25 September, 2020

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Ranil-Karu Meeting Viewed As Betrayal Of Sajith Faction By Sirasa And Mawbima Group

Angered by reports that the United National Party leadership has embarked on efforts at party reunification ahead of three key provincial elections, private media organisations deeply critical of UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe have launched campaigns to scuttle these moves.

Weekend newspaper reports that Wickremesinghe met with former UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya at the Nalandaaramaya temple in Nugegoda has been viewed by the UNP’s Leader’s critics in the media as a betrayal of the reformist struggle within the party by Jayasuriya, the Colombo Telegraph learns.

During the meeting Jayasuriya made his position clear that he believed all warring factions of the UNP should be brought together and disciplinary inquiries against dissident members of the party dropped as a trust building measure going forward. Jayasuriya has in recent days renewed calls for the UNP to pull together in order to put up serious resistance to the incumbent Rajapaksa administration. Wickremesinghe has already decided to drop disciplinary inquiries against party strongmen Palitha Range Bandara and Asoka Abeysinghe, following the defection of UNP Kurunegala District MP and reformist Dayasiri Jayasekera and speculation that more crossovers were to follow.

The Sirasa Media network headed by Kili Rajamahendran and the Ceylon Newspapers group publishers of Mawbima and Ceylon Today owned by DNA MP Tiran Alles have launched campaigns to discredit the moves by Jayasuriya, it is learnt.

The two media organisations work in close coordination and are keenly focused on discrediting Wickremesinghe’s leadership.

The two organisations will use Jayasuriya’s history of having crossed over to the Government with 17 UNP members as evidence that these latest talks with the Ranil camp are a signal that the former deputy leader will betray the Sajith Premadasa led reformist movement within the main opposition party.

At a press briefing held today, Jayasuriya was mercilessly grilled on his bona fides relating to the meeting with Wickremesinghe at the temple last Friday by reporters from Sirasa media. Jayasuriya was asked whether true to form he was about to leave the ‘progressive’ faction of the UNP in order to join Wickremesinghe’s camp and obtain prominence within the party. They demanded whether Jayasuriya was entering into a secret pact with Ranil Wickremesinghe. “Why didn’t you take Sajith Premadasa with you to this meeting? Why did you go alone? Why did you do this all in secret? As usual are you about to decamp?” the reporters threw question after question at the senior UNP politician.

Jayasuriya responded that it was on behalf of reformists and UNP members who had fallen out of favour with the Party Leadership, including former deputy leader Sajith Premadasa that he had spoken during his meeting with Wickremesinghe. It was his right, Jayasuriya said, as a senior member of the party and its deputy leader from 1995-2011 to attempt to reunite the UNP. “None of this was done in secret. As late as last week I told a media conference I would be raising these issues with regard to party reunification with the Party Leader,” he retorted.

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    The UNP had better get their act together, by stopping the bickering, and showing some kind of unity.
    There is no viable opposition party to challenge the crimes and corruption going on in the present government. There is no one to stand up for the people. Right now the wealthy, and those in cohorts with
    the regime, are the only faction of the population, who benefit from the protection of the government, and the armed forces.

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      With Ranil as its leader, UNP is a DEAD HORSE.

      So too would it be a dead horse with Karu or Sajith the pretenders to Ranil’s dictatorship – perhaps a tad worse.

      OUT OF THE BOX THINKING is the need of the hour! With self-serving and unprincipled Dayasiri out of the way I’d bet on the charismatic and articulate Rosy Senanayake – as leader of the UNP.

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        @James Bond

        If you understand Sinhala, please watch this video clip. Destabilizing the UNP by poking fun at Ranil and using 5th columnists from inside the party to sling mud against Ranil and some of it’s other leaders is a Rajapaksa plan that has been going on for some time now. Don’t get hoodwinked by the Rajapaksa media.

