14 December, 2019

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How A Weak Opposition Could Still Play It Smart

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

It was exactly fifty years ago, in 1964, when I was 7 years old, that my father introduced me to the political personalities who would visit our Ward Place flat and took me around for public rallies including election meetings. Having closely observed Sri Lankan politics for half a century, I cannot but conclude that taken as a collective (and with a few individual exceptions) Sri Lankan politics today has the dumbest opposition I’ve ever seen in this country.

There is a line of Mao Ze Dong to a group of influential Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution, which became so famous that it was trendy as a putdown on Western universities. It went: “You say you want to make a Revolution, but you don’t know where the bourgeoisie is…!”  The same is true of the contemporary Sri Lankan Opposition, be it the political parties or the civil society intelligentsia. They say they want a democratic change of regime but they do not know what the regime is.

The regime is not the executive presidency. The Executive Presidency is not even the center of gravity of this regime. It is not the main decision making agency. That agency is the “family Politbureau” and the “extended family Central Committee”. The Executive Presidency has been reduced to a façade and the opposition is busily targeting that façade rather than the real power structure. Mahinda Rajapaksa is already a near-ceremonial President, in addition to being a vacuum cleaner of votes. The regime is the ruling clan, its grip on the security apparatuses, its bagmen, its judges, its enforcers and it’s (‘monitoring’) pit-bulls, in a worse variant of the Bandaranaike-Ratwatte-Obeysekara clan in the 1970s under a Cabinet system of government and prolonged Emergency rule after the brutal suppression of the April 1971 insurrection.

Defeating a war winning President against the backdrop of a growing economy would be a tall order in any society but there’s a dumb way and trying to do so and a smart way. The Sri Lankan Opposition is doing it the dumbest way possible, which will incur the highest post-election price for the country.

The Opposition can hardly do more favors than it is for the incumbent and his project of continuity and succession. In the interests of transparency and honesty I must reiterate that I have no real problem with a third term for Mahinda Rajapaksa but I do have a serious issue with his project of entrenchment in power of the Rajapaksa clan. That project is propped up by the Opposition in two important ways.

One is to field as his main opponent, the weakest of all possible candidates against President Rajapaksa, by which I mean a candidate who is a lousy mass communicator with little mass resonance, who also facilitates the rekindling of moods and memories of the resistance to the Tigers, and can generate a pan-Sinhala swing.  The current (and very long standing) Opposition frontrunner is a cartoonist’s caricature of an Opposition Presidential candidate. Do you really know anyone with whom Rowan “Mr. Bean” Atkinson would resonate more than James “Tony Soprano” Gandolfini (with a Benecio Del Toro moustache)?

The second favor rendered the Presidential project of familial succession is to make constitutional change the main issue of the oppositional campaign strategy when it has little prospect of acting as a rallying cry among millions of rural voters.

The opposition’s strategic target must derive from the real problem facing Sri Lanka today—which is not the executive presidency but precisely the phenomenon of nepotism; of clan based centralization of power and wealth; of the takeover of the state and areas of the economy by a cartel. What we have today is a more insidious version of the phenomenon of “family bandyism” that the UNP under JR Jayewardene so effectively targeted in the 1977 campaign. That phenomenon must not be confused with forms of rule—presidential or parliamentary. Such confusion only helps the regime camouflage its clan-based power structure and oligarchic character, and divert the discussion to the rather more abstract one of constitutional change i.e. the executive presidency.

What an intelligent opposition would do is to map the oligarchy and show the electorate just how much it collectively gobbles, to the detriment of the welfare and advancement of the people. A single dramatic example would be to contrast the ballooning of allocations of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development with the unconscionable starving of financial resources (the lowest allocation since Independence) for education.

The good news is that there are two chances at the coconut shy; two interlinked opportunities to dismantle the clan-based oligarchy. One is at the presidential election – but that’s already pretty much a goner.  The other is to use the Presidential election as a massive consciousness raising exercise—with Sajith Premadasa, Sujeeva Senasinghe, Harsha de Silva, Eran Wickremaratne, Rosy Senanayake, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Sunil Handunnetti, Vijitha Herath, Wasantha Samarasinghe, Lal Kantha and Tilvin Silva in a pincer move. With the Presidential election used as run-up or spring board, the Opposition can then go for the weak link in the chain of regime hegemony, which is lodged in its real base: the parliament and the two thirds majority.

