18 December, 2017

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Leftist Parties Divided Over Which Candidate To Support At Upcoming Presidential Elections

Leftist parties in Sri Lanka have divided over which candidate to support at the upcoming Presidential elections, with the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) passing a motion to support Mahinda Rajapaksa while the Nava Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) has announced that a decision has not yet been made on which candidate they would support.

Ranil Mahinda-2The motion to support Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming Presidential election had been proposed abruptly without any notice of a resolution during a meeting held to consider some documents submitted to the Central Committee. Although senior members such as Lal Wijenayake, Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne PC, Prof.  Vijaya Kumar, S Ramanathan, Wimal Rodrigo, Keerthi Kariyawasam  and Chameera Perera protested against the motion, it had been passed with 25 members voting in favour of it.

The protesting members have however informed that the decision is rejected by them and that they will defy it and act independently to support a candidate who will stand for abolition of the executive presidential system.

Meanwhile in a media statement, a group of the Nava Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) politbureau members have announced that they have not made a decision to support UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe or any other common candidate who will be fielded at the upcoming presidential elections.

They have noted that despite NSSP General Secretary Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne announcing that they would critically support Ranil Wickremesinghe, no such decision has been made and that it is only his personal view. In their statement, it has also been announced that an agreement has been made with the leftist parties to field a common candidate who would represent leftist ideologies.

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    From 1970 to 1972, LSSP as a coalition partner of SLFP, had many opportunities to take a long term view and put country’s interests first, and made provisions based on the Salusbury constitution or introduced new clauses similar to the ones in the S.C, TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF MINORITIES.

    Again as a coalition partner with SLFP, they are against the pact or do not want to implement the Indo – Lanka pact signed by Rajiv and JR .

    Look at comrade Vasudeva, he recently had played to the gallery saying that Ranil is an imperialist and supporter of Imperialism. Why then he sent her daughter to study in the US ?. Now she is selected on merit to work in US for the SLHC. Talented and Up and coming Civil Servants from the villages are Go day as and have to be conceded working within SL.

    Comrade Tissa is another double face.

    It would not be a surprise Sama Samaja Parry joining BBS and make MARA win using anti minorities sentiments LSSP also will fight hard to retain the 18th amendment.
    All the red Comrades in MARA s coalition are SAMA – SAMA.

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      A large chunk of our population is tired of both corrupt SLFP & dysfunctional UNP. Many are still scared of placing the JVP in a position of real power.

      However, millions of Sri Lankans are left leaning. Millions are sympathetic to a message of social-democratic, progressive thinking.

      Time and again millions of Sri Lankans were looking for an opportunity to place their faith in the hands of the Sri Lankan Left.

      Each time, the lunatic, opportunistic, power-hungry, short-sighted, ideologically dogmatic leaders of the traditional left, let people of this country down.

      Sri Lankan Left is reduced to a zillion times fragmented, three-wheeler parties. Largely thanks to lack of a long-term, strategic vision & unified leadership to change this country.

      These parties and their leaders should quit using red as their color.

      I have no doubt these lunatic leftist leaders will let Sri Lanka down again.

      Cheers!

      PS: Just look at the comedy that has taken place at Sri Lanka’s oldest party LSSP’s General meeting. Professor Tissa Vitarana should consider walking the streets of Colombo naked in shame. Rather than backing the worst dictator Sri Lanka has ever seen. For unkown reasons.

      May I also remind you the same clown also backed the 18th amendement. An act of treachery against the people of Sri Lanka.

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        Ben Hurling,

        I coudn’t agree with you more.

        What a shame and what a let down.

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        Tissa Pissa is a scheming and utterly shameless sycophant who will finish off the LSSP and see it to its grave. Instead of protecting labourers and labour unions he is protecting the people who use the army to shoot workers. LSSP BANGAWEWA.

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        Ben Hurling

        “Time and again millions of Sri Lankans were looking for an opportunity to place their faith in the hands of the Sri Lankan Left”

        It is not a question of Left and Right. It is about right and wrong, ultimately the question is what is left of this island.

