22 June, 2017

MR’s UPFA Becomes A Simmering Pot

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema

Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema

The governing UPFA, which has been a formidable force to reckon with in the local political scene in recent times, is now showing signs of cracks with die hard SLFPers threatening to rebel.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Co., after creating frictions in the opposition political parties since assuming office first in 2005, is now facing similar issues closer to home. By initiating defections in opposition political parties, the governing UPFA built its strength.

The cracks in the governing party that were simmering within for some time are now coming out in the open in various forms.

From internal protests, to strong worded statements by senior SLFPers and acting against the dictates of the party seniors, the governing party is showing signs of an internal rebellion.

The SLFP, which forms the main constituent party of the UPFA, has been rife with issues since the ascension of the Rajapaksas.

The first step by Rajapaksa was to sideline former President and SLFP President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge in 2006 by taking over the party leadership and limiting Kumaratunge’s power to that of an advisor to the party. Kumaratunge was eventually completely sidelined from party matters.

The rest of the SLFP seniors were also sidelined in the years that followed and the process continues.

The associations affiliated to the SLFP like the youth wing and trade unions have also been hit with the Rajapaksas trying to create their own fiefdoms within these bodies.

Young MP Namal Rajapaksa was the first to step in and demobilize the SLFP youth wing by forming his own Nil Balakaya (Blue Force).

A disgruntled senior SLFPer said last week, “In the event the UPFA falls some day, there would not be an SLFP thanks to the Rajapaksas.” When inquired as to the reason for such a strong worded statement, the SLFPer said that all affiliated organizations of the party are now defunct and replaced by various movements initiated by members of the Rajapaksa family.

“All these bodies are based on individuals and are functioning on their glory, not at a party,” the SLFPer explained.

Given this explanation it is no surprise that the SLFP seniors are now running out of patience.

Powers and privileges in the governing party are now limited to few chosen people of the Rajapaksas, who are mostly defectors from opposition parties or persons accused of various nefarious activities.

The irony however, is that at a time when a joint opposition movement has launched a campaign under the slogan, “enough is enough!” (Ivasuwa ethi!), it is the governing party members who are in fact starting to rebel against the system.

Secret ballots

A key signal of the internal rebellion was witnessed from the Central and North Western Provincial Councils that had their inaugural sessions last week following the recent provincial elections.

The Chief Ministers in both councils were directed by the party leader on the appointment of persons to key posts in the council.

However, when the governing party’s candidates were proposed to the posts of chairmen in both councils, the opposition parties also proposed names for the positions. Secret ballots were then called to elect chairmen in the two respective councils, which saw governing party members also casting their votes in favour of the candidates proposed by the opposition parties.

In the North Western Provincial Council it was Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera who was directed by the Rajapaksas to propose the name of Indrani Dasanayake for the post of council chairman.

When Indrani’s name was proposed, the opposition led by the UNP put forward UPFA member Dharmasiri Dasanayake for the post.

When a secret ballot was called, Indrani obtained only 22 votes, while the UNP and the rebel-UPFA councillors voted for Dharmasiri by casting 30 votes in his favour.

Jayasekera was displeased that governing party councillors had disobeyed a directive carried out by him on instructions by party seniors.

A similar incident took place in the Central Provincial Council as well. Although the governing party candidate won in the secret ballot, when the final numbers were announced, it was evident that governing party councillors had voted in favour of the opposition candidate.

More defeats?

The warning signal sent by the Central and North Western Provincial Councils was not lost on President Rajapaksa.

He understood clearly that the mechanism now at play could result in the governing party experiencing humiliating defeats at the forthcoming budgets in the local governments.

Several UPFA led local governing bodies were defeated at last year’s budget as well.

However, given the current state of affairs, the President is suspicious whether the budgets of the local governing bodies would see humiliating defeats for the UPFA.

The President has now decided to crack the whip on his party members by directing an inquiry and action against the governing party councillors who had acted in violation of the party directives in the Central and North Western Provincial Councils.

The President and his confidantes who decide on matters related to the party and country are well aware of the growing dissention within the party and have adopted several measures to address the situation.

One measure is to keep a close watch on the members whom the Rajapaksas suspect of rebel rousing and could pose a threat to the regime in the future. The other measure is to allocate several ministerial and deputy ministerial portfolios to some SLFPers to keep them content.

