20 March, 2019

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Four Years Of Misrule & The Fate Of Future Generations In This Country

By Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka faces three major dangers as we complete four years since the change of government on 9 January 2015. The first among them is the danger of the economy collapsing at any moment. In the past four years, the UNP led government has borrowed the equivalent of 50% of the total national debt that was outstanding as at the end of December 2014 from the loans taken in the six decades after gaining independence in February 1948. Even though the UNP claims to be taking loans to repay the loans taken by my government, if debt was being incurred only to pay off previous debts, the total outstanding debt in the country cannot increase. What has happened however is that while the total outstanding debt as at the end of 2014 has remained as it is, a sum equivalent to more than 50% of that total has been added on to the national debt in the past four years. 

When we ruled the country between 2006 and 2014, there was a major war in the country in the first few years. We had to face a world food crisis in the middle of that in 2007. Between 2008 and 2009 came the worst global recession since the 1930s. Between 2006 and 2014, crude oil prices went up continuously in an unprecedented manner touching 140 USD per barrel. Despite all those challenges, in the entire nine years between 2006 and 2014, the Rupee depreciated by only Rs. 28 to the US Dollar. However over the past four years, without any of the crises that we had to face, the Rupee has depreciated by Rs. 53 to the US Dollar. The average growth rate of 7.4% that we maintained has plummetted to below 3%. Even though the President realised the danger of what was happening and tried to hold a general election and hand the running of the country back to us, that did not succeed. We are now in a situation where no one knows what will happen to the economy in the comming weeks and months. 

The next danger we face is that of the entire governmental mechanism breaking down due to the 19th Amendment. Under the provisions of the 19th Amendment, Parliament cannot be dissolved under any circumstances, even in the event of a government repeatedly losing votes on the budget, the statement of government policy or no confidence motions. A parliament is a gathering of individuals and organisations with their own views, needs and ambitions. Over the centuries, the parliamentary system evolved certain mechanisms to retain these individuals and organisations within a framework that will enable a government to function in the country. If differences emerge with a parliamentary ruling party to the extent that it disrupts governance, the power to call a general election and allow the people to elect a new government was one of the corner stones of the parliamentary system. Since it is now no longer possible to go before the people when necessary, the capacity of the governing party to retain its MPs and colation partners within a certain framework has been seriously impaired. 

The parliamentary dissolutions that took place in this country in 1952, 1959, 1964 and 2001 were due to turbulence within the ruling parties and coalitions of the time. Before long, it will become clear to everyone how inimical it is to a country to block the ability to call a general election when necessary. The main criticism made against the 1978 Constitution from the very beginning was that in the event where the parliamentary majority goes to a political party other than the party of the President, the system could face a situation of gridlock. The precedent that was created in this regard after the general elections of 1994 and 2001 was that in the event where the President calls a general election which is won by a different political party, the President would submit to the people’s mandate, take a step back and hand over the running of the country completely to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet appointed from within Parliament.  That however, is no longer possible today.

Even though the President is now prohibited from calling a general election to seek the people’s mandate, the 19th Amendment itself has placed the responsibility of forming governments with the MPs in Parliament and taking the country forward entirely on the same President. The President continues to be the head of government and the head of the Cabinet. The President will also be responsible for everything done by such a government. The President now cannot call elections to test public opinion and take a back seat if the people’s mandate goes against him. After the 2018 local government election, the whole country knows that the UNP does not have the people’s mandate and that they have been avoiding holding elections for that very reason. In such circumstances, it will be impossible for the President to hand over the running of the country to the UNP and take a back seat. Because of the irrational provisions of the 19th Amendment, there is a clear danger of a breakdown in the governmental mechanism of the country. 

The third danger facing the country is the proposed new draft constitution which is to be presented to the Constitutional Assembly. Through this draft constitution, the government seeks to divide the country into nine semi-independent federal units. The powers wielded by the central government today, are to be devolved to the provinces. Each province is to have a separate police force. Provisions have been introduced to weaken the central Parliament and the legal framework in such a manner as to make it impossible for the central government to respond adequately to an emergency in order to safeguard the peace and integrity of the country. This draft constitution has been prepared by the same persons who drafted the completely confused 19th Amendment.

The same parties that drafted this proposed new constitution introduced a new elections system for the local government bodies and provincial councils in 2017. Today, the every people who enthusiastically voted for that new elections system say that no election in the future should be held according to that new system. If the new constitution drafted by the same people is passed, Sri Lanka as we know it, will cease to exist. We now hear that attempts are being made to buy MPs to get this new constitution passed. Thus, Sri Lanka now is confronted with three deadly dangers. In these circumstances, I wish to draw the attention of the people to the fact that the only political force capable of preventing these dangers from becoming a reality is the opposition alliance that I lead, which has an established track record of having overcome even challenges deemed impossible, in the service of this country.

