2 June, 2020

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Can Sirisena Ride The Storm In Sri Lanka, Or Will Rajapaksa Claw Back?

By R Hariharan

 Col. (retd) R.Hariharan

Col. (retd) R.Hariharan

Sri Lank President Maithripala Sirisena, or Mi3 as scribes refer to him, is continuing his perilous political journey of going ahead with the constitutional reform process though it has overshot the 100-day deadline he had set. His episodic journey, not unlike Tintin, Herge’s immortal comic hero, is moving from crisis to crisis. Most of his political problems emanate from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which he is supposed to lead. It is behaving very much like Captain Haddock, the tipsy master of Tintin’s ship.

Sirisena needs the support of his party to sail through the last two eddies of reform process – to get the parliament to pass the 20th Amendment (20A) to reform the electoral system, and constitute the Constitutional Council (CC) – before he can hold the election for a new parliament.

The CC is supposed to be in place before the election so that it can ensure the structural reform process culminates in a system where the accountability of the executive president to parliament and more power to the prime minister are enshrined to ensure highest standards of governance for a corruption free society.

Maithri MahindaThis is the complex solution that seems to be shaping itself after the people voted out their Eelam War hero Mahinda Rajapaksa who was seeking a third term as President. The people found his autocratic regime was run as his personal fief where fundamental freedoms were curbed and law and order became a joke while allegations of corruption against his family and siblings mounted.

The SLFP though in majority has about 40-50 Rajapaksa-loyalists in parliament who have been trying to pull the rug from under Sirisena’s feet at every step. Rajapaksa’s immense popularity in rural Southern Sinhala region is their trump card though its charm seems to be fast fading. The other is to play upon the traditional animosity of SLFP rank and file to their opponents in the United National Party (UNP) now in power despite lacking a majority in parliament. The UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, the current prime minister, in league with Sirisena and former president Chandrika Kumaratunga master minded the downfall of Rajapaksa that resulted in a win-win situation for both the UNP and Sirisena, though not the SLFP.

But Sirisena has a strong suite in the anti-corruption investigation he is carrying out into various cases of serial corruption across the board during the Rajapaksa regime. If he gets enough evidence to prosecute the Rajapaksas, many SLFP leaders would also be sunk like bumboats going down when a large ship sinks. So the SLFP leaders are not averse to break bread with Sirisena who seems to be determined to unravel the evidence of corruption and sleaze against the Rajapaksas. Basil and Gotabaya are being grilled by the anti bribery commission. The two Rajapaksa brothers who controlled the development finance and defence respectively are facing inquiries into their personal dealings and official projects. The Commission is planning to pose Mahinda uncomfortable questions. India and the US are assisting the government to look into secret Sri Lankan bank accounts in tax havens across the globe. The FBI and the U.S. Homeland officials have visited Sri Lanka in this connection. A former Sri Lankan ambassador to Russia and Ukraine has gone into hiding to escape inquiries into his alleged gun running and secret deals made in arms procurement.

It would be a dream solution for the SLFP and the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) leaders including the Rajapaksa loyalists if they can replace Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to grab power in the present government. Then they could hold the election while in power and the 20A and CC can be moulded to their comfort. So elements within the SLFP and UPFA have brought a no confidence motion against Wickremesinghe. It will come up in parliament shortly; two other no-confidence motions- against Finance Minister Karunanayake and Public Order Minister Ameratunga – are also awaiting disposal. Thus Sirisena has major problem on his hands. He will require the SLFP support to get the 20A passed in parliament while retaining the collaboration of Wickremesinghe to take the reform process forward.

The President’s internal conflict with Rajapaksa loyalists within his party is continuing. Four ministers belonging to the SLFP have dramatically resigned to affirm their allegiance to former President Rajapaksa. The loyalists want the SLFP to nominate Rajapaksa for Prime Minister. However, Sirisena has put his foot down. According to the local media, this has infuriated Rajapaksa who had said he would contest the election even if the SLFP does not nominate him. But Rajapaksa, the street smart kung-fu fighter of Sri Lanka politics, knows doing is much more than talking.

In the midst of all this can Sirisena come out smiling? Sirisena is no showman like Rajapaksa. But he showed his mettle when he managed to get the SLFP to support the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution to clip the powers and increase the accountability of executive president passed in parliament. But 20A is proving to be more difficult; there had been no agreement within the ruling coalition as well as the opposition on the draft of the 20A as yet. And things are no better on forming of CC.

But all the song and dance are part of Sri Lanka political theatre where the popular hero comes out smiling in the end. In this respect Sri Lanka politicians are very much like their Indian kin. Sirisena’s deadline has been passed sometime back; much water may still flow in Kelani river before Colombo leadership successfully manoeuvres through the political tides. Next three weeks would tell which way the tide is turning. Both Sirisena and Wickremesinghe must be keeping their fingers crossed. And Rajapaksa is probably vigorously praying.

*Col R Hariharan, a retired Military Intelligence officer, is associated with the Chennai Centre for China Studies and the South Asia Analysis Group. E-mail: haridirect@gmail.com Blog: http://col.hariharan.info .

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    Who [Edited out] ???

    In poverty India thuggish corrupt politicians and his family is above the law…..if politicians wife say she has lost the memory the foolish judge accept …

    Over one Trillon Dollars stashed in foreign banks not even a cent recovered majority of this deposits belong to the fake royal family from Kashmir

    Poverty India has got 1 Billion sheeps ..he he he Congress party is lead by an imported ITALIAN baby sitter cum bar girl ….no Indian born person is suitable for this post….

    Within 4 months many are in remand many are in beeline to go to prison …this is MY3 ..

