15 October, 2018

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On The President’s Policy Statement

By R. Sampanthan

R. Sampanthan

The President in the course of his address identified three main issues. One was, the economy; the second was, the issue of the North and the East, popularly referred to as the “national question” and the third was, the issue of corruption and fraud. All these three issues are fundamental issues which have a great impact on the future of this country. But, Sir, I will in the course of my address primarily deal with issue number two. That is the national question, the issue pertaining to the North and the East and the people who live in that part of the country. It has afflicted the country from the time the country attained Independence, 70 years ago. The non-resolution of the issues in the North-East has been the primary cause for all other problems and various difficulties the country has faced. It is also my contention, Sir, that the country is in its current parlous state and corruption and fraud have aggravated to its present height primarily on account of the non-resolution of the issue in the North-East.

Full transcript of the speech made by R. Sampanthan in Parliament on 10th of May 2018:

10th of May 2018 11.24a.m.

 

(The Hon. Rajavarothiam Sampanthan – Leader of the Opposition)

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We are debating the Policy Statement made by His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena in Parliament on the 08th of this month. This Adjournment Motion has been requested by the Leader of the Joint Opposition, the Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena and has been seconded also by an Hon. Member of the Joint Opposition. 

One could see, Sir, that the main theme of their speeches was that this Government should cease to govern, which should also mean that they must be returned to governance or they must be enabled to govern the country. They have governed this country for a long time. They governed this country for ten years before the present Government came into power. When they gave up their Government, they were neck-deep in debt. 

One of the biggest issues identified by the President as confronting the country is the foreign debt and the domestic debt. I will, in the course of my speech, Sir, address issues that need to be addressed to take the country forward, to take the country on a different path, to define for the country a different future. It would be my submission that merely changing Governments is not going to resolve problems. On the contrary, we must all come together and think in terms of what needs to be done for the country to move forward, for the country to prosper, for the country to be redeemed from its present position. Therefore, Sir, my speech will be on an entirely different basis. 

The President in the course of his address identified three main issues. One was, the economy; the second was, the issue of the North and the East, popularly referred to as the “national question” and the third was, the issue of corruption and fraud. All these three issues are fundamental issues which have a great impact on the future of this country. But, Sir, I will in the course of my address primarily deal with issue number two. That is the national question, the issue pertaining to the North and the East and the people who live in that part of the country. It has afflicted the country from the time the country attained Independence, 70 years ago. The non-resolution of the issues in the North-East has been the primary cause for all other problems and various difficulties the country has faced. It is also my contention, Sir, that the country is in its current parlous state and corruption and fraud have aggravated to its present height primarily on account of the non-resolution of the issue in the North-East.

This country will never be able to redeem itself unless the North-East issue is resolved. I also consider it my duty, Sir, as the Leader of the Opposition, to pay the maximum possible attention to this issue. I do so in the interest of the country, not in the interest of one Government or the other and my appeal is to all Members of Parliament, to all persons in Government, to all persons in Opposition to come together to resolve this issue. I do so in the interest of the country as a whole. Very much unlike some who want the North-East issue to continue for their political survival and for the advancement of their political fortunes, I want the North-East issue resolved within an undivided, indivisible and one Sri Lanka on the basis of fairness, justice and equality, wherein all Sri Lankans are equal citizens of this country, Sri Lanka, subject only to the country’s Constitution and laws. That is why, Sir, we are currently engaged in the framing of a new Constitution and it is in this background that I will examine some aspects of His Excellency the President’s Policy Statement and other relevant material to put the whole issue in its proper perspective. 

Before I do that, you will permit me, Sir, to refer to the Election Manifesto of the Federal Party in 1970. This is what the Federal Party said in its Election Manifesto in 1970. The whole country should know this. I quote:

“It is our firm conviction that division of the country in any form would be beneficial neither to the country nor to the Tamil-speaking people. Hence we appeal to the Tamil-speaking people not to lend their support to any political movement that advocates the bifurcation of our country.” 

This was the position taken by the Federal Party in 1970 in its Election Manifesto, that they were opposed to the bifurcation of the country and wanted the Tamil people to vote against any political movement that advocated bifurcation of the country. I say this because many people seem to think that we have demanded separation and that we are responsible for the state in which the country is. 

It was after this election in 1970 and the enactment of the 1972 Constitution that there was a demand for a separate State. But, ever since the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord in 1987 and certain Constitutional changes that came about with that Accord, all Tamil political parties in this country have been prepared to find an acceptable, reasonable solution within the framework of a united, undivided, indivisible Sri Lanka. That has been our position. That had been the position in all elections in the past. For almost three decades, ever since 1988, that has been our position at Local Government Elections, at Provincial Council Election and Parliamentary Elections. 

As I said before, Sir, it was the non-resolution of the North-East issue and the enactment of the 1972 Constitution unilaterally by the party in power at that time without any consensus with anybody else that resulted in all that happened since 1970 and the country being brought to its present state. The whole question, Sir, is, “Do you want the country to continue in the same trend and get even worse in the future or, do you want to give the country a new direction and a new future?” 

