17 October, 2017

MOU: The Biggest Hoax In Electoral Politics

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

In the history of coalitions formed in the post-independent era the latest one signed at Vihara Maha Devi Park yesterday is unique not for any distinguishing characteristics that give promise  of better things to come but for the heap of bland platitudes that have been recycled time and time again at all previous elections without delivering the  promises. As for  the launch, the whole scene lacked the  aura that was supposed to radiate from a reformist  movement that was going to be beacon to the nation.

Besides, the generalities promised in the MOU may sound glorious in the ears of those who have come  together to grab power. But how relevant are they to the 11 million voters who have seen the same old tired faces repeating  their same old promises which they can’t deliver with the best will in the world.

Take, for instance, promise  No. 4: “The oppressive burden of the cost of living of the people will be reduced…..” Which politician  has not promised this when he/she was in the opposition and  which politician has fulfilled it when he/she moved over to the  government  benches? The cost of living is like the poor. Neither of them will ever go away. So if Sirisena-CBK-Wickremesinghe trio can bring down the cost of living it would be possible to treat them with some respect, discarding  their current image as incurable con artists.

Ranil Maithri Chandrila Fonseka 1That apart, the lackluster launch of the MOU, which every “leader” – so many! — hailed as a “historic  event”, was a damp squib. It  failed  to take  off to make any sort of lasting impression. Everyone was trying to  show  off that he/she is the leader who can make  and  break governments.  The gloss that would have been there for a new candidate from the opposition too was erased by the presence of the two ghouls from the graveyards of the past — Ranil Wickremesinghe and Chandrika Bandaranaike – who flanked Maithripala Siripala on either side. Both positioned themselves next to Sirisena to make it clear to the public that they are the king-pins  behind  the throne. Sirisena, sitting in the  middle, looked more like a prisoner of these manipulators who are fretting impatiently to get  their hands on the levers of power.

At the end  of the day it was very clear that they had nothing substantial to offer the  people. The whole scene was a pathetic drama enacted by the inmates of Angoda who  had come to believe that they are Napoleon Boru-parts plotting  to take on the whole world. All in all, the launch lacked the  aura that was supposed to radiate from a reformist  movement that was going to throw a bright light across the new path to  the future.

The hands  of every leader were flailing somewhat like windmills gone  haywire, each trying to make an impression on the crowd that  he/she is more important than the other. From time to time Wickremesinghe and CBK , from either side, were trying  to grab the attention of Sirisena. Both looked like two “dwarfs whispering obscenities in the emperor’s ears” (Churchill).

Both were vying with each other to be center of attraction. They underplayed their inveterate rivalry which they couldn’t hide fully with their shadow boxing. This foreshadows the shape of things to come. The actors outside the stage – JHU and JVP – too were playing their own scheming politics which questions the  viability and the stability of the hath hawla.

For instance, JVP, bent on eliminating CBK from  the center stage, has indicated that they have no objections to Wickremesinghe becoming the prime minister as long as he  is elected by the popular will of the  people. But Sirisena wants to appoint him as prime minister on his arbitrary preference, and not on the popular  will  of  the  people. So how would the public rate the political morality and the judgment of the JVP when Sirisena appoints a prime minister who has lost 29 elections in a row? On what  grounds can the JVP endorse a prime minster handpicked by Sirisena and not by the popular will of the people?

In the un/written codes of parliamentary democracy, it is the people who elect a prime minister by voting for the  largest number of candidates who will invariably form the government. Parliamentary precedents and traditions endorse the leader who commands a majority in parliament  as  the prime minister. The head  of state merely endorses the  will of  the people and the parliamentarians. Contrary to established tradition,  Sirisena has decided to  appoint Wickremesinghe who has yet to win a majority in parliament. Sirisena will then have to face a parliament that may not back Wickremesinghe as the  prime minister.

Unless there is a  mass exodus from the SLFP after January 8, 2015 Wickremesinghe may not have a majority to get his appointment confirmed by parliament in the proposed interim parliament of 100 days. What is more, there is no  guarantee that he can  win a majority  even in the proposed next general election. Like most other promises in the MOU the possibility of Wickremesinghe becoming a prime minister could be another pipe dream.

The list of promises  in the MOU was no better. It  did not come anywhere near the expectations/aspirations of the people. What  the signatories to the MOU failed  to understand  was that their political agenda to grab power is not the priority of the voters. To them changing regimes is  like changing pillows for a headache. They have lived through so many false promises that only the naïve greenhorns would  believe that yesterday’s MOU has  the capacity to deliver their promises. In fact, in all probability the proposed “My-three-pala-naya” of CBK, Ranil and Sirisena, can come apart sooner or later – perhaps  more sooner than later —  and  pave the  way for chaos and instability. Neither Sirisena as President nor Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister will be able  to hold together incompatible partners  like the JHU, on one hand, and the TNA on the other.

