14 April, 2024

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Ranil & Sajith Running Out Of Alternatives

By Vishwamithra

“But above all, in order to be, never try to seem.” ~ Albert Camus

Ranil Wickremesinghe has no choice; Sajith Premadasa too is running out of options. Pohottuwa exhausted its choices with the departure of Gotabaya Rajapaksa from Presidency. Ranil killed the United National Party (UNP) and trying to be elected President is not a difficult task; it’s an impossible one. Ranil failed to get a single elected to parliament in the last elections. The UNP was erased out of the electoral map in 2020. Once the symbol of consistency in electoral performance, the Grand Old Party of Ceylon evaporated into the smog-filled air amidst a two-third landslide victory for the Pohottuwa led by Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna.

After losing the Presidential elections in 2019, Samagi Jana Balavegaya led by Sajith Premadasa, its un-charismatic leader, gained only fifty four seats in Parliament; a mere 24.9% of the total polled. After he lost the Presidential elections, Sajith Premadasa took more than two solid weeks to come out of his hiding; he was hibernating, none knows where. Even then, he exhibited the qualities of a born loser. His quasi-rhetoric could not save him from a Pohottuwa-tsunami. The UNP which was divided into two distinct segments, the original UNP led by Ranil and the Samagi Jana Balavegaya led by Sajith and the ‘gang’, managed to secure only less than twenty five percent (25%) of the total polled.

With such a drastic collapse at the polls, how can either the UNP and SJB combined together or separately as two individual parties claim to gain another potential twenty five percent (25%)? Why is it such a hard task for either of these two groups or even a combo of these together to win the next parliamentary elections? It’s a very common-sensical argument. One needs not look beyond the obvious. Everything that could go wrong for the traditional political parties, which can be categorized as the status quo went wrong. The collapse of the economy; the consequential sociocultural depression and an astonishing intellectual awakening amongst those who could think for themselves and articulate that condition to the people at large, all conspired to contribute to a visible change in our society. That change found expression in the Aragalaya-22. It brought solace to young men and women.

Many a household felt it in their bone and marrow. Farmers had to put up with natural manure for fertilizer import was banned; the time three-wheeler drivers had to wait in petrol queues exceeded the time they would otherwise spend in driving their hires; small businessmen lost all their business for they couldn’t find anyone to finance their supplies; car owners spent their valuable time in gasoline lines; three meals a day came down to two or one meal a day. Life of every man, woman and child was living hell, so to speak.

What materialized on Galleface Green, primarily at the beginning, was an impromptu reaction to the hardships endured by the people of all walks of life. Later that protest manifested itself as a more organized demonstration of a people abandoned by their leaders; political leaders who made a futile attempt to attend the Aragalaya-22 at the Galleface Green were greeted with stones and harsh words. Only Sarath Fonseka and Anura Kumara Dissanayake were spared. Both Sajith Premadasa and Eran Wickramaratne were unmercifully chased away from the protest grounds. They chased the political leaders and embraced their brethren from the North and the East. For the first time in a period that was defined by sharp polarization along ethnic and religious lines, they showed harmony and togetherness with Tamils and Muslims. Sri Lanka could be identified as one nation with one flag and one people.

Despite this strong and unusual intimacy with one another, the Pohottuwa goons could not recognize the coming effects of such togetherness. They unleashed their thugs armed with poles and daggers; a peaceful demonstration of unarmed protesters were mercilessly hammered, intimidated and  physically violated. The funny shade of this ruthless treatment is that it was executed in broad daylight and before the television cameras for any and everyone to see. Furthermore, the dissemination of what was happening over the social media with a more than authentic headline or emoji contributed to the alacrity with which these episodes were left with the Smartphone owner-users.

Apart from the processes and MOs that were used, the very substance that was attributed to the 75-year rule by a class of men and women and the utter contempt and disgust with which this ruling class was held by the ordinary man in the urban, suburban and rural setting, drove home an undeniable fact that the entire ruling class was categorized into one huge lot-the status quo. Although the the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna at the time of the Aragalaya-22 too was not given a special place, the post Aragalaya-22 environment enveloped a contrasting landscape.

Ranil Wickremesinghe held the reins; Sajith and the SJB fell asleep; Pohottuwa feared to come out at all. That left a political arena devoid of players. Classification of all remaining politicians into the 75-year lot helped the NPP immensely and AKD and the rest of its leadership launched a totally novel plan and campaign and they are still in the midst of executing that plan with seemingly positive and visible results. With the 75-year narrative, the NPP could muster the entire lot of the so-called underprivileged men and women; and they began their flocking around the Maalimawa (the Compass). The people started referring to the NPP and its leadership as Maalimawa. Although one might not realize, at this stage of politics in the twenty first century, that directly identifying a political party and its men and women with their electoral symbol is rather unique and a marvelous victory for those who believe in brand-politics. The Maalimawa brand has been established beyond all expectations. While the current UNP is directly identified with Ranil and the SJB with Sajith respectively, the NPP is identified with the Maalimawa! There alone rests the victory of the brand.

When a political party is identified with its current leaders, it tells of two stories, one different from the other. It tells the story of its leader’s prowess or lack thereof. If the policies are acceptable, the leader’s lack of charisma etc. becomes  a burden; but when the strengths of the policies are not acceptable, they bring down the image of any leader. Both Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa are victims of this process. It’s truly a ‘heads I win, tails you lose’ theory.

When the Maalimawa began its popularity climb, the wheels of both the UNP and SJB started turning; they began hyperventilating and the horizons visible to both parties, UNP and SJB, were utterly hazy and blurry. Should they decide to contest whatever election that comes first, Presidential or Parliamentary, on a tree-cornered fight, an NPP victory could be a bygone conclusion. In such a profoundly depressing circumstance, what alternative do they have other than getting together and offering the people a binary choice at the elections – Us (UNP/SJB) or the other (NPP). In the event both Ranil and Sajith calculate that a binary choice would lend them a better chance at defeating the NPP, they shall form a coalition. But such a binary choice also may help the NPP in particular and the larger majority in general, in that then the choice is between the status quo and the ‘new‘.

Nevertheless, such a coalition of forces hellbent on safeguarding the status quo will launch their campaign on the grounds of losing one’s traditional truths and values. It could have a very short-term measure but a cleverly planned campaign can overcome it. In the context of Ranil and Sajith running out of alternatives, AKD and the NPP simply cannot rest on their laurels and expect others to do the work. And they don’t seem to be doing that either. That, the extra efforts rendered by the NPP would not go waste. Taking nothing for granted and taking no proverbial prisoners should be their motif, if they are really serious, and there is no doubt that they are serious too. Eating, drinking, sleeping and breathing, not their slogans but their principles and work to do could be a kind refrain for their daily lives. For the many Ranils and Sajiths shall not rest either.

