2 December, 2021

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Immediately Rescind Sir Desmond’s Appointment: Sumanthiran Tells Govt.

Jaffna district TNA candidate M.A. Sumanthiran has today called on the government to immediately rescind Sir Desmond de Silva‘s appointment in light of the pending investigation in respect of that very appointment.

Sumanthiran

Sumanthiran

Issuing a statement Sumanthirsn said; “The press has recently reported that the Bar Standards Board has initiated a formal investigation into the professional conduct of Sir Desmond de Silva QC with respect to his role in Sri Lanka.

“I raised the question of Sir Desmond’s professional conduct in Parliament on 17 March 2015 and urged the government itself to forward a complaint to the Bar Standards Board. Though the government failed to take any action in this regard, a complaint was forwarded by a non-governmental organization. The government simply cannot continue to retain the Advisory Panel chaired by Sir Desmond, particularly given the initiation of an inquiry into Sir Desmond’s acceptance of that very appointment. Its continued retention of Sir Desmond deals a devastating blow to good governance and the rule of law.”

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    These days Jaffna area is a sea of hatred. Every Tamil party campaigners deliver speech that puts BBS to shame.

    Its all in Tamil. So many do not realise what is going on there. The slogans range from promises of erecting a memorial to Prabakaran to chasing away Sinhala people from the NE. Apparently its all “political posturing”. So this is what they ideally want although they are willing to settle for less!

    Although most of Mahinda Rajapaske campaign depends on these political posturings in Jaffna to create a fear psychosis in minds of their supporters.

    Apart from your average UPFA supporter there must be a another Prabarkan in there that actually believe TNA is going to chase Sinhala people out of the NE!

    Why not these Tamil donkeys really say what they mean and save everyone some hassle? Isn’t one catastrophe enough to learn a lesson to be more authentic?

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      Vibushana is shivering in her boots.

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      Vibhu,

      “These days Jaffna area is a sea of hatred. Every Tamil party campaigners deliver speech that puts BBS to shame.”

      Please provide us facts to back your claim.

      For some reason the English language media only seems to follow candidate Maheswaran UNP). Why?

      I can understand why most of Jaffna media ignores the illegal election activities of most of the candidates. The party controlled media cannot be expected to reveal what the party candidates are doing.

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        You just have to take my word for at Im afraid. If you want to confirm ask a Moslem to do the translation for you.

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          Imbecile Vibhushana,

          You are an embodiment of mendacity; a habitual liar when it comes to anything Tamil. Taking your word is like asking a drug-pusher to talk about the harmful effects of the dungs that he is pushing!

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        Sorry, I found it. The first link is a fella from TNA the other UNP.

        [Edited out]

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          Hey Vibitchana, are you Moda Sach’s wife? You two make good couple. A typical Sinhalame buddhist couple.

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      what they want is RW as PM…dont you remember GTF asking the poeople in SL to make RW PM, ?

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      If it is all in Tamil why don’t you learn it and try to understand what you can do to turn the sea of hatred by making it a special type of shark breeding ground . You can do that having by erecting a white washed statue of gargantuan proportions for Prabakaran your great hero in the sea off Casurina Beach by the Navy as a gesture of goodwill to him for making that possible.
      Ask MR to make an election promise to his supporters in Kurungala, that he will obtain a loan from China for that purpose . MR can get all those who vote for him in that constituency and the rest of the country by imposing a special tax to settle that loan. Tell MR that you will do your best by canvassing all those who avidly read your drivel in CT to fall in line.

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      My dear Buddhist Sinhala rascist [Edited out], do you understand what Sumanthiran said about? What is a difference between a liar and a Vibhusana? Did Pirabhaharan or Sumanthiran ever said to chase Sinhalese from NE? In fact , it is Sinhalese who chased away Tamils not only from NE but also from South West.

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      What else can the dumb [Edited out]know rather than whine and moan. Vibushana you should stop complaining and start coperating dmb btch

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      “Nobody knows what is going on there”. How come you seems to know everything what is going on there. You are just dreaming Chap? A dream of convenience? But nobody believes a dream especially the dream of of an ignorant

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      Dear Vibushana,
      I have reported Sir Desmond De Silva to both the Bar Council as well as to the British Government about his conduct of aiding and abetting supression of war crimes in Srilanka. He had openly made his opinion clear both in Srilanka and in UK. This came as a surprise to me as I did not expect them to take any action on my complaint.