Before dealing with some  of  the other issues  it is  necessary to focus on the  central theme that  has  brought the  cows, the goats, the  sheep and the pigs together in the latest Orwellian  Animal Farm. All the rhetoric and  the promises of the joint opposition boils down to a single theme : change the presidential system  into the parliamentary system and hand over “executive power” of the president to Ranil Wickremesinghe, handpicked by the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena, then all the problems of the nation – Hey presto! Abracadabra! –will be solved within 100 days.

First, this is a slick formula easily said than done. Whoever dreamed up this formula must get  his/her head examined. Only a military coup backed by the Security Forces can ram this insane formula down the throats of the people within 100 days. It is fraught with such complex legal, political and administrative snags that it might, in the end, prove to be unworkable, leaving the status quo untouched. The unpredictable consequences that will ensue in trying to rush an unprecedented  constitutional change within 100 can  only result  in unmanageable chaos, particularly in an environment where political passions would be at intense and dangerous levels. It will be worse than the promises that  preceded the “Arab Spring” : seemed rosy and promising at the beginning but unravelled in unforeseen brutality and unmanageable political consequences.

Right now Chandrika Bandaranaike, Ranil Wickremesinghe and Maithripala Sirisena (in that order of importance) are acting in an indecent hurry to get their hands on the levers of power, claiming that power in their hands will be better than power in the hands of the Rajapakses. But what is the known record of achievement when they had power?

Before we consider the records of CBK and Wickremesinghe – the anti-national  twins  who sold the nation to Prabhakaran – let’s consider the achievements of Sirisena who is marketing himself as an “al-lay (channel), wel-lay (paddy field), pal-lay (hut)” man of the soil. The story told by his brother his brother, Dudley, to the media  is different. Dudley is on record saying that he has accumulated a fortune  of three billion rupees mainly by selling, as  the middle man, the paddy grown and harvested by the Polonnaruwa farmers. Sirisena in his  media interview was shedding tears for the poor workers and farmers. That sounds good for marketing his image as a poor man’s poor man. But what  is the quantum of benefits that the poor  farmers had derived  from the billions amassed by Sirisena’s brother? Shouldn’t charity begin at Sirisena’s home?

Particularly as a man who had studied  his Marxism in the Peking-wing Sirisena should know that his brother could accumulate multi-billions only by exploiting the poor farmers. Sirisena, if he has read his Marx correctly, would know that all excessive property is  legalized robbery. Especially, if it  adds up to billions. And according to Proudhon and Marx his brother, Dudley, could amass billions only by “stealing” from the poor farmers  of Polonnaruwa. So how  can he  condone/explain his brother Dudley sitting on a Himalayan pile of  billions while the poor peasants of Polonnaruwa are still scraping  the dry earth to collect a grain a rice for a one-meal-a-day existence?

Besides, Sirisena, like the JVP, has carved out a  career by blaming the iniquities in the capitalist system. He has blamed the capitalist policies  of the UNP throughout his political career (37 years) until he went on the UNP platform the other day. JVP too has come out with half-in-half-out politics of  giving tacit approval to capitalist Wickremesinghe as prime minister. Does  this mean that Comrade Dissanayake has postponed his social revolution for another day when Wickremesinghe limps home for good from Siri Kotha? His half-in-half-out politics, which gives him space to have it both ways, obviously make him comfortable about the JVP going to bed with billionaires while excoriating the social injustices of evil capitalism.  How can he ensure social justice for the  poor farmers when he  is happy to give a nudge-and-a-wink for Sirisena to carry on with capitalist UNPers and SLFP billionaires? Is this the  kind  of  social revolution that the JVP plans to promote for  the welfare of the farmers?

How does Comrade Dissanayake propose to bring equity to the  poor farmers when he turns a blind eye to their exploiters? Will he raise his  voice in the name of social justice, or continue to spin yarns about his never-never land  of creating a just society where some, with billions in their bank accounts, are more equal than the others? Sharing the same TV panel with Sirisena the JVP guru, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, waxed eloquent about  the social changes and economic reforms that he would introduce to lift the  people into JVP’s paradise. But he did not mention one word about how he would reform the system which, according to his guru Marx, elevates “robber barons” into billionaires, exploiting the poor farmers of Polonnaruwa.

Also if with the assistance of JVP,  Sirisena’s brother accumulates some  more billions whom  will the JVP blame for the suffering of the farmers and workers? Will he continue to blame the Rajapakses or will he go along with Sirisena shedding crocodile tears for  the  poor farmers? With his tongue-twisting verbal gymnastics Comrade  Dissanayake has convinced himself to believe in  his own propaganda of creating a society with distributive justice where everyone will live happily ever afterwards. He has yet to learn that his utopian fantasies collapsed many decades ago with the Berlin Wall. So reluctantly, slyly, without facing  the socio-political realities, he settles down to accept CBK-Ranil-Sirisena combination where  billionaires thrive with the blessings of Marxists like him.

