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Not The End Of The Road Though; Opposition Plays Deaf And Blind

By Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

“Reason has always existed, but, not always in a reasonable form” – Karl Marx

The Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Sirirpala de Silva, also a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) investigating 14 charges against the Chief Justice (CJ) had told parliament on Saturday, 08 December (2012) that only 05 of the charges were investigated, while the rest of the charges against the CJ were dropped. He had further told parliament that charges 01, 04 and 05 against CJ Shirani Bandaranayake had been proved. This was after the Chairman of the PSC, Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa handed over the PSC report to the Speaker of parliament, the same morning.

Immediate reaction of MP Lakshman Kiriella, one of the two UNP parliamentarians who sat in the PSC, was to say they “reject the report” while the JVP member in the PSC went a step further by calling the people to protest against it. The TNA parliamentarian Sumanthiran was heard against the impeachment, though his leader, veteran politician Sampanthan sat through the PSC and walked out with other opposition members, sans any comments to date.

Kiriella was totally contradicted by his colleague in the PSC, MP John Amaratunge the Chief Opposition Whip in parliament, who wants a debate on the same report that Kiriella rejects. Amaratunge no doubt voiced the decision of his leader. The Speaker said the report would be included in the Order Paper with a promise of 10 days for the debate on the report after one month.

In such controversy and contradictions over the whole PSC and its report, it is of worth to summarise the role of the Opposition, mainly that of the UNP.

 

  1. The UNP and Opposition leader agrees for a PSC as constituted according to the likes of the Rajapaksa regime, with 07 from the ruling alliance and 04 from the Opposition, instead of 06 to 05. NO serious opposition to such constitution was ever seen.
  2. Despite their proposals on how the PSC should conduct its inquiry as an impartial, fair and just manner, giving the accused reasonable opportunity to defend herself against the charges were rejected by the Chair of the PSC, the UNP and the other opposition members sits through the PSC. It was a foregone conclusion that the whole case was being designed and executed as the Rajapaksa regime wanted it, BUT the UNP and the Opposition sat through giving it the necessary legitimacy.
  3. The 04 Opposition members walk out only after the CJ decides, “enough is enough” of this indecent inquiry that gives her absolutely no chance of presenting her defence. By then the Opposition had only made very meek statements on the injustice meted out in carrying through the investigation, but had allowed time for the Rajapaksa regime to get its act together.
  4. The UNP and its collective of smaller political parties and NGO activists that went round as the “Platform for Freedom” (PfF) was a conspicuous absentee in all protests against the impeachment. No were there any official statements or media briefings from PfF, or by their main allies.
  5. The UNP leadership that reiterates its claim to form the next government even before 1916, never played any leadership role in society during the whole impeachment episode to date, at least to establish the fact that this society needs an independent judiciary and thus, political intrusions into the judiciary have to be opposed.

I wouldn’t want to believe, the men (and women if any) in the UNP leadership are mere ‘babes’ in parliamentary politics to have played such an indifferent role. But for now they have left themselves as complete subordinates to their leader Wickramasinghe in making decisions, during the next 06 years. That is how and where the decision to allow the Rajapaksa regime to take total control of the judiciary through this PSC was taken. Thus the unwanted legitimacy given to the PSC, while trying to make themselves look as opposed to the injustice and indecency in how the PSC conducted itself.

Though Kiriella would want to reject the PSC report, the UNP would give credence and constitutional legitimacy to the final decision of the parliament, being part of the debate. Do I or any one else have to tell the UNP that the report would definitely request the parliament to vote in impeaching the CJ and resolve to remove the CJ ? Do we have to tell the Wickramasinghe leadership that taking part in the debate would only give Rajapaksa’s decision, its due share of constitutional legitimacy, it doesn’t deserve ?

Wickramasinghe and the whole UNP and even most men and women on the street know, its a political decision taken by the Rajapaksa regime and would be carried out by the majority in parliament, under any circumstance. The whole world knows all those in the government benches would simply say “Aye” when they are called to vote. Including those like former liberal Rajiva Wijesinha and Senior Ministers Vitarana and DEW Gunasekera, who for now keep saying the PSC was not independent for very many of their own reasons. Its a political decision of the Rajapaksa family regime and none of these men would want to lose their perks and privileges earned by being with this nauseatingly corrupt and arrogant regime. Wickramasinghe too would not disagree on that, for sure.

The only compromise the regime is prepared to have on the impeachment is for Shirani Bandaranayake to resign from her post as CJ during the coming month, before the next parliamentary sessions begin on 08 January, 2013. “I will give her some other position somewhere. “Tell her to resign. I think there has been some injustice done to her husband as well. All that can be dropped,” Some web news sites reported President Rajapaksa himself telling, CJ Bandaranayake’s lawyer, Attorney Neelakandan of Neelakandan and Neelakandan Associates, over the phone on 06 December. A mainstream English language print media this Sunday confirmed the offer sans President’s name. That would not be. Shirani Bandaranayake as CJ, refused such offers before the impeachment process began and was determined to go through without any compromises. Thus its for the parliament to remove her now on a majority vote.

