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Make Karu J The PM To Resolve The Constitutional Impasse

By Vishwamithra

“A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.” ~ Confucius

There is no serious negotiation under way. When the country’s constitution is being so seriously questioned, when the animal-like instincts and uncouth character of its political life are being portrayed in public to the whole wide world, when those who have been elected to political office, except one solitary man, are acting like the power that they wield is their private and personal property bequeathed by a ‘divine being’, when they act as if that power qualifies them to behave in the most atrocious manner in the very ‘House of the People’, Parliament, when those who are purported to be representing the ‘common man’, are debasing the values that common man holds so precious, sacred and noble, the real common man is astounded on the one hand and angry and thoroughly disgruntled on the other with those who have deliberately chosen to tear apart the document which is our Constitution from which cascade the rule of law, our justice system, its intricate and intrinsic measures and the very substance of a democratic society.

What was exhibited to the world is not an angry reaction of one party to an antagonistic point of view of another. Over the last few days, specifically on November 14, 15 and 16, what in fact was manifested was an ugly orgy of the representatives of the ‘common man’; this is what SWRD Bandaranaike created; this is what resulted from the ill-planned, ill-thought out process of an Oxford pundit. When uneducated ruffians are sent to parliament and when their ‘Masters’ are openly backing them, what destiny are we seeking as a collective people? 

Who is the solitary man who stood between these marauding hooligans against justice and fair-play? Who showed that he still possessed a spine that is made of tempered steel? Karu Jayasuriya, the Speaker of the House of Parliament defied the odds. The odds stacked up against him and against fair-play were formidable; they were uncouth, uncivilized and inhuman, yet to withstand such an outbreak of un-nuanced vitriol, such a barrage of disgraceful and shameless greed, catapulting of books and chairs, to endure the scorn of a minority and yet literally hold his floor and promulgate the factual status of the majority’s wish of the House was no easy endeavor. 

But Karu did it. When Bandaranaike’s ‘common men and women’ ransacked the Chambers of Parliament and its invaluable books and journals, when they used such invaluable material as their bullets and bazooka, Karu Jayasuriya, a very common man born and bred in Siyane Korale, educated at Ananda College, a leading Buddhist Educational Institution in Sri Lanka, did all of us proud. Ranil Wickremesinghe should step down in the name of his Party, of his ancestors, his government and in the name of his country. Period. How would President Sirisena respond to the nomination of Karu Jayasuriya as Prime Minister? Would he renege on that too? It’ll be unimaginable. The only way to call President Sirisena’s bluff is to nominate Karu’s name as PM. And if Karu agrees, they can save their PMship, their coalition-government without the SLFP, (if the SLFP guys want to join the Cabinet, they must join the UNP or any other Party that is part and parcel of the coalition) and above all the country and her democratic way of governance and life. Defended and armored by unarmed bodies of policemen, forming an impenetrable ring around the Speaker, a gallant proclamation was made: there is no confidence in the Rajapaksa-Premiership.  

Hard times require harder decisions. Ranil’s legacy would be that he saved democracy in Sri Lanka and he would be proud to leave behind such a glorious legacy. All matters that are bound to matter in the ensuing twelve (12) months are secondary at this very moment. A resuscitation of the Rajapaksa family and their inglorious rule should be given permanent leave.                          

November 16, 2018 was, to quote American President Franklin D Roosevelt, a ‘day of infamy’ for all Sri Lankans. We ought to be thoroughly ashamed of our own political leaders and especially of those who wrongly assume as if they are the ‘government’. Such a blatant exhibition of hooliganism and vitriol, gushing from those who represent the ‘Pohottuwa’-gang has no precedent in the manner in which the very substance of the issue in question: who controls the majority in the House of Parliament. The apparently bottomless mine into which the Executive has plunged the country’s polity seems to be spiraling further downwards; those who are near the mine are digging deeper and deeper; there doesn’t seem to be any sane quarter that is genuinely interested in the interest of the country and her people to ask them to stop digging!

