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Midweek Politics: Dayasiri’s Defection Drama,The Ranil Factor And The Crucial North

By Dharisha Bastians –

Dharisha Bastians

“Harima dukayi (very sad)” muttered a senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) legislator, almost to himself inside an elevator at the Parliamentary complex two days ago.

The implication could not be clearer.

After months of speculation and back and forth, President Mahinda Rajapaksa had finally clinched the deal by afternoon on Tuesday (23) to ensure the defection of UNP Kurunegala District MP and popular politician Dayasiri Jayasekara to the ruling coalition. It is the worst kept secret in Parliament and political circles that SLFP stalwarts are disgusted by the move.

With Government ranks filled to the brim, SLFP bigwigs are fast losing relevance, with former UNP strongmen stealing their thunder within the administration and in electoral contests. The task of placating the ruling party seniors was assigned to Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa who held consultations with the group at the Parliamentary Complex, later that day.

Just 48 hours earlier, this particular outcome was looking very remote. Jayasekera was pledging he would remain with the UNP and the party’s leadership was convinced they had managed to retain the MP. But with customary aplomb, by afternoon on 23 July, the date Jayasekera was initially tipped to quit the UNP, President Rajapaksa made his move.

By wresting Dayasiri from the UNP’s fast dwindling ranks, the President has virtually decided a provincial electoral contest before it begins. In the North Western Province, the wildly popular Jayasekera was to be an integral cog in the UNP wheel. His defection will completely demoralise UNP activists and the party’s base days before campaigns kick off on a series of provincial polls.

Dashed hopes

The weekend had ended on a buoyant note for the main opposition United National Party, which believed it had held highly successful discussions with at least three MPs straining at the leash. In Kurunegala on Sunday, UNP seniors, including Ravi Karunanayake, met with recently suspended MPs Palitha Range Bandara and Asoka Abeysinghe for ‘unity’ talks.

Range Bandara and Abeysinghe had both threatened to contest independently at the Wayamba Provincial Council election to splinter the UNP vote in the region. The Wayamba poll being crucial with the Opposition, convinced it could narrow the margins in the province if it mobilises early, senior party officials advocated rapprochement talks with the MPs.

Karunanayake and others returned to Colombo on Sunday, convinced talks could begin between Range Bandara, Abeysinghe and the UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe later in the week. Their suspensions from the party, imposed for attending the Sarath Fonseka led rally against the executive presidency in October last year in violation of a party directive, was to be withdrawn.

UNP seniors believed Dayasiri Jayasekera would remain in the Opposition after efforts to convince the young parliamentarian from Kurunegala that his future within the party was both secure and showed great promise. Several party seniors told Jayasekera that this move of political expediency was unnecessary when he was certain of a prominent place within the UNP irrespective of who was at the helm.

“Whichever party you are in, you will be a minister. The question is if you want it now or whether you will wait for it at a future date. But look beyond that and you should see yourself as a party leader or head of state someday. Look at the succession plans of both parties objectively and decide which party you have the real chance with,” UNP Parliamentarians advised the 44-year-old Jayasekera last week. Unfortunately, Jayasekera held the counter view that a change in the UNP’s political fortunes remained as remote and elusive as ever.

Jayasekera was a prominent politician within the UNP who remained deeply disillusioned with Wickremesinghe’s leadership. He has never minced his words about how he felt about the UNP Leader’s reign. When the Party held its convention in December last year and ratified a six year uncontested term of office for Ranil Wickremesinghe through an amendment to the UNP constitution, Jayasekera was one of a few MPs including Sajith Premadasa and Rosy Senanayake who openly voted against the move. When other frontline UNP reformists left the party to join the Government, giving up the fight against Wickremesinghe, Jayasekera was openly critical of their conduct. Like Premadasa, he was seen as a believer in the need to stay in the party and fight for leadership change and reform.