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          Native,

          Is everything really so black and white?

          I guess so. After all only you and you alone can be “Right”!

          Cheers!

          PS: To use Professori Rajiva’s phrases, why don’t you tell these so called LEFT OVER left leaders to do the “Right” things.

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        Don’t say for unknown reason; it is quite evident that these archaic characters in the Parliament are only to save their seat and for which they back even Galaboda of BBS.

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    The viplavakaris lost their zeal and their social conscience once they tasted the comfort of joining Mrs B’s SLFP. Language rights and equality were traded for ministerial posts and automobiles. The guerrilla must move among the people as a fish swims in the sea (Mao).

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      The guerrilla must move among the people as a fish swims in the sea (Mao).
      And the guerrilla evolved and in his new wisdom created the new, more prosperous China which now stands mighty, unlike the china of Mao that could not even feed its own people.

      So, what is more logical than to follow China? A very small country like Lanka whose economy is smaller than the city of Shanghai will be buffeted by the fluctuations in the international markets (they being like 10-meter waves to a man in a one meter boat). Even if Lanka doesn’t follow China, it will have no capacity to do anything else. In another 20 years even General motors will be bought by China, and Mr. Obama will be replaced by a Mr. Yin Yan Lee or who ever (of course, an American Chinese who can steak good Mandarin!).

      Tissa and Bahu are already too old to learn anything, and have even forgotten “Dhan Ithin Naegitiyav songs”!

      But the younger LSSP and NSSP will be learning Chinese soon.

      So, a weak country’s only chance is to be linked strongly with the only ascending economy of the world. This policy is the same as that of JR’s, when he sought to join with the economy of the West. Today, the economy of the West and its hegemony are sinking. The doctrines of Marxism and naive leftism are totally discredited today, and the Left KNOWS THAT IT IS NOT RIGHT and that there will be no revolution of the workers and peasants! All revolutions are created by splits in the ruling class and not from a class struggle.
      So they are splintered into pieces in trying to see how to be right while still pretending to be left.

      Arise! All those who refuse to be slaves!
      Let our flesh and blood forge our new Great Wall! …. etc,

      where you are invoked to not to be slaves to Marxist ideology(believe me!),
      with no mention of communism, Mao, guerrilla’s swimming like fish and all that pre-technology crap that is now totally outdated.

      Learn Chinese

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    Are the left parties of any importance on the current political scene today? Apart from the Nssp the Last, the communists and the faction led by Vaudeville are a bunch of opportunists bringing shame to the old leftist movements that played a constructive part in the past. These opportunists are just hanging on to Rajapaksa’s amude for their own selfish reasons. It is not worth giving any space on newspapers to these charlatans.

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    The left group has no other place to go other than to join BBS lead by Gota and his brother Mahinda. They talk about Larxism, Leninism but enjoy the benefits of Capitalism and Racism. Today there is no left or right. Under this regime We fought colonialism to get independent but we have sold SRILANKA to CHINA, No longer an independent Nation.

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    Comrade Wickramabahu is a man who stand for his views even if no one accept his views. We salute for your views. It is very clear that Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha doesnt possesses any experience or much knowledge on constitutional crisis.It is better to go with someone who does have this practical experience and knowledge rather than hope to get something from nothing.I agree with his views on this matter.

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    The LSSP and the CP are today led by a bunch of total sycophants who are part and parcel of the corrupt oligarchy that is ripping off the country.

    The fact that these once-upon-a-time champions of the working class now sit comfortably in the Cabinet and are part and parcel of a regime that ruthlessly suppresses workers’ rights and even uses the army to shoot striking workers, or takes away union leaders in white vans, says it all about the depths to which they have sunk.

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    Left parties are opportunists and have no say in today’s politics.

    All their leaders are looking for perks and nothing else.