The rug can be pulled from under the oligarchic regime if it is defeated at the parliamentary election. There it will be a race between two factors—the momentum generated by the victory of President Rajapaksa in his bid for a third term and on the other hand the simple need for a change from a two decades old SLFP government.  The scales can be tipped as between the two factors—a domino effect making for continuity and a dynamic for change based on attrition and anti-incumbency– if and only if the main Opposition goes into the parliamentary election under a new, populist-patriotic leadership which can achieve two things at the same time: (a) re-profile the Opposition so it looks newer and younger than the UPFA and (b) neutralize the regime’s monopoly of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism.

If the Opposition does not get this right, an oligarchic-securocratic or oligarchic-militaristic Iron Curtain will descend upon post-election Sri Lanka, behind which a garrison state will grow and a dark age will settle.

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    How can a man, let alone that [Edited out] could come and say like this ? You are a shame for our nation. That is absolutely the truth.

    As Rev Rathana and JVP clearly point out we perfectly know that President #s sudden decision on a PE is exclusively connected with his power greedyness. And any constitutional anaylst sees it that this kind of PEs not compliant to the prevailing consittuaiton. Do you the [Edited out] want our country to become a permanent anarchy ?

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      Dev

      Is this one of your 64 positions? Would take another position this evening?

      So you want Sajith to win?

      I plead with you, would you now revisit your earlier typing that you churned out day in day out, or is it too much?

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        Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka,

        A Sinhala Buddhist opposition politician wanting to become the president in the next election must declare that he or she will make Sri Lanka will become Sinhala Buddhist Democratic Republic named “Sinhale” in 24 hours.

        That is the sure-fire way shown by the pioneer SWRD Bandaranayake, and is still valid today. Whoever dares do it will win, I guarantee?

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      This man DJ is well known to his back end talks.
      With all in ground MR to be defeated – we will expreience DJ would be made an another Eureka ( I mean pants down and even jocky down next time) in the months to come. The popularity of MR and his regime will go down as glass wall breaks in the days to come. That will be a reality – will all his behaviours and people s agony which is rapidly growing right at the moment. Very same folks can not be made fools for ever is what the average is about to grasp now. Buduma saranai apita

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    xHow can a man[Edited out]

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    Waste of digital space … It surprising why this Jayathilake guy couldn’t keep his position with MR…

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      DJ is desperate. Still he doesn’t want to give up or give in.
      His old mates Tamara and Rajiva at least realized that Mara and his idiotic clan are ruining the country and indirectly accepted that Mara is a failure.
      Does DJ thinks that he is a fighter?

      Lets make a simple calculation. In the 2010 Prez elections with all War winning fame/euphoria and with 13 coalition party support & with EC’s infamous ‘Athathiya’ stress/fatigue disease Mara could finally win a 57.88% victory.
      After 4 years today things have changed a lot. many ofus know who the real Mara is. BBS/JHU did a superb job for the UNP & JVP. Almost the entire 25% or 26% minority votes would be casted against Mara, no doubt, as a result of creating a mad Buddhist force with his murderer/abductor plus mentally sick brother. If UNP gets 20% of that votes they need just another 31% Sinhala Buddhist votes which is not something hard with its vote base, where as Mara needs 51% votes from 74% total Sinhala Buddhist votes. In other words, for Mara to win every 6.5 out of 10 people must vote Mara.

      This Panditha Doctor cannot see it or he refuses to see it. There is huge frustration within the regime members. Senior SLFP members hate the family. Ministers began to talk openly with some confident lately. CBK is secretly supporting Ranil. Champika & Rathana is criticizing the regime too (Yet, don’t know if its a Nataskaya? Nevertheless the damage is being done).

      Looks to me that Dayan ran out of ideas as they say he is as a last attempt try to hang to a ‘piduru gaha’.

      Finally we can see the end of Mara & Family is nearing. What a relief it would be after 20 years.

      Every name sake buildings, institutes, Roads etc. must be re-named.
      Every penny they robbed, stole must be taken back.
      Every properties that they acquired should be confiscated.
      Must honor Gen SF for the job he did and return all his medals back.
      Shirani Bandaranayake must be reinstated to the post and the current rogue must be sent to gallows along with his cronies.