The last straw

Many party activists believe that the last straw for Jayasekera was the elevation of Wickremesinghe confidant Akila Viraj Kariyawasam as de facto district leader for Kurunegala, sidelining the more popular Jayasekera. He was also excluded from a committee that would coordinate party activity for the Wayamba poll.
Both decisions, several UNP members felt was grossly unfair given Jayasekera’s capacity for organisation and ability to mobilise much needed votes in the Kurunegala district. Kariyawasam’s promotion was seen for what it was, some party sources said, pointing to Wickremesinghe’s tendency to appoint loyalists to key positions instead of basing these decisions on a merit system. They criticised Wickremesinghe’s inability to rise above his personal insecurities and play big picture politics in the interest of the party and its overarching goals to wrest power from the UPFA.

Jayasekera’s defection, these sources believe, is only the beginning of a highly probable mass decampment of UNP members to the ruling administration. Several other UNP MPs are said to be in talks with the Government even as the Opposition tries to cobble together some resistance to the UPFA juggernaut in the Wayamba and Central Provinces ahead of a likely September election.
In Parliament yesterday, Jayasekera consulted with Minister Basil Rajapaksa in the office of Presidential Coordinating Secretary for Parliamentary Affairs Kumarasiri Hettige, before entering the Parliament Chamber in the afternoon. Delivering a crushing statement at a press conference a few hours later, Jayasekera denounced Ranil Wickremesinghe as a dictator and said UNP MPs had no freedom of expression or thought within the party.

“Even if he loses in 2014, he will remain leader of the party. If the lampposts within the Working Committee give him another term, he can remain in office for the rest of his life. His leadership is a blessing to the Government. We fought our battles within the party. I am no longer interested in staying in the party, fighting him and being harassed by him. We don’t know how long more we will have to fight him. The years I have left I want to spend serving the people. We will not be popular forever. I believe the people would endorse my move to step out. The defeatists within the UNP are defeating the people.

“After defeat at the 2014 poll, the Opposition will attempt to attain power again only 2022. I am not willing to wait till then. For 20 years, the people of this country have suffered because of this UNP leadership. It is not the UNP that is making them suffer, but the party’s leadership. When compared with the UNP leadership, I don’t see the President’s leadership as being dictatorial,” he said in a parting shot, pledging to put all his efforts into getting Rajapaksa re-elected in 2014.

All set for Wayamba

Jayasekera announced his resignation as a Member of Parliament and said he would be rejoining the SLFP to contest the Wayamba provincial elections. It is speculated that Jayasekera will be the UPFA’s Chief Ministerial candidate for Wayamba even though the Kurunegala District MP vowed he would contest and win the position fair and square.

It was an assurance about this nomination from the President that Jayasekera was not able to obtain until now in order to cement his decision to quit the UNP. An angry President Rajapaksa had refused to even make eye contact with Jayasekera because the latter was not budging on the issue, when most of the Parliament was in attendance at the wedding of Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne’s daughter at the Hilton Colombo on Friday (19).

According to informed reports, despite staunch opposition to the move from the SLFP membership, the UPFA’s Wayamba organisers and activists were warning the President that the race in the North Western Province was not going to be as easy as anticipated. There was concern in some quarters of the ruling coalition that Rajapaksa administration’s treatment of Sarath Fonseka could prove disadvantageous for the UPFA in Kurunegala in particular, because the district is home to several thousand military families.

The district and the province are also perceived as being less supportive of the Government than might be expected as the crisis of incumbency gradually sets in. Dayasiri Jayasekera’s popularity in the region could be the answer to all these problems, the Wayamba politicos and activists told the President. Until the pressure mounted from that quarter, President Rajapaksa was insistent that he would not nominate a chief ministerial candidate for the province because it would cause friction within the coalition and jeopardise the chances of a cohesive and united UPFA campaign.
When Jayasekera continued to stand his ground on the issue, the President finally agreed to his terms. President Rajapaksa has more at stake than just the election. He believes that it will be necessary to effect more defections from the UNP to ensure that when the time comes to repeal the 13th Amendment to the constitution, the Government will possess its two thirds majority with or without the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress votes. Political observers remarked that it was the first time a UNP crossover had not taken place on the President’s terms alones. It spoke to the fact that when the winnings of his side were at stake, President Rajapaksa could and would eat humble pie and back down.