No protests, no petitions, nor even threats on emotions by lawyers they would not accept a new Chief Justice, could now turn the wheel back now. The ordinary man knows the lawyers’ profession is not that political to sacrifice their daily “Guinea” for too long. The UNP avoided the possibility of socially challenging the regime on the impeachment by simply calling the parliament supreme, when it has no independent voice outside that decided by the Executive. This parliament is neither sovereign nor representative of the people. That sovereignty and independence was usurped by the Executive long time ago and became more a place for slander and gullibility, wholly irrelevant to representative governance. More after Sarath N Silva as CJ gave his perhaps politically motivated interpretation in allowing cross-overs, buy-overs and sell-overs of any number of MPs. The Executive now controls the legislature. Its almost taken over.

Today, the impeachment against the CJ is the next move in trying to hold a crumbling State together by taking over the remaining part of the three part State, the Judiciary. As argued once before in a separate article (Economics of Impeaching Chief Justice in the Absence of the Opposition), for the UNP and Wickramasinghe, “it is their responsibility to save the system on which they would have to live and take over.” That is reason why the UNP would take part in the parliamentary debate on the PSC report and make it legitimate by voting against it.

The challenge for politically active social activists who wish to defeat the impeachment therefore becomes doubly difficult. They nevertheless have one way forward and one more month to go. To prove to the society and to the world that everything this regime does is illegitimate and unconstitutional. That needs getting the Opposition out of parliament, more as a decision of the people. “Citizens” as a political collective now have to pressure every UNP and Opposition member in Local Government (LG) bodies, in Provincial Councils and even MPs and electoral organisers, to demand their own party leaderships including Wickramasinghe, to walk out from the debate on the PSC report. That would then leave the Rajapaksa regime without any legitimacy in carrying out its pre planned eviction of Shirani Bandaranayake from the high seat of Chief Justice.

It is a new situation, a new era, where the people would have to decide what the Opposition MPs representing them in parliament should do and should not do. It can not be the other way round now. Thanks to the “impeachment”, an era of people making decisions have been opened up, IF we want to capitalise on that political space.

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    What is happening in parliment is totally unacceptable and illegal. We have a MP who is brain dead, a Prime Minister who is unfit, a number of MP’s guilty of Bribery and Corruption, most have not declared their assets, they pass a budget proposal which allows themselves to transfer their duty free vehicles and earn a clear profit of 20 Mn. They have breakfast for 3000, Lunch for 5000 and Dinner for 10000 catered by Waters Edge courtesy MOD. They passs budgets increaseing the taxes on the people to support their extravagant tastes.

    There is no one to talk about these scams. So whatever the Govt or RW does in parliment is not legal and cannot be accepted by the people anymore.

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      I wonder what our Econ Tution Master in charge of education has to say about having breakfast for 3000 when he has publicly gone on record saying that a person can live on 2500 for an entire month. No wonder he looks like a fat toad.

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      isn’t this what the UNP did when the 18th amendment was debated. They walked out. How did that work out?

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        Stupid police, you are really suitable to be in the top seat of the stupid police of this mararized country! What the fucking hell could UNP have achieved debating an illegal piece of legislation in parliament other than walk out from the illegal proceedings. Isn’t it your hero Shirani B who gave the judgment that 18A was constitutional and did not require a referendum? No wonder that Pirabaharan fucker nailed you donkeys for 30 years and you still haven’t learned a thing!!!

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    what a wretched response from the opposition ( old guards of RW i.e John A, jayawickrama P, Joseph MP, Tissa A et al ).some time i wonder what is the real reason for this never ending irresponsible blunders/ behaviors from RW ? is it MR or any animosity towards the CJ ? can you believe the opposition asking more days to debate on the PSC report , no wonder speaker did not have any hesitation of allocating 10 days , he could have even allowed one month , nothing but more legitimacy is being added , why doesn’t the opposition realize that there is more than 2/3 majority is waiting to act on any given issue . Under the current opposition and equally pathetic general public CJ can only pray for a divine intervention, I’m afraid that is the only way out for CJ!

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      He is self serving human being if you can call him that . Tissa is mad don’t ever vote for these mad dogs. If all those Sajiths,jayasekera’s , Senanayake’s , and all those others think we are going to wait six years with Wickramasinghe .they are sadly mistaken. Adios UNP let us now look elsewhere.
      Rajapaksa was a mistake big time! Wickramasinghe is a capital NO NO NO so now let us look elsewhere.

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        Shame of Aisa, what a loser!!! By the way where the hell are you heading for? JVP? Panchauda? Helakarumaya?