    If this Malayali has no work to do go and fly kite in marina beach …

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      Why is R.Hariharan worried about Sri Lanka’s internal affairs?

      We respect India as a neighbor and that is all. There are very things we can take as good examples from India. Other than that India should concentrate fully on solving its never ‘solvable’ problems.

      If we demand that all Indians should fight for their basic human rights such as having proper sanitary facilities, water… Etc. can R. Hariharan respond to that?

      Sending rockets to space, and farmers are left to commit suicide?

      True Cholan. You got me thinking. India boasting of smart people, no one to outsmart the foreign import Sonia?

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        This broom stick style mustache guy still licking his wounds …he can’t digest that world`s 4the largest army miserably challenged by LTTE teenage boys …and poverty india lost officially 2000 soldiers ( 3×2000 unofficially)….and the brightest and brave Gurkhas was shot and killed like crows when the ytry to land inside Jaffna campus from helicopter,,,,,,

        Imagine in India people worship politicians and worship more this imported Italian bar maid without shame not bother about her caste …wheres in India the same Indians will not even walk through low cast living area…..how can SL Tamils think about freedom and even challenged big stomach poverty Indian army this is the worry of this brook stick style mustache fellow ..

        Now poverty India worry about China influence in SL after 2009…and poverty India deserve this for their blind support to MURDERPAKSE even with banned chemical weapons ..

        While all international media was banned Poverty India`s TV doordharsan and The Hindu were allowed to tele case the slaughter of helpless Tamil direct to this blood thirsty Italian bar girl to enjoy..the editor of The Hindu a Tamil himself became the spokesman for Murderpakse for money..

        Even a 3rd rate African country will not allow a foreigner inside their corridor of power ..but this 1 billion Indian sheeps gave their country to this imported Italian bar maid to rule and loot without shame …and even proud about this ..even brahmins touch her feet and worship he he he

        Poverty India is the worlds biggest illiterate country and with highest number of HIV infected people ..and people live under trees..bridges .roadsides and go to bed with empty stomach but call superpower and biggest democracy ( DEMOCK-CRAZY)

        Many Indians even South Block bald heads think SL Tamils also uneducated and worship film stars and live in cottages without basics means like in India …and can buy them with few gifts …

        Cheers

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          CHOLAN! I just cannot stop laughing about what you said. BBC, CNN, AL JAZEERA ….where are they?Why don’t they expose the INDIAN HYPOCRISY.

          Just a question about the bombs. Did they use phosphorous bombs against the LTTE? Oh wow! They thought that no one will get to know? So when the UN comes after the perpetrators, India will be dragged in too?
          How nice.

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            @ Japwatch

            At the last few days of slaughter in Nadikadal only DOORDHARSAN and THE HINDU were allowed…

            The other medias you have mentioned were out of bounds even visa was refused to CNN REPORTER based in Delhi …UN Staff evacuated with the help of Mlayali Vijay Nambiar the chief of staff at UN ..HIS BROTHER Satish Nambiar was a military consultant (???) to Murderpakse …this was to connect UN through brothers and well they have succeed ..Vijay Nambiar even after retirement still carry UN Passport to escape court action by Tamils .thanks to Buddhist Ban-Ki-Monn whose son in law Siddartha Shankaer Roy is a Indian served with IPKF in Sri Lanka arch enemy of Tamils

            Every one know that Sinhala army got upper hand because of banned Chemical weapons suppled by poverty India …this is a WAR CRIME this is why poverty India is always a giants UN PROPOSALS ON SRILANKA and this broom stick style mustache Hariharan know this

            There are specialist who can identify the type of chemical weapons used by looking at photos …

            BUDDHIST BAN-KI-MOON allowed enough time for BUDDHIST MURDERPAKSE to erase all evidences but still there are evidences…

            Cheers

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      MI3/ RANIL WIN WIN SITUATION HAS ALREADY BECOME LOSE /LOSE AND ALSO LOOSE/LOOSE ALSO.

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    There are still some in the SLFP playing double games but this will settle down soon whilst others in the UPFA such Vasu, Dinesh, Wimal,Udaya are all lost cases who have no political future and they will fade away.
    MR is conducting meetings in temples with organised people. Next elections will clear everything.
    Maithree and Ranil will carry on without hastle.

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    This know-all also puts his beak out from time time to chirp about Sri Lankan affairs from the point of view of the trans-global Elam movement based in South India.

    His statement that “40-50 Rajapaksa-loyalists in parliament who have been trying to pull the rug from under Sirisena’s feet at every step” exposes his partisan liking for the backbone-less Sirisena cliques’ power grab in Sri Lanka with the help of elamists and the opportunist Islamists.

    In his haste to keep the Sira-Don Juan clique in power to help his objective of elam in Sri Lanka as a stepping stone for the South Indian elam, Hariharan grossly underestimates the number of Rajapakse supporters within the SLFP.

    He will have egg on his face by late next week,the latest!
    No to elam in whatever form it manifests.

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      The only way Rajapaksa knows to gain power is by playing the non existent Eelam threat. Rajapaksa is so bankrupt he will play any card to get back into power. Those who are with him are also corrupt thieves, kudukarayas and kasippu Kings. They all have a place in the jails and not on the electoral roll for the next election under Sirisena’s stewardship of the SLFP and the UPFA.

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        Keep chanting the mantra given to you by the Maaru Sira – Don Juan clique.

        The country has got used to this fraudulent technique and has clearly seen through the fraud. They see that the economy is in ruins through corruption of Mahendran and RaviK.

        We are also aware that the increasingly boastful cries of victory of the UNP comes with the ourtesy of the Macco, who is a brother of the NGO thief Sunanda hiding in Switzerland or somewhere. We know these frauds.