It is in this context, Sir, that I shall be quoting from the Statement made by His Excellency the President in Parliament on the 08th of this month and some other Statements made by the President earlier, the Resolution adopted by this Parliament converting this Parliament into a Constitutional Assembly and also the Statements made by former President Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa in the course of his election campaign. In the course of the Statement His Excellency the President made in Parliament on the 08th of this month, he said, “I wish to make this Statement as an extension of the Statement presented by me at the commencement of the First Session of the Eighth Parliament.” – that was on the 1st of September 2015. Before I read that Statement, Sir, let me state what His Excellency the President said in the course of his speech on the 08th of May. He said, I quote, 

“The foundation of a stable country is national reconciliation. It is important to introduce a structure for taking political decisions based on equality for achieving meaningful reconciliation. I believe, it is the dire need of the day to strengthen the existing provincial council system in order to achieve these objectives. Whatever the opposition, it is essential to enter into a political programme with the consensus and agreement of the people to find a permanent solution to the issue of unrest of the people in the North and the East.” 

His Excellency, in the course of his Statement in Parliament on the 08th of this month, made reference to the North-East issue because he identified the North-East issue as one of the most serious problems afflicting this country. Thereafter, Sir, I quote from the Statement made by His Excellency the President on the 1st of September, 2015, when he addressed the First Session of this Parliament. 

He said, Sir, I quote:

“Hon. Speaker, the identity of a nation or a country is based on its Constitution. That is why a Constitution is considered supreme. During the 60 years after Independence, we have adopted three Constitutions. Yet, it is unfortunate that we have not been able to adopt a Constitution which enables all of us to agree as a single nation.”

This is what His Excellency said on the 1st of September, 2015 when he addressed Parliament and then when he addressed the Parliament on the 08th of this month, he said, “What I now make is a continuation of the Statement I have made when I addressed Parliament at its First Session on the 1st of September, 2015.”  

You would permit me, Mr. Speaker, to quote from the Resolution of Parliament on the 9th of March, 2016 in regard to the framing of a new Constitution which His Excellency referred to in the course of his first Policy Statement on the 1st of September, 2015. The Resolution states, I quote:

“AND WHEREAS it has become necessary to enact a new Constitution that, inter alia, abolishes the Executive Presidency, ensures a fair and representative Electoral System which eliminates preferential voting, strengthens the democratic rights of all citizens, provides a Constitutional Resolution of the national issue, promotes national reconciliation, establishes a political culture that respects the rule of law, guarantees to the peoples  fundamental rights and freedom that assure human dignity and promotes responsible and accountable government.”

It goes on to state, I quote:

“There shall be a Committee of Parliament hereinafter referred to as the ‘Constitutional Assembly’ which shall consist of all Members of Parliament, for the purpose of deliberating, and seeking the views and advice of the People, on a new Constitution for Sri Lanka, and preparing a draft of a Constitution Bill for the consideration of Parliament in the exercise of its powers under Article 75 of the Constitution.”

That is the Resolution, Sir, adopted by this Parliament converting itself into a Constitutional Assembly in March, 2016. What has happened thereafter? The Constitutional Assembly has functioned; a Steering Committee has been appointed; Subcommittees have been appointed; Subcommittees have come up with their Reports; the Steering Committee has come up with an Interim Report to the Constitutional Assembly and debates have taken place in Parliament. The enactment of a new Constitution has been seriously considered and much work has been done on that.  Experts have been appointed; their views have been obtained; there have been consultations with the people; there have been consultations with civil society and a lot of work has been done. Unfortunately, in the past couple of months, that work has not continued on account of other developments in the country: Local Authorities Elections and certain differences in Government. Sixteen Ministers of the Government have crossed over and joined the Opposition. 

On account of these disturbances, that process has not continued. But that must continue; that process must recommence and that must reach its logical end. It was a unanimous Resolution adopted by this Parliament converting Parliament into a Committee of the whole designated as the Constitutional Assembly for the purpose of drafting a new Constitution for this country. The Steering Committee appointed by the Constitutional Assembly has continuously met; everybody has participated. The Resolution was adopted unanimously.  Therefore, that is the will of this House; that is the will of the Members of Parliament and it must continue. 

It will be relevant for me to examine, Sir, in this context, what President Mahinda Rajapaksa had to say in regard to a new Constitution. 

Particularly, Sir, when he contested the Elections in 2015, he wanted a new Constitution. I quote from his Manifesto.  He said:

“A Wide Political Reform – A New Political Culture

We have been battered for 36 years by the 1978 Constitution which was thrust upon our people and country, without an appropriate debate or discussion. We must also collectively acknowledge that our Constitution is now further distorted due to the various amendments over the years, some of which are not consistent with others. Therefore, instead of amending the Constitution further with piece-meal changes, I will take action to formulate a new Constitution that reflects the peoples’ ideas, aspirations and wishes within a period of one year.”