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      Who was instrumental in creating this CJ fiasco against the regime? It was Ranil and UNP! Can’t you understand the death blow UNP has dealt to the regime though this impeachment blunder? UNP questioned in parliament about the NSB corruption deal and gave wider publicity and exposure to it which the media also took on! The government having been exposed could not carry out the plundering and washed their hands by sacrificing the husband of CJ. This was the incident that estranged CJ with the regime whereafter CJ tried to be impartial and gave several judgments against the government like Z-score, Divinaguma etc. The stupid regime thought of removing the CJ also with the help of UNP because they calculated that UNP would support them due to UNP being dealt with severe blows by the Judiciary throughout these years as a result of underhand deals maintained by judges with the regime. Ranil handled the situation masterfully and encouraged the regime to go ahead with the impeachment. The regime was taken for a ride by Ranil’s statement in parliament about Anura Bandaranayake’s decision. The regime has now jumped in to the trap and like the cat that passed shit on the stone the regime is now smearing the impeachment muck all over them! The consequences for the regime are manifold: there are local, international, human rights, parliamentary, societal, legal, administrative, legislative, constitutional and governance implications! This is like opening the Pandora’s Box! You all must praise Ranil for ensnaring the regime in this horrendous entangle!

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    Does Kusal Perera or anyone else seriously believe that merely because the UNP as suggested by Kiriella to reject the Report, the MR govt. will do so? Or on the other hand the obvious is to take up for debate. This will give an opportunity for the Public to be informed once again the ruthless improper manner how the PSC passed this Report through the Select Committee. This would give an opportunity to galvanize forces to oppose the MR govt. collectively on every front.

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      Gamini – I have a grudging respect for your loyalty to Ranil W, but I really do not understand why it is that you never seem to think that he can serve us as leader of the opposition a lot more suitably than he has and does. It almost seems that he is serving MR’s purpose for his own ends. He is a weak leader and has not commanded the respect of his team, instead he has cultivated disunity and fragmentation. How can an opposition be effective, particularly against the well-oiled machine of the Rajapakses, if its leader can not have a strong backing? The recent amendment to the UNP constitution extending his tenure also deserves condemnation and displays his hunger for the power he has – not much different to MR in this case.

      Do you have ANY misgivings at all about his role and actions, or do you maintain that he is without blemish and is the only hope the UNP has to better the country’s situation that looks dismal going into the future?

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        Peter, I understand your ire and the urgency to get this bugger MR out. There is a wave of sympathy on CJ, that she has been unfairly dealt with, by a PSC where some of the Committee members are corrupt and should not have held office in the Committee, leave alone fit enough to inquire. This has been initiated by none other than MR himself. Now the issue is, can RW prevent what took place? Can RW or anyone else just say that the CJ is not guilty and should not be inquired? If the govt. alleges, can RW demand that she should not be inquired? No. If RW is to do that, he will be accused, for hushing up without inquiry. Now that the illegal Report is to be presented in Parliament can RW or any mother’s son prevent it being taken up? No. Asking for a debate is not a case of giving legitimacy, but at least the whole world can be informed of the unfair manner the CJ was dealt, as this Report is illegitimate. As suggested by Amaranath by trying to educate at PC level, the job and damage will be done by that time. Besides the public is well aware as to what has happened. Further as I said before the present wave of opposition building up should be galvanised by all of us to usher the desired civilised society we all yearn for.

        There are some under the belief that mere protests will bring the MR govt. down. Did not the MR govt. organise protest to demean the CJ including the 500 three wheelers, paying them or whatever? How many in this blog who condemn MR and blame RW will participate in such demonstrations? Unless and untill people refuse to partake in Govt. organised demonstrations this drama will continue.

        I see many blame RW saying he is ruining the UNP, but not those UNPers who crossed over? Are these cross overs not the ones who are responsible for weakening the UNP and the Opposition? If you are placed in RW’s shoes today, what can you do? if you are hoping to establish Law and Order in the country and bring the change that the society yearn for? The so called Reformists in the UNP are no better than those who crossed over, who are as corrupt as MR.

        Peter the Leadership of the UNP was consolidated for six years for the reason that the present instability of electing a leader every year was exploited by MR to destabilise the UNP. You can be assured that starting to coincide with the CJ issue, there will be a programme for the ouster of MR.

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          Gamini – like I mentioned before, your loyalty is admirable! However, it doesn’t appear that RW is ‘doing his job’. He MUST build a strong and effective opposition to back him up, but this just isn’t happening and with his dismal past record of losses it seems that all he is doing is perpetuating the Rajapakse rule.

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          Peter, Rome was not built in one day. First things first. RW has laid a firm foundation to the Party and has selected Educated, Decent Young Professionals in comparison to the Ruffians in Politics before.There is Discipline in the Party now. In this new lot also, if there are unsuitables, they have to be weeded out as time goes on. So it is no easy task that RW is facing, while all the time there are moves to scuttle his efforts, by the ruling Junta. I believe RW will be successful, simply because he is Honest, Educated (Not Synthetic) and will enforce Justice equally to all, without favouritism. Creation of such a society is the fervant wish of us all, and we should also be lucky as a society to have him as the Leader. Otherwise see our luck and how cursed we are as a society to be under this Murderous, Tyrant who hoodwink the masses all the time.

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          I think you are right.

          Many would not get it easily why it is that difficult RW to give more.

          Idiots that crossed over almost killed the party. Now being on the ruling regime, they are the ones who stand by MR destroy the country further.

          Has anybody seen that any of the cross-over men reacted lawfully ?