        Your days are numbered, Piranha. Go on a feeding fenzy, ‘cos you will have to go hungry soon

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    Of course. There are people playing Double Games in either party.

    We had John kerry dictating to us what we should do during his visit to Sri Lanka last month.
    That did not last long. He has been punished.
    Just last week John Kerry has had a cycling accident in the Alps and has fractured his leg. Fortunately his nose was intact.

    THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO FINGER WAGGING PERSONS WHO COME TO DICTATE TO SRI LANKA.
    SPIRITUALLY TOO, WE ARE A POWERFUL NATION & JOHN KERRY MADE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE IN HIS LIFE. EVEN VIETNAM COULD NOT PUNISH HIM.
    BUT SRI LANKA DID.

    This is a warning to other leaders too who want to destabilise Sri Lanka. The divine hand will deal with them too.

    Going by the contents, it appears Col.(Rtd)R.Hariharan has got his foot in his mouth again. he better consult Subramanium Swamy the maverick next time.

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      THONDAMANA,
      I am glad US/John Kerry is dictating us you stupid MORON? Otherwise chineese will be dicatating. Remember without GOtabba MAtta or Sri Lankas permission there were sub marines in the colombo port? You stupid baboon do you know chineese only know how to copy. And they are butt fkd with gohst cities and enviormental pollution.You sTupid baboon you want chineese to dictate us? STUPID MORON.

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        Roman. Well said and [Edited out]

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        Very intelligent contribution to the debate!

        Obiously coming from a Polwatta!
        Should be on the palm plucking nuts – that stupid.

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        Rohan you are right about the Chinese interference. But you did not have to be abusive to the commentor. I am not sure if many Sri Lankans truly understand how Chinese operate. It is not just copying, there are many more dirty ways they operate. It starts off with lots of gifts first and a lavish and, out of the world dinner, then they start robbing you of everything and strip you naked and dump you.

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        @ Rohan Polwatte

        During Vietnam war where US came into scene as uninvited player have made Buddhist Cambodia..Laos..Thailand as flesh game paradise for their troops….

        The fabric of the society in these countries were destroyed ,,.many heads rolled…Royals lost their power ( Cambodia King was in exile in Greater China)….

        Buddhist monks were butchered …..

        Do you want the same scene here?

        When you want you lick GREATER CHINA and when government change you lick USA….do you think Chinese are fools…???

        Greater China is today 2nd biggest economy in the world with 23 Trillion USD foreign reserve ..Chinese brand names viz: Huawei..Hayer..Lenova are fast becoming household names all over the world..plus Chinese are buying western companies one after another..

        Greater China is today the biggest market for luxury goods in the world…

        Wait and see Chinese will teach you all an unforgettable lesson..

        A crippled bride groom in the own village is much better than a handsome one living far away….

        this is a Tamil proverb

        Cheers

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    We know that Modi is doing all he can to bring back Rajapaksa. India will never tolerate a government close to the USA that will swiftly move to turn the island into a financial hub on the Singapore model which will bing development in India under its sway. Without a brute like Mahinda Sri Lanka will be come the gateway for capital floes into India and India will turn into a manufacturing base subservient to Sri Lanka.

    India is terrified of this happening and it is also terrified of a Sri Lankan government that is committed to the defense of human rights because India has a sordid record of human rights violations. A pro human rights regime in Sri Lanka will make India look like an uncivilized and barbaric land. This will also expose the Anti Minority ideology of Indias current government.

    So we know that India is trying to do what it did in 2010 when it helped Mahinda kidnap the election commissioner and force him to release false results in order to bring Mahinda to power for a second term. Indians are fools BUT Sri Lankans are not and they can see very clearly what is happening.

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      Is it the SL education system create fools like Crazy… and Thondamaru? Fools who thinks they know and understand, but know nothing….. Read basic economic figures to see where SL is, how insignificant it is economically in the world.. In respect to low levels of human rights or core human values, what significant role this economically insignificant country plays as a burden to the world? 2 (1.8) out of 20 SL people left the country in last 30 years and live in West as economic and political refugees? This trend is continuing.. If you understand how deep in the shit you are, there is possibility to find a way out… If you have no ideas where you are, you will continue to go deeper in the shit like in the last 60~70 years..

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        Most of the times, it is funny to read this stupid people comment that US wants to destroy Srilanka as it is their only job and ambition, but these modayas dont know if US wants it can nuke the entire world 21 times, what is this puny silly lanka before it?

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          Because idiot one cannot nuke a country as they wish in todays world. Now they have different weapons like human rights.

          US has an agenda. US has tried to topple governments in 50+ countries after WW1 and they had attempted even to kill your nehru

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            Oh poor sach, you never miss to be an idiot . My point is if it wants to destory puny country like yours , do you think it is so hard for USA? I was referring to Paranoia of your modayas.

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              It is not paranaoia. It is a fact in history that US had destroyed small countries. Those who do NOT know nothing would talk like that. For a change try to read a book and then talk.

              And the one who openly stated that recently was Thamara Kumanayagam. And yes it is hard for US to destroy a puny country like us like India learnt the hard way

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                Oh the master of international affairs, my foot. Srilanka is nothing in this globe idiot. No one cares you, only your inferior mind that imagines from US to India to universe is against you. We know where Tamara bread comes from. Keep her theory with you!

                “It is a fact in history that US had destroyed small countries” – did not i say the same in my post, ostrich are you?

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                  I dont care if SL is nothing in the global politics or not, I like the latter because we are better off that way. Our people do not dry in streets and our people live better than in some ‘somebodies’ in global politics.

