24 September, 2020

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More Ministers – More Tussles

The Swearing in of another 51 ministers which was due to happen today has been once again postponed because of tussles between the SLFP and UNP and also infighting among parliament members of the two parties in sharing portfolios.

Maithripala 14 July Pic sent by Prez MdiaAnother 5 cabinet ministers and 45 state and deputy ministers were to take oaths before the President today.

At the swearing-in ceremony held on September 04th, 42 ministers of the new 48-member cabinet took oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena.

Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera was sworn-in last month ahead of the visit by top United States officials.

Out of the five cabinet minister posts, four of them will be from Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

According to SLFP sources, out of the four ministerial posts three could go to Arumugam Thondaman the leader of the Ceylon Workers Congress (ally of UPFA), Douglas Devananda, Leader of the Ealam People’s Democratic Party (ally of UPFA) and SLFP veteran A.H.M. Fowzie.

Three SLFP’s are vying for the remaining slot Lakshman Yapa, Faizer Mustapha and Vijith Wijathamuni Soysa.

Some SLFP MP’s have voiced their dissatisfaction about naming Devananda and Thondaman for ministerial posts as they are not members of the SLFP.

Also some Tamil parties have raised objections to nominating both Devananda and Thondaman. Party leaders, P.Thigambaran and Mano Ganeshan too have raised objections with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the possibility of Thondaman being given a ministerial portfolio.

Even late last evening the party hierarchy had been trying to resolve issues, but had been unable to arrive at a consensus, according to reliable sources.

Meanwhile, according to UNP sources the final cabinet slot may go to Colombo district parliamentarian Sujeewa Senasinghe.

A total of 45 parliamentarians are expected to be sworn-in as State Ministers and Deputy Ministers. Out of them 27 will be from the United National Party (UNP) while the rest is from SLFP.

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  • 11
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    There is no need for a single more Cabinet Member from the Diyawenna parliament of corrupt clowns that is headex by Srisena’s disgusting National List.
    The fact of the matter though is that Mahinda Jarapassa has won in the eighth Parliament, where, in the name of national reconciliation the foul political culture of impunity for corrupt politicains continues.

    Sirisena’s national list and a Cabinet of 90 including deputy ministers that the tax payer has to pay for is a good governance JOKE.

    Meanwhile all the cases against the corrupt Rajapaksa clan are being closed by CID and AG office while they fixate on petty criminal shooting in Bloomantheul. Good governance is a Joke played on the voter by Sirisena and Ranil who need to bribe their party members The civil society movement for good governance should start a weekly protest to educate the people and call for the cabinet to be reduced to 10 members.

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      Oh.. so now it’s a petty shooting incident in Bloemendhal.. is that because MR is not involves in it that we classify it as petty?

    • 4
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      Hon. President Mr. Maitripala Sirisena,

      RE: More Ministers – More Tussles

      There is a dire need for manpower to plough the paddy fields.

      Can you get the “Extra” Ministers to do it?

      What about the “Extra” MPs?

      There is extra paddy storage space at the Mattala Paddy Warehouse.

    • 1
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      FOOD FOR THOUGHT

      Follow the simple way to solve the problems and issues and to make UNITY Flourish>

      Make all elected officials by raising them from current lower RANKS to various higher level positions. There should not be any hindrance in creating positions such as “SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENTS, VICE-PRESIDENTS AS MANY AS NEEDED, EPXECUTIVE PRIMINISTER, PRIME PRIMINISTERS, MINISTERS AND CABINIT MINISTERS,SO THAT THERE WILL BE NO MORE MP’S. WITH THE SAME VEIN, WE NEED TO CREATE MORE THAN ONE OPPOSITION LEADDER SO THAT WHOEVER WANTS TO BE O.L. WILL GET ONE. THIS IS NO BIG ISSUE . SIMPLY FORGET THE GERNERL PUBLIC….LET THEM GO FLY KITES IF ALLOWED
      SUBA MANGALA

    • 1
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      A cabinet of 15 Ministers and 15 Deputies to them should be the cast iron prescription to Sri Lanka.

      A comparison with agricultural workforce in US is enlightening. In 1915 it was 41% of total workforce. In 2015 it is 1.6% which is 25 times less. Production is infinitely higher with average holding increasing by 3 times and more.

      A cabinet less than 1/3rd the present size with command area per Minister increasing more than 3 times the current splinter, will make for greater productivity through greater clarity and better unity of command.

      Comparing the incomparable to illustrate productivity from coherence.

  • 6
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    Why can not Ranil and Sirisena DO THE RIGHT THING and NOT hand out bribes to these clown politicians who are fighting for cabinet posts??

    What is the meaning of good governance if you need to have 90 ministers? Please remind me?

