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Lead, Be Led Or Get Out Of The Way

By Dharisha Bastians –

Dharisha Bastians

Dharisha Bastians

In these troubled times, when Sri Lanka’s democracy is gravely threatened by the twin evils of autocratic governance and ineffective Opposition, Sajith Premadasa, the former United National Party Deputy Leader, is busy drawing a self-portrait.

For the second time in two days, Premadasa has openly rejected personal invitations from the UNP Leadership Council to attend its Tuesday and Wednesday meetings. Both invitations were aimed at bringing Premadasa in for discussions with the Leadership Council in a bid to resolve his doubts about the new leadership structure and convince him to take his seat on the nine-member body.

Leaving the UNP Working Committee meeting that officially set up the Leadership Council chaired by Karu Jayasuriya on 4 November, Premadasa had attempted to portray himself a martyr. Standing before the press corps following that meeting, Premadasa said he would have to refuse a position on the Leadership Council because its establishment had fallen short of pledges made to the United Bhikku Front, and its senior monk Ven. Girambe Ananda Thero.

The perfect excuse

In truth, Premadasa’s decision to opt out of the Council had been made much earlier. But a meeting with Ananda Thero and other UBF monks in Kurunegala on the eve of the crucial Working Committee meet, at which agreements were reached to take the latest reforms process forward, provided Premadasa with the perfect rationale to refuse to sit on the Leadership Council. Premadasa’s absence, his backers decided, would erode the Council of legitimacy and portray it as just another exercise in manipulation by Wickremesinghe, who in fact, still held all the cards.

Unfortunately for Premadasa and his ‘reform’ movement, all their well-laid plans fell through in less than 48 hours.

The United Bhikku Front including Girambe Ananda Thero openly endorsed the Leadership Council and its Chairman and Premadasa’s own credentials were gravely eroded among the senior monks after his decision to sidestep playing an active role in the UNP’s altered leadership structure.

One month later, Premadasa has lost the support of all but a handful of radical monks within the Bhikku Front. He and his backers are facing public criticism from senior monks within the UNP-affiliated Bhikku movement after they commenced a relentless campaign of misinformation against the new Council and its Chairman Jayasuriya. With the monks appearing to fully support the Jayasuriya-led Council, Premadasa’s excuse for boycotting has fallen through.

As the Council commences work and attempts to build bridges between fractured sections of the Party membership, Premadasa has relegated himself to the sidelines of these changes. From this place, he is at liberty to continue onslaughts against senior UNP members and issue scathing criticisms against the way the party is being run. Published and broadcast by selected media organisations, these speeches contribute to the continued erosion of the UNP brand and the notion that the country’s main Opposition party remains, in essence, divided.

Radicalisation

In fact radicalisation appears to be the path adopted by the Premadasa faction, with or without the knowledge of the young MP from Hambantota in whose name the battle for the UNP leadership is being waged. Around Sajith Premadasa and his relative popularity at the grassroots level has gathered a motley crew of egocentric, inexperienced and vindictive political operators. The group is backed by the financial and media clout wielded by powerful business tycoons who have made it their personal mission to oust Wickremesinghe from the UNP and place Premadasa at the helm of the party.

Controlled by these corporate players, the ‘Premadasa faction’ is taking more radicalised positions every day. In Parliament and at public meetings, the small group of Parliamentarians and provincial councillors make a great deal of noise; noise that is expressly aimed at portraying the UNP as deeply divided into two factions. The game plan is simple: keep the UNP divided and prevent election success that will consistently lead to heightened calls for Wickremesinghe’s complete expulsion from the party.

It has become crucial to the success of this plan that the UNP Leadership Council fails to effect meaningful change in the way the party is governed. Therefore, the vilification of Council Chairman Jayasuriya, a man Premadasa had pledged to support for party leadership and his main ally in the UNP reforms process, was begun in the pro-Premadasa newspaper and a like-minded television station.

Karu hits out

So it was that the mild-mannered Jayasuriya, the Opposition legislator who is often first at the scene when a media organisation or journalist is subjected to violent attack, stood up in Parliament last week and launched a scathing criticism against the newspaper owned by a prominent businessman and Premadasa backer. The newspaper has flayed Jayasuriya and his supporters relentlessly since he agreed to head the Leadership Council.