*Mahinda Rajapaksa – Leader of the Opposition 

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    Dear Former President, Former Fake Prime Minister, Fake Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapakse,
    We all know that you destroyed the country’s economic opportunities, stability, rule of law with mega level of corruption by your family during your 10 year dictatorship. During the past four years it is a unity government formed with SLFP (which is a political party you now belong to. Is it right?) and UNP. There were number of SLFP ministers were in the government for past four years. So, you should take half of the blame if there is an economic collapse. If you are genuine patriot you and your family should declare all of your wealth and this money should be used to welfare of the country. Can you do that?

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      If you are genuine patriot you and your family should declare all of your wealth ….
      …..and how you acquired it ?

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        rajash

        “If you are genuine patriot you and your family should declare all of your wealth ….
        …..and how you acquired it ?”

        It is only natural that you limit your wishes to a few. No one is willing to grant you your death wish.

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        rajash

        Why should anybody wait until they declare their assets. (if they haven’t done)

        What about holding responsible of those who came to power in the guise of GG to prosecute the culprits & make them answerable to the courts?

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          Real Revolutionist – The GG Government has all the evidence to send the Rajapakse clan to the galores for mega large scale corruption and swindling; murder and disappearance of journalists, war crimes etc etc

          But the entire political class is corrupt …they all in to it …

          I agree need to kick all of them out

          we need a third wave politics with new young fresh faces. Both UNP& SLFP have failed the country since independence….

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            Dear Mahinda, Buddha correctly said that the cause of all problems is greediness. You have become greedy for power and amassing ill gotten wealth. This is the reason why you are behaving like this. You were given an opportunity to rule the country for two terms, which should be adequate and you should have retired from politics honourably like your predecessors. You are stoking anti-Tamil hatred to ride to power on the dead bodies of people. Please remember King Asoka did not attain greatness by war, but by propagating message of peace worldwide. You were given support by USA, west and particularly India to defeat LTTE on your promise of settling Tamil problem if LTTE who is intransigent is wiped out. But you reneged on your word and refused to do anything to grant justice to Tamils. You won the war but lost the peace and you were thrown out. Now you want to come back to do the same.

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        Dear Mahinda Maama,
        ” Under the provisions of the 19th Amendment, Parliament cannot be dissolved under any circumstances, even in the event of a government repeatedly losing votes on the budget,”
        If you or your speechwriters knew all this, what were you thinking on October 26th?
        Give us a break,please. Any self-respecting crocodile would be ashamed at the way you cry.

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          old codger

          Please read this is what Dr Mahinda said today:

          “Sri Lanka will ‘cease to exist’ if new constitution is passed – MR
          Issuing a statement today (9), he claimed that Sri Lanka faces three major dangers as we complete four years since the change of government on 9 January 2015.

          The first among them, he said, is the danger of the economy collapsing at any moment. The next danger Sri Lanka faces is that of the entire governmental mechanism breaking down due to the 19th Amendment while the third danger facing the country, he claims, is the proposed new draft constitution which is to be presented to the Constitutional Assembly.”
          adaderana.lk
          January 9, 2019

          What do you think?
          Do you think he is right?

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            Native,
            ““Sri Lanka will ‘cease to exist’ if new constitution is passed – MR”
            That would be a damn good idea, don’t you think? We could all go back to being Ceylonese. Sri Lanka has been nothing but a disaster.

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              old codger

              Why do you think I raised this question?
              It’s a damn good idea.
              How do you think we can speed up the process?

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                (Continued) When India asked you to go beyond 13th amendment and settle the ethnic problem, you told them that you will but did not do. You got supreme court headed by the corrupt CJ to de-merge north and east, when Sri Lanka supreme court had no jurisdiction over an international agreement. India tolerated it hoping that you will honour your word. In order to keep India at bay you brought China in, threatening India not to interfere. This has resulted in massive debt with parts of Sri Lanka leased and/or sold to China. When there is an attempt to settle Tamil demands, you are sabotaging it by coming out with racist lies. When supreme court decided that federalism is not division, why are you fear mongering other than to play cheap politics. For that matter this government is not going to bring a new constitution as there is only 18 months more for to complete the term. Even a small concession to Tamils cannot be tolerated by you. Please remember it is your actions that is going to divide the country as this is the last chance to find a solution within an undivided Sri Lanka.

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                  During his time, as revealed in the Book °Rajapakse & Co°, pages 103-105, 7 Tamils and 2 Sinhalese have been murdered – detailed as:
                  1. Subramaniam Sugirtharajan – Sudar Oli – 24-01-2006
                  2. George Suresh -Uthayan – 03-05-2006
                  3.Ranjith Kumar – Shot dead on World Press Freedom Day.
                  4. Sampath Lakmal – Freelance – 02-07-2006
                  5. Puniyamurthy Sathiyamurthy- Eelanatham- 12-02-2009
                  6. Anthony Kumar – Eelanatham – 14-05-2009
                  7 Isai Priya – Voice of Tigers – May 2009
                  8.Thirukula Thavabalan – Voice of Tigers – May. 2009
                  9. Prageeth Eknaligoda – Lanakenews – 24-01-2010
                  e

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      Mahinda Rajapaksa

      “When we ruled the country between 2006 and 2014,”

      Indeed you ruled (could say despotic rule, absolutism) the country while your clan (the Mahindawamsa ) Cleaned the treasury, …
      There is huge difference between ruling and governing.
      Please ask G L Pieris to clarify.