                  Yes i know International affairs than you do. So what Tamara says not right because you dont like or presumable you hate her. Is that the way to decide? You can but we dont.

                  You say we are a puny nation which none cares, then why the hell US take action to destroy them? It is because of their own interests and yes US is trying it here. You are eating your own words which is not surprising

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                    No one cares you! No interest for anyone including india to destory you! You stupid people out of imaginary fear do all nonsense including nonsense talk. Typical of that Tamara et al. Thats what I implied..Just because you are in Indian ocean do not mean whole world revolves around Indian ocean and you!

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        There is no argument that crazyoldmansl is a complete idiot. Otherwise he wont think Modi and US are not acting with each other’s knowledge.

        To reply to you, the reason people left SL and went abroad is the war that was started by the likes of you and the war that was maintained by funding from likes of you. In spite of facing such a disastrous war that was funded by you, SL is the best place to live in South Asia with the highest human development.

        If you compare that with neighbouring india when mothers, babies die of malnutrition and poverty people in SL have a relatively better life.

        After end of war SL recorded the highest growth statistics in south asia which has now dropped to 6.5% figure.

        That is why SL had to face illegal immigration of indians from poverty stricken states like TN since 60s.

        And SL need not and would not be able to be a power in economics due to constrained resources. Anyhow the world powers eye SL because of its geographical location and the importance of it for indian ocean politics.

        And i agree with you on one thing, crazyoldmansl is a big idiot much like fellows like native vaddha

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          “That is why SL had to face illegal immigration of indians from poverty stricken states like TN since 60s”-

          What an diabolical liar is this Sach! The truth is that TN accomadated the disenfrachized Tamils and tamils thrown to our land after 1983, but this devil spreads false propoganda that people migrated from TN to stupid lanka. Seriously as long as people of this rotten rats live, there wont be any peace.

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            It is a fact that people migrated to SL in 60s from TN and even settled here. The refugee migration in 80s is a later incident after the war erupted to which your country too is responsible.

            Those days Thaimananrama was famous for illegal migration. And remember stupid SL was ahead of your TN in those period so people came here looking for opportunity.

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              Why dont you publish all the illegal immigrants and deport through Indian commisioner huh? Yes srilanka was way ahead exporting women to clean arab shit.. what an advanced achievement!!

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                manisekaran

                “Why dont you publish all the illegal immigrants and deport through Indian commisioner huh?”

                Then I may have to consider deporting 21 Million of them.

                Can you make arrangements to resettle all of them?

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                  Those who got abosorbed to the native community are no longer immigrants. If anyone is to go by your logic manisekaran would have to leave for Africa.

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                What is wrong in going for domestic service? aren’t indians going too? I think you dragged this earlier on too. For people who sh1t in streets and keep a separate caste to clean the sh1t it must look demeaning. we lankans dont we respect everyone idiot. Are you happen to come from that sh1t cleaning caste in TN that you want to insult these people?

                I wish we maintained a registry and could dump these illegal migrants to where they truly belong. That would certainly solve lots of our problems.Our idiot leaders did not do that and let the idiots from TN to come here at will.
                I remember you yourself said how poor you were. Remember at that time hungry souls in TN came here looking for food and they stayed

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                  sach

                  “For people who sh1t in streets and keep a separate caste to clean the sh1t it must look demeaning.”

                  Could we have some evidence, selfie, photograph, artist’s impression, etc of them easing themselves on streets.

                  We will have to bring these unhygienic practices to the attention of Modi.

                  By the way do you know about 95000 people of this island enjoy s****ing in the open space, according to Sri Lanka census 2011? What are you going to do about it?

                  “we lankans dont we respect everyone idiot.”

                  Absolutely, hence you do not have self respect.

                  “Remember at that time hungry souls in TN came here looking for food and they stayed”

                  Do you know how they were lured into crossing the Palk strait? Let me hear from you. You should know, well your ancestors too came here from South India.

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                  Yes I was poor, but today I own INR 1 crore constructons . i did not intend to object hard working maid, but you keep on harping yourself as if you are from a devoloped world and insulting TN was poor. But we have come of age. The point is, the utter lies spread out by you sinhalese racists that TN people illegaly migrate and want to change or destory sinhalse in Island. Noone from my side even wants to come to this silly land. dont spread lies and whip fear phycosis

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    The Rajapakses and his stooges can claw as much as they like and will have limited sucess.They will return a few members to Parliament and if M.R does contest will end up a mere back bencher.The voters have passed judgement on Jan 8th and there is no reason to reverse the decision.

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    Don’t worry about those promises and 100 days. The removal of Mahinda Family and his racist thugs like Weerawanse, Vasu, Dinesh etc. was the great achievement. Over 55% of the Srilankan people who supported the removal of that corrupted war mongering regime took a great risk in their life. They knew that if they loose that election there is no gurantee to their life. Today people are fearless of white van. These people are not prepared to take a chance even if Mahinda give billions for each persons (Mahinda is capable of spending one billion for a vote). Of those voted for Mahinda during the last election almost half of them voted in fear and now they are free to think about the freedom they enjoy now. Almost every part of this island game together when a Tamil girl was raped and murdered by Tamil gangs. This is the beauty of freedom. People know well about Mahinda who is a very good cheat and an actor. Enough is enough. Ignore him!

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    The Satellite view or the Antenna view of what is happening in the Srilankan Political stage is still blurred. Perhaps,the view will come into sharp focus in the weeks ahead.
    The fact remains there are several SLFP MPP, who are weather cocks,trying to figure out in which direction the wind will blow.But there are a lesser number of Rats swimming towards that sinking ship[MaRa] and a larger number swimming away from that sinking ship.