It is indeed a sad story to tell our grandchildren. But let us not leave this to our future historians. Their interpretations may well be out of context. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s unlawful assertion and his obvious disentitlement as the country’s Prime Minister are not in question anymore. An ordinary parliamentarian who was sworn in as Prime Minister under the cover of false Executive powers, read out a statement that consisted of assertions beyond comprehension; it spoke about his ‘love’ for the country; he alleged that the Speaker of Parliament was wrong in recognizing the right of the majority. In other words, he, from the well of the House of the People’s will, prophesized a ‘tyranny of the minority’. A minority consisting of corrupt, uncouth and uneducated set of street thugs garbed in western-style suits of usual Manthree (MP)-kit, resorted to bullying, intimidation and savagery. What can one expect from the ‘commoners’ who were elected from a political ideology that idealized the commonness of the ‘common man’?

Decency is uncommon; dignity is uncommon; respect is uncommon; commonsensical conduct is uncommon and the great irony is all these ‘petty hoodlums of parliament’ pretending to be its custodians are ‘common’. The ‘common man’s’ party has produced wastes of Sri Lanka’s politics; their puny personalities are so ‘common’ it is hardly separable from the common waste matter of any species.

Yet the real authentic common man is doomed; his hopes and desires for social climbing are being threatened; his educational aspirations are dwindling and his life-goals are receding further and further. These so-called representatives of the common man are a disgrace to the grace of that real common man. He wakes up each morning; wakes his children up and gets them ready for school; offers his thanks to Buddha in the tiny shrine room. He drops the children at the bus stand and treks his way to the paddy field he so fondly ploughs and sees that sufficient amount of water is channeled to his plot- it’s real hard work which none of these politicos have ever understood or had the competence or basic discipline to apply themselves to. That is the real life of a real common man. 

When he gets back home with a crimson sun setting on the distant horizon; dusk surrounds his humble abode; his children are busy with homework; his sweetheart wife is preparing a measly meal of rice, pol sambol and kiri hodi which the whole family partakes of with unpretentious pleasure and no complaint. His desires are few but he knows the limits his desires could reach. But his hopes and aspirations are many and more often than not, boundless. He wants freedom of movement; he desires freedom of communication; he demands freedom of thought and its limitless expression. One thing that he does not demand or require is to be represented by a village thug or a city-dwelling ruffian who makes all his money from illicit liquor or trafficking life-endangering drugs.

It is that common man and his humble desires and wants that Karu Jayasuriya tried to defend in Parliament on that fateful day. Karu Jayasuriya stood for the common interests of the common man while the Rajapaksa-led hooligans in parliament openly expressed in no uncertain words and action that they wanted to destroy and extinguish the common man’s unassuming goals.

One unconstitutional act, the naming of Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime Minister, has to be defended by another unconstitutional act, dissolution of Parliament. As in all human affairs, when a crisis deepens, when the abyss looks nearer and nearer, a very few good men and women rise up against such a suicidal march. Karu Jayasuriya dwells among those few. Without trying to blow his own trumpet or prompting  or pressuring others to blow his trumpet, Jayasuriya made that stance look like an event of his normal day at work. 

The country needs such men. The present crisis needs such men. The hour needs such men. Remember, the legacy of the present generation has to be one of magnificence and courage; it needs to be one of humility and sacrifice; it needs to be one that our grandchildren would be proud to tell their grandchildren. Karu Jayasuriya is a gentleman in politics, maybe among the last few  of that kind.

The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com 

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    Certainly a sensible proposal.

