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Ranil+TNA+New Constitution Or Mahinda+Maithri+New Elections? 

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The story appeared in the Lankadeepa, a credible mainstream newspaper, and one owned by a reputed family that is hardly pro-Mahinda and anti-Ranil—and if anything, has a direct affiliation with the UNP. It carried the byline of a reporter who is not an ethnic Sinhalese, which means the story cannot be written off as spin by a Sinhala ultranationalist. The story sources the news to two TNA MPs.

It says that at meeting at 4:30 pm at Temple Trees with 12 MPs of the TNA, ex-Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe agreed that no activity will be conducted/undertaken in the Northern and Eastern provinces without the consent and concurrence of the TNA. It goes on to say that Mr. Wickremesinghe was in total agreement with the demands put forward by the TNA and agreed to usher in a new Constitution in exchange for the written support that the TNA had extended him.

The story is sensational but unsurprising, given the track record (e.g. the CFA, Geneva 2015 etc.) of the leading protagonist.

But now we know what is really at stake in the choices and decisions, including by the judiciary, in the issues of “pre-Oct 26thor post- Oct 26th?”, “new parliament or old?”, “snap elections or not?”.

It is also the crux of the matter when we, the citizens, have to choose between Ranil and Mahinda as PM, or more correctly, between Ranil and the TNA on the one hand and Mahinda and Maithri on the other.

Meanwhile, right now, a psychological bond scam is being pulled on our society, by the very same folk who pulled the Central Bank bond scam, and their cheering squad.

We are being asked to believe that we live in a Westminster system when we do not and have not, arguably since 1972 and unarguably since 1978.

We are being asked to make believe we live in a Westminster system at a time when we can see every day on our TV screens, the scenes from Westminster, of a government and a polity floundering when it isn’t tearing itself apart. In short, we are asked to follow the Westminster model when that model is showing itself to be at its most dysfunctional, and vastly inferior to that of a Republic and a Presidency, which is what we have.

We are told that Sri Lanka is in an unprecedented state of crisis and that this crisis can be resolved only by a reversion to the status quo ante; that which existed before October 26th. On the contrary, what we have now is exactly the kind of situation that the architect of the Constitution envisaged and planned to preempt or prevail over! That can happen only if the existing model, which is Presidential rather than Parliamentary, is allowed to function unimpeded. Addressing the SLAAS-F Section (Social Sciences) annual session in 1966, with Dr Lal Jayewardene in the chair, Minister JR Jayewardene called for a “strong and stable executive, free from the whims and fancies of the legislature”.

Thus, the designer and framer of our Constitution expected that the legislature would, on occasion, be carried away by its whims and fancies. He expected that this would be deleterious to the nation and its interests, especially that of stability. Therefore, he argued for a strong and stable executive, free from the whims and fancies of the legislature. It is only if we subject the executive to the whims and fancies of the legislature that the ship of state may capsize. On the other hand, if the executive is allowed to stand strong and stable, free from the whims and fancies of the legislature which is attempting to set itself up as a contending power center which can override the Presidency, stability is ensured and the system will function as the architect intended it.

The other psychological scam being pulled on us is the notion that the Parliament is the repository of democracy while the Executive Presidency is coterminous with tyranny. This is wholly dishonest in that the executive is directly elected—unmediated by even an electoral college, as in some countries where you can lose the popular vote but win the election– by a majority of the people (50%+1) taken as a whole. Thus, the Presidency is the chief repository of popular sovereignty and democratic choice.

Furthermore, this present Parliament has been distorted since one party with a mere 16 seats and another with a mere 6, were accorded the designation and status of the Opposition, its Leadership, and its Chief Whip respectively, on a mere technicality, thereby depriving a real mainstream national opposition several times their number, of any official role and status whatsoever. That dangerous lopsidedness is an anomaly that can be rectified only by a mid-term parliamentary election.

Finally, the mind games that are being played include patronizing and interventionist injunctions to us by external players who are hardly paragons of ethics, morality or success. One is a country that not only invades and destroys states on false pretexts but is also such a sick society that hardly a month passes without some mass shooting of citizens including children by some crazy person. Before legislators and officials of such a country prescribe what we should do, it should perhaps pass legislation which protects its own children.

Yet another is a country that is tearing itself apart over Brexit, with turmoil in government and Parliament, and with constituent regions threatening to exit if Brexit (which was passed at a Referendum) goes through. Since it does not have a written Constitution one doesn’t quite know who is in charge, for how long, and what happens next.

A third is a regional body which lectures us; a regional organization from which a prominent member is trying to get the hell out of, and is finding it a lacerating business to do so.

While we are being publicly criticized, lectured to, instructed and implicitly threatened by countries that are overstretched and in slow, parabolic, relative historical decline as befalls all Empires and their satellites; decadent hegemonic powers struggling against the birth of a multi-polar world, Sri Lanka is, by contrast, not being lectured to by the world’s and the region’s most successful rising power, whose support we enjoy.