    It is an irony that it is the vagaries of the Wind that changes the course of History and Politics.Would the Portugese have ever set foot on this Island had it not been to the vagaries of the Wind?

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      Anyhow
      We need LAW AND ORDER, Democracy we dont want nepotism, we need judicial independancy, police force independancy. we dont want anyone to be above the law. NOT ONLY THE ELECTED OFFICIALS. W/E happenes we should not help madamulana stupid idiot to win.Maithri and ranil are in the correct path. Foriegn policy is good.

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        Is that why Don Juan created FCID (Foockng Cants’ ID) and is targetting Shiranthi Rajapakse for a clerical mistake of the bank?

        You gutless shit eaters will learn your lesson soon. Don Juan, our-mangala and their boys will be made answerable. Wait for it Pol.

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          “for a clerical mistake of the bank”

          Really , you want us to believe , it was just an innocent mistake from the bank ! SriLanka’s Siriya kanthawa had been busy abusing her husband’s powers on numerous dodgy deals , remember a DIG name Vass Gunawardana ? what happened to the LTTE gold ? Vass Gunawardana’s wife had made a formal complain about Siriya kanthawa’s all under hand dealings , what about her infamous “Carlton Montessori ” , didn’t she get admissions for the kids, who enrolled in her Montessori for the , elite schools in colombo ? her brother who couldn’t get through his S.S.C became the chairman of Srilankan Airlines overnight ? whose influence was it ? she must pay the price ,there is only one way she can pay the price now , that is being a guest at walikada for the rest of her life.

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    You and your intelligence services have done enough damage to the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

    Interesting to see you writing about MR and MI3!Wonder what is your objective??

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      There is no objective, the retired Colnel has merely said what is obviously known to all with reference to the stalemate about 20A, and the CC ,and rubbing both of his hands with glee in satisfaction pondering how his side can take advantage to fish in troubled waters like the Chinese. That is what is happening.
      Both of them are vying with each other with the objective to gain a permanent foothold in the island. The outcome is diffult to predict but if the investigation and the expose of all the abuse and corruption during the MR era able to yield results then, there could be a definite change in public opinion that could drastically reduce the impact and influence of all those MP’s in the SLFP who are undecided about their preferences as to which side they should switch.

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    What President is trying to do is to give the people a clean govt. after the forthcoming election, by legalising legislations covering
    19A.20A.Constitutional council and electoral reforms. The people,who will be beneficiaries should give him some more time to finalise the reforms and make it law so that each citizen is protected. Political parties including the UNP, UFPA are anxious to know where they stand after 100 days of good governance and clamouring for an early election but people should not agitate for an early election unless something is lacking like food, water, electricity, security or peace in the country.

    The President has promised to give nominations to those SLFP’ers who won last general election,except those who are tainted with corruption,
    nepotism and intimidation and people know who they are. So, folks, do
    not get misled by the politicians as these delays are due to giving good governance for ever, to all people of Sri Lanka and election will be held at the proper time.

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    I thought the Old Colonel, who seems to know everything about SL Politiks will tell us about the latest development around his own people whom we have welcomed and made our citizens and brothers and sisters.

    I mam talking about the new Political party of over 1 Million Indian origin Tamil people.

    These people have nothing in common with the TNA.

    These people although worship the same Gods, they still can’t do it with the TNA followers in certain parts of the country.

    Add the non Elite Tamils who are economically only on par with the Indian Tamils to this 1 Mil. the numbers are staggering.

    It is over half the total Tamil Inhabitant population.

    And the One Million of them don’t live in either East or the North.

    Is Ranil the un elected PM the organizer of this non TNA Party?.

    The odds are Ranil is , because he can’t win many seats in the South without this vote base.

    TNA is not UNP but Ganesan Party is.

    Interesting times ahead ..

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      Remember MURDERPAKSE came to power because TAMILS boycotted the presidential election….

      Remember MURDERPASE lost because TAMILS voted against him……

      You don’t have to worry about TAMIL politics…we have well qualified people and no Sinhala government can’t buy them like Thoppies

      TAMILS are very clear now……you can buy them with free gifts ..

      Cheers

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    Ayubowan, Vanakkam, Hi to all my fellow Sri Lankan citizens,

    whoever lives in Sri Lanka, (within 65610 sq km area) or anywhere in the world whom reading writing on Colombo Telegraph. This is not DELHI TELEGRAPH or CHENNAI TELEGRAPH I BELIEVE…… I am not rivalry to India, i am okay with IF any Indian Journalist who shares his/her viewpoints.

    THis Col. Hariharan once led IPKF force in SL soil did enormous destruction under name of Peace Keeping. He was militant chief later an National Defense Advisor or Intelligent Chief. will our Intelligent Chief or LTTE Pottu amman voices opinions taken into account in any Indian Media ? PRINT ? ELECTRONIC? at least a hand bill? ANSWER IS NOOOOOOO WAYYYYYYYYYY……… who believe Sri Lanka a land of independence please keep these guys away…. i ashamed about Colombo Telegraph editorial, other writers, journalist whom born or native Sri Lankans….. you all educated fools….. I were in India twice…. if i am SRI LANKAN Tamil myself a suspect and faces various inconveniences in NEW DELHI, BOMBAY….. If i am SINHALESE i may get hammered by TAMIL NADU….. basically INDIAN unites in their slogan Bharath Matha ki jay…….. WE Have national anthem in our languages there only in one language.

    Look Col. Hariharan earlier you got clear warning, why you shouldn’t step away from writing SL politics criticizes.

