16 October, 2021

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Chandrika Confesses ‘Yahapālana Govt Is Corrupt’

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga in an interview with the Sunday Observer claims that ‘extreme corruption reigns all across the country [and] across all segments of the population– the public service, the political authorities, and now it has seeped right down to the bottom.’

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In responses liberally laced with her usual anti-Rajapaka rhetoric Kumaratunga laments that despite all her efforts to rid the country of corruption, beginning with the defeat of the Rajapaksa regime, she has not even succeeded in righting the wrongs pertaining to a project ‘concerning [her] village’.

The project referred to was one to supply water from the Basnagoda-Attanagalu Oya to three electorates and to parts of two other electorates in the Gampaha District. Kumaratunga cites inflated estimates of costs and numerous irregularities which have been confirmed by the Attorney General’s Department, and states that her complaints to the high-ups of the present Yahapalana Government have fallen on deaf years.

Kumaratunga boasts that she has ‘fought for transparency and honesty in this country at great cost’ and that she believed she could combat corruption in at least one project since she has ‘a good knowledge of how government works and I thought that with [her] commitment to honesty, the knowledge and acumen that [she has],’ this would be possible. She now admits that it appears to be an impossible task.

Kumaratunga’s track record when in power is also fraught with multiple misdeeds. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that Kumaratunga had abused her executive powers to facilitate a corrupt deal and was instrumental in illegally transferring state lands meant for a ‘public purpose’ to a private golf course — now known as Waters Edge.’

In a landmark judgment, Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane said Kumaratunga had failed to function in a manner consistent with the expectations of a public officer, much less an Executive President, and in doing so, had completely betrayed the position of trust bestowed upon her by the Constitution and by the people of Sri Lanka.

Kumaratunga was fined Rs. 3 million while the fifth respondent and Kumaratunga family friend Ronnie Peiris, who is said to have made a Rs. 57 million profit in the corrupt deal, was ordered to pay Rs. 2 million rupees.

In another development on corruption, Vasudeva Nanayakkara (MP) has written to the Inspector General of Police reiterating a request made to conduct investigations in relation to defrauding of government monies. Nanayakkara had reminded the IGP about this matter in early July, pointing out that in July 2017 the Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order had forwarded to the Police a complaint that he, Nanayakkara, had made in October 2016.

He has referred to the Waters Edge Case as well as the Lanka Marine Service Case where the sale of the Colombo Port Oil Facility was found fraudulent with Kumaratunga being named among those involved. The complaint also cites Kumaratunga attempting to misappropriate public monies amounting to over 600 million rupees the day before the 2005 Presidential Election. Nanayakkara has pointed out that the Attorney General has neglected to take any action despite Supreme Court directives.

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      Apeh Presidonto is looking after the interests of his present and futures of his own including the Rajaballas.
      The 2015 YAHAPAL has become the best Joke of the Century.
      Sillysena continues to buttering up and protecting Rajaballas@ Co , in the hopes of he himself or his Rajaballa clan comes back as the President in 2020.
      So that he will be safe again , so too the greedy OFFSPRINGS of the present and the past President can continue with their FRIENSHIP , thuggery , and protecting their Looted Wealth of the state.
      It will be well and good for the Looters and the Murderers.
      SLankan education has rotted to Core , It’s a well known fact in the world as well.
      There are reasons for me to say this. The reality is the narrow minded Politicians, and the elites and the Racists are the cause.
      Village education even from the so called big named schools are producing Punnakku eating Racists able to survive with their Education up to Colombo only.
      Beyond that their progress is mostly minimal or non existent.
      On the whole Srilankan graduates or medical professionals are unable to compete beyond Colombo.
      Why oh why?? The rot was to do with the politician’s ambitious moves to make Srilanka a nationalistic country with schools educating in Swabasha medium.
      Low standard of Education has been DESTROYED by Bogus unqualified and Greedy Teachers and Principals !!
      Thus we see the rot even the world has noticed.
      The future of Young Srilankans aspiring to work abroad with their qualifications has now become a dream or become illegals abroad.
      So much has happened since 1958—-2018.
      Where are we Folks??
      Think and Think then you will find an answer .
      ITS A LOST NATION ! AND ITS PEOPLE HAD BEEN TAKEN FOR A DOWNWARD RIDE BY NO ONE OTHER THAN CBK’ S FATHER AND HIS ROTTEN IDEOLOGIES.

