24 September, 2020

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Ranil The Only Bet

By Aman Faris –

As both the government and the opposition play the cat and mouse game, the country is kept guessing as to who might be the common candidate from the opposition.

Corrupt government Ministers (all MP’s are ministers barring a handful) keep taunting the opposition ranks to name their candidate. But the opposition is holding their cards close to its chest, like in a poker game.

RanilUp until just the other day the best bet was Ven. Sobitha Thero. But after the visit of the Rajapaksa, things took a dramatic change. Obviously harsh and threatening words must have been used on him and being a decent man he must have been shattered badly enough to be taken to hospital by a Rajapaksa loyalist. The hospital is owned by him.

After that incident my confidence in the venerable thero has been shattered. What if, during the height of the campaign, he was to buckle down under pressure and remove himself from the race or ask the people to cast their votes for President Rajapaksa. These suggestions may sound bizarre, but after what happened the other day, such a thing is possible. Why, the President’s visit accompanied by his brother Gotabaya in itself was bizarre! Why did Ven. Sobitha thero fall for the wiles of a political pimp like Tiran Alles? Suely knowing the antics and double dealings of Alles which includes his involvement in the payoff to the LTTE to support Mahinda Rajapkasa by boycotting the elections in which Ranil Wickremesinghe was a clear front runner, should have set off the alarm bells in the venerable’s head. He should have avoided the trio like the plague. But the fact he didn’t indicates he’s too soft and naïve to take on the might of the Rajapaksas. Up until the incident I was all for ven. Sobitha thero. But not now. How many more would there be like me?

So who is the next best bet?

Pundits suggest Karu Jayasuriya might give the Rajapaksas a good fight (please don’t forget, this is not an election for a president, but for a family). But he’s too much of a ‘baby powder stuff’. His criss cross does not stand him in good stead either, even though the Bhikku front of the UNP wants him to throw the proverbial hat in the ring. I don’t believe he has a snow flakes chance in hell!

The next option is Sajith Premadasa. But he is in a ‘yes’ and ‘no’ mode. Moreover, his attachment to the Maharaja organization and to Tiran Alles’ frightens the daylights out of me. Would we be ruled by cunning media moguls if Sjaith wins? Like in the US or Australia.

Neither the Tiran Alles and the Maharaja organisation owned media outlets have ever uttered even a mildly critical word about Sajith Premadasa. But there is hardly a day when Ranil Wickremesnghe and other UNP stalwarts don’t come under, not criticism (which is fair) but outright vilification.

Hardly a day passes by when we don’t see Sajith Premadas on Sirasa TV or its English channel MTV. That’s how much the Maharaja organisation is propping and pumping young Sajith. If he wins he will have to pay back the favours granted by both Maharaja TV and Tiran Alles’ Ceylon Today and Mawbima. In addition there is word that Tiran Alles will enter parliament via the National List MP. That’s his deal with Tiran Alles.

Viewers have noted with concern that at every political function that is shown on Maharaja TV and Alles’ media ‘Punchi Premadasa’ as he likes to call himself, never has any of his party leaders. Not even his cronies in the party does he invite for these functions. Like his father ‘Punchi’ is a one man show!

Sajith Premadasa is far too selfish to be a leader. If he wins, the experienced and qualified stalwarts in the party will have no place. We must bear in mind how his father treated Gamini Dissanayake and Lalith Athulathmudali. And for sure we can expect him to behave in like manner and remove or outmanoeuvre people like Ravi Karunanayake and Mangala Samaraweera and few others like Lakshman Kiriella.

If he wins there is no chance he will have success in government because of a lack of experience. People might say that Chandrika Kumaratunga or even Mahinda Rajapaksa did not have any experience at governing either. The MR’s constituency was the poorest whilst he was representing the people there. But look at the legacies they have left behind! The country is in shambles because of them.

So who’s the best bet. Undoubtedly Ranil Wickremesnghe.

During his short period as Prime Minister, he put the economy back on track. He increased the value of the rupee against the dollar to Rs. 94/= approximately. Chandrika was able to do that feat only because of the tsunami.

