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Possibility Of A Common Democratic Woman Candidate? 

By Laksiri Fernando –

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

The best possible scenario for the future of democracy in Sri Lanka would be to field a ‘common democratic candidate’ for the next presidential elections against a Rajapaksa candidate. Given both the omissions and commissions of the so-called Yahapalana government, there would be no possibility at all in preventing the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) capturing power at the next parliamentary elections. 

If the SLPP or Rajapaksas capture power in both institutions, that would be a considerable setback for democracy, if not a disaster. A balance between the two institutions, the Presidency and Parliament, might be the best possible democratic outcome one can think of given the present circumstances. 

Possibilities for MS and/or RW?

There is no possibility of either Ranil Wickremesinghe (UNP) or Maithripala Sirisena (SLFP) winning the next presidential election, even if they come together to agree upon a ‘common candidate’ between them. The present trend is for them to contest against each other, given the soured relations within the government, between them and between their parties. This would be a disaster for them and the country. There has been a steady decline of the UNP’s primary vote as shown by many observers for the last decade or so. The SLFPs primary vote is completely split as revealed by the local government elections in February 2018, the overwhelming majority going under the SLPP. 

Dr. Deepika Udagama

There is a possibility that if the UNP strongly endorses MS again as the common candidate, like in January 2015, he would probably obtain more votes than RW could get as a common candidate even with the formal support of the SLFP. The SLFP in this respect is completely unreliable given its internal fissures and past record. Therefore, more prospects are for MS as a Yahapalana common candidate than for RW. However, winning the presidential election is quite unlikely given the erosion of democratic base and space of the government. The minority votes that MS could get in January 2015 are largely eroded both among the Tamils and the Muslims for understandable reasons.   

There is a possibility that if the UNP selects a different candidate to RW, for example Sajith Premadasa, he might be able to increase the voter base in the Sinhala dominant areas, but not necessarily in other areas. The erosion of the UNP primary vote is largely due to the unreliable personality of RW, in addition to economic policies and follies. For a new leader to resurrect the voter base might take a long time. There is no such an apparent need for a leadership change in the SLFP. The party is in total chaos due to different reasons. In both parties, a leadership change is difficult given the lack of internal party democracy in Sri Lanka. 

Broken Promises 

Under the given circumstances, neither MS nor RW would appear as a ‘democratic common candidate.’ Although their recent past record is not bad as Rajapaksas, the gap between what they promised and what they have delivered is considerable. 

There is no new constitution, but only a distorted 19th Amendment. Yahapalana decision making has been abysmally slow in all fronts. Although many in the last government have been accused of past corruption or criminal involvement, there is no significant prosecution so far. Corruption is still going on unabated and a recently caught culprit for bribery has been President’s chief of staff. RW is directly implicated in the bond scam. The national debt has increased and not decreased. The people in the North apparently don’t see much difference between the last government and the present, according to well reliable sources. The Muslims are outraged, particularly of the way the recent Kandy attacks on Muslims were handled. 

Democracy cannot be separated from economic development. People in the South are particularly outraged for poor economic performance of the present government. There is a considerable disparity between the declared visions (Vision 2015) and actual performance. Poor economic performance invites authoritarian rule. 

People’s Disillusionment  

When we think about the general political situation, there is widespread disillusionment about political leaders, and political parties. This is what I have realized during my recent visit to the country in July and August. Many unknown people, to whom I have managed to talked to, expressed their disillusionment in anger or sarcasm. As reported recently, a large number of eligible voters particularly in the Colombo district have not registered for voting given this disillusionment. It might be still possible for the opposition or the government to mobilize people to march to Colombo against or in support of the government. Those are their closest supporters and followers. Those demonstrations are however not clear indications of how people perceive or feel about politics, and about broken promises, by almost everyone again and again. 

Breakdown of Representative Democracy

There is a clear breakdown of representative democracy. The elected representatives do not any longer represent the people’s will or aspirations. They largely represent their own interests, or mere party interests, or the interests of their funders. This was clear during the evidence revealed at the bond scam investigations, and in many other revelations about election funding by various sources, international and national, for all main parties and party candidates. The so-called people’s representatives at all levels, who mainly looking after their own perks and befits, have completely betrayed the ordinary people. Many MPs even do not attend important parliamentary sessions/debates and many sessions have recently been postponed for the lack of a quorum. The present crisis in the representative system is not merely because of the erroneous electoral system, but because of the total degeneration of the political culture and democratic ethos. 