The Ranil factor

Ranil Wickremesinghe is the diametrical opposite of this. Wickremesinghe has proven that he will place self and ego before party and country, a formula that has kept the UNP in opposition for 19 years, barring the two brief years in office between 2002 and 2004. Schooled in unfailing loyalty to the party leader since the inception of his political career, Wickremesinghe, in his post-2005 avatar, has brazenly refused to brook dissent within his party or face up to challenges to his leadership.
Vexed with demands that he step down from office and burdened with serious issues of trust, Wickremesinghe has surrounded himself only with loyalists, most of whom are the feeblest and least charismatic within the UNP. Their lack of political vision notwithstanding, the Jayasekeras and Premadasas of the UNP with their popular appeal and vibrant personalities pose a threat to Wickremesinghe’s reign by virtue of their mere existence.

They are the embodiment of everything he is not. Not even all the political theories and intellectual acumen in the world can make Ranil Wickremesinghe likeable once again as a politician. It is this fatal realisation that convinces him he must cling to leadership of the one party that will one day be swept to power purely on the grotesque unpopularity of the incumbency and make him Sri Lanka’s leader.
And so he will stand by and watch as the UNP’s brightest stars desert ship, until perhaps only he and his most ancient acolytes are left standing. That the country loses its right of a democratic opposition by the intransigence of the UNP leadership is not something that keeps Wickremesinghe awake at night. He is content to leave the sacred duty of alternative leadership to nobler souls. His sole preoccupation remains the eventual occupation of the presidential chair.

And yet, despite the conviction amongst the country’s political elite that the UNP Leader would do well in the executive chair, there are fundamental and seemingly insurmountable obstacles to his ever reaching that position. Wickremesinghe looks less and less presidential every day. He is aggressive and reactionary, egotistical and despotic. Never magnanimous, never conciliatory, as the leader of the UNP, Wickremesinghe has played his hand dictatorially at every turn. And Sri Lankans are no longer interested in replacing one autocrat with another.

Crisis of faith

With Jayasekera’s defection therefore, the UNP finds itself facing once more a serious crisis of faith in its leadership. The Party’s troubles are multiplied by the fact that the latest erosion comes ahead of three crucial elections and the very real prospect now, analysts say of an early presidential poll in 2014. Serious, introspective decisions will need to be made to prevent further erosion into Government ranks.

Within the party, the onus lies heavy on the Wickremesinghe appointed Working Committee, the UNP’s apex decision making body. With the party facing one of the worst crises of its history, the UNP Working Committee also faces a historic challenge. Will it continue to allow Wickremesinghe a free hand to lead the UNP towards certain destruction?

UNP stalwarts believe the time has come for the Working Committee to show its mettle, proving to the party’s rank and file that it is capable of putting the interests of the party first and being less sycophantic towards the personal agendas of its party leader. Every blow the UNP takes from within strengthens the hand of the incumbent regime. A decimated opposition has grave repercussions for the future of democracy in Sri Lanka, democracy that is already proving dangerously fragile in the present context.

Common platform

The collective opposition was hoping not so long ago to join forces at a future decisive election on a common platform to abolish the executive presidential system. The Opposition is convinced that President Rajapaksa will opt for early elections, none more so than the UNP. Under the circumstances, the party’s decision makers will have to do some profound thinking as to whether it is going to rest the fate of the combined opposition at another election, perhaps the most crucial one yet, on the shoulders of its current leader. With the country facing a precarious situation on multiple fronts, under ordinary circumstances, this would have been a time for the Opposition to experience a groundswell of popular support. Instead, despite all the economic and international political problems plaguing the incumbency, even high profile UNP members view their future as being brighter under the Rajapaksa administration. If today’s political culture is one of expediency and street smarts, Wickremesinghe is dangerously out of his league.

Analysts observe that if the UNP Leader cannot retain the handful of parliamentarians he has left, his ability to lead and foster a common opposition against the Rajapaksa regime is negligible at best. In the aftermath of the Dayasiri exodus, the party and the collective opposition will begin a search for a new face of resistance to the Rajapaksa juggernaut.