      Your stand that one is innocent till he is proved guilty is correct. But to maintain integrity, any person who is accused of misdeed, has to be suspended from any public position till the case is concluded. If the verdict is not guilty, he can be reinstated. So asking him to be removed from the advisory panel for the present is fair, which will give credibility to the actions of the government.

      As an ordinary person he has a right to his opinion even if totally wrong. As a lawyer, he could advise his client about loopholes in law in order to escape the charges. But as a lawyer registered in UK, he cannot ask his client to tell lies, in order to cover up crime. His denial of war crime in Srilanka has put him into this predicament, as it brings disrepute to the legal profession in UK.

      For the British Government, Sir Desmond de Silva is not an ordinary citizen or a leading lawyer, but a Knight Commander of the British Empire who has to maintain the dignity and integrity of the state. He was Knighted after his work on war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leonne. For a person who found people guilty of war crimes in one country, to say that no war crimes took place in Srilanka especially when there is incriminating evidence is disgusting.

      I will not be surprised that if the Bar Council finds him guilty, he may be stripped of his Knighthood, which in my representation, I have requested the British Gvernment to consider. I hope that conviction of this high ranking person will open the eyes of the world to the plight of the Tamils who lost their lives in an unacceptable manner.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,

        You have reported Dr. Desmond Bar Council as well as to the British Government? Wow! That is in fact the burning need of the hour.

        You are indeed a very socially conscious, honorable citizen.

        What is mind boggling is why you have not reported Tony Blair or his wifey Cherry for that matter. Both barristers, aren’t they?

        Tony is a war criminal, a well-established fact. His barrister wifey Cherry may have aided Tony in his criminal dealings. Please take action!

        Cheers!

        PS:
        FYI, Tony and family are in SL on a two week long visit right now.
        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam, Will you prompt a citizen’s arrest of Tony in SL before he departs our shores?

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          If you are so worried about Tony, why don’t you report it yourself?
          Are you that lazy that you expect others to be at your beck and call?
          Gnana will report on persons that he is interested in, you do it without expecting others to be your slave.
          I wonder if you are ordering Gnana about since he is Tamil ? You expect him to be servile to you?

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          Ben Hurling

          “Tony is a war criminal, a well-established fact.”

          Tony is now holidaying in this island, will remain here for couple of weeks. If you are serious about war crimes, be a man catch him, drag him all the way to ICC, teach him a lesson he will never forget.

          Go ahead, make ou day Ben.

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            Is it a coincidence that Tony Bliar’s two weeks holiday in Sri Lankais during the height of the election period?

            Is he going to make any political statements

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            Native,

            I tried, but both ICC & UN turned me down. Unfortunately.

            They reminded, Tony is a citizen of UK. Therefore entitled to wanton killing and maiming of millions of innocent people. With despicable weapons. Then walk free and travel the world like a “true statesman”. As if, nothing had happened.

            Further, just like me they found Tony’s post UK PM appointment as “Peace Envoy” to Israel-Palestine particularly annoying.

            Nope! Nobody has reported Tony to either the Bar Council or the UK government, so far.

            In fact, Tony himself has resigned from that post. It is impossible to be “Peace Envoy”, when he is a one sided, die-hard Christian fundamentalist himself. Who eagerly awaits the return of Messiah to the “Promised Land”.

            FYI, for the time being ICC rules only apply to dictators from Banana Republics. Such as ours. If we refuse to serve geo-political interests of others.

            Cheers!

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              Ben Hurling

              “Tony is a citizen of UK. Therefore entitled to wanton killing and maiming of millions of innocent people.”

              And UK helping the tyrants such despots as JR, Prema, MR in the forms of training, supplying arms,torture equipment, mercenaries (kini mini) ….

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          Dear Ben Hurling,
          Tony Blair or his wife have not committed any war crimes on my people. If any one has evidence that they have committed war cimes on their people, it is up to them to make the complaint.

          Secondly, I had no intention to report Sir Desmond de Silva to anyone as according to my assessment he is a fool to have made statements to whitewash war crimes committed by Srilankan security forces. But in the CT website, I was challenged by Sinhala racists to try and report him and get disappointed. I took up that challnege and reported him.

          Tony Blair is in Srilanka as a state guest. If he is a war criminal why did they nvite him. They can arrest him and hand him over to Hague. Will Mahinda Rajapakse will ever be invited as a state guest by any of the western countries.