As was penned in my last column, training the trainers on governance, execution of government policies, critical and creative thinking, management of the social as well as mainstream media  on massive scales not yet known to our country should not be the exception; it should be your general policy. Lack of time, lack of finances, lack of help or lack of attention should be no reason or excuse. On the contrary, they should be your motivating factors. Come what may, keep pushing, keep pulling and above all keep breathing. Let not the ’71 Insurrection-slogans fool you anymore. The horizon is much larger than slogans and abstract political theories. What is at stake is larger than one could imagine. The NPP will not get another chance.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com      

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    “ amidst a two-third landslide victory for the Pohottuwa led by Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna.”
    The SLPP was able to get two third majority in the parliament as well as GR as President only BECAUSE both M. Sirisena & RW allowed the HEINOUS EVENT to happen on 2//4/2019. This Easter Massacre fooled the Sinhala Buddhist voters into voting SLPP.
    Should NOT these voters and their politicians WAKE UP & OWN UP to the crimes committed to the Tamil Speaking SL citizens over the last SEVEN DECADES?
    The huge SINS committed in the past & present WILL NOT let the country recover for years and years.

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      “Easter Massacre fooled the Sinhala Buddhist voters into voting SLPP.”
      That was part of it.
      We forget what the Good Governance folk had done to itself.

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        Hello SJ,
        On a number of occasions I predicted (successfully) to my wife what actions Mahinda Rajapaksa would take. The first was his defeat in 2015. The second was that he would try to stay in power – he asked the Chief of Staff Jagath Jayasuriyato stage a coup but he refused. He also wanted the Attorney General to Call a State of Emergency – he also refused.
        The third was that Siresena would try to bring him back as Prime Minister (Siresena seemed completely out of his depth to me).
        The final one was that he would stage a “False Flag Operation to get Gotabaya elected. It was obvious to many people who was behind the Easter Bombing. I also pointed out Gotabaya’s forged US Document – https://factcheck.afp.com/citizenship-renunciation-certificate-forged-it-has-been-doctored-one-available-wikipedia
        It has taken me well over 12 years to convince my wife and her Family how corrupt the Rajapaksas were. I think my inside knowledge of the Sri Lankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka corruption was a factor- https://www.sundaytimes.lk/190707/news/presidential-commission-exposes-sky-high-corruption-in-national-carriers-357361.html
        Best regards

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          LS
          Do you know Mihin Lanka was actually named after Mahinda?

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            LS,
            “On a number of occasions I predicted (successfully) to my wife …”
            Are you confident enough to predict the result of the next election? There seem to be many people who predict victory for one particular party.

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              Hello OC,
              On this occasion I don’t have a clue. I detect a faint hint of dishonesty from some people that profess to dislike the Rajapaksas and when it comes to voting the “Tribalism” may come back. Some profess to dislike all politicians and ask “what difference will my vote make”. My answer is “Please use your vote – if Trump can be defeated so can Ranil and his Puppet Masters”.
              Best regards

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            Hello OC,
            No I didn’t know, but I knew that he “benefited”.
            Best regards

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              LS
              “Mihindu” is a synonym for Mahinda. Even the Mattala airport and Hambantota port are named after him. The guy is such a shameless twit.

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            OC and LS,
            .
            what Mahendra Rajapakhe did was fake from the first day onwards. His name is not “Mahinda” but Mahendra

            From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

            Mahinda Rajapaksa (Sinhala: මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ; Tamil: மஹிந்த ராஜபக்ஷ; born Percy Mahendra Rajapaksa; 18 November 1945) is a Sri Lankan politician. He served as the President of Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2015; the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka from 2004 to 2005, 2018, and 2019 to 2022;[2] the Leader of the Opposition from 2002 to 2004 and 2018 to 2019, and the Minister of Finance from 2005 to 2015 and 2019 to 2021. He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) for Kurunegala since 2015.[3].


            However, srilanken buddhism is sacred iwth the term ” Mahinda”, so the cunning man, decided to call him ” mahinda instead of birth name Mahendra”. Doggy Media never questioned it. Not even today, the dogs continue the fake name.

            whatever Mahendra Rajapakshe did was held as norm during the last 10 years in that shit country. There was no law against him even if some lawyers outloud it today. Not just media fraudsters, but also so called profesionals and lawyers should also be complicit to have ignored over the years. They should all be responsible for the mess.

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              LM,
              How come Nandasena doesn’t have an English name?

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                what about ” Gota”… that sounds bit not local.

                As I expected at the end of November 2019, the name “Rajapaksha” is now slowly becoming like the “F word” in Sri Lanka and abroad.

                Philipines – Marcos
                Zimbabewe- Mugabe
                SRILANKA – Mahendra Rascal Rajapakshe
                Demo Conngo – Mobutu
                Indonesia – Suhartho

                thanks/curse go to our STUPID dominated nation. They let is happening, becoming eternal slaves to a rascal family.

                I am a thoughtful person, and when it comes to the future of this Rajapaksa land full of human reptiles, my guess exceeds the knowledge of Sri Lankan astrologers.
                .
                If the PIMP had a brain, this nation could have achieved their ultimate goal of economic progress since May 2009.

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                OC,

                My elders taught me that poop-eating dogs will never break their habit, even if they are crowned with all they like. THAT IS BEFORE THEIR EYES TODAY… how true is the world…. truths succeed always… even if it takes long sometimes. stones throws at them will be more in the days to come… wait and see JAYA NIYATHAYI…..

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            OC and LS, , did anyone predict or warn of financial meltdown, bankruptcy or a dysfunctional failed nation. WAW claims to have warned of bankruptcy in his hundreds of articles. I do not remember anyone mentioning other than WB , IMF and few others even before Gotha got elected. Not to take away credit, KAPUTAS like Trump poses perverted personality / family traits, ( a combination of narcissistic, anti social, paranoid, histrionic, borderline , kleptomaniac…. personality) to stage coup after losing elections. Though unbelievable, their ways of deviated thinking ate predictable. Also remember many professionals including psychologist and psychiatrists warn of their perverted character traits
            .( including Pissu Sira)

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              Chiv
              Many newspaper columnists used to warn about the sort of handout economics our governments practised, but no one, especially the electorate, took any notice. Gota put the nail in the coffin. R.M.B Senanayake was one example.
              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-future-state-of-the-nation-a-response-to-dayan/
              Chiv, BTW, there is a character called “Sach” in the comments. The same fractured language and paranoid ideas as someone we know….

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                OC, absolutely right lots of paranoia, delusions in fractured language. How on earth did I forget that character so fast ?? I give to you for remembering all theses weirdo cases. Coming back to bankruptcy, I never heard anyone including CT economist, financial experts spell out ( BANKRUPTCY ) before. See Sarath article, which clearly tells about our dire financial situation , as early as in 20007. I always thought Lanka will be the next North Korea, but never expected to be worse than them. For comparison, over sized military, military in civic spaces, media censoring, PTA, caught between super powers, bankruptcy, wipe out any form of dissent, political killings, threat to journalist, family kleptocracy / dynasty, / Gotha / psychopath as president, judiciary / media / security under one person. ……. many…… many more. At least they have nuclear potential, and we only have a pocket size satellite

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                  In all, total servility shown by citizens to their leaders. The only difference will be, that not many know about what is happening within NK whereas the whole world knows about how bankrupt we Lankans are.

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                LS, tips to predict future 1) Lanka had Tsunami fund diverter as PM and President 2) A judge who connived as CJ 3) white van operator / brother as President 4) Human rights violator as IGP 5) Mr 10 % brother as FM 6 ) a pathological liar, schemer constitutional breaker as Aiyo President 7 ) 75 years of family kleptocracy called democrazy 8 ) 30 years of civil war and two insurgencies as political milestones 9 ) Brothers appointed as President , PM , FM , Speaker, and their off springs as Ministers 10 ) Election chief conniving in forging citizenship 11) murderers , rapist, smugglers, chain snatchers as law makers 12 ) bankruptcy packaged as prosperity and starvation as splendor. Should I say more?