Disillusioned opposition activists will return to the drawing board to make the case for an elder statesman with the capacity to unite all political parties and civil society movements taking arms against the Rajapaksa presidency. Karu Jayasuriya, sidelined by Wickremesinghe and unceremoniously sacked from the party’s Working Committee after he contested and lost leadership elections in 2011, is being bandied about once more as a stop-gap option to lead the common opposition platform against the executive presidency in the event of a presidential poll next year.
Whether Wickremesinghe will make way for another opposition common candidate other than himself at the next election remains to be seen. But for better or worse, some UNP members believe that Jayasuriya remains the party’s best possible option to ensure that the presidential system is abolished once the office is attained, with the party’s former deputy leader being considered an honourable man and therefore, a trustworthy candidate for the job.

The crucial north

Meanwhile, with the Opposition sufficiently demoralised ahead of the North Western and Central Provincial polls, the Rajapaksa administration can focus all its energies on the most important September election of all. While speculation continues to mount about the possibility of the Northern Provincial Council elections being challenged in Supreme Court with the aim of delaying the poll, the Northern Election is also garnering significant interest, with the TNA’s pick for Chief Minister, former Supreme Court Justice C.V. Wigneswaran already at the receiving end of many bouquets and brickbats.

Interestingly, regime mouthpiece and Minister of Housing Wimal Weerawansa expressed solidarity with TNA Jaffna District MP Mavai Senathirajah, saying the international community, led by New Delhi and Washington, had forced him to step back from the race for the Chief Ministerial candidacy of the party. Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa echoed those sentiments when he told The Hindu in a widely publicised interview last week that Justice Wigneswaran was the candidate of “external forces”, referring to the Tamil Diaspora.

In an ironic twist, the Tamil Diaspora lobby group Tamils for Obama this week condemned Wigneswaran’s selection and called him an outsider who had no feeling for the Tamil people of the north and east because he had lived all his life in Colombo. The group also slammed the former Justice for referring to Sri Lanka’s armed forces as “our army” and “our navy”.

“Mr. Wigneswaran in this Hindustan Times interview referred to ‘our army’ and ‘our navy’. These references are to the Singhalese-controlled national Sri Lankan armed forces. They are not ‘our’ forces and calling it ‘our army’ insults the Tamils. This is the genocidal army that killed over 70,000 Tamil civilians and raped numerous Tamil women, and whose officers may eventually be facing war crimes tribunals for these murders.

“Mr. Wigneswaran makes clear (he says it many times and in many ways) that he favours a united Sri Lanka. He asks the leaders in Tamil Nadu to ‘allow us to work out our own solutions to our own problems within a united Sri Lanka’. These are the same ideas and even the same phrases that Mahinda Rajapaksa used when misleading the international community,” a statement from the group said.

With nationalist elements on both sides of the ethnic divide rallying against him, no further proof is necessary of the fact that the Wigneswaran candidacy is the best and most conciliatory choice at this crucial election in a province bruised, battered and embittered by the rigours of civil strife.

Courtesy Daily FT

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    Dayasiri’s move to the ruling party clearly shows how bankrupt the coalition is also it shows how scared the President is. He does not have anyone in his coalition at this point of time to contest Wayamba so he had to steel Dayasiri from UNP. AT the end of the day if we look at the ruling coalition its all UNP members who are leading the coalition. What a sad state of affairs! Such a bankrupt ruling coalition and the back bone less SLFP senior members.

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      Since this is becoming a numbers game (and is allowed under current law), is it not conceivable that the disgruntled members of the ruling coalition could also decamp and create a new critical mass of oppositional strength by either partnering with Mr Jayasuriya, thereby hoisting the incumbent leadership with its own petard?

      Another question, is it not time for ex-President Chandrika Kumaratunga to bring her considerable strengths to bear and help to rally the old faithful under her to pose a challenge to this highly undemocratic state of affairs?

      Only asking.