In his Parliament speech, while careful to refrain from mentioning the newspaper’s affiliation to Premadasa, Jayasuriya spoke in uncharacteristically fiery terms about reporting ethics and the responsibility of the media, after he accused the newspaper of going so far as to vilify his deceased parents and question his Buddhist credentials. The newspaper and its proprietor had a tendency to take politicians hostage, turning on them viciously when they attempted to act independently, the Leadership Council Chairman charged, during the Budget debate on the Media Ministry in the House.

His speech was criticised ironically by Government MPs, who said Jayasuriya was claiming to espouse the cause of media freedom but was in fact attacking the independent press. Those listening to the Jayasuriya tirade against the Sinhala and English language newspapers were stunned by the senior Parliamentarian’s potential to strike back when he believed he was being subject to unjust attack.

A politician too often dismissed as ‘harmless’ and lacking firebrand potential, Jayasuriya in his new role at the helm of UNP affairs had shown there was fight left in him yet. It was a necessary move at a crucial juncture, political observers said, and it spoke volumes for the effectiveness of Jayasuriya’s speech that the newspaper has chosen not to retaliate except in oblique ways since last week.

Innate peacemaker

For all the fire and brimstone in Parliament, Jayasuriya remains an innate peacemaker. His anger against the pro-Premadasa newspaper notwithstanding, Jayasuriya has been careful to distinguish between his younger colleague and Premadasa’s media backers.

Two days after his criticism of the pro-Premadasa media organisation, Jayasuriya chaired the Leadership Council meeting on Friday (13) that decided he would extend a special personal invitation to Sajith Premadasa to attend the Council meeting the following Tuesday (17). The invitation would be personally extended by Jayasuriya himself.

On Tuesday, when the Council convened at the party’s Sirikotha Headquarters, Premadasa did not show. Since he had not officially acknowledged the invitation to attend the Sirikotha meet, Council members attempted calling the MP during the meeting. Text messages were also sent to Premadasa’s mobile phone, urging him to attend the meeting. All of these overtures went unanswered.

A second invitation was also extended for Premadasa to attend the Council meeting held at the Parliamentary Complex last evening. The meeting chaired by Jayasuriya was still in session at 6 p.m. yesterday as the Council attempted to finalise its electoral organiser nominees to fill existing vacancies. The second consecutive meeting in two days was held in order to facilitate Premadasa’s attendance, should he choose to respond to Jayasuriya’s invitation even at the eleventh hour. The Council was keen to resolve issues with Premadasa before the UNP Convention on Saturday (21).

A similar invitation has been extended to Parliamentarian Thalatha Athukorale, a Premadasa supporter who was also nominated by the Party’s Working Committee to sit on the Council, but declined after Premadasa opted to boycott. Athukorale is likely to go before the Council on Friday (20) for discussions, it is learnt.

Magnanimity towards Sajith

Under Jayasuriya’s leadership, the Council will remain magnanimous towards Premadasa for as long as possible. As a politician and a leader, Jayasuriya will always prize unity over divisive politics, but he is only one of seven others on the Council whose patience will run out much faster.

It remains a matter of deep confusion for UNP moderates as to why Sajith Premadasa, who mooted Jayasuriya for Party Leader just two years ago and convinced him to contest Wickremesinghe, is so loathe to work with the senior politician in his new role. With the Council in charge, for the first time in years, there is finally room for imagination and the rise of a talented second tier leadership in the UNP. As the self-professed leader in waiting, it defies logic that Premadasa is refusing to grab the opportunity.

Premadasa, by virtue of being the chief instigator of the leadership reforms process, has the luxury of repeatedly flouting the Council’s invitations and requests for meetings. Each time he turns down generous requests by the Council – a body that is showing itself to be engaged in a process of change, albeit slowly – Premadasa looks to be putting personal pettiness above the need to work together to build a stronger party. It is undoubtedly with this in mind that the Council itself appears to have made a conscious decision to publicly announce its invitations to Premadasa and ensure the media is notified of his absence following each session.

Jayasuriya’s decision to remain open to a change of heart by Sajith Premadasa sends a clear signal to those who remain suspicious of the Council and its affiliation to Wickremesinghe that in this new chapter, personal vendettas and petty vindictiveness will not rule the day. As a staunch critic of the Wickremesinghe regime, Premadasa’s inability to recognise this integral difference and the potential to enact personal vendettas of his own by proxy when he fails to get his way has become the quickest road to de-legitimising his claim as the UNP’s heir apparent.