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                  Sorry, for leaving out my favorite character 13) DEAD bond dealer, currency printer and author of ” how to bankrupt nations ” as chief of CB
                  14 ) not to forget our 6.9 million ……….???

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              I remember here in CT, an activist group questioning Ayo Sira’s mental capacity, competency and integrity.

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                LM, as you say the name Mahinda must be holy to SB. Hence perents name very early anticipating their children future .MAHINDA Rajapaksa ( mother of all Kapputas) Mahindananda ( who dosen’t need any introduction ) Balasuriya (doctorate in HR violations ) Amaraweera ( regardless of changes always a minister) Deshapriya , how can we forget his famous quote ” as an EC my duty is to accept nomination papers , not check” , unfortunately racist Mahindapala is no more with us to confirm…..

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          LS
          The point that I made was that the GG government well and truly screwed itself up.
          I too wanted MR to go in 2015, but the defeat was not as overwhelming as I wished (51.28% to 47.58%).
          The minority vote against him (Muslims, Tamils and Hill Country Tamils in that order) was overwhelming. A map of results by polling division will give a fuller picture. (MR secured a majority in almost all electoral districts but for the N&E, the central region and a strip along the West coast.)
          There was resentment of MR among the Sinhalese but there was no credible candidate for the Sinhalese could trust.
          MR’s supporters ruefully observed that the minorities had defeated him.
          *
          The electorate is moved far less by personal corruption of a leader than by other even mundane considerations.

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          LankaScot

          I don’t know if you are aware of the sting operation on disgraced & now defunct Cambridge Analytica (the strategists behind Trump’s victory & even Brexit) by Channel 4 a few years ago, when a Sri Lankan, ‘representing’ a ‘powerful political family’ sought the services of CA to get the family back in power. Its CEO was caught on camera boasting about their dirty tricks campaigns which had enabled many dodgy politicians back to power all over the world. No doubt, CA would have done their homework & the story line of C4 had to be credible for CA to take the bait. Maybe, the Rajapakses were inspired by CA ‘box of tricks’ even though CA was not actually commissioned.

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            Hello Raj-UK
            I was in Qatar at the time and was telling all my family back in the UK about Zuckerberg’s links to the CIA (I dislike 2 FacedBook with a vengeance) and how they shared their data with Governments (which I knew as a fact). So it came as no suprise when the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke. They were full of ex-military Psyops specialists etc https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/dec/23/cambridge-analytica-facebook-scoop-carole-cadwalladr-shocked-world-truth-still-elusive
            Steve Bannon was right in the thick of it as was the Russian Secret Service (apologies to SJ) and various others.
            Here is the Link to the Sri Lanka C4 program – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpbeOCKZFfQ
            I hope Basil doesn’t read this, he might get some ideas😎
            Best regards

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              LankaScot

              When I heard about the bait for CA, the first thing that came to mind was how perfectly it resembled the the Rajapakse family. C4 had to make it realistic because CA would obviously do their homework before committing themselves, which shows how the Rajapakses are seen internationally. With or without CA bag of tricks influence, the Rajapakses are capable of anything & I am sure more of the same in the future with the brats in line to take over from the old generation.

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          LankaScot,

          “The final one was that he would stage a “False Flag Operation to get Gotabaya elected.”

          There was no false flag attack. Months before the attack, I warned on CT that if Muslims carried out an attack, Gothabaya would be elected. That’s exactly what happened. It was a very strange attack, there’s no denying that. But it wasn’t a false flag. It was in response to the New Zealand mosque attacks, in which 51 people died.

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            Hello Lester,
            “There was no false flag attack”. I have plenty of knowledge regarding the “Dirty Tricks” carried out in Northern Ireland. Even without concrete evidence you can smell when something isn’t right. And this smells far worse than the Chinese Vessel loaded with dangerous fertiliser. “The ship did not return to China after being blocked from entry to Sri Lanka. Instead, it left for Singapore and reportedly changed its name. Vessel tracking technology helped reporters locate the ship in Hambantota in southern Sri Lanka where China currently manages a port under a 99 year lease”. https://eastasiaforum.org/2022/02/12/sri-lankas-fertiliser-sell-out-to-china/
            Sirisena and Pope Francis both know more than they are telling. Even a Politician’s father in a Hospital Ward knew that the bombing would take place. How many politicians went to Churches on Easter Sunday?
            The Truth will come out eventually.
            Best regards

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              LankaScot,

              I have thoroughly researched the matter. There were many warnings, but Ranil-Maithree group ignored all of them. Furthermore, Ranil had sold some land to Muslim ministers in exchange for political loyalty. These ministers quickly resigned after the Easter attacks. Because this land (in the East) was used to train the militants who carried out the attacks.
              There is no connection to Gothabaya. A man who spent most of his working life battling ruthless Tamil terrorists would not utilize Muslim militants just to score cheap political points. In fact, Muslims served well in the Sri Lankan Army. The Easter Attacks cannot be blamed on the Muslim community either, since many Muslims had complained about extremists like Zahran to the police: https://www.timesofisrael.com/local-muslims-say-they-reported-mastermind-of-sri-lanka-attacks-years-ago/. The blame goes entirely to Ranil/StupidSena.This is very different from the Tamil Diaspora, who publicly celebrate suicide bombing. They call it “Maveerar Naal” (Hero’s Day).

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                Lester the joker,
                .
                “A man who spent most of his working life (?????) battling ruthless Tamil terrorists would not utilize Muslim militants just to score cheap political points”

                Twisting the facts is unfortunately in the LEster #S genes.

                The truth is that most of GOTABAYA (uneducated miserable man ) time was spent looking for greener pastures in the United States, when the country was in dire straits with not enough senior soldiers to fight.

                However, the godfather of crime conception aka MARA made his idiot brother the Secretary of Defense.

                The Collective fought to the end of the Civil War with the Triforce, not under Gota s magical powers.
                However, it came from the term given to Mahendra Rajaksha, the father of the god of crime or the beast of the nation. In a civilized coutnry, MARA should have been hanged long ago.

                So called fake WAR victory fooled the nation and misled them to bankrupsy. Thattamamala gave the lead to that. They should all be hanged if the law and order woudl be kept above in this country.
                Today, they are ostracized by very same people and can be easily stoned to death if people s psyche is freed from their brainwashing conditions.

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                  LS / LM, done a thorough research and warned months before . . . . . Must be a true patriot, like Sira, ready and willing to give statement to CID and appear before a Judge.

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                    LS absolutely right. 💯 on pre Easter planning and execution. Even post Easter Shaffi saga ( Kurunagela govt hospital) was planned .