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      Mahinda Rajaaksheis the most abusive politican being produced by SRILANKEN matha. We dont need to argue on that. Alone looking at the the 51 -d politicial coup, can anyone with a little brain could respect MAHINDA RAJAPAKSHE.
      .
      Our eyes would not mislead us – we saw how this man being seated comfortably enjoyed the SELF ORGANISED parliament-brawl – which is the most cruel act ever seen in lanken parliament.
      :
      Whoever wrote the current piece, – I wonder them to have guts to come forward before the very same audience and behave as if they did not nothing wrong.

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      Ajith,
      As the first person to comment, you have ruined a golden opportunity to have a timely political dialogue with Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the current Opposition Leader. Today, he had a discussion with the EU parliamentary representatives and if he is ‘Fake’ as you say, the EU would not have any discussion with him. You should read the constitution for the 1st ‘Fake’ criticism. He was the legitimate PM of Sri Lanka from Oct 26th until he duly resigned. If it were not the case, the UNP, JVP and TNA would have already filed a law suit against him for having held the premiership for 50 days!
      The 2nd point that I would like to make is that if Mr. Rajapaksa had done anything wrong during his presidential tenure till 2015, why did the Yahapalana government fail to find any evidence or any allegedly stolen money so far? Didn’t you guys even dig his backyard and toilet pits for golden horses, Buckingham palaces, and helicopters. What’s this ongoing joke my friend?
      Mr. Rajapaksa has pointed out 3 dangers we face in SL in 2019. As comments, your job should be to prove that they are no dangers. Instead you speak nonsense! Don’t you?
      What’s the use of repeating allegations that your Yahapalana government failed to substantiate and prove throughout the last 4 years? Instead, we have solid evidence to prove that your governing men robbed the Central Bank in broad day light!! Not just once but twice!!!
      Please stick to the point and engage the new Opposition Leader in a worthy discussion. You won’t get this opportunity for too long a time because 2019 is THE ELECTION YEAR!

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        Richmond from Canada,
        The Supreme Court of Srilanka gave a verdict that the President Sirisena’s actions are unconstitutional and illegal. Every one knows that it was a political coup by both Mahinda Rajapakse and Sirisena. So, the Sirisena’s appointment of Mahinda Rajapakse is an illegal appointment. Do you agree or disagree? Why UNP, TNA, JVP did not file a case is up to them. Did Mahinda or Sirisena filed a case against Ranil of their allegations of murder attempt or Bond scam?
        I am not a defender of UNP government or Ranil. Srilanks’s politics is corrupted. There is no doubt in my mind that Mahinda Rajapakse is a fake patriotic and one of the worst political leader ever our country had in the seven decades. The level of executive power developed a system where they can destroy the evidences of their crimes simply and our justice system and law and order institutions are easily manipulated and we have ample examples of that.
        Remember once again Yahapalana government consists of President Sirisena (SLFP), Ministers from SLFP & UNP, MPs from SLFP and UNP. So, all those components should take responsibility for the failure. Can you let me know who is the Chairman of SLFP? Which Party Mahinda Rajapakse represented when he became SLFP?
        You should know the new constitution proposal was a product from President Sirisena (SLFP), members of SLFP who were in the Yahapalanaya govt, UNP, TNA, JVP, MC, and other political parties.

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          “Every one knows that it was a political coup …”
          Again my friend, if it is a coup you can file a case against it (if others don’t do it) and request the Independent judiciary of Sri Lanka to punish the coup leaders. However, there are the underworld gangs, and your political leaders don’t capture and prosecute them. There are bank robbers and the cases are held and blocked so that these leaders can free the wrong-doers later. You have a cool, brand new yahapalana government! Why are you dragging on important matters like this indefinitely! Isn’t it a waste of time and resources?
          The second point you raise is that the SC has given a verdict that the President Sirisena’s actions are “unconstitutional and illegal”. Very good! The SC’s verdict is about ‘dissolving Parliament and calling a general election’. The verdict has nothing to do with ‘appointing a new PM’. Do you agree?
          The president, after seeing the break-up of the national government, has apparently invited Karu Jayasuriya and Sajit Premadasa for premiership under a new government, but they both were scared of RanilW and did not accept it. They were also scared of any immediate general election. These were the realities behind the stage.
          The general public were happy because they thought they would get the opportunity to resolve the current political imbroglio by electing a new parliament. Though it did not happen in SL, any country that practices democracy would not go against it. However, we did. Unfortunately the 19th amendment (actually, the SC’s interpretation of it) was contrary to what the general public believed and expected. Hence the ongoing current political turmoil!
          We need solutions not muckraking and mudslinging! The Opposition Leader has opened a dialogue. Your duty is to bring in a solid and logical counter argument.
          Thanks.