One TV interviewer told him quite bluntly that  the coalitions that the JVP signed in the past had not  brought the promised social changes nor served the interests of the poor as promised by the JVP. Dissanayake was asked how he would make their support to Sirisena work for the poor. There was no reply. May be it is because the anchorman took the discussion in another direction just at  that time.

It  should also be noted, since it comes from the admission of Sirisena, that he had benefited from the deals he put through – part of which would have been for  his  billionaire brother Dudley — with  the  backing  of Gamini Dissanayake and also through Gamini Atukorale. So the image  he tries to  portray of being a poor humble man who  came through “al-lay, pal-lay and well-lay” established by D. S. Senanayake does not sit well with billions stacked up in his brother’s bank account.

The main silver lining seen so far in his political career of 37 years is his discovery of the greatness of pioneers like D. S. Senanayake who opened up paths for the rise of billionaires like his brother, Dudley. For all practical purposes Sirisena has finally ended up in the bosom of the right-wing UNP. He  has followed  in the  footsteps of the founding  fathers of  Marxism – from Phillip Gunawardena to Dr. Tissa Vitarana – and gone home  to spend their last days either  in the bosom of capitalists in the UNP or the billionaires in the SLFP, which Dr. Colvin R. de Silva once categorized as “the last remnants of feudalism”. Sirisens, however, has placed himself now in  the comfortable zone of industrial and city-bred capitalists and farming multi-billionaires.

So when Sirisena moves  upwards  from  “al-lay, wel-lay and  pal-lay” into the affluent zones  of billionaires in his own backyard should we be surprised that he has followed his natural  acquisitive instincts and moved incrementally from (1)  Shanmugathasan’s Peking-wing to (2) SLFP and (3) finally to  the UNP? After all, Sirisena seems to have discovered his natural habitat.  Sirisena has at last found his final resting place. No wonder Wickremesinghe leaps from his seat, each time Sirisena appears  on the stage.

The way both acted on the Vihara Maha Devi stage it was quite apparent  that the jadiya has, at last, found  its moodiya.

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    I am sure Mahindapala has been paid well for his last three articles, in advance, by the robber baron Mahinda Rajapakse.

    But it is all too transparent. The voters know Mahindapala is a mercenary. Every one of his claims about the Common Candidate Movement makes one throw up. The masses are beginning to feel more and more repulsed by the Hambantota crocodiles.

    Pearl Thevanayagam, after this piece, do you still believe that Mahindapala is an honest journalist, that he cannot be bought with “cheque books”? Come on tell us.

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      H. L. D. Mahindapala – Medamulana maRa shill and white washer

      Are you paid by the sentence, word or letter.

      Your bossbaRa and their cronies have stolen enough to pay you by youletter.

      Ask Rs. 10,000 per Letter.

      So MaRa should fetch you Rs, 40,000 and Medamulkana should fetch you Rs. 110,000

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      You are correct, HLD [Edited out] by MA-RA, for the last three articles, in which two I failed to read due to heavy work load.
      Mahindapala has change his stable from Lanka Web to CT as he was asked by MA-RA to help him to establish his rule with the CT readers.

      You are doing a very poor job Mahindapala.

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    Little by little Sri Lankans start to realize what will happen if they vote for Sirisena. People are not dumb as some think. Today Sirisena said that none of his party members said that he would hand over executive powers to Ranil as PM. But according to Tissa Attanayake’s video he would.

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    Now you belong to the Sinhala diaspora.
    Being domiciled in OZ/US/wherever, obviously you are not aware of the ground situation in Mathru/Pithru Bhoomiya.
    Being a once respectable senior journalist, maintain your dignity.
    Now, ‘al-lay, pal-lay & well-lay’ is of no use to you.
    Being retired you need to ‘let go’ and allow your mind to be in peace.
    Why this ‘thanhawa, krodaya & wairaya’?
    Do not be referred to as an ‘awastawadiya or wachalya’.

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    How about multi billionaires of Madamulana?

    They have mansions in USA too.

  • 20
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    Another Mahindapala drivel. The man is shamelessly promoting the corrupt dictator here.

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    Mahindapala, why dont you talk about the Rajapakse family finances instead some guy called Dudley. It is damn obvious you are are stooge and a boot-licker of the dictators who run this government.

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      Raymond – Spot on! This guy has his head so far up the Paksha’s asses he is conveniently blind to the reality of what they have done and the wealth they have stolen from the country. How can one compare what ‘Dudley’ has earned to the squillions accumulated by the Medamulune gangsters?

      This guy is a [Edited out] who will sell his soul for what he can get. He did it before didn’t he?

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      Why should he do an unprofitable business.

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    Mr. Hahindapala!

    There is a job vacancy for you here at ITN. Abesundara who washed Mahinda’s dirty linen is no more. Come to Sri Lanka and continue Abesundara’s dirty job if you are a real acolyte of Mahinda.

  • 6
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    This is an obvious one sided criticism and the writer seems to hold one view; that is MR is the man with highest level of integrity and suitability. What a load of bunkum!this review is not worth the paper that’s written on.