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            Tony Blair and his family are in Sri Lanka on a ‘private visit’, NOT as guests of the government.

            ” Tony Blair or his wife have not committed any war crimes on my people “.
            Would you like to tell us how helpful he was to ‘your cause’ while he was PM.

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            Blair is a man known to mix business with pleasure and will surely attempt to rustle up some lucrative business while here. There will also be those TNA bigwigs who will beg him for an audience seeking favours and making promises for the future.

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            Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,

            Thanks a lot for the response, where I spot the problem as well. Unfortunately.

            Please if you may, even at this late juncture, make a resolute departure from truly backward “My People” mentality. That is the cancer that ruins all humanity.

            There are no “My People”. Only “People”. People are people. Pain and suffering is the same. Whether one is Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim or English.

            Please take a look at yourself in the mirror, before hurrying to call others racists.

            Cheers!

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              Ben Hurling

              “Please if you may, even at this late juncture, make a resolute departure from truly backward “My People” mentality.”

              Could you also advise Wee Thamihz Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon for bragging about his we Thamihzs. Or have you given up on him?

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        Another hilarious performance from our resident stand up comedian – but surprisingly no references to gingelly oiled penises this time :D

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          Imposter Sarma,

          I am glad that you have recognised the performances of Vibhushana! :D

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        I agree with your position that when one is under scrutiny especially in the public eye serving the public interests, he or she should step aside. No man is guilty until proven beyond a reasonable doubt. To continue in office while an investigation is on going is show lack of regard and disrespect a due process adopted by civilized society. Like wise in the name of good governance there are other public officials who are under scrutiny of what seems to be improper. They too need to step aside and await the outcome of an impartial inquiry – that is greatness of that office holder which yields integrity to that person holding that office.

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    Dear candidate Sumanthiran,

    You are correct about Sir Desmond.

    Is your party ITAK going to allow Professor Sittambalam to continue as a candidate and maybe end up as a National List MP?

    He has been accused of having threatened students and having done illegal electioneering at Jaffna Technical Institute.

    Should this kind of a man become a law maker?

    It is important to react to Sir Desmond but your “Alliance of the House” should clean its own house also. Thank you in advance.

    “Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that parliament was responsible for the enactment of laws for the benefit of the people, but that the very people who were hoping to enter parliament were breaking the law during this election period.”

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/82775/some-would-be-law-makers-break-the-law-ec

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    Thursday forum and Sumanthiran are all from middle east.

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    M A Sumanthiran

    Thanks for taking a firm stand on the issue that I dissected few months ago and referenced below.

    Rt Hon Sir Desmond de Silva QC & Fishing In Troubled … https://www.colombotelegraph.com/…/rt-hon-sir-desmond-de-silva-qc-fi…27 Apr 2015 –

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      RJ,

      “Thanks for taking a firm stand on the issue that I dissected few months ago and referenced below.”

      Aren’t you saying that MAS has copied your ideas?

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        My article does not predate MAS’s stand on this.

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    May be Sir Desmond Silva will find a lucrative contract with the Rajapaksa family advising on the Thajudeen file to begin with because many more files could come his way just from one family.

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    why is sumanthiran getting involved with things that do not concern him.As a lawyer doesn’t he understand that you are innocent until proved guilty.Just because someone has made a complaint and a investigation is underway that does not give sumanthiran the right to tell the government to sack desmond.when tamil pollies start getting too big for their boots only the sinhalese start to get aroused.

    Sumanthirans big mouth is only going to make the sinhalese think that desmond indeed is an asset to them in the fight against the tamil diaspora whereas he is not and a colossal waste of money trying to take on the western nations when they have made up their minds on srilanka.

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      As a lawyer or as another professional you are bound by ethics and professional conduct. You might not be in violation of the laws but if your even seen to be in breach of ethics or professional conduct you have to remove yourself or the governing body will do it for you and charge you the cost incurred arriving at that decision.

      So Mr. Sumanithran is right in asking for his removal to protect the integrity of the profession.

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        Burt

        don’t talk BS here.Some of the worst scumbags are the professionals.take the case of our former cheap justice who said in the UN that ekneligoda was in paris.Sumanthiran is not trying to safeguard ethics,he is trying to be the local mouth piece of the diaspora who are using him because he is a clever and eloquent bugger.Read the above comment of rajasingham jayadeven.