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    I think this sri lanka site has good views. It is a pity all of you do not go back to the country and do something like organising people against all those whom you are criticizing. Or are you a bunch of armed chair critiques who is wasting our time. Gentlemen and Ladies go fight with those who are fighting against corruption,nepotism,MR regime.

    You do not like Ranil,. You do not like Rajapakse. You do not like the left. You do not like the TNA. You do not like the BBS. You do not like Sobitha Thero. Whom do you like? only yourselves drinking whisky somewhere in the world sitting in front of your computer and writing long yarns will not help Sri Lanka.

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      So totally true Asmitha batia.

      Not only our expats, even intelligent, talented & decent people who reside in SL have left the destiny of our country in the hands of self-serving luantics.

      It is time the “Whiners” who love this country made and attempt change all this. In practice.

      Cheers!

  • 0
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    All these “Left” parties and the leaders are “GUILTY” of one crime against Sri Lanka and the Nation: They all prevented any “New Leader” to emerge to face the changing conditions of the country and the world. One example is Mr. Vasudeva Nanayakkare. He was, from his college days brought up as a “Leftist” and was the “Blue Eyed Boy” and a “Budding Leader” under the guidance of Dr. N.M.Perera. Just see what he is today and what and where he is now. This is a living example and fits with all these aging “Left Leaders” and “Comrades”.

    Learning from these examples, now it is the time to think of “New Leadership” and a “New Direction” to guide the destiny of the country and its people.

  • 0
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    Well, what more needs to be said about LSSP if the best they could do is support MARA and Co.

    So many UNP MP’s were bought over by MARA by incentives and perks. Looks like he has bought the LSSP’s old guard also. With so much misrule, so much corruption, so much nepotism, so much communalism choking the common man, what principles do the LSSP stand for. Shame.

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    Political legacy of LSSP of Trotskyism ideology that its since foundation 1935, in more or less then LSSP is anti-Marxist
    anti-Leninist principle stand.

    Indeed LSSP had been taken during anti-colonial struggle during 1935 to 1948 cause for Socialism not that democratic task of Independence Ceylon. Which that LSSP-Trotskyist led political class that betray cause of Democratic Republic was then task become Independence nation of all races in our nation.

    LSSP leaders of petty-bourgeoisie political class by baptizing anti-Marxist outfit lead to betray task of democratic revolution by support every crucial turning point of our past modern political history in favor Conservatism of Neo-colonial forces led by Comprador bourgeoisie of UNP.

    The Trotskyist of LSSP oriented split outfits since 1935 and their individuals of so few ex-Trotskyist elites did not realized that Comprador-bourgeoisies is always a agent of Imperialism.
    They (Trotskyists ) denied reality and that role played by Compradors bouegesios-UNP working on behalf of and which that respretantive vested principle interest of Imperialist led by US and other as well.

    Pathetic reality is that Sri lankn,led Trotskyists by Trotskyists political Parties and their petty-bourgeoisies class that unable address POLITICAL ECONOMICAL AND SOCIAL DIFFERANCES BETWEEN TWO KINDS OF BOURGEOISIE in under imperialism oppression and big power hegomoinism led by US and allies ; there are two kinds of bourgeoisie —National Bourgeoisie and Comprador Bourgeoisie exist in Sri lanka?
    This reality denied by LSSP oriented Trotskyist!

    Theses outfit inside and outside Sri lanka, which support for Separatism Terrorism and Extremism by FOURTH INTERNATIONAISM OF UNDER THE NAME OF TROTSKYTISM.

    Needless to say this naked violation of Democratic rights, Sovereignty, Integrity, Unity and Peace as well as Stability of betray principle People of Sri lanka.

    LSSP of Trotskyists group handful of few did not realized that UNP political class and party Chief Immediate Enemy of People of Sri lanka

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      Milton,

      Man, you lift political dogma to a whole new level.

      You are living proof of how Sri Lankan Left splintered into Zillion pieces.

      While monkeys of the left such as yourself, were stuck in endless petty arguements of useless ideological, dogmatic theories, SLFP & UNP continued to destroy the country for 65+ years and counting.