        Splitting UNP a plan by President to cover up govt faults Harin

        http://youtu.be/H_bcWr5EZaY

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          WELL SAID. WHY IS SIRASA & MAWBIMA GUNNING RANIL WICKREMASINGHE ? THEY HAVE AN AXE TO GRIND AGAINST WICKREMASINGHE. OWNERS OF BOTH MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS ARE SELF SEEKING OPPORTUNISTS WHO WORKED IN CAHOOTS WITH DEADLY & MURDEROUS PIRABHAKARAN IN THE PAST AND WORKED SECRETLY AGAINST THE VALIANT SECURITY FORCES WHICH DEFEATED THE LTTE. NOW BOTH ARE IN CAHOOTS WITH RAJAPAKSE AND DOES HIS BIDDING TO OUST RANIL FROM UNP AND POLITICS SINCE HE IS THE ONLY CREDIBLE THREAT TO MR. SOME PERSONS BEWITCHED BY THE LOOKS OF ROSY ARE DREAMING OF HER AS UNP LEADER. IF THEY ARE SERIOUS, THEY CANNOT BE MORE STUPID !

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    On whose side is Sirasa and the MTV group? Are they brain washing us with their news?

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    Who is Kili Maharaha? Kili is MaRa’s Brother in Law. Nirupama Rajapaksa married to Kili’s Brother Thiru Nadesan.
    Who is Tiran Alles? The man who brokered a secret pact between MaRa and LTTE/VP with Basil ‘Mongal’ Raapaksa. He even paid millions to the LTTE to stop people from voting in the North later the same Tiran alles betrayed Gen. Sarath Fonseka.
    Sirasa is against RW anyway since RW refused to give into Kili’s demands. Their support to Sajith is a bogus one in order to keep UNP devided as per his Brother in law Mahenda Percy Raapaksa’s advice. At a glance on the surface that it looks that sirasa is against the regime. Nope, Sirasa is an enemy of the real UNP.

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      well said and quite true the maharajah’s want to control politicians for their own gains.They had Premadasa and many others.Now they want Ranil but he will not give in because he is too honest and decent to stoop so low,so they are trying to destroy him,they do not care about our country they care only about themselves and that is why they are indirectly supporting rajapaske. They are a disgrace.

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      Angamana Sumana is satisfied Thiru Nadesan is Kili Rajamahendran’s brother and wants the readership to believe this. What a teacher?? The deal with the LTTE was under the supervision of Mangala S is common knowledge. Reminds one of the irrepressible Oscar Wilde “those who cannot learn take to teaching”

      Senguttuvan

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    The UNP died the day President Premadasa was assassinated. Ranil and Karujayasuriya has made a mockery of the party and all it stands for.

    But I believe there is still hope for the party because of Minister Harin Fernando.

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      Suranee, pardon me for saying this, it appears you have no idea of past Politics or Politicians of this country. In the early days the UNP had elitist involved in the Party activity. At a time of an election the friends and relatives of the candidate use to go, house to house canvassing for their candidate. They were not the commoners of the society. On the other hand the Left Candidates played the Sahodaraya card and were with the lowest in the society just to get their votes. These hoodlum started to harass the UNP elite campaigners from canvassing with verbal abuse and some times physical as well. Then the UNP made use of thugs from Colombo to accompany the UNP band wagon. So by about the ’60s most of the early UNP candidates from the elite class dropped out,due to financial constraints or simply unable to face the barages of insults from the commoners and were replaced by the Thugs, the Party giving them the opportunity to contest. So whichever govt. that came into power whether it be the UNP or the SLFP led Coalitions, there was a rowdy class in power. This lot started to make the Political scene a violent and corrupt, so that the Educated, Honest and Respectable people abhorred getting into Politics. This suited fine the riff raff that had already entered the Political field from all Parties.

      Up to the time of JR, the countrie’s Leadership did not embezzle Public Funds as done under the Premadasa era and also ruthless violence after the JVP in ’71 was continued on a large scale under Premadasa, where not only JVP, Opposition members, but even fellow senior UNP members were killed by Sirisena Cooray crowd blaming the JVP. Today Premadasa’s twin brother in Crime MR is continuing the Cult of Violence and Corruption on a larger scale bigger and better than Premadasa.

