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Dissolved

By Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Dissolved: The Parliament. No tears over a bunch of people who didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory having to come begging to us for votes.

Dissolved: The 20th Amendment. This is not only sad but it is a damning indictment of both President Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe. The two demonstrated beyond any shadow of doubt that they were not interested in electoral reform. Sure, the Opposition didn’t exactly help, but the onus is on those who promised and not those who had no option but to join hands with the candidate they had campaigned against. Sirisena has executive powers. He’s the head of the SLFP. That should have been enough to get both the UNP and the SLFP to get it done. For his part, Wickremesinghe played hardball from Day One over electoral reform, slumbering over the writing of the text, tinkering with it, tossing in ‘non-negotiables’ to buy time etc.

Dissolved: Hope that the 19th Amendment will be implemented. The Government (deliberately?) threw in names of shady individuals to represent the so-called civil society and gave objection-ammunition to the Opposition. The result was a part-made Constitutional Council that is not yet legal, no independent commissions and an election without checks and balances that are sorely required to ensure a level playing field.

RanilDissolved: Good Governance. We can wave that lovely term goodbye.

Dissolved: Illusions that the Maithripala-Wickremesinghe combo was somehow different from the Rajapaksa Samaagama. Same-old, same-old. Nepotism is young but it is birthed. Corruption continues.

Dissolved: the promise of economic relief. With outfits like the BOI operating on stark contradiction of mandate and being used to dish out benefits to party faithfuls, cronyism was resurrected. Prices that were slashed have been on the up and in the case of certain items are higher than during Mahinda’s time. It is a matter of time before fuel prices go up again.

Dissolved: whatever fears that may have kept Ravi Karunanayake and Ranil Wickremesinghe awake at night on account of no-confidence motions.

Dissolved: the fears that all those implicated of wrongdoing with regard to the Central Bank bond scam may have had on account of the COPE inquiry. The names being tossed around, in case you want to know, are: Kabir Hashim, Malik Samarawickrema, Ravi Karunanayake and Ranil Wickremesinghe! Anyway, DEW Gunasekera might as well flush the report down the toilet.

Dissolved: the view that Maithipala was a leader. He’s shown that he is not averse to saving the sorry behinds of friends in hot water. He’s shown that he’s more green than blue, which of course is his business, but in this ‘showing’ he’s demonstrated that he is two-bit politician consumed by insecurity, vengefulness and one ever ready to cut the nose to spite the face. Chandrika’s influence? Perhaps!

That’s enough dissolution ladies and gentlemen. Best we do a bit of dissolving ourselves. Some sugar in the tea or coffee?

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    The new election is a Test for the righteous and non Righteous people of Sri Lanka. They have to decide which direction they want to Travel. and there are many direction to choose among. Better Tamils exhibit and follow a low profile.Really Tamils Have to analyse the situation before they vote. write down the names of the contestants and write the for and against reasons under their names leave it in public for the people to comment under. and give the individuals to decide.

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      Malinda Seneviratne, Mahinda Rajapaksa Shill and White-Washer

      RE: Dissolved

      “Dissolved: The Parliament. No tears over a bunch of people who didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory having to come begging to us for votes.”

      This Parliament was supporting the Liar, Crooks, Robber and Criminal gang generally known as the Medamulana Mahinda Rajapaksa Gang of thieves and criminals. This is a good opportunity flush these thieves and criminals. Who are these criminals and thieves. A Sampling is given below.

      Gotabaya Rajapaksa Steals Millions..

      https://youtu.be/DN57FUlwasQ

      Anura Kumara Dissanayake- JVP Leader Exposes Mahinda Rajapaksa Dwelling in the Temples Doing Bana for the Modayas to continue to be Modayas..

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-pr7Jsmeac

      MaRa MaRa Chatu Mara Amana MaRa

      Mahinda Rajapaksa Election 2015

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pfpgn_Y7-w

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        MaRa Mara Chatu Mara Charu G L Peris.. and Cronies

        Wanted No confidence Motion .

        https://youtu.be/1jqzyAk4fEo

        The United National Party (UNP) would make a written request to President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament, a Deputy Minister said today.

        Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ajith P. Perera told a media briefing that the UNP had decided to make a written request for the dissolution of Parliament in accordance with the resolution passed by the party’s working committee recently.

        Mr. Perera said the UNP would also remind the President in writing that he would have to honour the pledge made during the Presidential Election that Parliament would be dissolved after hundred days.

        “This government has the mandate to rule this country only for 100 days and therefore it is not correct to go on for two hundred days,” he said. (Yohan Perera and Sanath Desmond) – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/76359/will-make-written-request-to-dissolve-house-unp#sthash.vpOpRcJI.dpuf

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    The new election is a Test for the righteous and non Righteous people of Sri Lanka. They have to decide which direction they want to Travel. and there are many direction to choose among. Better Tamils exhibit and follow a low profile.Really Tamils Have to analyse the situation before they vote. write down the names of the contestants and write the for and against reasons under their names leave it in public for the people to comment under. and give the individuals to decide.

    I saw a video where a small bird Take revenge on a poisonous snake. The snake could not run away with the prey in its belly. eventually the snake is dead. The mild natured bird was calm, composed and determined. not worried about the poisonous bites of the snake. Attack the snack in the head repeatedly without showing any aggressiveness. There were on lookers and photographers. This is an analogue for those carry crimes and genocide offences. They cannot escape because what they carry is too heavy to escape. But they can be whisked away for safety by some advanced forces at much expense to Humanity and those who help.

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      The new election is a Test for the righteous and non Righteous people of Sri Lanka just like the yahapalanaya govt was.

      It was a mirage.

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    “he is two-bit politician consumed by insecurity, vengefulness and one ever ready to cut the nose to spite the face.”

    Some are leaders some are not, and MS perhaps is not?

    whichever, whatever, bit harsh but well said Mr. Harvard man, well said..

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    There was never any fear because to have fear on the counts you have highlighted, people have to believe what mercenary, unprincipled idiots like you write !

    Rest easy no one does and the sooner you consign yourself to oblivion the better off this entire Country will be.

    Go jump off a cliff or if you haven’t the guts to do that go sit on a milepost and whistle !

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      ‘Mercenary unprincipled idiots’ are only believed if they happen to be politicians. That is so plain to see.

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    Kabir Hassim, and Malik Samarawickrem ( MD & CFO of the UNP ) were at the Tender Opening Ceremony with the CB Boss Singapore Mahendran.

    There would have been champers at least in CB’s Official Residence in the evening which is the normal thing under the Western System.

    But Mr Clean Ranil in the Bond Tender Fiasco is mind boggling.

    We know Ranil wanted to do something special for the Velalas for their loyal help for his PMship.

    So Ranil picked a Thoroughbred. to show his gratitude and as a thank you.

    In fact, he even chose a close relative of one of our retired High Court Judges.

    Is it fair to put our Mr Clean PM with others for issuing the appointment letter to Dr Mahendran?..

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    How boring and empty of substance. Not worth wasting time reading this crap.

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    Malinda , Why don’t you give up the pen and Join MR and campaign for him and his thieves from all the temples as its being done now . This in it self stands against what buddhism preaches. I am sure the buddhists will show MR and thieves and Malinda that Temples are a place of worship and not an election campaign office .

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    The only thing about this sorry mess is that if a bought-and-paid-for (literally) crony like Malinda S does not like it there must be a kernel of good in it!

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    Not sure if its true…

    Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
    Plato

    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/democracy.html#yKizJhcwQU6f4cHM.99

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    Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/democracy.html#yKizJhcwQU6f4cHM.99

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    Brilliant summary as usual Malinda !! Dissolved are the dreams of yahapalanaya !! Almost dissolved is OUR COUNTRY!! Let’s save it from this bunch of power grabbing, illegitimate and vengeful lot !! What a circus this 6 months were !! We have lost our dignity and sovereignty as a nation !! Thanks but no thanks Ranil !! Time to pack up your bags for ever !!

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    Malinda…. why a BIG photo of you,, want to go into politics????????

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    Malinda Seneviratne

    You are another MR & Co crony posting anti-MS and anti-RW material in support of ‘Bring back Mahinda’ campaign. Use your common sense and praise the MS govt. for the hard won democracy of 8th January. Now you can even write all your crap without the fear of white van abduction.