      Learn to look at the big picture for once. Learn to comrpromise. Understand you have no monolpoly on what is right. Find avenues to help the masses out of poverty, build a just country by working with others.

      Nobody cares about your buzzwords anymore. Be they Trotskyists or Bouegesios.

      Results is the name of the game. You delivered no results to long suffering, impoverished Sri Lankans.

      You guys are a total disappointment.

      Cheers!

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        The left splintering – the Chinese called it ‘splittism’ – is quite normal for people who’s minds have been raped by dogma. Each one thinks his or her own interpretation of The Dogma is the one true Dogma. So you see Marxist dogmatics split into millions of schisms or splinter left parties all over the world. Russia and China had wars in the 1960s based on each ones interpretation of what is True Communism. The same applies to religious dogma. Sunnis are massacring Shiites. Christians (Anglican brand) and Catholics (Roman brand) have been killing each other for centuries, most recently in Northern Ireland. Biblical dogma has given rise to Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Baptists, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jesuits, Pentecosts, Anabaptists, etc etc etc etc. Jews, Muslims and Christians all hail their One God but are busy killing each other. Mankind’s mind has truly been raped and impregnated by DOGMA. Only the Sri Lankan left – LSSP, CP, et al, have abandoned Marxist dogma and all principles for titles and riches and handouts, and the Dogma of Sycophancy.

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          Excellent comment!

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    The Waluawe Hamuduruwo turned viplavakari’s were always a bad joke and destructive to this country. They are only carrying on their tradition of hypocrisy. Why anyone votes for these morons defies all logic.

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    The ‘LEFT’ in Sri Lanka, is the remnant of the magnificent dinosaur that was a larger than life presence, once upon a time in our history. It sold its soul in the last stages of its life and what we have left are the yet unfossilized bones to remind us of days it strode across our land. There is no LEFT now. It is time we stop talking of a non existant left. Mahinda Rajapakse is keeping the skeletons of the left in his closset, until it is time to give them a decent burial and shed tears thinking of what could have been. The last of the vigorous and true leftists was Bala Tampoe, who died at the ripe old age of 92 years, recently. He was only flag bearer and he is no longer with us.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Well said Dr RN.

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      Well-articulated Dr.Rajasingham Narendran.

      The now “Non Existent Left” has squandered many a historic opportunities that were within its’ grasp to guide this tortured nation to better place.

      Instead they left this nation to be ripped apart by corruption and racism. UNP & SLFP taking turns ever since Independence. They deprived the people of this country a viable 3rd option.

      The remaining bunch of “LEFT OVER” lunatics should auction their red shirts at once at Hyde Park, Colombo. They could then join either the SLFP or UNP. I shall celebrate their total demise from the public stage.

      At least then they quit misleading & deceiving the public.

      Memory of Bala Tampoe is much cherished.

      Cheers!

      PS:
      Nobody should even consider buying MEP leader ethno-religious racist, Dinesh Gunawardena’s red shirts at the up-coming auction.

      Nobody knows why the guy calls himself a leftist anyway. The monkey has been busy for nearly 2 decades now. Feeding off the crumbs. First falling off CBK’s table. Now off King Kong’s gigantic table.

      An absolute shame to the memory of Sri Lanka’s once vibrant Left.

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      “Mahinda Rajapakse is keeping the skeletons of the left in his closset, until it is time to give them a decent burial and shed tears thinking of what could have been.”

      If necessary his brother could bury them alive.

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        Native Vedda: They know that, hence their cowardice and compliance and silence even when workers are bring shot in broad daylight

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          Exactly.

          They know they could get buried alive.

          LSSP clown Professor Vitahrana is under some kind of pressure. He he behaves like a cowardly fool as a result. We know what that pressure is all about.

          Cheers!

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      We salute you for your perfect assessment of left over LEFT and bunch of crooks in UPFA.

