

  • 2
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    Why doesn’t TNA contest in Colombo?

    There are enough south Indian illegals in Colombo 6.

  • 8
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    Another Muslim Politician -TRAITOR of the Muslims in Sri Lanka. MUSLIMS in this country should kick these guys out for good.

  • 1
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    Boody bunch of jokes in UNP once again open the way for currupt MR & Co’s government.

  • 2
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    I thinke our votong population should seriously think whether Ranil is as ineffective as his own people make him out to be.He has been able to show who the True UNPiers are, who is Loyal and who is not.If elections are free and fair as they are ‘said’ to be and if the voters consider the fact that Ranil is being sidetracked because of his lack of PR and not because he lacks ability!!Well he was responsible in bringing in the open economy which everyone is enjoying and misusing-specially the guys who opposed it vehemently!!Intelligent people Think.!!Do we have any?

  • 1
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    Ranil has shown his shrewdness, intelligence and democratic outlook in this nomination matter. Musammil is in the payroll of MARA and hence no use giving a chance to his wife when both of them would together do laundry works for the regime. He thought differently and proactively and gave a chance to one from his enemy camp. This couldn’t be digested even by Kallathoni Kili Maharaja. This could create a splinter in Sirasa, a favourable attitude towards Ranil and UNP in the enemy camp and would lay the foundation for an ancillary attack on the regime when the international community would begin to pressure and hit the regime with war crimes and other weapons. A new spark, initiation and a truth and freedom culture could spring. There are many many possibilities and positive than negatives in this action. Ranil has used a bit of Mahinda’s medicine here.

  • 0
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    Greedy and blood sucking Dracula waiting for suck the poor citizens blood. Ill fated poor srilankans. There will be torment for every person who goes against his/her conscience.

    • 0
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      Yeap right……
      The torment on for William Hague & Cameron in the UK and John Baird in the Canada.
      They are in their AMUDES doing flood relief and shovelling snow to save the diasspora property..

      Predictions…….Rains in the UK and snow fall in Canada to go on untill March..Wonder by then whether they will be buries in snow or drowned.

      Retribution

  • 1
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    It is good news for Ranil & the UNP that Muzammil left. It also signals beginning of the downfall of Rajapakshas. Muzamils are people who are instrumental for the deterioration of the country’s economy. Days are numbered. It is time for Ranil to give a new facelift to the UNP.

  • 0
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    Rats normally swim AWAY from a sinking ship.But this rat is swimming TOWARDS a sinking ship.

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