21 September, 2019

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Can The Fringe (JVP) Decisively Influence The Presidential Election; Is JVP A Trustworthy ‘Democratic’ Party?

By Vishwamithra

“One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.’’ ~ George Orwell

Janata Vimukthi Peramuna has a storied past. Its romanticist appeal enthralled the masses; in 1971, the now infamous insurrection, though based fundamentally on violent overthrow of a democratically elected government drew the attention and an enigmatic attraction from the youth of the day, especially University undergraduates, has been written into our history as a groundbreaking political event. Its failure as a part of revolutionary warfare arose many a suspicion and the ultimate disillusionment amongst its own second-tier leaders such as Loku Athula, Podi Athula, Sunanda Deshapriya, Jayadeva Uyangoda etc. and isolation of its sole first-tier leader Rohana Wijeweera became a logical consequence of the failed revolution. 

Despite the unmatchable oratorical skills of Wijeweera, his modus operandi in tackling personnel issues within the Janata Vimukthi Peramuna became a sore point among those who rebelled against the leader. Infightings developed within the walls of the prison in which all the JVP leaders were incarcerated; some intellectual conversation among themselves gave rise to personal development of forward-thinking men in the movement; in turn, the movement began a process of, at least among those who were behind bars, dissolving itself and the fundamental premise of the movement faded into the background and a power struggle in terms of the modern day political dynamics emerged. This power struggle however, albeit Wijeweera was isolated from the rest of the ’71 insurrection leadership, drove him to continue his political journey with a brand of new set of second-tier leaders who accepted him as the undisputed leader of the group.

Suppression of any up-and-coming comrades and eliminating them for good, as Stalinism preached as a fundamental principle of political reality, is not limited to dictatorial systems only; leadership, if it’s threatened in any social context, the leader always makes more than an ostensible attempt to buttress his status at the expense of his antagonists. It’s an unpretentious human condition. Wijeweera in that context was no exception; but the methods and means he used to silence his opponents was not only ruthless, it was unyielding and unforgiving, totally in consonance with brutal dictators of yesteryear such as Pol Pot of Cambodia, Mao Zedong of China and Josef Stalin of the Soviet Union, all in the so-called Socialist-Communist bloc. 

As in all authoritarian political entities, unleashing of violence and killings were mistakenly called, identified and defined as part of revolutionary dynamics. So were the killings and mayhem created by the JVP in ’87-’89 era called, identified and defined by their executioners. It took the country by storm and in a very historical sense, was the next logical development of this process. No revolutionary leader, whether it’s Rohana Wijeweera, Pol Pot or Ho Chi Minh, could contain his frenzied followers after calling them to arms. But what set the JVP of the ’87 – ’89 era from its failed insurrection in ’71 was the brutal killings it executed on unarmed civilians whom they identified as UNPers and capitalist cohorts. Thousands of innocent villagers met their untimely deaths during this period and it was indeed a very sad and gloomy and dark stain on the story of our nation. Janata Vimukthi Peramuna can never acquit itself of this vicious and unforgivable crime.

Anura Kumara Dissanayake (AKD), Sunil Handunneththi and Vijitha Herat (all parliamentarians), the current crop of the JVP Politburo, are now being accepted by a majority of Sri Lankan voters as the faces of the ‘democratic’ JVP. Their collective voice has been, at least up to the present time, one of good governance, eradication of corruption, total freedom for all including the mass media and government of full productivity and efficiency. On a theoretical level, all these commitments sound totally sound and credible. Their oratorical skills have proven to be unmatched by any other politician in the country. Their oratory seems not only sound in diction and delivery, but the latent concepts and flowing logicality of their arguments seem absolutely relevant and even practical. 