Seniors displeased

The Rajapaksas have been keeping a close watch on SLFP seniors who are now openly expressing how disgruntled they are with the party leadership and the manner in which the government is operating.

No lesser person than Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne has made critical comments on the current state of affairs. Former Premier Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has also been critical of the government.

Former Western Province Chief Minister Reginal Cooray has publicly expressed his displeasure saying that the work assigned to him as a Cabinet minister is meaningless and is similar to wearing under garments above his clothes.

Jayaratne’s son Anuradha Jayaratne was not appointed as the Chief Minister of the Central Provincial Council stating he lacked experience although he polled the highest preferential votes at the election. However, a different criteria was applied to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa’s son, Shashindra Rajapaksa when he polled the highest preferential votes in the Uva Provincial Council election.

Despite contesting for the first time, Shashindra was appointed as the Chief Minister by Uncle Rajapaksa.

For the first time, there was a protest held by SLFP supporters in Kandy against the President’s decision not to appoint Anuradha as the chief minister of the province.

Another disgruntled SLFP senior, former Chief Minister of the North Central Province Berty Premalal Dissanayake was sidelined by the SLFP leadership since he was seen as a loyalist of former President Kumaratunge.

At Dissanayake’s funeral, his son, Education Services Minister Duminda Dissanayake made a hard hitting speech about the fate that befell his father and the support shown by Kumaratunge.

“When we asked Madam Chandrika not to come to the hospital to see my father, she said that she will stand far and look at him since she wanted to somehow see Berty. Although my father was after a surgery and unable to walk, he smiled and tried to stand when he saw her. I guess that’s what strong party members feel when they know their leaders are behind them. I thank Madam Chandrika Kumaratunge for making my father happy before he died,” Duminda said.

The President, who was in New York at the time of the funeral, was informed of Duminda’s speech.

Duminda has for some time been sidelined by the Rajapaksas since he was seen as a threat to Namal’s role as a youth leader in the country. Duminda at the time was the head of the SLFP youth wing.

However, the Dissanayake family, which is a senior SLFP family, has been sidelined by the Rajapaksas.

The President angered by Duminda’s speech at his father’s funeral, appointed his loyalist Minister S.M. Chandrasena as the SLFP organiser of Berty Dissanayake’s electorate, Kalawewa in Anuradhapura.

Dissanayake was the SLFP Kalawewa organiser for over 30 years since 1983. Duminda is the SLFP organiser for Mihintale.

SLFPers in Anuradhapura believed that Duminda would be appointed to his father’s electorate.

It is believed that Duminda was overlooked for the post of Kalawewa organizer due to his strongly worded statement at his father’s funeral.

Be that as it may, the actions of the Rajapaksas have resulted in the disgruntled SLFPers forming an alliance that is in constant touch with former President Kumaratunge.

Kumaratunge is now fast emerging as an alternative leader of the SLFP for the party members.

Muslim parties agitating

Apart from the SLFP, trouble is also brewing among several allies in the governing UPFA as well.

The SLMC and other Muslim parties in the UPFA have been agitating for the devolution of power and the full implementation of the 13th Amendment.

The Muslim allies have also been displeased with moves by some governing party members to unleash sporadic attacks against Muslims along with a hate campaign.

The SLMC has been pushing motion after motion against the governing party moves in the Eastern Provincial Council.

Pandemonium reigned in the second day of the Eastern Provincial Council sessions last week when SLMC group leader in the council, A.M. Jameel moved a motion requesting the government to strengthen the 13th Amendment to the Constitution that led to the formation of the Provincial Council system in the country, instead of trying to dilute the piece of legislation.

Chief Minister and UPFA member Najeeb Abdul Majeed opposed the motion stating it was not the time to bring up such a motion.

The Chief Minister’s remark had led to a heated exchange of words among the members.

The TNA councillors led by their Leader who is also the Leader of the Opposition, C. Thandayuthapani had reportedly supported the SLMC councillors claiming that the 13th Amendment should be strengthened.

Chairperson of the Council, Ariyawathi Galapaththi had finally allowed the motion to be debated.

At the end of the debate, Jameel had called for a vote on the motion.

The Chairperson thereafter put the motion up for vote.

When the final count was taken, 16 councillors including TNA, SLMC and the Provincial Minister of Education, Wimalaweera Dissanayake, and nominated Councillor, T. Navaratnarajah had voted in favour of the motion.