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        Error above:
        Please read as High standard of education has been DESTROYED by Unqualified and Greedy Teachers and Principals.

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        SWRD stands for Sodomite Worst Rascal Dastardly…..p*ndara ‘naay’ ekak

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    Madam, I bet you’re jealous looking at more ZEROS these days!

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      Zeros?

      Don’t look at her mouth. Look at her hand. She has already managed to count up to two, only struggling with the three. Even that is because opening the middle finger is troublesome.

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    I wouldn’t mind to have her back in a high position. She is still better then the past or present Government.

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      I agree she is much much better than Rajapakse thugs.

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    the pot calling the kettle black

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    Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga ,

    RE: Chandrika Confesses ‘Yahapālana Govt Is Corrupt’

    Yes, indeed Yahapālana Govt Is Corrupt’ and this is old news.

    So are the Rakapaksas and SLFPers. The advancement made the Yahapalanaya is that they have managed to rope in the UNPers and everybody else.

    The Land of Native Veddah Aethho, Sri Lanka, a Land like no other, illegally occupied by the Paras from Baharat, Damba-Diva, where pristine Buddhism is corrupted to Para-Sinhala “Buddhism”, where the Priests, Monks, and Ulama are running amok.

    Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations

    https://www.nature.com/articles/jhg2013112

    Lanka Ranaweera, Supannee Kaewsutthi, Aung Win Tun, Hathaichanoke Boonyarit, Samerchai Poolsuwan & Patcharee Lertrit
    Journal of Human Genetics volume 59, pages 28–36 (2014)

    Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

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    CBK is quite right: what has been happening since she retired from active politics in 2005, is shocking, because it has led to total distortions in the economy of the country, changes in the values and aspirations of those belonging to younger generations than us, and the disappearance of Hope that there will ever be any change for the better.
    .
    As I write, no other comments are visible to help me gauge what typical responses will be. However, I feel that most comments will lambast her for issues like “Water’s Edge”, where she may have got herself some money; if so it was wrong. But there was such a difference in scale, and schemes such as that didn’t cause the current distortions in the country. I’m no expert on these matters. Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane? Remarkable woman, but didn’t all sorts of things emerge even about her?
    .
    CBK was one person who had a vision for a United Non-racist Sri Lanka. Her own life choices reflected that. Unfortunately, by the time she became President, Prabhakaran had turned into a megalomaniacal monster who refused to co-operate with any of us from the South.
    .
    Let us search for another person with vision for President in 2020 – one who will actually scrap that accursed designation.

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      Sinhala Man,

      I cant agree with you more.

      But how many of among the population of the lost island would share it with her not even 30% right.

      Yesterday, I happened to watch a video of Mangalaramaya and then the comments added to it. No matter the MONK had run amok in police presence – commenters applaude ” ape hamuruduruwo”:

      Meaning even if you and I would have been dreaming of a world where everyone is treated with the same spoon, but masses are still not yet ready.
      For them, if your mouth would drop of hateful parlances putting down any kind of minorities, then, you would have been put on the altar.

      First majorty of our people should learn to tolerate
      Second go for reconciliation. Or law makers should learn it first and then pass the view by any means to their men.

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      Not Rajakshes but her long term external affaris thorugh Late Mr Kadirgamar, was instrumental to eleminate terror in the first term of MR.

      To that time, all supportive factors converged like for exmaple, LTTE got weakened by having faced brutal set backs with their leaders dead in Europe. So, LTTE ban on any rich soils sstood on their way. – that speeded up Army to succeed the war. Please interveiw former Army commander whose service should be godded by people in this country – he is not a person who left for escape… as was the case with SO CALLED defence secretary Gotabaya. Gotabay made his houses in the US having lived there for 15 years until 2005.