There is hardly a day when we don’t see or hear a nasty remark made against him by his enemies and frenemies. But he has not ever responded in like manner. No he has not reduced his status as a man of dignity even once. Sajith Premadasa had said nasty things about him in public dutifully carried by Maharaja TV and Alles owned media. But to this day Ranil has not stooped to Sajith’s level. Moreover, Sajith must remember it was Ranil who saved his father from certain impeachment.

Ranil is a gentleman well accepted by the ‘international community’. Sure, he is too close to rightist groups like the Conservative Party in the UK and the Republicans in the US and he needs to rethink those alliances. But apart from that blemish, he is a gentleman. And we need a gentleman to head the country if we want a future for our children here.

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    I agree that RW will be the best leader the country needs. His integrity, political experience at both local and international levels, previous record of good governance etc make him the best choice. However, the factional fights within his own party and the Sinhala racist parties may impair his chances of victory against the evil Rajapaksas.

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      Aman Faris –

      RE: Ranil The Only Bet?

      Right Now, There is no Common Candidate.
      [Edited out]

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        Charndirka Bandaranayake Kumaratunge is the only person who can defeat Mahinda Jarapassa in the Miracle of Modayas..

        She will get the Sinhala vote and take back the SLFP from the corrupt and criminal Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.

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      Agree whole heartedly. RW is the man. He can do it. He will do it. The country will be a better place under his leadership.

      Like the cricket analogy below. But I think RW is getting back his form as an all rounder and will be the Man of the Match!

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        I think RW will be ‘man of the series’ if given a chance.

        Right now with this trend in the county and with idiotic Moustache culture I doubt is RW the suitable candidate.
        If there is Colombo (Col-1 to 15) types across the country then yes its a piece of cake for him. But there are stupid districts such as Gampaha, Monaragala then many Donkeys in Sabaragamuwa and then places called Horana, Piliyandala, Maharagama, Beliatta, Habaraduwa etc.
        RW cant do much as long as there are some Hothambayas who think Gandasara is a monk.
        Therefore my best bet is not RW at this very moment unless there are few well known candidates to split Mara’s votes. If Champika contests that will reasonably hurt Mara’s votes or a person like Maithripala Sirisena or CBK herself would do a good damage to the Moda-choon king-kong. Then Ranil would stand a good chance.

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      RW was the opposition leader of the country for about 20 years and got paid by the country for his duties. Have you really heard him voice as opposition leader, has he done done his duties as opposition leader which is very important role which has some power to make ruling government honest. An important part of democracy. Definitely RW is not a capable opposition leader, I wish he would become a good president…

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    Well, Raj Rajarantnam, the hedge fund dealer convicted of fraud had given Rs 380 to the Ranil faction via Ravi K. Raj Rajarantnam had also made similar payments to TRO, the LTTE front.

    In any other country, no leader would survice after 23 consecutive defeats. Although it just does not seem to happen with the UNP. What seems weird at first begins to make sense when you consider the kind of people propping up Ranil W.

    These people undercut Ranil W. when they thought they were about to defeat Sri Lankan armed forces. Now that it has all turned sour, they are propping up the guy trying to get back what they rejected earlier.

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      Vibhushana, just shut will you ….

      You are brain dead. Just shut up.

      You have nothing useful to say. Go away.

      Ranil is a gentleman. That’s enough for me.

      That Prabakaran, obliged Mahinda Rajapakse, to force the Tamils to stay away from the last Presidential Elections is enough for me to sink a knife into the whole clan.

      The rotten Jarawa Paksas should be buried and forgotten.

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        Oh how wrong you are!

        That Prabakaran, obliged Mahinda Rajapakse, to force the Tamils to stay away from the last Presidential Elections

        LTTE had already decided to boycott by the time Basil + Prez Secretary and Mangala visited the LTTE.

        It looks like LTTE double dipped and took the money anyway. The LTTE made the decision to boycott consulting the TNA before.