      All Media personals left the country because of threats must be allow to come back immediately and honor their service.

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    Dr Jayathilaka is not that smart either…

    Opposition UNP should put out alternative policies, not the ones from the LTTE proxy NGO outfits which parade as Alternative Policy Gurus.

    These Policies should be able to convince the inhabitants that they can build Better freeways, Better Rail System, Better Airports, Better Harbours , Better and cleaner Cities , Better Schools, Better Unis, Better Hospitals and last but not least that they can increase e the incomes of the Dalits way above what they have now….

    And state in unequivocal terms that the TNA won’t get their own Police and the Titles to the Land in the North, Diaspora will not get dual passports like in the past. and Pillai Police e wouldn’t be allowed to come.

    And ditch the bullshit about demolishing the Presidency because no one including Dr Jayathilaka has explained that it means changing the Constitution.

    And it is no picnic.

    Opposition unfortunately can’t come out clean on any of the above.

    That is why they are doing all these gimmicks hoping the Dalits will believe them and help them to get over the line with the Elite, Anglican and Vellala vote..

    Probably Dr Jayathilaka was overseas not to know that the Opposition has been attacking the Rajapaksa since May 2009 trying to portray them as Commission , Agents, Crooks and Money gatherers.

    But no Dalits believed the UNP..

    The UNP heavies even said in public that the Defence Sec bought the Apollo Hospital, and the current Kingsbury Hotel.

    Does Dr Jayathilaka seriously believe the UNP and their Vellala mates and even the JVP can make up bigger “Porkies” than that?.

    Even if they do , will the Dalits accept it as the UNP Election manifesto?…

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    What a sad and pathetic state of affairs for Mr. Jayatileke the son of a great journalist and GENTLEMAN Mervyn De Silva,. Jayatileke does not even use his father’s name De Silva.

    He is still trying to suck up to the Rajapakses for a diplomatic job because they can’t appoint him anywhere else and do not want to. Jayatileke, with all his paper qualifications similar to the so called LTTE theoretician Anton Stanislaus aka Balasingam cannot even get a proper job in Sri Lanka.

    Now he is once again trying to create trouble in the UNP on Rajapakse’s behalf. He does not understand that his Master’s Rajapakse’s who can call for the elections. His master does not want the Parliamentary elections first because the MP’s will not work for him to contest the Presidential elections for the 3rd time in 2 years,.

    That is why he is desperately keen to have the elections 2 years earlier and hopes that Ranil as the UNP’s candidate will become the Common candidate on a common platform to defeat him.

    Why is his master so terrified that he cannot wait for the Presidential term end? Is it because of the War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity might be well proven by the UN, UNHRC and USA that USA would be forced to take legal action against the 4 US citizens of this and past regime???

    Please stop sucking up to the Rajapakses and undermining the UNP and it’s leader.
    Join any political party if they would take you….Then advocate your politics.

    Donald J Gnanakone
    Tamils For Justice
    Founder.

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    Beware UNP. Now he want you to concede the president election and focus on the parliament. What a nuts. Believe me, next he will tell not even to contest the PE, because it is a goner in his view.

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    Still wanting the president to win? I bet you Rajiva W also wants him to win after complaining about the regime all these days…..

    I am more and more inclined to think that Mahinda will manage to win the election, then extend the current parliament without elections as JR did.
    Given the selfishness of out elected representatives, they will raise their hands and say AYE.

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    Jayatilake,have you forgotten the experience at Kanatte.Shameless fool

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      Could you repeat it again for those that might not have heard this amusing but very relevant story?

      What did Dayan encounter in the graveyard?

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        he had to run naked for his life !(similar to Eureka)

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          Last time just pant down, but next time even jocky down – his thoughts re mixed as if came from a teenager.

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            He talks about his father. He talks about MR and his magical powers. But this man behaves as if his father did not teach him how to distinguish two far different personalities. His father earned that respect and dignity but how he compares it that of a man who even grabed the funds donated to the tsunami victims ?. I really cant understanding this kind of people.