    Of COURSE you betrayers TO EX president MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE/ you sick minded MP’S blame soft spoken diplomat cum politician HONOURABLE PM RANIL W to bow in your bloody rogues filled Lok Sabha/ RajyaSabha where Ministers watch pornography……… RANIL quotes the law allows to shoot if thieve enter into my house>>> clear statement to fishermen who crossing border from Tamil Nadu coastal. SUSHMA SWARAJ here at her presence enjoy the dinner & lunch left and she convey in parliament of Course RANIL regrets about his THANTHI TV speech …NEVER EVER… He’s Lankan PM not your unon territorial CM.

    Dei Hariharan.

    this land of liberated or independence from British colony 1948 Feb 04th aftermath some of our leaders miscalculation they pulled India or IPKF into SRI LANKA….the mission is over , your IPKF cruelty or misbehave or Subramanya swamy that old insane pervert recently tried to marry young woman at her wedding ceremony…. assignment to LTTE etc anything was possible reason taken account to your Persian kin Rajiv Jehangir Khan….. assassination. later your Indian govt arrested suspects while they are sri lankan nationals along nurse Nalini,..etc still your tricky politics playing nasty petty vote gains……….people of Sri Lanka or SL govt never interfere into the your judiciary NOW WTF ( i know this will be get edited)

    you writing in Colombo telegraph being Indian your viewpoints criticizes no need….. REMEMBER this man once commanding to rape, bomb , shoot Sri Lankan rebels or terrors whatever they were SL nationals in the god sake name of PEACE KEEPING…. can you claim your involvement was PEACE ORIENTED???????
    we have war victims from island wide either Jaffna or Matara ..Batticaloa or Anuradhapura of course SL army or sinhala army vs Tamil rebels or tigers or terrorists of Tamils. resulted:- widows, orphans, disabled etc due to war…… NOW we are on the process of Reconciliation and Peace building with two ethnics or victims. NO ANY OPTIONS TO RE-BUILD OUR COUNTRY………..you once upon time a enemy’s commanding officer….your blood thirsty or loyalty of Indian Government allowed to led rapes, bombardments, mass destruction through your commands. IT WAS YOUR DUTY YOU CAN”T DENY ORDERS, THAT SHORT PUMPKIN FACE CORRUPTED J.N DIXIT commands RAJIV KHAN false name RAJIV GANDHI to IPKF in JAffna….it’s over you retire or do whatever in your country not involve in ours issues.

    ******** OUR SOLDIERS ARE SOLDIERS WHETHER SL ARMY OR LTTE CADRES…… every son, daughter, husband, father was died in war they basically SRI LANKANS…..NO BLOODY RATIFICATION CAN SEPARATE THEM ….THEY FOUGHT for USELESS….. it’s bitter history it’s over WE don’t need it back review our bitter, darkest, tragic history by another enemy IT”S None other than INDIA….you one of the crook.

    TO SRI LANKANS.

    India pure enemy to Sri Lanka’s growth. If you say No then come to JAFFNA on the day of NOV 26 with your INDIAN FLAG you will be stoned at least extreme i don’t want to tell that here because laws or Sri Lanka not like Delhi suitcase determines. ( SALMAN KHAN decisions, JAYALALITHA”S decisions, LALU PRASAD DECISIONS, INDIA CEMENTS SRINIVASAN”S ETC this page not enough space)

    PM Modi visited grab long time target easter coast Trincomalee harbor favor of India….. SL never give up CHINESE port city in western coast plus CHINESE watch tower monitor India.

    You India not even provide a employment to Sri Lankans, your central government trains and send RAW members to work here. We allow but no Sri Lankan will be trait Sri Lanka…..of course Sinhala Tamil rivalry or conflicts taken place but RECALL HISTORY British University chased , Shanthi Niketan University Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore chased worst female characteristic Indra Priyadharshani Khan > Mr. Jehangir Feroze Khan spouse of Persian pharmaceutical drug store owner’s son world number one Nepotist political malpractices allow nasty two time chased lady form university became Prime Minister…that B……ch i don’t say filth may a female reader thinks i am cruel human towards mothers Indra deserves SHE is the one empowered LTTE….good that human don’t have rewind button.

    STOP looking others bedroom, if you blend salt in your food i know hindi problem is CT will edited thinks as filth….. stop writing, if you hold white flag or if you hold SL flag we don’t trust you, because we have seen the only country corrupts SOLDIERS bullet proof jackets, weapons and their food is INDIA…… you don’t have right to advice, suggest world’s highest humanity seeking country SRI LANKA………. we knew who ordered SATHISH NAMBIAR to refrain ceasefire recommendation, we knew who was supply lethal bio weapon to SLAF…. we knew who triggered soldiers to tape or video those cruel footage. we know who brokerage to west to make another controversy to block eternal vendetta between ethnics.

    until certain stage INDIAN govt stand along with SL Forces, high command fools who were sat their later your Indian central government abandoned them.

    Bodnaasiya Hariharan Ji( It’s not filth) please kindly refrain writing about Sri Lanka….. once again we reminds you Sri Lanka not India’s union territory.