          Kehelmal, Rajitha, SB and even pundit- GLP behave very dependent as they have no backbones. Has GLP made good decision them making new appoinments in FM ? No it is not he the one who made final decisions but MR himself. Whatever the decision made by him has ended up misery ? Now with the CJ´s impeachment is the same. As Gamini explained it – let s see the new era immediately after removal of CJ – as I see it – I really feel it alreay that these buggers times are numbered.

          Alone the fact before the other fellow parliamentarians to treat grand lady that abusively – was rejected by PSC head – THOUGH HE IS SAID TO BE LAWYER. These lawmakers under MR are brutal.

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        Peter, you interpret the world according to your knowledge. Young Siddhartha saw four omens: a sick man, an old man, a dead man and a monk and he ended up unraveling the most profound understanding about life, world and man! We too see these sparks and catalysts of knowledge and wisdom regularly but never realize anything because we lack the wisdom to see and understand things as they are! Politics is the same. We interpret everything according to our mental capacity, limitations, bias, idiosyncrasies and particular tastes and interests. I for one hold that Ranil is the only hope we have, no conceivable blemish can be attached to him, his role and actions are quite reasonable, acceptable and logical and we will definitely step into a paradise under his government! Sorry for replying to a question not directed to me!

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      The opposition need not go to parliament to debate this and give legitimacy to witch hunt, in order to educate the people. The opposition can do it in the provinces, in workplaces through direct dialogue. That is what I understood as more politically strong, argued by Kusal Perera.

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        Amaranth – I agree! Much of the problem has to do with the electorate in the villages, provinces and those who have no access to the internet being ignorant of the excesses of the regime. Why don’t the opposition parties flood these areas with this information and generate discussions through their grassroots organizations? I’m sure they will be interested in the corruption that is in part responsible for the rises in their costs of living, among other matters that should shock them.

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          Anyone frankly tell me, are the people in the remotest village are unaware that this MR Regime through the 2013 Budget has waived the duty of Racing cars and have increased the duty of essential comodities. The losses incured on this society by trying to prop up Mihin Lanka with six figure salaries to the top management? The wastage of public funds as that spent on the Commonwealth Games? Sending Satellites in to orbit at great cost to the Nation, while the Poor are finding difficult to have a single square meal? Are the people really unaware of all these at the village level? I wonder!

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        Amaranath, yours is a prototype of what most of the so called educated, regime change forthcoming people are saying! Like Chandrika crept into a lavatory and took oaths anybody can go into his kitchen and engage in whatever fanciful act but to give legitimacy to the allegations about the most horrendous impeachment the world ever saw including a Guinness record the Parliament is the only legitimate place to do that! Provincial workshops are all right but with people behaving like buffaloes gormandizing from Araliya Dansala, accepting duty free vehicles by monks etc. such efforts would be met with little impact whereas in-house debate at least give international exposure and repercussions.

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      Indeed Gamini, irrespective of what UNP say or do, the regime is bound to go ahead with their premeditated measures. This debate at least would more fully expose and put on hansard record the points raised by the opposition parties which would definitely expose the SL parliament too to the international bodies who are the most influential segment on the regime.

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    RW is the strength of Rajapakses. THE PSC opposition should have walked out before CJ walked out. The least UNP could do is to side step its leader and take to roads for next one month to make sure Rajapakse can not rule the country. Take a cue from the Zimbawe oppostion. I am sure nobody trusts RW not because of anything but he gave rights to Tamils. But his main weakness is he can not do any thing productivily. For the wrong reason he is shunted correctly by the people. But the the rest of the UNP should do this, Otherwise they may well join Rajapkase and finish off the country sooner than later

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      Raja, there is in ayurvedic drug stores a medicine called Buddhiwardani meaning it assists in growing one’s intelligence by improving brain function etc. You better consume several vials of same before writing again because we are fed up seeing stupid comments like these! Sometimes I wonder why the people of this country are this much stupid, whether there is some genetic reason etc.!

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    Sorry Kusal, compared to your other piece, the analysis and the call for action has flaws. As you say, “They nevertheless have one way forward and one more month to go. To prove to the society and to the world that everything this regime does is illegitimate and unconstitutional.” Don’t we have saying in Sinhala, “the one who pretends (s/he’s) sleeping can never be woken up”. UNP and the rest of the opposition won’t do anything meaningful before this regime completes the “killing”.

    As far as we know, Bob Blake avoided Ranil in his last visits to SL, which means a lot to Ranil, and India didn’t have much to with Ranil in spite of rumblings on PSC on 13+ as these international players know his and UNP’s role is marginal in the current context.

    I hope I’m wrong, but CJ becoming a casualty, as much as tamil civilians during war, will only make another case for how terrifying the situation in SL is fast becoming.

    I firmly believe CJ doesn’t count on the parliamentary opposition nor on the lawyer bodies and I really fear for her physical safety and people like you Kusal!!

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      LK Perera,

      “..As far as we know, Bob Blake avoided Ranil in his last visits to SL, which means a lot to Ranil, and India didn’t have much to with Ranil in spite of rumblings on PSC on 13+ as these international players know his and UNP’s role is marginal in the current context..”