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        You must be joking.The people trusted CBK twice.I myself voted with her.but did she deliver.The worst thing she did was to remove all tariff protection for the textile industry.St Anthony’s group were doing well with their products until CBK removed the tariff barriers.From 1977 to date none of our so called leaders had any inkling of love for this country. They though only about themselves.Of the lot CBK had the best chance and she floundered.

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      This is a strange way of seeing things.

      Isn’t it flattery of the coalition performance that all the UNPers are flocking to it?

      May be Park is a misprint of some other word with the first two letters replaced!

      Looks like standing on head. Can you please stand on your feet and look at things, again.

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        I am very clear in my thinking. I am standing on my feet and may be your head has to be checked Jayaweera. Or may be you cannot see well what is happening in Sri Lanka, you are blinded! No rule of law, no democracy, no decent politician, no equal rights..

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    He should be a bastard whatever arguments he brings for his cross-over.

    No doubt, he will not win the election unless computer jilmarts would not be the case.

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    “Ranil Wickremesinghe is the diametrical opposite of this. Wickremesinghe has proven that he will place self and ego before party and country,”

    lololol. Yes, because the rajapakses havent bribed, “disappeared”, killed, or even negotiated with terrorists to remain in power.

    i appreciate the writer trying to remain neutral, but at the cost of just making things up?

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    i must add, also, that if the good folks up in the NCP vote Dayasiri into power simply because of his character while in the UNP, we as Sri Lankans will lose the right to say that we’re a sane bunch. My point isnt about Dayasiti here. If we’re willing to vote for someone, anyone, who clearly has no principles, then we can’t go on saying things like “we want proper politicians in power” and “these politicians are animals”: you elected them, so shut up and live with the consequences.

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    Efficient summary of the political firmament as of midweek.

    Once again Ranil Wickremasinge, Permanent Leader of the Opposition, has star billing.

    Mahinda’s star will always glow bright as long as RW keeps the opposition shackled and in disarray.

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    If the UNP loses the northwestern and central provincial councils again,then it is time for ranil to hand over the leadership of the UNP to karu or sajith and move over into an influential position like shadow economic development minister and focus on economic policies and its implementation will be better than basil rajapakshe’s.Econoomic policies have always been the strength of the UNP,while the leadership has been the bane because they lost all their leadership prematurely.Now it should be like a joint leadership team,and ranil is not fit to lead that because he is a solo type who likes to go it alone.The member ship of the UNP which is the rank and file should have a say in the selection of the leader in the future and should be allocated at least 50 per cent of the vote to elect a leader.Democratisation of the party is of paramount importance otherwise it will just wither away into a third party in national politics one day with another party forming to take up the vacuum.

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      Shadow Economic development minister? are off your head.If you what happened during his short stay as the PM, with the PERC, you will willingly admit yourself to Angoda.

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    This is the usual tactics of MR before an election. Last time he got Grero to defect to UPFA. If you see back every election he gets a big opposition guy to his side. This is how he demoralize the opposition and get the upper hand in every election.

    If these opposition MP don’t accept MR’s offer soon they will be punished by the MR administration. (Like Daya Gamage, Ranjan Ramanayake )

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      No UNP had many chances to rise up, they floundered. Look at the proposed constitution.It only helps the party leader and not the people.They had the best chances and it was RW’s jealousy that spoilt the issue.Remember 2007 budget.RW had the bargaining power, he spoilt it because of his jealousy over karu.RW must go, run as fast as possible

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    UNP can still capitalise on the defection of Dayasiri. The public is fed up with such self seeking politicians. If it can come to a power sharing arrangement with general Fonseka, UPFA can be defeated in the NWP and CP as well.