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                Hello Lester,
                So there’s no connection between MP Pilliyan and Gothabaya Rajapaksa? Also there is no connection between Pilliyan and SIS?
                “Claiming that the group led by Parliamentarian Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pilleyan has been paid Rs.3.5 million per month by the intelligence services, NPP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake questioned whether the group is still being paid that amount.”
                And what about the links between SIS and Zahran’s group?
                And finally how do you explain the PCoI exchange with Harin Fernando – “The Senior State Counsel, then making submissions at the Commission, stated that it has been revealed that Harin Fernando’s father had engaged in a 356-second long phone conversation with Sergeant Nandalal, attached to the CID, on the day before last year’s Easter Sunday.
                Sergeant Nandalal who was a part of the CID team that visited Pasikudah to arrest Zahran Hashim’s team member ‘Army Mohideen’ and to recover the explosives in Wanathawilluwa. He is also the person whose photograph was found among the contacts in the phone of the said ‘Army Mohideen’, the State Counsel added” Under questioning “He added that the call logs of the phone had also been deleted at the point of arrest”. – https://easterattack.info/parliamentary-committee-reports/
                Best regards

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                  LS
                  “Pilliyan and SIS”
                  Did you mean ISIS?
                  Pillayan and ISIS– I have some doubt. But links with various local shady dealers are possible.

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                    Hello SJ,
                    SIS State Intelligence Service. Sorry I assumed many in this Forum would know this😎
                    Not even Zahran had real links to ISIS
                    Best regards

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                    SJ,
                    State Intelligence Service.

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                    SJ , SIS – SriLankan covert intelligence services. Not ISIS.

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                      LS, oc & c
                      Thanks.
                      I thought that it was ISIS as a link had been suggested with the bombers.

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                Lester,
                “There is no connection to Gothabaya. A man who spent most of his working life battling ruthless Tamil terrorists would not utilize Muslim militants just to score cheap political points”
                Were Karuna and Pillayan not terrorists before they switched sides?

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              “And this smells far worse than the Chinese Vessel loaded with dangerous fertiliser.”
              If this is the case, since the same company supplies many other countries with the same product, are there any such charges against this supplier from any other customer?
              The last I head on the matter was that it was under litigation in a Singapore court.
              I will like to know more.

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                Hello SJ,
                I have checked the latest information – in Scotland we would say opening “a box of frogs”, in England “a can of worms” and in Sri Lanka “contaminated bio fertiliser”.
                Please read this article carefully – https://www.dailymirror.lk/worldnews/world/The-fertilizer-fiasco-that-triggered-a-near-Sino-Sri-Lankan-diplomatic-flashpoint/213-263075
                Most people would blame Gothabaya Rajapakse for this debacle but I am sure that if you scratch the surface many worms will surface. Try this one first – Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.
                I have a good sense of smell and this whole fiasco reeks from top to bottom. The Chinese Embassy produced a report that claimed “It is noted that, according to the International Plant Protection Convention, it will take at least six days to detect Erwinia”. – https://www.ft.lk/Business/Chinese-Embassy-clarifies-on-organic-fertiliser-of-Qingdao-Seawin-Biotech-Group/34-724224
                Even back in 2003 it only took 36 hours
                According to Phytopathology Vol. 93, No. 8, 2003 939
                “The coliform agar produced by Merck was tested for rapid diagnosis
                of Erwinia amylovora (the causal agent of fire blight) in pear blossoms.
                The medium enabled the diagnosis to be completed within 36 h.”
                Someone is telling Porky Pies (lies). What does our resident Biochemist say about this?
                Best regards

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                  Hello SJ
                  Sorry I forgot to include a link to Qingdao Seawin’s web site – https://www.seawin-bio.com/intro/1.html
                  Best regards

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                    LS
                    Thanks for the link, but my question was something else.
                    I was only wondering how nobody else on earth bur our Agricultural laboratory spotted that deadly microbe.
                    Anything fishy there?

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    Cant these two come back together, invite the other non robbing leaders and win the election. Then give each leader some time after that to be an acting prez to get some experience of it which should satisfy all the leaders involved together, rather than be at each other and be divisive. Strength is in unity.

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      There is a class and caste difference between these. The high class Ranil thinks UNP is his own property/Party. Sajith thinks his father was also owned this property/party and he thinks Ranil should make him the owner of this party. We all remember Ranil supported Gota during the presidential election. Ranil and Rajapaksa family are very close in terms of class and caste even though they own different properties. The unity between Rajapaksa and Ranil is the strength that protects each other to cheat the whole world and whole country.

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    UNP stands for Uncle Nephew Party. Another Nephew is being promoted!
    He too is travelling the world with his uncle!
    Nepotism ,dishonesty , deceit, corruption, lawlessness, wrong judgements, disinformations —> all are thriving ver well in the Banana Republic where the victims become the accused!
    Mahinda R protected RW against any other UNP candidates taking over the leadership of UNP.
    Question remains in our minds whether USA played a role in bringing RW to the throne to the detriment of the country. The SYSTEM CHANGE is still AWAITED.

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    Dunno about alternatives ……. Ranil is running out of life …… sooner Sajith runs out of life the better …….

    Hope I can outlive them …… to see a better Lanka …. without them ……

    It’s all what I’ve done in Lanka, all my life …… wait for people to die …..


    I know it lacks grace …… but who lacks grace more? …… Ranil, Sajith or me?

    All it boils down to …….. is a competition for grace.

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      When one kicks the bucket, there are dozens more bred and eager to carry on the sordid legacies.

      The Rajapaksa conglomerate of crooks and criminals are bound to keep trying.

      So we keep on waiting

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        Sugandh,
        .
        Wound state is now beyond hopelessness . It is similar to a life threatening patient struggling to survive in an intensive care.
        But doctors and the service personnel hang on with arguments and are killing time.
        In such a situation, doctors if their help personnel would go on strikes, the situation for the life threatening patient would not be hopeful anymore.
        People in all commuunities are not well informed about the true danger before the nation. If JVPrs are clever, they should join hands with other parties for a 5-year term.
        .
        Gota’s immaturity though speeded up the fall, but all debts taken unsolicitedly and harm done by ill-management of Rajapakshes were enlarged over 15 years.

        Prior to Rajapakshe, CBK balanced it to some extent wihle the war was at its heights those days. Economy was not the best during her terms, but SRILANKEN airlines with the merger of Emirates brought huge profits.

        But with dawn of RAJAPKSHE tyranny, SINHALA SUPREMACISM was kept above. That was the begining of an end. Even today, it is believed over 30% are still supporting Rajapakshe rascals.

        People should equally be complicit to have supported it with the biased and irresonpsible media fraudsters.
        :
        That is why all parties should come together and give the priority to rebuild the nation.

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          Leelagemalli:

          I too think bipartisanship would be a good strategy for NPP particularly on the economic policy front.

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            Sugandh,

            I think next disaster will be the election of AKD as the leader of this country. Aiyooooooooooooooo… beasts, wake up !
            Experienceless will punish the nation agin and again. He has not the talent to work with dominated corrupted people and various others that a political leader should bring as essentials.
            He can only point the finger at others and free from the responsiblities as his party is doing all the time for a period of 50 long years.

            Those youtubers and Cyber punidits would not oversee anything.They are more like teenagers.

            Best example was to overestimate GOTABAYA, a man who killed his time as a refugee but thrilling the gallery being in USA over 15 long years.

            If those years would have been prodcutive by his education, he would not be DRIVEN away as an elected leader in a country.

            I have no doubt, people will repeat their mistakes.

            This country is filled with stupid people than the tiny minerioty of intelligent ones. Those intelligent ones should leave the country for their own good. Basta. I have no hopes about this misled nation. All in all, I am speechless and hopeless too.

