27 September, 2020

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No Cigar For Singing Sajith

Sajith Premadasa whose forte on the campaign trail appeared to be his singing skills is tipped to be appointed UNP Deputy Leader in two days.

The pro-Sajith media houses Sirasa and Mawbima have launched campaigns hailing Premadasa’s contribution to the UNP’s significant gains in the Uva Province particularly in the Badulla District.

Angry UNP insiders point out however that Premadasa stepped on UNP campaign platforms only three times in Badulla – in Mahiyanganaya, Passara and Bandarawela – all electorates the UNP ultimately lost in Saturday’s provincial election.

No great orator, Premadasa’s greatest strength on platforms is his decent singing voice UNP politicians said but several times the party could not make him stop to allow other speakers to take the stage.

At the Bandarawela Rally three days before the election Premadasa arrived late and launched into a speech that lasted well over one hour and consisted largely of his father Ranasinghe Premadasa‘s political achievements. As boredom started to set into the crowd Sajith Premadasa began to sing and continued to sing seven songs, sources said.

Harin could not get him to stop. Other UNP MPs who were at the rally tried coming up on stage to signal that the singing session was over but no luck. In the end Ranjan Ramanayake who was supposed to speak could not,” a UNP member told Colombo Telegraph.

Some political observers noted that ‘Singing Sajith’ was not behaving as behoves a national level politician and president or prime minister in waiting with his performances on stage.

UNP members also point out that Sajith Premadasa had promised to help organisers in Moneragala including his loyalist Ranjith Maddumabandra but disappeared for two crucial weeks during the campaign. “We were unable to contact him even on the phone” one UNP MP said. “The whole idea was that Harin would handle Badulla and Sajith would help to reduce Government votes in Moneragala. But in the end he just vanished in the midst of all the campaigning” the MP added.

Ultimately Moneragala performed less well than Badulla even though the pro-Sajith media were crediting Premadasa with UNP gains in the province the MP said.

In the final week of campaigning Premadasa spent his time in Hambantota rather than in the Uva province party insiders said. Premadasa admitted to this fact when he texted the Sunday Times political editor saying he was ‘at political meetings in Hambantota’ while his party was engaged in a major fight in the Uva province.

Ironically both Sirasa and Mawbima are hailing Premadasa’s role in the UNP gains in the election on Saturday without airing a single shot of the party’s popular chief ministerial candidate Harin Fernando, on whose young shoulders the weight of the opposition campaign ultimately rested.

“Sajith acted like he was too big for it when the party asked him to contest as Southern Province Chief Minister. Harin did what Sajith had no guts to do. And Harin has come out on top. It is to youngsters like Harin that the UNP should turn as it looks for energetic young leadership. Sajith Premadasa lacks political acumen because as a young politician he is afraid of a gamble. He is no risk-taker,” one senior UNP aide told Colombo Telegraph in an email.

The aide said that ultimately, the UNP had made strides in Uva without the assistance of the Sirasa media network and without help from Sajith Premadasa.

However the UNP Kolonnawa Organiser Marikkar has launched a major campaign on the Sirasa network to promote Premadasa as the hope of the party.

Writing into Colombo Telegraph, columnist Shyamon Jayasinghe notes that by taking a risk Harin Fernando has acted more like late President Premadasa than his own son.

“Harin stood as an example to Sajith who had all along being on the sidelines demanding position before showing ability. Harin Fernando  has demonstrated ability and deserves position. In this sense, Harin is more like Premadasa than the latter’s son has been,” Jayasinghe wrote in his recent piece ‘Dayan at a Crossroads’.
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    I wonder if the clowns who run Sirasa and Mawbima have any clue as to what is going to be their fate in the near future. You cannot fool people all the time. Your time is up now it is time to shut up and depart. The Pol Buruwa has done his act for the last time enough is enough.

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    “Harin stood as an example to Sajith who had all along being on the sidelines demanding position before showing ability. Harin Fernando has demonstrated ability and deserves position. In this sense, Harin is more like Premadasa than the latter’s son has been,” Jayasinghe wrote in his recent piece ‘Dayan at a Crossroads’.

    This says it all.

    Harin is an entrepreneur.

    Sagith is a trust Baby. a mediocre son. Somebody need to tell him.

  • 12
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    Harin would be a better choice. Seems sincere, younger and will have a longer shelf-life, and a big winner. Don’t know about his singing voice. Maybe Sajith can be asked to play his organ!

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      Yes, Harin is young and he is representing the thoughts of the many that stay silence in this country. I have not lived in the island for the last 3 decades, but when I listen to Harin, I feel he is simply great. He addresses and outreach almost all kind of people in this country.

      His arguments are very clear and connected with proofs. If he is like Dayasiri the dayawathie, he could have left the party and be joined to IDIOTic group of Rajapakshe

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      Mr Golding, whose organ? His own or Harin’s?

      Fully Confused.

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      Let’s be clear. [Edited out]

  • 8
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    The greatest harm the UNP can do to itself is to appoint Sajit Premadasa as its second in command. What talent has he displayed in his life and political career? There are many in the UNP with the intellect and eperience to help Ranil resurrect the party and the lead a joint opposition. Sajit is a spoiler and a spoilt brat who has become a 45 year old spoilt adult. He will be thorn on the side of the UNP given his unbridled, but unearned and undeserving ambitions.