        “Emerging from the three and a half hour meeting with the Political Wing of the LTTE, Wednesday, R.Sampanthan, Leader of the TNA Parliamentarians, categorically declared to the media, “Nothing worthwhile would be achieved by supporting either of the two leading candidates in the Sri Lankan Presidential election.” Mr Sampanthan, following discussions presided by S.P.Thamilchelvan, leader of the Political Wing of the LTTE, assured the press in Kilinochchi, that Tamil People are “not at all interested in the forthcoming Presidential election.”

        http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=16298

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          Chandre,

          No one thinks like you.

          Just go and tell your nonsense to Rajapaksha modaya.

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          Vibhushana, your so called response only proves how brain dead you are. Velupillai accepted money from Mahinda Rajapaksa. So do you think he will admit that he forced the Tamils to not to vote?

          If you enjoy licking the Jarapasse just go ahead and do it. Why do you feel the need for any camouflage? That your camouflage is not working is further proof you are brain dead.

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    Aman,

    You are not giving the full picture here.

    Lets assume Sri Lankan politics is a game of cricket.

    Sobitha is neither a batsman nor a bowler. He is not even a coach nor a groundsman. Suddenly he wants a place in the opening line up. No one in this game will take him too seriouly.

    Karu does not come out as a strong batsman. Never does he come to bat at the top end. Though he makes good runs as a tail ender he is still a tail ender.

    Sajith wants to play alone, I agree with you. He is not a team player. He wants to bat and bowl against the MARA team all by himself.

    That leaves RW. I agree he was a good batsman before. But he has lost his zest and is being pushed to be the opening batsman by his equally lackluster former team mates. Sadly far too many of his team mates left the side to join the opposition team. This tells a lot about his leadership.

    It is not easy to defeat the MARA’s team because they don’t play cricket by the rules. In fact they break every rule of the gentleman’s game. They incorporate elements of boxing, wrestling, rugby (tackling the opposition to the ground), basketball, hockey (to break the legs of the opposition)even poker and if all else fails they adopt target shooting into their game of cricket.

    I am at a loss to suggest who best to lead the next team to challenge the Rajapaksa team.

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      There’s rumors floating around that Maithripala will defect on announcement of the election and be the candidate…

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      BBS
      There’s only one chance left for Ranil’s benefit!
      Srilankans are traditionally emotion driven.They
      might decide,”enough the poor fellow received the
      beatings,give him a lift,” this can work if proper
      approach is worked out and if the dangers involved
      allowing one man to continue more than two terms is
      better explained.Ranil must be chosen not wholly
      for his stupid saintliness but for a change that
      could bring some calmness after the reign of heavy
      tensions for a decade.Whatever said of Ranil,he
      should be given a chance before anything else is
      considered.Srilanka has so far only seen one good
      man in Dudley.

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    As a Tamil I have had serious misgivings about Ranil and his speeches after the 1983 riots. His dealings in Batalanda gave me the shivers. But he acquitted himself well as Prime Minister and came out as a statesman during the ceasefire period. He continues to be a gentleman in the face of diatribes against him.

    People do change and I think we must give him another chance. Given the fact that he would have won in 2005 if not the bribes to Prabhakaran that kept the Tamils from voting, I think we owe him an opportunity to show us the stuff he is made of.

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    At present Ranil Wickremasinghe is the most suitable Presidential candidate. The immediate resignation as Prime Minister speaks that he is not a cheap politician. Now he is matured and would be supported by the Western democratic countries and India. I feel he should be given an opportunity to lead the country.

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    Aman, you’re absolute correct. But his lack of charisma which is a prerequisite to win an election will become a serious issue when compared with MR. Let’s hope for the best! Freethinker.

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    I used to think CBK was the best bet against the Rajapaksas. But with talk about legal issues, and her not having made up her mind or initiated any serious campaign even now, her chances look increasingly little.

    Now that even the JHU guys have problems with the Rajapaksas, a growing sense among the people of “anyone but the Rajapaksas” can work to the advantage of RW. So CBK should join Mangala in supporting RW, and bring many moderate SLFP’ers with her. RW and those like the young economist with him( Harsha de Silva ?) should tone down their capitalistic rhetoric in order to get disgruntled SLFPers and some left of center parties to support him. They should run on a moderate platform better suited to a developing country with a high levels of poverty, but keep hammering on the crony capitalism of the Rajapaksas, whose SLFP misleads the people that it is left of center.