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      The search for another person with vision who will scrap the post of President in SL, should first have a sincere commitment to a plan of action to deal with racism, inequality, corruption, poverty and intolerance.
      That person as a leader can only succeed if he/she can achieve unity.
      That is possible only by the realisation and willingness of the masses to unite for their own common good and welfare if they are willing to bury racism and religion for all time. Then they will throw up a leader from themselves from among their midst.
      A tall order in SL as I see it. It is just a dream.

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        Uthungan

        “That is possible only by the realisation and willingness of the masses to unite for their own common good and welfare if they are willing to bury racism and religion for all time.”

        Racism- for lack of a better word — is good.

        Racism is right.

        Racism works.

        Racism clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.

        Racism, in all of its forms — racism for life, for money, for love, knowledge — has marked the upward surge of Sinhala/Buddhist mankind.

        And racism — you mark my words — will not only save crooks, but that other war criminals, sangha, ………………….

        Copied, slightly changed and pasted from Gordon Gekko’s Address to Teldar Paper Stockholders in “Wall Street” (1987).

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      Sinhala_Man ,

      ” CBK was one person who had a vision for a United Non- racist Srilanka.”
      To a certain extent , yes , agree . But she was ready to surrender to racists
      and she did that in her district . In 1995 or 96 , Bairaha opened a branch in
      Dhalugama with her blessings and with the participation of Jeyaraj
      Fernandopillai , one of her strong men and also the DIG of Kelaniya . Within
      minutes of their departure from the scene , the outlet was grenade attacked
      and kept on attacking until it was closed down .Even now Kelaniya is a
      no- go area for Non-Sinhalese . Having a vision is one thing and seeing it
      through with dedication is completely another thing . As the president she
      could have fixed it and brought the perpetrators to book . Nothing happened.
      Were the attackers not criminals ?

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    Always had an inferiority complex. Always wants to talk about how able she is , or how knowledgeable she is or how she is smarter and was able to do this or that . I I I I comes up a lot with her in conversations. Even military operations she used to say I I I I. But never a we. But when there were military disasters and failures it was always Anuruddha Ratwathe’s fault or someone else’s fault though Mullaitivu disaster was under her watch and we had to retreat and we were humiliated. Even her so called Sorbonne credentials are suspect. Did she ever complete her Baccaulaureate? claimed she was reading for a PhD, but that would mean she had her first degree. No proof of that. Always had good intentions but was surrounded by crooks and opportunists. She has a huge complex that was made worse by PTSD after the Tamil terrorists tried to kill her.

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      Tara ,

      We are under illusion that Universities in Srilanka produce
      achievers . Our whole education needs overhauling to learn
      skills for creative thinking which is at zero at the moment .
      All we do now is learning “parrot skills” and claiming to be
      “educated” to deceive ourselves as great achievers . Stories
      about CBK and late Anura about their education were doing
      the rounds ages ago . Not only them , there are many who
      did “horse riding” as it was called in the north for exam cheating.
      If I give you one example how University education and an O/L
      meet head to head at some point of their service , take the Police
      department . There are ASP appointments for graduates and ASPs
      through service promotions which can take you to the top ! And
      thousands of eligible candidates are denied University entry every
      year now running to hundreds of thousands for many years . Are
      we going to call them all uneducated ? All what I mean to say is ,
      there are enough talents of various types doing very well outside
      the life of universities . Some people are born with talents like a
      gift . That does not mean university is not necessary but I is not
      everything .

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        whywhy,
        “there are enough talents of various types doing very well outside
        the life of universities . Some people are born with talents like a
        gift . That does not mean university is not necessary but it is not
        everything .”
        Very true. Many people think that this piece of paper makes you smart. We must remember that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, both dropouts, did much better than any “graduate”.

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    Is this also fit into the extreme corruption
    For the last 20 years the subject is floating of migrant workers specially middle east countries

    This is a known subject to madam

    Where is the pension scheme for all middle east worker,
    All the foreign Minister should attend the grade 1 class in Philippines to study the pension scheme
    that is given by the Philippines Government and the treatment for the foreign workers for the retires the pension scheme
    Please ask if anything is unclear from the Philippines they have good pension policy and policy makers. The Philippines welcome the expat and even has a agency dedicated to attract foreign retires, and expat receive a number of financial benefits including discount.