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    Yeah yeah and we will have Crazy no 1 and Crazy no 2, aren’t you the bearer of brilliant ideas Vishvamithra>

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      Vishwa, It is time for the YOUNGER GENERATION- Sajith or Navin to take over, and clean up the mess left by stinking corrupt Bondscam Ranil and Royal college cronies and Mahinda Jarapassa family.
      We do NO need any more doddering, corrupt politicians who have turned the Parliament into a Cesspit of Corruption. Politicians over age of 67 should be banned from contesting.
      Vishwa you are way off the mark. What we see today is Real democracy with “Check and Balances” at work, albeit in a Banana Republic style as the parliament is a corrupt circus. All three arms of Govt. – Executive, Judiciary and parliament are weighing in on the economic-political crisis triggered by Bondscam Ranil and Mahinda Jarapassa who have led the 2 sick and ailing UNP and SLFP political parties into the cesspit.

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        Not SAJITH please. He only knows to talk about his Dad’s heroics and how to build Huts. Building huts and talking about a ruthless dad won’t qualify him to be the leader of a country or any organisation. Navin is Ok but he too goes behind Buddhist clergy thinking that Sinhala Buddhist will only vote for such a hypocrites.

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    in the news : Moody’s downgrades Sri Lanka ratings to B2 amid political crisis.”

    However the Rajapakse ratings are high to buy spinless politicians to cross over

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      Rajesh, wake up! Washington has triggered its Economic and Cyber war to restore Bondscame Ranil as PM of Lanka since he was asset stripping and selling the country to his backers in US.
      Sri Lanka has been put into the US-Japan bond market and ADB-IMF DEBT TRAP by Bondscam Ranil WIckramasinghe, so that Washington could loot Lanka’s strategic land, transport infrastructure and energy security in Indian Ocean in its Cold war against China.
      Lanka which is a tiny economy is being played and preyed on by Washington and its allies ‘ (Japan is its Asian proxy) Economic Hit men.
      Japan’s Nomura Rating published Fake News and numbers on Sri Lanka’s debt last month and started the collapse of the rupee and now Moodys is continuing the crash of rupee. Lanka should ask China for advice and help to sort this out..

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        Yes indeed, Moodys is like Nomura’s Fake Ratings which were challenged and corrected by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. CBSL challenged Nomura’s fake figures of Lankan debt on its useless Democlese Index. CBSL should also challenge Moodys.
        The fact is that American-led sovereign bond holders who own 55% of Lanka’s external debt are crashing the rupee on cue. US “peace Corps who are data mining and botting on social media have unleashed a Fake news cyber war against China and blaming it for Sri Lanka’s debt trap and crashing rupee and down grades, when in fact China only owns 10.3 percent of Lanka’s sovereign debt. This cyber war against China and economic war in Lanka is to bring back Washington’s puppet, Bondscam Ranil as PM.

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      Rajash,
      Rajapakse did not buy; he offered Ministerial posts to UNP MPs who expressed their willingness to cross over. It is Ranil who bribed those MPs to stay with him, probably using money from Bond Scam. One member of Senanayake family crossed over and took a Minister post but he was bought back by Ranil. Utter disgrace to Senanayake name.

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        You are deaf too.
        The cash offers were recorded and aired in many forums social media.
        The offer of Ministerial posts was just a sweetner.

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    Some contact sports have co-captains. Tennis may have non-playing captains.
    Vishwamithra’s way “To Resolve The Constitutional Impasse” is nothing more than a band-aid.
    Other possibilities: Co-PMs, Team of, Honorary-PM, Non-functioning etc. Mind boggles.
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    It is not an impasse – certainly not a ‘Constitutional impasse’.
    We have something sinister and ominous. Let us not do what the proverbial ostrich does what it does.

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      Mr/s Pillai, in Sri Lanka ceratin Ministries, Departments and Authorities have additional DGs, additional secretaries etc, in fact, there is also an additional Attorney General as we speak. So why not have the tier one PM, ministers, state ministers etc and all those positions repeated as additional PM, additional ministers, additional state ministers. We could also have an additional Temple Trees, and an additional Parliament, I propose all those Additionals to be established on the island of Delft and we rename that island as Additional Sri Lanka.

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    The political turmoil in Sri Lanka is now international news on UTube.