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              “leelagemalli”!,
              .
              All readers know that this is your “opinion”. How many times have you said this? Have you got anything new to say?
              .
              It would help if you are are not only “speechless”, but also unable to write!
              .
              And you post all this rubbish whilst trying to be anonymous!
              .
              Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela.

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                Dear Sinhala Man, – That was a little uncharacteristic of you but nevertheless commendable. I have long stopped reading his comments. It looks like he can’t comment objectively. Whatever the topic that is being discussed he ends up outpouring his usual nonsensical vitriol about the country and its people at the end. Nothing new. Nothing constructive. Nothing of value. To me he looks like more of a hopeless case than Sri Lanka or any Sri Lankan is. But strangely he seems to be quite popular here. Have a pleasant weekend.

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    I think the polarization that the author Vishwamithra describes is real and pivotal in deciding who the winner will be at the upcoming polls, but SJB seems to think otherwise. They seem to think that they’ll be victorious at polls and Malimawa’s rise is no match for them. Meanwhile it is rumoured that a certain international organisation that operates here locally has done a new opinion poll among the Sri Lankan voters and has come up with results that support the SJB’s claim. Preliminary results of this opinion poll it is believed have already been shared with the key stakeholders including the members of the diplomatic community in Colombo. May be they will be released to the public at a strategic point in time in the near future? Unless things have changed during the last few days to perhaps a week, it is unlikely that an alliance between UNP & SJB will take place. But then again all the members of the pole that represents the status quo that Vishwamithra describes have been actively courting and cohabiting with each other shamelessly, and with minority parties too, as usual to the kind of politics they practice.
    .
    TBC

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      Continued….
      .
      Therefore what unholly alliances they would come up with to defear the emerging new pole that is the Malimawa is anybody’s guess.
      .
      Let’s keep the fingers crossed and hope that rise of Malimawa is strong and robust enough to take on any form of alliance that woukd emerge from the old pole.

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        *defeat

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    Leaving aside all this, which one of the trio has the vision to take our nation forward to a better place ? Ranil is tried tested and failed plus he has a massive trust issue hanging around his neck with the voters at large. Sajith seems like smoke and mirrors so some are wary of him. Anura seems like a straight shooter saying all the right things however would his economic policies drive away much-needed foreign investment, necessary for our recovery? example he wants to keep loss running SriLankan in state control. Meanwhile, my අනෝදාව is the rising cost of ගල් 😥

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    “Ranil & Sajith running out of alternatives”.

    Both have no alternatives. Just give up.

    We need a CHANGE.

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    “ he wants to keep loss running SriLankan in state control.” —->Cyclops
    We, as Sri Lankan citizens too want to keep our Airlines to be STATE OWNED and to be run the CORRECT person/persons and by stooges or Kith and Kin’s of the corrupt politicians.
    Nearly all state control activities are failing because of political interference. It is sad media too are being controlled by these kind of people. Yes yes we are all waiting for the current lot of politicians to disappear (die) and a new righteous ones to APPEAR. I don’t know whether I will live to see the DAY!

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    Your article is promoting the JVP needlessly. This is the way Gota got elected when both TV and media put him up on a pedestal. All other parties were then nothing compared to victorious, war winning Gota from the Rajapaksha family. Now, we have a similar situation with the JVP. Media both funded by the JVP and others following the “JVP Ralla” (as referred to in Sinhala) are praising them as if the JVP and AKD are the saviors of the people of Sri Lanka, born to give a ‘free of corruption’ Sri Lanka ( the hackneyed topic of the JVP similar to Rajapaksha’s ‘war victory and Rana Viruwo’ ). Gota was never tested for governance, but got carried forward based on the strong verbal skills of the Rajapaksha goons backed by media. It worked because people wanted someone to eradicate terrorism. Now we have a similar situation with JVP and AKD, who have never been tested for their governance skills, but they are attracting masses purely on their verbal skills backed by media. Who funded “Aragalaya” and kept JVP in the forefront? (you should investigate that for more revelations!) I firmly believe we are heading for another disaster with this party which will be irreversible since this country is still not out of the woods.

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      Rathnavali,
      Do you think that it is only Gotabayas inexperience that brought bankruptcy. What is the alternative to Rajapaksa family rule and JVP? Can you also give some advice about how to get experience in governance?

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        Ajith, you repeat your questions.
        Rebuilding society for good must be the first step. It can only be achieved by coming together. Afterthat we have to go to an election.
        Only good voters can produce good candidates to the parliament. Is not that so ?

        The people and their representatives are today corrupt and abusive. Most of JVPrs are no different.
        As a blood cancer patient survives hardly without a complete blood transfusion, corrupt Sri Lankan society can only be revived by “a genuine social and cultural revolution”.
        If the JVP stood against racist Rajapaksas, It would not be easy for them to ruin the lives of the easy targets. So the Janatha Vimukti Peramuna was also on racist agendas just like Rajapaksa. They cant avoid being caught by the accusation.

        Even today it seems that jvprs are not against Sinhala Buddhist monks.

        Minority issues are not discussed in public either. No nothing about how they would bring wonders once they grab power. How they would pay off the huge debts that RAJAPAKSHES left behind…. …. JVPrs dodge the crucial questions…

        . They are just jokers The elections are not even 6 months away and the JVP, which is still in the NPP bottle, has no plan for economic recovery, which should be the need of the hou

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      Rathnavali: Please reply “Ajith” on the question: How to get experience in Governance?

      I replied to a similar question and said: Get AKD to hold a Cabinet position in the government of MR, Ranil, and Sajith and get experienced in “Roberry”; “Corruption”; “Waste of Public Funds”; “Nepotism”; “Looting” etc. and qualify to run a Government as desired by you.

      Can you explain: “Who funded Aragalaya and kept JVP in the forefront”? Have you got any evidence? Please let us know. That will help an investigation you want.

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        Douglas Appu, you have gone on a murder cleanup mission against your conscience. It is really pathetic for a learnt individual on whom i have kept some respect from the begining on.
        That is because your sons did not fall victim to the brutal attacks. That is the nature of Sinhala, even if you shout loudly, don’t treat everyone the same. Once you’re ready to use your ballot to license them, you can teach your bazaar people well that blood thirst would not bring us forward.
        :
        If you stand up against them, you should expect to see the glassy eyes of those mothers whose sons were brutally killed by JVPrs then. Enoguh enough, we need to stop promoting bloodsuckers of any nature for the sake of our youth.
        ..
        All of them were killed not by Premadasa forces then but now by the next bloodthirsty Lalkanta and Nalin Heva’s nature javipen.
        You can’t distort the truth, go and check my friend’s family of Angulagaha and Ahangama (Janaka Seneviratne and Kulatunga). I’m sorry, I don’t have time to search them all over again, but there are over 50 that I know of by JVPs in the 89-92 precursor bloodbath.

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    “Ranil killed the United National Party (UNP) “
    The killing was teamwork, Let us not ignore what Sajit P and his supporters did out of spite.

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      SJ: That “killing” was started by Ranil W, when he changed the UNP Constitution to remain its “Leader” for life. Sajith P and most others objected to that change and as Ranil W didn’t listen to what the people wanted, they left the party. That is the history.

      Please don’t try to re-write those dirty (undemocratic) moves by Ranil W.