That is what he said: he wanted a new Constitution. When he went before the people on the 08th of January, 2015, he told the people this country needs a new Constitution. 

Sir, he further said, I quote: 

“I will first submit the Draft Constitution which will consist of the proposals of these groups, for the Parliament’s approval in accordance with the Constitution. Thereafter, I will present the Draft Constitution to a referendum seeking the approval of the people.” 

That is what we want. It is our contention that the Constitution must be approved by Parliament by a two-thirds majority and after the Constitution is approved by Parliament by a two-thirds majority, it must be submitted to the people of this country and it must obtain the approval of the people of this country at a Referendum.  That is our position.  We do not want a Constitution enacted behind the backs of the people. 

That was President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s position. That is, Sir, why the Opposition was not able to oppose the Resolution tabled in Parliament. That is why the Opposition was compelled to cooperate with the activities of the Steering Committee and in fact, even today, it is continuing to cooperate with the Steering Committee. So, Sir, what this country needs is to frame a new Constitution in such a way as to resolve that issue, a conflict, that has plagued this country from the time of Independence, from 1947-1948. That is what the country needs. Nobody wants to trick anybody, Sir; nobody can trick anybody. The Constitution must be approved by a two-thirds majority in Parliament and the people at a referendum. 

Moreover, Sir, ever since 1987-1988, the Constitution-making process had been a continuing process. Under President Premadasa’s time, there was the Mangala Moonesinghe Select Committee which came up with proposals for a new Constitution in regard to power sharing and various other matters. During President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s time, there were various proposals that she made in 1995, in 1997 and in August, 2000, she brought to Parliament a Constitution Bill. The matter was widely discussed and that Bill was approved by the Cabinet. Both President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the former President and President Maithripala Sirisena, the present President who were the Members of President Chandrika Bandaranaike’s Cabinet approved those proposals in Cabinet. They accepted those proposals at Cabinet.  Therefore, Sir, thereafter, when President Mahinda Rajapaksa became President, he appointed the All Party Representative Committee called the “APRC”. He appointed Prof. Tissa Vitharana, Member of Parliament as the Chairman of that Committee. Then, he appointed the Multi-Ethnic Experts Committee who came up with their reports. Prof. Tissa Vitharana Committee has submitted its report to Mahinda Rajapaksa and the report is now available. 

Therefore, Sir, from 1987-1988, for the last 30 years, the Constitution process has been taking place. It had been a continuous process. All of which, Sir, provide substantial material for the framing of a new Constitution. Sir, nobody can think that the North-East conflict that the rights – the political rights, the social rights, the economic and cultural rights – of the Tamil people in this country can be buried. They have lived in this country for as long as anyone else. They have historically inhabited a certain part of this country and the Tamil-speaking people are a majority in that part of the country which they have historically inhabited even today. We want a united country; we want an undivided country; we want an indivisible country but, we want to live as equal citizens. We must be assured of our dignity and self-respect. We must be assured justice within an undivided country. That is what we are asking for. I do not think, Sir, that can be denied to us. I think the time has come for everyone to realize that this is an obligation that they – not merely the Tamil people, all the Tamil-speaking people in this country are entitled to.

If this country is to prosper, if the country is to achieve its full potential, if the country is to grow economically and succeed as a country as other countries have done in this region and in the world, then I think Sir, a new Constitution needs to be framed and this matter needs to be resolved. 

I would like to say a few words on the economy Sir, before I conclude my speech and also on the question of corruption and fraud. 

I think, Sir, any government must have the courage to take decisions that are challenging. We have heard of a Free Trade Agreement with Singapore, we have heard of an Economic and Technology Co-operation Agreement with India and we have heard of an Agreement with China. Our leaders have been visiting various countries in the world over having discussions but nothing is happening. We are expecting foreign investment. We are hoping to fashion an export-oriented economy. We say that we occupy a very strategic position in the Indian Ocean Region. Why are not all these things being exploited? This Government has been in power in the past three and a half years. The former Government that the Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena talked about was in power for 10 years. All that they did was to enact the Eighteenth Amendment taking away the independence of the judiciary, taking away independent commissions and enabling the President to run for presidency any number of times. What else did you do? This country got neck-deep in debt during your period. You cannot deny that. Therefore, Sir, I think there is an obligation on the part of the Government to act expeditiously, to act swiftly. We do not want the interests of our country to be sacrificed in any way.  We do not want the interests of the people of this country to be sacrificed in any way. We will join all other people in opposing any such move. But, at the same time, if you want to redeem yourself, if you want to come out of difficulties that are very deep, out of which you were unable to come out for a long period of time, you must make bold decisions. You must make expeditious decisions and it must be implemented. 