  • 5
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    SO this rotter has come out of hiding ! I notice that there are quite a few insidious articles appearing again.

    Rajapaksa must be worried. He has pulled out all stops.

    The problem with expensive foreign based PR outfits is that they don’t know the domestic credibility (or lack thereof) of those that they hire !

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    Thanks for telling the truth H. L. D. Mahindapala. Hopefully a better opposition can be organized soon.

    The Frontline Socialist Party seems a good deal. The article, “The Significance Of FSP Candidacy In The Eighth Presidential Election,” by Sumanasiri Liyanage , was a good read in understanding the sincere needs, and also whims and fancies of the Lankan electorate.

    Sirisena must dump Ranil and CBK. He must run as the other UPFA candidate. He has already aligned with JHU. Now he must align with FSP, and possibly JVP. He must create a Democratic-Socialized-Capitalism for Sri Lanka.

    If these are not possible, Rajapakse will win of course. And we hope that he will have witnessed all these events of the local polity and electorate. We hope and pray that he will continue his reign with greater insight and awareness, and beyond the crudity of making too much gold from too little Lankan hay.

    As per the Sirisena brother, Sirisena should put into the MOU that the billions he made on the back of the poor peasants will be taxed accordingly. No wonder Rajapkse needs a greater China involvement- introduce capitalism into Sri Lanka and money gets siphoned off at all sides to the US and the West (whoever rules). Come to think of it, Tamils are more sincere this way.

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      The para quoted below from your comment proves you are a dumb ass. I leave it to other readers to enlighten you as to why.

      “Sirisena must dump Ranil and CBK. He must run as the other UPFA candidate. He has already aligned with JHU. Now he must align with FSP, and possibly JVP. He must create a Democratic-Socialized-Capitalism for Sri Lanka.”

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        Come on! So many crossed over…….his group might as well be UPFA…….ok, UPFA2.

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    Mr. Pala, having Mahinda as your first name doesn’t mean you are ‘one of them’. Soon you’ll realise.

    :-)

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    Another lopsided and pathetic display of suck from Modapala, the stooge and puppet of the king. Notice the cheap lenses on this frogs face- so tinted that he sees only one colour. This idiot’s comments only reinforce the ignorance and lack of objectivity and entrenched sycophancy that is embedded in government lackeys who profess to be journalists. Modapala is now contaminating CT by writing these farticles, CT must ensure that this imbecile is not given any prominence by publishing crap from this gutter journo.

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      Farticles! That’s precious!!

      This old fart needs the wrinkles reamed out of his shriveled posterior.

      Keep it up George!

  • 5
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    Mahindapala , you are so pathetic.

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    Mahindapala, Your critique of this MOU is baseless and done just for the sake of criticism. You will see the results on the 8th.

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    It is crystal clear that H L D . Mahinda wants MaRa to win by hook or by crook. He is slinging mud at the common candidate and also or personally attacking Maithiri, Chandrika and Ranil.

    H L D M is proving himself to be a coward from his first paragraphitself. He is forgetting that Mother Lanka never had the 3rd term presidency by the same person. Also civil administration has been replaced by the armed forces for 5 years now.

    Why can’t MaRa allow another person from his party to contest for the 3rd term. Still there is time until 8th Dec.

    If he is so patriotic he must taken on publicly, Ven Sobitha Thera, Ven Ratna Thera, Prof Rajiva and the likes.

    HLD M should also prove that Ven Ratna Thera ‘s ” PIVITHRA HETA “
    Is a hoax.

    Mother Lanka is facing :
    1. Economic mismanagement and corruption

    2. Breakdown of Law and order

    3. Concentration of Executive, judicial and parliamentary powers in the hands of single family.

    Are you prepared to go to Polonaruwa utter all you have written about Maithiri in a rally organised by the ruling party ?

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    Mahinda PAHALA;

    You lied and gave false informations thru Lanka Web Enough and Now came to COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH For White washing Your Sri Lankan’s BLOOD sucking Jarapassa Hyenas Clan and Their Cronies Like You elks.

    You SHILs can not Divert the socially educated COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH respectable Readers and Commenters.
    Only the Bloody Fools Like You and Your Patrons will get fooled But I think you get payments for licking arses of those Pilfering Cronies.
    And Why Do Not You Mention that 30% 40% Commission Gulping Jarapassa Brothers and Their Relatives and Some Heroin dealers Like Kudu dimiya, Sex maniacs Wermin and His son, Great Buccaneers like GaSJjin Vas, LTTE Briber Trihan ALLAS .

    Duddly is business man and Giving Good quality products he is earning Billions. So What is the Wrong with what he Do.

    But Your Shit eating Pigs are Done and Doing Abduction, Heroin dealings, Prostitution, Helping LTTE terrorists like all the JARAVA Thuggry JOBS.
    Without Wasting our time Why Don’t you JOIN THEM TO PILFER THE OZ.

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    Mr. MadaPala,

    MY3 was in politics for 47 years and not a single credible allegation of corruption!!! how is that for a start?? Compare that with your Masters i.e. Rajapaksas.