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sri+lanka

    The “lawlessness news” has spread far and wide.
    Karunratne Jayasuriya, the Speaker of Parliament, stood tall in the conflict on the side of justice and righteousness.
    Will he be given the opportunity to cleanse the political mess.

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      “Karunratne Jayasuriya, the Speaker of Parliament, stood tall in the conflict on the side of justice and righteousness.”
      One day he accepted Mahinda Rajapakse as legitimate PM and agreed to give the seat of PM in Parliament to him. But after he got a scolding from Ranil, next day he said there is no PM or Cabinet. You want such a spineless guy as PM. He will become a PM for the name sake controlled by same ‘Royal Stooges’.

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    Well said and articulated. But the sad part is how many of the 225 so called PEOPLE’S representatives will be able to understand substance of your writing! May be a handful at best. The language the gang led by MS & MR duo understand is Power and thuggery.They have mastered the art of hoodwinking the masses at the expense of the people who chose to place their implicit trust in ROUTES. GOD SAVE MOTHER LANKA

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    Mahinda has made a political suicide with all friends.
    MR fooled MR in this drama.but m&s fooled himself.do you think MR will away his power for any one .
    M&s will never get second term.
    MR wanted to avoid court with his family

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    vishwamitra ,you are a donkey.Are you trying to give a victory for sirisena.Ranil and no one but ranil should be the PM.This chap has said if ranil comes back he will go,So this is the best way of sending the chap who tried to bring the rajapakshes back,out of the presidency. After ranil is brought back as PM or sira is impeached,then we can have a internal democratic process in the UNP to decide who the next leader should be.All members of the UNP should be given a choice of who they want as leader.If their is no clear result with 2 to three close to each other,then a leadership council can be considered,but if there is a clear winner he or she should be given the job.

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    Visvamithra Your article is one which says GARBAGE in and GARBAGE out. I understand you tried to be another analyst to be supportive to Ranil camp. [edited out] IT iwll be the same if you wrote this 225 Criminals, FRAUDsters, Bank cheats, Drug lords, and the 225 Bond Scam profit takers etc., etc., IS there a better solution than what you propose. IS there any solution for getting rid of the 225 Scoundrels and gets grue democracy by which peole get elelcted not the same 225 but the people that reallyhelp the country. I know your objective is to get something for some Tamils and not for the country.

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    [Edited out] YES Karu will be able to harness the important Sinhala Buddhist UNP Base that Anglican changed to Buddhism RW cannot claim.

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      Lest we forget, an another Anglican changed to Buddhism – good ol’ SWRD – performed very well in the Sinhala Buddhist nationalist department. RW’s inability to harness this support base is for other reasons.

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    Amidst all these Unnecessary Parliament and Politician stuff, we forgot to celebrate the November 19th Sun god Pabakaran’s birth day.what a Tragedy. He helped us a lot to eliminate Tamils.

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    Karu ? Sira? SF?

    Remember the taxi driver who became mayor of Colombo because of Ranil’s stupidity.

    Immediately after Ranil became leader of the UNP( 1993) he insisted on appointing one Dinesh Dodangoda who was said to be a journalist as a UNP MP.

    No one had heard of him and most of the UNP leadership objected to this appointment. But as usual Ranil insisted and had Dinesh appointed as a UNP MP.

    Where is this Dinesh Dodangoda now ?

    He was appointed by this so called fake government, five days after the Friday coup, as the Director of Editorial matters at Lake House to conduct propaganda against Ranil and the UNP !

