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Derailing Former President Rajapaksa’s Comeback Bid 

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

Shortly after his unforeseen defeat at the presidential elections of January 2015 by an alliance of opposition parties, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa began to campaign for a comeback that was backed by more and more members of the UPFA. Although President Maitripala Sirisena made clear his unhappiness, and initially resisted the comeback bid, he finally yielded on the grounds that it was the only way to prevent the division of the former ruling party. President Sirisena’s decision to go along with the former president’s nomination to the UPFA was viewed as a betrayal of all that the joint opposition, civil society and the president himself had campaigned for at the presidential election. They had all highlighted the corruption and abuse of power that they pointed out had become a norm under the leadership of the former president and his government.

President Sirisena faced a difficult choice. If he had not given nomination to the former president, he would have fed a perception that the former president was being unfairly kept out of the UPFA and that the UPFA was being unfairly weakened. It would have enabled the former president and his allies to claim that he continued to be immensely popular and beloved of the people and that the decision to keep him out of the electoral contest was injurious to the interests of the former ruling party. This would have given an opportunity to political forces that failed to obtain representation or power at the general elections to use the former president’s name and fame and seek to get him back to a position of power through other means.

Mahinda RPresident Sirisena’s rationale for agreeing to the grant of nominations to the former president was to preserve the unity of the former ruling party. By acquiescing in the UPFA’s decision to include the former president and almost all of the members of his government, even those accused of corruption and abuse of power, President Sirisena appeared to give to the UPFA virtually everything it wanted. By following the democratic process and acceding to the wishes of the majority within the UPFA President Sirisena also effectively negated the role of undemocratic forces. Instead he permitted the former president to contest from within the UPFA and to prove his popularity and the extent to which he is beloved of the people.

UPFA Breakup

It is ironic that by granting the former president nomination, President Sirisena also created a situation in which it became impossible for sections of the UPFA to continue to remain within it. During the presidential election in January they had campaigned against the former president and for President Sirisena who sought election on an anti-corruption platform. By granting of nominations to the former president has set in motion a train of events is likely to doom the efforts of the former president and his allies to regain power. Former president Rajapaksa’s entry into the electoral fray led several leading members of the UPFA who had opposed the former president and his allies on the grounds of corruption and abuse of power to leave the party. They have now joined the UNP to form the United National Front for Good Governance. This has not only deprived the UPFA of formidable allies but also turned them into formidable opponents.

The UPFA expected, and is likely to continue, to use a mixture of Sinhalese nationalism and arguments on national security to mobilise the ethnic majority vote to their side. This was evident at the first campaign rally of the UPFA at Anuradhapura where party speakers brought up the issue of the impending UN report on war crimes to allege that more than 40 members of the security forces and government members would be implicated by name and be at risk of being taken for war crimes trials. However, with the departure of the JHU from the UPFA in protest at the nomination of the former president and those accused of corruption, the government alliance, the United National Front for Good Governance has equal credibility to claim the defence of the country. Further, the emphasis in the past seven months since the end of the Rajapaksa government has been on issues of economy, corruption and good governance, and not on nationalism. It will be difficult to bring the latter back to the centre stage for purposes of mobilising voters.

The day after nominations closed, President Sirisena undermined whatever prospects that former president Rajapaksa had to get back to power. In an address to the nation President Maithripala Sirisena explained his controversial decision to go along with the grant of nominations to the former president as due to his bowing to the wishes of the majority in the former ruling party. In his address to the nation he explained the circumstances under which he felt compelled to accede to the demand from within the rank and file of the UPFA to grant the former president nomination. He said he was forced to give the nomination as this was what the majority within the party wanted. As a democrat he had no choice but to accept the verdict of the majority.