However, in the context of the forthcoming Presidential Elections and the political stance the JVP asserted during the last Presidential Elections, it becomes completely irreverent to distance oneself from the arguments put forward by the JVP. The youth of the country would automatically be fascinated and engrossed in the focal argument of the JVP in that, the possibility of eradication of corruption appears to be not only necessary but, in an inscrutable sense, very real and tangible. Therein lies the magic of its message. A totally virtuous and righteous concept articulated in magical diction and delivery becomes extremely powerful in the developing mind of the youth. Yet its appeal somehow or the other has eluded a more mature and experienced mindset of a people whose adherence to laidback thinking and even a lazier intra-social conduct looks unwavering. Such an oxymoron does exist amongst our elders and its beneficial effects are beyond measure.

Yet, the exhibitionistic approach to local politics, a modus operandi Rohana Wijeweera adopted during his hay days, does not seem to have been discarded by the current leaders of the Party. The Galle Face Gala aka the massive mass rally the JVP organized to introduce the next Presidential Candidate reflected that tendency beyond any doubt. While Wijeweera became an obvious victim of his own exhibitionism, I wonder whether Anura Kumara and his partners have decided to willingly fall into this same old trap.

The Galle Face mass rally organized by the JVP was in every sense of the word was massive. Undoubtedly it was the largest crowd that ever gathered in Colombo for a political meeting. Despite the vast gathering and the ideal audience Anura Kumara Dissanayake had that day, his performance lacked the usual vim and vigor we are accustomed to; he looked a bit tense and the normal relaxed delivery lacked the punch and the knockout blows he used to brandish against corruption and its practitioners. He was nowhere near Wijeweera in the flow of words and the spiritual commitment. Only AKD can answer why.

AKD’s performance aside, the crowds that jammed the Galle Face Green that day were charged and ready, for their leader is now ready for the running for Sri Lanka’s highest post. The next question that one must ask is: whom did they vote for in the 2015 Presidential Elections? Although AKD and his comrades-in-arms did not appear on Maithripala Sirisena’s platform, the JVP did campaign, going around the country asking the voters to refrain from voting for Mahinda Rajapaksa. It was more than sufficient and one could assume that the JVP-voting bloc amounting close to 6 to 7 million would have been cast to Sirisena. That is the context within which one must look at the possibilities of the next Presidential Elections forecast. 

When they have their own candidate, why on earth should they cast their precious ballot to someone else who would be representing the so-called ‘Capitalist class’?  Then we come to the following dilemma: What happens to the vote-bloc Maithripala Sirisena received in the last Presidential Elections? What were the components of that coalition bloc? UNP, TNA, SLMC, SLFP Maithripala loyalists (SLFP-M), voters influenced by the Civil Societies (CS) and JVP constituted that coalition voter-bloc.

Equations:

2015

Maithripala Sirisena Votes = UNP+TNA+SLMC+SLFP-M+CS+JVP

2020

Next UNP Candidate Votes = UNP+TNA+SLMC-(SLFP-M+CS+JVP)

If the component that’s made up of (SLFP-M + CS + JVP) reaches more than 800,000 to 1 million, the UNP candidate loses the majority which the Coalition Candidate had in 2015.

Consequently, in order to secure a majority reaching 50%+, he or she needs to eat into the Sinhalese Buddhist vote.

Who could do that? That is the 64 million dollar question. Or is there a candidate in the UNP who could potentially negotiate with the JVP and SLFP-M to secure those two decisive blocs? And exactly how many votes are we looking at? It is fair to assume the JVP bloc around 600,000 to 700,000. But what is the SLFP-M bloc? For any indication for this, we have to study the last Pradesheeya Sabha (PS) elections. The so-called anti-Rajapaksa vote in the former SLFP bloc that participated in the PS elections voted either as SLFP or UPFA. UPFA bloc was around 900,000. Where will that vote go? Especially in Presidential Election, how would the average voter vote? This is where the personality of the candidate matters. In that scenario, ‘trustworthiness’ is the main characteristic the voter will be looking for.