Existing Possibilities   

It is obviously not possible to change the situation overnight or within a short span of time, although there is considerable will among certain sections of the society, and particularly among the young, for a positive political change. There might be some sections within the existing political parties or even among the existing MPs who would be willing to support such a change. 

There are various people’s organizations in the country, not limited to the discredited formal NGOs, who could spearhead such a change. For example, the Sarvodaya movement has launched its ‘Deshodaya’ (national awakening) program, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, particularly for this purpose. The whole movement might take certain stages, and would require practical measures, and most important at this stage might be to begin a discussion on those lines. 

The spontaneous drive in search of alternatives, and more specifically alternative candidates for Presidency, was reflected in the recent proposals to field Kumar Sangakkara by some, and Nagananda Kodituwakku by some others. Both have denied the possibility of coming forward, for obviously different reasons. Among them at least Kodituwakku has expressed his continued commitment to be active and fight for change particularly in the constitutional sphere, anti-corruption and rule of law. 

Why Not Deepika Udagama?  

It is in this context that I wish to raise the question: ‘Why not Dr Deepika Udagama as a common, democratic and a woman candidate for the presidential election? This is proposed without her consent or knowledge by purpose, for the sake of public discussion first. Therefore, her wiliness or capacity is yet unknown. If she is not willing, a similar person should be proposed or come forward, possibly a woman with independent and strong credentials. 

Ms Udagama is not an unknown person in public life. Why not a woman for a change? She has no political party or any other partisan affiliation. However, she is completely familiar and knowledgeable about politics. Having been mainly a university academic in the field of law, she is one who has kept her integrity intact. She is familiar with country’s law, constitutional law, international law, and most importantly human rights law and issues. She is the present Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission performing an excellent service. She will be completely reasonable to all persons, communities and all religious groups. This is not her full profile but some glimpses.  

To Create a Balance 

Her name is proposed in a particular context. The country might not be in a position to avoid a political backlash to its democracy, for the omissions and commissions that the present government has committed, unfortunately in the name of democracy and good governance. 

There is hardly much possibility of avoiding the SLPP or Rajapaksas coming to power as the government. Hopefully, they should learn the lessons of the past and behave at least more democratically. However, there is much possibility of avoiding the SLPP or Rajapaksas taking over the Presidency. This cannot be done by the UNP or the formal SLFP contesting separately or jointly, but their active support for a common, independent and a democratic candidate is necessary for a possible win. If they are committed to democracy, they should reform their political parties and contest with new candidates at the next parliamentary elections, at least to constitute a strong opposition. 

A democratic President and a strong opposition in Parliament with new and reformed UNP and SLFP candidates might be the best that the country can think of at the moment for the country’s democratic future.              

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    Dr. Laksiri Fernando, in proposing Dr. Deepika Udagama’s name as the common opposition candidate for 2020, needs to understand that at the February 2018 nation-wide local government elections Sri Lanka Podijana Paksaya – SLPP- whose shadow leader is Mahinda Rajapaksa – polled 44% of the vote. The way things are going in the Yahapalana government that may have gone above 50%. The SLFP polled 14% and the UNP 34%. This is the reality. I knew Dr. Deepika’s father Dr. Udagama as we were involved in SLFP politics in the Kandy District and student council work in late 1960’s at Peradeniya. He was a very honorable person, and I believe his daughter too. But my friend Laksiri! Assess this country’s mood when electing a political leader. The country is widespread Govigama, and they will not allow outside that clan to elect anyone to the nation’s leadership. See what happened to Premadasa, and he himself ruined his own presidency. Just review Sri Lanka’s national mood in electing a leader. Daya Gamage/USA

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      Thanks Daya Gamage,
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      You’ve belled the cat, as it were. At the end of my previous comment I said that there was an ugly word that I wasn’t going to utter. Even you haven’t uttered it, but you’ve made the point more clearly than I did.
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      Please don’t take the cat image too far! I don’t know Deepika at all personally, but I’ve heard her on media etc. A very fine person. I’d vote for her, and som obviously, would Daya Gamage.
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      Some at the moment are ignorant of what is being said. But we cannot outwit the vulgar streetwise Rajapaksas if we are naive.
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      Many I fear knew but were hypocritical.
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      This is getting desperate now!

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      Daya Gamage should be ashamed to bring in the cast problem into this debate. Have the so called Govigama presidents done any good to this country? The Sinhalese Buddhist mentality of dividing people into different casts should be condemned and even the Buddhists priests have this weakness where the “siyam nikaya” only got govigama monks and the “amarapura” and “ramangha” got monks from other casts. This is a pathetic situation.

