7 December, 2019

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On Minister Mahindananda’s Walk Out

By Granville Perera

Mahindanada Aluthgamage, Minister of sports along with Dr Ramesh Pathirana MP and son of former Education Minister Richard Pathirana representing the government in the Wadapitiya television debate on Derana TV in the evening of December 03,  2014 walked out of a live programme after a telephone caller questioned Aluthgamage on his integrity and the charges of bribery and corruption leveled against him. The caller was referring to the bribery charge made by his estranged wife to the bribery commission, which the caller claimed was not investigated. Without responding to the charges, Mahindananda went on a verbal barrage and calling the caller a beggar, and abusing the media network that is owned by the daughter of a prominent minister and the campaign manager of the Mahinda Rajapaksa re-election media strategy.

MahindanandaThe Minister, in his arrogance probably felt that he had the right to criticize the Derana network for entertaining a phone call from an opposition phone-in participant who was questioning Aluthgamage’s conduct as a prominent member of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance, the current ruling party in Sri Lanka. In his uncontrolled verbal abuse, the minister went to the extent of accusing the network of having a pact with the opposition United National Party. He wanted the network to change its logo to the elephant symbol, (the party symbol of the opposition united national party) as the TV network’s logo. He threatened the caller with legal action for questioning him on his integrity. What Aluthgamage failed to understand is that as a people’s representative, he is answerable to the people – in a real democracy. Is this a sign of the Government members panicking at the thought of an opposition victory where they could be brought to justice?

Like many members of the ruling party, there have been serious allegations of corruption levelled against Sri Lanka cricket and other sports bodies in Sri Lanka, that come under Minister Aluthgamage’s purview. Further, serious charges of soliciting sex from female cricket players were levelled at senior officials of Sri Lanka cricket. Investigations in to these have never seen the light of day.

Aluthgamage’s behaviour is typical of the current political arrogance of the ruling party members. He went on to say that the current government had issued the broadcast license to the Derena Television Network; hence they should not entertain any criticism against the government or any of its members. What Aluthgamage must be assuming is that broadcast frequencies of the nation are the

Private property of the ruling party. What a sad state of affairs for independent media.

It was indeed disgusting to see a supposedly educated member of parliament, who claims to be a product of one of the most leading and distinguished schools in Colombo showing his arrogance and intimidating independent media, or supposedly independent media. Unfortunately, the government of the day has managed to intimidate the entire media landscape in to submission. This is mainly because of the huge advertising budget that is controlled by the government, which belongs to the state lotteries board, state insurance companies, banks, and other state advertisers. Further, they are also able to control what goes on air in the private media through the intimidation of the corporate sector, thereby ensuring that criticism of the government is non-existent. Further, a number of journalists have been killed, many physically attacked and hundreds driven in to exile. The Sirasa TV network and the Siyata TV network were set on fire, and up to date, no inquiry has been conducted and no one has been arrested for the violence.

The tragedy with the Sri Lankan private media, especially the electronic ones is that they are controlled by business interest’s that have huge non media related contracts with the government. Any criticism of the government or its representatives will spell disaster to their business interests and state contracts.

The need for independent media is the priority of the hour that would not be controlled by other business interest. Successive governments blatantly control the state media, which is supposed to be the public service media. Government stooges who have absolutely no professional experience or expertise are employed to manage important positions in these institutions. This ensures that only the state voice is heard and nothing else.

The blatant abuse of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and the independent Television Network by the government is a disgrace to broadcasting norms. The public television networks are taken over and used as the ruling party’s network by appointing Government stooges as heads of these institutions. There are radio and television programmes that abuse basic broadcasting ethics on a daily basis. In the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporations, the Chairman goes on air every morning and hurls abuse and filth on anyone who has dared to criticize the government or its policies.  Nowhere in the world, not even in the most despotic states would a chairman of a media institution go on air on a daily basis, hurl abuse and use raw filth on a national network. Regretfully, no one has taken this up in the courts of law; probably knowing the justice one would receive from a flawed justice system.