Only UPFA councilor Priyantha Pathirana had voted against the motion while Chief Minister Najeeb, former Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan and members of the Muslim political parties led by Cabinet Ministers A.L.M. Athaullah and Rishard Bathiudeen had abstained from voting.

The motion was passed with a majority of 15 votes.

JHU disgruntled

Meanwhile, the JHU has also been critical of the government’s conduct.

President Rajapaksa’s move to remove JHU General Secretary, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka from the portfolio of Power and Energy when he pointed out the wrong policies of the administration was not taken well by the governing party ally.

The JHU has continuously been calling on the government to make clear statements of its stances and to follow the policies pledged during election time.

However, the Rajapaksas have opted to ignore the calls with the arrogant attitude that there would not be a survival for the UPFA allies if they were to step out of the alliance.

Nevertheless, members of the constituent parties like the SLFP seniors are now running out of patience.

The JHU recently slammed the Rajapaksa government saying the administration has failed to fulfil the expectations of the people who had voted for it.

JHU parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thero has said that the people’s expectations from the President whom they wanted to be a national leader who respects the country’s virtue, ethics and national policies, have now become an “illusion.”

Ven. Ratana Thero has come down hard on the government saying that trying to earn revenue through liquor and gaming licenses and legalizing it is an act against Buddhism.

He has observed that there was no proper opposition in the country to discuss these issues.

According to the Thero, an opposition has therefore been formed within the government against issues faced by the country and people.

Many governing party allies together with disgruntled SLFPers, it is learnt are now in discussion among themselves as well as with opposition parties to form an alliance that could win at the next key election.

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    Soon the rats will leave the sinking ship, which will result in the fall of the despotic Rajapakse government.

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      Amen!!!

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        Puma Punku,

        yeah man what do you want.

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    Mandana:

    Some where it said, that they ravaged your home in order to find some documents relating to the Krish ? group or what the business deal with that Indian company.

    why don’t you write about what you remember ?

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      Lady what you say MAY BE THE TRUTH.You were supposed to be a journalist.A journalist employed by an agency on the brink of bankrupt.We can imagine journalists of state owned outfits living a luxury life style.Then Sirasa(Maharaja),Swaranawahini,Derana,The Island etc are rich outfits.But the question here is how come an employee of a bankrupt outfit living a luxury life in Colombo? [Edited out]

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        Max-well,

        You are morally bankrupt. Have you ever asked your ex boss ( now missing ) Gotha a failed business man who returned empty handed from USA manged to build and own the White House in the heart of Colombo worth billions.
        May she also looted like Gotha and from the loot managed to live a luxury life. Surprised are you. In Sinhala Lanka one rule for one and one rule for another.

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      when looking for trees, do not ask the butcher. ask the woodsmen.

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      Jim Sooty,

      This is MRs thugs enforcing Law & Order Sri Lanka Style

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      Jim Sooty,

      Why dont you try and remember what you write each time you write so that next time it will be something new instead of the same old boring rhetoric.

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    Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema –

    Thank you very much for the heads up summary.

    “He has observed that there was no proper opposition in the country to discuss these issues.” So Ranil W is not opposition? A fossil?Interesting.

    What is BBS doing? Getting drunk, gambling and looking for boys and women? So they, must be liking the Casinos.

    Good Summary Points below.

    “JHU parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thero has said that the people’s expectations from the President whom they wanted to be a national leader who respects the country’s virtue, ethics and national policies, have now become an “illusion.”

    Ven. Ratana Thero has come down hard on the government saying that trying to earn revenue through liquor and gaming licenses and legalizing it is an act against Buddhism.

    He has observed that there was no proper opposition in the country to discuss these issues.

    According to the Thero, an opposition has therefore been formed within the government against issues faced by the country and people.”

    DeJa Vu…….

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    guys stop day dreaming.
    these UPFA inside issue flare will have any effect only if there is democracy.
    what UPFA have is a monarchy. anybody who opposes the top will end up in dustbin or prison. see what happened to SF, ex CJ.

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      @sumith
      Agree with you. But differ on one point. SF and ex CJ asked for what they finally got. Don’t forget, both were ballroom dancing with the regime and were inseparable until they overstepped their limits. And the CJ went even further with the trillium discount and her husbands NSB frauds. They were not so lily-white themselves.