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    In the then70s,Dr.Colvin R.De Silva,addressing the Speaker Stanley Tillekaratne thundered,We put you in there,We can remove you,for Good reasons,Bad reasons,or for No reason.Prof.Vitharana has gone one step more.We can support MR.for whatever reason.
    Comrade BAHU is the Pearl amongst the Swines.

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    Dr Wickramabahu an Engineering Lecture turn politician into LSSP of Trotskyist politics without learning ABC of Marxism.
    His family & social roots goes back to closed to Kotalawla’s dynasties that blood relationship with UNP connected family breeding.

    He( Bahu) is belongs Trotskyist school of thought join LSSP in 1968; he was that in born anti- Marxist family later join of LSSP and join splinter group which was original Party of LSSP Led by Philip, NM, Colvin Leslie and Bernard and other were leaders.

    In fact Trotskyism towards developed anarchism in politics and ideology towards mysticism which had always fellow by Bahu greatly influence by and large that fitted ‘Trotskyist revolutionary’… politics framework.
    In essence that Trotskyism is serve for reactionary class of bourgeoisie politics that can always possibilities join any Capitalist political Party, any time under the name of “self-determination of Tamils” in Tamil struggle for ‘liberation’ of in North.

    Dr Bahu is very poor reader of Marxism, he never-ever read that essence of Leninism. What Lenin said people like Dr Bahu’…they call themselves Marxist, but their concept of Marxist in impossible pedantic. They have completely failed to understand what is decisive in Marxism, namely its revolutionary dialectics…’ this version of Lenin is fitted to Bahu and Trotskyist clique.

    By now Dr Bahu created new political theory by Trotskyism that UNP of Ranil W. who accept and agreed pact with LTTE of ruthless Tamil terrorist outfit 2001, while by peace pact is part of right of ‘self-determination’ by UNP line of politics says by Bahu…

    This not that revolutionary line of politics of Marxism, that is more or less reactionary line “Trotskyism” which supporting compradors bourgeoisie by Bahu line of political of class, which that lead to comprise & collaboration with fraction of UNP politics class that support policies by Bahu that betray principle interest of Rights of Tamil People and as well as sovereignty of People of Sri Lankan.

    UNP and LTTE both are reactionary classes in nature of politics all roots are tie up anti-democratic and anti-People policies by their school of politics in action in Sri lanka..

    Dr Bahu want join hand in hand with UNP,incoming Presidential election by Supporting UNP , that seek aiming for new position of changing regime of power structure of state.Is really that Bahu forget track record of UNP politics since 1968? Not that.

    Like Philip Gunawaradna who concocted as ‘father of Marxist’ later join UNP led Dudaly Senanayke dynastic govt. in 1965?
    Unlikely others Dr Bahu will follow same foot path of ‘father of Trotskyist’ Philip G.?

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      Clearly too much in-breeding on the island leading to genetic disorders in the cerebral regions. Nature hath its revenges!

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    NATIVE. Ben Hurling.
    I enjoy your wit.
    If,I am asked what is the strength[in terms of numbers] of the LSSP,I would say they have enough strength to fill a HiAce van.
    When it rained in Russia they opened their umbrellas in Colombo.
    To use Ben Hurlings term the LSSP has descended from Zillion to Zero.

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    The left leaders have surrendered their posteriors to the regime. But will the rank and file workers who the left leaders of yore protected, take matters into their own hands as is happening in Burkina Faso. Surely we don’t want that chaos in the Miracle of Asia. In case that news is censored in the Miracle of Asia, here are some extracts from the BBC:

    Violent protests as Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore attempts to illegally contest yet another term.

    Protests to demand Mr Compaore’s resignation are continuing in the capital, Ouagadougou.

    Angry crowds set fire to the parliament and other government buildings.

    This forced MPs to abandon a vote aimed at allowing Mr Compaore to seek re-election in 2015.

    Parliament was ransacked and set ablaze

    Dozens of protesters had been killed across the country by the security forces. The military fired live bullets to try and disperse protesters who had occupied parliament, our correspondent says.