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            Dear Richmond

            You are trying to explain matters to people who killed my Father. Ajith said he knows my father was corrupt???? now you want them to understand the rest??????? They run a ‘soup’ company…………a non factual soup/cocktail….so irrational they will explain why they killed someone does not need investigations…………but others respond to the same killing is not acceptable. Can you get more of a monster than that???????

            TNA=Death to the Tamil people of SL=Death to the Nation.

            They charge the armed forces who saved them with War crimes???? unheard of in human history………..now you know why the Tamils live down south do not want to live in Jaffna………..no one want to live in this ghettoes run by the same……..responsible for all our children misery for the past 50 years………….After Hon SJV passed away the organisations turned a Mafia outfit.

            Ask how many of them attended my Fathers funeral and all other Tamils killed by the armed wing of children trained in neighbouring country/their making……..

            We should get the Sanga and the JVP to explain matters to them as if TNA has enemies in the Nation it was them they were fighting???not the GOSL.

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        My God I cannot belief that you have low IQ . 2 graders knows how much his family looted from the beggars. Jaffna Tamils went to Singapore more that 150 years ago as a teachers,lawyers, Clarks, post masters, station masters and e gineers. It in only fifty years old country. Now they are on the top on all the ratings. America adopter their educational system and I am a teacher for 40 Tera in usa. Please come and visit and you cat free and free food. There are many horse barns and chicken coops in my Neighbour hoods. Much cleaner than many houses in Sri Lanka. All the politicians looted the country and people are keep voting for them.

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      Mahinda Rajapaksa , Fake Prime Minister

      RE Four Years Of Misrule & The Fate Of Future Generations In This Country

      Yes. Four years of misrule was followed after 5 years of misrule, crimes, corruption and other illegal acts to steal from the public.

      So we had 9 years of misrule. So you want another 5 years of misrule? Approximately 50% of the State revenue goes for loan repayments. About US $5 Billion is to be paid for loan repayments, most of it to the Chinese and others for the projects that were not economically viable, but gave you great commissions.

      Sri Lanka does not need you. Just retire and go fishing.

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        Let a put it to the following terms as well:
        :
        Former Fake PM, former President, Former Tsunami Embezzler, Master mind of Lanken high profile crimes.
        Master mind of Lasantha W murder.
        Mast mind of EXTRA judicial killings during MR regime.
        Mast mind of riots in the country, inlcuding the last in Kandy against Muslim Community.
        Mast mind of riots in Durga city.
        Master mind of MIG deal
        Mast mind of other huge scale of STATE fund grabs.
        Mast mind of purchage of opposition MPs.
        Mast mind of Erosion of lanken democracy.
        :
        Contd.

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      Dear Ajith & Dr GS

      Just like my Father correct??

      Way to go Brothers in arms. Opps I am one of ‘them’ too correct.

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      Ajith – “Dear Former President, Former Fake Prime Minister, Fake Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse.” He is also a murderer, rapist, highway robber, tsunami hora and the list goes on and on. He also made his Mongol son who failed his GCE (OL), a synthetic “lowyer”!

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        Very good sir but like some MPs large number of Sri Lankan’s like Hisbullah don’t thing logically because the have low IQ

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    Dear sir:
    .
    “Even though the President realised the danger of what was happening and tried to hold a general election and hand the running of the country back to us, that did not succeed”
    .
    Then why President repeatedly says his problem was/is just with RW as an individual? Why even tried to pick Karu or Sajith as replacement?

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    While Ranil & MS sticked to their guns regardless of right or wrong, you chose to give some relief to the Oct 26 constipation “after” 52 days, though you could have prolonged it bit further – Thanks for that. But Could have been better for you and all Sri Lankans, had you not been part of the root cause.

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    A new constitution covers a wide range of areas. Some of the things in a new constitution could be beneficial but it is also possible that certain things could be detrimental to the country. Definitely, there will be a section on ‘Devolution of Power’ because Demala politicians insist that ‘Devolution of Power’ as the panacea for the so called ‘Ethnic Problem’ in the country.
    According to them:
    • Country should not have a Unitary Government.
    • Powers devolved to the Provinces should not be taken back;
    • Powers given to the Provinces should not be reduced;
    • Powers given to the Provinces cannot be interfered by the Central Government;
    • No new Constitution can change the powers given to the provinces;
    • Northern and Eastern Provinces should be merged.
    Demala people in this country are only about 11% and they are confined to five pockets (Yapanaya, Tirikunamale, Madakalapuwa, Kanda Udarata and Colomba). Can they decide how this country should be governed? Sinhalayo are around 74%. They do not want Provincial Councils imposed on this country by India. The low caste Demala people in the North have requested not to give land and police powers to NPC. Will this government of Unpatriotic National Party ignore the views of the majority and heed to the demands of the Vellala Demala politicians in the North who comprise only about 2.00% of the people in the country, if possible by forming a ‘National Government’ with a political party with one MP and buying MPs. Is this the democracy they want to promote?

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      Where can I obtain a draft copy of the said constitution?