On the question of bribery and corruption, Sir, I do not want to say very much. We must start here. Corruption must be eradicated in this Parliament. I am not talking about the officials of Parliament. I am talking about myself and my Colleagues. Corruption must be eradicated at the level of the Executive. Unless we start cleaning up at the very top, we can never clean the bottom, we can never clean the middle. We need to commence cleaning up at the very top. Corruption must be eliminated at the level of political parties. Political parties must realize that they have a duty by this country to ensure that the persons whom they bring into politics are persons of stature, persons of character, persons who will not sell their country. I think Sir, if corruption is to be eradicated in this country, we have got to first start cleaning up at the top. Without cleaning up at the top, it will be futile to think of cleaning up in the middle or at the bottom.

 I thank you, Sir.

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    sampanthan is now happy that the president has taken notice of his non violent agitation threat.What he does not understand is that the president is good at talking the right things and then doing the opposite.he is an expert at it and has left many with their pants down exposing their bums starting with the famous aappa(hopper feed).we all saw mahinda’s naked butt after that.wE have seen ranil’s and now we can see sampanthan’s too.Or has sampanthan also willingly gone on the ride to fool the tamil people as so many other tamil leaders have done since independence.I don’t know.

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    Interesting,
    Mr Sampathar is now totally in agreement with Mr Rajapaksa.s proposal, which in essence is make a draft ,present it to parliament, get the 2/3 and send it to Referendum.
    But Mr Sampathar didn’t agree with Mr Rajapaksa in Januaray 2015.
    Why?.
    Did Mr Sampathar get a better offer from Dr Ranil , Mangal and Surendran deal?.
    Why did Dr Ranil put Thissa Report in the Bin?.
    And took all his UNP buddies to prepare so many Reports at a great cost to the public purse.
    And even included reports on Same Sex marriages to go in to the New Constitution?.
    Can North and East be handed over to just 2 Million inhabitants, when 50 % of them don’t even live in the North and the East.?
    Was Mr Ssampathar out the country when Mr Pirahaparan was in charge for nearly a quarter century?.
    Because while mentioning all the ills we are facing and ,advising how to fcure them ,Mr Sampathar didn’t mention the word ,Mr Pirahaparan or the LTTE even once.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      Boring
      We have been hearing from Tamils the same old demand and we see the democratically elected Gandhian Tamil leaders have been undermined by the Sinhala/Buddhists with false promises, …………………. Just forget the continuing drama for a second.

      Tell us how familiar are you with Buddhology, Buddhist Theology, Theravada Buddhism, Sinhala/Buddhist orientation, Buddhism, the Awakened one’s authentic teaching.

      What do you learn from Vidyacakravatis Treatise on Buddhabhakti?
      If Bandula Jayasekara doesn’t know the answer please ignore me.

      I bet none of the Sinhala/Buddhist crooks in the parliament and outside of it ever heard of Vidyacakravatis Treatise yet they want to keep chapter II in the constitution.

      Lets hear also from Taraki, Shenal, Malumiris, wannihami, ……………………….. and all other devout Sinhala/Buddhists.

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        Dear Native ,
        What is Buddhalogy?.
        What has it got to do with Dr Ranil, Maggie and Suren Surendran’s Ideology to create a Vellala Homeland for Sampathar Party.
        And other Homelands to separate Dalits and the Elite .
        Please read Wannihami’s comment which sums it up nicely…

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          wannihami is stuck in July 1983. He does not want to see beyond his nose just like you and other fellow noisy Sinhala/Buddhist minority.

          “What is Buddhology?.”

          So you have no idea about Buddhology yet you claim to protect Buddhist inhabitant of this island from their enemies. It appears you are the first enemy of Buddhists and they ought to be informed. I know you haven’t got a clue about Buddhology that is the reason why I ask you contact Bandula. Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for being an ignorant?

          ” What has it got to do with Dr Ranil, Maggie and Suren Surendran’s Ideology to create a Vellala Homeland for Sampathar Party.”

          Buddhology has nothing to do with you lot. That is one reason I want the crooks and Sinhala/Buddhist fascist hand off of Buddhism.

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    Excellent political talk. NAtional questionm itself is corruption. People who have demcoracy is asking privilages. Recently one Tamil Sri lanka North had 22 A GRADE schools and out of those 20 schools were in the North. Tamils say they were discriminated and they want more. 50% of the Univeristy medical faculty and engineering faculty student population ws tamil. Tamil politiciasn wanted to make the Northern university only for high castes and low castes fought a 30 year war for 50% of the land influenced by your BOSS but it was meant fro you who took their rigths to education, right to live as equals. Now you are fighting for holding 16 seats when your total repsentation is similar to those of JVP who has only FIVER elected MPs. Show us considering the total no of population how tamils are over represented by Tamil politicians therefore Tamil population needs some other crap to cover it up. Explain how you made the Mon Ethnic Tamil enclave and how do you chase dalits to the south. I say because of Orumiththa NAdu Ranil’s carrer is Terminal. His only saving word is I DID NOT DO IT. what capitalist party was bankrupt and had to steal momney in order to pay the party debt because of you people. NOw Ranil is getting help from Evangelists who wants the constitution changed too. Read CT in order to understand how they are fighting their RIGHTS. amazing.