    If they conduct an agile campaign, with a rapid response team that effectively addresses characterization by Rajapaksa acolytes ( including by the likes of Dayan Jayatilleka) of RW as out of touch and elitist, or not Sinhala nationalistic, and shift the focus to all the glaring evils of the current regime, then they can still make RW win.

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    RW is a gentleman but will never win this election. If he is fielded as common candidate, it would be a one horse race for MR. UNP / RW has to be realistic.
    UNP has been too long in the opposition and
    should now make a winning combination. If RW contests
    and looses there will be not many remaining in the party and RW may not even retain the opposition
    leaders position.

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    Mahinda robbed his presidency with the help of Praba. Chandrika robbed 4yeras of his premiership with the help of JVP.

    Country should give him the chance to run our country and He is the best politician to run this country.

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    JVP like last time will choose common candidate, if they won’t contest UNP candidate (not common) has the chance to be the main opposition candidate. As the entire nation is a single constituency those who want change will vote for the main opposition candidate even if they don’t like him personally, abstentions apart. JHU or for that matter BBS have no clout but can split few thousand votes if contest alone. The chances are bright for Rajapakse winning by a reduced margin, 1 m.

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    Even Saachi & Saachi won’t be able to promote the Ranil brand.

    The The damage is beyond redemption.

    Considering the fact that the damage occurred on several very important stages of our recent fight to eliminate Terrorists.

    Offering our brave Military Intelligence unit which nwas made up of mainly Muslim officers, to please the Thavalar and get his blessings for Ranil’s premiership.

    Denigrating the brave Armed forces , when they were fighting life or death battles against the Terrorists.

    And allowing Solheim to openly prop up Prabakaran by giving money,,equipment and international protection.

    Had Prabakaran been clever enough to accept Ranil’s offer of Self Rule , we would have had a Green Line from Puttalam via Vavniya , and right up to Kataragaman along the East Coast,

    And it would have been standing room only for our poor Southerners in what ever land left below the G Line…

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      We need Mahinda type leaders to defeat a terrorist group, and Ranil type leaders to rule a country. lets choose our leaders wisely..!

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    Ranil is good but good for nothing.

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    Today UNP is not well organized. It has failed even to paste a single poster against the government island wide during the last 12 years or so. Today UNP’s block vote is between 30% and 35%. From where is he going to get the rest needed to defeat Mahinda?

    Votes of Tamils and Muslims will not be sufficient to fill the gap.

    SLFPers and Leftists will never vote Ranil.

    Mahinda too wants Ranil to be his opponent.Why?

    Mahinda got scared when he guessed that the common candidate would be a person who could garner votes from the SLFP and the JVP .That is why he talked to Rev. M.Sobhitha Thera.
    To defeat Mahinda much popular person than Ranil is sine qua non.
    If Chandrika is not coming invite Rajitha Senarathna. He can defeat Mahinda .

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    A gentleman. Yup. Most especially at Batalanda.

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      Is that all you have to say?

      Pathetic!

      Ranil narrowly lost the 2 elections he contested. In 1999 sympathy helped Chandrika win. In 2005 LTTE blocked voters allowing Mahinda to win.

      A LTTE-less election would have made Ranil the president.

      Don’t worry. JR was 71 years old when he became president. Ranil is the best man for the top job. He is a very stable, deep thinking, diplomatic and cultured man.

      No one in the UNP can match him. Certainly not the crossbreeds.

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      Yes, Sajith, a better gentleman….ask LSE !!!!

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      dayan,don’t try to tarnish this man unnecessarily. Your buddies in the JVP were killing left,right and center and if you think ranil has to do nothing about it and save his arse too then you are a hypocrite.