    We all know you are against Ranil than anything else. That is because Ranil didn’t come to save you when Gamini Dissanayaka booted you out of Lake house just after Premadasa was killed.

    I challenge you to write a single sentence about Mahinda’s corruption or Mervin/Duminda/ Lansa’s “kudu” business or Johnston’s “ethanol” business.

    Comprehendo Mr. Madapala?

    Mayna.

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      Which family is more thuggish ? Mervyn Silva’s or Sirisena ?
      I report you decide !

      [Edited out]

      Please write instead of posting links – CT

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        here it is…

        Dudley Sirisena denies minister brother helped him

        Q:You are a brother of a Minister who faces lot of allegations. What do you think about that?

        A: I can swear upon name of my son is a trainee pilot, that I have no connection to them.

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        Dudley Sirisena denies minister brother helped him

        Q:You are a brother of a Minister who faces lot of allegations. What do you think about that?

        A: I can swear upon name of my son is a trainee pilot, that I have no connection to them.
        Q:
        OK. Let us start from there. Are you a businessman?
        A: Yes. Now I am a businessman.
        Q:
        How did you start?

        A: I began with an investment of Rs. 75,000, which was borrowed from two of my friends.
        Q:
        After that?

        A: I met Minister Gamini Dissanayake and started business with his blessings.
        Q:
        Although Gamini Dissanayake gave you contracts, your brother, Minister Maithripala Sirisena does not give contracts to UNPers.
        A: I can assure you that of the 24 Districts of the island, Polonnaruwa is one where the businessmen have full freedom.
        Q:
        But you did not answer my question.

        A: No. My brother never discriminates. He looks for qualifications only.
        Q:
        Are you sure?

        A: Yes. In Polonnaruwa, there are no SLFPers working on contracts. Almost all the contractors are UNPers.
        Q:
        They may have joined the ruling party now.

        A: May be.
        Q:
        Alright. Now let us focus to the Araliya Hotel which is alleged to be detrimental to the Parakrama Samudraya reservoir. We have heard that you bought it at a low price.
        A: In 1998, I bought the hotel at a People’s Bank auction, but not for a lower price as you say.
        Q:
        How much was it?

        A: Rs. 2.5 million.
        Q:
        Isn’t that amount cheap?

        A: I bought a hotel which had been closed for 13 years and not the present hotel.
        Q:
        Does the price go down like that when a hotel is closed for 13 years?
        A: Actually, I did not know that there was a hotel at that place. We visited the hotel in the next land. This land was a shrub. The floor of the hotel was covered with multi layers of bat droppings. Investors were not ready to spend so much money for the ventures like this since tourism was down due to war.
        Q:
        Do you mean that you were fooled?

        A: Actually I might not have bought this if I had knowledge about this business.
        Q:
        How did you find the money?

        A: I had saved it with difficultly through contracts. Then we had started the rice trade also.
        Q:
        Was your brother a Minister then?

        A: I was in business when my brother went to parliament in 1989. Therefore, I had no influence of his politics.
        Q:
        Then you were the only businessman in Polonnaruwa who was rich enough to buy Hotel Araliya which was publicly auctioned.
        A: Even today, only Minister Siripala Gamlath and I own hotels in Polonnaruwa. All the other hotels belong to outsiders.
        Q:
        Did such outsiders come to purchase Araliya Hotel?
        A: Yes.
        Q:
        Your brother’s cohorts stopped them at Habarana.
        A: They accuse me of preventing others who wanted to buy the hotel and also paddy buyers coming to Polonnaruwa. Can I do such things? Is there no rule of law in this country?
        Q:
        That is why we ask?

        A: Is this a country then? The other individuals of my level have a couple of backup vehicles when they travel but I am not like that because I am a humble man
        Q:
        Give me a direct answer? Didn’t you stop the buyers that came to buy the hotel?
        A: No.
        Q:
        If somebody proves it?

        A: I will transfer the hotel to the person who proves that charge?
        Q:
        You might have not gone but your cohorts did.

        A: No.
        Q:
        It is said that Minister Gamini Lokuge, who was then in UNP, was also chased like that.
        A: His men too were present at the auction.
        Q:
        Why couldn’t they buy?

        A: They did not bid. We all had lunch together after the auction.
        Q
        :It is alleged that you threatened them against bidding.
        A: If I did so, the UNP government which came to power after that could have probed it. Gamini Lokuge was the Minister of Tourism of that government. He had powers to act.
        Q:
        Did you strike a deal?