If one finds credible answers to the aforementioned questions, one could easily forecast the outcome of the next Presidential Elections. Period.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com       

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    JVP is the only political party without a track record of corruption. I remember very well when AKD was the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Land and Irrigation in the 2004 SLFP, JVP joint Government under President Kumaratunge, his official vehicle was an old pickup. All the other ministers had luxurious vehicles. He had the courage to leave that portfolio when he realized CBK is not doing what she promised to do. AKD was brave enough to talk about the corruption of Rajapakse clan before 2015 elections, during the time many were so scared to say a single word against Rajapakses. Now the media and many people have become real heroes to criticize the Government, during MR days they were as meek as lambs. They have completely forgotten how fearful that era was. We saw the outcome of so called “Trustworthy Democratic” parties after they came to power, during last 40 years specially during MR period. Under the leadership of AKD, JVP is not a violent party any longer. They do care for underprivileged people, are against the corruption, comprise of educated people, and knows the agricultural value of the country. Unlike the other main party politicians, they walk the talk. We have tried both the major parties for seven decades, why not give this party a try for five years? We have nothing to lose. Unlike the other candidates, AKD is young, educated, (in a local university Physics Degree), good speaker with a smart personality, seems honest comparing to many others, brave and courageous. None of the other candidates has even half of those qualifications.
    The only concern I have is, still they haven’t shown their economic policy. They should get expert advise and come up with a sustainable, globally acceptable economic policy.

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      Gamage,
      According to Kumar David, an “erudite” group is drafting the JVP’s (PP in his terminology) economic policy which is item (c) in his list of the 4 (a to d) major items in the election campaign. That will make all of your concerns go away, I guess.

      As for me, the biggest concern should be not what is in the (c); rather it is about how it will be implemented. This is serious question b’cos the current Gvt budget is maintained with the help of foreign loans. Therefore, if they come to power (by even a remote chance) either they will have to keep borrowing in order to keep the living condition as they are now (Gvt pay rolls; various subsidies JVP itself demands; costs of education, health, infrastructure; etc) or else, adopt a policy of cutting down spending as well as imports drastically in order to balance the budget. Since it very likely that foreign Gvts will not offer new loans, they will have only the latter option!

      That is where you should be really concerned b’cos life won’t be that easy if they have to go back to 1970 NM + Mrs B model. That will force JVP to accept the same fate Mrs B Gvt faced in 1977 or to satay in power by force in order to “complete” the items in the (c). That means democracy will be in the drain. But, Marxist definition of democracy is different. They believe in classless “proletariat only dictatorship” in which JVP’s “walk the talk” must prevail at all times! But, history has taught us that “among humans “walk the talk” don’t last that long. At minimum, you will have to expect to see K D Lalkantha (Vijitha Herath as well) walk free from many many DUI s! God bless the corruption & the independence of justice system!

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        D. P.
        It is not fair to paint the whole group with the same brush due to an incident with one member (Lalkantha). For that misdemeanor he paid the price, no one in that group called the police to get him out illegally. Do you expect JVP members to be saints? It will never happen. As long as they are not above the law, it will be a socially just society. You prove another plus point of JVP. The leadership follow the rules without bending or breaking. How about the major crimes were done by the members of both the major parties? Violent crimes, organized crimes, white collar crimes etc. How many of them were caught and got the suitable punishment? Still my point is, compared to other parties JVP will walk the talk.
        My understanding is, even if they want, they will not be able to go back to 1970 era. World has changed and globally connected. Of course they will have to get loans, but they will utilize that money wisely by minimizing the corruption, stopping pomp and pageantry, without taking the families abroad using public money. They will be able to balance the budget better than the previous regimes.
        But the question is, will the underprivileged masses be able to liberated themselves from the slave mindset which helps the corrupt and cunning leaders to oppress them?

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          Gamage,
          I used Lal Kantha’s DUI incident only as a symbol. But, can you name any country that adopted socialism didn’t have to go through drastic cost cuttings & import restrictions to manage budget issues? Yes, the world is now very different from 1970 but, the JVP is not as long as it believes in Marxism.