Forging his political path on the instructions and advice of those whose sole ambition is to destroy Wickremesinghe and his loyalists has already cost Premadasa dearly, even if he is yet to realise it. With every onslaught against the UNP membership and every lie published or broadcast by the pro-Premadasa media, Sajith Premadasa finds less and less sympathy amidst the party moderates. As the Premadasa faction plays out a tragic-comedy, it finds itself running out of options, with moderate sections of the UNP growing ever more wary of supplanting an inexperienced young politician and inheriting his dangerous puppeteers in the eagerness to rid the party of the Wickremesinghe regime.

On the sidelines

With the Government announcing that elections for the Southern and Western Provincial Councils are only about six weeks away, the UNP Leadership Council will have to step into high gear in order to finalise campaign frameworks, nominations and organisation for the key polls battles. As the party toys with fielding candidates with ‘star power’ to counter the Government juggernaut in the two provinces and attempts to fix its grassroots organisation ahead of the elections, Premadasa finds himself to be an irrelevant player in the equation, voiceless and powerless by his own choosing.

Beginning in January and leading up to the crucial UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva in February-March 2014, where Sri Lanka is now almost certain to face the prospect of an international war crimes inquiry, Sajith Premadasa has decided to plough his own course, irrespective of the UNP position on the issue.

Eager to pander to the Rajapaksa’s Sinhala Buddhist support base, Premadasa is likely to mimic the regime rhetoric about international conspiracies and neo-imperialism in the lead up to the UNHRC sessions. His adoption of nationalistic rhetoric in the recent past has caused concern among the UNP’s potential Tamil and Muslim allies who are voicing concerns about forging a grand alliance under the main Opposition at national elections if Premadasa should be at the helm of UNP affairs. Blinded by the magic of the nationalism spell that has held the Rajapaksa regime in good stead for so long, Premadasa fails to acknowledge that the UNP must carry the minority vote as well as a significant portion of the Sinhala populace if it is to change its electoral fortunes.

But if recent events are any indication, perhaps the electoral fortunes of the UNP matter less to Premadasa than the need to take the reins of his father’s party and ride to the top of national politics – the best possible indication that he is probably the worst man for the job. It is in fact a role for which President Ranasinghe Premadasa himself felt his son was ill-suited. The sorry tale of Sri Lanka’s crown princes, those sons of talented politicians who constantly fail to live up to their promise, seems doomed to repeat itself in the Sajith Premadasa story.

Aided and abetted by the short-sighted political operators he has chosen to surround himself with, as Premadasa paints himself into a corner, he would do well to remember that he paints everyone else – even his rivals – in a much better light.

Courtesy Daily FT

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  • 1
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    So you are the new political strategist of UNP!

    What a joke. Try getting down to grassroot level during election time if you want to analyze politics and see what happens to you.

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      Fathima is correct, bloody idiots talking political nonsense, never knowing heartbeat of grass root public, no wonder UNP has gone this level, perhaps reminiscence of mid 1950’s “Unge Nedeyange Party” (UNP) i;e;their relatives party ; ^ would remain in opposition only.

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        The UNP should DROP the lying moron Sajtih Premadasa.

        Karu should stop running behind Sajtih who is an uneducated moron and a bare faced liar about having a degree from LSE.

        Sajith is the worst epitome of Sri Lanka’s rotten political culture!
        A corrupt and uneducated politician’s son.. and there are many of such despicable politician’s sons including crown prince – Namal Jarapassa – the Hambantota Thug who is now competing with uncle Mr. 10 percent for the bribes..

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          Seven Johnnies of leadership council and Bastian should try their luck at the coming up PC elections without Premadasa and taste the outcome.

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          Sr Dhaja Jarapassa with the help of Hothambaya is holding Some Cards and Criminal Acts files from CID against Sajith RAJAPASAA. like Some valuable items and gifts Stolen from precedential palace when Premadasa was president.
          So, moronic Sajith Jarapassa must Dance to Jarapassa clan’s tunes like KOSGODA ROOKADAYa.

