27 January, 2021

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Revisiting The Mahinda Factor

By Uditha Devapriya

Uditha Devapriya

Uditha Devapriya

Mahinda Rajapaksa is the most famous former president this country has known. The numbers that go to Medamulana and attend his rallies prove this. It doesn’t mean he’s making a comeback or that he’s ready to, of course. There were some 6.2 million who voted against him, and while 5.7 million supported him it’s difficult to see whether that number has increased or decreased in light of what’s happening now. For the moment, everything seems uncertain. That’s democracy, some might say. I’d agree.

The UNP has not failed its mandate completely. But both it and the SLFP are missing the point which brought them to power. What we have today is an Opposition-less Parliament that sees both major parties enjoying ministerial posts. In this context it’s only natural that a weak rubber stamp legislature would meet its rallying point in the Mahinda Factor. Outside Parliament. Democracy, you’d say. I’d agree again.

Rajapaksa is not without fault, clearly. He needs to be investigated. There is however one thing that stands in the way of his critics. Popularity. It is popularity after all that can provoke parliamentarians to sit through the night. It is popularity that can even provoke those who have sided with President Maithripala Sirisena to speak on his predecessor’s behalf.

The move to bring him to the Bribery Commission is clearly UNP-made. It does not have the sanction of the SLFP barring a few stalwarts who are against him. If the UNP and in particular Ranil Wickremesinghe want to gain legitimacy however, this was clearly a bad choice. And it’s not hard to see why. The main allegation leveled against the former president is that he bribed Tissa Attanayake through a ministerial post.

Mahinda Januray 14 2015This is interesting. If Tissa Attanayake was indeed bribed through a ministerial portfolio then what about those who were appointed as ministers by President Maithripala Sirisena even though they sided with his predecessor during the election? Are we to call those appointments bribes? Are we to call the appointment of a minority party leader as Prime Minister a bribe? Where does this lead us? Nowhere, clearly.

What is tragic here is that while the SLFP has the numbers, the UNP is not making use of the opportunity open to it. The UNP may be in the minority but it has brains. Ranil Wickremesinghe is intelligent enough to know that in a country where former presidents are bowed out the Mahinda Factor remains relevant. That is what he acknowledged on January 9 when he said that Rajapaksa would remain in our history books. There was humility in what he said. Even the President acknowledged it. We didn’t hear Chandrika Kumaratunga echoing that. Shows the difference.

So what has the UNP got to do? Going by recent developments the road hasn’t become any clearer for it. The Supreme Court determination on the proposed 19th Amendment was a blow, clearly. The Jathika Hela Urumaya, which has even less of a presence than the UNP, has asserted again and again that there can’t be a role-reversal when it comes to who wields power at the top.

To top all that, one would expect the party that has Harsha de Silva and Eran Wickramaratne to be more circumspect when it comes to assertion. Going by the chest-thumping, self-righteous speeches certain UNP parliamentarians have given recently however, I am losing hope. In a country where demagoguery unfortunately seems to count and policy is constantly pushed into the backroom even the likes of Wickremesinghe look as though they are content in playing Mark Antony. That’s bad, and hardly what you’d expect of that party given its composition.

In this scenario marginalising Mahinda Rajapaksa would not be prudent. He is popular and will remain so. Given that in politics no one is a permanent friend or enemy one can even foresee him team up with President Sirisena. The latter hasn’t said anything about recent events, moreover. That’s telling. Some would call it expedience. I’d agree and disagree. President Sirisena will not risk an open confrontation with his predecessor, but neither will he go out of his way to grant largesse to a man he successfully took on during the election campaign. The UNP, sadly enough, has failed to acknowledge this. If it doesn’t address this soon, that will be its undoing.

*Uditha Devapriya is a freelance writer who can be reached at udakdev1@gmail.com. His articles can be accessed at fragmenteyes.blogspot.com.

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    Correction – Most infamous, corrupt, disgraceful, shameless, uneducated, uncivilised, uncultured and defeated President of Sri Lanka !

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      Yes MR might be infamous among lunatic LTTE fellows like you. RIP

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        6,200,000 lunatic LTTE fellows in SL hmmm ……

        BTW, did you know he is the ONLY Defeated President in Sri Lanka ? All the others completed their terms gracefully !