As part of President Rajapaksa’s election campaign, all heads of media intuitions who were part of his election campaign in 2010 have been re-appointed to take charge of the presidents 2015 election campaign. Their constant theme is foreign conspiracy, NGO dollars and traitors of the nation. Thus is the state of business in the “Miracle of Asia”

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  • 35
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    Excellent caller. This is what Sri Lanka needs. The openly swindling thieves needs to be shamed for all to see.

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      Yes. Yes.

      The host looks like the “cat who shat on a rock”.

      Not the end of story. The phone has been traced to 0712781811, registered to ranjan Ramanayake.

      End of conspiracy? Watch this space.

      • 8
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        Well, it was the reaction that was priceless isn’t it?

        One of the panelists said quite aptly “puhul hora karen danay”. I don’t think it gets any better than that. What happened here should be taught in school morality lessons.

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        Vanda

        “End of conspiracy? Watch this space.”

        Not yet, when do you plan to give ranjan Ramanayake a free lift to no return?

        Can this number also be traced back to

        CV Wigneshvaran

        R Sampandan

        Rudrakumaran

        Suren Surendran

        Diaspora

        Ranil W

        Maithri and his brothers

        ……

        Entire Diaspora

        Pottu Amman

        David Blacker

        Sarath Fonseka

        or is this an exclusive line owned and used by Gota?

        • 0
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          Fidel Castro?

    • 9
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      Apparently the caller was none other than our very own Ranjan Ramanayake , Now Ranjan will have to face the consequences !!!!!!!!!!

      PS: Ranjan i salute you , you are a hero !

      • 6
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        I was just wondering , is it ethical for Derana to pass callers details for a 3 rd party ? people should raise this issue, it is stated that TNL would never divulge their callers details to any third party , Derana needs to clarify its stance to the general public , if it needs to continue in the public debate programs.

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        Srilal

        As I remember it,caller didn’t say who the “Hora”
        is!Mahindananda jumped out of the bag claiming it
        was him the caller meant.For Ranjan to deny,there
        must be another side to the story.Gilmart?

        • 1
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          exactly , this foul mouthed thug jumped the gun and wore the hat , its all his fault , If Ranjan goes before the courts he can win this case quite easily , Bravo Ranjan !

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            This guy whether he is guilty or not has assets worth well over 500 million as his estranged wife has produced documentation to confirm his net worth. How did he amass such wealth when he was just an insurance agent in his start up job. His claims of family wealth cannot be substantiated. His parents are probably just above average. If he had such wealth, it is unlikely that he would have married a simple sales gir; from a SINGER showroom. I understand that he has now trapped the estranged wife of Duminda Dissanayake and the current PM’s daughter. So, he is probably investing his …. wisely in a political family so that he is guaranteed of returning from the Nawalapitiya electorate. I am not sure what is in store for him as PM Jayarane’s son who helped to import the largest drug haul in Sri Lanka himself has huge political ambitions. Wonder where all these fellows would be. I am waiting to see moonakachal wattiamma, jarawansa, and company on the streets. Please pray that my humble wish would be granted by all the gods

    • 4
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      Granville Perera –

      RE: On Minister Mahindananda’s Walk Out

      Okkama Horu… all are thieves

      Weerawansa’s ‘patriotic’ move exposed
      FRIDAY, 05 DECEMBER 2014 08:45

      http://www.lankatruth.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7922:weerawansas-patriotic-move-exposed-&catid=36:top-stories&Itemid=124

      It is revealed that Minister Wimal Weerawansa, who appears as a patriot and is prepared to do anything for Rajapaksa family is building a massive hotel near Welikanna Junction on the Kaluaggala – Labugama road.

      In an attempt to divert the attention of the residents around publicity has been given that it is a project belonging to Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa say sources. The real owner of the project would be revealed soon.

      It is further revealed that not even the environmental feasibility report for the project has been obtained. At present parapet wall is being constructed around the land of 8 acres.

    • 4
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      Vithushaha

      Is this man Mahindanada Aluthgamage an Aryan?

      To me he looks like a Villan in Tamil/Sinhala films and resembles 99.99999999999999% of people of this island.

  • 10
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    Granville Perera –

    RE: On Minister Mahindananda’s Walk Out

    After he walked out did he do a burglary?