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        D
        That is only part of the picture.
        There were many ugly goings-on inside the UNP after a private media business wanted to control the UNP using certain individuals, after it was not given the number of parliamentary seats in an election in which the UNP fared badly..
        It spent about a quarter of news time attacking RW (and even Mangala Samaraweera for standing by him). This went on for months.
        Then started the project to promote Sajit P. (It is still on, but less obnoxiously).
        *
        There is a way to deal with internal issues of a political party, but when outside interests begin to meddle, there starts trouble.
        RW’s critics made much of his not winning an election for the UNP (which was not correct) ignoring the conditions under which defeat occurred.
        RW is no angel, but he knew the game better than his opponents, and knew how to play with the rule book.
        Sajith was a novice manipulated by outside interests.
        Sajith was given positions from which he could have built himself within the UNP, but his handlers were too impatient.

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          SJ,
          “There were many ugly goings-on inside the UNP after a private media business wanted to control the UNP using certain individuals, “
          Some of those vociferous individuals are still in the SJB. There are others in the Pohottuwa, and even the JVP.
          It is considered to be bad manners to celebrate anyone’s death, but the media moghul’s fall to Covid might be the exception.

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            oc
            The man was much liked in his company, and known to be kind and not being personally vindictive.
            But politics is another game.

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        Douglas- Both the original major political parties in Sri Lanka, the UNP and the SLFP, and now the third SLPP, are all about keeping it in the family.
        .
        Other than that the caste has been also a significant factor when it comes to party politics.
        .
        Except for President Premadasa all the other Prime Minister’s and Presidents of the country I think had been from Govi-gama caste who seem to think they are at the helm of the hierarchy of the caste order.
        .
        They seem to have an allergy towards other prominent castes such as Karawa and Salagama that have produced good leaders but were never good enough to lead the country due to their Non-govigama status.
        .
        You could still see the ‘family first’ politics in all of them.
        .
        The objective of the Rajapaksas are to some how make Namal president of the country one day while Ranil’s plan is to hand over the UNP leadership to his nephew Ruwan upon his retirement.
        .
        TBC

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          Continued…
          .
          Chandrika too still makes ad hoc appearances in the political arena with the hope of making some room for her son Vimukthi to enter into politics.
          .
          Sajith’s very legitimacy comes not from any of his competencies or leadership qualities he possesses but from the very fact that his father was once the President of the country.
          .
          This family centeredness has compromised the democratic process of the country by and large. It alone is enough for someone to reject all these major parties.
          .
          Because to maintain this family centeredness everything else needs to be subverted resulting in nepotism, cronysm and finally corruption taking root.
          .
          Unfortunately there are still those who support these parties, which begs the question why? Probably because they are the beneficiaries of such nepotistic, crony and corrupt practices?
          .

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            Ruchira: That “Caste” issue was and is in force in Sri Lanka politics. Remember how hard Premadasa had to fight to get nominated for the Presidency? Ranil W gave in at the last moment. This trick was played even when Sajith wanted a nomination. Ranil W kept aloof when Sajith was nominated and said: ” You go and fight and show me the results”.

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    People’s decisions will have a positive or a negative impact on their lives. Hopefully, this time, the voters will use their brains and vote for a party with enough seats in the Parliament to carry out the country’s business without favouritism, bribery, corruption, murders and, above all, with the rule of law. Any party that comes to power next must first bring the Police and Judiciary under control for these two organizations to be impartial and just, following the rules set out in the country’s constitution and also practiced under international law. If these two organizations, which are found to be acting in a biased, illegal manner today, are put right, most of the issues in Sri Lanka will be resolved by themselves.

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      Buddhist1, Long way to go to resolve the issues we have. Voters to use their brains is the most difficult beginning you have suggested, as the seasoned politicians know how to buy the votes of our ignorant masses mainly in villages. If all the non robbing political leaders collectively offer the people their very needs, there is a possibility of defeating the robbers who will put up strong resistance not to lose and be jailed. Sympathetic, concerned, caring, faithful political leaders only can lift this nation up and government should be a separate system away from controlling religious influence, like in the UK and other non warrring countries where religion brings peace.

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        Hello DTG,
        I broadly agree with you, but how do you achieve it? What concrete steps can people take to put a stop to the corruption? I asked the JVP some time ago what their policies were and what was in their Manifesto. I am still waiting.
        Best regards

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          LankaScot – Catch those who have been looting and throw them in jail and make it an example, so that people know the fate they’d face if caught engaging in corrupt activities. You need to enact and implement proper laws first and make sure that everyone abide by them. Addressing corruption and establishing good governance is one broad part of the IMF recommendations that Ranil and his government have so far happily ignored. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qUmiJ_6Nv9U

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        DTG,
        “like in the UK and other non warrring countries where religion brings peace.”
        How come you haven’t heard of Irish and English Christians murdering each other?

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          Hello OC,
          There is a big Irish Catholic diaspora in the USA, so the British couldn’t control the media there. However “The Troubles” were seldom mentioned in the Foreign Press and I can’t remember seeing any South Asian Editorials that went into any depth explaining the situation in Northern Ireland and Eire. Remember this was a time before the Web and Smart Phones.
          Best regards

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            LS,
            Yes, that was a different era, when the media was much easier to control. South Asians anyway weren’t that interested in Christians killing each other.

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            LankaScot – How could the South Asians write any editorials about the troubles in Ireland when their whole world revolves and evolves around India and for some just around the southern states of India? It would amount to being a Coconut to echo values of the white man’s world in any case and no one wants to be a Coconut. 😏 Biden himself I think is Irish. I mean he has an Irish ancestry – before anyone start splitting hairs that he is not.

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    “Both Sajith Premadasa and Eran Wickramaratne were unmercifully chased away from the protest grounds.”
    Who really chased Sajith and Eran from Galle Face? Was it members of the Aragalaya? Or was it Rajapaksa supporters?

    In an interview after the incident, Sajith blames the Rajapaksa supporters. Was Sajith trying to score brownie points by making such a statement?

    At the 2015 parliamentary elections, the UNP won 106 seats. At the 2020 parliamentary elections, SJB got only 54 seats. That’s a huge difference.

    If Sajith and Harin did not split away, the UNP may have garnered fare more seats than the 54 that the SJB got in 2020. Harin realized his grievous mistake and rectified this by joining with Ranil again.

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      Dear Keynes,
      .
      I agree that
      the spat between Sajith and Ranil (you have said Harin) dented the credibility of both. However, the SLPP (then called Sri Lanka People’s Freedom Alliance) won 145 seats, on 5 August 2020, having polled 6,853,690 votes, owing to two reasons:
      .
      First, Gotabaya Rajapaksa had won the Presidential Election held on 16 November 2019.
      .
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Sri_Lankan_presidential_election
      .
      Secondly, both Elections were influenced by the Easter Sunday Bomb blast in 2019, on 21 April 2019. Many readers may not be always conscious that the day on which Easter falls shifts each year.
      .
      At the 2020 Parliamentary Elections, the SJB polled 2,771,980 valid votes, and the UNP only 249,435 votes.
      .
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Sri_Lankan_parliamentary_election
      .
      As for Harin Fernando, he had lost his voter base in the Badulla District owing to different reasons, and opted to be on the National List of the SJB. Sajith may not even have realised what had happened in Badulla, and even I’m not elaborating on that because I don’t want to deal with sleaze.
      .
      Your comment is much more confused than is apparent at first.