    Fortunately we have righteous H.E President with mercy and name too, Prime Minister a impeccable flawless CHANAKYA for your clear understanding……your conspiracies gimmicks tricks never workout with himself.
    here a democracy begun without Indo China influences….let us enjoy the new era of good governance….. Please write in hindi or Indian languages to stop peeing public, pooing public or ask them to build toilets instead launch rockets PSLV’s……. those indecent Indians does same when they here for pilgrimage or tourism. We have higher standard of public behaviors, No Cop here address as wala or waali or lower addressing. No woman raped by police officers in police custody…. No Minister/leaders or rich tycoons prominently posses second wife or girl friend boy friend culture as your country men & women from NEHRU to Rahul or Union MP Kanimozhi does. this is a country where less rogues massive honest citizens filled please don’t increase less to massive.

    except bitterness of war WE SRI LANKAN NOTHING TO take any criticize from any foreigner especially inhuman iron rod inserts to young medical student girl.

    we hunts down our rapist, we blame our molesters BE AWAY INDIANS BE AWAY….. IF YOU WRITE FURTHER LIKE BBS< LIKE SINHALA RAVAYA a ANTI Indian Political movements will be formed very soon….. No indians can walk peacefully in Sri Lanka.

    COLONEL HARIHARAN STOP WRITING ABOUT SRI LANKAN POLITICS with this article it's good for you country and you. if not there are photo video evidences where international diplomats visits here reads here…..

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    Has anyone seen slum dog millionaire? This know it all speculates and passes on that bovine refuse as “intelligent information “. This [Edited out] man hasn’t got a,clue. Must be like Indian intelligence, [Edited out] !

    Thanks to this boy’s nation, Sri Lanka had an armed terrorist separatist problem even before black July 83. Then they interfered with the Sri Lankan efforts to defeat fascist vellapullai. Then they invaded and ruined the chance of an early end to war and suffering of Tamils.

    He needs to accept responsibility for THE HELL India foisted upon us . He needs to write about that.

    Ranil will sweep the election and corrupt racist Rajapakse cronies will be defeated. My3 will be venerated by all including Hindu idol worshipping Tamils. Don’t interfere in our affairs again. And keeping cantankerous racist Tamil chauvinist Jeyalalitha tethered like holy animals. Tell her not to interfere. And keep illegal immigrants inside Tamil Nadu.

    Col. Hariharan, bro, what about the Indian Tamils who were forced on our nation by the British christian masters and who disenfranchised Kandyans and permanently altered our ethnicity balance?

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      Kandy Lamissi – I totally agree with you that Ranil will from the next
      government as people will certainly give him a chance after hearing how the former regime plundered the poor peoples money and stacked in overseas banks and nepotism was at its highest level and high ranking govt. servants, including the law enforcement officers and high court judges were intimidated and subdued to ‘yes men’ status.

      Ranil had been sincere in his political career, occasionally blundered
      but stood for what is right, and during the past five months of his Premier ship, he has proved his mettle. The only demand by all people of Sri Lanka is that they want good governance and peace in the country
      with all communities living in harmony and only Ranil and President
      Sirisena can offer this to the people. It is heartening to note people do not buy communal stories anymore and they are alert on people ruining the country.

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    How can you say Sirisena is honest when he appointed his own brother as Chairman of Telecom (one of Sri Lanka’s biggest public listed companies). Then his younger brother became Basnayaka Nilame of Kataragama Maha Devla – a powerful and lucrative position. Corruption allegations have been made against some UNP cabinet ministers and junior ministers. Nothing is rosy here Mr Hariharan

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      Mrs. De Mel,

      When John F Kennedy was the president of USA, he appointed his younger brother Robert Kennedy as his Attorney General
      and no one questioned the appointment as he had the required qualifications. It is the same case here and please do not spread
      unnecessary speculations without evidence .

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    Well written sir…
    But today’s younger generation has not heard of TinTin!
    So … smiles!!

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    Not a cent has been proven stolen!
    All vile accusations, UNP is not suitable to run the country,
    Mahinda/Gota has lot of unfinished jobs!
    He must come back and lead the country for another 10 years.
    UNP is a part of US and federelist conspiracy to break up the country!
    Sri Lanka is one country, one nation with equal rights for everyone.
    This should never be broken on ethnic lines!
    I hope people will open their eyes!

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    The odds have suddenly changed for Ranil and the UNP. Mano Ganeshan, and his alliance with the Up Country parties led by Digambaram and Radhakrishnan are joining the UNP for the Parliamentary elections to be held b4 August 14th…

    The Parliament will be dissolved around the 12th and 19th, and nominations to be completed by 1oth of July.

    UNP from a possible 60-65 seats will win around 80 seats with the Tamil votes in the 7 Provinces, and Mano Ganeshan’s alliance will be receiving at least 4 Cabinet positions with some importance. This includes Velautham from the UVA Province. Of course every thing depends on How the Tamil alliance performs individually mainly in the Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Uva districts bringing in the votes.

    Meanwhile, Ranil and Ravi will receive considerable preference votes in the Colombo district thanks to Mano G. UNP will also receive 2 additional members for the National list, thanks to the Tamil Alliance.

    TNA will also support the UNP in Parliament from the NE Provinces where they will win 14-15 seats plus 1 National MP. That makes UNP closing in to 90-95 seats.

    Leaving them open to win 15-20 seats from the “Anyside” Muslim Partiies to form a Coalition Party.

    However, due to secret arrangements made in London in October between Chandrika, Ranil and 2 foreign governments UNP-SLFP combo will form a NATIONAL UNITY SINHALESE BUDDHIST RACIST CHAUVINIST GOVERNMENT LEAVING THE MINORITY PARTIES HIGH AND DRY, WITH NO IMPORTANCE AND NO NEGOTIATING STRENGTH AFTER THE ELECTIONS. Mi3 and CBK’s SLFP could win as high as 60 and low as 40, despite losing Attanagalla and Anuradhapura electorates. Pollonorruwa where Mi3 hails is a small district. UNP will fair poorly in the South once again with people like Sagala Ratnayake the PM’s friend and Chief of Staff losing again like Harsha De Silva and Swaminathan (If he dare contests!).