      Whatever ranil did,you would have done too in a similar situation because the fight or flight gene is there in all of us,the survivors of the human race.Those who did not have that gene would have perished centuries ago.

      here is a report which clearly exonerates him when chandrika went on a witch hunt to screw him up.From it i give below an important extract

      “On 3 September 1997 Wickramasinghe testified before the Batalanda Commission (INFORM Aug. 1997, 9; The Sunday Times 31 Aug. 1997) as the last witness to give evidence (ibid.). The Sunday Times reported that Wickramsinghe completed his testimony before the Commission on 4 September 1997, was subjected to “lengthy questioning, [but] fared well as a witness and came out largely unscathed” (7 Sept. 1997).

      The Batalanda Commission report that was submitted to President Chandrika on 27 March 1997 found the police Counter Subversive Unit (CSU) headed by Peiris “directly responsible” for the torture carried out at the illegal unofficial detention centre at Batalanda Housing Scheme (Sri Lanka Monitor Apr. 1998). The report also found Wickramasinghe knew of the centre’s existence (ibid.).”

      I give below the link for the full report if you want to read it,but i’am sure that a man of your class would know it by heart,but yet chose to stab him using your pen.Your hate for ranil is perplexing to me.

      http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6acfd54.html

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        It is not so perplexing, Dayan went behind CBK and Ranil for post and perks.
        Was snubbed and hence his hatred….

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      [Edited out]

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    Firstly, this is a bit of a moot article in the first place. The whole point of electing the next president is to abolish the EP. Now, whether whoever is elected will stick to that agreement or not (there being no real way to get rid of a sitting EP) notwithstanding, the role the President has to play in this country is set to reduce to a minimum if the abolition does happen. In a scenario like that, having a capable man like RW stuck in a ceremonial presidency is just a waste.

    Secondly, Sobitha thero was ruled out as the common candidate, if I remember right. Even if he wasn’t, pretty much everyone involved understands that Sobitha, being a monk, will never get any significant portion of the minority vote. Either way, Sobitha is a non-entity in the race itself.

    Karu, while he doesn’t have Mahinda’s credentials of winning the war and whatnot, is largely an honest man who can be counted upon to do what needs to be done once elected. While I agree he’s a bit soft, from a purely functional point of view, he’s perfect. Decent guy who’s (as far as we know) not someone who has delusions of grandeur and a massive ego, neither of which will allow anyone to give up the kind of power involved in the equation. The fact that Mahinda’s “credentials” is even a factor here is disgusting: people (and here I refer to the Sinhalese) seem to have forgotten how this regime killed protesters just to keep their hold on power. In any other country, regardless of whether one had won ten wars, massacring your own people is the kind of things that gets you thrown out at any subsequent election. Memories of goldfish, brains of cows.

    And finally, Ranil’s candidacy itself. The point of this love-letter. You’ve been quite open to examining the faults of every other candidate you discussed, but when it comes to Ranil, logic seems to have left you for its afternoon tea. Simply rattling off Ranil’s credentials isn’t enough to get him elected: people will NOT vote for the man. You say “Ranil is a gentleman well accepted by the ‘international community’.”- true, and if the international community was the only vote base in Lanka, Ranil can win with an absolute majority. As it is, even Ranil himself is aware that he can’t win: the Presidential elections in third-world Presidential republics like ours (that have never got rid of this ridiculous “President=king” mentality) are more about personality cults than policy; parliamentary elections are slightly more policy-based. In a personality cult contest against MR, Ranil has as much chance as a coma patient.

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    Ranil is a good honorable politician. If he contests as the Common Candidate he will not be supported by the JHU, JVP voters, as a block, though some of them will vote for him. I have a suggestion. Let Mahinda contest. If there are a sufficient number leaving the UPFA, get one of the leading vote attracting personalities to contest, and the votes this candidate polls will be votes from MR’s account. Let the UNPers and sympathizers vote for RW. If the SLFP defector can get one million votes it will bring MR’s so called majority of 2010 to zero. Therefore, RW should win. Whether one of the leading cross-overs would agree to this is an issue. If someone can convince him that this is the only way to win he should as he is determined to finish the dynastic rule. In addition UNP could ask voters to give the second preference to the defector candidate and the latter can ask his voters to give the second preference to RW. This will make MR to lose even if he comes to the level of going for a second count. Think this over you Opposition leaders.