Main Issue 

In his address to the nation, the president went on to say that he had been given a mandate to usher in a new era and a culture of good governance and democracy, social justice, accountability and transparency. Accordingly, he would not appoint the former president as prime minister, even if the UPFA obtained a majority in parliament as there were other suitable leaders within the party. He also said that he would not permit anybody to turn back the change brought about since he took office. The last term of former president Rajapaksa was notable for the weakening of the rule of law, as it saw the impeachment of the chief justice in a manner that violated due process and the passage of the 18th Amendment to the constitution that legally eroded the independence of institutions that play an essential check and balance role in society.

The president’s words are bound to evoke a strong resonance with the general population who can see the weakening and collapse of institutions taking place as a result of mis-governance over the past several years. Corrupt practices have become institutionalized and it is difficult to get anything done in a government office without resorting to bribes. The general public had become resentful of this at all levels of society. There is also a fear of the impunity enjoyed by those who have political connections, where those even accused of rape are difficult to arrest or charge due to political interference that comes from the highest levels.

With his address to the nation, President Sirisena has dealt a devastating blow to the electoral prospects of the former president and to the UPFA itself. The belief of the general public in President Sirisena’s commitment to the country, even at the expense of his role in the party, has been established. The president’s address to the nation will influence voters to give priority to issues of corruption and abuse of power when they make their decision about which party and for whom to vote. It is also to be hoped that the campaigns by civil society organisations for good governance, including the March 12 Declaration that calls on political parties to only nominate candidates who fulfil the good governance criteria for electoral office, will influence the way the voters behave.

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    President Mithiri made a mistake in giving nominations to Mahinda Rajapakse for the same reasons he menioned that he had been as a member of Parliament, Minister, Prime Minister and President for twice and lost his third term. He should have asked the other members of SLFP to nominate 3 people for Prime Minister Candidate and he will select out of that three. However, he has given nomination for Mahinda. All the Mahinda group from GL Peries to BBS now trying to tell stories that they will make Mahinda as PM and change the constitution to make Mahinda as a powerful President again even Mithiri is against to it. Is it possible to change the constitution as they loudly claim. They need two third majority in Parliament to make changes in the constitution. Will they ever get two third majority in Parliament? Even if 75% of the Sinhalese voted to SLFP & Co, there is no possibility of getting that majority. Tamils and Muslims will never again make such mistake. Why Mahinda lost his election in last Presidential election? It is Sinhalese who felt that Mahinda is greedy of power and he will do whatever crime in order to become to power. The itensity of greediness has increased even after he lost this election. He didn’t want to wait for his opportunity to contest for the next presidential election. It is his greediness made him to bring forward 2015 election. Even a child can understand that he is greedy of power. People have not forgotten how he misused power during the past 5 years. People have not forgotten the white vans. People have not forgotten BBS. People have not forgotten how he treated former Military commander and former Chief Justice. Mahinda & co are making nothing other than loud noise before buried in the sand.

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      Jehan Perera, You are trying here to put a nice spin on an ugly pattern of behviour that is a characteristic of dishonest and dirty political culture in Sri Lanka.

      The unfortunate fact is that MY3 Sirisena has shown an terrible tendency to back stab and under cut, rather than LEAD FROM THE FRON and HONESTLY – call a spade a spade and EDUCATE the moda masses about the crimes and corruption of Mahinda Jarapassa!
      More fundamentally MY3 has failed to rescue the SLFP from its corrupt former leader and his cronies. The SLFP is a party of the corrupt and a disgrace, today so party “unity” is a joke and myth.

      The fact is that the SLFP leadership is corrupt to the core and the party is already split so the far easier, cleaner and more enlightened role for MS would be to refuse to give nominations to corrupt individuals, and acknowledge the split in the party, rather than first giving them nominations and then back stabbing them!

      You say that MS wants to keep a lie going – the pretense and joke of unity is a horribly corrupt party – SLFP?!
      Jehan Perera, This sort of behavior by MS and other political leaders like Ranil who is covering the Insider trader Mahendran at CB is FUNDAMENTALLY DISHONEST and should be named and shamed by Civil society, rather than justified by slimy so-called civil society activists and pundits !