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          Yes thanks to the stomach centered people like you and some minorities who mislead by their separatist political leaders. At last but not least, the foreign powers such as RAW, UK, US, Norway etc.,

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            madhavi

            “At last but not least, the foreign powers such as RAW, UK, US, Norway etc.,”

            MR needed all their goodwill, material, moral, political, support to defeat the separatists.

            You ought to read Gota’s recent interviews if you want to say something useful. I know it is too much to ask you.

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              Coming all the way from US, someone in the name of Vije Nambiar at the last minute of the separatist war in 2009 to save the most murderous terrorist in the world at that time called Velupillai Prabhakaran was goodwill, material, moral, political support for you native vedda? Or the French and UK ambassadors hastily arranged tour to SL at that time to “discuss” with MR was goodwill, material, moral, political support? I know it is too much for you too. I do not want to ask you why Samanta Pawel has said MR at Geneva in way back 2010, “we will defeat you at the next election”.

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                These Mahadevis type people act similar way to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Infuse fear among peasants saying “mighty West wants to destroy you, get behind me, I will save you.”… US Apple company yearly revenue is $180 billion, IBM/HP revenues are more than $100b. What is great SL Gov yearly revenue ….. just $9 billion… peanuts in the West.. Why would any West Gov servant want to defeat MR (who just manage $9b)… (“we will defeat you at the next election”) only reason I could see is that they want to reduce refuge and parasite influx…

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          Point of View

          “All the others completed their terms gracefully !”

          Not Premadasa.

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            Only leader who gracefully ended his term was DB Wijetunge. JRJ – the one who tolerated ’83 riots – was forced to go. All know what happened to Premadasa. Finally CBK the most failed leader in SL recent history had to go thanks to the political instability at that time. And MR factor came very powerful and forced her to say bye to the post for which she was eyeing for the 3rd time. Vedda no one can do anything for your no common sense and no sense comments.

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              These Mahadevis type people act similar way to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Infuse fear among peasants saying “mighty West wants to destroy you, get behind me, I will save you.”… US Apple company yearly revenue is $180 billion, IBM/HP revenues are more than $100b. What is great SL Gov yearly revenue ….. just $9 billion… peanuts in the West.. Why would any West Gov servant want to defeat MR (who just manage $9b)… (“we will defeat you at the next election”) only reason I could see is that they want to reduce refuge and parasite influx…

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        No, also with sane, law-abiding citizens who expect good governance and their rights

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      UDITHA, u used the wrong word to describe MR. He is NOT the MOST famous ex presz, actually the correct word to describe him is.. NOTORIOUS…. he plays to the gallery, especially from the south…for whom he is God and King at the same time… ignorance is bliss they say….so right when it comes to 5.8 mil and decreasing by the day..and hour

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        To Edward .
        I do not know what planet you live ,the notorious man is 10000 better than puppet . Which has seen very clearly ,but my worry is that you cannot feel it or see it . It doesn’t matter how people want to define him as God or king which isn’t our interest ,but cares about country and it economy going after any devil is our concern . Fiddling and being sleazy in politics is ingrained habit and culture of our part of tribes. (we are little better than tribes we had 5000 years ago) therefore expecting democracy and good governing mean that some thing we cannot see happening in our life time ,unless we wipe out by a meteor or volcano and rebuild by bottom . Just think of PATHOLA president of Sri Lanka if he had to face terrorists like LTTE who will die by panic attack ,but now Rajspaksa has done all the roads clear for him to talk like a big man ,it is because Rajapaksa and family ,so I cannot imagine how short memories that people of this country have to forget the threat we had five years ago . Did we have a life those days ,no ,the terrorists control whole country but I feel you forget about those so fast

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          MR is NOT the architect for the war victory, he was at the wrong place at the right time, all he did was to sign documents, which any sitting president would have done..more like MR was forced to, IF not SF would have gone the extent by all means and made MR irrelevant.

          It was SF who orechestrated the war victory with precise planning and execution ALONG with his subordinates.. and GOATa was not in sight.. he had vacated post and fled to USA to claim Asylum on bogus grounds while his sibling was the Prime Minister who ultimately became the President. AS PM or even President of a country… he would have saved his sibling GOATa anywhere in SL…. up in the north or even in the south… BUT the coward chose to flee to USA…and came back once the sibling had the reigns… LOSERS… WHO PLUNDERED THE COUNTRY OF ITS WEALTH….