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    Yet the real authentic common man is doomed///////////

    Now we have two prime minister 2 finance minister 2 all minister all are signing & approving public funds how is the auditor justifying the fund transaction, before it was only BOND related problems presently president cannot solve problem who cause this problem which will be greater than all BOND. it is effecting all over Now parties compulsions the intervention of diplomats to solve crisis situation in SL. What the people are saying we needed change of Government so we had it Now the president to give to other party is not people choice other than people representation

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    Appointing Karu Jayasuriya as the PM is to oblige Sirisena who has gone mad. Who should be the PM is a matter for the UNP and not Wishmavithira. Sirisena cannot insist on appointing a PM of his own whims and fancies. He has no such powers. If he does not like the face of Ramil, then it is he who should resign his post and go home,

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      I agree. If anyone is serious of normalizing things, they should rewind the tape back to Oct 26th before the stupid move by Ooru Sira and then let things continue form there.
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      I don’t think Ooru Sira had any idea of what is going to happen with the move he made on that fateful day. Whoever planned this (it cannot be the village idiot Sira) did not take in to account the international reaction. Ooru Sira went ahead and just the way that he set fire to his father’s paddy field, he sacked Ranil, for no logical reason.
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      Now he has set fire to the whole country by this stupid act. He should be removed from Presidency right away, by an NCM or other lawful means. Otherwise we are in for a very rough ride, where the common man will suffer most.

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    This is as stupid a suggestion as ever, made by Geedrick in his shit column.
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    Karu is 80 years old and he has no petrol in the tank to pull this country out of the economic mess its in. Even an idiot like Emil will tell you that.
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    All Karu J is doing is to try and kick Ranil out to get the seat for his son-in-law butterfly Navin Dissanayaka (who is not a patch on his father in looks or ability).
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    So let us put this idea to rest (with Geedrick) before it develops any wings.

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      Karu J was made Minister of Power after the UNP won the 2001 election. By 2006 he felt that he should lead the UNP instead of Ranil. He failed to oust Ranil so in 2007 he crossed over to the SLFP which made him Minister of Public Administration. In 2008 he crossed back again to the UNP and was made Deputy leader.

      So much for the upright, loyal, trustworthy saviour of Democracy.

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      ” Nimal Fernando”
      If you are stupid enough to want to use other people’s identities, at least study their language first. You don’t even come close to the real Nimal.

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        To remind you old crap heap, Fernando is a Portuguese name as common as Hose and Nimal is an even more common Sinhala name.
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        Why do you ‘garandiya’ think that someone wants to use the hundreds of bogus names used by a stinking old piece of skit like you?
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        As to your English, only you seem to have a high opinion of it, you lansi piece of crap.

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          Fake Nimal,
          Can’t you even use the same e-mail address every time you fart online? What do they feed you at the asylum to make you fart so much?
          Pitiful turd.

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    I would not do it mate. Mahinda and Maithri are not justifiable i their antics and demands. I want Mahinda to be knocked out. Ranil has to take the PM chair again. Either Karu or Sajith may be named as their PM candidate about 100 days or so before the election.

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    vishva
    the age of gentlemen politicians is long gone and cannot be revived
    it is like asking the unp to act like in ds’s time
    next time you write dont ask for the impossible

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    DON’T DRAG the Speaker into this political turmoil.
    This type of suggestions are totally unwise and stupid as it will question Speaker’s integrity.
    There are organized protests and verbal diatribes against the Speaker at the moment obviously for not cutting a deal with the President who orchestrated the entire crisis to fulfill a personal dispute with RW.
    Therefore, leave the Speaker alone.

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    The President cant dictate terms to a Political Party, in this instance the UNP as to who should be named as their PM.
    To suggest a name, in this instance, Karu Jayasuriya would by no means solve the problem; Knowing President Sirisena he will then say that the present crises is due to the the stand taken by the Speaker in Parliament! In short he will move the goal-post again.
    Vishwa! The only way out of this problem is to remove the problem President MS hook or by crook.
    He is holding this country to ransom and we should not cave in to dance to his tune.

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    The so-called sentimental of that gentlemen politics has dead and gone for ever since 2015 January 8th that Foreign -oriented that “Democracy” has shifted politics of

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      Why that deleted my comment? Is this way you that an attempted covered-up facts of truth of current political situation of Sri lanka? This seems to be another pressed limitation by CT editors !@

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        P Yala
        The reason is simple. you just write worthless bullshit.

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