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        Thamusege ate` is correct, bloody third class BoBe` moron.
        you comment and you praise yourself in another stupid stage name.
        bankrupt MaRa fools.
        Yes Darisha is new political strategist of the UNP. Whats the matter you A. h*? Every other jouranlists have been bribed and bought by the ‘paithhtiyang’ king, at least this brave Girl and few others have courage to write what they wish.

        Let the UNP worry about the grassroot level. You worry about your back S* when MaRa falls.

    • 0
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      You seem to be really familiar getting down.

    • 0
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      Double madam Dharshika,why, have you had enough of Rajapakse bashing?No doubt that it was this double madam who prepared that statement for Karu the dreaming double crosser.A bloody dead rope!Double madam Dharshika are you wearing any clothes?Why don’t you call the two in one Judas/Brutas,Karu a Bodhisathwa?What a humiliation that your pious Karu loosing to Paba!Anyway when Ranil becomes the president and your Karu the PM,no doubt that you will be appointed the god knows what.How is Ruwan? Ha ha ha,day dreaming,eh?Double madam just go in front of a mirror and see who is staring at you!The face of a lunatic escapee from Angoda.Anyway i like that idea of a leadership council.Leadership council,the laughing stock!Double madam Dharshika i agree with you.How dare Tiran Alles whose father was a street sweeper attack our Bodhisathwa Karu?BY the way who is the father of Karu?Double madam,if you throw in a few bucks my way,i will sing like a canary!Double madam Dharshika,do me a favor.There are a few guys whom i wish to back stab.But unfortunately i just don’t have a bloody knife.Can you ask Bodhisathwa Karu to lend me his knife.Of course i expect Bodhisathwa Karu to give me a training in back stabbing!

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        I need lots of dislikes.If not i will visit dozens of cyber cafes and come up with lots of dislikes.Madam Dharshika [Edited out].

    • 0
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      CT pl make sure that your site is a worthwhile one without making it a laughing stock.I just don’t have the time to contribute to the stupid articles by these johnny come lately s and the Janes.[Edited out]

  • 9
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    SP has dug his own grave, Leave him alone and he will go home to Medamulana, not Temple trees.
    Of late he is known as Sajith Rajapakse.

    • 3
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      If anyone would support Premadasa Junior to sabotage UNP is kabelen Lipata wateema wage deyak – FALL from frying pan to fire. Premadas senior ended up through dittadammwedaneeya. Anyway, current lead of the people seems to be much worse even allowing hundreds kgs of Heroin to be imported to the country – in the same time fooling that SRILANKEN regime is the most children friendly country in the asia.
      In coming days, the youth will have easy access to HARD DRUGS, and the look of lanken corners will become like those of Amsterdam, Basel or some parts of Colombia and Brazil soon. If people would not go against the brutal leader by strengthening the uncorrupted opposition candidate – they the abusers would erode the nation soon.

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      “Leave him alone”? Get the help of Wigge and co, and UNP could shine and send Sajith home? hoooooooooooo

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    Sajith is of no use to the UNP and should resign or be kicked out. His place is with MR. But even MR may not take him because he is such a liability. He thinks that because he carries his father’s name and has won a election in the South he is qualified to lead the UNP. What a joke? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t support Ranil either. The sad part is there is no one in the UNP right now and as I have said before the UNP needs to look for someone like the TNA did in finding Wigneswaran and getting such a person on board to give it credibility. But Sajith? Might as well dissolve the UNP.

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      Sajith is power greedy teenager by stupid nature, and immature in lanken politics (I cant listen to his speeches anymore – DUgee duppathkama… dugee duppath kama, .. is the powerful wording again and again… where he learnt all these … while being away from the country for a long period… is the question).
      Asked what agenda he has before – never comes with constructive arguments. Instead continuing with Dayasiri Model but for how long ?
      As some villagers of IRC sort (culprits of provable sort) have easily become PS MPs to this day, Premadasa Junior has only been on the GREEDY MODE of grabbing of entire UNP. It is like asking a DIRECTOR post, without meeting prerequisites. See, the most known ill management – chairman role handled by President’s brother in law, bankrupted SRILANKEN loosing 5 billions to this day. Chandrika was blamed for no reasons, but to that time, Srilanken carrier brought clear profits. Working with Emirates was a commercial deal only.
      We also all know, acolytes appointed by uneducated Rajapaksa to represent us in outside world – today ‘s ambassadors have ZERO talents and exp. So, the consequences are as expected to this day.