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      Mr Daya Gamage,
      What is govigama got to do with electing a president?
      Please enlighten me… I really don’t understand your argument there!!

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        Part One
        Dear Sahan,
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I’m sure that Daya Gamage has as much distaste for this subject as I do. He’s not presented an “argument” – he’s pointed out a sad fact. It’s just that we are talking about “electability”. It is indeed a risky subject to start on; it should not be but unfortunately this is Sri Lanka which hasn’t grown out of that mentality.
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Despite my handle, and not knowing any Tamil, I comment often on what’s happening in the North, sympathetically. In the comments of others there, they (rightly!) keep throwing it at us that Reginald Cooray’s appointment as Governor of the Central Province was vetoed by the Mahanayakes. I keep pleading with them to overcome the issue among themselves, and assure them that we are trying to fight it ourselves.
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This subject is tabu; I was asked to read this book in 1983:
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https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-the-royal-asiatic-society/article/caste-and-family-in-the-politics-of-the-sinhalese-19471976-by-janice-jiggins-pp-xiii-189-cambridge-cambridge-university-press-1979/9D33EE95B35C9854873D2C031ABAA625
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I learnt a lot from it; tried discussing the explanations given there for some of the events in the holocaust, with a very dear and liberal teacher of mine, who belonged “elsewhere”. I could see that I had pained him. He said that Jiggins went too far.
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Today I phoned an ex-MP, UNP, Ambalangoda, who was my father’s pupil. Some will cotton on to the significance of “Ambalangoda”. If many don’t, I’ll be happy one way; caste may have begun to matter less among the readers on this site. He had told me that it would affect Sajith Premadas’s chances, in certain ways, but not blight them. He’s “mixed”. There’s a special vocabulary for dealing with these things! Upto now I’d succeeded in keeping clear of this subject, and hardly ever saw “red” against my comments. Now I see two reds, and no greens!

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Dear Readers,
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        I’m not one who keeps ridiculing Champa, although I’m rarely in agreement with her. She often voices legitimate feelings which we don’t want to acknowledge.
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        However, just below this, she has shown herself to be dense. What is objected to is the entire “Caste System”. We should aim at a meritocracy in which this sort of thing doesn’t exist at all. We’ve got to be one large human family.
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        Whoever is elected to the Office of President, we should not be concerned with caste at all, but unfortunately, what has happened is that if you take the electorate as a whole, they insist on it. Obviously, even if the individual who is elected is totally oblivious to these considerations, ignorant even, during the campaign itself, the other side will uncover these “facts”. I’m not a politician, so I don’t have much knowledge of all this. What is wrong is the fact that those with exceptional credentials don’t get elected.
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        For instance, I’ve been told that even the LSSP was not immune to this. In the 1960s, the party knew that their ablest man was Dr Colvin R. de Silva, but Dr N.M. Perera was kept as leader of the party. It was only after N.M.’s death that Colvin was allowed to lead the Party; by then it was past its popularity.
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        However, as Jiggins pointed out, it worked in favour of his son-in-law, Sarath Muttetuwegama: I hope that the blanks that I have left unstated will be filled in by readers – or read Jiggins! She reports objectively, as a social scientist. I think that I’m going to stop dealing with this subject. I’m bound to antagonise many – but on occasion, isn’t that necessary?

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          Champa the liar,
          Learn to READ first.
          I said “Sinhala CIVILIANS”
          Here is the proof:
          “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attributed_to_the_LTTE”
          Now go and learn to count, you whining racist.
          “I have seen hundreds of dead bodies and broken limbs in my own eyes and a head of a female suicide bomber.”
          You are lying. No single attack produced “hundreds of bodies”, eccept for the 1990 massacre of policemen. But why do you pretend not to know that your God Mahinda made Karuna a Minister?

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      daya gamage

      where did you get such figures.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_local_elections,_2018

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      What is this animosity against Govigama people I don’t understand.
      They are the majority. So what’s wrong with them choosing a Govigama President?
      They are natural leaders who feel the pulse of the people.
      Govigama leaders have done a great service to this country without causing any discrimination to other castes.

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        Having said that, anybody can contest for high office irrespective of his caste. People don’t bother about such trivial things in politics. There is no history of Sinhalese casting their vote based on social caste. What they are looking for is a strong leadership. Govigama people happened to be in the forefront and that is not their fault. Hence, Daya Gamage’s assertion about Govigama people has no basis.