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    Dayan,

    You are indeed a sorry sight. If you were not removed from your foreign posting in France would you have written this article and other articles where you have targeted the President. Of course not! To you, your position in such foreign countries would have mattered to you more than your mother land. Because you don’t have such a portfolio today that you are spewing your bitterness all over CT. You are worse than MR and RW put to together.

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      The bugger DJ [Edited out]

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    How can anyone take you seriously when you talk about people like Sujeeva Senasinghe? Come on Dayan don’t make yourself look an idiot. I am from Kaduwela and I can tell you that Sujeeva will lose at the next general election.
    You keep promoting Sajith but he will never be able to achieve political success ever.
    Using big words won’t make it a good article.
    Write sense otherwise please don’t waste our time. Is it true that you write what maharaja wants?

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    DJ-could you please enlighten me with your political wisdom by answering the following?
    1.On what basis do you claim that the Presedential election is very much a goner?even when the candidate/common candidate is not known.There are several well reasoned articles with facts and figures in these columns which indicate that the incumbent will have an uphill task to obtain 50% plus one.

    2.Your statment” I have no real problem with a 3rd term for MR but I do have a serious issue with his project of entrenchment in power of the Rajapaksa clan” At the age of 57 are you being smart when you dont realize that a 3rd term that you advocate for MR will further entrench family rule?

    Your former comrades in the foreign service Rajiva and Tamara have realized the damage done to the nation both domestically and Internationally by this regime headed by your saviour.You still have time to act according to your conscience for the sake of the nation.

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    Here we go again with this arsehole sucking up to MARA. the first strategy should be to get rid of the MARA. this can be done by ensuring that the minority vote is not given to MARA and that at least 50% of the Sinhala buddhist vote is against the MARA. As the joker DJ recommends that the presidential vote be given to MARA, and that the opposition focuses on winning the parliamentary elections this is a no no. All MARA has to do is to dissolve parliament if the opposition wins the parliamentary elections and he will then be able to continue to call the shots. DJ is as usual performing his tricks to ensure that whatever side wins, he will be able to get a position.

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    Bravo Dr.D.
    Your bottom line ( para ) is spot on. At least in this occasionInstead onin unison with JHU MP Arthuraliye Rathna Thera. But the only difference is he is not blaming the opposition as weak.

    That means he speaks straight where as you do in the opposite way blaming the opposition .

    Your 3rd para is spot on and enlightening. If the majority of the SL voters from the majority chose to vote MARA again what can the opposition do. It has been the political history of SL since 1948.

    A diplomatic man of your calibre and credibility must appeal to the masses whom they should vote at the next presidential election.if you are for the retention of Executive Presidency.

    While in Geneva you saved GOSL. Again you are putting down the opposition. Instead you must speak the truth and be a parallel wikieleak and expose MARA and his clan.

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      Ambedkhar Reborn,

      I agree that the view “an oligarchic-securocratic or oligarchic-militaristic Iron Curtain will descend upon post-election Sri Lanka, behind which a garrison state will grow and a dark age will settle.” is very accurate, except for the fact that through the whole article Dayan had just finished arguing that this “OS-OM-IC-Garrison State Dark Age” has already descended on the nation – and is not a future event!

      See Dayan’s descriptions:

      “The regime is not the executive presidency. The Executive Presidency is not even the center of gravity of this regime. It is not the main decision making agency. That agency is the “family Politbureau” and the “extended family Central Committee”. The Executive Presidency has been reduced to a façade”.

      “The regime is the ruling clan, its grip on the security apparatuses, its bagmen, its judges, its enforcers and it’s (‘monitoring’) pit-bulls, in a worse variant of the Bandaranaike-Ratwatte-Obeysekara clan”

      How then is the current regime different from ‘”OS-OM-IC-Garrison State Dark Age” he portrays as a future event?

      One additional thought – Do you think Dayan realizes the extent of his own contribution to the creation of this monstrous, diabolic regime that he now vehemently detests?

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    Your prediction of the Uva PC election was wrong. I am sure your prediction re: Presidential election is also wrong.

    One thing is certain, if Rajapakse does not win, the military will take over the governing of the country.

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    This guy Dayan J is so pathetically blind to his own faults, he wrote a whole article just a year ago that he had been unwavering in his convictions and that he had never ever changed his fundamental views or the firm stands he has taken. I hope at least the multitude of the comments he receives regularly and unfailingly following each of his articles opens his eye, even if only slightly!.