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        I’m giving this as a separate comment because I don’t want responses to the very factual earlier comment to be influenced by my telling you that I am now a very firm supporter of Anura Kumara Dissanayake and the NPP.
        .
        Please note that although Sajith polled 5,564,239 votes at the Presidential Election (where he didn’t receive active support from Ranil Wickremasinghe) the SJB led by Sajith polled only 2,771,980 in 2020.
        .
        Gotabaya had polled 6,924,255 votes at the Presidential Election, but the SLPP led by him received only 6,853,690 votes at the Parliamentary Elections. Registered voters at the Presidential Elections were 15,992,096 and seven months later were 16,263,885. Why did turn out fall? The result was a foregone conclusion so many voters just stayed at home. The turnout of 83.72% in 2019 fell to 75.89% in 2020.
        .
        The significant fall was for Sajith. I think that he would have received many minority votes in 2019, which would have moved to parties toeing a more parochial line in 2020.
        .
        The NPP actually got more votes in 2019 than in 2020.
        .
        Take into account Sepal Amarasinghe’s call to boycott polls in 2020.

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        Dear Panini –
        .
        You have above stated : “Secondly, both Elections were influenced by the Easter Sunday Bomb blast in 2019, on 21 April 2019. Many readers may not be always conscious that the day on which Easter falls shifts each year.”
        .
        But did you know that, that particular day of Easter – 21st April (in 2019) was also the birthday of Queen Elizebeth the Second of the United Kingdom?
        .
        The question is then, whether it was a coincidence that the attacks fell on: first on the Easter Sunday; secondly on Queens birthday?
        .
        What do you think?

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          It isn’t her birthday .
          Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21 April 1926,
          Now, don’t argue about things you know nothing about.

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            The monarch’s official birthday is the second Saturday in June, which also moves around like Easter.

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            “The question is then, whether it was a coincidence that the attacks fell on: first on the Easter Sunday; secondly on Queens birthday?”
            Do people attend church on Her Majesty’s birthday (even her official birthday) anywhere, including the country she rules?

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              Hello SJ
              Apart from a small minority (around 10%) no-one in the UK attends Church anymore. Only around 30% believe in a Supreme Being (and declining). In Scotland support for the Monarchy is around 30% and with Charles will decline even more. Easter Sunday attendance used to be Cultural but no more. We rolled our Easter Eggs as children little realising that it was an old Pagan custom. I am sure that as Head of the Church of England people will attend Church because of it. But in Sri Lanka the Majority (Christian) are Catholic and to them Easter is special so whoever planned the Bombings was well aware of this. Most people in the UK wouldn’t be able to tell you the date of the Queen’s Birthday – would anyone in Sri Lanka know?
              The real question is whether the Easter Bombings were a State Provocation intended to ensure Gotabaya’s election.
              Best regards

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                Apologies to OC,
                He obviously knows 😎
                Best regards

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                  Hello OC and SJ,
                  It looks like Biden has called for an Immediate Ceasefire (12:45 am) in a call to Netanyahu. Do you think he will?
                  Best regards

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                    LS,
                    Netanyahu knows which side of his bread is buttered, and who is doing the buttering. Even Biden the Christian Zionist can’t stand the smell.

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                    LS
                    Are you among people who take that man into trust?

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                LS
                My comment on church going on Queen’s birthday was a TiC remark.

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    LAVIRIYA AND CAKE TOGETHER IN THE SAME PLATED DOES NOT TASTE GOOD.IN THE SAME WAY COAT,SUIT AND LAPATI KIT SITTING TOGETHER DOES NOT SUITABLE FOR STILL PHOTOS.

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    OK. so Premadasa jnr & RW’s miniscule votes combined was less than 25% at the last elections. In the same vein, how much did AKD get? Lets face it, AKD is seen as the shining knight only because Premadasa & RW are seen in a bad light. Premadasa jnr carries baggage. Despite his perceived international education & ‘sophistication’ (which his old man lacked), he has nothing to say as his contribution in all his political career. RW is lethargic & his laissez faire attitude doesn’t make him the inspirational leader the country needs now but more than that, he lacks charisma & that made AKD the next hope.

    Given the devil its due, Yahapalanya without slimy Sirisena could have done a better job. In recent years, the free ambulance service instigated by the UNP is the only great public service I can think of. Can any other party claim credit for such an achievement? If I remember correctly, there was a lot of opposition from unions, including the GMOA, but did the JVP, the party representing the common man, support, or had the foresight to realise the benefits of this venture? Maybe, its just me (& a few others) who think that we should be more cautious in our assumptions, after getting our fingers burnt by the Rajapakses.

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      Dear Raj,
      Nice to see you back to comment.. Hope you enjoyed your Easter break. Your thoughts help open the eyes of misguided people. Let’s not be biased, but I’m worried that it’s getting caught up in Tantalus’s torments.. Good steps are being taken to recover the economy, but it looks like it could soon take a turn for the worse due to the persistence of sustainability.
      Pseudo-Buddhism has created a conditioned mindset that cannot be easily reversed. People don’t question “why” but join the bangwagon as usual. Lack of awareness and lack of proper understanding of the need of the hour can cut their own throats. This is a dangeorus situation.
      Then there is never an easy road.. for the youth of this sinking island nation.
      :
      Again, same stupid dominated Sri Lankans are gearing up for Gotabaya Episode 2

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        cont.
        .
        . Sensitive people who are the tiny minority have their concerns as usual.. People bow down to AKD God and do not know that AKD has not done anything other than accusing any politician of other parties during his tenure as minister.
        The people and their representatives are very corrupt and it is an open secret. If we talk to the people acrros the country, even the JVPs are either corrupt or corrupt.

        My view is that unless there is a social revolution that will lead to the “building of society for the better”, people’s money should not be wasted and no elections should be held. The outcome of elections would not do much.
        .
        AKD led groups do not care about the future of this country. JVP people are good at rogue work, but nothing has been done for the nation. They should also be responsilbe for the mess of this nation. They are not new to lanken politics. :::::: people, … wake up !

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePTyDirv1Es

        They are also inexperienced in many things. Harsha de Silva challenges Sunil Handunetti to a debate on the economic situation, but Sunil Handunetti prepares a debate between Premadasa and AKD Duo.
        Economic recovery is what everyone feels is important. How can the JVPs in the NPP bottle ignore it?

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          Dear LM: You said: “….AKD has not done anything other than……during his tenure as Minister”. Absolutely.

          In agreement this “Godaya” from Thambuthegama, as the Minister of Agriculture holding that Cabinet position for 14 months undertook the “Restoration” of water tanks 1000, using the resources available in the Ministery, without calling for “Tenders” which would have allowed us to make a “Quick Buck”. Then he returned a fleet of “Luxury” vehicles to the Treasury and kept only “02” Double Cabs for his use. With the savings, he gave two buses for staff travel and those buses are still in use. We lost another “Chance” to make a “Quick Buck” by renting out a fleet of vehicles. Next, worst was, he made Milco profitable and brought it from virtual “Bankruptcy” to hold an Rs. 300 million “CR Balance”. We were milking it, but this “Idiot” made us suffer there too. During his tenure as a Minister, he saw to it that Agriculture made a stunning HIGHEST harvest in its recorded history. What a “Somby” he was! We were preparing to “Import” rice and make our “Deals”. We lost there too.