      These international people try to avoid Ranil, if at all, because Rajapakshas are doing everything they want SL must do! Lands are being sold for a penny, massive loans at exorbitant rates are pumped in, all the massive construction works are done by the foreign exploiters, oil reserves sold to India and others, construction of railway lines by India, little islets around the country sold to foreigners, monies we obtain through loans paid for by the poor are freely distributed to Maldives, Sudan etc., the massive wealth plundered from the poor people are deposited in Swiss banks etc. etc. No wonder these people are afraid of Ranil because Ranil would only work for the benefit of the people and the country! Please get your brain checked from a suitably qualified person because you suffer from a fundamental problem of seeing and understanding the truth!

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    In politics, its all about timing and you need to peak at the right time. yet the time is not right to go on the offensive but you need to let the rajapakses mess up further. ha haa this instance RW has led them to a path there is no return. this impeachment issue is perhaps the turning point to galvanize the opposition finally. wait and see ranil W is going to be a worse cunning fox than JR. Kusal you need to look at the bigger picture….. the easist thing for the govt and opposition is to blame ranil – sometimes in strategy, you need to put your head down and wait and thats whats happening at the moment.

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      i love to believe your theory , one problem though , Military & police under very tight control of MR , under no circumstances he will ever let go his authority , stakes are way too high , mark my word !

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      Yes, peaking at right time is great if you can peak. What if you have erectile dysfunction, you wait and the others wait, but it never happens …

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        Ana Perera, get your partner to swallow it deep-throat and vomit it like they do it in films! May be you can solve it there and if you fail please post again!

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    I am happy that Kusal has realized at least at this late stage that Ranil Wickremesinghe is a virtual agent of the MR regime. It is not a misnomer to call this a Mahinda- Ranil regime. Even some Ministers openly say that they can remain in power as long as Ranil is the opposition leader! It is a fact that this regime draws its sustenance from the weak leadership of Ranil. John Amaratunga should not have been nominated to represent the UNP in the PSC. He has one leg in the government and in fact, in an interview given to a certain English national weekly sometime ago, he indicated his willingness to join the government. It is crystal clear that he is beholden to MR for reasons best known to him and he is doing MR’s bidding. Why can’t the UNP rebels break away from the UNP and form a new party at least at this grave hour? If they form a new party, I am sure, people who have lost faith in this regime and also in the leadership of Ranil will rally round it in their thousands! After all there is nothing sacrosanct about the name `UNP’. If the SLFP could emerge as a strong political force as the `UPFA’, why can’t the UNP dissidents become a formidable force by another name? If such a new party is formed with a truly secular character, it will eventually become the strongest political force in the country. Let the abolition of Executive Presidency, repeal of the 18th Amendment, restoration of independent commissions, Constitutional Council and other democratic features of the 17th Amendment, enactment of the Right to Information Bill and above all working out an expeditious solution to the national problem be the main planks of the political platform of the proposed new political party! By the way, why aren’t the political analysts looking forward to a just and fair ruling from the Supreme Court on December 13?

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      Saman Wijesiri,

      “..If such a new party is formed with a truly secular character, it will eventually become the strongest political force in the country. Let the abolition of Executive Presidency, repeal of the 18th Amendment, restoration of independent commissions, Constitutional Council and other democratic features of the 17th Amendment, enactment of the Right to Information Bill and above all working out an expeditious solution to the national problem be the main planks of the political platform of the proposed new political party!..”

      Hah..hah..hah…Such pure, innocent yet stupid daydreams! You are truly, deeply mad about politics! A week or two before the vote count was 4900 odd to 300 odd!!! I think this is the kind of “rally around it by the thousands” that you meant in your comment! Be rational even in your most wild dreams!

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    I still have a doubt how RW got some 5,400 votes for his six year term while 500 some opposed.

    I still can’t believe this other than just wonder.

    Still thinking how the politics work behind the four walls in Parliament.

    It’s time for change to take over legislature by the educated and professionals….with judiciary over looking both legislature and the Executive.

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    Mr. L.K.Perera, don’t be so pessimistic. The legal fraternity may not have done enough, but surely they have done something worthwhile. I don’t think that BASL Chairman Wijayadasa Rajapakse PC can backtrack at this stage. In fact, he has shown more spine than many people expected him to. Even much respected S.L. Gunasekera has taken a firm stand on the issue. As for the legal fraternity, I hope lawyers like Romesh de Silva PC, Upul Jayasuriya, Gunaratne Wanninayake, Srinath Perera PC, Lal Wijenayake, Chandra Kumarage and many others whom I have failed to mention for the list is too long in this context will certainly carry on the struggle for justice undeterred. And as for opposition politicians UNP’s Sajith Premadasa, Lakshman Kirielle, Dayasiri Jayasekera, Rosy Senanayake and Harin Fernando – to mention only a few names, all JVP leaders and TNA’s M.A. Sumanthiran can be expected to make their contribution to this cause. It is a pity that Dr. JJ is on a sick bed. If he were up and kicking, he would certainly have put his shoulder to the wheel.Let us not forget we have the blessings of the Mahanayake Theras and other religious leaders and articulate leaders like Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhita Nayake Thera and former army commander Sarath Fonseka who command the respect of the people. We can look forward to the ruling from the Supreme Court too. Let there be a mass movement to awaken the people! For God’s sake, let us not lose hope, fold up our arms and look on passively!