          I don’t believe that there is a need to go after Marxists to minimize corruption. If there is a third party led by talented & politically experienced intellectuals with anti corruption as one of the main slogan, I might consider voting for it. Even today, I might consider voting if NPPM can turn into a single party while discarding Marxism as guiding principle. But, I’m quite certain that it won’t happen. For JVP, NPPM is only one more step towards their dream of Marxist socialism.

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    If only we had some more AKDs in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan politics would have been different one…

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    The question is: Can any of the present Political Leaders and their Parties , led by MR; Ranil and Sirisena , measure up to the Standards or the “Bench Marks” already established by JVP? In my assessment the answer is a resounding NO. The JVP proved whatever they stand for, when they joined the Government of Mrs; CKB. That was inside a Government. In the Local Government, JVP, proved their capabilities in Hambantota/Tissamaharama Pradeshiya Saba. In present day context, the JVP SIX members in Parliament are the most looked up to in matters of discussions relevant to Governing matters. In Parliamentary discussions, they are the only members who present well researched opinions on matters of Governmental affairs. Their honesty and integrity are beyond questioning. Although, I hold a different opinion as regards AKD’s nomination by PPM, to be a Presidential candidate can GOTA or Sajith OR both of them could hold a candle above AKD? NO, not at all. As I said, all the three “Major” parties viz. UNP, SLFP & SLPP have LET DOWN the country and the people and have PROVED beyond any doubt that they are the FAILURES . Therefore the ONLY ALTERNATIVE must be JVP , presently “EVOLVING” to be a “PEOPLES’ POWER MOVEMENT”.

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    Vishwamithra

    Is the UNP a trustworthy democratic party? And what is the democracy they have displayed over time? Getting undated letters of resignation from their MPs or is it the turning of a blind eye while the country burned for 4 days without Law and Order? Have those such as you and Shyamon forgotten the landmark pillaging first begun on a grand scale by the UNP?

    Is the SLFP a trustworthy democratic party?

    Is the untested SLPP a trustworthy democratic party? If so on what basis do you rest your argument?

    The fact remains that many are now getting jittery of the gathering Tsunami against the so called established lot coming from the JVP and are finding excuses to say the known devil is better than the unknown angel.

    VM, Shyamon, get this into your cranium. RANIL is a spent force because he does not stand up against what is wrong. He tolerates the intolerable and therefore he does not fulfill his responsibility by the people or the country. He lives in a cloud. SAJITH has ignored proving to the people that he has a grasp of anything outside houses, culverts and public taps. Therefore my take is that things wont get any worse by having the JVP in the saddle.

    Right now, we are the pits. Something has to give.

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      Justice and Fairplay

      “Therefore my take is that things wont get any worse by having the JVP in the saddle.”

      JVP has to own up to its past mistakes, including its theoretically espoused racism, use of unlimited level violence, hypocrisy, sharing a bed with Mahinda, its opposition to devolution (however enjoys fruits of devolution) , its faith in outdated Marxist analysis with the Sinhala/Buddhist bent, muted on chapter II of the constitution, …… and apologise, apologise unreservedly.

      JVP needs to have continuous conversation with people, real people, all sections of real people, not just with its own politburo grandees, old guards, rathu patte supporters, ……………..

      They should start living in real world rather than in their outdated Rohana-utopia.

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        Hello Native,

        “JVP has to own up to its past mistakes, including its theoretically espoused racism, use of unlimited level violence,”

        – Ever heard of a man called Cyril Mathew ?
        – Ever heard of the 4 days of violence in 1983 and then the yellow cat era?
        – Ever heard of the white van era?
        -Ever heard of TV stations being burnt down and journalists being killed?

        Then on the subject of racism….

        – Ever heard of why Kadirgamar was not appointed Prime Minister? Of course it wasnt racism I hear you say; It was just that Kadirgamar was just not good enough to be Prime Minister.!!