        Unless the TNA are willing to wag the tail sometimes they may not get any funding from the cash rich diaspora.Sumanthiran who has so far worked impeccably and earned the respect of the sinhalese who trust him more as a colombo guy should not fall prey to the diaspora and be used by them.The diaspora too should not corrupt him as he is the only conduit now between the moderate tamils and sinhalese and will be important in the future to establish that bridge of trust between the communities.

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          Sir Desmond is answerable to the governing body in UK not Sri Lanka where there is no regard to the code of ethics and professional conduct but in developed countries where designation have recognition and the trust of the people its taken seriously.

          “don’t talk BS here.”
          I am not talking BS and if your in SL this might be a new concept but here if people do the same crap done by SOME professionals in SL they will lose their license to practice.

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            As we were speaking of “Code of ethics and professional conduct”: I was amused when I saw this.
            “A tensed situation erupted in the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court yesterday as Lawyers accused each other in abusive language when they argued as to why former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabral cannot be summoned to Court for misappropriation of Rs 34.7 billion in Greek Bonds issue.”

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    Vellala TNA joined with Batalanada Ranil’s UNP e Christian Faction to sack Mr Mohan Peiris the CJ of Srilanka.

    Now the same Vellala outfit wants the scalp of Sir Desmond de Silva QC..

    I mean is it a crime to earn money when he is a top QC and get paid accordingly?.

    Or has it got something to do with his name?..Or isn’t he an Anglican Elite?.

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    Sumanthiran takes a double stance on the issue of war crimes. It came out that he had agreed on a mixed tribunal with Mangala. He did not support appearing in Geneva because he felt he was part of the Sri Lankan government. Now, he seems to have changed his tune. Come clean and state your position clearly.

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    Read this article and follow through its links and a fair minded person will not find a single reason why the services of the highly-reputed QC Sir Desmond de Silva should be rescinded by the Sri Lankan government. Except, of course, that Sir Desmond has put forward his considered opinion, shared by other eminent legal advisers, that most of the present allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity leveled against the Sri Lankan government and its armed forces do not withstand even a preliminary examination.

    An adviser to an accused should not be dismissed simply because he disagrees with with the accusations. That’s his job, after all. Anyone who disagrees with Sir Desmond’s appraisal should say why the disagree, not attempt to silence him by getting him sacked. Unless, of course, such people are afraid his appraisal being correct.

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    Vibhushana and Sumanasekera are two racist [Edited out]. CT is at fault for publishing their comments, because they run afoul of the spirit of the declared Comments Policy, in this instance Guidelines 5 & 8.

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      Navin

      “Vibhushana and Sumanasekera”

      There is no fun without them.

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    What is Sumanthiran doing?

    This is very very important to campaign for an international Inquiry?

    Mr.Sumanthian, first drop out all these non sense and save your energy. Second work hard, if TNA can get 20 seats, to make as twenty one. That is so important to convey a message for UNHRC and other International communities. What are you doing is sawing suspicion in the minds of Tamils if TNA is honestly for ICC.

    As soon as Mr.Desmond de Silva was appointed to consult the commission by the Kld King, I found out on his personal website his advertisement of defense services to international crimes(But CT cut off my comment against Mr.Desmond de Silva, that time). None of the international consultant is in the commission an honest Social Service worker on this area. Not just Mr.Desmond de Silva, the entire commission has been rejected by Tamils. If Sumanthiran is in Ceylon, he should have come to know that.

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    A two bit ‘lawyer’ is desperate to get an eminent QC thrown off the case – I wonder why :D Get back to defending the human rights of petty shoplifters Suma and leave this to the big boys :D

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      Hello Sinhalese racist who has stolen Siva Sankaran Sarma’s identity.

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    Wee Thamihz Senior Journalist Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

    I know you care about the finances of this island. You also don’t want to pay foreigners exorbitant fees just to speak kaduva.

    Why don’t you consider appointing home grown eminent lawyers such as Mahinda Rajapaksa, Namal Rajapaksa, Sarath de Silva, …. assisted by OTC and your good self?

    If you need some little islander bravado and kick ass please hire Black & Decker.

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    Kallathonis talking again…

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    Sumanthiran

    Before talking about Sir Desmond’s appointment, will you answer these questions?

    Did you have any talks with Ranil or Maithiri or Chandrika either separately or jointly on finding a solution to the Tamil problem? One Tamil analyst writing in the Theeni website has said you had three round of talks. Is this true?