The worst scam that is being pulled on us is the notion that we are somehow an unsuccessful state and country. This is nonsense. We have preserved our territorial unity and integrity despite a thirty-year secessionist war, and by prevailing decisively over the enemy. Many countries, including in Europe have not. We have seen off an external force on our soil. Many countries still have foreign forces and bases on their soil. We have defeated a powerful globalized terrorist army. Even the world’s only superpower has failed to do so. We have always preserved our democracy and fought off two Southern/Sinhala insurgencies to do so. Many countries have had long periods or at least episodes of dictatorship. We have preserved a basic system of social welfare. The world’s leading power still does not have free health care or free education. We have a Republic with a written Constitution, not an archaic monarchy. We have a Presidential system, which four of the five members of the UN Security Council have.

In sum, we have a successful state which has warded off many challenges which others have failed to overcome. We should be proud of ourselves and preserve our victories. Next year, 2019, around this time, we have elections—our most important one—whether anyone likes it or not. That is the Presidential election. What we must remember it is that 2009 is the 10thanniversary of our great patriotic victory over terrorism, or more accurately terrorist-separatism. We must preserve the political system that enabled us to win this great victory.  In the 10th anniversary year of this victory we must have a government and a PM that will celebrate it; a government and PM that are consistent with the ideas and spirit of that great achievement—not those who tried, twice, to sell us out in the spirit of appeasement associated with Munich and Chamberlain.

An election is coming in 2019. It is constitutionally unavoidable and its timing has been decreed by the Supreme Court. It is in exactly one year. i.e. it has to be held by this time next year. It is the Presidential election. The only question is whether or not it will be preceded by a cleaning out of a clogged system by means of Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections. If a Parliamentary election and Provincial Council election precede the Presidential, then much of the steam built up in the system would have escaped, leading either to continuity or a soft landing/soft transition at the presidential election. If, however, a mid-term Parliamentary election has not been held, then all the pent-up tension against the socially decadent UNP elite Establishment will be released at a Presidential election. The overwhelming global trend being what it is, the inevitable swing against neo-liberalism will then take a more sharply and aggressively nationalist-populist shape, than it otherwise would. It will be militaristic Far Right rather than Populist Center-Left; Brazil rather than Mexico.

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    What about the grand Mahaveer commemoration this year, the best so far whree Weerawansa has sent a congratulatiory messsage to the northern people? what about the gunning down of two policemen by Karuna gang in Batticaloe. Are they patriotic acts Mr Dayan?

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      Dear Dayan, there is news item that two Russian experts have arrived in Sri Lanka under Russian Embassy cover to manipulate social media in favour of Mahinda, and that you had arranged it. Naturally by hook or by crook you want Mahinda back in power. There is also rumour going round in Colombo that agents working with Mahinda are responsible for the murder of two policemen in Batticaloa and put the blame on Karuna. If Mahinda thinks that he can take the people for a ride, he is sadly mistaken. The best person to take Mahinda head on and put him down is Sarath Fonseka (SF). Unfortunately he is not being given the chance as some in UNP for selfish reasons feel that he will steal the limelight from them. UNP had a very good chance of appointing SF as minister for law and order when people wanted that appointment to take effect. It is time high ups in UNP ditch their egoism and allow SF to take the lead. Nincompoops like RW, Sajith or KarU J do not have the leadership qualities to counter Mahinda gangsters. If what is happening in Sri Lanka without a government, had taken place in any other country, by now there would have been an army coup to settle the matter. Sri Lanka army can only kill or cause atrocities to unarmed Tamils, but have no guts to rise to the occasion.

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    My-job+Moscow+Return-to-Colombo-jobless Or suck Mahinda+Maithri+whoever-gives-me-a-job?

    But gotta hand it to the guy for writing some of the best “job-applications” ……… I’ve seen some good ones in my time but this guy takes the cake!

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      To that return to Colombo jobless bit, you cam add “and run a B&B on stolen land at Halgolla like I do”!

      • 1
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        This is harsh.
        Please leave him alone..
        At least he lives among our Dalits and give them a few Jobs…
        Not like the rest who live in cool Colombo Suburbs
        And and Drink Sangrias after singing Hosannas..

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          A few years ago you used to attack this public racist left, right and centre in your own scatterbrain ways.

          In the past three or so years you have developed some kind of affection for him and have become two mango friends.

          I am still wondering why.

          Are you also friends with Wimal Windabag carpet bomber and his wife?

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          Do you remember on 27 October 2018 Namal Baby on record said he was going to visit Tamil long term detainees (some of them are being detained over 20 years, without charges) in the prison and his dad was going to get them released?