    Ranil and Sirisena are supposed to be leaders of political parties so they should be leading from the front and EDUCATING their uneducated and corrupt party members to do the right thing because that is the HONEST and DECENT thing to do for the GREATER GOOD OF THE COUNTRY AND THE PEOPLE OF LANKA!
    The lack of leadership of Ranil and Sirisena is clear in their offering of bribes to criminal and corrupt politicians like Devananda and Thondaman and Thilanga Sumathipala, and Ravi K, rather than Harsha or Eran who are clean.
    Thondaman and Douglas are a corrupt and exploit Tamils and are a curse on the Tamil people and Amunugama is a disgraceful senile dodo.

  • 7
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    When two perfect human beings from CWC and EPDP enter the most ideal cabinet of 100+,Sri Lanka will be Utopia itself no less.

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      Chanakyan,

      It will be the icing on the Deviled Cake!

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

  • 7
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    Thondaman? Who has been doing so much damage to the plantation industry? Some joke that will be!
    When intelligent, educated men such as Dr. Harsha and Eran are not considered for ministerial portfolios, is this country so shameless to even think of appointing trash?
    Well done, Messrs.Digambaram and Ganeshan.

  • 8
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    A matter of buying off trouble makers.

    So again no different to the past! ‘Yahapalanaya’, ‘Dharmista society’ all various slogans to cheat the people all along! Mahinda Rajapakse must be giggling to himself and thinking ‘serves the foolish people right’!

    The million dollar question is will the Presidency be abolished? Before the elections My3 tells he will not go against the people’s wish. Then after the elections he tells he will not go against the Parliament and it is the Parliament to decide whether Presidency is to be retained or abolished!

    Who is supreme? People or MPs! People have clearly said in no uncertain terms to abolish the executive Presidency in both the Presidential and General Elections and that was the key slogan of the winning side. So why is My3 hesitating and sending misleading signals?

    If no attempt is made to scrap the executive Presidency then My3 has not only stabbed Mahinda Rajapakse in the back but also the people who voted him to power. This is the history of deception right from Chandrika Kumaratunge down to Maithripala Sirisena.

    Are we to wait till the next Presidential elections to see who is promising to abolish executive Presidency. I must enlighten the people never accept anybody’s promise unless they have also surrendered a legally valid dated resignation letter from 6 months of being elected ether he/she abolishes the presidency within 6 months and if not the resignation letter will kick off in 6 months and has to step down for another Presidential elections.

  • 6
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    Sri Lankan Leader Mr. Maithripala Sirisena has formed the most unique National Government in the world. It consists of 106 UNP MPs and 33 SLFP MPs who were bribed with Ministerial positions(15 cabinet+18 non-cabinet). The rest(62) of the UPLF MPs will sit in the opposition. A total of 139 votes of the national government is not enough to get the 2/3rd(Minimum 150)majority. Out of the 139 MPs 93 are ministers. President Sirisena has forced Ranil Wickramasinghe to form this government in order to satisfy his ambition of staying as the leader of the SLFP not thinking about the nation. He should have at least got the support of another 11 SLFP MPs to bring the total to 150 without having to depend on the TNA and JVP. He is in a dilemma because he can not increase the ministerial positions to 104 to please another 11 SLFP MPs. People should realize that this is how this national government is going to serve the nation.

    • 5
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      You may have calculated it right but how do you know to read the thoughts and minds of the duo – I think the national govt in making or made by them is the best sofar – with opposition run by JVP and TNA. JVP would never allow anyone to betray the nation. On the other side, former JHU man of the match will not allow UNP to make wrong decisions. For any amendment to get passed inthe parliament you will not need to have pleased everyone. There will not be easy to work with dogs and snakes who are sitting inthe dissident group of UPFA not supporting the new govt.

      • 6
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        The dog and snake are Ranil and MS ..

        • 3
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          that we will see..
          already people exercise freedom of expression, as had not been the case prior to 8th Jan.

          Even the ones that were then in the parliament loud so today- telling the freedom that they enjoy today.

          Not forgetting what MS revealed day before yesterday how and what a stress he went through – because of fears – on the day 5th Jan. That revealed everything about MR and his governance.

          For me, MR should be kept in jail for the rest life together with all his family kith and kin inorder to heal the nation.

          • 9
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            We are already seeing what lies RW and MS heaped upon the gullible voter.. floating armoury one such example. . Lamborginis and white horses, prseidenrial airplanes and many many more. Time to feel sorry for SL.. This national govt is just another of MS ploys to stay in power.. Ranil is going to be suckered for sure

            • 4
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              but if you lived in the country – you know perfectly well that

              a) Lambogniies

              b) Horse rides

              c) Presidential airplanes and high profile abuses carried out by them on day light leaving you gawky folks to enjoy as usual.

              d) Night car races run by them – may be all these were made by foreigners ?

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              Ranil will not be suckered for sure – if President is in the view to strenghten Parliament as had been the case with miniority govt created since 8th Jan, he would not interfere with RW s so long Ranil would not mislead the country. Besides Ranil is not political teenager so he will lead it to the best. Most of all he is not like MR – who would easily allow idiots to represent the nation for his personal gains. Sofar so good actually. Good is good whoever it is being done. People of this country shold go for paradigm change in term sof their perceptions.