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        Native,

        dont take anything serious when coming from this man in late 70ties. He is no better to that Wasudewa Nanayakakkara (79yrs).
        :
        These men are like uncontrollable WEEDs ina vegetation for lanken culture. He thinks only our sinahal race should be kept above the altar for some reasons. They would never sense it either in this life… with less than months, few years to go compared to many decades they let them rotten in SRILANKEN hell. :
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        These men of EAGALE nature would believe anything when coming from ballige putha Rajapakshe for no reasons mostly.
        :

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          Samson Gunawardhana,
          “These men of EAGALE nature would believe anything when coming from ballige putha Rajapakshe for no reasons mostly.”
          You ‘para bellige putha’ believe anything coming from ‘bellige putha’ Maha Benku Hora.

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            Once again. .
            .
            Bond bank scam – is since 2008 in place.
            .
            The size of loss – 1000 Billion in rupees.
            :
            The size of the loss- during 2008-2015 – 990 Billions in rupees (99%).( Reference- The speech of president Sirisena after sworni -in of PM RW few weeks ago). – so these cant be Lies or hearsays.
            :
            The size of loss – during 2015- 2017 – 10 Billion ( 1%)
            :
            Ratio of the grand theft:
            :
            Rajapakshe Regime to MS led-RANIL govt = 99: 1

            .
            But the BLACK media in the country- DRUMED the tone in favour of Rajakshes.ONLY – that is premedidated according to our infoarmation.
            :
            Those clay eaters or grass eaters servile to RAjapakshes -brainwashed.
            .
            Forensic INVESTIGATION – will reveal the UTTER truth.
            .
            The million dollar question – why THE INVESTIGATION is soledy based ON 1% of LOSSES while deliberately foregetting 99% losses ????????

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            Deaf and Dumb Eagle BLIND Eye – You were warned by CT not to use “ballige putha”. You can call yourself “B.P.” instead!

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              Mike,
              CT has not warned me. If they want to do so, they should warn all the people who use that term. They can’t be selective. I do not like to use that term but I have to response when others use it. In fact, I like to see CT block any comment with this term.

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                Dear Eagle Evil Eye,
                .
                Your comments are fascinating but lack meticulous reading.This can well be connected with your age.I am not attacking any seniors, but we always consider the age relevant factors closely as we can.
                .
                I can understand your impairment very well as it is common to anyone with us becoming older. :You as a LATE septagenarian, it is normal.
                .
                If CT to block, not many would continue with their posts for sure. CT should treat all with the same spoon. WP or BPs are used to express their angers nothing else.
                .
                And honestly, not many on this platform would be able to tolerate YOU or the like eccentric behaviours. You are almost brainwashed as is the case with rural masses in this country. This is so pathetic.
                :
                As repeatedly pointed out above and many other occassions, BOND BANK SCAM was inevitable. Even a saint would have been caught by that. But as made it clear above, the damage of losses made by RW govt is 99 times lesser than that of your hero Rajapakshe. :
                :
                To our surprise, nothing seem to be working on proper awarness of the people, that are being caught brainwashing one sided propaganda of those black media in the country.
                :
                This is now GLASS clear to the eyes of the meticulous experts. But some experts hired by Sirisena et al by providing them exceeding volumes of frequencies, painted the picture in favour of them. This MEDIA insttution has been now threatening US the nation that we should not play with them. See, that alone compells us to go an extra mile in terms of their abusive MEDIA culture.

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        Where can I obtain a draft copy of the said constitution?

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      “Democracy is counting of heads within certain limits and cracking of heads beyond those limits” by late C. Suntharalingam
      I said it once and I may say it again. If you visit a bar / restaurant in the evenings you will find majority of people in the Bar rather than in the restaurant. Who is right?

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      Eagle Eye “Demala people in this country are only about 11% and they are confined to five pockets (Yapanaya, Tirikunamale, Madakalapuwa, Kanda Udarata and Colomba).

      Can they decide how this country should be governed?

      Eagle Eye – but the Demala people of this country did exactly that ….to the relief of all the Sri Lankans… They kicked out the Fake PM and the Fake Government

      Eagel Eye – I am not sure you are an eagle eyed person….your postings suggest that you are bloody blind! stone blind!

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    Dear Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse: Please undertake a “RETREAT” and contemplate on your administration of the country from 2009 to 2014 and your “FAILED” attempt to capture power one more time on “26th October 2018”. I know, with all your “Associations” with the “Saffron Clothed””FAKED” Buddhist clergy and those frequent visits to Buddhist Temples, you are unable to “Retreat” and undertake any meaningful , honest “Look Back”. But you KNOW, what happened during those five years (2009 – 2014). Now you talk of the last THREE years. Yes, you are Correct in that assessment. My request to you is to make a similar assessment of your rule PLUS what you tried to to do on “26th October 2018”. You will definitely see the TRUTH and your CONSCIOUS will cry out to you to tell that TRUTH – How, YOU , together with the PRESENT rulers have RUINED the Future Generations of this country. Accept that (the damage) HONESTLY, then at least you will have some solace to spend the rest of you life span in peace. That would be a BIG ACHIEVEMENT for you.