        As for ” Sharing a bed with Mahinda………”

        If sharing a bed with Mahinda is such a crime, who has continuously prevented investigations involving the Mahinda camp into abductions, pillaging and looting? Who has been having continuous on-off discussions with Mahinda? The what about the bond scam? That is not a crime, is it not?

        Besides With whom did Ranil share power through Yahapalanaya anyway? Was he not Mahinda’s trusted Gen Secretary?

        “its faith in outdated Marxist analysis with the Sinhala/Buddhist bent,”

        – Ever heard of so many prominent SLFPers and SLPPers who enjoy a tryst with outdated Marxist analysis and whose political projections are entirely Sinhala Buddhist bent….?

        – Ever heard of SLFP men and SLPP men who strongly supported Gnanasara’s sinhala buddhist bent, and bailed him out of jail as well?

        On each of the counts which you accuse JVP,, dont you think the UNP and the SLFP have done far worse.???

        I may not like the JVP but bias will not keep me from admitting to the truth.

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        Hi Native

        Further to my earlier reply to yours above, let me also add the following.

        You say – “JVP nees to have continuous conversation with people, real people, all sections of real people, not just with its own politburo grandees, old guards, rathu patte supporters…….”

        Oh yes indeed, you are quite right of course! These virtues you espouse are brilliantly exhibited by Ranil who has always maintained a continuous dialogue with the people, all sections of real people and not with only his own UNP executive committee men, the old guard, and kola patte supporters. ………

        The JVP should start living in the real world much like how Ranil has lived throughout his charmed life in politics.

        You are quite right!

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          Justice & Fairplay

          Basically what you are saying is that every other party in this island had committed crimes therefore JVP should have the right or be allowed to commit its fair share and no one has the moral obligation to question it or refrain from voting for it.

          Why would people vote for or trust a party which mimic the other corrupt ones?
          I am trying to understand your informal fallacy “Two wrongs make a right” .
          This is fantastic.

          Ranil robbed Central bank.
          Gota killed, abducted, robbed VP’s cash and gold.
          Cyril Mathew along with saffron clad thugs organised riots in which many were killed….. Library was burned down.
          Therefore what Somawansa and his did was right.

          Somawansa was a nice person who colluded with public racist Champika in every anti minority actions when he was in bed with Mahinda.
          Somawansa was an honest anti Hindian politician who was given a safe passage -by Hindian Navy to South India when Udugampola was after him in hot pursuit.

          Many wondered why he didn’t hitch a ride on Chinese boat to Peking or Pyongyang?
          ….
          ….

          Why do you think voters need more of the same when they could vote for the real thing, Ranil/Sajith or Mahinda/Gota?

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            Hello Native
            NV: “Basically what you are saying is that every other party in this island had committed crimes therefore JVP should have the right or be allowed to commit its fair share and no one has the moral obligation to question it or refrain from voting for it.”
            -J&F: Not at all!
            – What I am saying is that every other party have been returned to power despite their pathetic track record in the areas listed. UNP for instance had no government in 1983 for 4 days as it stood silent and watched the carnage. Ranil was a cabinet member in that government and he is now Prime Minister.
            – The Batalanda stories still abound and Ranil was a cabinet member then.
            Similarly, the SLFP has had people who were MPs and Ministers during their dark days listed above, but no one utters a hum when the same miscreants run for reelection in 2019.
            – The JVP has not been tried out in power and it is unfair to label them for sins committed nearly 50 years ago! Most of them – AKD included, might not have even been born then. There aren’t anyone who was involved in the gory deeds of 1971 asking for reelection now.
            – In my view, the conduct of the JVP in parliament, their contribution to parliamentary proceedings and the decorum with which they behave easily outstrips the other parties by miles. But yet we pillory them for something that happened 50 years ago (when probably many of them werent even born) and assume with certainty the same will happen again!.