          Oh Mother Lanka… the tear drop of the Indian Ocean…I weep for thee…

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    “This is interesting. If Tissa Attanayake was indeed bribed through a ministerial portfolio then what about those who were appointed as ministers by President Maithripala Sirisena even though they sided with his predecessor during the election?”

    It is very childish argument. Tissa Attanayake was paid billions of money for his move and minister post was given as a gift (another bribe). President Maithiripala Srisena contested the election and got the people’s verdict. If you can’t understand this difference you are a fool like Mahinda who believed he can win the people vote because one astrologer told him. Mahinda robbed the people money and Srisena saved the people’s money and bring good governance replacing the government run by white van.

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      Baba Uditha, this is about appointing someone after calling an elections and violating the elections laws.
      Grow up baby.

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      Ajith who robbed the country indsylight within 2 months of assuming power; robbed 42 billion rupees in broad daylight. Who is this criminal?. Whose long time friend is he? Was Honerable Prime Minister Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe who has been friends with him for 30 years not aware of Mhendran’s friendship with Rrajaratnam , fraudster and LTTE financier. Did the finance minister, Ravindran Karunanayakam receive a donation or a gift of 3 billion rupees from Rrajaratnam?
      [Edited out]

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      I am not sure is this guy was living in this world or in any other planet.

      Tissa A. was bribed a whopping 500M deal as the guy was struggline in finances with 2 children study in the UK and with a meagre MP salary.

      He was playing for MaRa for months as they got all the vital information of the UNP through him and did a ‘babu’ once he was paid and asked to act.

      Poor guy was promised 500M and finally paid 300M from the commissons that [Edited out] promised to pay Rajapaksas from the Norrochcholai Power plant. The other 200M was not paid and asked to ‘earn’ from the ministerial post which did not last more than 2 weeks.

      So this is not only a bribe a clar violation of pencal code and need to put MaRa in jail. But for some reason there are people with vested interests who is playing around and ask him to visit the Bribery commission and now it seems the handywork of Jagath Balapatabandi a MaRa henchmen and Chairman of the commission to discredit the commission when the DG was on a official mission.

      So., please make your facts rights, all this is a MaRa sponsored game.

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        I have a strong feel since sometime, this Ellepola lady is a staunch MR supporter. Why I say so? She gets angry the moment she sees MR’s name in an article. Even without reasons. That sort of a wild nature will only support MR because there are CT readers who are neither supporters of MS/RW/CBK nor MR. For them, bashing MR without proper reasons could push them towards MR. Who knows.. this may be a another tactic.

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          madhavi

          I have a strong feeling that madhavi, Taraki, Jazz, Nuisance, sach, Sarojini,…. and few others who are not connected to each other but share typical Sri Lankan stupidity among themselves, for example hatred for democracy, minority, justice, clean governance, ……… and all things good for the people.

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            My thinking about this common stupidity is territorial-ism, importance of geometrical boundaries.. Lions are the most territorial animals, may be Mahawansa has some truth there..

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            What nonsense. It is easy for you to bracket me to a particular segment and bash me but that does not mean or bring out anything. Im no an anti minority some1 or anti democracy, justice or clean governance. But I do vehemently against, by the name of above said good things, to take me on a ride by the politicians or theoreticians like you for that matter. It is clear that you represent the school of thought which deny the Sinhala Buddhist identity and the special place they have in the history of this country. By saying so, I do not say this country is only for Sinhala Buddhists. Everyone who was born in this country should have the equal right which we have in this country. In fact unjust happen to S/Bs more than other communities since 1505 if you read carefully the history. But if you are going by your favorite scholars, authors only, then you never be able to see right as right and wrong as wrong. Try to be balance for the sake of your own good Native.

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              weren’t u on a roller coaster for a 10 year period… thanks to MR? hope u strapped up shut up and enjoyed the ride feeling all good ….unlike the innocent ppl of Rathpusella, who asked for ONLY clean water to drink, White vanning, throwing innocent people from their houses at Slave Island and Wanathamulla… just so they could make billions as commissions by palming off state property to big businesses … stating its for development.. Killings of Journos and much more… Hope all those are irrelevant to u..coz they didnt come for u…

              when they came looking for my neighbor I was asleep
              when they came for my friends I was pretending to sleep..
              when they came for ME I didn’t have no one as they all were pretending to be asleep…

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              And what do you do when that murderous pig nanasara was devouring the Muslims in Alutugama?