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    Dear Citizens,
    Through his well considered thoughts, and existing ground reality of politics in the our country Dr. laksiri has come up with the one and only viable solution that could usher in a lasting solution to our beleaguered Nation. It was with this noble and sincere wishes that Late Ven. Sobitha Thero spear headed the concept of a common candidate for Presidency but alas within less than 24 hours the winner became a turncoat leaving the Nation on the lurch while the UNP and other long jumpers made hay paying only lip service to the cardinal issues in their much hyped manifesto. In this backdrop can any citizen with a modicum of honesty or integrity trust the political leaders and for that matter any politician today. It will not be a surprise to any if these same leaders promise to bring the criminals and rouges before law, saying that they have established new court rooms. In my thinking one cannot disagree with Dr. Laksiri’s proposal about Dr. Deepika Udugama’s credibility and suitability, what the Country needs today is a person who is capable of cleaning and disinfecting all organs of Govt. beginning from Law and Justice. We have read some proposals and suggestions from one prospective candidate who has enlightened the readers about the justice system that has been manipulated on the whims and fancies of political leadership and creating irreparable damage to Law and justice. It is the bounden duty of all citizens to get rid of the present dishonest political vultures and their cohorts and work and support for a regime that will provide for the nation to live in harmony and with honour. Let us rally round building this third force and never ever entertain in our wildest dreams to support the present day politicos.

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    Let the election be declared in time as per the Constitution.
    Let the Elections commisoner thoroughly scrutinise all nominations
    Let there be free and fair elections
    Let the majority party be allowed to form the government.
    Has Dr LK a different criteria for democracy?

    Soma

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    The failure of the Jana Balaya Kolombata like the expired milk packets served at the rally indicates that the SLPP has also long gone past its expiry date. Forget the local government elections which was a thing of the past and a mere “flash in the pan”. The next Presidential elections will be played on a brand new pitch specially prepared for this match. Hope there will be no ball and pitch tampering.

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      Milk packets were not expired (expiry date was Sept 30th 2018) they were maliciously contaminated. Are you saying the protest was not successful because it did not end in a riot with lives lost and property damaged? That is exactly Yahapals wanted, man Steve MR and company are no fools to walk into such a trap.

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    The next election is all about the final decision on Federalism or Unitary. Rajapaksa is the only alternative to Federalism.

    Soma

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      soma

      what are you talking.The government has not proposed federalism.

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    this country has been ruined by women presidents
    we dont want anymore

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      nalman

      did not JRJ set the country on fire and SWRD lay the flammable materials.Together they fucked up this country.The same cannot be said of sirimavo and chandrika.

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    When the leader of a major political party has no cofidence in coming forward for election and when the members and supporters have no confidence in fielding him/her it is imperative on the part of party hierarchy to change the leader and try once more. Simple as that. That is clear acknowledgement that majority of the people have rejected the party as it is presently constitued and the track record. What Dr.LK and other psycopants contemplating these days is a suitable ‘bait ‘ (again ) to fool the masses and continue enjoing power. ( last time they selected a man who voted for the 18th ammendment and impeachment of the lady Chief Justice, an staunch suppoter of Rajapaksa till end who would somersault for the totally unexpected prospect of becoming President -https://youtu.be/8-4aDbeSgzA ) This kind of crooked political engineering for grabing power by employing decoys is surely not in keeping with the spirit of democracy though laws permit it. I expected a man of the calibre of Dr LK to propose let us always subject ourselves to the will of the majority who would take part in a free and fair election.

    Soma

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    Isura devapriya you mean? Youths devapriya is a contributor here

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      if isuru devapriya becomes the president he will want a throne made of gold.

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    What’s this nonsense of common candidate; UNP is now a party without a charismatic person to nominate for presidency, what a shame?

    Why don’t they consider Thalatha Athukorala, the one & only to be found in the party?

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    A woman candidate is technically against our constitution. The constitution regards Buddhism as the primary religion of Lanka. According to BBS only monks can be a candidate. So a woman candidate is against our constitution. Simple as that.

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      Softy,

      If your Choice is Old King, my Choice is Old King.

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      Jim Shitty, Buddhism? When did this become a religion? It is a philosophy!!!

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    Will the change in regime bring change in the rule of law? If Deepika would take break away from supporting Yahapalanaya, what would she be able to do alone? After winning, how would she deal without firing Dilrukshi when Jayamanne dies is different question. Can Ponny become Law and Order Minister? Can Matala Mahinda Bachan Naked International Airport given to India or have the ETCA approved against China’s will. Will she honor the Resolution 30/1 or withdraw from UNHRC as Yahapalanaya threatening?