    CM Wigneswaran’s nephew CB Governor Arjuna Mahendran is also hurting Ranil and his UNP very badly, and all in the UNP are scared to speak up…President Mi3 Sirisena or former President Chandrika also too scared to upset Ranil, which will only benefit their SLFP and Mahinda’s new political party (UPFA or MEP). Now they cannot talk much about Good Governance, Nepotism, Cronyism, Family Bandyism (FRCS), Bribery and Corruption.

    The Tamils once again are going to be cheated and they will have very little options but to depend on, and pressure the international governments to DELIVER JUSTICE WITHOUT DELAYING. This includes Delhi and Chennai where Hariharan lives but has NO political influence.

    See my interview in Tamil Newspaper last SUNDAY – on SUDAR OLI.

    I hope to obtain an ENGLISH TRANSLATION SOON.

    COL. HARIHARAN although a Tamils, Hates the LTTE where he fought and killed, tortured and assaulted during his 3 year reign between 1987 to 1990 with the IPKF. (INNOCENT PEOPLE KILLING FORCE). HE WAS IN CHARGE AS #1 INTELLIGENCE OFFICER WORKING WITH DELHI, RAW, AND MILITARY INTELLIGENCE.

    He still has his loyalty to Delhi and not Chennai.

    Donald Gnanakone
    Founder
    Tamils For Justice.

    Copy: Col Hariharan via email/fax.

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      McDonalds,

      “However, due to secret arrangements made in London in October between Chandrika, Ranil and 2 foreign governments UNP-SLFP combo will form a NATIONAL UNITY SINHALESE BUDDHIST RACIST CHAUVINIST GOVERNMENT LEAVING THE MINORITY PARTIES HIGH AND DRY, WITH NO IMPORTANCE AND NO NEGOTIATING STRENGTH AFTER THE ELECTIONS.”

      Why are secret arrangements needed to achieve this? The big dogs keeping the smaller ones away is natural.

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    Donald as usual has given our commentators and readers some valuable , inside info..

    I never thought our CB Governor is a close relo of our NPC CM Vellala Viggy who is purported to be purer than distilled water.

    And I thought the Old Colonel is a Brahmin…

    Donald is smarter and knowledgeable than a lot of our so called Political Analysts here.

    I am happy Donald has given 60 seats to us Dalits, in his computations..

    It really made my day…

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “I never thought our CB Governor is a close relo of our NPC CM Vellala Viggy who is purported to be purer than distilled water.”

      Aren’t you aware of the fact that NPC CM, Aryachakravarti the present king of Jaffna C V Wiggy is closely related to Vasudeva Nanayakkara, a descendant of Nayakas of Madurai?

      What a shame?

      Update your hard drive if it is still in working condition.

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        Dear Native,

        How can a Vellala be related to Nanas, plenty of whom are my mates in the South…

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          K.A Sumanasekera

          “How can a Vellala be related to Nanas, plenty of whom are my mates in the South…”

          How did JVP miss you and Nanas when it was hunting down Nana supporters in the South?

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            Dear Native,

            I must be one of the few ex JVP Dalits who have at least acquired Elite tastes like Playing Golf and Drinking Single Malt..

            I am talking about the real Elite…

            And still fight for the Dalits, unlike the JVP leaders who have become ass wipers of the UNP..

            It is all about survival skills my friend…

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              K.A Sumanasekera

              “I must be one of the few ex JVP Dalits who have at least acquired Elite tastes like Playing Golf and Drinking Single Malt..”

              Do have handicap?

              I would have thought you are a champagne socialist, however Single malt seem to make you go round twice as fast as love makes others go round. Since you are are loner its okay.

              “And still fight for the Dalits, unlike the JVP leaders who have become ass wipers of the UNP..”

              Somawansa did exactly that and now he seems to have no party affiliation.

              “It is all about survival skills my friend… “

              I agree with you. You don’t need to hold onto moral principles, sense of justice, …… right from wrong, ………..

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    Donald G.

    A Small correction.

    Anyside Muslim Parties…..This should be amended to read as Winning side Muslim Parties….

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    Nanayakkaras are colour changers.Though Prof:Wiswa Warnapala is a colour changer as his name implies,he is an Honourable man unlike that disgusting guy VASU!

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    The writer of this article has pathetically tried to praise and raise puppet Sirisena ,it is fair and reasonable into their perspective as This puppet was assigned by them to get what they want in Sri Lanka . I’m not going to discuss about those now as all we know today who is puppet Sirisena and what is he there for . . I do not agree with people who tries to assume that Sirisena is honest and simple because he conspired to snatch the power from Rajapaksa by accusing with pseudo allegations and it has proven today and those allegations were deliberately made to over throw Rajapaksa from the power for a regime change . I cannot believe if some one would suggest me it is not true . What has happened today . The state anarchism and well developments initiated by Rajapasa can be seen stopped and whole country is standstill . We have upset China who was main investor in the country . This is some thing would have not done by any prudent politician ,because whole world is begging China to come and invest by now. So what is the problem with their investments . There is one thing remains worst than that which is respect ,China was behind us when we need them in real crisis , they supported us in financially in the war , but we have forgotten about them today , isn’t it disgusting ?? Is it the respect ? Is it the good return of helping in real crisis ?? Shame , shame . But we have today people who wanted to drag the war for next generation . This is puppet Sirisena ‘ s inability and incompetent to realise the real friends and real foes .
    Finally ,I would say ,there is only one way he could reverse all the woes that he done to county which is bringing back PA government in Sri Lanka by next election ,if he failed to do so that he will be cursed and hate by supporters generations to come for what he done to the party and in general to the nation

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