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    I see a lot of contradictions. When Nawinna wanted to contest the Party said that no MP would be nominated. Then They said that they will not have a CM candidate and CM will be selected after polls. Those from the Puttalam district say no one representing Puttalam has ever been the CM and this is their turn.
    Dayasiri says that the he is disgusted with the Party leader and the Party for his leaving the Party. Then he says Mahinda is developing the Country and that is why he is joining the ruling party. Which is true? Which is the correct reason? Is he leaving the Party because he has been sidelined or because the government is doing an excellent job and he wants to supports them? What is the correct reason? Second reason cannot be true as even two weeks back he critisised the government on corrupt and inefficiency. What is his stand on all corruption and efficiency he has exposed so far. Have those changed for good so fast overnight?
    Now he says he will be the CM candidate for the ruling party. It contradicts UPFA stand of not naming a CM candidate. How could Dayasiri make such a statement when he is going against UPFA stand. (Or has the UPFA changed its stand for Dayasiri) If the UPFA wanted Dayasiri to resign from being a MP to contest, they should have also given the same option to Nawinna. How about the voters in Puttalam when Dayasiri is from the Kurunegala district? There are many contradictions in Dayasiri’s defection.

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    An interesting analysis.
    However, what Ms. Bastian’s hasn’t considered is the ultimately self-destructive nature of politics based on opportunism, pure and simple.
    If one examines the scenario that she has described, it is apparent that the seeds of destruction of this ever-changing coalition are to be seen already.
    The pity of it all is that the longer it takes for this conglomeration of egos and self-interest to destroy itself, the longer Sri Lankans will suffer and the more long-term the damage done to this country.
    As far-fetched as it might seem and given the lack of depth and popularity of those who continue to serve Ranil Wickremesinghe, they might, at least, provide a cohesiveness in governance that appears to be the need of the hour in this country.

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    I disagree with the accusation leveled at the president ,if I can remember correctly it has been some time back that I read somewhere in the papers The president remarking at Mr.Dayasiri who was standing beside Mr.MP Sajith , why ,are you afraid I will take Sajith with me? and the immediate response was oh no Sir, Please take me also along ,I think if I am not mistaken I read it in Sunday Times.. so if I am correct , then Mr.Dayasiri had this cross over on his mind long ago, well like the old saying goes ,if you cant fight them ,join them, and if Mr.Minister Rauf Hakeem can do his political acrobats so frequently ,I do not see anything so wrong about Mr.Dayasiri crossing over to The Government side ,long time ago it was Thambiya’s cap that can be turned & worn to any side he desires , which is not true, as The fez can only turn Three sides the tussle on rear ,or right & left, where else the Lungi or sarong of The National dress can be easily not only turn around ,but inside out without even being noticeable.

    Well let us see what happens in the future ,Sri Lanka may improve its Infrastructure anytime soon even at any cost , the idea is actually economical gamble ,it may strike gold and if it does it will also come with a huge price , the unbearable coasts on the masses in general ,but still will honestly take another 40 years for Sri Lanka to repair its image that the extremist forces had damaged ,that is ofcause only if The government sincerely works towards a fair treatment towards all communities to prove to the world that it really has learnt from past that any form of extremism and favouring one particular race in a multicultural country is a disastrous way to take a country forward, especially a country with a internationally record of attacks committed on minorities by all governments over and over from the time we gained independence and the current situation is not helping at all , with the fear psychosis that is on not just the minorities but almost all the citizens, and like I said earlier extremist’s actions are going to make the situation worst, and now the Muslim extremist too have started thier contribution,just what the country needs right now.. so head or tales , Sri Lanka needs at least another 40 years of continued good governance to come out clean ,white washed.. Can we Citizens afford the time? I say no- most probably as time moves on, many professionals and skilled workers will leave the shores in search of greener pastures , and it will dawn a day when The government will have very little choice but to allow the foreign investors to bring in Cheep labour from overseas and I can assure this Island will be filled with China’s cheap but hard working labor ,but with the compromise of quality, anyday sri Lankans ,Sinhalese ,Tamils, Muslims or burghars they do have a better quality .
    sad situation of affairs ,but what can we do? but

    Hope for the best !!!!!!!!!

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    We are getting closer and closer to the doomsday prophets’ predictions of a blood bath.

    All democratic options are being systematically removed and the people who cannot stand for this are being driven to desperation.

    Get out of the Country while you can and leave it to unprincipled, corrupt, vermin like Dayasiri and his ilk.

