23 September, 2020

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Ranil’s Tactical Success, Mahinda’s Strategic Victory 

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

“Who will make the Revolution?  The people, with or without the Communist party!’ ~ Fidel Castro

Who will defeat the UNP? The people, with or without the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. That was proved at the Local Government election and will be proved at every forthcoming election up to and including next year’s presidential and subsequent parliamentary election.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe scored a tactical victory in the power struggle with President Sirisena. He won it on terrain that was favorable to President Sirisena. This means that in the art of infighting and manipulation, Ranil Wickremesinghe has no peer in Lankan politics. What of Mahinda Rajapaksa who won the battle for the SLFP vote base, one may well ask. Mahinda did not win that battle by the art of infighting. He won it by taking the battle outside, to the people, and by reposing his trust in the people. Ranil has won the battle in the corridors and the backrooms. Mahinda won the ground game.

What makes it tactical is that it comes on top of an unprecedented defeat in the local government elections at the hands of a political party which is only a few months old, and a political phenomenon—the MR comeback—which is only three years old, if you date it back to the Nugegoda February 2015 mass mobilization.

What makes it tactical rather than strategic is also the fact that the only change that has happened at the level of mass popularity is the UNP’s drop by 13% and 1.3 million votes. At least the official SLFP has the factor of a split to blame. The UNP remains intact and the loss was therefore not the result of a split but rather of a drastic reduction of support at the ground level.

Why then do I say that Mahinda Rajapaksa won a strategic victory? Firstly he and his brother Basil have repeated SWRD Bandaranaike and DA Rajapaksa’s achievement but in a compressed time frame. The founders of the SLFP built a third force that swept to the top, but it did not do so on its first electoral outing. The SLFP was formed in 1951, contested the election of 1952 but could not displace either the UNP or the Left, which remained the main Opposition. The SLFP broke through at the next general election in 1956. By contrast, the Pohottuwa beat the UNP, the official SLFP and of course the JVP, at its very first electoral outing, mere months after formation.   

Mahinda Rajapaksa not only holds the largest chunk of votes in the country– 45%– but he has also probably jumped the 50% mark by now, thanks to the way in which the UNP won the recent power struggle. That struggle has been won by the UNP at the expense of President Sirisena.

The President’s power base is the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. He has no other political power base, only an institutional one. That power base is being drastically undermined.

That undermining was because its votes were hemorrhaging to the breakaway Pohottuwa. That hemorrhage was because the Sri Lanka Freedom Party was in alliance as a subordinate partner with the UNP.

The breakaway organization was the natural result and reaction of the SLFP shifting drastically from its traditional role as moderate nationalist opposition to the UNP.

It was a subordinate partner of the UNP in government because the SLFPers who crossed over to the project of a unity government with the UNP could not carry their party with them. They could neither convince the majority of their fellow MPs nor their vote base.

The SLFP’s vote base was repelled by the policies and profile of the UNP as it was led by Ranil Wickremesinghe. The UNP under Ranil Wickremesinghe was taking the government in a direction that was anathema to SLFP voters.

Therefore the official SLFP failed to retain the bulk of their base. Thus it is was weakened at this last election and by direct extension the President’s power base was weakened. Therefore the President had to act.

That action initially took the form of seeking to persuade the UNP to drop Mr. Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister because he was toxic to the SLFP base. The President was willing to stay with the alliance with the UNP and the SLFP was willing to remain within it provided the main center of neoliberalism and anti-nationalism, the leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe, was surgically removed.

When the UNP stayed with Ranil and he eyeballed it with the President, the latter finally blinked. What happens next—or rather, now—is predictable, almost inevitable.

Though the Chandrika faction of the SLFP, supported by some who came from the UNP and were always UNP at heart, will remain within the government, some SLFP MPs may not. They may constitute the second wave of resistors, after the first wave that stayed with the August 2015 mandate against a coalition with Ranil’s UNP. The official SLFP may well suffer its second split, this time a smaller one, but one which will leave Mahinda Rajapaksa with a larger number of SLFP MPs than before Feb 10th.

In terms of MPs, Mahinda is not back to the day of the August 2015 election, at which he won 96, but sooner rather than later he certainly will have more than the 50 plus he had after 44 SLFPers defected to the unity coalition with the UNP and the 56 he has now.