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    Dear Mr.Seniviratne,

    This is a poor article for a number of reasons.

    -The 20th Amendment was stuck in gridlock and opposed by a lot of different politicians, including minority parties, the UPFA opposition, and the hardline nationalists (JHU). To simply say that the interim govt should have pushed it through regardless shows a basic lack of understanding of parliamentary process. You need a majority to ‘push through’ any legislation. Consensus could not be achieved yet. But it is premature to say it is dead so soon and to lay that blame at RW’s and MS’s feet.

    -The same goes for the 19th Amendment. It is some progress. It is not perfect. But by saying it has failed you risk throwing the baby out with the bath water.

    -Good Governance. All of us put up with ten years of Mahinda rule, and yet we lose patience after a few months?? I see incremental progress, I see the courts acting without fear again, I see drug traffickers being caught. Again, is it the finished product? no. But its progress that can be built upon.

    You cannot change decades of political culture on our island overnight. To think it can be done in a few months and then to undermine the few politicians who are working to change this culture is naivety of the highest order. Have you forgotten the abductions, the crass use of public resources (Sri Lankan airlines), the deaths of journalists of the previous years? To put that on the same level as a CB bond issue shows a degree of mental gymnastics that I didn’t think was possible. This country must change, and we must put our trust in MS to deliver. I for one believe in him, even if you don’t.

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    How about ‘dissolving’ the whole Rajapakse jing-bang so that we have a chance of getting back to some halfway decent political system without the mega-crooks and scumbags to do the large-scale banditry, abductions, killings and corruption that tainted everyone who came into close contact with them?

    ‘Dissolve’ some of those apologists as well. That would be a good starting point, don’t you think, Malinda?

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    In Parliament Ranil and his cronies were saved from a knockout punch from the opposition by the dissolution bell of the president. Sirisena has now settled his dues to Ranil for the support given for the presidency. Sirisena as leader of the party must now join with MR to give victory for SLFP/UPFA and give the real knockout punch to the UNP at the elections.

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    Malinda does not want to see though he is not blind. This is a terrible malady.

    Yes, there is corruption on both sides. Corruption is found in every country under this sun. The difference is that in countries with good governance there are laws and regulations that work to bring corrupt guys to court.

    In SL Arjun Mahendran was accused of wrong doing and was investigated and COPE works on him. This is good governance – at least the beginning. What do you expect in 200 days after a 15 year mess up. It is much much better than what happened under MR where he was the law, the court and executioner!

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    Malinda

    Now over to us, lets see if our people do what 10 years or 100days government have not done.

    Lets wait until someone offers us a laptop.

    Lets see if Pavithira puts her house on bet this time too.

    Lets see if Dayan consult his Stanford nephew this time before he makes a prediction.

    Lets see if Rajpal, Bandula, etc. come swinging in support of Weerawansa.

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    I fully agree with Lucky Fernando and Jayaweera. To tell you the truth, I was a staunch LSSP supporter when I was in Sri Lanaka until I migrated to Australia in 1989 and closely follow the politics in SL. Here is a president who is a real patriot who is striving hard to bring much needed peace in SL, eliminate waste and corruption. He sets an example, to corrupt political outfits, by leading a simple life and living in a not so luxurious residence for a president. I believe him that he would not go for a second term. Before his period ends he makes my mother Land Sri Lanka a peaceful and prosperous island without any corruption.

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    Relieved, are you Malinda? There is some hope to get your financial stream back in action!

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    Dissolution that save Arjun Mahendra from CB Bond scandal by UNP -Wickramasinghe, MS and CBK.

    What is the accountability of Ranil Wickramasinghe of UNP, MS and CBK on which CB Bond scandal?

    Is that ‘good governances’ of MS Rule of politics?

    That how is ‘rule of law’ operated by CBK and UNP-Wickramasinghe.

    Dissolution save hipcoracy of political democracy of UNP, MS and CBK!

    Misused power of President authority of MS to cover all scandal operated by UNP 100 days.

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    Malinda

    You have said “(Sirisena) he’s demonstrated that he is two-bit politician consumed by insecurity, vengefulness and one ever ready to cut the nose to spite the face”. Good analysis.