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    Jehan Perera

    RE: Derailing Former President Rajapaksa’s Comeback Bid

    Good analysis, thanks.

    “With his address to the nation, President Sirisena has dealt a devastating blow to the electoral prospects of the former president and to the UPFA itself. The belief of the general public in President Sirisena’s commitment to the country, even at the expense of his role in the party, has been established. The president’s address to the nation will influence voters to give priority to issues of corruption and abuse of power when they make their decision about which party and for whom to vote. It is also to be hoped that the campaigns by civil society organisations for good governance, including the March 12 Declaration that calls on political parties to only nominate candidates who fulfil the good governance criteria for electoral office, will influence the way the voters behave.”

    This will get the Voters with Common Sense not to vote for UPFA, Mahinda Rajapaksa and his gang of Crooks and Cronies.

    The message needs to reach those voters with less common sense, those with an average IQ of 65, who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    How?

    Sri Lankan Version of the Common sense Phamplet. Are these ant Sri Lankan writers left who can write the Common sense Phamplet?

    Is Mr. Matripala Sirisena’s address to the Nation on July 14, 2015, THE TRANSCRIPTS, the only Common Sense Pamphlet we have got?

    Common Sense (pamphlet)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_(pamphlet)

    Common Sense[1] is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. The pamphlet explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence in clear, simple language. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places.

    Washington had it read to all his troops, which at the time had surrounded the British army in Boston. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history.[2] As of 2006, it remains the all-time best selling American title.[3]

    Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of whether or not to seek independence was the central issue of the day. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood. Forgoing the philosophical and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, he structured Common Sense as if it were a sermon, and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people.[4] He connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity.[5] Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era”.[6]

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      Amarasiri,
      All of us have ‘common sense’ to distinguish between right and wrong.
      But ‘common sense’ is out of place in politics.

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    Jehan Perera

    RE: Derailing Former President Rajapaksa’s Comeback Bid

    Good analysis, thanks.

    “With his address to the nation, President Sirisena has dealt a devastating blow to the electoral prospects of the former president and to the UPFA itself. The belief of the general public in President Sirisena’s commitment to the country, even at the expense of his role in the party, has been established. The president’s address to the nation will influence voters to give priority to issues of corruption and abuse of power when they make their decision about which party and for whom to vote. It is also to be hoped that the campaigns by civil society organisations for good governance, including the March 12 Declaration that calls on political parties to only nominate candidates who fulfil the good governance criteria for electoral office, will influence the way the voters behave.”

    This will get the Voters with Common Sense not to vote for UPFA, Mahinda Rajapaksa and his gang of Crooks and Cronies.

    The message needs to reach those voters with less common sense, those with an average IQ of 65, who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    How?

    Sri Lankan Version of the Common sense Phamplet. Are these ant Sri Lankan writers left who can write the Common sense Phamplet?

    Is Mr. Matripala Sirisena’s address to the Nation on July 14, 2015, THE TRANSCRIPTS, the only Common Sense Pamphlet we have got?

    Common Sense (pamphlet)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_(pamphlet)

    Common Sense[1] is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. The pamphlet explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence in clear, simple language. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places.

    Washington had it read to all his troops, which at the time had surrounded the British army in Boston. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history.[2] As of 2006, it remains the all-time best selling American title.[3]

    Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of whether or not to seek independence was the central issue of the day. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood. Forgoing the philosophical and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, he structured Common Sense as if it were a sermon, and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people.[4] He connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity.[5] Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era”.[6]

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    A well reasoned analysis in the context of Rajapaksa having nothing to lose while President Sirisena has everything to be circumspect about. Bensen

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    A feel good report for the Dollar Boys. The formidable leaders, as you claim, of UPFA who joined the UNP are Rajitha ,Arjuna and Hirunika well if you get off your overseas funded seat and walk around with the so called general public you will see those so called heavy weights dont have a popular support base. Arjuna defected from the DUNF (for God Sake). Rajitha ha..ask him who will vote him to office. Hirunika was PC member. Sirisena had to agree because from his own words 99% of the UPFA wanted Mahinda. Now if you entire article is based on the strength of the 1% well God Bless you mate. Hope you recieve more dollars in the future for writing fiction.