More important in the strategic character of Mahinda’s success, is the shift in the vote base. Though the number of SLFPers who may cross over might be smaller than those who remain in government, what will almost certainly happen is that the bulk of the 13% of the SLFP vote which stayed away from Mahinda’s camp will switch to it.

That switch will come either with the move of the SLFP MPs from Government to Opposition, or simply by a shift of allegiance, as the official SLFP leadership has shown itself unwilling or unable to make good on its signals of dumping the UNP and forming an SLFP government or at the very least of retrenching Prime Minister Wickremesinghe.

The ensuing disappointment will shift a significant part of the official SLFP’s 13% vote to the Opposition. This 13% was basically an anti-UNP vote which stayed with the SLFP leadership because those voters gave him the benefit of the doubt especially after his critique of the UNP over the bond scam. All that is over now with the imminent formation of a government in which President Sirisena is weaker, his SLFP’s strength is smaller and the UNP’s grip is greater.      

The shift of much of the residual SLFP vote to the Opposition, accompanied by or accompanying several SLFP MPs, will mean that three years after Nugegoda, Mahinda now has vaulted the magic 50% mark of popular support.  This puts him in a situation better than he was when he lost in January 2015. Thus Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s tactical victory in the eyeballing or hand wrestling with President Sirisena would have meant a strategic enhancement for Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The factor of the discrediting and thereby weakening of the Sirisena-ist SLFP at the expense of the rightist UNP can only help the populist Opposition which had already won the Feb 10th election. Either the moderate center shifts to or slipstreams behind the populist Pohottuwa/JO, or the Pohottuwa/JO absorbs and becomes the moderate center.

The final factor that helps Mahinda and enhances his strategic gains are the policies that a predominantly UNP government is almost certain to impose or rather, continue to impose on the people. The result will be observable when the Provincial Council elections are held—and the later that is, the more pronounced Mahinda’s victory will be, as we saw with the delayed Local government elections. And then comes the Presidential election next year, followed by the parliamentary one. It is all visible on the horizon, and the trend—the “real dynamic” as Trotsky termed it–is clear.

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    Dayan,
    Mahinda did not win and Mahinda cannot win. In both 2015 & 2017 Mahinda contested one and only issue that is Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism which is against to Tamils & Muslims. Within next two years both Mahinda & Gotapaya will loose their civil rights lawfully and get punishment for their crimes.

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      Mahinda the nation s wadakaya would never win.

      People have to teach him and his horu a lession sooner than later.

      Current President is to be blamed to have not allowed UNP led groups to do the job.

      That lady – Dilrukshi Wickramsighe started the job, but President s involvment saved THE Rajapakshe men.

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        There is no other way than go radically against Rajapakshes. Please call internationaal help as much as you can is what I can ask GOVT to do.

        They have lot more dead bodies in their cabins. Grass eating people have beentaken as human shield today. This is no means acceptable.

        Now Gotabaya has the audacity to open his aggressive mind and let the world lknow that he has been an american citizen. But our journos would not utter a single word against the bugger

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      No way, the dream of DJ would ever become true.

      He has to wait until 2025 to get elected as Foreign Minister. I am not sure, if he would ever live tha tlong, when considering the devious nature he is seen to have today.

      Good hearted honest can live longer while devious men .. rabble rousers cant do so.. since they always try to twist the news. That then become their own destiny creating own problem within them.

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      Even if I am deaf and blind, I would never think Rajapakshe would ever succeed in this country again.
      They have done enough to their own folks.

      TNA leaders statment articulates it more today.
      Not TNA but Rajapakshe will cause another Ealam damnd to take ground.
      Rajapakshes are born extremists. They are interested only abusing powers.

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      People are MADE to see that FORMER CBG is a non-srilanken.

      But [Edited out] Rajapakshe brother aggressive Gota – publicly … made it louder.. hhi hi… ” I am an american citizen”: There, people are made to believe he is patriotic Rajapakshe blood.. how come ?
      Why people are made to believe the klind of hypocrite – patriots ?
      Media prostitutes woudl never articulate the facts about GOTA since they know Gota canibalistic tactics.

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

      RE: Ranil’s Tactical Success, Mahinda’s Strategic Victory

      Mahinda cannot be President. Dies he want to be Prime Minister? Unlikely.