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            Dear N.V.

            You perhaps inadvertantly missed Dayan De Silva JayathilakeJ, “the mother of all” in your listing.

            Dayan likes to be kept in the picture as much as possible – so, I am doing this as a favour to him as well!

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      I think the bribe is not the Ministerial Portfolio but the Millions which have been paid. CBC seems to have solid evidence about this.

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      “Tissa Attanayake was paid billions of money for his move …”

      Why don’t you say “trillions” which certainly would have added greater weight to the charge (1 trillion = 1000 billions) as there is no burden of proof on you.

      Soma

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      What a mockery of commenting over a balanced write up. Ajith, you clearly show you do not have common sense or a brain in particular for that matter. Uditha’s argument is just clever. And it is unbiased. How on earth you claim TA had been bribed with money? How do you say so. Were you there when that transaction happened? And what guarantee you have MS has not received any monetary kick in order to switch with the then opposition? You are nothing but a blind follower/licker of a particular party. Or more or less, you are diagnosed with Rajapakshe phobia just because your heart is full of hatred!

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    Yes, the UNP would like to put MR behind bars but any such attempt will bring millions to the streets and will topple the government of RW and MY3 and turn them into asylem seekers. MR may have done wrong things when he held power but MR is a phenomenon; popular, charismatic, engaging to the masses (not to the LTTE scum and sewer rats). The present goverment is complicit in mismanagement, perhaps extending to corruption in the Central Bank bond issue. Rs 500 billion scandal in less than 100 days translates to over Rs 200,000 billion for a 10 yr period. Yet, the culprits, the 500 billion governor and son who are buddies of the present administration are roaming freely.

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      You are correct Lal.. SL has no future.. You said “LTTE scum and sewer rats”.. Then who are those SBs who burnt 200 Muslim Lankan houses in Aluthgama last year, Sinhalese Buddhas ??? … — Dalai Lama just said one word “disgusting” to you guys..

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    What about the 17 that crossed to join the UPFA? Can that be construed a bribe? If that is the case MP Rajitha Senaratna should be taken in as well.

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    @Roi Silva: I don’t understand whether you are talking with any sort of a common sense.

    Have you forgotten the rotten and hatred-producing wide publicity given to MR, the Moron, as to how as often as one could imagine, what he did in regard to his temple visiting, those events of “grand and soft opening” and handing over to the public those of his highly expensive projects he declared open to the much displeasure chagrin of the general public drawing much stinking cheap publicity both in the public and private media which everyone finds it rather difficult to digest…..

    What good is left in him what he can give to us when nothing is left and remaining in him as he had, as humiliatingly admitted by him in his recent several confessions in which he admitted his glaring, dreading and harmful mistakes and sordid blunders he committed during his second term of office for which not only he but also we the general public have to and will have to suffer.

    There is nothing to glorify when a leader admits his mistakes which he let the country to suffer as a result which it will take several years to rectify and bring normalcy in the political setup in the country.

    MR, the Moron, is totally responsible for the current mess and utter chaos in the Parliament and in the country….!

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    The writer seems to be suffering from “Mahinda Groupie Syndrome.” 3 other cases already detected on these pages are Malinda, DJ and HLDM. Experts believe this newly discovered syndrome could become a major epidemic with the current climate change in politics. The defining characteristic of this syndrome is psychological regression due to “ontological insecurity” brought on by democratic measures envisaged by the government to acknowledge the diversity among Sri Lankans and to facilitate all communities to participate meaningfully in the political process. Individuals with xenophobic genes have been found to be especially susceptible to this syndrome. These people are highly allergic to any exposure to devolution. Coming into contact with pluralist values and lifestyles may prove fatal.

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      Dear Off the Wall
      “Experts believe this newly discovered syndrome could become a major epidemic with the current climate change in politics”

      This is precisely what the writer Uditha is attempting to convey.