    A UNP led opposition can ride the tide that has begun in the Uva without Sajit and the forces backing him.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

    • 6
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      Glad we agree on this :)

      A man who pretends to have a degree from LSE when he does not cannot be trusted on running the country, if you cannot be honest in small things, how can you be honest in big things !

  • 0
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    Does any body know why Ranil Wickramasinghe took off to london soon after uva election ? Some say to advise the Scotish leader Mr salmon not to resign although his party lost the referendum. That kind of behaviour is good for these high class Sri Lankans. It is bad only when godayas like Premadasa or mahinda Rajapakse do it !

  • 1
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    “Maybe Sajith can be asked to play his organ!”

    Hmmmmmm….. What can i say. Going by just looks alone, seems there are plenty of people within the UNP itself who are dying to play that organ.

  • 2
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    Don’t blame Marikkar of UNP for carrying out the orders of Sirasa. It was Sirasa that got him elected at the last Western PC elections. He needs to pay gratitude.

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    Has Sajith Premadasa earned an honest Rupee in his life, other than his MP’s salary and perks? How and what affords him his lifestyle other than his father’s ill-gotten earnings?

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      Correct,
      all the ill gotten wealth from premadasa era, and
      Sotheby will give explanations what they with the help of ganemulla J-KODY’s, pilfered from Sri lanka’s presidential palace like Jarapassa clan.

  • 1
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    Sirasa and Mawbima’s investment in Keselwatta Kid makes sense.

    Both these media companies have to do a lot of forward planing if they want to safeguard their territory and their audiences.

    The Kid won’t allow the Anglicans, the Vellalas and the Elite to totally dominate the great majority and curtail their little influence in cultural, religious and other social needs which they enjoy through these small media companies.

    Besides Mr Wicks will make thess. private companies easy pickings for Foreign vulture Funds.

    How cool will it be to muzzle these media outlets under the pretext of “going free market ,

    • 2
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      .
      It’s Maharaja’s decides who runs the show (except during VP’s period).

      :-)

    • 2
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      K.A Sumanasekera

      Keselwatta Kid’s dad apparently told a few dear and near friends that he had been trying his best to help his (non Sinhala Vellas) people and VP was also fighting for his people (meaning non Vellala) and found in both cases Sinhala and Tamil Vellalas had been the biggest obstacle.

      Its time you smashed Sinhala Vellala’s domination at the same time encouraging your Tamil brethren to do the same.

      Some years ago I happened to meet a Sinhala speaking Vellala English professor. He was full of rage, that the Karavas helped only their own Karavas. Their network helped their people. ………..

      You should investigate to see whats going on between Sinhala Vellalas and their Sinhala Karavas.

      As you know I don’t give a damn about these tribal primitive plebs.

      This is only a case study.

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        Dear Native,

        Now you are talking mate…

        Praba , even if he got the CM post with Ranil’s SGA , Vellalas would have got him .

        Because no way he could have been a CM with the first degree murder charge sheet for killing the Vellala Mayor in cold blood .

        And the Real Human Rights Activists would have hounded him to the extent that even Anglicans couldn’t have been able to save him.

        Dr Balasingham . the puppet master was no Dalit… Was he

        Keselwatta Senior was in a similar predicament although he didn’t have any murder charges..

        It was jealousy,animosity.. class and caste disparity..

        It is all about caste and class for Ranil and his mates then and even now.

        Keselwatta Kid is just the line to catch naive Sinhala Buddhist Dalits.

        Unfortunately we can’t delete caste. But class can be used do mask it.

        I am talking about Middle and Upper class based on the amount of dosh people have.

        But the lower classes still have to wear the caste.

        That is where education and, employment opportunities come in to play.

        Economic development is the base where we can bring the lower classes up.

        And it has been happening in the South . But the Vellalas wouldn’t allow that in the North.

        May be you are in a better position to explain why …

  • 5
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    Any body wants to be a National Politician should stop SINGING on stage. It may be his ability but by singing he/she cant fool the poor voters. If they think by singing they can gain more votes, H R Jothipala would have become the President of SL long time ago.

  • 1
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    Sajith is a ghost ( pilluwak) controled by M.R.

    Sajith is a remote controled ghost ( pilluwak) operated by MR and GR.

    What has happened to his sisters fraud money transaction matter.So he

    has to serve his true masters.

  • 1
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    The caption of this piece notwithstanding, I think he just got the cigar! :))

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      Still smarting from the dressing down you got baby?

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      Dayan, hold a mirror and test whether the cigar is hanging out of your back

  • 0
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    Harin is a breath of fresh air. He has proved himself & I hope he will blossom out to lead the country soon instead of sinking in the corruption cess pit by giving into all the temptation that will come his way with his new found fame. Hope he realizes that fame & fortune can be made honestly.

    Sajith has so far has not proved him self & has been riding on his father’s fame all along. He was responsible for breaking up the party before & his new position of Deputy Leader is unlikely to strengthen the party to form an effective opposition which why the Rajapakses are keen to promote him to lead the UNP ASAP, with clarions, Alles & Killie Maharaja, having their own agenda, waiting in the sidelines. Sajith has lied in public about his qualifications which is an indication of his credibility and a person without credibility is no leader (isn’t it a fraud to lie in your CV?). It’s time the leaders of UNP accept their failure & bring new talent to prominence.

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