      All three, Sirisena, Ranil and Mahinda ( was replaced) are replaceable.

      Need new blood. In the meantime, Mahinda Rajapaksa and cronies can spend two more years in the wideness plotting strategy.

      Remember, the average IQ of the land is 79, and they have short memoirs, and many still believe that the Sui goes around a stationary Earth.

      Sri Lanka Presidential Elections

      Election year Candidate Votes Vote % Result
      2005 Mahinda Rajapaksa 4,887,152 50.29% Won
      2010 Mahinda Rajapaksa 6,015,934 57.88% Won
      2015 Mahinda Rajapaksa 5,768,090 47.58% Lost

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      At least in next inning we have to bring ELLUM GAHA.

      So that we can finally punish all the JO men one behind the other.

      Then only we can even think of a better future.

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        A better future in which Sri Lankans will eat the excreta of the Western powers. Easter boys in Western town.

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      And Maitri’s treacherous defeat.

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      Are you trying to convince others or only yourself?

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      Dream on buddy ! 2020 for Gota

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      Ajith, first learn how to spell Gotabhaya. Then wake up. Your idols have lost and will lose again. Get used to the idea.

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      Keep dreaming

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    And [Edited out] your nature also succeeded now you can think even more of getting posted to somewhere.
    I now see not the least difference between you ( so called academic – selfproclaimed political scientist) and the street born Wimal weerawanse whose educational background is questonable.
    Latter make every efforts to paint the picture in favour of them. Now those men branded as palhoru have been searching for refuge in a govt. Then only they can enjoy their usual impunity tactics.

    I think People should be made clear about the need of standing against Rajaakshe. TNA leader articulated it loudly as he could in the parliament today. We none of us want any new wars. We are all the same if born to lanken soil. None should be above the other.
    That shoudl be made clear to Rajapakshe men. THeir ABUSIVE tactics demanding of a new govt is connected with ulterior motives.

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      DJ is an another fly found on extrements of Rajapkshe.

      He would never sense it.

      We need SF to be the law and order minister of the next cabinet.

      He is the only saviour of the nation. He will teach everyone a lession. No doubt about that.

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        SF is nothing more than a kalavedda.

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    Smoking weed before writing articles? 😂🤔

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      Rather you are smoking weed while reading them and commenting on same and while listening to your idol – Mr. Bean.

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    Tactical Success and Strategic Victory hang in between “treacherous betrayal”…

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    This is the best outcome for Pohottuwa, although Mr Sampathar says it didn’t get even 45 % of the vote.
    Now Mr Sampathar wants Dr Ranil to give him the Vellala Eelaam , before the next Election.
    Mr Ravi Karunanayaka seems thrilled too.
    May be he is expecting full exoneration for himself ,and his buddies Dr Mahendran Aloysious and Palisena.
    Dr Ranil will deliver these according to his Body Guard Dr Rajitha.
    Dr Rajitha said in Parliament , that they now have full two years to turn the things around.
    Aloysious has to be out to help Dr Ranil and Dr Rajitha to do them.
    Wonder what Sillysena is going to do for the next two years.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekere

      The young man Rajavarothiam Sampanthan of Trincomalee made an analysis on recently held local election results in the parliament.

      Together with your new mate Dayan the public racist listen to Trinco Sam and learn about the deception:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucufa20TNkk

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      KASmaalam

      I am sorry it was the wrong link. Here is the relevant one:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKcgqHt8pM4

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    Never say never again. When a year old party get 45% either it could flourish or just die after the initial burst of support. It will depend on how decisively UNP and others will govern during the next 2 years. If they delay justice to the likes of Arjuna M then some of the protest votes will flow to Pohottuwa. Infighting in UNP should also be managed. Next two years will not be smooth sailing.