            NV: “Why would people vote for or trust a party which mimic the other corrupt ones? I am trying to understand your informal fallacy “Two wrongs make a right” .
            J&F: – Not sure at all what you mean here. I am unaware that the JVP mimics any other mainstream party.

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              Justice & Fairplay

              “There aren’t anyone who was involved in the gory deeds of 1971 asking for reelection now.”

              You seem to be stuck up in the 1970s, come back to late 1980s.

              Please read a recently published interview with AKD:
              “We’ll contest elections under a new symbol” Anura Kumara Dissanayake
              http://www.dailymirror.lk/hard-talk/Well-contest-elections-under-a-new-symbol-Anura-Kumara-Dissanayake/334-173993

              Please visit this brilliant pictorial exposition of suffering:
              One Question, Two People, A Shared Pain
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              Informal Fallacies
              An informal fallacy occurs because of an error in reasoning. Unlike formal fallacies which are identified through examining the structure of the argument, informal fallacies are identified through analysis of the content of the premises. In this group of fallacies, the premises fail to provide adequate reasons for believing the truth of the conclusion. There are numerous different types of informal fallacies. In the following, we consider some of the more common types.
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              As voters we must be able to tolerate wrong judgements (less malicious) of political crooks however must keep a watchful eye on their intentions.

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    Your analysis very hypothetical.

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    I am assuming that the 6-7 million JVP voting block was a typo.

    We can assume Maithri got 900k votes at the last election but who in his/her right mind would vote for him?

    If JVP + MS gets 1.5 million or so, the UNP candidate may not break the 4 million mark. This is on the assumption that the TNA + SLMC + CS vote will be the same as in 2015.

    On a separate note, now that Sajith is talking(campaigning), he is sounding scary. In fact, he is sounding RP scary.

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    Dea Vishvamithra,

    PART ONE
    .
    There seems suddenly some doubt as to whether the Elpiyiya Pradeshiya Sabha Election will be held in October 2019. That new twist has been too recent to have entered into Vishwamithra’s calculations. Let’s wait and see.
    .
    Objectively looked at, this is still a race for the Presidency between the nominees of the Rajapaksa Group and the UNP Group. I grant that. Personally, I will not give a First Preference to either group.
    .
    Nobody has been able to tell me what percentage of voters actually cast preferences at the previous eight Executive Presidential Elections. I don’t think that the Preferences were ever counted, but I accept Udaya Gamampila’s claim that few voted that way, and I’d think that not more than about 3% of total votes cast ever had Preferences marked. An intelligent voter ought to mark Preferences, and this time there is greater awareness, My conservative estimate of such voting in 2019 is that a minimum of 20% of voters will mark Preferences, and that this time they will be counted, but that in the counting no distinction will be made between Second and Third Preferences.
    .
    tbc

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    PART TWO
    .
    I expect one of those two groups to win the Presidency, but I will do my best to promote a more intelligent approach to voting.
    I’d like to see, at the minimum, a three-party set up emerging, so that at least in 2024, there will be intelligent voting leading to better governors of the country emerging.
    .
    My current thinking is that I will grant a THIRD Preference to the candidate of one of the two “major parties” (may they both stop dominating our politics unless there is a sea change in at least one of them). The JVP has been so much discussed that I will only say that they’ve turned into a Party that can govern.
    .
    The Nagananda-Pallewatte Group is not taken seriously by “major commentators” like you. Tissaranee and Kumar David. However, I have been following most of what they are saying. I have downloaded what must, for now, be considered their manifesto, and I have spoken to a mobile phone number that is dedicated to inquiries from the public, and on Tuesday I deposited a small sum at the local Bank of Ceylon Branch to help them. More learned people than I have said that I’m an ass. So let it be thought.
    .
    Let us wait for Nomination Day. I think that you will all take these people more seriously after that. Note that they have not decided who will contest, but that is for very different reasons from the UNP.