        A: No. Those who accuse me about the way I purchased the hotel have not studied to see if there was any tourism here. People think that I purchased the present hotel for Rs. 2.5 million.
        Q:
        Actually, there was furniture worth that much in the hotel then.
        A: If somebody proves that the furniture available in the hotel was usable, I will transfer the hotel to that person also. The hotel had been closed for 13 years.
        Q:
        Do you mean the allegations levelled by the people in Polonnaruwa are wrong?
        A: The reason is our success. People throw stones at the trees that have fruits. The other reason is my brother is a Minister. Actually, I am the person who has helped the people of Polonnaruwa mostly.
        Q:
        Why do the government politicians accuse you?
        A: Even the wife is angry and incommunicado for a couple of days sometimes. These allegations are like that.
        Q:
        MP Roshan Ranasinghe tries to overtake your brother. Are conflicts like that domestic issues as you say?
        A: You ask MP Roshan Ranasinghe. I ushered him to politics.
        Q:
        You mean you are the strongman, not Minister Maithripala Sirisena?
        A: They are his instructions.
        Q:
        But now there are forces against him.

        A: We helped our people and did not bring in our family members. Nobody in our family is in politics sans Minister Maithripala Sirisena. Nobody has idea to come to politics although we have 12 siblings.
        Q:
        Was your brother’s politics the reason for the family’s success?
        A: I am the biggest businessman in our family. Show me one thing he did for me through politics?
        Q:
        Does Dudley Sirisena love the environment?

        A: I love the environment immensely.
        Q:
        What have you done?

        A: Many have not done what I have done. I have grown hundreds of Kumbuk trees. I have removed the buildings that affect the environment. The people of Polonnaruwa know these.
        Q:
        Does Hotel Araliya affect the Prakrama Samudraya?
        A: No. It is a lie.
        Q:
        But it is true and you have to admit it.

        A: Mention this please. This land belongs to the Tourist Board. There are two other hotels and one has a swimming pool adjacent to the tank. You have to probe them also.
        Q:
        Alright. If you have not caused any damage to the tank, you can sue the persons who accuse you.
        A: If they prove I have done any damage to the tank, I will do anything they ask.
        Q:
        How do these allegations originate?

        A:The only reason is because I am Minister Maithripala Sirisena’s brother. Nobody speaks about the swimming pool in the tank. A rest house has been built on the water outlet of the tank. Nobody speaks about them. Both those constructions belong to the owners of Galle Face Hotel.
        Q:
        Why is your brother ignoring this despite being the District leader of Polonnaruwa?
        A: Public officials must do their duty and the politicians are not answerable to them.

        Q:
        Is it good to interfere in other affairs of the public officials?
        A: My brother is not a person like that.

        Q:
        What do you say about the allegation that you do not allow filling of the tank since your hotel is inundated?
        A: It is true that clashing with media is not wise. But those who have wealth and power do not let these pass. I am not like that. Come and see.

        Q:
        Then why did you plan to dredge the tank six inches near the water outlet?
        A: The peculiarity of all these stories is that they come to surface when an election is nearing. They normally vanish after that.

        Q:
        What is your answer to my question?

        A: Due to this allegation, the farmer associations of Polonnaruwa decided to increase the height of the spill gates of Parakrama Samudraya by two feet. I invited them to hold their meeting in Hotel Araliya to discuss such matters.

        Q:
        You bribed them.

        A: It is not bribing. I offered them lunch and promised to do that construction of increasing the height at my expenses.

        Q:
        Have you found a solution for the hotel flooding?
        A: No. My hotel does not go under water.

        Q:
        Why did you say that the allegations come at election time?
        A: Yes, it is the nature.

        Q:
        Is there any sign of a general election?

        A: I ave no idea about that.

        Q:
        Who levels allegations during elections?

        A: It is the nature of the politics in this country.

        Q:
        Is this a plan to upset Minister Maithripala Sirisena by way of attacking Dudley?
        A: It is not like that. I may not fall.

        Q:
        Who do you attack indirectly?

        A: All our opponents rally after these allegations. In fact, my brother’s politics is the biggest obstacle to my business.
        Q:
        What are the other businesses you own except this hotel?
        A: I have 10 registered businesses. Araliya Rice, Hotel Sudu Araliya, Araliya Lands, Araliya Green Hill, Araliya Auto Car Sale, Araliya Consultant Service, Amtad Araliya, Araliya Engineering, Araliya Power and Energy and Araliya Grand Colombo.

        Q:
        What are the projects related to the Thopa Weva and Eramudu Weva?
        A: The bund is across Dumbulu Weva, Eramudu Weva and Thopa Weva.

        Q:
        Are you the hotel owner who damages the tank bund?
        A: No, I am the hotel owner who protects this tank bund. The accusers can come and see.
        Q:
        But you deployed an excavator there.
        A: Now, such machines are used to remove a construction. That is what happened there.

        Q:
        Why do you avoid that question?

        A: I do not avoid. I asked police and the Archeology Department to probe.
        Q:
        But the officials were not allowed to reach the scene. They were obstructed.
        A: I cannot come this far if I do not know and respect the law of this country.

        Q:
        That is valid for the ordinary people. But you are a brother of a powerful politician.
        A: What can I do being a brother of a powerful politician?

        Q:
        Do you mean you were unaware of it?
        A: I respect the public service. Obstructing the public service is a crime like killing a man.