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    Ranil is, unquestionably, a gentleman. But is he a leader? Here we are at a critical moment and he is pussyfooting around. As head of our largest political party, he should be stepping up to the plate, prepared to do battle. Instead we have confusion, obfuscation and vacillation. Does he have the stomach? Is he doubting himself? Is he planning on being non-playing captain?
    Is the task of challenging MaRa AND his coterie a polling station too far?

    I am afraid this hesitation and delay has played right into the hands of the Man acknowledged through the land as being in the vanguard that vanquished the limping Tigers and brought peace to this blessed island. Now, this same coterie that brought peace asks the people to trust them as peace keepers.

    Still, a month is a very very long time in politics, so don’t bring out the cheena pattas just yet.

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    RANIL IS THE ONLY TRUE STATESMAN THAT SR LANKA HAS. A DECENT BLOKE. AN INTELLIGENT ANF PATIENT ONE WHO DOES NOT BLABBER WHEN IDIOTS SLANDER HIM.A MAN OF VISION WHO PROPOSED THE FREE TRADE ZONE CONCEPT.IT WILL BE UNFORTUNATE IF SRI LANKA FAILS TO MAKE HIM LEAD

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    Dayan,

    Mahinda is a gentleman. Ask Lasanatha’s children. And when you are through with then ask Podala Jayantha, Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema among others. Their answers might interest you. Yup, sure will

    Aman

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    Dr. Dayan Jayatileke.

    RW acquitted himself from the Batalanda fiasco under no lesser an enemy than CBK. Yeah Mahinda is a gentleman. Ask Lasanatha Wickrematunga’s children that question and then when you are through with them, ask Prageeth Eknaligoda’s wife and children. Have a word also with Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema and Podala Jayantha if you can trace him. Mahinda is a gentleman they will all say. Yup, sir!

    Aman

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    Why dont every one of you read Court of Appeal CA writ 152/2012 by fraud fighter and CT contributor Naganada Kodituwakku (which can incidentally be found on the internet)

    Reading the names of all the podu apekshakayas givn honourable mentions in that document how can one have hope that “a future government would take corrective measures to restore the rule of law and good governance in this country and would take measures to deal appropriately with those who continue to abuse the Executive, Legislature or Judiciary Offices for improper considerations” (quoting Naganada in an earlier article on CT)

    Please comment on this everyone, Nagananda included , are you all man enough or are your comments just partisan?

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    RW would be good as a non playing captain. If he opens the innings or comes in as a middle order
    Batsman he will end up with a duck or low score. When he goes to ball he would freely help the opposite side with sixers and fours so that they can win easily as he has proved as the Oposition Leader during the past 18 years. RW is a gentleman and should be recognised but he would never be a vote catcher.
    This article is probably written by Aman Faris from an A/C room to promote RW and wonder it is done
    To mislead RW.

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    Ranil is a Statesman in the making. He has only 6 months as President
    to revert back to Parliament under newer arrangements. There are no
    players in the political field today to match Ranil as a contestant. He will be most welcomed internationally and put right this regimes debacle of 10 yrs. I thank MR & 10 Judges for giving us this 2 yr. respite by an early EP when we SB Voters WILL make a wise choice by
    this one and only opportunity as aginst a “99 yr.lease” to the Family*.

    DJ – Batalanda is nothing compared to 80 Million pocketed by the Family* after the Tusami- (as in “Lanka Standard” Rpt:)