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      Douglas,
      Instead of Mahinda Rajapakse taking a retreat to contemplate what he has done, Ranil Wickramasinghe should do that because he and his ‘Royal Gang’ with the backing from foreign experts who get paid by tax payers’ money ruined this country during the last three and half years.
      When Ranil took over the Government he said Yahapalana Government was saddled with $1900m loans (exclusive loans taken by state institutes). According to Ranil national debt at 31 Dec 2015 was Rs.4,959.2 billion (local) and Rs.3,544b (foreign). By 2016, debt had increased to Rs.9,387b (57% local & 43% foreign). Foreign loans had increased from $1.82b in 2016 to $2.41b in 2017. Sri Lanka printed currency worth Rs.217b from Jan-Mar2017. From 2009 to 2015, Sri Lanka maintained an economic growth rate around 7% but now it is around 3%. Foreign currency reserves down compared to 2015. Foreign Direct Investments dropped from $658m in 2015 to $300m in 2016. Bloomberg rated Sri Lanka as high risk for investments. Moody, Fitch, Standard & Poor rating agencies gave Sri Lanka a negative rating for 2017. Sri Lanka has been identified as a Paradise for money laundering.

      Two Central Bank Bond Scams to Ranil’s credit. Ranil does not have faith on local expertise. Anything White Guys say is acceptable. As Minister of National Policies & Economic Management he hired US Consultancy firm McKinsey & Company to prepare the New Economic Plan and paid $2,997,666m for their proposal. What a waste of foreign currency earned by our ladies in the Middle East.
      Mahinda Rajapakse gave democracy to Demala people in the North by conducting Provincial Council election but Ranil who is considered as ‘Champion of Democracy’ by Civil Society guys keep on postponing elections giving problems with demarcation of boundaries as an excuse. What really need is few changes that can be done in three months. UNP is suffering from election phobia.

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        Dear blind eagle,
        “What a waste of foreign currency earned by our ladies in the Middle East.”
        So you finally admit that you sent your lady to ME while you preach fake patriotism at home.

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    Dear former Fake Prime Minister,

    Your ramblings in this paid piece of writing do not hold any water.
    …………..If you have forgotten what you did during your 10 year reign of terror, I hope the following list serves a good reminder:

    1. Stealing $800 million of Tsunami funds through fake NGO called Helping Hambantota set up with assistance from Willie Gamage and depriving poor families of their right to rebuild their lives devastated by Tsunami

    2. Taking 19 billion US dollars as commissions from Chinese government corporations through white elephant useless development projects such as Hambantota Harbour, Airport, and southern expressway

    3. Putting Sri Lanka economy into an endless misery by taking high interest loans from China and pocketing in 40% of that money

    4. Nurturing an unprecedented culture of corruption and political victimization with immunity

    5. Killing and attacking journalists, judges, innocent civilians for 10 years

    6. Appointing an uneducated GoTa as defence head and stealing the credit of ending the 30 year war from SF, the true hero who led the final war against LTTE

    7. Making a synthetic lawyer of an idiotic son who couldn’t even pass his GCE (OL)

    8. Killing the most famous rugby player on behalf of another moron son

    9. Soliciting sex from girls of the families that lost their loved ones due to Premadasa Terror campaign in exchange of your service as a human rights lawyer in 1980s

    10. Raping girls in villages from down south on the promise of jobs

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    Shameless Sirisena celebrating 4 years of being president with UNPvotes . What a mess he did to the country with wrong advisors and now he is breaking the SLFP into pieces . What a facade garlanding the statue of Bandaranaike after preventing Chandrika from entering the SLFP headquarters .

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    Eagle Eye: Have or do I deny what you say of Ranil W? No. I agree. I addressed MR and replied his article. As regards “Money Laundering” – MR’s “Regime” has more than anyone else to explain, including how his “Administration” thwarted that case against Ravi K. and continued backing extended by Ranil W. All of these “Corrupted” “Leaders” and their “Goons” have lot of explanations to give. For further details, please await the unfolding of the case against the former “Ambassador” to US, Mr. Jaliya Wickramasuriya – the “First Cousin” of MR, in US Courts. This Jaliya W’s Lawyers are trying to “negotiate” a deal with the prosecution, in that, he (Jaliya W) would be dealt with leniently, if he “Divulge” the details of “Money Laundering” by the MR Regime. Did you hear this? This is not a “Cooked up” story. The correspondence exchanged between the lawyers are out and no more secrets. It will come into the “Social Media”. Await the “Break-in-News”. Then you will see “MR & Co. Inc”. activities, that I requested him to contemplate in a “Retreat”. So with Rani W too.

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    Did you conduct feasibility studies before launching your Mega-Projects like Mattala International Airport, Magampura Port, the Southern Highway and the Hambantota Cricket Stadium? You wasted money on White Elephants for two reasons – To perpetuate your name by naming those projects after you and to collect huge commissions. Now you are talking about the economy, offering advice and criticism. My advice to you is to retire from politics for good, go to Medamulana and devote your time to meditation. This country can get along excellently without your services.