          This happens when “Godayas”, without English speaking talents become Ministers, even for a short period of “14” months.

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            Douglas – there are two broad approches to hiring. One based on experience, the other on potential. In the case of AKD and NPP- it is the latter that matters. Their inexperience like you have very well illustrated is their qualification for the job. Training could always be provided on the job.

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          Dear “leelagemalli”,
          .
          Please name the people
          who deify this stumpy little human being named Anura Kumara Dissanayake.
          .
          I certainly think that he’s a wonderful guy. Very sharp, very intelligent, and with charming manners.
          .
          I have immense respect for all on this forum; I don’t fawn on anybody!

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        Hello leelagemalli,

        The Greeks were good with their moral legends and mythology. Sisyphus may be pushing the rock of progress up the hill, but when he lets it go all of us in Sri Lanka following behind will be flattened.
        I read a book by Bambi L. Chapin called “Childhood in a Sri Lankan Village Shaping Hierarchy and Desire” in which she describes the transformation of demanding, temper tantrum throwing 2 year olds into model Primary School Children. It is in many ways an idealistic look at early childhood in rural Sri Lanka, however it is obvious that the School Culture (mainly Buddhist) does transform these children. I have seen exceptions (one or two of my nephews) and many are faced in adolescence (FaceBook etc) with a different view of the real world. That’s when the Cognitive Dissonance kicks in. Teacher’s and Principals in Europe don’t have the absolute power over children that they once had and many parents object to what they see as indoctrination and demand that their children are treated as sentient beings with the ability to think for themselves. Some of the most dangerous countries that I have worked in are also the most religious (mostly West Africa and one Middle East) Poverty doesn’t help.
        Best regards

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          Thank you Lankascott for your valuable comments. I owe you a comment. I hope to get back to you over the weekend. Sorry for the delays. It’s about post covid symptoms and stuff. As mentioned several times elsewhere, I read your comments with great care. Lester Nitwit is just polluting the environment. There is a sinhala parlance, Like where Urulawa passed through (Urulawa is a smelly animal) උරුලව ගිය තැන වගේ (උරුලව ගඳ ගහන සතෙක්).
          Whatever the estranged prevaricates, his guardian approves. We call it “SADU SADU effect”. That unfortuantely destroyed entire nation but these individuals dont seem to take it serious.
          I’ve been unusually busy here since the Easter break. I am planning to go to Sri Lanka and Singapore next month so I have to work more so that I don’t have to be busy with my laptop also on vacation.
          I would like to travel across srilanka with some of my EU friends.

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        LM

        Thanks. The weather was not the best to enjoy the weekend in the country but it was still a welcome break to relax at home with a tot of single malt.

        Getting back to the subject at hand, I am concerned about the average voter, having suffered under the current bunch of politicians, is aware of what they are getting into by blindly voting for the ‘new kid(s) on the block’, particularly, influenced by write ups based on the assumptions of the writers & not necessarily endorsed by the party.

        I mistakenly thought the NPP was the result of the ‘aragalaya’ but with the JVP connection, I became sceptic. So far, at least to me, the NPP are cagy about their strategy, particularly, about their sources of funding. Their website doesn’t have much substance & their women’s front rhetoric actually put me off. The Wikipedia description of the NPP sums it all up but if the NPP objects to the description, it should be corrected & until such time, I will consider the NPP as the new face of the JVP & I don’t think a ‘socialist’ regime is best for SL’s economic revival.

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      Raj,
      You must remember that the SJB got a very respectable 47% at the presidential election a few months earlier. It seems that people who vote for a particular party at a presidential election don’t vote for the same party at a subsequent parliamentary poll, but for the party which won the presidential election.

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      “Given the devil its due, Yahapalanya without slimy Sirisena could have done a better job.”
      That implies a big assumption.

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        SJ

        I said ‘could have’ by which I meant a possibly better outcome of uncertainty. Anyway, my impression was that Sirisena didn’t have the leadership quality nor the vision, in fact, was incompetent & out of his depth. He was more concerned in feathering his own nest, so far as to conspiring with the very people who he stated in public, would have put him 6 ft underground if came to power. In these circumstances, if not for slimy Sirisena, the possibility of a better outcome would be quite certain, considering the fact that Sirisena always seem to object any reforms brought by the govt.

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          “Given the devil its due, Yahapalanya without slimy Sirisena could have done a better job.”
          As long as Ranil owns UNP, UNP can’t reach the poor people. It is a party of Capitalists and Ranil is more a dictator than a democrat.

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    The difficulty with this analysis is that the Aragalaya which is romanticised folded up once there was a modicum of comfort provided to the lower middle class. The success of the Aragalaya depended on the fact that there was a coalition of students, other young and the lower middles class frustrated by the lack of necessities. Once Gota was got rid of and once basics were made available, suddenly, the basis of the Aragalaya folded up. This is the difficulty with the euphoria that surrounds the NPP and social change. Where is the unity among the races that Vishwamitra says the Aragalaya demonstrated? We know in our guts that a change is needed but still remain unconvinced that the NPP are the people to be entrusted with the change. They have not removed the doubts by presenting a coherent economic and political plan. They promise plans but they do not materialise. We only have the romanticisation of the possible change by the likes of Vishwamitra.

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      “Once Gota was got rid of and once basics were made available, suddenly, the basis of the Aragalaya folded up.”This is the difficulty with the euphoria that surrounds the NPP and social change.”
      We always forget about USA ambassoder’s contribution to the “Aragalya”. Both USA and Ranil were in support of “Aragalya” until Gota ran away from the Country. Until that time the armed forces were inactive and did not used their usual action to protest the President and Government. Former defence secretary and then President Gota was not in a position to order the military to protect the Government and President. But once Gota gone out they were in full active phase turned against protestors. Do you know who and who were involved in the “Aragalaya” protest? Most of them were not seen after the Gota removal and Ranil came in. Active USA ambassoder also not seen very much. We have to look all around about the Political coups that happening in Sri Lanka. We don’t know what will happen now and how the politics change day by day?

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    Raj-uk,
    Thanks for pointing out MS+ RW government’s positive contribution to the isle. People do also appreciate the good roads built during the Rajapaksas time. But SL would have greatly BENEFITED had he built an International Airport in the North instead of Hambantota & built an Expressway to it from Colombo. Same with development of both KKS+ Trincomalee PORTS. These projects WOULD NOT have been WHITE elephants PROJECTS! Vanity of the Rajapaksas had wasted huge sums of Foreign EXCHANGE

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      Hello Raj-UK
      I am still waiting patiently for the Kandy-Colombo Highway😢
      Best regards

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      Naman

      MR built a port & an air port in unsuitable locations, obviously, without a proper feasibility study, just to boost his ego & impress the people of his home area. Expressways are necessary but for the average citizen, a good public transport system would have been better appreciated. Considering the colossal expenditure of all these investments, which were way above the average costs, MR was not thinking of developing SL as a whole but only himself & his cronies. The same goes for Sirisena, who was just another spineless bum sucking opportunist. Others come a close second compared to this lot.

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