      Soma

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      I feel that you have brain deficiency ,so I hope you should take enough care for it . We want to reverse the coup that took place in this country last two years to reverse our economic growth . So ,all the necessary materials are ready by now ,I mean even Basil also there now . Puppet’s regime has failed to deliver what he was bragging about ,so now the clock is ticking to throw him into the ocean . Sirisena is a traitor of the nation who should get the highest price for it . Which will happen . Who cares of his presidency he is a PATHOLA president .

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    Yes,Guna is correct.Uditha missed the point.
    Bandu

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    I am sorry I don’t get the point the writer is trying to make. Some assumptions, personal view of the writer, nothing to substantiate the writers statement.

    Move on readers.

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    Ex president’ s son sleeping on the floor at the parliament. If I would write an article on that I might get more comments.

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      all wrapped up …while the sore losers are sitting and staying up all night…Even now the Pres son commands luxury… LOL… while the dogs still eat the bones thrown at them..

      I fail to understand why they were allowed to sit inside wasting electricity by having lights and the aircons on… who pays for all this stupid moves? the Tax payer… These asses should have been dragged by the collar n thrown out and taken to police and then to jail….

      so this brings’ us to the question… is Chamal siding with the UPFA or is he being fair? umm the sole reason MR appointed his sibling as speaker… To take care when and if an impeachment was to be taken up in parliament while MR was Prez..now turning into a different ball game also with the Speaker who might be feeling that…” Blood is thicker than water”

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    Uditha,
    As a writer we expect you to know the laws of the country, especially in relation to bribery & corruptions before writing your opinion here, on the sme subject. As Guna has commented, there is a big difference between the two situations. This rule is applicable only when such gratifications are offered after calling an election and worst was where the former president too contested at this elections.

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    It is useless wasting precious time, now that we have achieved peace pls refrain from reversing to the black period. Sri Lankans open up your brains.

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    It was Mahinda Rajapaksa who became victorious after 100 days! The President, the PM and their government, all are still struggling to run the country. The overall situation of the country is progressively getting worse. The only fact they have proved is that they are no match for Mahinda Rajapaksa in anyway. The President has completely failed in his position due to lack of direction or a clear vision. His avolition was obvious during the last 100 days. The only course of action for the President to take in this scenario is to make a graceful exit so that Mahinda Rajapaksa can lead this country again and bring it back to its former glory!

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      MS and the current govt CAN do a much better way of governance IF they want to be like MR who ruled with an IRON FIST, with ABSOLUTE USE OF POWER DISREGARDING ALL and any human rights..

      THIS is the DIFFERENCE you FAIL TO UNDERSTAND..! bet you are one of the 5.8….. enough living inside a well, come out of it and check IF there is a big wide world out there…

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        The current President or the PM can’t hold a candle to MR. Nobody can even think of being like Mahinda Rajapaksa! The President, the PM and the government have shown in every way that they lack the expertise, commitment or a strategy to run the country even at the basic level. This is the most ineffectual and unproductive President and the government that Sri Lanka ever had.

        Mahinda Rajapaksa didn’t rule Sri Lanka by an iron fist. If so, he wouldn’t let anyone else to defeat him. Mahinda Rajapaksa never misused his power or disregarded human rights. If so, the General Secretary of his own party and a Minister of his own government would not be able to conspire and contest against him and become the President.

        Of course, I am one of the 5.8 million people who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa. The majority of the Sinhalese voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa and not for President Sirisena. The whole wide world is amazed at the turning of events in Sri Lanka. Mahinda Rajapaksa has already regained his power. His strength is shown everywhere in Sri Lanka. His loyalists have already hit the streets. People, with the powerful name ‘Mahinda Rajapaksa’ engraved in their hearts, are eagerly awaiting for the next available opportunity to show the world that it was them and not anyone else who decide the future of Sri Lanka. The exit of the President and the government is imminent now. Making it graceful or disgraceful is upto them.

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          He had NO choice but to give up after the elections… coz there were international monitors, secondly he tried to stage a coup… which had been stated by the head of the 3 forces and the country’s TOP legal eagle.. I can understand your being blinded by MR coz of some patriotism you lot credit him with while SF was the MAIN architect… I know its hard for you lot to come to terms with YET.. that’s the reality….

          Temple Trees is for sale..would you like to buy it to gift it to MR?

          Moreover… Ranil ruled Sl even before MR could dream of being the leader… he has what it takes..and MS is a better human being than MR… who can accomodate the chicks like a hen would do..