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      Sinhala_Man you arent an ass at all. You are one of the many decent people fed up with the collective pillaging of a nation by 225 men without a conscience. Dont be surprised if there is a collusion between Nagananda and the JVP all in good time.

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    I feel that anyone outside of the established crooks’ parties should be welcomed, even if they ultimately prove to be worse, because the system established by these scoundrels has to be broken by the people’s will.

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    ====================================
    The Marketing of a Politician 1

    When marketing a ‘brand’ in a specific product market, one of the first things that any marketer does is to ‘position the brand’ appropriately in the minds of target consumers so that it’s appeal is optimized. This is done by promoting it’s perceived strengths and minimizing the importance of it’s perceived weaknesses in a manner which gives it a competitive edge over other brands. All brands have perceived strengths and weaknesses. No brand is 100% good or 100% bad.

    In much the same way, when it comes to the marketing of a Politician, the strategy would be to enhance his strengths as perceived by potential voters, while playing down his perceived weaknesses. One man’s meat is another man’s poison. So an attribute perceived as being a weakness by some voters may be seen as being a strength by another segment of voters. A politician displaying overt anti-minority sentiment ( seen as a major weakness by the minorities) could be hailed by a segment of the majority community as possessing the strength to protect their interests.

    Consumers are motivated by dissatisfaction when selecting a brand to purchase. In much the same way, voters are motivated by dissatisfaction when deciding upon a particular candidate to vote for.

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    The Marketing of a Politician 2

    There will be candidates from the UNP, SLPP, JVP plus other groups at the next Presidential Elections. Allegations of ‘corruption’ or the abuse of power in the most general sense, is a common thread running through all the popular parties. Cynics claim that the new parties do not face any allegations of corruption for the simple reason that they have as yet not had the opportunity to be seduced by Mammon.

    Corruption in its manifold forms has become so strongly associated with almost all politicians that it has become a ‘brand hygiene factor’ and therefore it’s claimed absence cannot be used as a credible discriminating attribute. Voters expect corruption to be an inherent attribute of any politician, which is why voters keep on electing candidates with known but unsubstantiated records for corruption.

    Continuing to attack a specific opposing candidate by exposing his corrupt actions will therefore not bear fruit. It only serves to remind voters that corruption is widespread among the politicians – something they would not like to be reminded of. Promises of eradicating corruption are a joke. Corruption is endemic in Sri Lanka having seeped into every layer of society over the past 71 years. It may be more pragmatic and believable to talk of minimizing it by implementing appropriate strategies. The voters have to be told and convinced as to how their overall quality of life could be improved by supporting a specific candidate despite the proven and/or unproven charges of corruption levelled against him.

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    JVP is good except Lal Kantha the brute

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    Will a JVP president withdraw the armed forces from the northeast to enable citizens regain lands, homes & livelihoods, places of worship & live without fear?
    This may ‘turn the tide’ and they may win.

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    jvp is the party most responsible for poverty in sri lanka. they killed the businessman/entreprenures in the villages. Villages became poor, poverty was the result. Ragging in universities all under JVP. 20% OF STUDENTS don’t complete university due to jvp. JVP has a mao phylosphy of saying whatever to come to power. Now china is backing jvp like 1971, with funding, as GOTA and UNP going towards india and west.
    I don’t trust these brutes , as I went through there stupidity, of getting school children out of classes in 1989-1991. We fought against anura and the gang, when in school, as they wanted us to go for there speaches, when we had exams. I don’t believe this guy is not corrupt. he has assets under others in Uk.