      So if you believe the UNP ended with Premadasa, you are right in a way. That is the violence and corruption in the UNP ended with Premadasa. Today Ranil has closed the door in the UNP for Corruption and Violence and also Confrontational Politics in the country. You say there is hope for the UNP with Harin Fernando, grand son of Bonniface Fernando of Wattala. Yes not only Harin Fernando, RW had allowed so many others opportunity to come up in the UNP by giving position, only to find they have fallen pray to MR and have been destabilizing the UNP by defaming and attacking Ranil with the inevitable result in all of them comfortably sitting under the MR regime enjoying the perks after crossing over. So much for human gratitude after being elected on the sweat and blood of the UNP supporters. Suranee so you better do a good soul search and see what I have said is true or not. Ranil is the last of the Mohicans in the UNP trying hard to groom the likes of Harin Fernando type for the posterity in this country. If you deny him you would be denying us all. Think again!

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        Gamini,

        The Boniface Fernando you refer to was a member of the Tamil Baratha community, some of whom I knew personally. Incidentally, I think my friend Dr. Neville Fernando, former Panadura MP and now a big investor, mentioned his M.P. nephew was engaged in the plantation of Cardamoms in the UVA. If my memory serves me right, it was Harin he was referring to.

        Senguttuvan

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          Sengu, I was listening to a video where Harin himself revealed that he was the grand son of Boniface Fernando of Wattala. Cech again please.

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        Gamini,

        I’m quite aware of the history you’ve mentioned. I come from a family who were strong UNP supporters. But I do NOT support the present UNP. Ranil never cared for the majority of the Sri Lankans, the same people who can’t afford the luxuries, education, employment opportunities the upper class Sri Lankans can. Harin Fernando does care just as President Premadasa did.

        Who is to blame for the terrorism (JVP and LTTE) that prevailed in Sri Lanka? In my books its definitely the UNP since it was during their reign terrorism was born in Sri lanka.

        I’m curious Gamini, do you walk and live among the common people? Do you know the problems they face in their day to day life? Why do you think so many people people voted for President Mahinda Rajapakse? Because Gamini, they were sick of being deprived jobs and the opportunity to develop themselves based on their status because that’s exactly what the UNP did with the exception of President Premadasa.

        I was fortunate because I was born to a family who could afford to give me a good life. But so many who make up the majority aren’t. So please, spare me your ‘assumptions’ about my knowledge of the UNP and politics. I am quite aware of the UNP’s history – the divide and rule policy. It is only now we see Ranil making visits to the villages in the hope they will have faith in the UNP as they once did when President Premadasa was running the country.

        The UNP will never come back to power unless there is someone who cares for the majority of Sri Lankans as President Premadasa did. I believe Harin Fernando is that person.

        “RW had allowed so many others opportunity to come up in the UNP by giving position, only to find they have fallen pray to MR and have been destabilizing the UNP by defaming and attacking Ranil with the inevitable result in all of them comfortably sitting under the MR regime enjoying the perks after crossing over.” I disagree Gamini that they have fallen prey to President Mahinda Rajapakse. They probably had enough of Ranil W’s dictatorship and that’s why they left.

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          Suranee,

          Who is to blame for the terrorism (JVP and LTTE) that prevailed in Sri Lanka? In my books its definitely the UNP since it was during their reign terrorism was born in Sri lanka.

          For you information, A few radicals of the JVP was arrested in ’68/’69 under Dudley Senanayake UNP govt. In 1970 Mrs. B promising rise from the moon toppled the UNP govt and the first act of Mrs. B was to release without inquiry the remanded JVPers, saying the UNP had incarcerated babies who still had the milk scent in their mouths, only for those ‘Katey Kiri Suwanda Nogiya Infants to attack her UF govt in ’71. Suranee your slip is showing whether your family were UNP supporters or not? Although you claim so. Where was Ranil then? He was a Law Student at the University of Colombo.

          Then again you accuse RW as not having done anything for the poor masses and the Youth. Again for your information when RW was appointed as a Jnr. Minister of Education, it was he who opened the avenue for Tertiary Education large scale for those who could not enter University as only about 4-5% managed to enter University and almost a 95% was catered by this Tertiary education to qualify for employment with some qualification.

          Although you try to hide, I can understand your ire against RW justifying all those rogues of the UNP sitting with the Biggest Rogue MR, the very lot who was responsible for the UNP defeat in ’94 blamed for Dooshanaya and Beehshanaya, the famous catch word then, of CBK. Suranee whom are you trying to bluff?????