    That description of Sirisena applies to almost all Sri Lankan politicians, past and present whether they are from the Sinhalese or Tamil or Muslim community. These traits transcend party politics, race and religion.

    See what Chandrika did to Mahinda. She was so spiteful of Mahinda that she colluded with her one time arch rival Ranil in putting forward a rainbow alliance coaxing Sirisena to become the opposition alliance’s Presidential candidate against Mahinda. At the urging of this walauwa madame, Sirisena ate hoppers with Mahinda in the night and turned a Brutus next morning. With this character as President, what else can the Sri Lankan public expect!

    At the coming election, the very same crook and corrupt politicians will be vying with each other to enter Parliament. It will be the same old story with one set of crooks replaced with another set of crooks. And some crooks like the one from Mannar will be there
    whichever crook forms the next government. The crook from Mannar may have perhaps perfected the art of survival.

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    Dissolved: The hopes, ambitions and the futures of those ‘journalists’
    who prostituted themselves for Free Laptops…………..!!!!!
    Malinda, wake up!!!!!!!!!!

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    Maithriapala Sirisena seems like a Gentleman.

    But, he did not show, yet, that he is a leader.

    If only the control-freak CBK is taking care of every thing, then god bless Sri lanka.

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      A back-stabbing ‘gentleman’?.

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    Finally, MS did the right thing. The foot-dragging on dissolution was unethical for several reasons.

    1. The people elected MS to lead the state, not the SLFP. The needs of the state must come first. People do not give a damn about whether MS controls the SLFP or not, as long as he does the right thing by the state he leads.

    2. The SLFP in its present form has no moral authority to rule. It must not be forgotten that most current MPs and party high-ups supported MR. MS should in fact do everything to ensure SLFP DOES NOT return to power. I am not pro-UNP or pro-SLFP, but SLFP does not deserve to rule unless it gets rid of its entire current top-layer.

    3. RW may have many faults, but at least he never took MR’s side and it was him who affected a regime change. Yes, he did not have the courage or popularity to contest out-right and win against MR, but without his leadership a regime change would not have materialized. RW might have pulled it off without MS (by using another common candidate) but MS certainly would not have pulled it off without RW or UNP. For this reason alone UNP (and UNP alone) deserves a chance to rule now. Though I wish UNP would get rid of some of its most corrupted members, RK for example.

    4. For all of those who are disappointed in Yahapaalanaya: yes it was not perfect, but I feel their main mistake was promising things they could not do without a parliamentary majority. Even the powerful executive president is limited in what he can do, so MS should have been forthright in accepting this and dissolved parliament right after his election, rather than bothering with half-baked reforms.

    5. During presidential election, MS made clear that his preferred choice for PM is RW. If he was serious, I don’t see why that would change within three months. Surely, he can’t now be saying that MR who he defeated, or somebody who supported MR during his corrupt rule like Nimal, is better than RW for PM. So MS should at least remain neutral, and not bother about an SLFP victory.

    6. Sure no politician is perfect and nothing wrong in pointing out UNP’s corruption, but anybody who does not qualify their displeasure by saying that “RW and MS are still infinitely better than MR” either have no sense or willfully misdirect people. We must ensure that criticism of UNP does not play into MR’s hand.

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    Malinda Seneviratne has no rights to talk about Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe. However, he does it perfectly, because talk is cheap. I visited his Colombo office twice, but he never offered a cup of tea or peaceful words. Everything has been taken away from me by the West due to my writings. But this man says I am self absorbed person that is why I am sufferings. Without a doubt Sri Lanka is one of the darkest places in this earth, otherwise it would not fight since the independence.

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      He has every right to criticize any politician or government servant in Sri Lanka. He lives in Sri Lanka and has a vote. However, I must take issue with the author for not even offering you a cup of tea, even when he realised your circumstances.

      The same cannot be said of you. You have been grossly abusive of Sri Lanka and it’s citizens for quite a while, living abroad and is reaching out NOW for a job with your dual ‘PhDs’ (self-granted) claiming that you are therefore more qualified than they are. Let us hope that you outlive your fantasies.

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    Everyone in Colombo is buzzing about Malinda Seneviratne [Edited out]

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