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        @Paisa
        as per your logic SF, ex CJ overstepped.
        who ever oppose Rajapakse is overstepping. because it is a monarchy that we have not a democracy.

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    Mandana,

    I think you are just fishing for dissent.

    I don’t think there is anyone brave enough to take the MR brothers on. Everyone knows about the white vans. Nothing to stop these vans stopping by. Even if you are on the same side if you do step out of line, your destiny will be a final trip in the white van. Or they could be blue vans or red vans like Hon MR stated in an interview recently.

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      Arakku,

      You seem to know a great deal about the Strengths of MR and his Crminal Cronies. Do you know what has happened to the Strong Man Gotha the Baya who has been missing for days. Do you think he might be in hiding until after the CHOGM. Because I have sent Chandrapremas (Author of Gothas War) confirmation that all the missing persons have been Extra Judicially killed to all the head of States who might be visiting except to your master Manmohan.

      If you find time to let me know I will appreciate.

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    There is some discontent building up against the autocratic familial rule. However the opposition and others are so disunited and fragmented that it seems well nigh impossible that they can mount a credible challenge to the regime.

    Most of these people are disgruntle due to not recieving some benefit or other for self or family. We are stuck with these opportunistic politicians. Jumbo cabinet is to satisfy the thanhawa of these people. Observe how they jump and accept portfolios. They jump up and from side to side. No jumping down. After that they go into hibernation enjoying their perks and benefits. How cheap can these people get.

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    What the writer states may all be true, but who will bell the cat?

    As long as the various constituents of the UFPA are feeding off the national trough and enjoying the best times of their lives, it would be hardly surprising if soon they all fall in line with MR.

    They may grumble but their greed and personal ambitions will get the better of them.

    MR is the consummate puppet-master.

    MR’s saloon door will therefore not see any of these scoundrels exiting!

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    Well, if it is true, it is certainly a welcome development. The question is whether it will happen fast enough to make a real impact. I have repeatedly argued in the comments sections on CT that CBK (among those currently available) has the most realistic chance of forming an alliance that can challenge the Rajapaksas. It still seems so to me.

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    Good stuff Mandana – Many thanks – Keep it coming.. Hope you are well, where ever you are..
    Let us now hope that Madam Chandrika Bandaranaiyake enters the fray to rescue the SLFP and Democracy in Lanka as JOINT OPPOSITION CANDIDATE – since the shameless looser and excuse for Opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe is busy fighting his own party members!

    Today it is the TNA that is the main opposition in Parliament because both the Ranil and Sajtih faction of UNP are collaborating with Rajapassa!

    Hence, Civil society needs to invigorate itself and form a Strategy to RESCUE DEMOCRACY IN LANKA. We must take a PRINCIPLED Stand against holding CHOGM following the TNA example and lead a civil society PROTEST. The CHOGM show will only boost the Rajapassa military dictatorship..
    Civil society and joint opposition also needs to lobby for:
    1. A Bill on the prevention of incitement to Racial and religious hatred and hate speech to hold groups like Balu Sena accountable
    2. Road map for demilitarization and down sizing and right sizing the military and rolling back Gota the goon’s MILITARY BUSINESSES and DEEP STATE privatizing them to institute GOOD GOVERNANCE
    3. A National Planning Commission as in India for policy making since all the corrupt politicians in charge of ministries are corrupt morons (education, health, energy, etc.
    4. Lobby donors to stop funding UDA and Defense Ministry..

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    So, the days are numbered ?

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    you must be one real lucky lady to escape the ‘ simmering pot ‘ ! but then again, man proposes and god disposes. he will give power and money to those whom he wishes to lead his mankind, but at the same time his norms of destruction is unknown to many, swift as it may be or long as cancerous it could be…. anyhow, when god wishes to destroy someone,he makes them mad !
    this is happening and it’s a reality.

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    Great that you did not stop writing about the abusive regime even though you left the country. This shows your strength as a journalist… congrats to you all the best in new place :!

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      This is a great article revealing many of the ongoing revengeful activities of Rajapakshes. This kind of abusive leaders we never had in the history. CBK ^s initial remarks about the bunch – uneducated, uncultured rascals suit most as any sane would feel it today.

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    CBK to the rescue? oh Noooooooooooooooooo………….