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            Gamini,

            It was during the period the UNP was in power the JVP began their large scale terrorist operations in case you forgot.

            “it was he who opened the avenue for Tertiary Education large scale for those who could not enter University as only about 4-5% managed to enter University and almost a 95% was catered by this Tertiary education to qualify for employment with some qualification.” And was it a success? Did Ranil W put any effort to help develop it further? You might want to read “Expanding Tertiary Education Critical To Sri Lanka’s ‘Knowledge Hub’ Aspirations. Here’s an excerpt of the article with the link.

            “Sri Lanka’s Tertiary Education System Caters only to a very Small Proportion of the Population. Supply of tertiary education has limited scope and relevance to market needs”

            http://www.ips.lk/talkingeconomics/2012/05/expanding-tertiary-education-is-critical-to-sri-lankas-knowledge-hub-aspirations/

            “Although you try to hide, I can understand your ire against RW justifying all those rogues of the UNP sitting with the Biggest Rogue MR, the very lot who was responsible for the UNP defeat in ’94 blamed for Dooshanaya and Beehshanaya, the famous catch word then, of CBK. Suranee whom are you trying to bluff?????” It’s high time you accept the fact that Ministers are leaving the UNP because of Ranil W. You can call the President a rogue or whatever you want but I respect him for he is the President of the country of my motherland. You can rant and rave all you want but the bottom line is the UNP will not come into power because of Ranil W.

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              It was during the period the UNP was in power the JVP began their large scale terrorist operations in case you forgot.

              Suranee you seem to forget that over sixty thousand JVP was decimated in ’71 by Mrs. B. and you blame the UNP? Your paronia cannot be cured of your anti-Ranil Phobia fearing his resurgence. You only see the crooks who have left the UNP, but just wait and see when the rats start to desert MR. Already his erstwhile supporters like Dayan, Rajiva are criticizing MR and it would be not far, for the Senior SLFPers to follow suit. Although you claim your Family for a long time have been strong UNP supporters for public consumption, the readership here can easily assess where you and your allegiance have been and where it lies now.

              As for the link you have posted has no bearing on the Tertiary Education, but a demonstration against the opening of Private Universities in the country. True the UNP wanted to commence Private Universities as the country spends a lot of Foreign Exchange for sending our children overseas for education. Further opening Private Universities here would not only to preserve scarce foreign exchange going out of the country but we can attract foreign students for the country to earn foreign exchange. Now the MR govt. has implemented this UNP proposal.

              You seem to lack knowledge, not to understand what Tertiary Education is in the first place. Tertiary Education is giving an opportunity to students who fail to get in to University, to join Technical Colleges for various courses of study ranging from IT to other skills to qualify for employment with a practical knowledge. I am sorry I have wasted my time and energy trying to make you understand and I know that you never will, as there are some more dumb of your kind who display their ignorance to the readership here on this web. Good Bye!

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              Gamini,

              Why have you prevented me from replying to your comment below by removing the reply button?

              You call me names and make fun of my intelligence. Wow Gamini, great job. Definitely shows your true nature.

              “I am sorry I have wasted my time and energy trying to make you understand and I know that you never will, as there are some more dumb of your kind who display their ignorance to the readership here on this web.” Your absolutely right Gamini, you are definitely wasting your time trying to convince me to agree with you. I find it difficult to agree with people who have a hidden agenda.

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        Confrontational politics is the need of the hour, if Ranil can’t deliver he must step down, don’t forget the opposition is paid by the public…salaries, staff, phones, bullet proof vehicles, security, foreign trips to hold the Govt to account…

        Clearly RW is not a patch on JR, Premadasa, Lalith, Gamini etc., he got there by default…now hangs on while the common man is terrorized and elitist like you Gamini keep defending this impotent leader…what a future for our kids.

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          Jay Gee, so confrontational politics is the need of the hour, to have more blood shed and mayhem? Good for you. Very soon there will be more blood shed like in Weliweriya. It appears that you hate RW more than you love MR. You are perfectly entitled to your stance.

