24 September, 2020

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Gota Seeks 2/3 Majority For MR While Kamal Gunaratne Keeps “Gotabaya Presidential Project” Alive

In a speech that is remarkably different from his public speeches after January 2015, former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa asked for a two thirds majority for Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Parliamentary election early next year.

Speaking at an “Eliya” forum in Kalutara, this afternoon, Rajapaksa said his brother needed a two thirds majority to ensure stability in the country and continue with Rajapaksa-style development that prevailed before his family fell out of power, nearly four years ago.

Gotabaya said the current government had failed in every aspect of governance – especially in launching mega development projects.

“When an election is announced the UNP and some other parties are going to Supreme Court against it. What is the democracy they want to achieve without holding elections?” Rajapaksa asked hitting out at the UNP’s attempts to challenge President Maithripala Sirisena‘s unconstitutional dissolution of Parliament in the apex court.

“We have given the opportunity to the people to elect a stable government. There is no stronger step than this to strengthen democracy in the country,” he said questioning if those who clamour about democracy actually know the meaning of it.

When Gotabaya Rajapaksa made a public appearance today, there was a noticeable difference in his body language. The former Secretary to the ministry of Defence , the man who ran the defence apparatus under the previous government, often projected a amicable persona when he made public speeches after the Rajapaksa family fell out of power in January, 2015. Today, when he made a speech at the Kalutara meeting, Rajapaksa hardly smiled or exchanged light banter with the audience, demonstrating that he had reverted to his “pre-2015 self” in less than two weeks after his brother assumed office as the Prime Minister in the purported government.

Meanwhile, the speech made by retired senior military officer Kamal Gunaratne at the same event also signalled that the project to position Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a presidential candidate for 2020 was still alive.

Launching a scathing attack on former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s move to co-sponsor the UNHRC resolution in Geneva to promote accountability and reconciliation, Gunaratne said it was the “greatest betrayal” he had seen in his lifetime.

He also criticised the CID’s action on military officers who committed crimes during the Rajapaksa administration, describing the law enforcement process as “Ranaviru Dadayama”. He said over 10 military officers were still languishing in jail as victims of the Wickremesinghe government’s “witch-hunt.”

During his long speech glorifying the conduct of the Army, Gunaratne expressed hopes that the fears of “foreign prosecution of war heroes” would soon be fully resolved, with Rajapaksa’s family’s ascension to power.

Gunaratne, the man who once insisted that the “traitors” who attempt to divide the country introducing a new constitution must be killed, also made a speech at the same event signalling that the project to position Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a presidential candidate for 2020 was still alive.

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  • 16
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    We are definitely not going to vote Rajapasas again into power. The curse of this country, these rogues should be eliminated!

  • 10
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    Regarding Gota’s comments about UNP going to courts. Why not? The privilege of election devolves on people as provided in the constitution. Not when each time a president spews his venom on his prime minister. An election costs as much as 4 billion rupees. It was criminal of the president to put the people through this unwanted expenditure.

  • 9
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    Time for the UNP to look for a strong candidate with a vision , proven ability, and public appeal .

  • 3
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    The best thing @ this moment for UNP supporters to do is promoting Tissa Attanayake & making him the winner.

    @ least he’ll be able to make a strong opposition & maintain a grip over anybody that comes to power.

    That’s a way to protect the UNP from corrupt, treacherous rascals presently holding high positions as well.

    Start now unless you’ll be too late.

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      Barbarians are not at the bloody gate any longer. They are inside the god-damned castle. Let in by that historic turncoat Sirisena. Meanwhile, corrupt & backboneless UNP’s top echelon, plus the infamous butterfly gang is nowhere to be seen. Too busy playing their little games. What power-hungry, backstabbing, ever-so-scheming scumbags we brought to power on 8th January 2015. We are left to take lectures from proven, blood-thirsty, intolerant, fascists like Gunaratne. Sri Lanka curses you Yahapalanaya Clowns! OH, WHAT A SHAME!

      • 3
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        Ben Hurling

        “Barbarians are not at the bloody gate any longer. They are inside the god-damned castle.”

        Actually the Barbarians were at the gate in 1948 and have been inside the castle since 1956.

        Time to time the melodramas enacted by UNP, SLFP, CP LSSP, ….. FP, ACTC, ……… have actually paying dividend now.

        You should take time to think about the process by which we have been dragged to this point in the history of this island.

        Assuming you are a sitting MP and if Mahinda offers you Rs 500 Million and a cabinet post, ……………… do you bargain for more, tip the police, ………………. expose the intermediaries, …..?

  • 5
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    Who knows who will get the majority. But the best thing to happen out of all this is that the people will decide on the 5th. A vast majority out of the 62 lakhs who voted for yahapalanaya will not vote for the UNP this time around. The UNP is finished for a long long time.

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      Clear, but are we voting to bring that Rajapakse era again. There was no law and order, there were murders, robberies , rapes and there was no press freedom not even able to walk on the streets as the goons were driving on wrong side of the roads with columns of vehicles….is this what we want? or are we looking for educated patriotic people with vision for the future.

  • 0
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    Christmas comes early to Sri Lanka, eagerly waiting to see White van bring presents. 2/3 wanted to push the clown out of the office, if it were to be happened, wouldn’t surprise Maithiri doing a Ranil refusing to leave the president’s residence, nothing seems impossible with the kind of advisers he has got in possession.