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      “NAtional question(m) itself is corruption”.
      Jim Softy. Mr. Sampanthan did not tell the above quote. What he said was the truth. Non resolving the National question is lead to the accelerated growth of the corruption by Sinhalese politicians. Even after billions of money was pocketed by former dictator Mahinda Family & and his friends , no one is willing to take legal action against them because the is considered as a Sinhalese protector. Even after sponsored violence against Muslims and destroyed millions worth of their properties there is no legal action against them because they are considered as hero’s.
      You should understand the higher education is fully under the administration of central govt. Whatever the decisions are made by Sinhalese politicians. There is no Tamil Ministers in the parliament. They should answer your questions.

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        Ajith: where were you when muslims were asked to leave the North, when Kthankudy mosque, were they firing at you, thry were slaughtered. My statement, Tamils had the highest no of Grade A schools in the north. they trained only the High caste students there and the Kilinochchi dalits and matakalapuwa were neglected. They desteouyed Sri lanka for 30 years. you talked about district basis and discrimination. NOw you want more when only the higher castes are enjoying all the dalits have moved to south and more will move. So, ask wellawaththa and colombo subrbs to have a political solution.

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          Jim softy,
          Yes, the North had more A grade schools.So what? These schools are built before 1947 during the British rule. Kandy may have had more Grade A schools than Hambantota. So what? From 1947, this country was ruled by Sinhalese, not by Tamils. Sinhalese youth took up arms and Tamils youth took up arms. Who destroyed this country for 70 years? Tamils did not talk about district basis, they talked about race based standaradisation. There was caste system in the North and South, now there no more caste discrimination after LTTE, not because of Sinhalese. Don’t come up with stupid lies and arguments.

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            AJITH: If you had A grade schools even before 1947, why di dyou talk about discriminatiom all over the world ? IF you want to govern Sri lanka, you need to have more than 75% of population. How can yoi do that with 5% of vellalas. YOu are asking previlages via 13th amendment. Why don’t ask your politicians ask Tamil politicians to implement caste based standardization among Tamils. Then you protestant Dalits lose.

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              Jimsofty,
              It is very clear that you don’t have any points to discuss and you are in a very confused status. I am very sympathetic about your status.

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    The solutiom to the national question is southern people should approach the northen poor and politically isolated low castes and suppoert them to differentiate them from the savaite South Indians. Even the Gods (Koneswaran, NAkuleswaran, Lankeshwaran, and Venkatheswaran, Dadimunda, Kali, Paththini) support them.

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      Jim softy dimwit

      “Even the Gods (Koneswaran, NAkuleswaran, Lankeshwaran, and Venkatheswaran, Dadimunda, Kali, Paththini) support them.”

      Did the gods inform you what they were planning to do by telepathy, telephone, telegrame, telex, text, Viper, Instagram, whats up, e mail, Smoke signal, pigeon mail, marathon runners, talking drums, ……………………?

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    RS, don’t you realize that MS tells one thing and does another. His speech has no substance. You are thinking of North. The answer to that is for a new constitution where there is no discrimination and all citizens are treated as equals. The govt. has no knowledge to develop the country. MS, or MR or RW only playing a game within. They are there to usurp the treasury for themselves. People are helpless and you will have to introduce a system for the North and east for individual sustenance, for there is hardworking community, enough sunshine and fertile land to develop agricultural livestock industry.

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    Mr. Sambanthan: Tele Evangelists want Ranil in. Modi also has asked god vishnu to guard Ranil. On the otherhand Goddes Sath PAthithini (goddes Maha Lakshmi included), all the god Eswars (N omitted) they all help the other side. Do you think your privileges are safe.

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    All politicians survive by fooling the people. Sampanthan is very good at it. He would not say how many times Tamils have been cheated by SLFP UNP and his party FP /TNA. This time he expects tamils to believe that he could bring mangoes by chanting a mantra, here constitutional mantra. ( manthiraththal mangai pidunga ) Aiya continue to chant your mantra. We believe you and pray for sweet mangoes. During election times add LTTE songs to this mantra as your party did it recently. Don’t forget to have a cup of Horlicks often because this mantra is to be repeated for many more years.

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    Taking the Honourable Opposition leaders “risk analysis”/case for speeding up the constitutional changes further can someone share what will be the planning/agreement within all political parties in our country if the revised/rewritten constitution per say

    (1) Not passed by the parliament
    (2) Passed by the parliament and not accepted by the public in the referendum

    I have never heard any discussion on this scenario presented by anyone to the public?

    And also like to understand from the TNA point of view that they will accept the public verdict and rewrite their party manifesto’s for their future relevance? Similar issues for all other minority parties too with federalism as a scope/solution to all the “minority” problems in post war Mother Lanka? How the Muslim parties and Indian congress will square with their politics/policies/party core principles? How would all other Parties would respond? How would geopolitical masters will respond?