    “We give you below a list of the *officials of this private foundation:
    Chamal Rajapakse – Chairman, Mahinda Rajapakse – Vice Chairman, Basil Rajapakse, Gothabhaya Rajapakse, Prithi Rajapakse, Vichitra Rajapakse, Lalith Chandradasa, Secretary (Brother-in-Law), Thusith Ranawaka, W. Gunasekera, U Wijesinghe (secretary), Chandra Wijewardena, Shiranthi Wickremasinghe(wife of the PM), Ramya Hettiarachchi, Ayoma Peiris, Pushpa Wickremasinghe, Sathindra Perera, Shainda Rajapakse, Saminda Rajapakse, Himal Rajapakse, Rangani Hettiarachchi, Thejani Rajapakse, Chaminda Rajapakse, Henri dissanayake, Vernon Samarakoon, Nihal Gunasekera, N.Ratnayake, Sarath Amaraweera, A.Weerarathna, J.P.Ratnayake, J. Amarawickrama, Upul Dissanayake, Udayanga Weerathunga, Dulari Dissanayake, Kithsiri Sepala, Keerthi Dissanayake, Dushyantha Roopasinghe, Jaliya Wickremasinghe, Anura Goonaratne, S. Jayasundara, K.M.A. Godawatta, P.H.G. Premasiri, Mendis Rohanadeera, T.Jayasinghe, Layanal Sarath, Edirisinghe, D.C.H.Samarasinghe”

    The UNP too should engage Internation PR firms for election logistics
    this time, in view of China finanacing MRs electioneering.

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    Under the circumstances there is absolutely no doubt about it. Bensen

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    Every body says that Ranil is a gentleman and a democrat and he should
    be given the second chance to contest as a common candidate, He never came closer to the incumbent President’s score in the previous EP election.
    We all agree that he is a gentleman but he has not proved his mettle yet for the past many years in politics and he was more out of the country than in. Ordinary People look for one’s achievements, or power to vote. A man or a woman who has gentle ways and mild manners is always considered a weak contestant by an SL voter, unfortunately. He is identified as a man with the elite and not with the poor and that’s why he always contests in Colombo. Why not contest Matara for a change? as,as a party leader, he should be geared to contest any electorate.
    we cannot afford to have an election, expecting sympathy votes to defeat an opponent . The opposition should take a serious note of the thinking of the people, this time around , as they will vote for the opposition only if a formidable candidate is fielded, who has heavy clout & popularity and who has the means to grab the dissident voters

    Gentleness does not go hand in hand in Politics in SL.,sadly,So Karu seems to be the next option as he has done less political sins than the other politicians in the country and he commands respect of all class of people, elite,the poor & minorities of Sri lanka.International
    relationship is at a low ebb as you all know and Karu, been a former diplomat,can rally around and get the dissident countries to our side
    and avoid all kinds of pressure. He has the PR and he could keep all parties happy.

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    It is a great pity if Ranil is not selected the common candidate. The “realists” never tire of talking about Ranil being western, and not “feeling the pulse” of “the people”. In effect these Ranil bashers are criticizing Ranil’s honesty. He is no Rajapaksa in that he does not have a hypocritical grin pasted on his face, he doesn’t artificially display a proximity to “the people”, and he doesn’t do cheap tricks like picking up unwashed children, calling them “putha” and “duva”. In his public speeches Ranil is clear, factual and objective reminding us of the public speaking of great politicians like NM.

    Ranil is intelligent, reads widely, and respected internationally, not only in the political circles, but in academic as well. He has been a regular guest at the prestigious MIT where he has made contributions that academics have appreciated. He is a skillful manager, and above all has a modernity of mind essential in a leader if we are to have a ghost of a chance to progress towards a prosperous and dynamic society.

    In him, like in the case a few others like NM, we have an intellectual politician we can be proud of. And like Dudley he is a decent man, as some contributors here have already noted. If the opposition is genuinely united there is little doubt that Ranil can defeat Rajapaksa.

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      Scott- Fully agree with you that Ranil is a decent gentleman and every one’s hope is that we get decent people to run the country but rural
      masses look for his achievements. He had been a puppet PM under JR and
      nothing more done to get the attention of the voters,in his 30 years or so, in his political life.The educated understand his predicament but they are in the minority. If Ranil is the ideal candidate,why is the party disunited on the issue of fielding him as a common candidate
      because they feel that he does not hold the credentials to become a common candidate,strong enough to challenge the might of the incumbent President, who is also in the field.
      Ranil, belongs to the calibre of Bala Tampoe or Wijebahu Wijesinghe,or for that matter, one time PM Dahanayake. who were sincere and honest and wanted to elevate the people from poverty line, but there were no takers, unfortunately.

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