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            To Snowden:
            You are just a parrot echoing what some politicians say. You don’t have an analytical mind. Therefore, you carry other people’s grudges and opinions. People in Sri Lanka are mature enough not to believe unsubstantiated allegations. Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat gracefully. The allegation of a coup became a joke as upto date no concrete evidence is found to prove it.

            Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is the mastermind who drew the well calculated, strategically successful plan to defeat the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world. Your SF happened to be one of the warriors chosen by Gotabhaya in order to execute his plan.

            The entire country saw what a human being your President Sirisena is. The envy, animosity, enmity, revenge and malice the President showed against Mahinda Rajapaksa was shocking and gruesome. PM Ranil has proved again and again that he is a weak leader with constant misnomers. The chicks are smart enough to stay with the hen where they are protected than being deceived by the ‘Good Governance” jackal in a knight’s armour.

            The ‘Temple Trees’ is Mahinda Rajapaksa’s to take. That’s why it is still unoccupied making it a place where demons fear to tread. The personality, charisma, wisdom, commitment and a heart of gold that Mahinda Rajapaksa possesses is unmatched to any other leader in Sri Lanka. This country and its people belonging to Mahinda Rajapaksa. He will reclaim what is rightfully his, when the right time comes.

            My appreciation to Uditha Devapriya for the well analytical article on the current political situation.

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          Champa

          “Mahinda Rajapaksa didn’t rule Sri Lanka by an iron fist.”

          Of course not, however you didn’t notice his iron fist was in a velvet glove. Velvet glove that you saw was soaked in blood.

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    Clearly he is working the crowds , and will mobilise hundreds of thousands to take to the streets if any definitive action is taken against corrupt members of his regime .

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    Uditha’s report is very immature. A president has the power to appoint ministers,No doubt. But can’t do so when a presidential election has been officially declared. Maithripala Sirisena can appoint anybody as PM , it is the MPs in parliament who should sanction it by majority.Two different issues under two different circumstances.

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      Besides all these critics of MS including the writer does not understand is that MR offered the bribe to appoint Tissa Attanayake just before the elction and MS appointing as Ministers has no relevance as there is no immediate election. What Logic these guys have?

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    People will do well to remember that the current president, president Sirisena has said that MR can contest at the next election. MS supporters please note.

    Since daylight robberies are prohibited under Yahapalanaya there is no need to worry.

    What is worrying is, however RW, but he can continue as powerful PM even without 19A.

    What can I say Democracy is messy.

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      Hello , it is a matter of masses , do you know that ??? Rajapaksa was deposed by a coup which is clear now , so it is our time now to reverse it and we do it next minute . You wait and see .

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    Poor Uditha

    You are so young and impressionable. The biggest favour MR could do the nation now is to retire gracefully, and retreat to his salubrious Medamulana ranch where he can pontificate and entertain the nation till the end of his days.

    Other politicians of similar vintage would do well to follow suit.

    The country needs smarter, modern leaders to step forward and take us out of the almighty mess that politicians of all persuasions have created since independence.

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      Spring Koha

      “The country needs smarter, modern leaders to step forward”

      Don’t you think we need wise leaders than smart ones?

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        Native Vedda

        The so called senior ‘wise’ ones have led us into this unholy stinking mess. I trust that the younger ‘smarter’ ones will come with the wisdom gained from watching and learning of the self-serving ways of the political leaders from Banda to MaRa who took turns in screwing our blessed land this last half-century.

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          Spring Koha

          I am in complete agreement with you.

          This island belongs to the future generation. Let them sort it out by themselves however the old baddies will never let go whatever they have now.

          Sorry did you say Namal, the smarter and modern young one should take over the island ?

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            Namal EXCEPTED! He is young, but he is not smart, and he has a lot to learn. And, who knows, he may redeem himself one day. But not before those tasty and succulent Negombo pigs fly.

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    Uditha Devapriya:

    You appear to be a secret admirer of MR the fallen King struggling to come to terms with his demise just like Dayan the catholic Preacher. All good things( for the majority who are crooks I mean the majority who voted for MR) come to an end.
    Let me give you some seasoned advice so that you grow to be a man to face the future without MR.