    The above is paused as a concern/need to learn basis and not for exchange of “abuse” etc. Hence I will appreciate any input from other Lankans sharing their knowledge/opinion with respect please. Thank you

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    Sinhalese should understand the following!

    1. Nothing will satisfy the Tamil politicians. If you want to satisfy Tamil politicians, we have to either give Eelam or re invent Sri Lanka, make Sri Lankan past full of Tamil kings, declare we Sinhalese were Tamils and if possible declare we are still Tamil.
    2. Any solution should be within the present constitution. No new constitution especially by people like Jayampathy and Sumanthiran

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    National question is asking privilages for those who can not win the superiority via universal franchise. Ranil is losing on both fronts giving privilages to Tamils and privilages to Protestants who says 2% of protestants should have the same domination that 69% of majority of the majority has.

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    What indirectly Mr. Sambanthan says that Tamild do not have problems. So make this the problem. I heard even Modi is saying the same thing. That is why Modi needs to invest in the southern Sri lanka. so that, India has a Noose on Sri lanka. Anyway, TNA loses the election. Most Tamil votes in the South will be given to Non Tamils. Now Sambanthan is talking for his seat and the 16 poiticians. How many Tamils are worried about the constitution. What Tamils say, IT is OK if you want to give us other things, give us Schools, hospitals, bus halts and education and employment to our children.

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    Sumanthiran said, once before also, that 99% of the people have voted for constitutional change, in 2015. But, how is it going to be done though legal the mechanisms are for the parliament and the experts they consult. Literally, it is the wish of the entire Island. 43% of the population only supported the Joint Comedy Club/GLP’ Slap Party, in 2015 both elections and in 2018 LG election. The 43% supported in LG to GLP’s Slap party is not represented in the parliament. There is neither a referendum nor even a mandate given to them on any issue. But this what Sampanthar said ” Sir, that the main theme of their speeches was that this Government should cease to govern, which should also mean that they must be returned to governance or they must be enabled to govern the country. “Lankawe opposition exists only for one purpose. That is to mudsling on ruling part and capture power.

    Sampanthar has said about the negotiations took place in 2012. When TNA’s members were sitting and waiting for at the table, in January 2012, without informing, victory arrogant Old King has withdrawn his negotiating team. They attempted to use physical threat against Sampanthar and tried get his convenient forcefully, in the style of 4th Floor CID techniques. .They simply refused to put forward any proposal to Sampanthar’s team to accept or reject. They refused, during the negotiation, to acknowledge the TNA’s teams written requests. There is nothing existing from those negations like “ Banda-Chelva, Dudley-Chelva, India-Sri Lanka, Mangala Munasinge, Neelan-Chandrika, Tissa Vitharana’s commission or even like All Party leaders’ commission. Now, to disturb the Secret Solution, Old King is trumpeting that he only can solve the constitutional committee’s standoff. The current impasse is created only by him. He is showing the 43% votes received by a non-parliamentary party, where he is not even a member, to defeat a 99% votes received parliament’s proposal.

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    Any kind of Federalist or Federalist in 13A clothing constitution or amendment will develop into a prolonged conflict leading to a situation like current Sudan, what is needed is addressing the grievances of the poor in all three communities and the so called National Question will be resolved automatically. It IS economy stupid as famously said by James Carville.

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      wannihami

      “Any kind of Federalist or Federalist in 13A clothing constitution or amendment will develop into a prolonged conflict leading to a situation like current Sudan,”

      Non existence of realistic Federal structure saw many riots against the minorities since 1956, stupid foreign policies leading to foreign interference and invasion, prolonged war for nearly 30 years, two destructive terrorist attacks by JVP, all because a few want exercise absolute power from the center.

      Honest Policeman complain they could not charge any of the drug dealers/smugglers even if they arrest them with the stuff because they have access to the real power which is centered around a few in Colombo. Functionaries who are responsible for planning/building complain they are unable to stop Hoteliers encroaching public land close to seashore and annexing/enclosing the area with their main structure, all because when challenged they visit Colombo.

      Local problems should be dealt with by local authorities. Local development initiatives should come from local people. Local resources belong to local people. A bunch of crooks and racist in remotest inaccessible part of Colombo should not be allowed to dictate fate of the local powerless people. For example of the state should not be allowed to decide the basic rights of the people, with whom one can have sex, how, what position, how many times a day/week, how many partners, married or otherwise, …………..

      People do not want religious/state Sex Inspectors poking into their personal affairs. The way thinks are you suggesting you should legally have access to each and every Appuhami/Kandasamy’s bedroom in order to monitor their sexual activities which may or may not comply with state functionaries’ idea of love making?

      continue

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      wannihami

      Sri Lanka is no Sudan.
      Why don’t you look at other more prosperous, successful, rich, ……………. federations around the world. Your in ability to see beyond your nose and generally paranoia prone population have been the recipe for perpetual destruction, not the Federal System of Government .