  • 1
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    If the president did not conceive the Message and if the people also did not.
    Here it is – – – –
    give it thought.
    What did they really do when they had all the majority in Parliament?
    Take a note book and start jotting down, you will realize besides the family, the ministers and family only others who profited were the notorious.
    Basil circle of croooked businessman from all ethnicities,
    From government, jobs, universities education for their kids to minting money, purchasing duty free vehicles and spyphoning the money out.
    Among the circle the Muslim business man making good money didn’t even care of racism.
    The 2/3rd is required only to finish the final phase, To bring in the ultimate political power on earth, The Excutive Prime Minister , that is done you can kiss goodbye to Sri Lanka forever.

    And only the President can let it happen and if he does, he will pay dearly more than the people.
    his situation will be worse than Chandrika’s
    Gota will never take any political post and sacrifice his US citizenship.
    There won’t be a necessity either, once MR has the2/3rd, The president will Evoperate instantly,Game over, game just begun

  • 1
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    If he has an ounce of Brains he will not make such statements, knowing that under the proportional basis none would get a 2/3 majority in the elections fraudulently put forward

  • 10
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    How can Gota get involved in election campaigning? He and Basil are US Citizens, as per US Laws no American can get involved in regime changes overseas or take part in foreign election campaigns. Further SL courts have decided that a foreign citizen cannot hold a Parliamentary seat, if a person cannot be an MP then that person cannot even campaign for the election. Arrest Gota immediately? What is the Elections Commissioner doing about this?

  • 4
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    maithri is just a pawn in the rajapaksa game of chess
    gota as theirr prez nominee is a certainty
    when the announcement is made maithri will have to pack his bags
    on the other side if ranil does not step down in favour of sajith and leave the scene
    the gop will never rise again.
    he is reminiscent of shakespeares coriolanus

  • 10
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    Biggest traitor is Sirisena and MR gang. They steal the whole country and keeping lecture innocent people and talking non sense. Gota and Sirisena will Learn a lesson soon

  • 3
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    its pretty obvious why he wants two third majority
    then the constiution can be changed so that they become lifelong presidents and prime ministers

  • 4
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    Is 2/3 possible under present proportional voting system. Historical vote divide between SLFP and UNP is the yardstick to measure.

    Mahinda’s best chance was to secure 2/3 soon after the war. Did the people go after him whole scale to give him the maximum in the Presidential (75% +)and Parliamentary elections (2/3)?

  • 9
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    Gotabaya is man with mission. He should be elected as President. He will develop the country like Singapore.

    • 3
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      Ramesh,
      He is American / dual citizen.
      This disqualifies him.

  • 4
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    Already SILISENA is being sidelined and deserted by the Jarapaksas and their sidekicks, and joining the Pohottuwa. What both Ranil and Silisena failed to understand these venomous serpents who will hide and sting. Good for Ranil for safeguarding MARA and the crowd. The Govt. could have easily put behind bars Gota, Basil, Namal and Shiranthi. Ranil is a bloody goat.. Because of these actions the ordinary people are suffering. He helped Jarawansa even in the passport scandal.. .

  • 6
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    Welcome GR to the Lankan political scene.
    GR retired from Lankan Armed Services, opted for a foreign nationality to live happily ever after.
    He had a PapaDoc job offer. He returned, saw, accepted. He thought the dream will last and last and last.
    He failed to interpret the events on 08 January & August 2015. Never mind he will!
    .
    Before he goes for 2/3 rd majority, he must get a simple majority. Can he? Food for thought Gota!
    By the way be careful listening to sycophants of the ilk of Kamal Gunaratne. The Gotler is a mirage.

  • 0
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    I would not count the chicken before the eggs hatch Mr Gota. People are unpredictable.

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      thrishu

      Dr Go is a war hero.
      People know the value of Dr Gos contribution to this island. Women folks will forgive him and his men if they are being raped and killed by their war heroes.
      Never know!!!!!.

      Weren’t you going to leave your doors open to Dr Go?

  • 0
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    GR is day dreaming of getting 2/3 rd. The wild euphora for Rajapakse clan had faded. When his own party MP’s are shying away do they expect the voters to hang on to the a dream with Chinese money. Only 65 MP’s have supported the MR’s bid to become prime minister

  • 0
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    I was asked by someone,

    if there is a General election whom will you vote for,?

    I replied, I wish I don’t have to vote for general elections, at this just. moment.

    What I honestly wish is to vote for a referendum (if Law permits, I am too confused what law really means in Sri Lanka anymore) a referendum on abolishing the executive Presidency and introduction of a constitution that gives Parliament 100% power and has zero loophole for any other kind of executive powers, especially zero tolerance for Executive Prime Minister
    , which would lead to the ultimate dictatorship even more dangerous than Executive President and of cause end horse trading of MPS.

    That is my only prayer.,

    Stitu

  • 0
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    yAAAAAAAWNNNNNNN. LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE. 62 LAKHS REPENT THEIR DECISION THEY MADE IN 2015.

  • 0
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    Elections commission should ban all foreign citizens involvement in Election Campaign, including Gotabaya and Basil.

  • 0
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    I don’t bother commenting on Gotler. His evil is obvious and if the voter cannot see it then there is something radically wrong with his or her brain cells. What I find fascinating is the other character mentioned Kamal Guneratne. This must the umpteenth time I have come across a Guneratne doing despicable things. I wonder if this one also hails from Matara the home of my maternal ancestors and also the home of some spectacularly crazy Guneratnes.

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