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      The Dollarwallhs are openly doing the bidding of their masters, interfering in Sri Lankan politics, and certainly NOT for the benefit of the locals.

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        Huh! Those who sing for their supper under Mahinda are finding fault in others?

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    Those who support MR’s bid to become an MP & then PM, are those who benefitted in his shadow and became affluent.
    Only these rich parasites can now contest, – and become richer, if MR becomes PM.

    But, now the people/voters know their purpose in propping up MR, and will not be fooled.

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    The elcections will be decided by Voters by two categories – the educated and the uneducated in SL Politics, even without the Declaration of assets form from MR.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwFRgMySYBs
    CT on 4-1-2015
    (Statement by the United Front Of The Peradeniya University Lectueres And Alumni)
    ” Friends, time has come to educate one another about the massive corruption that happens in Sri Lanka under the Present Regime. The Executive has taken the lead in this process resulting in massive debt, virtually mortgaging our mother land to foreign countries. Each individual and even the unborn in Sri Lanka owes close to Rs 400,000.00 as debt to China and other lending agencies. Country is in the threshold of bankruptcy. Today more than 50% parliament members have not even passed the O/L examination. Present regime has no respect for education. Country’s development could be achieved only by educating people. We emphasise that more than 6% of the GDP need to be allocated for education, which the emerging new leadership has promised. Hence we strongly feel that the present regime should be removed for a more thoughtful, compassionate and considerate leadership to take reins to spearhead this beautiful nation to be a DEVELOPED NATION devoid of corruption, family favouritism and protected independent Judiciary. This Government ………

    1. Promised that the presidential system will be repealed, in the “Mahinda Chinthanaya”, instead extended the number of times a president could contest from two times to unlimited.

    2. Robbed around 95 Million LKR from the “Tsunami” fund ( Helping Hambantota ) donated by the Japanese government. This was his first political robbery apart from what he made as the Minister of Fisheries.

    3. Let all the ministers of his cabinet to rob at their will, hence he could blackmail them. He turned a blind eye when his Prime Minister imported Drugs and few members of his cabinet importing illegal ethanol and drugs.

    4. Alienated the country towards China resulting in India developing bitterness with Sri Lanka.

    5. Obtained loans from China at rates higher than Libor (London Interbank Offered Rate) to earn commissions. These commissions in billions were routed to Swiss bank accounts via Seychelles, where MR opened a branch of Bank of Ceylon and also an Embassy in a country where only 92000 thousand people live. Sri Lankan airline flies to Seychelles.

    6. Built a port where no ships come. Air Port where no Airplanes land. He made billions of commissions doing these projects.

    7. Made money building Roads : The cost per km of the Outer Circular Highway from Kadawatha to Kerawalapitiya financed by China is US$ 56 m(Rs.7.3billion) This cost is three times higher than the Kottawa Kaduwela extension of the Southern Highway financed by Japan ,which is Rs.2.4 billion per km.

    8. The cost per km of Extension of the Southern Highway from Mattala to Hambantota will cost Rs.2.14billion, whereas per km cost of the Southern Highway cost only Rs.975m

    9. Bid price of A9 road was Rs.140 m per km when the departmental estimate for an A class road was Rs. 20m.

    10. Construction of the Norochchole Coal Power Project was awarded to a well- established Chinese contractor at US$280.00M in 2005 by the previous regime. Soon after present regime came into power it cancelled the contract and awarded it to another inexperienced Chinese firm at US$520 million-almost double the previous price. Plant is inoperative even after 2years of completion.