      Sudan is not my cup of tea nor am I empowered to deal with Sudanese problem. So forget Sudan as the best example of Federal State. By the way the problems associated with Sudan has nothing to do with Federalism.

      I wonder whether you are opposed to the principles of Federalism (that is of course assuming you understand the principles and practices) or it is your racist parochial mind set which refuses to learn from Federal experiences from outside this little island. Or perhaps your long term petty desire to grab power and land from “other” people, a fascist objective, through one leader, one state, one people or through state organised riots, violent state terrorism, marginalizing a people through undermining their democratically elected leaders.

      It is not just economy stupid it is also your parochial mindset. Its about you and your desire to get rid of “others” by any means necessary and deny the others access to resources and shared political powers. Whatever you type here is not about poor people nor about the crooks infested poor country. Its about accumulating powers, resources and opportunities in the hands of a crooked few namely the noisy Sinhala/Buddhist fascist minority.

      If you are worried about conflicts in this island leading to separation please speak to Hindians. They know how to put down terrorism, separatism, ……………….. and how to divide a reasonably powerful regional client state of USA and China (all weather friend) .

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    The Sambanthan message here is “Breakdown in Law and Order is adversely affecting all Sri Lankans. The breakdown started seventy years back and recently has become controllable. Addressing the grievances of minorities will slow down this deterioration”.
    Politicians only see the wealth and how to grab it.

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    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I set out to understand the 13th Amendment or rather remind me the conflicts ever since 1987 when this was adopted to the current constitution. To be an educated voter on this possible referendum and to understand the speech by the opposition leader the following article may be a good starting point refreshing our memory lane for us all?

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    Who wants devolution of power to Provincial Councils? Washington, London, New Delhi, Tamil Diaspora, Wellala Tamil Politicians, Muslim Congress politicians. On the other hand 98% of Sinhalayo, do not want even Provincial Councils. Low caste Demalu in the North have categorically opposed the idea of giving land and police powers to NPC dominated by Wellala politicians. Wellala politicians want devolution of power to keep on suppressing Dalits and maintain their superior status. Muslims are scattered all over the country and devolution of power makes no difference to them.
    So if this Government wants to introduce a new constitution, come out with a constitution scrapping Provincial Councils which is a ‘White Elephant’ imposed on Sri Lankans by Para Hindians.

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “Who wants devolution of power to Provincial Councils? Washington, London, New Delhi, Tamil Diaspora, Wellala Tamil Politicians, Muslim Congress politicians.”

      It looks like you want to give voting rights to Washington, London, New Delhi, and Tamil Diaspora in our local elections. In a way its a good idea.

      “On the other hand 98% of Sinhalayo, do not want even Provincial Councils. “

      What is the total number of Sinhalayo?
      They are known as the noisy minority numbering 100,000 or less members.

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    wannihami

    Sri Lanka is no Sudan.
    Why don’t you look at other more prosperous, successful, rich, ……………. federations around the world. Your in ability to see beyond your nose and generally paranoia prone population have been the recipe for perpetual destruction, not the Federal System of Government .

    Sudan is not my cup of tea nor am I empowered to deal with Sudanese problem. So forget Sudan as the best example of Federal State. By the way the problems associated with Sudan has nothing to do with Federalism.

    I wonder whether you are opposed to the principles of Federalism (that is of course assuming you understand the principles and practices) or it is your racist parochial mind set which refuses to learn from Federal experiences from outside this little island. Or perhaps your long term petty desire to grab power and land from “other” people, a fascist objective, through one leader, one state, one people or through state organised riots, violent state terrorism, marginalizing a people through undermining their democratically elected leaders.

    It is not just economy stupid it is also your parochial mindset. Its about you and your desire to get rid of “others” by any means necessary and deny the others access to resources and shared political powers. Whatever you type here is not about poor people nor about the crooks infested poor country. Its about accumulating powers, resources and opportunities in the hands of a crooked few namely the noisy Sinhala/Buddhist fascist minority.

    If you are worried about conflicts in this island leading to separation please speak to Hindians. They know how to put down terrorism, separatism, ……………….. and how to divide a reasonably powerful regional client state of USA and China (all weather friend) .

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    The following article summarises matters in 2009 reasonable well for that time
    https://groundviews.org/2009/07/19/devolution-of-powers-under-the-13th-amendment-in-sri-lanka-fact-or-fiction/

    It is interesting in year 2018 we are having the same discussions as in year 2009 when this artIcle was written. With the passage of time with real time evidence why certain things never materialises is what we have to analyse objectively here per se. It is healthy we exchange thoughts and educate each other loveingly irrespective of different point of views………if one says they do not agree with me as long they are not the “facist minority” I am ok with their opinion mostly. Please note we all have “facist minorities” in every community. Is hard to say which one is the worst………however collectively we brought the country to her knees sadly.

