10 May, 2021

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LSSP Affiliated TUs Defy Party Stance To Support MR At Upcoming Polls

Two trade unions affiliated to the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) – Ceylon Federation of Labour (CFL) and the Government Workers’ Trade Union Federation (GWTUF) have disassociated themselves with the decision taken by the party few weeks ago to support President Rajapaksa in his candidature for a third term at the upcoming presidential elections, pointing out they are not ready to support an individual who is interested in continuing the Executive Presidency.

Vitarana - LSSP Leader

Vitarana – LSSP Leader

CFL Chairman Percy Wickramasekara and GWTUF Chairman DMD Abeyrathne issuing a joint statement to express their stance on the LSSP decision have pointed out that it is disappointing that a party such as the LSSP and some of its affiliated trade unions have decided to support President Rajapaksa, since they have remained in the forefront in the battle against the Executive Presidential system.

“It seems that presently even those against the Executive Presidential system have decided to pledge their support to Mahinda Rajapaksa. We perceive the LSSP decision as a baseless, opportunist stance that has been made with no regard whatsoever concerning the widespread people’s movements against the 18th amendment,” the statement reads.

The two unions leaders have pointed out that Mahinda Rajapaksa is among the many Presidential candidates who got elected into power through promising to abolish the Executive Presidential system but has instead backtracked on his promise once elected.

“Even while maintaining a 2/3 majority in the parliament, he chose to ignore his promise and instead implement the 18th amendment that has resulted in the Executive Presidency turning into a dictatorship,” they have written furthermore.

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    Everything is now in the hands of people. The so called leftists are are now on the side of a dictator. They sold themselves to Mahinda family. They can’t escape from Mahinda. It is those people who elect them can teach a lesson to these corrupted politicians who betrayed the people and leftist principles. It is people’s duty to remove their red shirts.

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      So called leaders of the “Left Over” Left in SL are not concerned about what people think or want. Including their own party members, if they have any.

      They worry about their place in Parliament, preks, privileges & free access to fleets of 4WD vehicles. Period.

      Otherwise who would ally themselves with such an openly shameless, corrupt, family run dictatorship?

      Do not waste your time on these left over leftist monkeys. Very sad, but that is the reality.

      Cheers!

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      RE: LSSP Affiliated TUs Defy Party Stance To Support MR At Upcoming Polls

      “‘Two trade unions affiliated to the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) – Ceylon Federation of Labour (CFL) and the Government Workers’ Trade Union Federation (GWTUF) have disassociated themselves with the decision taken by the party few weeks ago to support President Rajapaksa in his candidature for a third term at the upcoming presidential elections, pointing out they are not ready to support an individual who is interested in continuing the Executive Presidency.””

      Excellent. Bravo.

      We so not want a Mara Dynasty.

      Write, Print and distribute the Common Sense {pamphlet.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_(pamphlet)

      Common Sense[1] is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. In clear, simple language it explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. Washington had it read to all his troops, which at the time had surrounded the British army in Boston. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history.[2]

      Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of whether or not to seek independence was the central issue of the day. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood. Forgoing the philosophical and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, he structured Common Sense as if it were a sermon, and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people.[3] He connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity.[4] Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era”.[5]

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    Common candidates, leftists, JHU, Ranil….. but MR has been looking after the military like no other leader. Will he call on their support if the chips are down?

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      Oh yes, he looked after the man who lead the forces to victory all right! MR is not a leader but a ‘Mithya Drushtika’ covered.

  • 4
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    The last time – in connection with the 18th amendment the Party took a firm decision not to support it. At voting time though, the shameless Mr.Vitarna piddled in his pants and meekly raised his hand in support.
    Moral of the story: LSSP Party Decisions are not to be taken seriously.

    “He chose to ignore his promise and instead implement the 18th amendment that has resulted in the Executive Presidency turning into a dictatorship”
    What are the unions quibbling about – when their own Leader voted for 18th amendment !

  • 2
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    Greedy for MP post which cannot be won even in a Pradeshiya Sabha, these left over left is thinking of an easy way of keeping respectable job for the corroded archaic fellows.

  • 2
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    I see a parallel between the life of the late Col.Gadaffi and MR the President of SL. They came to power (one with the bullet & the other with the vote)both promising to support the masses.However, eventually that power corrupted them and they were in power ONLY for themselves.The documentary dubbed this greed for power as the
    ‘Napolean syndrome’. Call it what you will but this power will eventually
    take its toll as it did in the case of the Col. In the case of the Colonel his end was gruesome and pathetic to watch but lets hope in the
    case of MR the vote (if this facility will still exist?)is what will
    remove the thrash ! Best of luck anyway.

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    The Sri Lankan left leaders are a motley bunch of elderly opportunistic arse lickers of Rajapaksa and their influence in the political scene of Sri Lanka today is zilch. Yes, zero. No point in CT putting this ‘news’ on their website.

  • 2
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    Expel all these dissident groups in the parties, LSSP, CP and buy a jointly own three wheeler for the parties. That is way forward.

  • 3
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    The left, Left Sri Lanka along time ago

    Unfortunately there is no right in Sri Lanka except for Might.

  • 3
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    Tissa Vitarana is a disgrace to the name of the LSSP. Lal, Percy and others should organise a revolt, and expel Tissa Vitarana and his followers, and reclaim the good name of the LSSP. Tissa Vitarana is a disgrace to the names of our great leaders NM, Leslie, Edmund, Bala and others.

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