    She was captain once and now expired……….
    She missed the boat and the rats jumped out of her sinking ship.
    CBK was a disgrace.
    Shamelessly living off the illgotton money she earned when she was at the helm.
    NOT AGAIN

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      She was made a disgrace by your ruling thugs. Rajapakshes is thousand times worst compared to CBK. Teachers and govt servants got their pay hike during her terms, but what have Rajapskehs done with that ? He has paved the way criminals to destroy the country today.

      Where has that Victor ivan gone today – why has he been deaf today – looking at the manner that Crimes and corruptions are on its top.. If she abused that millions, that should be able to prove by your guys. Have they done – not yet – why ?

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    Sorry guys, wake from your slumber. Change can come only when the so called common man is willing to change, meaning that the rot must begin at the bottom, the grassroots level. The average rural folk must abandon MR. For that to happen people must have a credible alternative. That alternative has to come outside the current UPFA cabal.

    As long as the UNP is dithering with a coterie of boot-lickers make policy decisions, the the UNP cannot and will not put up a fight. The JVP is a spent force. SF’s gains are all anti-UPFA votes that did not go to the UNP/JVP.

    The writing therefore is on the wall and that is that we will not see change anytime soon. Sri Lanka is stuck in the muck that we ourselves created and to get unstuck would take a colossal miscalculation by MR and brothers which seems unlikely at least in the foreseeable future.

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      Change can come at any time. If UNP couldn’t become an alternative, there may be new forces will evolve even within SLFP.

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        but not in an environment where state media controls everything not leaving room for any others to bring their info as had been before in the terms of CBK. Press freedom is zero today than had been before 2005.

        Common man is miles away from facts and figures about abusive regime. They have been fed with inaccurate data about on going projects and development. Latter is the truth, nothing like these can be entered to lanken media. Gotabaya the dragon has set filters in any areas where he thought could bring jeopardy to his brother s regime.

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    Mandana, how is your life abroad?
    [Edited out]Part of this comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
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      Moda Kolla, every comment you make is removed by a moderator. Time for you to R.I.P. ??

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          CT – balu rela

          Mike you fool, get lost

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        Mike, next time address him as Moda [edited out] kolla.
        He very much deserves that title.

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            Ella kolla:
            You must be the most perverted commentator to CT because you seem to love to have virtually everything you send end up as “This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
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            Or, more likely, you are such a monumental idiot that you don’t know how to access CT’s link!
            Do those who pay you, do so irrespective of whether your comments get published or not?

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      ela kolla

      Now that you have been edited out completely I hope you enjoy this song.

      Why This Kolaveri Kolaveri Kolaveri Dee?
      Why This Kolaveri Kolaveri Kolaveri Dee?
      Rhythm Correct..
      Why This Kolaveri Kolaveri Kolaveri Dee?
      Maintain This..
      Why This Kolaveri? Dee..

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    Mandana,
    We are waiting for you to reaveal the (so called)secrets of the Krrish deal which forced you to flee the country!!!
    I am sure you had them(secrets) backed up at a safer location. Those idiots who came vandalising your home in search of files does not seem to know nothing about things like back ups and safe locations.
    So, now that you are safe and sound,next time when you write please make sure you write about those secrets. Otherwise,those who doubt your bona fides in fleeing the country may have their point proven by you your self.

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    We all know the Rajapaksa’s are a cancer! Please, don’t for a moment think CBK is heaven. She created the environment for people like Basil and Mangala to play their games. Remember, Mangala has a lot to answer for the Rajapaksa’s being in power. He may want us to forget. We SHOULD NOT. A leopard does not change its spots. A liar is a liar, he says different lies at different times!

    With regards to Chandrika, I recall the Emirates deal and Railways being forced to buy Engines assembled with ship power sets made in France, when the engineers had advised against it. Till today, those power sets create a derailment on the tracks up to Kandy and a second unit has to followed it, and reset the tracks…So much for Presidential stupidity to please the French Ambassador!

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      So what you guys think would be alternative solution to get rid of abusive Rajas ?

      I believe that Sobitha thero should be the best – his attitudes are the best sofar. I have no other candidates I think could be a great match to the presidency in SL.

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    Nothing interesting in the article. All already known but written to express hatred. What the writer failed to understand is UPFA is an alternative capitalist political force with a mixture of socialist and nationalist facial makeups. Capitalist political parties never split on ideological lines like socialist political parties. That is why Sri Lanka changed from Socialist Democratic Republic to Democratic Socialist Republic. As Prof. Carlo Fonseka stated in 1979 it is like eating “Bath (Rice) and Labu (Pumpkins) in the morning and Labu and Bath in the evening because both give the same strength.