    He accepts there is a failure in the last common candidate, but not telling what happened. He is telling Old Royal will win but not telling why?

    He is telling Ranil is in the Central Bank fraud. New King is responsible for many of his family, his own and his associates’ frauds. But Old Royals connected with new murders in addition to Olds that were protected by Ranil and New King. In that North, Old Royals attached Rapist Army atrociousness are many. So why the Sinhalese is will still want Old Royals but not Ranil & New King. Is Lasksiri Fernando’s argument the local situation has deteriorated many times worse than Old Royal’s time? Is that why Sinhalese are seeking the one they rejected barely four years ago? Lasksiri Fernando is trying to tell that Old King was maintaining a Socialistic economic policy but Ranil is neo-liberal. He knocked out UNP’s economic policy with his one word, but was not ready talk in detail where the Old Royals Socialism (If it were) had put the Lankawe economy and whether Ranil had better ways to work with New King President who functioned as the Opposition Party leader of Yahapalanaya.

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    So the real question Lasksiri Fernando skipped why the last time’s unity government is going to rejected in the next election by Sinhala Buddhists, but Old Royals will be preferred. The most important reason is as Lasksiri Fernando said, Unity government was brought in by INGOs which Sinhala Intellectual discrediting and by Tamils. As long as Tamils are in Lankawe and vote in election, Sinhalese not going to vote for Economy or Law and Order or Democracy. Unless Deepika be loud and clearly repeat what Yahapalanaya did in 2015 i.e : “No Leader No Commander or No Soldier Will be prosecuted”, she won’t be a candidate. Suggesting Deepika is telling, how immature the learned professor in perceives and evaluating Lankawe’s political problems. He can pick on Yahapalanaya for not being Socialists, but he cannot name a government from 1948 that left the power with the satisfaction of Sinhala Buddhists.

    Still thank god, with his narcissism, and his self-contention of he is highly educated, knows well the government, very reasonable with all communities feeling did not make him propose he could the best next common candidate.

    I comment Lasksiri Fernando this time honestly telling what he feels, rather than convoluting his thought with his “Mahavamsa Super Race” feeling.

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    I still think Ranil is the best bet. Remember in 2005 he polled 49% despite Tamil boycott enforced by Prabhakaran (Mahinda Raja gave millions to Prabhakaran).

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    These are my preferences as the Presidential candidate in that order:

    Ranil Wickramasinghe
    Sarath Fonseka
    Ranjan Ramanayake

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    Laksiri must be mad to pluck names from the air like that. His place is a lunatic assylum I think.

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    Women are not suitable for politics. Their place is the home.

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    Why laksiri picked Deepika I dont know.

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    The following is an email that Dr. Udagama sent to Friday Forum members who circulated Dr.Laksiri’s article:
    “I would be very grateful if you stop circulating this nonsensicle piece.
    The author never asked me. This is like a bad dream if not a joke.
    I have great ambitions for this country, but not for myself. Fully conscious of my limitations!
    Deepika”

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      My proposal was/is not at all a joke. Out of 125 comments so far, no one has taken that way, while arguing pros and cons, the majority favouring. A few may have dismissed it. If some Friday Forum members have circulated it, that also shows the merits of the proposal.
      It is completely understandable that Dr Udagama distancing herself from the proposal. It is true that I never asked her and the reason is explained in the article. I am extremely sorry, if I have put her into a difficult situation. During my visit to Sri Lanka, I made the suggestion only once to quite an influential person/s looking for a common candidate for him/them to consider. We should greatly appreciate Dr Deepika’s comment: “I have great ambitions for this country, but not for myself.” That is the type of people we require in public life.
      Laksiri

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        Dr. Laksiri Fernando
        Don’t be downhearted. I don’t agree with your choice. But at least you have brought a wave of interest to a currently stalemated topic in Yahapalanaya side.
        However, it is a done deal for voters. They will elect Mahinda’s choice without any fuzz. The only thing MR’s man has to do is, keep the margin as high as possible in order for EC to not to have another “blackout” before the final result is announced. If the margin is small, there is high chance of twisting it.