    Did you enter into any secret agreement with these three Sinhala leaders either individually or jointly on a proposed solution to the Tamil problem?

    If such a secret agreement does exist, will you disclose the details of such an agreement?

    Sampanthan has been saying that the Tamil problem will be solved next year (2016) if TNA is returned to Parliament with 20 MPs at Monday’s Parliamentary Election. Did either Sampanthan or you enter into any secret agreement with Ranil or Maithri or Chandrika either individually or jointly promising TNA’s support either to a government to be formed by UNP or a national government headed by Ranil if the general election produces a hung Parliament? Did Ranil or Maithri or Chandrika either individually or jointly promise to give self-rule for Tamils under a Federal system for TNA to include a statement to this effect in its manifesto?

    Your Tamil Arasu Katchi leader Mavai has challenged Gajendrakumar Ponnnambalam to disclose the details of the discussions he had with Basil Rajapakse during the closing stages of the Eelam war in 2009.Gajendrakumar has in turn accused TNA leaders of irresponsibility during this critical period.

    Did your TNA leader Sampanthan or any other TNA leaders ask the LTTE to allow the Tamil civilians trapped in the battlefront to leave? What action did your TNA leaders take to bring about a ceasefire in order to allow the civilians to leave the battlefront? Did your TNA leaders appeal either to India or to the international community to intervene in the conflict and to allow the safe passage of the civilians from the battlefront?

    The then Indian Security Advisor M K Narayanan requested Sampanthan, Mavai and other TNA leaders to make a joint appeal to LTTE to agree to the surrender of arms and ceasefire when they met him at his South Block Office in New Delhi in April 2009. Narayanan has later said that Sampanthan’s reply was that they will consider about making such a request to LTTE after the conclusion of the Indian Parliamentary Election. Do you know that by the time Indian Parliamentary elections results were announced LTTE’s fate and the fate of the Tamil civilians trapped at the battlefront had been sealed by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces? Don’t you think that this irresponsibility and stupid answer to Narayanan by your TNA leaders at that critical time contributed to the death of thousands of Tamil civilians at the battle front?

    Don’t you think that Gajendrakumar’s accusation against TNA leadership is based on this kind of irresponsible attitude and inaction on the part of TNA leaders at such a critical time?

    Do you know that an anti-TNA wave is building up in the North today that may drown TNA candidates like you in Monday’s election?

    If you fail to be elected at Monday’s election from the Jaffna electoral district, will you still try to wriggle in as a TNA national list MP?

    Do you know that your TNA candidates in the Batticaloa district are desperately engaged in a racist propaganda against the Muslims and telling the Tamils that their vote for UNP or UPFA will be a vote for the Muslim candidates contesting in those two national parties?

    Don’t you know that this type of racist propapaganda by TNA against the Muslims may incite race riots between the Tamils and Muslims in the Batticaloa district? Do you want to see a blood-bath in the East among the Tamils and Muslims? Do you know that if Muslim representation is denied in Batticaloa district because of this TNA racist propaganda, there is a great likelihood of rioting by Muslim mobs against the Tamils? Don’t you think that your TNA candidates call to the Tamils that they should ensure the election TNA candidates to all the five available seats in the Batticaloa district thereby denying any Muslim representation is a sure recipe for racial conflict between the two communities?

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      Naga,

      “Did you enter into any secret agreement with these three Sinhala leaders either individually or jointly on a proposed solution to the Tamil problem?”

      We have heard many Sinhala calling the TNA, TULF, Muslim parties et al are racist parties! Now, you called the likes of RW, CBK, and MS are Sinhala leaders! Are they leading and represent the Sinhala people only? So, in effect, the names such as SLFP and UNP are just fronts but they are all Sinhala leaders representing the Sinhala, right?

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      Naga,

      “Do you know that an anti-TNA wave is building up in the North today that may drown TNA candidates like you in Monday’s election?”

      Sources please.

      “If you fail to be elected at Monday’s election from the Jaffna electoral district, will you still try to wriggle in as a TNA national list MP?”

      Might cause a fist fight with Professor Sittambalam:)

      “Do you know that your TNA candidates in the Batticaloa district are desperately engaged in a racist propaganda against the Muslims and telling the Tamils that their vote for UNP or UPFA will be a vote for the Muslim candidates contesting in those two national parties?”

      Sources please.