        Q:
        What if it is proved that you have influenced a public official?
        A: The person who says so can go to police with media and lodge a complaint. Then I will not be able to interfere.
        Q:

        Is it a challenge to the country and people?
        A: Yes. As far as I remember, I have never done such thing.

        Q:
        As per the incidents you have forgotten?
        A: There may be such issues during the election period. They are not related to business.
        Q:
        Can you declare your assets?

        A: It cannot be revealed.
        Q:
        Do you pay the income tax properly?

        A: Definitely.
        Q:
        How much are your assets?

        A: About Rs. three billion.
        Q:
        Do the State banks lend to you lavishly without fear since your brother is a Minister?
        A: As I said earlier, I have never used his powers for business. I have obtained loans from State banks as well as private banks.

        Q:
        You are the second in the rice business in Sri Lanka.
        A: Society has such idea.
        Q:
        Is it not true?

        A: It can be so.
        Q:
        The rice mill of Minister Gamlath can be a challenge to the brother of Minister Maithripala.
        A: No. He is my teacher.

        Q:
        What if you speak the truth?

        A: I do not reject your allegation completely. But, I must say, my brother is not the person that helped me to grow. Minister Siripala Gamlath and Some Aiya, the brother of Upul Chandana, did it.

        Q:
        Now this big rice business is run by a Deputy Minister and a brother of a Minister.
        A: Yes. But don’t talk in the negative. We do not sell rice to people by force.

        Q:
        But, you have created an impact on the small scale rice mills and it is difficult for them to function.
        A: Is it wise to establish a tea factory in Polonnaruwa? This allegation is levelled by the businessmen brothers in Marandagahamula. Their rice is cheap but low in quality. Our productions are expensive but good in quality.

        Q:
        You say so for your benefit. But is it alright by your conscience to make the small businesses fail?
        A: We have never made the small businesses fail. It is the response of the consumer. They have rejected the bad products.

        Q:
        Did you deploy your cohorts at Habarana to stop lorries with paddy reaching Marandagahamula?
        A: It is a lie.

        Q:
        But you and Deputy Minister Siripala Gamlath are accused of purchasing large stocks of paddy with the help of the government and storing them. Then, the small scale businessmen have no rice to buy.
        A: The production of rice is low these days. But when the yields increase and flood into the market suddenly both, State and private sectors cannot manage the purchasing. Therefore, the private sector must be helped. We must not be discouraged.

        Q:
        Although there is a price control for Nadu rice at Rs. 68 a kilo. You and Deputy Minister Siripala Gamlath sell your products at Rs. 78. Police are said to be fearful of acting.
        A: This price control is a very outdated method. I have asked the President to import rice immediately since there will be a rice shortage due to the drought. I told him that we will be blamed unless we cater the people’s needs.

        Q:
        But you moved away from my question?

        A: In fact the price of any item goes up if that item is not produced adequately in the country. Today, a kilo of Nadu paddy is Rs. 45. How can we sell rice at Rs. 68? We are not responsible for the closure of paddy mills. We must consider them seriously.

        Q:
        The same as there are lots of allegations against you, there are allegations against your brother Raju also regarding illegal sand business.
        A: There is an issue regarding sand business. We have to admit it.

        Q:
        The meaning of the said issue is the atrocities committed with the powers of the Minister.

        A: I won’t answer that question. I can answer any question about me.
        Q:
        That means you cannot give an assertion about your own brother.

        A: I have 12 siblings and I have no time to look into the matters of all of them like that.
        Q:
        Do you get the contracts for the supplying of interlocking tiles for road building with the support of your brother?
        A: We supply interlocking tiles to many of the local governments of Sri Lanka.

        Q:
        The reason is your brother.

        A: No. The reason is the quality of the products.

        Q:
        Reportedly, your products are compulsory in Polonnaruwa.
        A: They are lies. Can I make my products compulsory in the entire of Sri Lanka?

        Q:There are many other producers of interlocking tiles but you get the tenders.

        A: The reason is that I use good quality cement. I challenge anybody to show if the quality is poor.

        Q:
        What could happen if this government had not come to power?
        A: We know business and after the end of war we had more business opportunities.

        Q:
        But you thrived under the present government.
        A: We can say our business developed rapidly during this period.

        Q:
        But it is said that the other businesses are losing. Did you thrive because your brother is Minister?
        A: Does Minister Maithripala Sirisena have a bank? His is the only Ministry in which the wives, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters are not to be seen.
        Q:
        You also can join?

        A: I also have proposed that my elder brother joins them instead of getting the blames without doing anything.
        Q:
        Nobody will come forward to prove the allegations against you?

        A: Why do you say so?
        Q:
        Because of the fear of your brother and you.

        A: I am very sorry about it. Is there no rule of law in this country?
        Q:
        But that statement is not valid in this country.

        A: I appeal to you not to consider the entirety like the failed 10%.
        Q:
        Haven’t you ever engaged in violence?

        A: I don’t say no. There are some incidents during the election times. But I have never been in remand.
        Q:
        But, two of your brothers were remanded?