    5 files are stolen from Rajitha’s residence
    December 5, 2014 at 12:25 am | lanka C news

    A gang of robbers who had entered in to the residence of the parliamentarian Rajitha Senaratne has stolen 5 files, I-pad, a tablet, 5 packets of milk powder and a mirror.

    Police suspects that this could have been done by an individual or a gang who are addicted to drugs.

  • 20
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    There is so much panic in government as the tide in favour of the opposition is gathering momentum. So this kind of behaviour is consistent with the collapse of a dictatorship.The true colours of the present government are there for all to see.

    • 7
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      The stallion or stud of the United National Party is now accused of making the provocative call. Is this a set-up tarnish the image of the growing popularity of the opposition or was it really made by the accused? Even if it was the UNP parliamentarian, it would be interesting to learn from legal experts as to the legal requirements for callers in phone-in programmes to identify themselves. In a country where criticism is not tolerated, especially when it comes to election times with white vans and vigilante groups, what protection does the innocent have in engaging in discussions with political thugs?

  • 10
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    It was funny when the Aluthgamage chap was boasting about his rich family heritage and he was educated at the Royal College and I assume that is the RC in Colombo?

    What a shame for that educational institute which have given statesmen like JRJ to come down to this low and under Rajapaksa regime this is how a peoples representative or what we call law makers are behaving?

    Cannot wait another month, the Royal College in Pollonnaruwa will give us the only hope of this century by appointing My3 the first elected executive president from a outstation school and will be the turning point of modern Sri Lanka.

    Vote for My-III for a better future.

  • 6
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    all are rogues ;-)

  • 3
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    Srilanka is a laughing stock among the rest of the world. The most disgraceful,uneducated thugs form the government.They disgrace the country and Buddhism.

  • 6
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    If they can’t take the heat they must get out of the kitchen. These scoundrels become abusive because they know they cannot talk their way out of those accusations. They are all the same. Very soon they will turn on each other. We can all sit back and enjoy the various shows.

  • 8
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    This thief proved himself that he is not a normal “horra” as the caller accused him of but a “RAJAKEEYA HORRA”! This is the class of our politicians today. Its a damn shame for that esteemed college to have produced criminals like this. The Royalist should unite and slipper this scoundrel in public for defaming their college.

    • 0
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      He displayed to the entire nation who he really is and
      the company he belongs to.What he blabbered was the real
      him.He and his company hypocrisy.RC,the wealth,land
      ownership and ancestry etc to identify himself and the
      caller,to ask such a question,is a BEGGAR!See how fast
      the panic mode is set on!Boss talks of files and his
      erstwhile cabinet colleague call the voter “BEGGAR.”
      What else Sirisena wants? These are the rogue characters
      chosen to humiliate the opposition speakers in
      parliament.Ranjan did a good job.Remember how Dayasiri
      behaved after becoming the chief minister?These are the
      lot Mahinda has offered for the people to elect for
      him.

  • 6
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    The behaviour of some of these politicians Is disgraceful. Even they cannot realise the public is watching them so closely. It has become a pattern for ruling party spokesmen in the TV debates to shout and disturb when the opposition is presenting their arguments. Very rarely they answer the points raised . the caller must have been really annoyed which made him to be so rough.

    • 0
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      We have the [Edited out] as the golden example

    • 0
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      Senior,patriotic and highly respectable political
      characters even within the govt have privately and
      publicly exposed that anti social creatures are
      being brought into parliament and the shooting
      incident between two such low quality products in
      kolonnawa was witnessed by the whole world.The
      prime minister office got involved in influencing
      the release of ethanol from the customs to which
      the prime minister claimed innocence and the
      opposition didn’t make a big noise about it for
      the PM had been a respectable figure all his life
      and the opposition didn’t try to capitalize on the
      issue.But the law is law.What’s the role of law
      and the traditions of democracy in such a situation?
      Nearly everything that this country had gone to
      pig(modern dog is more civilized).One should be
      able to visualize the whole country without clothes!

  • 6
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    Although excellent written, all CT readers are aware of this media propaganda for years now. Reading behind a proxy makes us an incestuous community and combined with the effects of a self-fulfilled prophecy an easy victory lies up for grabs early next month!