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    Mahinda Rajapaksa: Some seventy years ago the then government decided “The Fate Of Future Generations In This Country” through the creation of the language/religion-divide.
    Your SLPP’s mission is to maintain this ‘divide’. With experience to back us, is it worth a rethink?
    .
    You say “Four Years Of Misrule”. How about the earlier years?
    Surely there must something in the results of the 2015 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
    Not all layLankans are Wimals!
    .
    On 08 October 2015, we indicated our desire for Yahapalanaya – Good Governance. This implies that pre 2015regime was not Yahapalanaya. Just look at the SriLankan Airlines skeletons emerging. Yet as the PM following the ‘happening’ after 26 October, you reappointed a tainted CEO!
    .
    Yes, MS/RW team did not meet our expectations. They found a strong fortress and instead of demolishing it, they decided to live in it.
    .
    To cut a long story short. Yahapalanaya concept is sacred. We want it, Can you deliver? If so how?

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      Dear Pillai

      Totally agree with all the failed institutions. On a separate matter

      I thought the need to deliver justice to Majority Sinhalese came from the Sanga and the JVP to the ruling governments over 70 years???. Hon SWRD died giving us the Tamil language some sense of resemblance/respect use in the Nation and died doing this too????????

      Both the SLFP and UNP struuglled to keep the balance and literally trying to be alive but with the Sanga and JVP pressure both parties played impossible politics to get the votes for survival???

      For all that went badly should we not take collective responsibility too as a Nation????

      Do you think TNA and JVP & Sanga should sit down and talk this matter and reach common understanding leaving all others to focus on nation building??????Once JVP/TNA/Sanga join hands and have National Policies they can emerge as an entity useful to our Nation a third dimension uniting the country???

      Muslim parties should make some major decisions too and state it clearly now????

      Post Colonial Ceylon Minority (elite Tamil and Sinhalese) vs Majority (Cast affected Tamils + Upcountry Tamils + Rural Sinhalese) situation yet to be addressed 70 years on……even the standardisation could not help? diversifying the economy did not take place? Only place we are diverse and creative is to work around the world and contribute to all other economies but nothing to us?????

      We move forward with this to devolution discussion pros and cons is healthy???

      Should not all of our elected sit together and use the limited resources where we can put the elections on hold for another 20 years???? This will prove if they are all capable or incapable to do economical development work? Currently we look like a banana republic/failed state where no Technocratic capable patriots exists to bring us altogether and governance well??

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    MR “We now hear that attempts are being made to buy MPs to get this new constitution passed….”

    This statement shows that these guys carry on treating the Sri Lankan electorate as the “modayas”

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    I support MR hundred percent, yet he has to answer one question, why did his supporters (he himself was not in the parliament then) vote for the 19th amendment? Why didn’t they debate the contradiction of the executive powers vs article 70?

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      wannihami

      Good question.
      However he has to answer many questions if not billion dollar question.
      Knowing the Mahindawamsa why are you asking silly question?

      “I support MR hundred percent,”

      Of course you do. Manny 1983’s rolled into one happened during his watch, yet you could not help/save a single soul. You were sorting out terrorism and no time to deal with suffering of innocent civilians.

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    “When we ruled the country between 2006 and 2014,” that is a bold but false claim.

    I have a few questions for you give honest answers.-
    (1) During your tenure, 25 journalists disappeared/killed and out of that 22 were Tamils. No one was arrested and there was no investigation.
    (2) Who killed Lasantha on 8 January 2009? Why you did not apprehend the killers? The investigation points the finger at Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Army intelligence personnel!
    (3) Who abducted/killed Prageeth Ekneligoda who disappeared on 24 January 2010? All are pointing the finger at Gotabhaya Rajapaksa former Defence Secretary?
    (4) How do you justify the gift of a car worth Rs.8.2 mn from bankrupt Mihin Lanka to Abeygunawardena your royal astrologer? Lanka Orix Leasing Company (LOLC) procured 26 cars for the use of Srilankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka. A loan to the tune of Rs. 82 million was obtained by LOLC from Seylan Bank to purchase the cars. One of the cars was gifted to your royal astrologer Abeygunawardene. Abeygunawardena received his Nissan within weeks after the establishment of Mihin Lanka in 2007. Can you tell the public why a private individual was gifted a car belonging to the state and to what happened to the remaining 25 cars? (http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=197379)
    (5) What about the huge losses incurred by the Mihin Airways run by your brother-in-law? He played ducks and drakes with funds provided by the Treasury. (http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=197379)
    (6) What about all the white elephants you built in Hambantota district?
    (a) Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port costings175 billion ($1.19 billion) on the project. It has lost Rs18.8 billion ($147 million) a year according to Economy Next. Finance Ministry documents show cumulative losses of Rs37.2 billion ($253 million).