    11. On a dispute between Essential Services Commissioner and Asset Maritime (Pvt) Ltd arbitrator-a retired High Court Judge awarded Rs.600,000.00 as compensation to the company. A Committee appointed by the President on the intervention of the First Lady awarded Rs.180 million to this company owned by Dhammika Perera and Nishantha Wickramasinghe- latter being a brother of First Lady.

    12. Due to the ill-conceived Hedging deal of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation headed by Asantha de Mel (a person connected to the political establishment) lost Rs. 230 billion in2007. No one has been held accountable for huge loss of public funds.

    13. Failed to initiate investigations on 29 journalists murdered or disappeared. Lasantha W, Pradeep Eknaligoda

    14. Failed to initiate investigations into the deaths of Members of Parliament 1. Raviraj and one other.

    15. Appointed 38 numbers of the Presidents family and extended family, to diplomatic missions.

    16. Turned a blind eye on losses at Mihin Air to the tune of 6-8 Billion, made by his closest buddy Sajin vas Gunawardane who had been criminally charged previously. He appointed his brother in Law Nishantha Wickramasinghe to Sri Lankan Airlines who has no formal education and made losses to the tune of Rs 70 billion to date.

    17. Influenced the judiciary to President’s benefit. Impeached the 43rd Chief Justice for no reason. Makes judicial appointments to his benefit.

    18. Allows Presidents children to play (Car races) on the streets of Colombo at their will by closing roads. He over ruled Mahanayake Theroes to hold car races for his children in Kandy town.

    19. Failed to nominate Election, Police, Public Service and Judicial services commissions.

    20. Udayanga Weeratunga – Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia. Cousin of President Rajapakse. Accused of involving in a shady deal to purchase MIG Fighters for the Sri Lankan Air force.

    21. Paid 700.00Million rupees to Prabhakaran to purchase weapons to kill innocent Sinhalese using Karuna Amman who is now a deputy Minister and a Vice President of the SLFP. He uses Kumar Pathmanathan alias LTTE arms dealer to his personal benefit.

    22. How Karuna was sent to London “ On August 30, 2007 the Department of Immigration and Emigration issued a diplomatic passport number D1944260 in the name of “Kokila Dushmantha Gunawardena” whose occupation on the passport was given as Director General of Wildlife Conservation. The photograph on the passport was that of Karuna Amman. The Department of Immigration, it is pertinent to note, comes under the Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order of which Gotabaya Rajapakse is Secretary and President Rajapakse the Minister”.

    23. Failed to conduct an impartial inquiry into killing of around 43 prisoners at the Welikada Prison.

    24. Did nothing to improve the economy and failed to introduce workers charter. Economy in shambles.

    25. Arranged for his son to sit for the Law exams in an isolated air-conditioned room, away from the other candidates. 26. Killed protesters in Rathupaswala (8), Free Trade Zone (1) and Chilaw (4). He used maximum force on all protestors.”

    This is not the end of the list……..

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    Jehan Perara

    do not talk nonsence,you all american puppets.

    we sinhalese, only country in the world where we can stand up saying our own we will not allow american puppet to become prime Minister.
    Neither the Ranil and mangala clan ,[Edited out] who has gone against the wish of god, I believe you understand what I mean , will not allow gamarala and ranil to destroy our motherland which our forefathers having laid down their lives have portected and our beloved Mahinda who gave leadership and destroyed ruthless LTTE (not Tamil who are our friends and relative).
    Do not try to decieve masses.How did gamaralage sirisena came to power racist muslim gave 80% vote and Tamil 75% of votes. and young sinhalese fellows below thirty did not Ranil was responsible for killing rural sinhalsele youths 60,000 and burnt on roads and thrown to river, that was his yahapalanaya.
    do fellow funded by bloody American shut up and wait
    I am not a racist but the way you all talk about Yahapalanaya ,I have strong doubts [Edited out][
    There is no yahapalana ,there are political gimmics to deceive, young gullkible masses to vote against our king Mahinda.
    WE sinhalese, buddhist were second class citizen ,until