    Unfortunately in real life, hardly anyone supporting MR knows how to access this information and as such for them this knowledge is non-existing. Instead, they are bombarded with propaganda of international conspiracies. The irony of it being that MR and his goons are accusing this website (and plenty of others) as a forum for diaspora (did anyone do any research about who is reading CT?)

    If you (yes you!) are serious about defeating MR, then close your laptop, take the bus (or airplane) and go to a random rural location in Sri Lanka and start talking to the people about these things. And if you decide not to do that, accept the fact that this country soon belongs to one family, just like Philippines, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Russia and many (most?) other countries nowadays are run by people that like to look at themselves in the mirror most of the day.

    We are all to blame for this!

    • 1
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      Gayan, I am not hiding behind a proxy. I have written a stratight forward assessment of these scoundrels. Of Course I dont want to disclose my address or whereabouts because I will have a visit from the white van or from one of the Silva mafia. Are you living in Sri Lanka, to think that one would be safe???

  • 4
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    Yes, yes, someone should open the door for him and buy him a one way CTB Bus ticket and send this bugger back to his village where he could remain a village idiot. Soon his friends will be joining him.

  • 2
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    Wonder whether UNP Senior Mr Kiriella is going g to sue this Govt Minister who gave more specific details, in fact about 100 Acres of Public land which were transferred to the family?..

    Then the other specific accusation about another UNP figure who banked LKR 80 Lacks of Samurdhi Funds? in to his Family Trust ..

    How ironic is that the UNP Leader , who is going to be the exec PM on the 18 April wantng to start eliminating corruption on the 9 th January ….

    • 5
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      How could Ranil or even Buddha eliminate corruption in SL (on 9-Jan?), .. SL is full of Sumanasekaras…

    • 1
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      If the ministe rMahindananda Aluthgamage is honest and did not steal anything from the public, he should sue his ex-wife for lies and character assassination.

      Instead, he is jumping up and down about the caller and mostly to the TV station for taking the phone call.

      Minister did not say anything about sueing his means he has stolen from the public.

      Any one can understand that he escaped from bribery commission because even the bribery commission is owned by thieves. It is not an independent organization.

  • 6
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    It does not augur well for media freedom that the program host felt compelled to apologize so profusely. The minister did not use the opportunity available to calmly inform the caller, that such allegations were made by his estranged spouse; that a defence was submitted to the concerned authority; and that he was exonerated by such authority.

    We all know of course that it would have been a miracle if he as a Minister was found guilty. But that’s another discussion!

    It is a mystery why the minister had used the past tense about his ancestral wealth throughout the tirade. Did it reveal the minister’s attempt through corruption to replenish exhausted resources? Nevertheless, unexhausted ancestral wealth, even if confirmed, is no guarantee that Ministers of Government will not use power to enrich themselves.

    All in all the Minister looked pathetic in front of the cameras and microphones. Shame.

    • 3
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      Unfortunately, we do not have professionals to conduct interviews or moderate such shows. They are not read enough, language restrictions and lack of training/required experience. Lawlessness in the country does not help the situation either.

      • 0
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        It’s relatively easier to educate the MPs who are
        small in numbers,to behave in public with respect
        under all circumstances and especially crisis
        situation.It’s words that are used NOT hands to
        let people know how we feel.But a senior minister
        educated in RC and raised in wealthy background
        representing a PATRIOTIC govt of which the minister
        of SPORTS!What a disaster!! What a body language!
        HYPOCRISY AT IT’S BEST.

    • 0
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      It was the most pathetic site I have seen on Sri Lanka TV when Chatura Alwis was bending over backwards and apologising to this scoundrel. Chatura or Derana would not have know that the caller would have asked about his corruption charges, and it was Mahindananda who started questioning the caller and dragged it on while accusing Derena of entertaining an opposition members telephone call. Why should a TV network apologise for questioning a public representative of corruption charges leveled against him by his own wife. It now turns out that the oppositions’ gigolo has made this call. I wonder why he should be sued for something that his wife had declared in court. I await the Chief Justice’s verdict on this and I am afraid it would be the same as the 3rd term

  • 7
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    I congratulated the caller. It seems he’s going to be trouble for his straight forward action.
    It’s our combine responsibility to protect one brave man getting any harm from Govnt. Thugs Stooges!!
    My close friend who works at ITN asked me pass this to CT:
    ^Shortly before news telecast, Media unit at Temple Trees should Authorise every sigle clip and all are working at a great fear, a kind of a fear that we are in a concentration camp closely monitored by Gestepo!^

  • 5
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    Caller did not mention his name. Mahindananda put the hat himself and bathe. What can others do about this foolish behavior. Now he is unable to tolerate and has no guts to answer these questions. He cannot hide from public.