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        Dr Deepika Udagam’s response is in itself proof that she is very suitable to lead this country, and I will vote for her myself.
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        However, she says that it “feels like a bad dream”. My own comments above may have contributed to that, however much respect I may have professed for her.
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        I apologise to her if I, in any way, contributed to her discomfiture. What all this emphasises is what a thankless job politics is. Let us encourage others to come forward, and when decent and honest people do, let us treat them with respect and say nothing that could potentially embarrass them.
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        Right now, I feel that Nagananda Kodituwakku is the best bet. Let us focus on him.

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    Is justice done to Deepika Udagama in proposing her name for the presidency as a common candidate? Poor thing. All the political Pol Pot’s in this country would now be hatching plans as to how to decimate her.

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      Good Sense
      I don’t think there is a necessity to do that. To be elected as the President, she should get 50% and little more votes. Can she? This is a joke.

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    oldcodger

    Did you know “Our brains love spreading lies all over the internet
    A new study from MIT suggests ‘fake news’ often trumps the truth.?” –

    Please read the article in Popular SCience by
    By Rachel Feltman March 9, 2018
    https://www.popsci.com/fake-news-spreads-faster?CMPID=ene091518

    Scientist must have had Champa, sach, soma, Lal Loo, NAK, Dayan, political analysts, Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa, Champika, Ganapathipilla, …. rumour mongers, fear mongers …………………… in their mind when they carried out the study.

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      NV,
      “Did you know “Our brains love spreading lies all over the internet”
      You are assuming that Champa has a brain.

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        oldcodger

        I am sorry.

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    Practically , right at the moment , there’s only one woman who knows
    the politics of the country and that woman is Rosy Senanayaka . And
    as it is in everybody’s knowledge , she is not expected to travel that
    far . And also , the possibility of a common candidate could be a guess
    left to float to distract or read public reaction ! Any common candidate
    after seated , will have to run with the winning side of the parliament .
    Srilankan general public knows their POLITICS BETTER than anything
    else in their life because our environment is polluted with politics to
    such an extent ! And finally , ARE WE A COUNTRY THAT TRULY RESPECT
    WOMEN AS EQUALS ? We did have a mother and daughter running the
    country but with the sacrifice of a husband and a father . And that didn’t
    work for Gamin’s wife !

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    The idea of common candidate was a face saving strategy at first with
    Sarath Fonseka being offered as the sacrifice . The second one was a
    serious attempt because it was a man from the same party . So , it was
    ‘ Mahinda go home’ shouts from within . Now, Mahinda no more with
    the same vigor but staging a strong come back bid , showing some signs
    of recovery as well . It is very doubtful that minorities will easily trust
    the Rajapaksas than the Yahapalanaya . For whatever reason , Gnanasara
    is in prison now and his tomorrow is a different issue . Ravi K is to face
    courts now for his uttering before the commission . These developments
    could indicate that UNP is getting ready with good answers to face the
    enemy ! And more stuff could be on the way with little time that is left for
    them . They seem to be doing bitter things like more taxes that are right to
    increase revenue in order to serve better , steps any future govt will take
    to reduce debt burdens . We have only witnessed , a common candidate is
    either an excuse or a real hurdle ! So , no more common candidate , it is
    only a sugar coated bitter pill !

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    Sorry Laksiri. Head-hunt for a “Common Candidate” – my foot!
    We may comment, comment and continue even after the cows get home – after all we are good at this!
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    The foresight of MR is unmatchable. The UNHRC was getting a bit too close. He needed to get off the radar. He distracted everyone through the Royal Astrologer, called election two years early. Remember a commenter suggested that the defeat to be of the Wimal-type? He is off the UN-radar. He not only succeeded but right now is cosying with Modi.

    For the 2015 election there were these allegations of corruption/nepotism/impunity. The opposition went for this ‘Common Candidate’ to ‘clean up’. MR instinctively knew that this is impossible and he was correct. The disappointed Lankans have forgotten what the allegation were about.

    MR can handle friends like for example Dr Subramanian Swamy, N.Ram former Editor of ‘The Hindu’, the government of Australia, Lord Naseby, Dayan Jayatilleka and so on. Last and not the least, this nebulous SLPP via ‘the language/religion-divide’. Of course BBS.
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    Too cut a long story short: We are talking ‘Common Candidate’ yet again!
    After the election, we may not go through the agony of having to choose between baddies!