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      Blood bath, it will never happen.The Sri lankan joker will eat shit before they say buurrrrrr

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    A fine summing up, Dharisha! Yes. The UNP is in shambles! The opposition activists have to look for a new charismatic leader!

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    I say No , UNP must be left to sink along with its leader, it is time for a big change, the country is in dire need of a strong opposition , this is the whole issue of us lankans , we just can’t let go of old rags no matter how useless it may be can we?

    Why the old women’s superstitions augment even when it comes to a political name , that really has not much to boast about nor The SLFP .

    Why not the remaining opposition parties not just put away, but rather bury thier petty differences deep down the earth where they will never ever find again , and join together and form not an alliance that will keep crossing over for petty issues and the inability to contain one’s ego, but be sincere for Sri lanka’s sake & believe in and hold on to the reins , & let no clever argument, no persuasive fact or theory make a dent in thier conviction in the rightness of there position of country and people first – it is time for a brand new Political party where people of this blessed land can proudly call it their home and be willing to die for , is there any statesman of such calibre still out there in our Country ?who can arouse the passions of a people who have lost all hope and aspirations.. if there is such a man , then let him call for a united opposition all brand new , including name of the party as well as a new political manifesto, that will first and foremost create &guarantee a relatively secured environment where communities can feel secured and live comfortably , without fear , so they may work with, love & joy in building this country….. what people need first is mental comfort & security that is the invisible and most important infrastructure to build & the rest will fall in place by its self…. fear is the key for the ultimate destruction of all noble men and women.

    Politicians must realise that you really do not have to be the Government to serve the People ,infact you can make even a government that is not productive to the country and its people to change its attitude and work towards better governance as a strong and sincere opposition.

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    Future !!!!!!!!!!!
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    Weather we like or not, for the moment, what I see is there is going to be a major change in our political system soon , I can see a future parliament with a thin member representing the opposition against a strong & powerful government membership occupying at least 90 to 95 % of the parliamentry seats with a powerful executive Prime Minister which will replace the current executive President, and the entire local government & pradeshiya sabha may be replaced with a group political constituency system, comprising with members from each electoral based on the percentage of representing the racial ratio in each electorate and then the successful candidate being appointed as MPS which may how the government may gain full control of the parliament in the near future ,if this is to happen , the voice of the minorities will become totally incapacitated, as the MPs representing them will be largely out numbered , this is only just a speculation,but these days it is better be prepared for the least unexpected drastic changes which we may have never dreamt taking into consideration of the entire world that is in utter chaos & unpredictable events which we never ever imagined would occur ,however as long as the ruling government no matter what changes it makes in the constitution if it sticks to secularism & keep religions and politics apart things should not be so bad , but if the government is going to be subjected to manipulation by religious extremism then the state of affairs can take a dangerous grip on the country and its people,, let us hope for the best , if this government takes such steps in changing the the constitution to extremes to control power , we can not blame them ,after all it was late. J.R. Jayawardena of the UNP who was the father of autocratic politics who has influcenced the present politicians , we must agree that all Politicians who promised to do away with executive powers were never willing to let go once they had tasted the power ,I do not blme them, they are only human , man has always
    crave d for this onething- POWER !!!!!!!

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    IntAPBS peakers Presents: Mahathir Mohamad-
    Don’t repeat the Mistakes of The Past…

    http://youtu.be/j-s_Knk6wdU
    a good advice for Sri Lanks

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    Indeed what Sri Lanka & India should think about…

    Singapore, Malaysia agree on high-speed rail link – 19Feb2013

    http://youtu.be/tX-5rEL0PkY

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    Singapore – the future Switzerland of Asia?
    Must watch..
    http://youtu.be/tFXLV2BDceQ

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    Future of Singapore in 2015
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    http://youtu.be/t1OFZlE7CeU

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    What about Sri Lanka? what will it be like ?

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    As a UNP Supporter since 1966 I am disgusted at the way Ranil Wickremesinghe is handling the party as its leader. Never in its history had we such a senceless man at its head. So for the sake of supporters of the UNP GET OUT BEFORE YOU ARE THROWN OUT SIR

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