        A: Yes. Two brothers were remanded.

        Q:
        You may have overpowered the Polonnaruwa police station?
        A: But, is the entire police on the side of SLFP? Why don’t they expose it?

        Q:
        But you can’t reject the allegations levelled by the people of Polonnaruwa.
        A: I don’t accept them. They are lies.

        Q:
        How many houses does Dudley Sirisena of Polonnaruwa own in Colombo?
        A: There will be one house in Colombo.

        Q:
        Where?

        A: Union Place, Colombo 02.

        Q:
        Must your brother be the Prime Minister?
        A: Definitely, he must be the Prime Minister.

        Q:
        One final question. Can there be smoke without fire? I mean the allegations against you.
        A: I have to say that all these are because of the political development of Maithripala Sirisena.

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    Who is this joker???? He’s worse than Dayan and Malinda

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    Wonder whether Mahindapala would spew this verbal excrement if from his little flat in Australia, he has to deal with:

    a) Australian policemen standing absolutely helpless while thugs with pollas threaten citizens protesting against the impeachment of the CJ;

    b) An illegal and universally condemned removal process of any Australian judge, let alone the CJ, in violation of 2 court judgments and orchestrated by the dregs of society whom we call politicians;

    c) the abduction of Australian citizens by white vans and the brutal murder of Sydney Morning Herald journalists/editors in the heart of Melbourne and Sydney;

    d) the concentration of state monies in the hands of Tony Abbot’s families with his sons running car races in the Sydney city center and other sons boasting that they can buy anything they want, price no factor;

    e) the mega corruption and the building of ego edifices with the MCG being renamed the Tony Abbott Cricket Stadium, an airport in the middle of the bush built by Chinese named the Tony Abbot Airport which no commercial plane flies to, and a harbour in Darwin called the Tony Abbot Harbour that no ship uses, and the Opera House being renamed the Tony Abbott Opera House; and

    f) a general state of affairs where the poorest beggar during colonial times enjoyed more protection and rights under the British imperialists than the richest mudalali at present day under the iron heel of the moustachioed murderer.

    So this coward essentially admits that what the suddhas won’t tolerate must be the lot of every Sri Lankan in the DEMOCRATIC, SOCIALIST, REPUBLIC.

    Ha, ha. Get a life you bitter old man or get lost!

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    Ma Hinda Pala the joker of jokers. Very amusing to read your writings. Wrong on so many counts it is not worth going into, accept remark on the complete absurdity of it all. My3 will win weather you like it or not. What happens after that will unfold according to carefully made plans that don’t include you. See, plans cannot be revealed in detail until the right time.

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    Not only he writes like a baffoon…… He looks like a baffoon…… . He has always been a paid cooley for the regime for a long time ( Asian tribune is what he is infamous for )

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    It is not Mahindapala’s writings that win or lose votes. It is the actions past and present of Candidates that people can see and feel that would determine their fates. This is the natural law, right? Results of actions follow the doer, either like a cart round bulls neck or like the shadow.

    As for Mahindapala’s writing, why would he have to write this stuff, if he is not so worried that his meal ticket is likely to be expired soon!

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    H. L. D. Mahindapala:

    I don’t know what you do for a living. But you look like a CON ARTIST hiding behind dark glasses. Just curious as to who paid for it was it Gotha or MR from the loot. I am not surprised that with the Dark Glasses your vision was obscured and you didn’t see the Loot being loaded onto Vans & Lorries heading towards Temple Trees.
    But you were able to read the Body Language of CBK Ranil and Maithiri or should I say you were able to feel the Body heat.

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    HLD touched a nerve of some people again. Is he so good? Is he so effective? wow…

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    Amila

    You are right HLD has touched the backside of Rajapaksa clowns but he didn’t know it was leaking.

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      Ram,

      We saw it first hand in May 2009 when he sent your brothers to Eeelam at Nanthikadal loagoon. How are they managing Eeelam in 2014? They all leaked quite a bit. Didn’t they ?

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      Ram,

      Yeah.. We saw it first hand in May 2009 when he sent your brothers to Eeelam (10 ft below) at Nanthikadal loagoon. How are they managing Eeelam in 2014? They all leaked quite a bit. Didn’t they ?

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    Any more laptops left. I doubt that.But he will get something.

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    “How a post-Rajapaksa government will conduct itself is uncertain. But there is no uncertainty about what will happen if the Rajapaksas win. Their ethics and morality will go national. And we will have a new generation incapable of seeing anything wrong in corruption, repression, abuse or impunity because that is the only normal they know”.- Tisaranee Gunasekara

    HLDM does not see anything wrong in corruption, repression, abuse or impunity because that is the only norm he knows.

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    I know Mahindapala personally. He is well paid by the gov. What we need right now is democracy. Just voting Common candidate is not enough we need to ensure balloting process from voting to counting is done without cheating. It needs to be organised properly. MR has too much money and even more greed, aversion and delusion.

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