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      Sajith Premadasa who had not operated even a Tea Boutique or cigar store,whose only forte is using raw filth like his father to be the President? Bloody joke, and the jokers who promote him should be sent to Angoda for life. Are we going to have another blood thirsty president? What happened to the 26 virgins who saw his father naked.Killed and buried after the pooja?

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        Bloody ‘ell! 26 VIRGINS? that’s verging on the ridiculous.

  • 3
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    Dharisha thanks for this but please do not be so coy about naming names. Who for instance are “Premadasas’ Backers”? The general public would like to know and is the media house that is promoting him Kili Maharaja’s absolutely awful New First channel?
    It seems that there is some agreement among Premadasa’s backers – between Mahinda Rajapakse regime, Kili Maharaja, Tiran Alles and Sajith Premadasa to destroy the UNP.
    Of course Ranil Wickramasinghe the UNP DICTATORS who has lost 27 elections and failed to groom a DECENT AND EDUCATED successor and got rid of all talented younger folk so that only the moron Sajtih remains – holds ultimate responsibility for the mess in the party. Ranil is the GREATER CULPRIT and Sajith who lied about getting a degree from LSE is an uneducated vermin who is really UNFIT to be in the UNP Leadership Council. Certainly, no educated Sri Lankan can EVER vote for Sajtih Premadasa who is a Sinhala Buddhist nationalist and he should be fired from the UNP. Rosy Senanayake should take his place since UNP needs to have women and Tamils as well in its leadership council to build up its secular pluralist credentials..

  • 0
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    “Big Business Tycoons,Finance and Media Moguls back Keselwatta Kid”….says
    Ms Sebastian.

    Is this real?…

    When did these Moguls and Tycoons become lovers and partners of the Sinhala Buddhist proletariat?…

    Is it because Ranil’s Economic Whizz Kid is all out to stop Packer’s Casino Dig?..

    Or have they realized that Ranil’s Cinnamon Stick Faction lead by Maggie is dead as a dodo?.

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    Sajith wants an all party effort to counter the possible punitive action to be taken by the UNHRC against this government. Why the hell can’t Sajith ask the President, instead, to implement the LLRC recommendations which will contribute not only towards reconciliation, but also towards restoration of good governance in the country, as the most effective means of countering possible action against it? Sajith is trying to pose as the greatest Sinhala Buddhist political leader in the country – to steal a march over Mahinda in this respect.His comments against the Experts Panel appointed by the UN Secretary General and his more recent comment about Navi Pillay show where he stands. He can never be the President of this country because minority communities,Tamils in particular will not vote for him. And there is no V. Prabhakaran to prevent Tamil voters in the North from going to polls at future elections either!

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    With Sajith UNP is doomed.
    Without Sajith UNP is doomed.

    So either way UNP is doomed.

    We need a fresh leader. How about Ranjan or Kabeer or Muzammil?

    Some racists don’t want to have a Muslim leader. That is the problem.

    UNP will do well with Kabeer or Muzammil. Good organizers. People of all races love them.

    Sinhala leaders cannot lead UNP to victory.

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      This time I agree with Fukushima and I propose a good Muslim like Azath Salley be made the UNP leader. A good Muslim running the country with shariya is the best for all Sri Lankans.

      • 0
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        So jim dick softy, your aim is clear.
        You and your lunatic gonraja team somehow or the other want Ranil out.
        How come you suddenly became a pro Muslim?
        Did anyone cut your tip? oh sorry I forgot that you dont have one.
        You are the worst racist here in this forum. Do you know that people dont give a shit to you and your ugly tsunami thief.

    • 0
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      Sajith killed the UNP witha limitation with ranil’s inefficiency

  • 0
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    A dictator in the making.

    • 0
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      “ ☻/
      /▌
      / \
      The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence-
      A.H.

      “ ☻/
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      The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.-Adolf Hitler

  • 0
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    Ha Haa!!! The cat is out of the bag. Dharisha has now been
    hired to sing, sing and sing hosannas for Karu Jayasuriya,
    the aging grand daddy of UNP politics who has stabbed the
    party many times in the back. Sajith Premadasa is no angel.
    He is a tool in the hands of Maharaja and Tiran Alles (pronounced
    allas). It is near Christmas time and her jingle bells for
    Karu Jay will not help much. People know who the Quislings
    and the Ducklings are. Shame on you Dharisha!!!