    1) Mahinda Rajapaksa is the most famous former president this country has known. The numbers that go to Medamulana and attend his rallies prove this. It doesn’t mean he’s making a comeback or that he’s ready to, of course. There were some 6.2 million who voted against him, and while 5.7 million supported him it’s difficult to see whether that number has increased or decreased in light of what’s happening now. For the moment, everything seems uncertain. That’s democracy, some might say. I’d agree.

    *** Hitler was the most famous German Leader. Look where he ended up blown to bits in a Bunker. But thanks to MS & RW he will not be blown to bits but definitely be jetted off the HAGUE. Make no mistake.

    2) The UNP has not failed its mandate completely. But both it and the SLFP are missing the point which brought them to power.

    *** Young man you are missing the point. UNP has kept its promise which RW made in the early hours of the morning after that they will protect MR.

    3) Rajapaksa is not without fault, clearly. He needs to be investigated. There is however one thing that stands in the way of his critics. Popularity. It is popularity after all that can provoke parliamentarians to sit through the night. It is popularity that can even provoke those who have sided with President Maithripala Sirisena to speak on his predecessor’s behalf.

    *** Hitler was popular with his electorate. Auschwitz concentration Camp and the horrors of Auschwitz made Jews strong.
    Nanthikadal made MR popular and if one glorifies the horrors of Nathikadal then they need to be gassed.
    Parliamentarians sit through the night to escape being battered by wifes.

    4) The move to bring him to the Bribery Commission is clearly UNP-made.
    The main allegation leveled against the former president is that he bribed Tissa Attanayake through a ministerial post.

    *** Bribing Tissa is a drop in the ocean. MR has looted the country but the Majority take the view that he was worth every penny. But for Tamils it was blood money.

    5) Mahinda Januray 14 2015This is interesting. If Tissa Attanayake was indeed bribed through a ministerial portfolio then what about those who were appointed as ministers by President Maithripala Sirisena even though they sided with his predecessor during the election? Are we to call those appointments bribes? Are we to call the appointment of a minority party leader as Prime Minister a bribe? Where does this lead us? Nowhere, clearly.

    *** You are wrong. It leads you up the Garden path.

    6) The UNP may be in the minority but it has brains. Ranil Wickremesinghe is intelligent enough to know that in a country where former presidents are bowed out the Mahinda Factor remains relevant. That is what he acknowledged on January 9 when he said that Rajapaksa would remain in our history books. There was humility in what he said. Even the President acknowledged it. We didn’t hear Chandrika Kumaratunga echoing that. Shows the difference.

    *** That was pay back time for RW. Don’t forget MR sent RW on an expensive all expenses paid holiday to Italy.

    7) So what has the UNP got to do:

    *** Bury the head in the Sand with the body out in the sun and the Nation can have Roast beef.

    8) In this scenario marginalising Mahinda Rajapaksa would not be prudent. He is popular and will remain so.

    *** Untill he is jetted off to the HAGUE and you can join the millions and wave him Goodbye until he disappears into thin air.

    I know it was a big loss for you but you will get over it with the passage of time. Stop singing the songs of praise for the Hambanthotta Butcher.

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    Uditha, You are making yourself a joke by supporting Mahinda. He was taking the country to a rogue state. You may be too naïve to see this yet. MJA

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    Most of the commentators here clearly show their imbalance, antipathetic, rowdy behavior when it comes to criticize a write up. One can have a different opinion but are these comments any smarter? All what they have is – whether its mja, native vedda, alahakoon, snowden or any other crap – hate MR slogans. Nothing else. Thanks CT for giving us too a space to pen our views among a bunch of rowdies.

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    Uditha [Edited out] please go away. CT readers are not interested to read the rants of writers with IQ of less than 49. Just go away.

    PS. You just have no sense.

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    This foolish government is turning the Rajapaksas into martyrs. They will be back!

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    This man Uditha Dewapriya, tries to show that MR was very famous. If MR was so famous he could not have lost so badly with over Four hundred and ninety thousand votes. Even after cheating in 2005 MR got only 180,000 votes more than RW. This man Uditha Dewapriya seems to have some notion that he is some kind of Journalist but only a gutter journalist without proper facts.

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    What I like to know is which planet this so called Champa has been living on??? Is she for real? Only a deaf, dumb and blind bootlicker would make such idiotic statements!

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