    Protesters had also surged towards the presidential palace, and a government helicopter flying overhead fired tear gas at them, Reuters news agency reports.

    The BBC’s Laeila Adjovi: “All around me there’s black smoke”

    Witnesses say dozens of soldiers have joined the protest in Ouagadougou’s main square, including a former defence minister, Gen Kouame Lougue.

    Mobs attacked the government controlled TV and took it off the air

    The city hall, the homes of MPs, and an upmarket hotel in Ouagadougou were also set ablaze.

    Similar protests hit the south-western city of Bobo Dioulasso, and other towns in the poor West African state.

    •First elected president in 1991 and again in 1998

    •A new constitution in 2000 limited presidents to two terms in office, and limited terms to five years

    •Won two further terms

    •Protests at attempts to amend the term limits began a year ago, fuelled by the high cost of living

    We need to say ‘Budu Ammo’

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    DR Ben Hurling
    Your advice and guidance NOT the interest of People.
    Dr Ben Your are in power game and you are working on behalf for game Changer from one set of Bourgeoisies and to replace by other by time to time.

    By Dr Ben you attempted convince the public that “People of Class” that you are fundamental interest of PEOPLE! Not that is your writing really mean what our action in different ways hand over power replace MR to RW or CBK or Rev. MS of JVP or ex-CJ of SS that is politics are engaged.
    You says ideology differences no need and request to be forget. That is hipcoracy of dialogs.

    Politics of power is life line of Public and People of Sri Lanka or elsewhere in this Globe. For you line of mind set Dr Ben is not valid of Legacy of LSSP is do not want learn lesson of history!

    The people has to learn lessons of LSSP political legacy and LSSP of Trotskyist ‘political theology’ had been Misled and Misguided policies which leading working class of Sri lanka over 80 odd years since 1935.

    Are there any political crime AGAINST PEOPLE OF SRI LANKAN by LSSP politics having any ACCUNTABILITY BY TROSTKIST politics ? YES.
    This issue is still pending issues that undress by Trotskyist of LSSP. Dr BEN these are democratic issues need be addressed by political parties who are ding responsibility by politics in our Island.

    But that Sri Lankan all politician, their political parties including LSSP has been totally Ignore facts bluntly, which never face before public and escape from simple fact!

    This is Not that DEMOCRACY MEAN by People of Our soil. Accountability and Responsibility is pillars and Rights of Peoples Democracy of our Island.

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    With these acts of selfishness over principled policies in politics of LSSP, BONES OF LATE NM must be turning in the grave. No, no must be feeling as if going in a bone grinding machine. What has happened to Professor of LSSP.

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    The only leftist who lived long and performed as a true leftist through out his career was Bala Tampoe, who passed away recently at the ripe age of 92 years and the rest of them like Dr. NM, Peter Kennuman, Colvin were time servers. They buried Marxism and embraced racism, the moment they got ministerial positions and perks and left their followers in the lurch. Only Dr.Wickramabahu ,a true leftist,is left and unfortunately, he has not much of followers, though he is such a decent and well educated man.

    Leftist movement died long back and do not understand why some ,like Ministers Vasudeva and Tissa Vitarana still call themselves leftists as they have no followers and no vote bank. This is like Vaiko in coalition with BJP ,contested few seats in Tamil Nadu but lost miserably in the recent parliamentary election in India. He wants to switch alliance now like our leftist leaders.

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    They need to follow the classic Vasudeva dictum (on the 18th amendment)
    where the great politbureaus of each of the Dead Left parties resolved to vote against the 18th.At voting time though each one of them piddled and shamelessly raised their hands in assent.Vasu’s explanstion – “We were against the amendment in principle – but are prepared to support it in practice !!!!” The Left is dead….as dead as mutton.

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    These so called Leftists will come out with altruistic arguments to sustain their stand,on any political issue,which they themselves refer to as a PRINCIPLED stand.All humbug,In essence it is for their own survival!

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