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      Man you would not do it right if you only feel like we sinhalse, why cant you finally see it as we srilankens ? There only you will see reconciliation is conceived. For not longer than 100 years – which is average age of human beings- why we need to fight for branding us as SINHALAYA. I really hate to see this being repeated by you guys. Just be an example – then your kids woudl follow you. If Germans or other europeans would attack us as migrants, we will get isolated in this society. in the same manner, you have no right to attack on minorities be them burgher, muslims or others. s

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      why are you so misguided to think that sri lanka can live an isolated life from the rest of the world ..you are part of the world ..so be part of it ..and stop being so zenaphobic and bigotted ..you cant have the benefits without the responsibilities …time for you to grow up ..or else sit and watch the sea for the rest of your dull life

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    This phrase “COME BACK” is applicable to both Ranil and Mahinda. That appears or rather presented to us as a “GOD SENT GIFT” in either case. But in the end we already know what that “TROJAN HORSE” would be like, in both cases. We have had ENOUGH of “BOTH” these “GIFTS”.

    However we have to face the TRUTH and that is none other than a “SELECTION” between the tow EVILS. Some say: “The lessor evil” is better no matter what. That idea has been “plowed” into the minds of the people by a certain class of “intellectuals” who mainly cater to both these camps, of course not without future “goals”. The question today, after gaining “maturity” for decades (sixty odd years): Are we still in this “Childhood” age of selection between two evils – the lesser dreadful toy?

    In this “COME BACK” game, both Ranil and Mahinda camps have very successfully deployed the usual “strategy” of “BUY” the “Cross Overs”. That is why both the “camps” rejected the proposal to do away this “lucrative” cross over business presented to Parliament during the passage of the 19A. Mr. Dinesh Gunawardane on behalf of Mahinda Camp OBJECTED to it and Mr.Wijedasa Rajapakse on behalf of Ranil Camp readily AGREED to it. So this “COME BACK” strategy will be in place this time too, in which ever way the elections results go. As I said above, the “Lessor Evil” will be “PRESENTED” to us (at the time of summoning the Parliament) and that would be our “BEST CHOICE” presented back to the world as our “CHOICE”. Well done Sri Lankans.

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    MS’s rationale for agreeing to MR’s nomination is rather weak. 1) if he didn’t want to split the SLFP he certainly has done so with his speech; and 2) if it was the majority wishes of the party that led him to give MR a nomination then on what basis will he be able to deny MR PM-ship if UPFA wins a majority and requests that MR be appointed PM?

    Nevertheless, this showdown is going to bury MR once and for all. Hopefully, all the rest of the sycophants get buried with him too.

    Regards
    GTBP

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    [Edited out]

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    The president’s words are bound to evoke a strong resonance with the general population

    If he had not given nomination to the former president, he would have fed a perception that the former president was being unfairly kept out of the UPFA and that the UPFA was being unfairly weakened. It would have enabled the former president and his allies to claim that he continued to be immensely popular and beloved of the people and that the decision to keep him out of the electoral contest was injurious to the interests of the former ruling party. This would have given an opportunity to political forces that failed to obtain representation or power at the general elections to use the former president’s name and fame and seek to get him back to a position of power through other means.

    In an address to the nation President Maithripala Sirisena explained his controversial decision to go along with the grant of nominations to the former president as due to his bowing to the wishes of the majority in the former ruling party. In his address to the nation he explained the circumstances under which he felt compelled to accede to the demand from within the rank and file of the UPFA to grant the former president nomination. He said he was forced to give the nomination as this was what the majority within the party wanted. As a democrat he had no choice but to accept the verdict of the majority.

    He would not appoint the former president as prime minister, even if the UPFA obtained a majority in parliament as there were other suitable leaders within the party.

    Can anybody see any sincerity in these sentences?