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    Sinhala voters should be vigilant on the attempt by Jathiya Vinshakarana Peramuna’s attempt to take you for a ride. Think carefully whose agenda that they are trying to implement. In 2015, a large number of civil society organizations with the leadership of Ven. Sobhitha backed President Sirisena to oust Rajapakse regime and bring UNP under the leadership of Ranil with the slogan ‘Yahapalanaya’. Even UNP politicians now accept that a large majority of civil society people who backed ‘Yahapalana’ Government are disillusioned about the performances of ‘Yahapalana’ Government. The ‘Bond Scam’ had a significant negative impact on ‘Yahapalana’ Government. If there is a two-way contest between UNP led ‘Peramuna’ and SLPP led ‘Peramuna’ there is a high probability that those who are disillusioned with the ‘Yahapalana’ Government mainly on national security issue emerged after the terrorist attack will lean towards SLPP led ‘Peramuna’. The only way to prevent this happening at least to a certain extent is for JVP to come as a third force and attract those voters who might vote to SLPP led ‘Peramuna’. If that can be done with Anura, Ranil might be thinking that UNP candidate might stand a chance with the support of minorities.
    Until few months ago, Anura did everything to save Ranil. JVP brought the No Confidence Motion against the Government to save Rishad and give oxygen to the Government. Then suddenly the tune changed and came out with the slogan ‘This Government Must Go’ probably after he was nominated by Ranil as the ‘Third Force Candidate’.

    Sinhala voters, don’t let JVP or NGOs who want to keep Don Juan Dhramapala’s (Reincarnated) regime in power to fool you again.

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    By fielding a candidate JVP is assisting Gota win as otherwise JVP voters vote for Ranil

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      So you want to blackmail us into supporting whatever UNP candidate the Party puts forward, do you? How long do you want to manipulate us in this way?
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      When I say that I will give the UNP guy my Third Preference, I know that isn’t a water-tight argument. Only a fraction of those voting JVP will indicate a Preference vote. We want not only the JVP but also other Alternative Groups to campaign vigorously and attract votes.
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      Aren’t you overlooking a simpler solution, dear Niranjan? Why not ask Ranil to now retire. That may be effective, or maybe not. If I want to now start playing the futile blame game, I could now say that Ranil should have democratised the Party twenty years ago.

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    JVP is NOT A Trustworthy ‘Democratic’ Party and also neither UNP SLFP NOR SLPP
    Now is the time to vote for Nagananda to save from these thieves murderers.

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    The old-JVP had the then prevailing ‘Us’ (Sinhala speakers) and ‘Others’ (Tamil speakers) syndrome. In this sense the old-JVP was not ‘democratic’. The 1971 and the 1987 uprisings sought to correct social anomalies through armed rebellion.
    In SL the established parties either take corruption for granted or have this baneful ‘Us&Them’ syndrome – the SLPP is the worst.
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    To Vishwamithra’s question {“Is JVP A Trustworthy ‘Democratic’ Party?””}
    The answer is “Yes”.
    {“Can The Fringe (JVP) Decisively Influence The Presidential Election?”}
    The answer is “Yes”
    Honest answer is “Yes But No More This Time”

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    No they won’t. Puppet kumara will withdraw as soon as Ranil put forward his candidate. Even if they do run he would be lucky to get more than 2 lakh of votes. He has the back of his loyal supporters.

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    Crux of matter is that 2015 Jan 8th that Foreign funded and inspire by aim of USA agenda advocated by that ONE and ONLY leader UNP of that Wicrkamsinghe of Ranil man dominated by Feudal clan.
    Needless to say Wicks was a Christen hardliner ethnologist of politician that he belongs Neo-Liberalize of UNP camp.
    But Wick…. of R and his unholy alliance has delivered nothing, which they Promised Citizens before by that Presidential Election (15/1/8) even including key role played by MS and CBK of SLFP of both were in the partnership basket .
    Incoming 2020 elections UNP and their and puppets alliances has delivered NOTHING at all. The only nation under chaos, uncertainties and instability before that our of nation. An Island -wide deficit of security has a remain a big GAP….since 21/4 19 ? By attack of 21/4 which that Muslim terrorist Attacked has over Ran security forces in island. That seems to be nation security undermined by Globe ISIS Terrorist by that backing of USA -UNP joint operation !

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