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    Prime Minister Wickremesinghe scored a tactical victory in the power struggle with President Sirisena. This is really pathetic. If Ranil’s small finger moves, the entire family will be in dungeons for centuries for all looting, murders, rapes etc. If Ranil’s shielding leave a fissure INGOs will snatch the family all and put on the Electric Chair. It is because of Ranil’s promise those guys’ feet still on the earth. When the entire world knows about all this, Thero is trumpeting the caricatural pride of Old Royals.
    Did the guy take the fight out of parliament to fight with CJ Shiranee? If he was really a people person, (in 2014) why couldn’t he conduct a referendum on those days and prove who he was to Shiranee Bandaranaike? Is that the guy really capable of taking the fights to opponents’ plane? What happened when Ponny stood for election in that Hotel? Why 18A was imposed without referendum? Why rugby challenges were not played with Thajudeen in rugby field. Why Eknaligoda and Lasantha were not met on editorial of the Media, but on the road under guise. Why Kathirgamar’s diplomatic maneuvering had to be challenged at residence, not at his FAM? We can write a thousand stories from the past 10 years. But if there really somebody understands the perspective of matters, would they designate those as strategical victory or “infighting and manipulation”, but not the outright thuggeries and murders? Those who specializes in Murders and thuggeries calling others as “infighting and manipulation”? This kind of talk is only a substitute or supplement to Biriyani parcel and sip of arrack to the election rallies Sinhala Buddhists’, but really much below level for a political discussion at CT.
    The talk of trust is not related here. If a mother is cruel to the child, still it will be going to hug her leg, seeking protection for her cruelty from her, when she beats it.

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    But if the police women or social service persons ask it to go with them, it wouldn’t. Mental maturity is the one enable an adult to independently think and evaluate, but not to blindly put a childish trust on dangerous devils. That is a well-known Thero Syndrome. In other words, the mass has to demonstrate a minimum level of IQ Index beyond 79 to evaluate the complexities of the democracy and use their Universal Franchise to resolve them arise thereof. We know it is not just Lankawe, but majority of the countries copied Western advanced democratic themes have completely failed and suffering by that failure. It is UN, which has to provide governmental function for these poor states, including Lankawe. If an average Sinhala Buddhist Modaya can be cheated by pompous words Like Social Democratic Smart Patriotism, only a synthetic proponent, no reality ingrained in that, nothing Ranil can do anything about it. It is out of question, here, that figuring out why the Sinhala Buddhists are voting from 1948 only to extreme racists, who have forced Island lonely in the international relationship and bankrupt in economy. From DS to New King, none of the leaders were good for the country. Ranil too may be the same, but it is not his fault that Modayas being easily hoodwinked people.

    “unprecedented defeat in the local government elections”
    UNP’s lost 13% and it is in the SLFP, and UNP & SLFP are partners. How this is creating an unprecedented defeat? Isn’t simple logic that if one loses, another one will gain? Old King did not gain or lose. The mass was looking at parties only as “government and opposition”. When the Slap Party did not win, i.e nobody won, then who lost? How the math works on that. Thero is trying to be adamant to prove his fibs by forcefully splitting the coalition.

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    (defeat) at the hands of a political party which is only a few months old This is the biggest farcical ever appeared in any election result analysis. This is nothing but sheer attempt of hiding the whole pumpkin in the plate of rice. In 2015, New King left SLFP few days before election without any party to contest in the EP election against a man who had gain popularity by being in politics for 30-40 years. Old King was seen as Hero and anybody against him was seen as Appa eating Judas Traitors. But within two months, a man virtually unheard for many part of the island, a party-less man, overturned a whole empire of the Old SLFP Royalty. Yes Three years ago he did that. But he still a man less heard in the Island. Even the Sinhala Buddhists vote for only “Persons”, but not for the name board of party or the party symbol. Last time, when people voted for Old King, he was in SLFP. Now they have come to know that he is not SLFP. So they voted for him again, but to Slap Party, that is where he is. This is only the Old King’s personal votes. Those votes are only for his extreme racism. This answer for the question of “You want Unitary Country or Divided Country” There is nothing the SLPP achieved on its own. It was always clear that Old King will get those much racist votes even if he had stood in UNP. There nothing anything UNP’s age and Slap Party’s age is playing any role here. There is nothing anything Thero telling happened. In fact the 42% percent votes were not for few months old Slap Party, but for the Sinhala Buddhist Racism thriving in Lankawe For one and half Millenniums,