          Both didn’t happen.
          Does this baby think Trinco Sam is wearing Konda and a comb inserted into his konda? You could find out from his child minder G L Peiris.

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        Ah! what a little land-grabbing here and there ……. we all do it; even the devout Buddhist-priests in Jawatte Rd! :))

        But the Dutch are sexually gifted; no! ……. the local ladies prefer them to itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny short dark local men.

        It looks like you came second best in a tussle with good ol’ Emil for the favors of local ladies! :))

        Lick ye wounds buddy and fight man to man; not this shadow-boxing …….. the gals admire that and even a few will come your way.

        Like Freud, Jung ……. or some dude said ……… all dissatisfactions reside in feelings of sexual inadequacy.

        Consider that a free consultation …….. hope you find real-world solutions to your real-world problems. :)))

        What are friends for, eh? :))

  • 17
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    Beware! Rabble-rouser is back again stirring things up to his benefit..

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      Thiru,
      The racist Dayan is now trying to stir ethnic conflicts and bloodbath in this island. Former Russian ambassdor is still wanted for his illegal armed deals and I think he is following his predecessors path.

  • 20
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    Dayan,

    Keep on beating the drum for Sira, MaRa, GoTa, Basil etc. This is what you are paid for and posted for. The moment you defy this clan of your pay masters, you lose your job.

    Days are not too long for you to pack and return.

    A warning for you though after return —–

    Don’t show up anywhere near a pro-democracy and anti-MaRa rally; you will surely be stripped naked again as it happened at Kanatta circle many years ago.
    It was disgusting to see a fake and dishonest academic stripped naked in public !!!

  • 8
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    I couldn’t be mistaken. What this moron is saying is that our choice is between Ranil in league with the SL Tamil population on the one side with the unadulterated Ariya Sinhala Sirisena and Rajapaksa on the other. The racist suggestion is unworthy of any rational reply. DJ’s large intestines must empty into the void of his cranium.

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      In medicine there is a condition called anencephaly and Dayan is a classic example.

  • 7
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    Dayan – There is report in a credible newspaper that you are hiring Social Media experts in Russia, apparently ,some are already in Colombo to orchestrate fake news like this rubbish, in all social media.

    Namal is providing logistics AKA Hambantota virgins and wine

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    “Ranil+TNA+New Constitution Or Mahinda+Maithri+New Elections? “

    Are we going to take necessary steps to fix SL’s birth defects or suck it up and let it grow further as we keep begging to outsiders to live our own life?

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    Dayan says.”if the existing model, which is Presidential rather than Parliamentary, is allowed to function unimpeded………..’
    Dayan,
    If the existing model is Presidential why should we worry about Parliamentary Election?

    On the Contrary,

    What we have in Sri Lanka is a mix of Presidential and Parliamentary forms,

    That is why we have witnessed a crisis situation when the President had unconstitutionally intervened in Parliamentary affairs and being ridiculed- without any escape route and depends only on the mercy of the Supreme court for a way out
    Again Dayan,
    where do you find the Government boycotting Parliament in a Presidential system or Westminster system? Not even Supreme Court could come to your rescue!

  • 5
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    Dayan the plagiarist will never tire of turning out his usual tripe to promote a set of murderers.
    A continuing shame and disgrace to your journalist father.

  • 6
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    Why you resort to Communalism forgetting even your EPRLF days!

    Is it because Communalism (Patriotism) is the last refuge of scoundrel?

  • 2
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    Are there any commonalities other than the word “President “
    Among
    President USA?, President France?, President Russia?, President China?

  • 9
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    No, the question should be:
    Real political science or snake oil from a low life opportunist?

  • 5
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    Both these options, along with intellectuals like DJ who sing for their supper, are a curse to the people of this island. Along with these Sinhala ruling class, TNA has mastered the art of deception. A new constitution that gives foremost place to Buddhism and upholds this unitary state along with CTA will be marketed to Tamils. Basically, old things packaged differently in ambiguous, softer wording will be sold to the people as supreme.

    On one side, fear mongering of return to an era of terror under Rajapaksa and on the other side hoodwinking the masses that the country is being sold to Tamils with agreement with TNA will be hurled at each other. In reality, the sinhala ruling class (both main parties) along with TNA that plays fiddle to them will continue to deceive the general poplulation, be it Tamil or Sinhalese. Neither one will get anything.

  • 2
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    once again talking through his hat
    basil will never agree to support sirisena in his presidential bid though that was promised to him
    this is his last hurrah

  • 4
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    Rasputin has spoken .This spin doctor spins more than the contestants in the wheel of fortune. Does not care about the misfortune the country suffers due to the short sighted actions of his political masters. Its a tragedy of our time that the so called intellectuals sing for their supper.

  • 5
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    I have not seen any Sri Lanka political hypotric like Dr DJ.
    He will change side as and when it suits him…
    Always goes to Support Mahinda to get a placement in diplomatic missions.
    Do not you see how he got this post..
    So .