    Previously, at least he had the decency to respond (even if only argumentatively and rudely) to the challenges – now he has borrowed the tactic from his pal Rajiva to just spit out nonsense and disappear – what an academic? No wonder the best he could do 20+ years after PhD was an “interim, assistant, adjunct lectureer” position in an Asian University that lasted no more than a month.

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      Could you tell more of Dayan’s background? (or lack thereof)? It is important to know such information.

      Maybe the name of the university, what he taught .etc

      Robert

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        His graduate degree [Edited out]

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        [Edited out]

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    Dayan is a disturbed man! He was shaken when even a man with no morals like MR sacked him. He wass shaken when Uva showed definite signs of a UNP come -back. He cannot go back to Ranil because Ranil is a hard task master who can spot a fake at a distance. Now he is having a shot at Sajith. It is not a coincidence that all the Rajapaksian journalists -Malinda, and Dayan and HLD Mahindapala are now Sajith backers. They say Ranil is no good but Sajith is good..Rajapakses have Ranilphobia!!

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    This guy Dayan J is so pathetically blind to his own faults, he wrote a whole article just a year ago that he had been unwavering in his convictions and that he had never ever changed his fundamental views or the firm stands he has taken. I hope at least the multitude of the comments he receives regularly and unfailingly following each of his articles opens his eye, even if only slightly!.

    Previously, at least he had the decency to respond (even if only argumentatively and rudely) to the challenges – now he has borrowed the tactic from his pal Rajiva to just spit out nonsense and disappear – what an academic? No wonder the best he could do 20+ years after PhD was an “interim, assistant, adjunct lecturer” position in an Asian University that lasted no more than a month.

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      Kumar R,

      “No wonder the best he could do 20+ years after PhD was an “interim, assistant, adjunct lecturer” position in an Asian University that lasted no more than a month.”

      My understanding was that DJ was attached to(NUS)National University of Singapore as a senior lecturer for Two years !

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        No, DJ the self proclaimed analyst himself added that he rejected that offer at NUS. This is what I read on CT forum some time back now.

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        but ofcourse we cant trust what his moouth drops.. not a smidgen of honesty in his comments either. [Edited out] like DJ cant help to turn to average.

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        Not true.

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    Kumar. R,
    My Response to ” Do you think DJ realises the extent of his own contribution to the creation of this monstrous , diabolic regime that he now vehemently distress. “

    Yes I do. I am sure DJ’s conscience is pricking him and he is putting a brave face and finding scape goats among the opposition. This equally applies to Rajiva, Rohan, GL, Tamara and the likes. At one time all these claimed they patriots, experts,internationalists , against terrorism and defenders of human rights and what not.

    Atleast Sarath F like a true Buddhist and like Emperor Asoka came clean after the war.
    Now the R clan is crucifying SL covertly and overtly. GR is the man behind I guess. I may be wrong.

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    Is it not possible to select some of the good points occasionally being made by Dr Dayan Jayathilake rather than throwing the baby with the bathwater?

    He has made some valid points about the abolition of the Executive Presidency. The abolitionists believe as if the panacea for all our ills is the Executive Presidency without analyzing the root causes.

    The Executive presidency at the time the 1978 Constitution was launched was thousand times better than the executive Presidency after all the amendments.

    Can anybody say that the Executive Presidency is implicitly bad and that it cannot be reformed by amendments and that the only alternative is the abolition and replacement with a west minister type of constitution.

    Mrs Bandaranaike exhibited dictatorial powers during 1970-1977 regime and Mrs Indira Gandhi did so after declaring an unjustifiable internal emergency in India in 1975.

    The abolitionists has brought constitutional change as the main issue of the oppositional campaign strategy when it has little prospect of acting as a rallying cry among millions of rural voters.

    Why people vote and how do they vote?If you are clueless….

    Do the people vote for regime change? Independent Institutions? Good Governance?
    Corruption? Nepotism?

    Or …

    What is needed is a winning coalition and a winning package!