    The absence of equality in distributing of nutrients among the people of the country has caused cracks in the system and the same capitalists have formed new political parties on ethnic lines. Those parties are now fighting for positions in governance instead of solving problems of their ethnic groups. The day people realize that ethnicity based political parties are not going to deliver a new wave of socialism will emerge or they will go back to old liberal or conservative political parties.

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    All these things have upset Basil Rajapakese, along with the Rathupaswela problem and the faliure of Uthuru Vasantha which he thought will bring the Tamil support for the Governing party, at elections has backfired and this has culminated in his has falling sick suddenly and admitted to Lanka Hospitals couple of days ago. Whereabout of him is unknown now, poerhaps taken abroad for treatment

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    Mandana,

    Your Article shoukld have been under the heading RISE & FALL of MR.

    The Riase and fall has to be looked at two seperate time periods.

    RISE:
    His rise was solely due to his Racist message for which there was an equaly racist receptive audience. He played the music well and sidelined everyone and he was also helped by Prabakaran. The Sinhlalse have been dreaming for the last 3000 years to conevert Sri Lanka in to Sinhala Lanka. His eyes were set on achieving this and he set about Bribing, Bullying, Killing and Deceiving everyone around. He was on the verge of fulfilling this long ambtion and the vast majority (99.9% ) of the Sinhaalese were behind him and that is why he won Land Slides.

    I will use the following maxinms to chracterise his behaviour.

    a) As you sow so you reap
    b) Empires come and Go
    c) You live by the Sword you Die by the Sword.

    FALL:

    He promised to destroy LTTE which he did with the help of traitors India
    He promised Etnic Cleansing and colonisation of the North but by timely divine intervetion he has been stopped in his tracks.
    He has lost North and he is about to lose the East and when the Sinhalese die hearts realize that the magic and the mystique was all a pie in the Sky and the gloss has gone, this same Jubilant Sinhalese with egg on their face will turn against the man who lost North & East and his Kngdom would have crumbled under his feet.

    This is not just wishfull thinking and if proof is needed just consider the following.

    1) Refused to hold elections to the North but elections have come and gone and we have a CM.
    2) Refused to set up an inquiry to look into War Crimes . But still REFUSES because India is shielding him for fear of being incriminated. But with a change at the top in March 2014 the Tamil fortune will cahnge
    3) Promised to remove Land & Police powers contained in the 13th Amendment that has not happened. Although the Sinhala Supreme Court has delivered a Judgement it is not binding on India which was a perty to the agreement.
    4) Refused to allow Mrs.Pillai in to Sri Lanka. She has come and gone.
    5) Manmohan the Master may not come and that will be a humiliation of the highest order especially after the weak man Peiris went to Delhi to invite the Master personally a luxury not afforded to even her Majesty.
    6) Racist Chandrasri more or less forced out of office.

    The battle to confine the army to barracks is soon to begin and all the confiscated Tamil Land to be returned to rightful owner.
    In other words

    Ethnic Cleansing Reversed
    Decoloniastion Starting in earnest.

    We would have achieved a State with a State with a minimum of fuss.

    MRs castle would have crumbled.

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    THERE SHOULD BE CHANGE. WHAT ARMY COMMANDER UTTERRD IN JAFFNA. IS CERTAINLY THREAT TO TO.THE PEOPLE AND A VIOLATION. OF THE CONSTITUTION TOO
    SL HAS NOW BECOME A MILITARISED STATE.

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    I think Ms.Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema is no doubt a good free lance writer, but yet to be a dynamic political journalist. You need to learn Politics in Asia, academically comparing empirical evidence of departing power in local style.

    I can judge, nothing would happen to Rajapakse & Co, how the way he + group manipulating the public and distorting factual to win elections even the recent PC win. People like him since 2006.

    Madam, It is not the Rajapakse, but if wickremesinghe is not in the orbit of Politics. The definite departure of Brotherhood government is not far away if he or General Fonseka, strike correctly

    If not, we may have to read, similar type of articles of your and others for a long time in future , anticipating Rajapakses exodus.

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    Dreaming again from afar ? That whole arranged robbery worked well for u did it not

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