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    Sampanthan is always selective. He talks about 1970 federal Party manifesto, but does not talk about 1976 Vadukkoddai Resolution. He should have quoted references in Vadukkoddai resolution like he paraphrased others. He doesn’t talk about 1977 TULF manifesto either. These were the political statements that paved way for declaring war against Sri Lanka state. Then he doesn’t talk about the origins of TNA or it’s acceptance of LTTE “as the sole representative” of Tamils of Sri Lanka. Now he talks about some concocted notions of “undivided/indivisible” Sri Lanka. His notion of “indivisibility” only means guaranteeing a mono ethnic ghetto in the North/East. Nothing else. He knew he could not get it from MR. That is why he did not cooperate with MR then. He thought he got a servile govt in 2015 to ram through his dream Eelam. It is in jeopardy now. The country knows who plays the real opposition role in the current parliament. That is certainly not Sampanthan or TNA.

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      Helass

      “Sampanthan is always selective. He talks about 1970 federal Party manifesto, but does not talk about 1976 Vadukkoddai Resolution. “

      Why don’t you talk about the whole gamut of happenings in this island?
      The 1976 Vadukkoddai Resolution was dead on arrival on the same evening immediately after it was passed on May 14, 1976 by TAMIL UNITED LIBERATION FRONT and buried on 19 May 2009 at Vellamullivaikkal.

      Hindians were the witness to its burial.

      “Then he doesn’t talk about the origins of TNA or it’s acceptance of LTTE “as the sole representative” of Tamils of Sri Lanka. “

      Alright, how do you view Dr Mahinda’s support to JVP terrorists between 1987 and 1991 and after. He as human rights activist went all the way to Geneva to protect his terrorist mates and denigrate this Sinhala/Buddhist country/state and of its 2600 years civilization, of all betraying it to the West?

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        Hora Indian Veddo,

        Don’t try to jump in defending your buddy Sambandan. You can’t defend the indefensible.

        MR didn’t go to Geneva to save JVP. He went there to protect innocents & political opponents being killed under the guise of killing terrorists by the Batalanda murderer and others. Are you saying all 60,000 murdered or disappeared as terrorists? It is well known that UNP MPs and electoral organisers gave lists of their political opponents to security forces labeling them as terrorists. It is no surprise, your darling yahapalana junta consist of leaders of PRRA, Kalu Koti, Kola Koti and other para military killers of 87-89, not to mention JVP killer leaders themselves working in cahoots with yahapalana murderers. You have Sambandan, the surviving mentor of the Tamil murderers from the other side of divide providing political cover the yahapalana murderers. Therefore what you have at the apex is a gang of murderers joined together. Is that a coincidence? I don’t think so……

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          Helass

          “Are you saying all 60,000 murdered or disappeared as terrorists? “

          Are you saying all of them are innocent civilians? By the way where did you get the figure?

          “It is well known that UNP MPs and electoral organisers gave lists of their political opponents to security forces labeling them as terrorists. “

          Please precise, who were these security forces?
          Why weren’t the murderers identified, investigated, prosecuted, and punished?
          Where were/are the members of security forces whom you believe murdered 60,000 innocent civilians? Where are/were the commanding officers who lead and controlled all those death quad? Any chance Gota, Sarath, Janaka, ….. were leading members of the six men team?

          I just want to jog your memory, the presidents who occupied that post were from SLFP from 1994 to 2015. The first war crime post independence took place in 1971 under the leadership of the weeping widow, who was also the leader of the SLFP. And the 27 year war was mostly conducted during SLFP reign.

          These are difficult questions you need not to answer. By answering them don’t incriminate yourself morally at the court of public opinion in this forum.

          I have more follow up questions.
          Feel free to disappear from this forum for a while if you chose to.

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    Mr. Raaja-virodh Sambandan, in fact, your first name also resembling Raaja-Virodhi sentiment. Whole Sri Lankan (Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese ) knows that you are the double game man. Previously your one hand with T56 gun given by the LTTE another hand showing flower and your double game policies no one agrees or no one approving also. There is no North and East problem, Mahinda Rajapaksa solved that problem by defeating LTTE Tamil terrorists and he completely wipes out Terrorist Group in our Sri Lanka soil. We learnt from Indians also and all the Indians knows this Proverb ” If you see the TAMIL & COBRA, kill TAMIL”first and our Sinhalese forefathers also said don’t trust “TAMIL in front of the mirror, TAMIL who died and Tamil who going to born.” Live and let live. Sri Lanka belongs to Sinhalese Ariyans. India belongs to Hindus, Pakistan belongs to Muslim Pakistanis, Bangladesh belongs to Bangalies, Myanmar belongs to Burmese, Thailand belongs to Thai people, Malaysia belongs to Malays, China belongs to Chinese, Japan belongs to Japanese, Cambodia belongs to Cambodians Nepal belongs to Nepalese, Butan belongs to Bhutanese etc etc. Go to Tamil Nadu and fight for your separate country

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