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      Even if the mentioned Abolitionists and Abortionalists do the job repeatedly, none of them have analysed the problem properly. There you are dead right. How can the aforementioned do the job – if they themselves behave as if they are suffering from alzheimer and amnesia of moderate kind ? Actually, our constitution analysts should seek help from the western world in gaping up the prevailing one.This they could do through diplomatic ties – in that way they could even improve the relationship with them though this is an internal issue. There unfortuantley, they have not done the job yet properly becauseof the thuggish adminsitration sees it always different being suffered by inferior compext so virulently as no other leader did it before. It is also comprehesible that the man is not welcome among the world leaders. If the man in power is blessed with the little amonunt of vision and wisdom, he can still react in thisregard accordingly getting the support directly.

      As DJ once pointed out, we have world accepted srilanken interllectuals that could support srilanken issues. Their support should be sought accordingly. So called professor (from Law faculty), Rajiva, Pundit DJ coudl still work on this convincing the megalomaniac in power adequately – he should not be let entwined with people like MONITORING MP (former Baggge boy).

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    Hey DJ are you not planning for your retirement after Ranil gets to power? You, Malinda, Chandraperuma, and HLD can get into a retirement home and then recall your past years when you wrote for Mara

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    As a strategist, My advice to opposition political parties in Sri Lanka and especially to UNP should not to be panic and just relax as I can see people are ready to put you in the driving seat and the ruling UPFA should be the team should be in panic and tension situation now.

    I agree with DJ as Major opposition party UNP should not jump into wagon now. First of all UNP should put an effort to make sure any snap presidential poll should be two horse race. I am pretty confident that the more than two candidates means the decider may lead to second preference. therefore UNP should only concentrate is to prepare a Broader Opposition Alliance and forming a council of leaders first instead of proposing a common candidate name. They must understand that the next election is about not to throw out the government, it should be specially to end the executive power system and also to implement good governance. Opposition political must accept the reality of who is at the moment can stand as number one in popular vote and obviously its MR but his numbers less than 50% this time without any doubt. Therefore two horse race election means oppositions are having bigger chance to win. UNP should understand that this election is all about bring back democracy and good governance and Rajapaksa too in a catch 22 situation and he is desperate to bring an election sooner as more he delays and his popular vote will decrease further due to his failure to provide solutions to people day to hardship due to high cost of living.

    I strongly suggest the main UNP Party should lead the role to form council of leaders by get the representative from leaders of the political parties and civil societies who will have the power to form the alternative government to replace this regime who fails to deliver the goods for ordinary people.

    The members of the council of leaders should not be more than 15 members and also they should form second tier leaders council too which can comprise at least 25 second tier leaders (it is to comfort small minor party leaders and some figures in the major parties that should be important to accommodate). Based on Political Parties voting strength and power they should get seats numbers in the council of leaders board. Second Tier Leaders board is not necessary to follow that rule and it can be people who are minor political party leaders, civil society figures and powerful individuals in the society and also some attractive figures in the major political parties in the opposition alliance.

    The second tier council leaders can propose ideas such as capable person who can be ideal challenger to incumbent president but the decision of selecting a common candidate to challenge the incumbent president is upto mutual discussion and series of continues dialog between the council of leaders in order appoint the ideal challenger in any upcoming president election. It should be done with proper and careful consultation with in the council of leaders with concrete decision and ready to work as a team with a common agenda specially to abolish the executive presidency and also to implement good governance. Candidate to challenge the President does not need to be the member of the council of leaders as even they can take someone outsider but that figure should be added into the council of leaders team. Powers should always stand within the council of leaders even the candidate wins the election in order to make sure agenda to be implemented properly.

    And also in the Broader Opposition Alliance, they also must form a council of youth leaders in order to make sure all the opposition alliance parties youth activist and supporters will work in the campaign as team no matter which party they come from but to make sure the Alliance should take the driving seat to govern the next government.

    I am sure this type of strategies will help the opposition who are waiting so long to get this regime out. Still as DJ stated like wise opposition parties must select a person who cannot become an easy target to the current regime to stir the minds of the Sinhalese voters as breaking Sinhalese votes from MR side means that the end of the game for this regime.

    Recent EU court lifts LTTE sanctions news is becomes one of the sweetest campaign slogan for current during the election period to stir the minds of rural Sinhalese voters. Therefore these things should be taken into account to make sure the common candidate they choose for the opposition should become an easy target to allow MR get his third term.

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