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        Heretic

        You asked for sources. These things do not often get reported in the press or other media. I keep in touch with my former journalist colleagues and those known to me to keep a tap on the developments in North East. What I wrote was what I heared them telling me.

        Many people told me that Batticaloa TNA candidates are openly telling Tamils that vote for Pillaiyan,Ganeshamoorthy and Sanakiyan will result in Hisbullah elected as MP in the Batticaloa district on the UPFA ticket. Even some of their speeches have appeared in the media. Similarly, they have been telling that a vote for UNP’s Tamil candidates will result in Ameer Ali getting elected.

        In Kalmunai, a mob led by TNA candidate Henry Mahendran had gone on a rampage and destroyed a concrete name board re-naming a road in Kalmunai in memory of late Gate Mudaliyar Kariappar, a former Kalmunai MP. That road was to be opened by Ranil. They claimed the re-naming was done without a council resolution and took the law unto their own hands in destroying the name board. Many Tamil websites carried this news item with photos and video. This is a very sensitive issue for the Muslims. Kalmunai is a mixed town with both Tamil and Muslim residents.

        A former journalist told me that TNA cannot expect to win more than 3 seats in Jaffna this time because they are facing lot of opposition from other parties and groups. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam is being supported by many pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora elements and many Diaspora Tamils are reportedly working the phones dialling Jaffna residents asking them to vote for Gajendrakumar’s party. Even the NPC Chief Minister’s statement indirectly supports Gajendrakumar. Today I received an email from a pro-LTTE source in Melbourne circulating Chief Minister’s statement. The email had been sent from the Chief Minister’s office to known overseas contacts asking them to give wide publicity to Justice Wigneswaran’s statement because the SL Tamil press and pro TNA Tamil websites have blacked out the statement. Further,Douglas cannot be easily dislodged and a third force that threatens to eat into TNA support base is the former LTTE members contesting as independents. Besides these three groups, the chances of UNP’s chief candidate Vijayakala with her own support base cannot be dismissed easily.

        Many Tamils are anxiously awaiting the results from the Jaffna electoral division.

        As for Sumanthiran, my former journalist friend told me that he will finish last on the last. He is considered an import from Colombo even though his parents were from Jaffna. My friend told me that a further issue is that with an entrenched caste-based politics of Jaffna, Sumanthiran not being one from the Vellala caste will be a big issue for him.

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          Naga,

          “My friend told me that a further issue is that with an entrenched caste-based politics of Jaffna, Sumanthiran not being one from the Vellala caste will be a big issue for him.”

          Any idea of what the caste of Sumanthiran is?

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          Naga,

          Thank you for your reply and the information. I live in Jaffna and have noticed that many things are said at political meetings. Many of the more radical ideas are never published.

          “Today I received an email from a pro-LTTE source in Melbourne circulating Chief Minister’s statement. The email had been sent from the Chief Minister’s office to known overseas contacts asking them to give wide publicity to Justice Wigneswaran’s statement because the SL Tamil press and pro TNA Tamil websites have blacked out the statement.”

          You should scan and post a copy of this. The radical Jaffna Tamils at home in and Diaspora are badly divided.

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        Naga, Heretic and others,

        Caffe has made a request for the two biggest parties to not to allow bad politicians to enter the Parliament thru the National List. This request should also be sent to the TNA. The TNA should keep Professor Sittambalam away from the Parliament.

        “Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon urged the two main parties not to appoint corrupt politicians to Parliament from the national list.

        He requested the two main parties to refrain from appointing politicians for whom there are financial fraud allegations, bribery and corruption charges and who break the election laws, pollute the environment and earned money from illegal means from the national list.”

        http://dailynews.lk/?q=local/appoint-only-clean-politicos-national-list-caffe

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    Sumanthiran,

    Are you aware of the illegal stickers and posters that appear on the walls, fences and gates? Can you advice your supporters to stop their illegal activity?

    I am referring to the stickers and the poster where you are alone and the sticker where you are with Mavai.

    Did Mahinda D the EC say something about law breakers who want to become law makers?

    Will you reimburse the expenses caused by cleaning and repainting the walls, fences and gates?

    I am a bit disappointed but not really surprised. I thought that you are not like the others.

    Some years ago another Colombo man was elected by us in the NP. We were expecting an educated moderate retired judge to facilitate reconciliation, development and justice. That man failed.

    Are you going to let us down in a similar way?

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