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    The concept that won 2018 election is exiting in Lankawe even before 1948- the freedom date, before 1930- the state council split, before 1915 – the very first racial riots, before Anagarika – the seed sawyer of modern democratic dictatorship racism, but it is showing its face for at least a millennium and a half footing in the majority community. So for the question of how Old King won the LG, the answer is because the Sinhala Buddhist Racism exiting in Lankawe for a millennium and half. It is not by few months old Slap Party. (See below too)
    The UNP remains intact and the loss was therefore not the result of a split but rather of a drastic reduction of support at the ground level. Thero saying this is because the amnesia of the Jan, 2015 election. It was established in that election that SLFP(now the official SLFP)’s opposition is Slap Party. That is Old King opposed New King. SLFP lost its whole 42% to Slap Party. SLFP lost its entire vote base to its enemy whom it has been challenging for three years. That is all what an election was about. UNP did not lose, because it shared the13% with SLFP, with whom UNP is friendlier, not competing, in ruling level. The foolishness of SLFP was it started a competing with UNP and plugged 13% from UNP. But whether UNP gave it out or SLFP plugged it out, it is going to of one group that is ruling party coalition. New King never had that 42% Old King supporters with him. New King got 55% of the UNP,TNA &JVP votes in Jan 2015 election. The 55% had 45% of the UNP votes. That time, New King had 45% of the UNP votes. In Feb 10th New King had only 13% of the UNP votes. The missing 34 %( Not exact) has gone back to UNP.

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    Many indications are SLFP will not be able to survive to be in the 2019 election. So far for last three years, Old Royals failed to show any improvement. If UNP is not getting back most of the 13% voters, whom SLFP soon going to leave as orphans, then UNP can be traced back as possible looser in this election too. But as the 34% UNPyers New King got in Jan 2015 has gone back to UNP, there is no indication why the remaining 13% will not go back to UNP, when the Official SLFP ceases to exist. The only explanation for that is Thero just exaggerating the defeat of the UNP when there is none like that happened. In any case that 13% is government’s vote that is UNP’s vote too.
    Thero has to understand and accept that New King SLFP exists only last three years which lost the election, but SWRD’s Slap Party is exiting from 1956, which won(as per Thero) the election. When New King created his Official SLFP, all SWRD’s Slap Party MPs went with Old Royals, other than 35 Yahapalanaya ministers, who newly identified them as Official SLFP with New King. I know many in the web have claimed that many of the remaining Official SLFP MPs are defeated and appointed. This further weakening New King’s SLFP and strengthening the SWRD’s Slap Party.

    The ensuing disappointment will shift a significant part of the official SLFP’s 13% vote to the Opposition. This 13% was basically an anti-UNP vote which stayed with the SLFP leadership because those voters gave him the benefit of the doubt especially after his critique of the UNP over the bond scam.. That is not true. There New King put the blame of the ruling parties only on UNP. But everybody was contended New King had a role played in that.

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    Further while publishing the UNP’s defects from PCoI, New King was hiding the PRECIPAC which had the faults of Slap Party’s. When he published PCoI (New King appointed commission), 13% went from the blamed ruling party (UNP) to blaming ruling party (SLFP).

    But if the PRECIPAC had been publicized, that was Ranil work, A very high percentage would shifted from Slap Party to UNP. Thero proposed one PCoI Bond Scam costed 13% of the votes to UNP, but when 34 Bond Scams of Old Royals’ come out of PRECIFAC, the amount Slap Party going to lose is 13%X 34…. It is giving out an impossible number, indicating Thero’s original 13% may not hold.
    Any way, we rea not interested in extrapolating Thero’s concoctions, but the truth is it will be about 50% of the Slap Party that is 21% would have moved to UNP. This might have put UNP right away 51%. The chance is when most of the Old Royals votes would be going to go to UNP when their crimes are investigated under a new Law and Oder Minister.
    Further, if the new Law and Order minister prosecute the Old Royals, we cannot predict if Slap Party only going out or Official SLFP also is gone before that. In that case, for the next election JVP will be the opposition in the South. If Ranil’s 19A is not there, New King is only a lonely tree in the wood of Official SLFP. The official SLFP only means a bunch of crooks hanging to New King for ministerial positions. Thero has to take it lightly the real defeat of the Slap in the election; there is no point in convoluting the truth. If Thero is any man of at least a penny, it is better Thero shows faith to Ranil for stopping Old King sleeping in the UN Electric Chair.