    What is the analysis of migrant workers for future plan of the pension scheme

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    CBK still shines as a leader endowed with a rare combination of a great education and liberal mind to lead the country into 21st century. Unlike an uncouth MaRa, she had a vision. Unfortunately, ruthless attacks by MaRa and LTTE together thwarted all her projects for a modern Sri Lanka. She in fact is the person who strategically lobbied internationally and devised effective measures locally to weaken the power base of LTTE eventually to die its natural death in 2009 although MaRa and GoTa claims the victory.

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      But srilanka is a world filled with rascals.

      Rascals love and run after rascals.
      Rascals vote for rascals.
      I think their tactics being close MEDIA men, all germs were seeded in this country so that only Rajaakshe would be acceptable.
      Today, I happened to read somewhere about a road construction being built near to colombo. There all the comments being added by RASCALS supporters who are the majority added their derogetary having said, had MR been their he would have completed them within 6months or so.
      No matter how much funds have been buried by rascals Rajakshes, but the blame is poassed to DECENT Ranil or CBK.

      Why is that ?Either information is blocked or the WIMANAYA is made only infavour of Rascals.

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    Usually and Invariably LATE.

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    Whatever corrupt deals CBK is alleged to have committed looks like pea-nuts compared to the Mega Corrupt Deals of MR and the current Yahapalanaya. The worst part is that there is NO sign of any light under the tunnel. Seems we are stuck with Mega Crooked Political leadership for the foreseeable future. Wither Sri Lanka.

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    Our very own paragon of virtue .

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    Madam, your not one to talk about corruption! Your father ruined this country by replacing English as the primary language while nicely sending you’ll abroad to study in English medium. Double standard hypocrite.
    She and her family nicely ate foreign branded foods, while the rest of the population were forced to eat whatever was made in LK.
    You and your family are a disgrace!

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    Rajapakse clan also now says that Ranil and My3 Govt is corrupt…..
    its’ a musical chair the Sri Lankan voters give these guys to take tier turn to loot the country…..
    …I mean its not fair that voters give the Rajapakses to loot all the time, Ranil and My3 and CBK also deserve their turn

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      RAJASH: So, what is the solution ?.

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    Eat Victo Ivan’s ‘Choura Rajina’

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    Confession is if one is party to the offence.
    Admits is more appropriate.

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    In brief, Sri lankan politics is disgusting. In Sri Lanka, Every president is an alibaba. Every other politician is a Thief of the gang of forty thieves. It is well known every monister has at least three mansions. She is write. It is corrupt to the bottom and to the core. So, NEws media cannot escape. This article should be another which says, I am coming back. Wnhy they cannot leave. Every living president, Every living prime minister or minister wants to come back. They love to serve people. Only thing is thanks to 500 women who come in coffin every year from the middle east, Sri lankan people live UPPITY lives.

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    Those who know it know, with regards to the privatization of part of the Petroleum corporation, money was transffered from americanc to Britain where most of the politicians have their assets. What everf it is what she says is during her tenure as the president, PArt of the country was under LTTE, The country was not doing well economically and was bankrupt, Yey the country was far better than now it is.To add to that, the country was better during the Rajapakse era too even though the War fires flaming very high. In others worda, country was developing yet went down gradually and now it is worst time. With other countries, wolrd knows very well, So called western countries which are are poor now, can introduce our money into our countey and cause inflation, Drug business which is run from foreign soils can spend money in our country to change what need to be changed.

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    Nimal,

    “CBK still shines as a leader endowed with a rare combination of a great education and liberal mind to lead the country into 21st century”

    What education she had??? .You must be dreaming. Where hell where u when she was the president. Read the book “Chaura Ragina” and other corrupt deals she was involved.

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      Freeda,

      International community still looks upon CBK as a leader with academic luminance and integrity. Obviously “Chutura Ragina” is million times better and more educated than “Tsunami Hora of Helping Hambantota”, “White Van Goon” and “MR 15 – 25 Percent of Malvana Palace”

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        Nimal

        ” ..International community still looks upon CBK as a leader with academic luminance and integrity ..” Where did you get that from?