  • 6
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    Hello machan, I am Ranjan.

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    I remember this minister at school. He is from a rich family. If they had lot of land and houses then, imagine the price appreciation of them today? So without just writing like idiots, we need to think sometimes. Not all politicians come from middle class or poor families. Just listen to his side of the story.

    • 1
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      This minister said he was educated at the Royal college. Because his father was a MP he got that chance. But he is a disgrace to his Alma mater. He is not a real Royalist but a coward bumpkin.

  • 1
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    NAJACHCHA-HOHTI-WASALO-HOHIE!
    NAJACHCHCA-HOTHI-BRAHMANO!
    KAMMANA-HOTHI-WASASLO-HOTHIE!
    KAMMANA-HOTHI-BRAHMANO!

    Wonder what is the sociocultural background of Minister Mr. Mahindananda Aluthgamage. Was it his rich father who bought his new properties for him.

    [Edited out]

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      With responsibility I say, Not as much as he says. It was true that his father was the former mayor of Nawalapitiya. His brother was in Japan for long time.This man has worked as a Insurance agent for a while. There are many more things to come.

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      [Edited out]
      We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

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    The arrogance and attitude of these two pambaya ministers as well as the ruling family only proves that they are uneducated people, thugs and only deserve to be thrown into dustbin at best, or hell at worst.

  • 0
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    These are the leaders of the ruling party. They know very well they are losing the election hence they act like this. Its a matter of time before these guys are kicked out.

  • 0
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    Hurrah for Royal College, Colombo education.

    We are certainly progressing in upbringing our children at Royal College, Colombo.

  • 0
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    These are the leaders of the ruling party. They know very well that they are losing the election hence they act like this. Its a matter of time before these guys are kicked out. If not for this reason for some other reason they would have walked out. I am of the opinion that the ruling party is finding difficult to face the questions and they do not want to participate in any open debate. That is the reason Pavithra too behaves in a apavithra way during debates. The ruling party candidates do not allow the opposition to make their points by shouting. Thuggery is the order of the day.

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    Mahindananda Aluthgamage’s father was a timber merchant like so many other timber merchants in the District and was not a wealthy Landed Proprietor as claimed by the Minister that they owned thousands of acres of land. Besides after ’71 no one individual or family had more than 50 acres to own. If as claimed he was born to a rich family there would not have been the need to secure employment at Ceylinco Company for a salary of Rs. 400 and to travel by bike.

    As for Dr. Ramesh Pathirana he did not have the sufficient marks to enter Peradeniya University as the Registrar objected. Thereafter the father Richard Pathirana being a Minister then, got the Registrar Kumarage removed and got his son admitted on the sly. This is how all these buggers boast of synthetic qualifications and riches they never had just like their leader MR.

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      In the mid sixties, I was short of few marks to enter the engineering faculty in Sri Lanka. Just because I got few marks less, should I be condemned as a failure and prevent my carrier and ambitions? No. I got myself admitted to a University in the UK. Likewise, Minister Richard Pathirana could have easily send his son Ramesh abroad and given him a better exposure like I had. Only reds, idiots and hypocrites would read it as anti social behavior.

      ‘Matara Sunil’ shouldn’t have gone round the bush. Ramanayake should have come to that powwow in Derana and highlighted the contents of that petition of Aluthgamage’s wife to court directly by name. Everyone would have known that Aluthgamage is an unmistakable thief. Then again, very many in politics today are lessor or higher caliber thieves or cons or murderous than Minister Aluthgamage.