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    Watch out for the pariah Foreign powers like US and India who want to install Ranil as President. US is interfering at a rate. They cannot stand popular vote. They are reacting the way they reacted in Gaza. When US called for elections and by free and fair vote, Gaza went to Hamas they got upset and punished both Gaza and West Bank. They wanted and preferred the PLO to win for obvious reasons. If MR makes bigger gains, they will create Eelam and resort to old CIA methods like assassinations and military coups. I can guarantee you, they will try to create Eelam if MR wins again and with India on their side get their base in Trincomalee once Ranil is anointed as President Supremo. They do not care about real democratic results. That is why Keshap and Singh made a beeline to see weak spineless clueless Sirisena and Mr. Colombo 7 CIA relative RW

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    All these buggers who rant against DJ never thought MR led Pohottuwa would win at the LG polls in their wildest dreams. Yet they were proven wrong and DJ has been proven right. Current trajectory of political events suggest that DJ will be proven correct in the near term too.

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    UNP and its supporters still believe in retaining RW and his cronies in power by removing civil rights of MR.
    MR without his civil rights will be more powerful than now and it was more evident in the last election in which he didn’t contest as a candidate.
    Delaying the PC election will definitely prove costly to UNP as it got the dividends for delaying the local government elections.
    If someone thinks that the present government is better than of MR’s one just because of the media freedom and human rights position they may have to regret after another two years time for the disastrous situation in the country.
    As in the case of appointing the Central Bank governor, RW will not take the responsibility for the tragedy, which seems to be inevitable in the near future.
    Unlike in Libya, Syria and Afghanistan, western powers have found a destroyer within the country itself in the form of RW, so that they don’t have nothing to do to achieve what they want.

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    Dayan Jayatilleka beware Shyamon Jayasinghe will flatten your theories

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    Pohothutwa victory was nothing to do with anyone strategic genius but rather the UNP or the ruling coalition lost purely due to Sirisena’s stupidity and insecurity within his party, he doesn’t know whether he is sitting or standing, and this is the first time in the history of this country that the state and other media worked against the sitting government, so one can imagine the end result, given the situation, what UNP achieved was far better than what could have been

    One hope at least now the stupid Sirisena realizes his stupidity and regroup with the UNP on a common front and chase out some of the double crossing SLFB members who are playing a double game and rule the country, if he do that Mahinda will never be able to make a comeback

    If not he can dig his own grave

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    Dream on scumbag, dream on.

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    Ane Paw Dayan the D….y, not a single favourable response, I think none of the grass eaters read an English article.

    Try some Sinhala tabloids, there may be good response from grass eaters and racists.

    This forum is dedicated for eaters of the staple food of our Mother Lanka..

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    Dayan Jayatillaka
    You keep harping on how well SLPP fared in the recent LG elections. The slogans were based on language/religion-divide. This is now bound to influence other parties and will take us back to square one. Does this worry you at all?
    RW/MS are learning how to manage a coalition of near equals.

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    Dr. Jayatilleke, I admired the way President Rajapaksa showed decisiveness in the LTTE crisis. His action saved the nation and IF he was not elected to do this years ago, no one can visualize where this nation today will be. After the victory, he also did some amazing development projects, but not all were well planned and executed. If yu can explain these things, the nation surely will support Mr. Rajapaksa again.

    1) The killings of the rugger captain, Lasantha, the reporter, the Welikada prison incident etc.
    2) The enormous losses by taking Chinese loans for badly planned and projects in Hambantota. These are the port, airport, cricket grounds and the convention center.
    3) Colombo Port City that is a real eye sore and an expensive investment that will only help the Chinese.
    4) The very large presence of Chinese in the country.

    Thank you.

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    Dayan, with your expertise in political science would you think it is better to keep the SLPP and the pohottuwa and let the SLFP and the hand symbol die? The brands matter. and Pohottuwa is a brand name that had stuck on to the voter base.

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      wannihami

      Are you being serious?
      You can discuss this matter when you are sober.

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    “because the Sri Lanka Freedom Party was in alliance as a subordinate partner with the UNP.”

    Why? Why should something like this happen? This is a democracy right? Why should one party subordinate?

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    Have you seen the article by Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri that Mr Gotabaya R. has a good chance of winning the next Presidential?

    A true academic then

    “Rajapaksas’ Presidential hopeful is Gota” – Ceylon Today

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