    Watch how eloquently Jehan is putting how to defeat a man who has the popular support. His answer is give him a seat so that he will be defeated. Why? He has the answer on his finger tip! If do not give a seat for bad man, people will recent. But if you give him a seat they will understand as he has been given a seat he must be bad and will defeat him.

    Then he come back and put forward a new argument that the New King could not refuse a seat to Old King not just because of pressure, but because New King is a democratic person. But he will refuse the PM post even if he wins the election because it is not just undemocratic, but because he will not have any pressure to appoint him as the PM.

    This is how the Sinhala Intellectuals arguments have been going from 1948.

    Came on Man! To that an extent….you are fooling……everybody?

    Let me ask question from Jehan. Is Jehan thinking the Sinhala Mahajan are donkeys and Monkeys? Really, what kind of talk is this?

    Karumam (pathetic)!

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    It seems that Australian [Edited out] Mihindupala is now writing under many different pseudonyms. Knowing that he is the only sole to defend his namesake this is the latest strategy of this desperate bugger.We wish you all the best!!!

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    Lets hope and pray that good governance will win

    for the sake of all Sri Lankans now and also the future generations.

    good governance should make use of good and honest government officers

    who can contribute to a better Sri Lanka.

    It should not be one man’s ‘Chinthane’ try to get all on board.

    Jaya wewa , Wanakkam

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    Mr Samuel Jayaweera and Other friends

    you have misinterpreted my statement deliberately or otherwise.

    I have never mentioned a word about supporting attacking muslims ,burgers or tamil .In fact i had mentioned in my comment that Tamils and for that matter all communities are friends and relatives, for instance, Muslims in fact married Sinhalese women largely and in fact more 50% sinhalese.
    I have no issue with Tamil at all except those extremist guys who want a separate state carved out our (all of ours) small land with absolutely no reason.
    But I have lived in Australia and canada and I have personally experience, how almost all top positions are given to people of British decent. Fair enough.
    more than 500,000 sri Lankan origin people in canada are in our standards doing menial work and if there is nobody only, they hire others.
    When i was living in australia one day I was almost knocked down and killed by so called gentleman white fellows, they hate us although ,outward they say good morning etc.
    so my point is that In have no dislike for others ,we Sinhalee true ownwers of land who for generations laid down their lives to safeguard motherland ,Sri Lanka must have their due and rightful place .
    who do you think will be most unhappy if our country is disintegrated to two or three pieces.or if some nation were to invade our country say indians who will fight. It will be sinhalese.I do not know how many muslims and Tamils will come to protect our motherland.
    otherthing ,you all may not be knowing about Ranil. He is not a representative of common Sri lankans.
    I know how he behaved will being at colombo campus at Law College.do not you know when He was PM he took active action in killing village youths,sinhalese (about 60,000), .have not you heard about Batalanda case.
    why do you think when there are so many well qualified sinhalese and Tamils Sri Lanka he had to bring Mahendran (non citizen,but his royal elitist clan) to be appointed as CB Governer.
    Friends ,pl think and act so that our beloved motherland will not be disintegrated.

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    rmer president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is contesting the upcoming general election from Kurunegala, cannot cast his vote there, say elections commissioner’s office sources.

    He is a registered voter in Hambantota district, and he can only vote there. Although Rajapaksa is hoping to obtain a high number of votes from Kurunegala, which is the home to most of the armed forces personnel, opinion surveys show that Wayamba chief minister Dayasiri Jayasekara is way ahead of him.

    Commenting about this to ‘Lanka News Web’, a SLFP senior said leaders should contest not from areas where they can win easily. True leaders think about the party first, not about themselves. Mahinda should have contested from a district like Kandy where the SLFP is weak. That is the way of true leaders. Or else, he should have contested from his usual Hambantota. This is like Mahinda has fled to Kurunegala as he feared Sajith. Now, he will have to come second to Dayasiri in Kurunegala too.”

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