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    (b) Magam Ruhunupura International Conference Hall (MRICH) was constructed by the Urban Development Authority and the Korean International Corporation at a cost of 15.3 million US dollars. UDA spent 17 million rupees. An annual loss by the UDA is more than 200 million rupees.
    (c) Mahinda Rajapaksa National Tele Cinema Park stands on 235 acres in Ranminitenna in Hambantota. Total cost Rs. 2 billion. Since its opening in March 2010, there has been little or no shooting of films at this centre.
    (d) Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Suriyawewa built at a cost of Rs. 700 million was opened in 2011 for the World Cup matches. Only five matches including the two World Cup matches have thus far been played on this ground. It boasts a 32,000 seating capacity and has been built on 47 acres. Since the conclusion of the World Cup matches the stadium sits desolate.
    (7) Can you explain why you defaulted the following payments during your tenure? These figures were provided by the Media Ministry.
    Rupavahini Corporation – Rs. 206.1 million
    Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation – Rs. 51.7 million
    Associated Newspapers Ceylon Limited – Rs. 124.9 million
    ITN – Rs. 89.2 million
    Wasantham TV – Rs. 4 million
    Wasantham Radio – Rs. 11 million
    Lakhanda radio – Rs. 6 million
    State Printing Corporation – Rs. 592.6 million. Total – 1088.5 million. (https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/state-institutions-to-pay-over-a-billion-for-rajapaksa-led-advertising-on-state-media/) 2/2

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    Well lets take each of the points made and see if they are credible.The first point is the increase in debt and the decline of the rupee. The UNP came to power promising a huge increase in government servants salaries. This had to be done after the ruthless increases in the the prices of food such as milk powder, cooking gas, petrol etc. where the decline in global prices were deliberately held back and some items sold not with a subsidy but with a profit built into it. Given the strangle hold you had on this country where elections were rigged, members of political parties intimidated, beaten up, their premises set on fire with impunity. Any political party that wished to over throw your monstrous government had to not only make such promises but deliver on them at great expense. In what state had you left the countries treasury in? Mountains of unpaid bills to private contractors, obligations to pay on loans you took to fund two white elephants with no return on investment at 7% interest where the principle was over blown by 50% to pay for kick backs to you. The current government not only services you debts but also continued your ill conceived projects to avoid criticism from your kept press. The decline in the rupee accelerated the day you were illegally sworn in PM. It dropped by 15 rupees to the Dollar thanks to you. The previous drops are also thanks to your corruption and refusal to bow out gracefully forcing the government to keep up with your wastefull projects while also trying to find money for its own far more beneficial projects. The president was ALWAYS the head of cabinet before and after the 19th. CBK presided over cabinet in the days of the old UNP GOV. So your claim the 19th forces the president to be somehow responsible for a government he did not choose is a downright lie.

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    Dear MR,

    You may dream, but a majority of our countrymen know you well. You are nothing but a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I don’t think that you will ever be elected to be either Prime Minister or even President by right thinking Sri Lankans ever again.

    The 52 day Coup was just an indication to show you, MY3 and the world at large how steadfast Sri Lankans are and the resolve they have to deny you the top posts. You were hounded out and had to shamelessly resign even though you were not a Fifth Grade kid who just got a toy and had to give it up when another proved ownership to it. You were considered a Machiavellian politician until then but your true colors came out and you are now considered nothing but an OPPORTUNIST. Your vote base is in tatters and come the next Presidential elections and General Elections the people would show you where you really stand on this country’s political horizon.

    Just to remind you the Local Government elections that you polled a record number of votes cannot be compared to a Presidential or General election and you should know that better. Even die hard UNPer’s voted for the village boy or girl as they interact with them everyday. This would not happen in any BIG election and your Pohottuwa would fall flat on your face, THAT IS FOR SURE.

    You have done enough damage hence the best option would be to retire and spend your twilight years at Medamulana. That would be difficult because the Sword of Damocles is hovering over your neck and if KARMA brings back Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to the position ALL SRILANKANS aspire for, YOU & YOUR FAMILY WILL HAVE HELL TO PAY.

    KARMA awaits you and of that there is no doubt, as preached by the Enlightened One.

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    Dear Fake Patriots.

    Why not check if what the Honorable Leader of the opposition says is true? Read the Forbes article entitled. “Sri Lanka’s Debt Crisis Is So Bad The Government Doesn’t Even Know How Much Money It Owes”

    The prestigous Forbes magazine had this to say. That was after all in 2016, things must have improved after three years of Yaha.

    To Quote:

    “Under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who came to office at the beginning of 2015, domestic debt grew by 12% and external debt by 25% without starting any new large-scale infrastructure projects.”

    Feel the difference

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    This is the man who has promised to”save the country from constitution”. Looks like Maddoff (still alive????) has come out in Mandela,s appearance for children only fancy dress competition.. Good Luck.

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    Thanga, Wera and Maharage has given enough and more statistic for a layman to understand the facts. So anyone trying to fool by making sweeping statements without facts , please do not waste time. Most of these facts are well known to our Lankans. The alternate facts are to show, RW too mismanaged finances. so what?????Sorry guys this forums are for adults and not children (even they sound more rational than some of you). Being stupid is never a crime but advertising to the whole public ?????

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