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    Raman-Page 1
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    Only 3000 Sinhalese were killed? Go back to school and learn to count.
    Starting from:
    28,708 Army deaths.
    774 deaths of police officers (Eastern Province Massacre-1990)
    40,107 soldiers were disabled.
    *Sinhalese civilians were killed by:
    Kent farm massacre
    Dollar farm massacre
    Kokilai massacre
    Yal-Devi train massacre
    Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi massacre
    Air Lanka flight massacre
    Havelock Road massacre
    Aluth Oya (Habarana) bus massacre
    Colombo bus station massacre
    Aranthalawa massacre
    Peliyagodalla massacre
    Armour Street bomb massacre
    Sinking of Navy Ship Sagarawardana off-coast Mannar
    Thotalanga massacre
    Kallarawa massacre
    Eastern Province massacre (1995)
    Kolonnawa and Orugodawatte masscare
    Central Bank massacre
    Dehiwela train massacre (1996)
    Mullativu camp massacre
    World Trade Centre massacre
    Dalada Maligawa massacre
    Gonagala massacre
    Lionair flight massacre
    Town Hall massacre
    Ratmalana massacre
    Katunayaka Airport massacre
    Kebithigollawa bus massacre
    Digampathana bus massacre
    Gomarankadawala massacre
    Nugegoda shopping mall massacre
    Okkampitiya bus massacre
    Dambulla bus massacre
    Fort Railway Station massacre
    Weliweriya massacre
    Piliyandala bus massacre
    Dehiwela train massacre (2008)
    Akuressa massacre
    Colombo suicide air raid (2009 – last one)
    .
    Not only Sinhalese were killed in tens of thousands by these massacres, another tens of thousands were permanently disabled and another tens of thousands were injured!!!!!
    I didn’t add small/individual attacks.
    And I didn’t mention the suicide attacks on Sinhalese political leaders and GR+SF!!!
    * For your information, I got caught in at least 4 of these bomb attacks in Colombo and suburbs.
    I have seen hundreds of dead bodies and broken limbs in my own eyes and a head of a female suicide bomber.
    There could have been another long list like this if former President Mahinda Rajapaksa didn’t eliminate LTTE in 2009. Not only us who are alive today, but even our future generation should be forever indebted to him.
    No wonder Sinhalese love former President without a limit.

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      Champa the liar,
      Learn to READ first.
      I said “Sinhala CIVILIANS”
      You have cleverly given a long list, but without casualty numbers.
      Here is the proof:
      “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_attacks_attributed_to_the_LTTE”
      Now go and learn to count, you whining racist.
      “I have seen hundreds of dead bodies and broken limbs in my own eyes and a head of a female suicide bomber.”
      You are lying. No single attack produced “hundreds of bodies”, eccept for the 1990 massacre of policemen. But why do you pretend not to know that your God Mahinda made Karuna a Minister?
      Again, Liar! Liar! Liar!!!!!

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        Raman – the LTTE rump paid coolie.
        You can’t justify LTTE’s carnage hiding behind Wikipedia’s unverified bogus numbers mostly taken from newspapers, electronic media and US journals. I didn’t see any Sri Lankan government official source under their References.
        Of course I have seen hundreds of dead bodies. How many bomb attacks I have seen do you think?
        Even Wikipedia says there had been more than 147 suicide attacks by LTTE.
        I listed ONLY 40!!!!!!
        You say; hundred dead bodies were not produced in one single attack???? Really? Why, Pettah bus station massacre had over 100 dead people.
        Forget about my source. Even “your source” says:
        Anuradhapura Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi massacre killed over 149 Sinhalese.
        Then Digampathana where 103 were killed.
        Then Habarana massacre – 127 were killed.,
        Then Central Bank 102 were killed.
        1995 October a massacre in the Eastern Province had killed 120.
        In the Mullativu camp massacre, 207 were killed.
        (I didn’t list Kaththkanduy Mosque massacre where 147 Muslims were killed.)
        I said “massive loss of innocent Sinhalese.”
        You cannot justify LTTE’s carnage whether you kill a civilian or a military man. All lives matter. Everybody has a right to live. Terrorists have no right to deny people’s right to live.
        Military men who were killed by barbarian’s war were not meant to die.
        Our boys joined the Army in hundreds of thousands to save Northern Tamils from the blood thirsty savage terrorist leader, Prabhakaran.

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          Champa …………….. the …

          “Raman – the LTTE rump paid coolie.”

          How much Raman was paid being the LTTE rump paid coolie?
          How was he paid?
          Why was he paid?
          When was he paid?
          Were you by any chance the Pay Mater General of LTTE?