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            Hate is the wrong word, RW is ineffective and so must step down or step up the ante, I will applaude good of all and will criticise bad, no strings attached…a swing voter, not a die-hard Green or Blue

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    When MR looking for the CD where Basil was with the LTTE, attacked and burned Tiran’s house and when his life was in danger, Tiran with his father rushed to meet Ranil Wickremasinghe and confided in him everything. Further Tiran’s father apologized to RW for having worked against RW after RW did not oblige on an issue when RW was Jnr. Minister of Education. Now Tiran is back with MR and is attacking RW once again, after leaving SF in a ditch. These are the vermin of this society who are involved in handling Education in the country.

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    How can the Sinhala Mudalalis,Ralahamis,and Nalandarama Hamuduruvos mix with the Sinhala Catholic Bourgeoisie, Anglican Brown Sahibs and the Vellalas?.

    Isn’t it like trying to mix water and oil?.

    Keselwatta Kid is now totally dependent on the former minus the Nalandarama.

    The latter is totally not only aligned but also have become the protectors of the current Right Wing Leader.

    UNP. the bastions of Business and the masters of Economic management are now on par with our Jathika Vimukthi dudes on both fronts.

    Perhaps even worse, looking at their activities in Weliveriya.

    Haleys factory there is a export oriented business which supplies most important product line to Health Care sector both local and overseas.

    It has been a life line for the employees and the local economy for thirty years.

    To instigate the naive inhabitants and force the closure of the factory surely is not good Economic Management.

    Is it?.

    This is definetely a sign of desperation.

    Can the UNP be an alternative Govt for the good of the country?.

    Never with the current lot.

    Chandrika and Abraham minus his LTTE baggage is a better alternative,

    If the UNP supporters want to have a fighting chance of becoming at least a capable Opposition, they should seriously consider getting these two as the leader and the deputy leader of the Party.

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    Can Sirisa/MTV Grup make Govts and break Govt.MTV News at 9pm is rubbish/putred.It is a govt propaganda programme, selling its time for ADS. Gota the goon, Basil(who never passed a single exam) Mahinda the goat are the heros of
    sirasa/MTV.Maharajas will do anything for MONEY.
    since UNP did not agree for this consideration,it speaks ill of the party.

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    Your report does not provide the
    answer to one very very important
    question – Did Karu Jayasuriya go
    for the secret meeting with the
    knowledge and approval of the
    Sajith faction? If so, was Sajith
    in favour of forgetting the past and
    making up again?

    Aging Karu has limited shelf life. After
    stabbing Ranil in the back, he is turning
    no stone unturned to get into his good
    books. Even if he talks RW is far too
    clever this time. Karu has done this not
    once but twice.

    Can anyone answer the questions I have
    raised please?

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    SOME WRONG INFORMATION IS GIVEN BY SUMANA.THIRU NADESAN IS NOT KILI RJAHMAHENDRANS BROTHER.KILIS FARTHER RAJENDRAM IS FROM KOKUVIL JAFFNA.HIS ONLY ELDER BROTHER IS RJAHAMAHARAJH.THIRU NADESAN IS THE SON OF FORMER SENATOR NADEASN WHO HAS SOUTH INDIAN ORIGIN.HOW EVER SO CALLED SINGLA BUDIST ARE DEPENDING ON JAFFNA TAMIL MANS MONEY TO DO THEIR POLITICS-JAYAWEWA

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      I am afraid Kokuvilan is making a mistake. Thiru Nadesan’s father was
      the IOB Banker Nadesan and brother of Bankers Sathananthan and Coomaraswamy (?)of “Barnes Hall” in Colombo 7. They were all Guaranteed Shroffs – a title under the British banking era here. Satha, who I knew, later married Sheila Dodanwela, daughter of former Governor-General Sir Oliver Gunatilake.

      Senguttuvan

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    MTV/SIRASA/MAUMIMA – Those 3 medias are under advice of MR and as someone said that the news comes from these medias are rubish.today many peoples re re calling the fact that the ranil is the last man who can bring this country forward. Rocey can not be a leader in this party and she is one of the person who start this media issue against ranil with sirasa as i am we aware of that matter.however, the unp should be united soon as if need the power as it is needed now. I was been supported this goverment until 2012 and now i am also trying to think about next option of having ranil in power as we have to have country to live or die in future or else this country will run under china flag and maxican thugs with casino paker.

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