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    “Lead, Be Led Or Get Out Of The Way”.Small change darisha,it should be “lead,be led or get out dead”.After all this is south asia.No leader will retire until they are dead.You will have to carry him to the office ,have a bed there for him,and carry him back home too.

  • 0
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    Thanks for putting things in perspective Ms. Dharisha

    Time is running out for all Sri Lankans including the ones who keep voting back this rotten lot and then complain about all the ills.

  • 0
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    Leadership Council – bloody nonsense!
    This is the way the so called leader, RW prolongs the agony of UNP (I don’t mind the UNP), But the country too is suffering without an opposition.

    How can the main opposition of a country field a common candidate from outside its party to contest the Presidential election. Now they are planning to repeat at the next elections too. THIS SPEAKS VOLUME OF THE SO CALLED LEADER OF UNP…

    SHAME ON YOU, RW.

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      Wield Big Stick. the phallus not pollos. I like all bitches.
      Force always attracts men of low morality.
      Death always attracts women of shooting and shopping.
      You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.
      Think TissaraneeG for president-

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UsHDwOVk2A

      “☻/
      /▌
      / \ Think TissaraneeG for -Playwrite Havel.
      In 1989, as the curtain was coming down on communism in the Kremlin, the dissident playwright Vaclav Havel emerged as the figurehead of the country’s “velvet revolution” and became the first president of post-communist Czechoslovakia.
      Mr Havel saw the ghost of former Soviet military influence exorcised in 1999 when the country was granted full membership of Nato. An era ended in February 2003 when he stepped down as president. He left office having led it to the threshold of the EU. The country underwent its longest-ever recession from the end of 2011 to the spring of 2013. In addition to its developed industrial economy,

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    The leadership council should be focus on how to organize this(UNP) party for the next elections to come. The leadership council should stop going behind certain individuals and ask for come and join the council. This leadership council should be acted as leadership council and stand tall and should be taken tough decisions. If they are not capable of not taking a appropriate decisions it should be dissolved.

    I strongly believe that RUWAN should contest for the next western provincial council. there are many people in sri lanka wants genuine trust worthy young politician like ruwan to come forward and take the lead of the unp. I am certain that if he contest for the next PC election many people will rally around him and he could be able to win the election with a big majority. Then he would be the next presidential candidate from the UNP and definitely he would be able to get the support from every corner of the country.

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    Ruwan would certainly make a good national leader,JR. An honourable son of an honourable father! But my fear is that many young and honest politicians of the UNP are facing political wilderness because of a week leader.

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    Ravi Karunanayaka, Grim Reaper of the CWE,says Sajith must contest the South and he will do the same in the West….

    Surely our Keselwatta Kid can’t be that dumb?… Can he ….

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    Oh My God Dharisha I didnt realize how important Sajith Premadasa is for the UNP until I read you ! Are we living in cookoo land ? The UNP has been led by Ranil Wickramasinghe for more than 25 years. In one word it has been a Disaster ! But still there is a sizable number blaming Karu, Sajith, Gamini , Lalith,Rosy, JR, Dudley and maybe even old DS for the plight of the UNP ! It is clear to me that Ranil is simply deadwood. His time is long past. He is like a cancer for the party. Maybe chaps like Sajith are like Dengue. But the cancer must be removed if the patient is to survive. It is high time that the frauds in the UNP who call themselves the working committee realize that their way of doing things is over. According to them it is only natural that old JR’s nephew takes ove their leadership and that quite naturally pass it on on to his nephew Ruwan Wijewardena.( Darisha’s boss’s son)All that is very natural and fitting to the ” UNP working committee” ! For everybody else it is a kind of slavery and very comic too. Why dont you apply the title to Ranil ? For heaven sake lead the UNP or get out !

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    Truth is stark, Ranil our PERMANENT LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION is happy to plod along until the time is right for him to go. What else is a man in his position to do? Sajith (and a few other ‘young’ turks) are restless. IMPASSE! As long as the opposition scuffle amongst themselves, the cheesy Rajapaksa’s will happily hold pukka dosa breakfasts for the hacks with laptops.

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