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      @saman wijesiri,

      I’d like to agree with you and be hopeful. But, I think you are doing a disservice to the article, and its sharp observations, if you just hope the individuals you refer to and institutions they are affiliated to can be the spearhead of this restoration of people’s representation. Pl. understand all the UNP MPs and lawyers finally have to get their cue from the party leadership, and Kusal has pointed out sufficiently in both his recent pieces on that leadership.

      And, only thing I am hopeful is this, compared to JRJ and even Premadasa and CBK regimes, this one’s ruthlessness & greed is not matched by efficiency. It’s base is vulnerable, as Sumanasiri Liyanage observed the rounds of bribing second and third rungs are rather haphazard, and their is no cogent view, or rather a common interest that glues the apparatchik sticking with the first family. So, totally unexpected and may be even, decisive maneouvers by regional and other powers in their own interest when MR regime becomes a liability and a alternative acceptable to them in SL is visible( as Ranil was outsmarted by Indian Amb, Sen with the deftness of a trickster)giving more space for public to assume a fearless role and key players like CJ and BASL from whom people will pick up cues whether to stand in solidarity. And, again I hope you’re right but, are people in the south ready to come out of their self induced slumber of trusting their own political leaders (both MR & ranil & SF) and their propaganda?

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    Yes, this is one of the few readings that attempts to outline a course of action. SL Gunasekara asked for the BASL to take action, apart from that no credible option place in the public domain. sumanasiri Liyanage’s “call to left” is too abstract, and where is that left in our country?

    This is not the time for hair splitting arguments fine tuning our writing skills countering this writer’s views and suggestions, that luxury of navel watching we must leave to Ranil and his coterie.

    Yet, being a serious, sharp and committed observer how can Kusal come to this ? “Thanks to the “impeachment”, an era of people making decisions have been opened up, IF we want to capitalise on that political space…”

    A key step Kusal suggests is to approach the UNP, and other opposition parliamentarians to stay away from this process. And I’m sure Kusal is aware, the connection between the UNP MPs and their voting blocs are at best, weak. In urban areas like Colombo, Negombo
    they vote but hardly any dialogue how the views of the vote base go into party mechanism. In the rural areas, being openly UNP or JVP activist and having independent mind standing upto respective MP and Ranil is a doubly hazardous task as the MP bringing the voice from the electorate is doomed in Ranil’s circle.

    That leaves very little for Kusal’s suggestion for energising UNP opposition.

    And, as for JVP MPs, at best they are confused, and sans IUSF it lacks the engine to reach out to the masses.

    So, the era of people making decisions has come, but who are the actors who will give that spark and direction to people ? is it the judicial officers, judges, as a professional group ?

    What is the collective confidence and tactical nous these spearheads need to have? Especially because this regime will hound anyone who stands up to them in the Impeachment or any other act of defiance.

    How can we suddenly expect our insulated urbanites (others acting openly will be ruthlessly punished by the local goons of the regime) to come to assume this role?

    I tend to think, as Ranil and UNP urbanites expect, while they await in studied silence, with only some theatrics & utterings, all key potential actors, judges, seasoned civil society & human rights activists all await until this catches “enough” attention of the international community and do the job for us, that is “scare the hell out of this regime” ,and preferably bring decency back (push out this regime) like we got independence, not only without a fight, but with knighthoods & QC posts for our national congress leaders to boot.

    Only other option would be with this maniacal waste, our economy collapses faster than we realise and hunger and desperation bringing people against the regime, and all actors will be ruthless and bloodshed will be high. I hope I’m wrong and there are better alternatives.

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      Thanks Ana Perera,
      for your long and thoughtful, politically valid comments.
      Well yes, agree there is a disconnect between the constituency and the UNP politicians even in the provinces. The question you pose, “So, the era of people making decisions has come, but who are the actors who will give that spark and direction to people ? is it the judicial officers, judges, as a professional group ?” is a very valid question that needs to answered in praxis.
      As for me, I don’t think urbanites and professionals would stand up to the task. They react only when they are professionally “disturbed” and they lack any political understanding or vision. Also, I don’t think this would be the “final assault” issue the opposition could have. But it gives space to re kindle the local Opposition into action, outside parliament and in the process fertilise political activism outside parliament.
      I believe its time to develop a “connect” with the local Opposition activists and representatives and pressure them to impact on their leadership. As you ask, “who would do it ?”
      Lets first throw the idea and see who picks up. Of course, I do know,this is not the ideal platform for such dialogue. So lets try other social networks and Sinhala media where possible. Nothing would go waste these days.
      Thanks again for your input.
      Kusal

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        @Kusal,
        Appreciate you taking trouble to pen your thoughts on my random notes from a comfortable distance in the west, as explained by the time delay in my response.

        Yes, if you suggest a better format and a fora, it would be great to be able to contribute and do something useful. tell me..