  • 1
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    Isn’t the remaining cabinet Ministry of UNP goes to Malik Samarawickrama? Minister of Investment promotion?

  • 6
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    Yahapalanaya at its best eh????

    • 4
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      Gone were the days if anyone criticised Rajjuruwo – the following day the the list of the obituries would have been longer. Torments that people went through are not forgotten. Alone the days he campaigned in colombo – placards were everywhere creating all kind of vomitting feelings while travelling to colombo. Today. nothing like that is the case – we held an election under the rule of MY3 and RW – colombo was not filled with placards. How much of the millions were saved to the nation in that way ? You buggers would go on eat the extrements of Rajano – no matter your families would have been abducted, raped, killed out and made soups out of them. That is why the other half of the nation suffered so much.
      Rajapakshe no doubt deserves to be punished by a world court. We the sinhalaya were cornered in this world due to the donkey actions taken by walburuwa for the last few years alone.

    • 3
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      So long you would nt change your punnakku.. nothing would work for the betterment of lanken folks. I mean all folks. Kuhakayasa governed the nation for the last 10 years. Now it looks that we can breath in- but we never know since the society is filled with majority of snakes and dogs. They would always feel that sinhalaya will have to take the greater portion while violating the rights of miniorities. This is common agenda even in lanken working teams. So long our sinhlalya would not be taught to be civilized -nothing – not an inch of progress will be seen. You belong to the category of Wimal Buruwanse and GOmmnapila (blood suckers) born to destroy lanken folks. More of you could do more harm than LTTE men who are not active in the country today. Your soul should be clean enough to face it- then only we can think of a reconciliation. I have no doubt, RW will not lead the nation to end up with more devisions. I wish all folks should feel equal by rights in the country – caste regliion ethinicity and all shold NOT be given chance to divide anyone in this nation

  • 4
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    The title should be “More Ministers-More tissues” Everyone is cheating people.

  • 4
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    Why does the present government want to prop up Thondaman and Douglas?
    What is the motive? Both are spent forces!
    Sengodan. M

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      The two you have mentioned are not mere spent forces. They are notorious for crimes of bribery, corruption and even worse. They are ruiners of the country. The first of the plantations and the workers thereon.The second of the Tamils and the North. There is no motive, plain stupidity.

      Good Governance is now unleashed. The next perfect act to be is Domestic Inquiry.

    • 0
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      We want to know why they prop up other undesirables?

  • 2
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    What are options available to the people who are being indiscriminately conned by politico cheats. How far and how long they should tolerate this nonsense.

    When the abuses of people’s sovereign power in such a unimaginable scale I believe that the Judiciary, that exercise people’s judicial power on trust, should not turn a blind eye, and it should be pro-active to deal with the Legislature and the Executive appropriately for blatant abuse of people’s sovereign power violating the fundamental duties of the government that are set out in Chapter VI of the Constitution.

  • 3
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    Wonder whether Ranil and his new mate from Pollonnaruwa will appoint a Minister of Yahapalanaya..

    Because most of these half a century of Ministers are not cut out for that ….Right.

  • 0
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    So now the dogs are barking at each other for the bones.

    Or is it the case of the snouts jostling each other to get into the gravy train.

    Ah whatever, we have a President who came from the bowels of the most corrupt, most dangerous Mafia Family rule of Sri Lanka, who knows nought but bribing pole-vaulting MPs for allegiance and we have a Prime Minister with a well known lack of a backbone, inept and who cares less about anything and everything trying to run Sri Lanka.

    No wonder the dogs are barking for the bones and the snouts jostling each other to get into the gravy train.

  • 3
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    KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

    “Wonder whether Ranil and his new mate from Pollonnaruwa will appoint a Minister of Yahapalanaya..”

    May I recommend few you Ministries?

    A ministry for Vellala affairs

    A ministry for Abraham affairs

    A ministry for pro drug smugglers

    A ministry for robber barons

    A ministry for war criminals

    A ministry for MR’s b***s carriers

    A ministry for political brats

    A ministry for crooks

    A ministry for official rapists

    A ministry for official racists

    A few ministries for idlers

    A ministry for administering bribe

    ……..
    ….

  • 1
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    A very bad beginning. Bargains with devils or devilishness never bodes well. Maithri, cannot survive with two heads- heading the SLFP-UPFA and and a President elected by a largely UNP and minority vote. He cannot balance things out by attending the UNP birthday celebrations either.

    The marriage of convenience-I call it expediency- cannot survive beyond the honeymoon or when the dowry paid runs out. Each party has its own agenda and will pursue this intially quietly, but thereafter thoughy intrigue and backstabbing. MR and his coterie are waiting in the peripherry to add fuel to fire!

    It will be miracle if this marriage survives. The ministries named are a joke. Should we find people for predetermined and rationally planned ministries or dream of and design ministries to accomodate mostly mice?

    If this government survives as presently being designed and long enough to produce results that are needed, it will be a miracle! If the results would be like the 19th amendment, it will be a tragedy. Compromising principles is a bad beginning. I expected better from Maithri and Ranil.

    Dr.RN

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