    I do not like read his writing

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    In the mean time, USA says they will postpone or stop MCC prgrams for poverty alleviation. UK can not give Aids. They say, Comonwealth LAyers association is expressing their displeasure.

  • 5
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    The Ultra-racist DJ continues his rhetoric from the Russian capital with another title.

  • 1
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    Maharage wrote :
    “warning for you though after return —–
    Don’t show up anywhere near a pro-democracy and anti-MaRa rally; you will surely be stripped naked again as it happened at Kanatta circle many years ago.
    It was disgusting to see a fake and dishonest academic stripped naked in public !!!”
    Cannot happen to a nicer person- love to see Dayan running naked again. – Realist

  • 2
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    Has this man also have been fed plutonium food in Mosco restaurants? Is that why his brain is malfunctioning like this?
    “ The world’s leading power still does not have free health care or free education. We have a Republic with a written Constitution, not an archaic monarchy. We have a Presidential system, which four of the five members of the UN Security Council have. “ He trying to say the Miracle of the Modayas has beaten its own New Singapore record. The mas lost the common sense so is not able to understand what he taking is.

    “ free from the whims and fancies of the legislature. “ If a man is not allowed to illegally capture the PM seat only to protect notorious act of his wife’s, using her borrowed Defender from an INGO, then it is whimsies and fancies of the parliament? Or, is that he cannot read the media of what they are reporting. 15 SLFP members went and told Old King to resign, because the majority of the people were opposing him being PM and that is affecting New King’s Image. He seems to have replied he cannot quit because his family is in a peril situation. If his family is in trouble with the law, is that has to be saved by him offered with a PM Job? As a boy he was hiding in jungles because he was in trouble by practicing terrorism. Then Buffoon de Silva said he saved him from Hambantota Self-Help matter. Is there a day was in his life that he didn’t need PM Job to protect him from his trouble?

    This is not the only crime that woman is accused of. Why can’t she face the court and clear her name, but wants her husband to get a PM Job to save her?

  • 2
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    Dr Ranil & his Elite , Anglican & Vellala Faction has given a Written Guarantee again to Mr Sampathar and Mr Abraham & Mr Mahaviraja who were in that picture..
    Which accompanied the TNA demand to the President to sack Mahinda and his Government..

    This Guarantee is totally different to the promises in the MOU, which they signed in London and Singapore just before 2015..
    The current Guarantee is that Dr Ranil will bring in his New Constitution As Soon As the President force Mahinda and his party to resign .
    And make Dr Ranil the Prime Minister again. .

    Dr Ranil’s new Guarantee has has promised Mr Samapathar that his New Constitution will give the Homeland to the TNA on the coming Sl Independence Day on the 04 February 2019…

    And the same tactics which Dr Ranil has been using from 26 October will ensure that it will happen with the 124 UNP, TNA JVP MPS who are in a Huddle. at present.
    I am sure this number will definitely will go even higher, with the Whabis who are on the Fence ,
    Sorry on the Bench.

    And the LKR 500 to 1000 Million Sathosams which are on offer from the UNP Treasury will be a mouth watering temptation to some of our Sinhala Buddhist MPs who have been playing double games under Yahapalanaya.

    I gathered this info from a several Websites in the last couple of days..

    Even if our Inhabitants ,the great majority who make up 70% understand what Dr Dayan has said . it wouldn’t be much help.

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    “While we are being publicly criticized, lectured to, instructed and implicitly threatened by countries that are overstretched and in slow, parabolic, relative historical decline as befalls all Empires and their satellites;…
    …………………………..
    Sri Lanka is, by contrast, not being lectured to by the world’s and the region’s most successful rising power, whose support we enjoy. “
    Is that so? Is that why the Old King was promoted as the new emperor in Lankawe?

    This man has now turned into new K. M. P. Rajaratne.

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    Thank you Dr. DJ, this is the time to be proactive and you have rightfully done so. UNP keeps slicing its soul and selling it off at every election to TNA and JVP . They the UNP is acting as John D’oyly’s Avathara, to give this country back to the highest bidder in little pieces, we the people who want to keep this island republic free from overt or underhand imperialism should keep vigilance.

  • 5
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    Do you think Ranil and UNP are not racists ?

    Remember 1977 and 1983

    Do you think Tamils are not racist ?

    Remember terrorism and their silence

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    Why does CT give space for this ‘Dr’ to publish his crap articles.
    They are biased and trying to provoke racial violence.
    He should NOT have been appointed as Russian Ambassador. Was he installed in order to help Sirisena to get his second term Presidency with the help of Russian covert activities

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    Dayan thinks he is a devoted Catholic, then why is consulting Astrologers? Can you deny?

  • 2
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    Thin about your Job+ Country+ your DIGNITY mr clean shit

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