        If I may also mention, since you are/were part of that, a vibrant and principled core network of media (incl. social media)would be a useful starting point. Though Ravaya is now only a shadow of its former self, (not to speak of Victor Ivan)) with you also contributing it stood upto even worse excesses and in the times of even more apathy by the political opposition, I mean in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s.

        those days, there was hardly any communication tools that we have enabling giving strength and protection to the future “local activists” whom you propose. These activists/media persons will bring hopefully more and more issues to the public space, without anyone being able to control debate/activity space as hierarchical political parties ( or even Victor or Lasantha W chose to do by determining which one to attack and which story to suppress in their controlling space)

        One hopeful sign is Jaffna being under military, yet, govt. and a sleeping south can’t stop/ignore images & videos coming out of how students are beaten up. I think a key step is how to keep these students/and the local opposition you speak of feel protected and solidarity shown by likeminded groups in other areas of south and outside the country….so it will not be a another PSC (with Sambanthan/RW/Basil/MR with India/US states holding strings) who decide what is the outline of devolution!! but we the people…and similarly our university entrance/hospital staff grievances are not mere “news items” for analysis.

        do you think I’m dreaming from the comfort of distance..?

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      Ana Perera says,

      “..This is not the time for hair splitting arguments fine tuning our writing skills countering this writer’s views and suggestions, that luxury of navel watching we must leave to Ranil and his coterie.

      Yet, being a serious, sharp and committed observer how can Kusal come to this ? “Thanks to the “impeachment”, an era of people making decisions have been opened up, IF we want to capitalise on that political space…”

      Who provided these saviors of the nation with an issue against the despot to fight it as they now do so “creatively!”?

      Mahinda Rajapaksha more or less said, “He (Pradeep Kariyawasam) was our man, we had covered it up (the NSB fiasco), we wanted to protect our man, but it was UNP who told us to impeach her (CJ)”!

      Kusal Perera and all the heroes here are crossing the river using Ranil’s boat but they want to throw Ranil overboard! You be the judge yourself of you!

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    Hurrah, disgruntled with the elected government, wretched souls cannot assemble even to scratch each other’s back. Way to go, old lads. Slog on, but you’ll not see an Arab spring in our beloved country.
    Leela

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      There you are again, this fifty center Leela brat! Don’t worry, you will definitely be born to a laundry family (rada paula) next life!

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    I have no words to thank you Kusal for your article.What our opposition doing. Are they in deep slumber. Why cant they bring all people together and demontrate against this unreasonable cruel act of Rajapakse.People must be educated to decide the destiny of all MPs supporting the Mara Rajapakse.We know what he did in his youth He killed innocent people and raped innocent girls and exploited poor. What is nature doing Is the nature turning its back to Dhamma Have we become useless people and slaves of this coutry.

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    cheers to leela for eternal enjoyment of the good life at the expense of majority dumb stupid sri lankans!

    balamu balamu the match is not over at half time.

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      As you say the match is not over yet. As RW has said yesterday, we stand to lose our membership in the Common Wealth if we do not allow a fair trial to the CJ. Everyone knows what a fair trial means, as it will expose MR more, than the CJ. So leave alone the hope of hosting the Conference here next year, MR is saddled with his own Waterloo. 2013, the 13 will spell MR’s doom.

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    @kusal

    Thanks for the response. I replied to that about 4 hrs ago and looks like during moderation it had been censored though I don’t think I had violated comments policy. So I’m doubtful if this will reach you & the comments column either. I wanted write let me know of a forum/fora if you think taking this exchange of views forward have any useful purpose, as i have no other way of contacting you, now.

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    Who the hell is this Kusal Perera who begins his never ending diatribe with Shirani and ends up in writing all the stupid things about Ranil and UNP? This man surely must be a paid menial working for Shiral Lakthilake, Maithree Gunaratne et al including Sirasa lie 1st channel that have been defeated and chased away from the UNP by Ranil recently and now looking for mud to sling at Ranil! I will ask one question from this stupid person to challenge his stupid and irrational line of argument which is why did Shirani Bandaranayake quit the PSC hearing in the first instance without facing it despite whatever remarks the uneducated bastards in the panel threw at her? It is her decision to quit the proceedings that gave MARA the opportunity to conclude the PSC according to the premeditated plan they had thought out. The scolding was part of that premeditated plan to chase her away to allow them the opportunity to carry out the Kekille proceedings and the Kekille decision. Had CJ stayed there they would not be able to give a one sided judgment. So this was the actual situation and this bullshit writer is writing kilometers upon kilometers long mud articles to pass the blame to Ranil! Such a pathetic attempt by a pathetic and shameless writer! The CT readers are more educated than you silly dabble and dribble writer.