        Is there anything she has done to the country she can be proud of? Selling (or was it leasing out?) loss making Air Lanka to Emirates comes to mind but did she gain anything out of it? Then there is the rumour that she was instrumental in selling the Bank of Ceylon premises in prime central London location & according to the news of the World’ (famous for dishing out dirt of the rich & famous) that she bought a mansion up north belonging to royalty soon after (implying with the kickbacks) & even published the deed of the property. Of course she could have sued News of the World for libel but did she? Anyway, there is the question how was she able to buy an apartment in posh St John’s wood in London costing millions of £? I suppose she had financial wizards around her all the time to look after investments.

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    Ask Arjuna Ranatunga. Ranil is doing his very beest to develop Sri lanka. Mangala Samraweera is also very active in that. Some how, Arjuna Ranatunga is scared he may be chased out from the PEtroleum corporation as he was chased out from the SHIPPING and PORTs (remember they had some important deals there.). HE may say, I was thinking about that.

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    what did CBK do when she was in power She will be remembered as the most inefficient ‘leader’ we had. She helped the corrupt. I remember reading that she was the guarantee for soththy upli’s bank loan. What else do you want

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    Writer has explained the corrupt deals of CBK to some extent but Bandits queen book by Victor Irvin deccribes real face of her and her fascist nature against opponents and every one think that she is the most inefficient President if not Sirisena

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    I do not say that CBK is clean as a whistle, but Bandit Queen was by someone who expected a big favour and did not get it.
    Much of it is personal bitterness and venom.

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    We,the silent majority realised in February 2015 that the new GoSL was as wet in the culture of corruption/nepotism/impunity as the former GoSL.
    Chandrika accepts this but unfortunately other politicians are unwilling.

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    what she is saying in the picture is that if she had tried to do something about it she would have been shot in the head.Poor sobitha.I also was wondering why she was so quiet about it all this while.

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    Almost all the SL people are corrupt.

    That’s why they don’t revolt.

    That’s why politicians are corrupt; to give what corrupt people want.

    Unless they won’t be put into power again.

    When corrupt people decide the destiny, foreigners come to buy, not us but ours

    We’ll be living here on somebody else’s land; then it’ll be too late.

    So if you’re uncorrupt, start the revolution.

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    “Kumaratunga was fined Rs. 3 million while the fifth respondent and Kumaratunga family friend Ronnie Peiris, who is said to have made a Rs. 57 million profit in the corrupt deal, was ordered to pay Rs. 2 million rupees.”

    balance 55 million of the profit was given to shiranee.

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    Jesus refused to start but inquired if one, a sin free, was there to start to throw stone on a prostitute.

    All prostitutes politicians country Lanakwe is looking for ones, unnumbered, better than Jesus to start throwing on the political prostitutes pervaded all over the country! For two thousand years, we could not have even one more Jesus though had one Aisha and Mohammed. So how are we going to start throwing stones?

    Better is, as Jesus indicated, prostitution can be lived along than the stone throwing. So, just go with that peace loving advice!

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    Poor thing.
    She was fined 5 Million Ruppiah and the Family Friend Pieris 57 Million.
    Dr Ranil’s Family Friend’s SIL robbed LKR 11 Billion.
    Wonder how much Dr Rail will have to pay?……..
    Where is the Family Friend?…….

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Dr Ranil’s Family Friend’s SIL robbed LKR 11 Billion.”

      Sil Redda robbery took place directly under MR’s nose costing something like Rs 650 Million.

      How much did you benefit from the 650 big one?

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          Brilliant
          Keep up your good work,

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    Chandrika should be prosecuted for establishing this corrupt government knowing very well about Ranil, Mangala, Rajitha and Ravi who are known for worse criminal activities.

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      rajanramam

      What the hell are you talking about?
      If the MPs are honest and supposed to be the guardians of the Parliament and Government they could easily vote the government out.
      The people are corrupt, so are their MPs who form the government which is also inevitably corrupt and the functionaries too are corrupt.

      Are you honest?

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