      By hook or by crook Ranjan has made thegeneral public aware of Aluthgamage’s ‘file’ so that they may not elect thieves as MPs in future.

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        Banda (Leela)
        Which part of the comment by Gamini referred to anti social behaviour resulting from which institution one receives higher education.
        I wonder who the hypocrite is.
        One could also say whichever University one attends does not take away the character of a person if one is able hood wink innocent gullible people by scams of a Housing nature and not delivering on the product.

  • 1
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    Ade, Native veddah. Hoore, I also doubt the Aryan Brand of this Lion Brand Dishonorable Minister Aluthgamage. This Minister bugger looks more like a thug from Ghana or Kenya. No wonder the Kudu Prime Minister`s daughter who seems to be interested in heavy equipment fell in love with him !This bugger would have looked more decent if he did not have a face at all!

  • 1
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    Oh, I just saw this interesting piece – do take a look: [Edited out]
    How sweet…..anyway, in keeping with the exhortation in the article, lets all join in and say to the self-made billionaire who is now getting ready to tie a nuptial knot again that in keeping with the duty of every patriotic Sri Lankan, we wish him all the best in all his future endeavours and ‘entanglements’!!!

    My3: beware of this alleged scoundrel.

  • 0
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    At no stage did the caller mention a name and you could hear in the back ground M.P. Pathirana pointing this out to Aluthgamage.The fact is this loud mouth thug thinks he can intimidate and have his way.It is no coincidence that the election results of the Nawalpitiya electorate was annulled and a fresh election called for at the last general election.Every right thinking person must vote to kick this regime lock,stock and barrel on Jan 8th.

  • 0
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    Several interesting points came up during the discussion! Aluthgamage shouted get me the tel no. Several times more in a threatening manner! In a so called democratic country why can’t the caller question the minister. Asking for the no. From the host means ‘ I will SC. ..r.e…w the bug..r

    I remember Ruhuna increased the medicine intake by 50+ to accommodate the subnormal Pathirana, who father always called people by animal names! I suppose addressing the son would have been no different! !

  • 0
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    In a nutshell and in one word the country is just
    “GREEDY.”No one,just no one is happy about where
    he is.This is not where the modern developed world
    is.From the LOWEST to the HIGHEST in every walk of
    life.I love to be wrong.

  • 0
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    Gone are the days Royal college took in only from
    elites and feudals.There are now enough intakes
    from all walks of life.The problem is these MPs
    are simply out of touch with the commoner,maybe
    because they are already PATRIOTS thanks to VP.

  • 0
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    By watching the comments made by Mr. Anura Kumara Dissanayake and the drama in relation to a parliamentarian named Mahindananda I wish to contribute my two cents worth. Prior to my leaving Sri Lanka in late 1980s, I lived in the city of Kurunegala. During that period I associated with Mr. Chatura Jayawardene who was the Manager of The Finance Company Kurunegala branch. That friendship led me to introduce Mr.Chatura Jayawardenane to The Lions Club of Kurunegala. I also had a substantial investment in The Finance company through Chatura. In return Chatura had helped me in numerous occasions by sponsoring my Lions clubs Socials until I became the District Governor of Lions Clubs International District 306B in 1988/89. During that period I had the opportunity of meeting one of Chatura’s assistants by the name of Mahindananda. I have good experience in associating with people of high society, Though it is not my intention to bring discredit to this person Mahindanada I must say that this person never fit in to the circle of a family of a multimillionaire as he claims to be. He was a man living away from his family working on a poor salary. I was his wife Asha’s first employer. Asha worked as a sales assistant in my Kurunegala store. If I remember correct I paid Asha around Rs.600.00 a month during that period. She was a good person loyal to her work. I wish Asha and her children all the success in their future. CC:Ranjan Ramanayake,

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      The core issue here is not his family or social
      or educational background that he used to show off,
      but his using them as a qualification to demean the
      caller calling a thief, a thief.The tragedy in S.Lanka
      is,they are not happy about who they were at their
      birth and they feel ashamed about it if it was a poor
      or less fortunate condition and they do everything to
      belong to a bit higher being,even by robbing a
      relationship to a higher social status.Premadasa also
      did this.What a pathetic state of affairs!

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