    Baseless, aimless and future-less writers like this can write all kinds of stupid things but UNP as the next government in the country cannot do all these silly, whimsical and fanciful things this fancy-man sells! Ranil has clearly stood on firm policy and grounds on this matter. No clash between Judiciary and Legislature, no infringement by Judiciary on Legislature, Legislature must follow due constitutional process and procedure on impeachment, Latimer House Principles are the guidelines, Ranil and UNP through the Chairman of Bar Association WR has proposed a draft resolution to be adopted by the parliament on how to deal with impeachments, CJ has now been denied her rights and due process and natural justice through a mararized kangaroo court, they are now most probably in touch and communication with South Asian Parliamentarians Organization and the Commonwealth Organization on the influential and punitive actions against the regime, there is now a danger of the Commonwealth sacking this country from their membership etc. This is how a responsible opposition acts and thinks. Nobodies and riff raffs can state comedy shows on culverts and payments but that does not contribute an iota of solution or direction to the real problem! It can however provide good entertainment and moda choon to the gallery!

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      Silva,
      I think the word stupid must have change of meaning when you use it, or it means “Silva”.
      To your question, “why did Shirani B leave PSC,” the best answer was given by the Opposition members in the PSC, when they had to leave it. Listen to the video uploads in the UNP website, or in this CT site also. Silva, may be Ranil’s 2 nominees to PSC are also stupid to leave PSC!
      Amarnath

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    Amaranth, This the problem with Sri Lanka today-rejected, uneducated and gallery dwellers like you try to adjudicate and pass judgments over the remotest villager’s banana theft to the most complicated constitutional issue! The other nasty aspect of uneducated buggers like you I have noticed is that you never ever gain an iota of education even if you are bottle-fed with the most sacrosanct of wisdom! The very existence of people like you is a burden to this earth because it has the capacity to bear all the weight of all the things on it but it cannot bear the stupidity that is oozing from your whole nincompoop soul and body! In your earlier comment you pathetically tried to substitute the parliament by a jungle and on-the-culvert meeting and here again ask why UNP withdrew its two members. Can you say what the hell UNP members could have done at PSC when the main player herself decides to leave PSC without facing the proceedings? The opposition members in the PSC recoursed to the next logical move after CJ’s withdrawal. You stupid loiterer gets this fact to your nothing-enters-nothing-leaves-except-moronism mind which tries to tamper with semantics: CJ is no baby not to be able to withstand the defamations thrown at her by the uneducated uncultured bastards and their bootlickers. Had she stood her ground with her panel of lawyers driving and proving the legal points without relenting, the regime would not have had a chance to work overtime until midnight or until dawn next day and finish its scheduled proceedings of the Kangaroo court. They would not be able to call the witnesses and freely obtain whatever lies they had been told to utter. The witnesses if called would have been questioned and the questions and replies and the whole illegal proceedings would have gone on record. It is this lost opportunity that I emphasized in my earlier comment. Anyway what happened has now happened and they are now taking the alternate route to the same end and we are fully supporting them for it. There can be many ways an issue can be dealt with unlike you who are clinging on to a piece of “stupid” thought and even try to mollycoddle with its meaning.

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      Ha ha haa!!!
      So Silva is not a MORON !
      Silva is the most intelligent gentleman who knows everything but not the basics of SL politics.
      Silva says –
      “Had she stood her ground with her panel of lawyers driving and proving the legal points without relenting, the regime would not have had a chance to work overtime until midnight or until dawn next day and finish its scheduled proceedings of the Kangaroo court.”
      NOW who is STUPID ?
      Whether the Kangaroo Court works over time or not, the decision would remain the same, Mr. Silva. So why get humiliated and ridiculed to have the same partial and unjustifiable decision ?
      You got to hang yourself on the kurahan satakaya to save Sri Lanka !!!
      Amarnath

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    So your “intelligence” keeps simmering and it wants to spend the rest of your life trying to prove that I am “stupid” and now “MORON!” and in the process likely to drag in many more synonyms and continue regurgitating by the end of which CJ would have been retired under a new government!!!!

    Elsewhere in CT there is a video in one of the posts showing a video of the three opposite members giving a press conference after their withdrawal from the PSC. If you do not understand what I am saying you can watch that clip again and hear from the very PSC members the motive of the government of defaming CJ. Through your previous comment you seem to have watched this video yet cited same to prove a baseless argument. The real question here is not “why did she leave PSC” but why did the regime want her to leave the sittings! You harangue about your wisdom and my stupidity yet you cannot touch beyond the brim of the core issue!

    As for your very “intelligent” premise “..Whether the Kangaroo Court works over time or not, the decision would remain the same, Mr. Silva. So why get humiliated and ridiculed to have the same partial and unjustifiable decision ?..” I can only ask: then why the hell did those bastards in the PSC scold her in filth and supplied the entire world who were watching their proceedings “filthy ammunitions” to be used against them and against the manner of conduct of the proceedings and smeared themselves with more muck if they could anyway gave their verdict whether or not CJ and the panel of lawyers remained there?

    The very sacrificing and generous comments of yours “..You got to hang yourself on the kurahan satakaya to save Sri Lanka !!!..” would require revisions to “I pump in more mileage to kurahan satakaya because I do not tolerate any sensible opposition but gallery politics against this regime and my imbecilic pleasure thrives in doing so”!

    Sometimes it is a novel experience arguing with people like you because it provides an insight into what is there in the “underworld mind”!

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