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            Champa the exposed liar,
            You said “hundreds of bodies”. 140 is not “hundreds” Nor is 102, 180, or 160. The wikipedia article cites government statistics.
            In fact, this should be your favourite source:
            Gunaratna, Rohan (2001-11-03). “Intelligence failures exposed by Tamil Tiger airport attack”. Jane’s Information Group. Archived from the original on 2007-03-03. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
            Don’t you know how to read the sources at the bottom? What an ignoramus!
            “I said “massive loss of innocent Sinhalese.””
            No, you denied that the total was only about 3000. If you are an example of educated Sinhala Buddhist, I fear for you descendants.

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              Raman – the LTTE rump paid coolie.
              All 3 digit numbers are 100s. You are poor in math.
              I can read and write English. Thank you, but Rohan Gunaratne is NOT a government source.
              Yes, I said “we have pains stored in our hearts of the massive loss of innocent Sinhalese” and you said the loss is ONLY 3000 which I proved is wrong.

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                Champa the serial liar,
                “and you said the loss is ONLY 3000 which I proved is wrong.”
                You have proved no such thing. Give the figures . And don’t include army campa or policemen. Those are NOT innocent civilians. Not Buddhist monks. Those are not innocent civilians either.
                Your statistics are as poor as your English. “Hundreds ” must be at least 200, just as “dozens” is at least 24.
                It seems you don’t even know who Rohan Gunaratne is.

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      Champa the stupid bigot

      “*Sinhalese civilians were killed by:”

      Could you give us the break down of each category of massacre and the grand total at the bottom.

      Could you also give us break down of massacres carried out by your dad, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, cousins, your customers, neighbours, your fellow racists murderers, ….. your fellow noisy minority during every riot between 1956 and 2018.

      Could you also let us have a break down of people killed in 1971 and between 1987 and 1991, including the details of perpetrators.

      Could you also provide us with break down of Tamils killed by the police and armed forces from mid 1970s to date and the details of perpetrators.

      Could give us the details of cases where men raped women.

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        Native V@

        Champawathi would not even protect her customers.

        So what more we expect from a person of her/his nature. She has only been thinking of her perks being offered to her by Rajapkshe animals.

        Leaving all known brutalities in the war aside, but how can we forget post war brutalities they the Rajapkshes men deliberately made.

        1). Those 11 young boys from Colombo (Nagananda) have been abducted and since then they ve been missing. – no any forces have added anything in terms of the adductions. Parents are weeping .. and taken to torments as nobody can easily explain

        2) Prisoners had been killed on broad day light, on the command of Gotabaya Rajapkshe.. no body has been jailed yet ?

        3) Thadjudeen -Rugby player is murdered and left in a car calling him to have driven and caused accident ,ut all is made clear it was a terirable murder by former presdients family – lanken authorities are scared to question the alelged men… fo rsome reasons…

        this they called JUDICIARY IS INDEPENDENT:

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        Hindian Vedda
        I didn’t give the numbers in my first comment as with numbers it exceeded well over 300 words.
        I am not your mother to do your homework. You can challenge me with your bogus numbers and then I will counter with facts.
        Reduce your sleep time to 4 hours like me, then you will have plenty of time to do your homework.

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          Champa

          You claim something that is not true. Hence as readers we have all the rights to demand further information.

          For example if you claim to have broken record of sleeping with more men than the previous record holder, we need to have proof before we take your word for it. Guinness World Records should have documented, witnessed and awarded you a certificate confirming your achievement.

          Liars obviously find it hard to substantiate their lies and fibs.

          We are not asking you to breastfeed us just give us the break down of the figures. Or go hide behind Sangili Karuppan your pimp.

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          Champa the serial liar,
          You CANNOT give numbers. That is the fact, because you are peddling unsupported lies. If you say you can’t type over 300 words, give a link to a govt website which can support you. You CANT!!!!!!
          You are proven LIAR LIAR LIAR !!

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    I knew Premadasa well. After retirement the family suffered financially terribly but Deepika studied hard. Deepika has ambitions for herself. Hats off to this family who have strived hard to come up. Laksiri is trying to stir the pot. Laksiri should have picked up someone else not Deepika.

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    I still think Yeheli Sangakkara is the best bet. Given her strong Anglican connections the Queen will be very happy.

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    Laksiri Fernando is either a joker or a madman.

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    Did Laksiri suddenly wake up from sleep?

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    How dare Laksiri brings up an innocent woman to the scene and make things extremely difficult. Knowing him well, this is typical Laksiri.

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    Laksiri what about Julie Bishop as the common candidate. she is from your Perth

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