17 October, 2019

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Rishard Bathiudeen In Trouble Or Is It The Government In Trouble?

By N. Logathayalan

Today 18 May 2019 is Mullivaikal Day commemorating the deaths of those who were slaughtered 10 years ago. It coincides rather vulgarly with Vesak Day, 2019.

Rishard Bathiudeen

Many Tamils commemorated the day in Mullivaikal and elsewhere but more somberly with smaller crowds than last year’s big event. The mood today was angry. Emergency Regulations rammed through parliament in the aftermath of the Easter Day Bombings on 21 April 2019 have been used to arrest and hold without bail students at University of Jaffna for being in possession of innocuous photos of Veluppillai Prabhakaran. At the same time those like Minister Rishard Bathiudeen against whom there appears to be serious evidence that he is behind far more heinous acts were going about in expensive government cars. There is no equal application of the law.

A decision by Tamil elders had to be made on whether to support or vote against the motion of No Confidence presented by some 66 MPs against Minister Rishard Bathiudeen. The milieu among Tamils was explosive because a) Rishard Bathiudeen recruits only Muslims into his ministry, b) high officials of his ministry and of the mineral sands corporation that was under him openly complain of how tender awards are shamelessly manipulated, c) he is consistently working against the Tamils of the North East in general, and d) perhaps understandably, he is drawing a support base of Tamils too who are attracted by favors he selectively does them.

The anger is the most intense because many Tamils believe how he is connected to the recent violence but nothing has been done by the police. The TNA itself is badly divided.  MPs M.A. Sumanthiran and Rajavarothayam Sampanthan have taken the stand that at this juncture the party must vote against the resolution so as not to disturb the stability of the government. MP Shanthi Sriskanatharasa says she would stand behind her leader. ITAK Leader Mavai Senathirajah surprisingly says that if the party decides not to support the resolution he would abstain. Worrisomely for the alliance four MPs (Charles Nirmalanathan,Sivagnanam Sritharan, Siddharthan Dharmalingam and one other from the North vow to vote for the resolution as do several (if not all) Batticloa District TNA MPs. It is therefore to pressure the TNA leadership into unwaveringly support the no-confidence motion despite the entreaties of the TNA Leader that many district party unit members of the ITAK met in Mannar today while the Vavuniya group will meet tomorrow Sunday.

Mullivaikal, 2019

Saying that one of those who blasted bombs on 21 April used Minister Rishard Bathiudeen’s car, many TNA MPs hold the view that they must vote for the motion of no-confidence against Minister Bathiudeen. His view was bolstered during revelations that came during the debate.

During the debate it was confirmed that the son of the treasurer of Bathiuddin’s Party the ACMC, had used Bathiudeen’s car for the bombing. Likewise, several days after the bombing when the Minister’s home was subject to a police round up and search, two pairs of vehicle number plates bearing numbers Wpku-1887 and  NpLp-0786 were recovered. Neither pair was attached to any vehicle. One set, that is NpLp-0786, was found to be phony. That is, although the Department of Motor Traffic had not issued those plates, no action was taken. Urging that just because someone is minister he should not be above the law, the meeting was very serious that their party must uphold the rule of law.

As such the Mannar branch of the ITAK saw 24 of its 20 members and  both youth wing members voting together yielding 22 votes to nil arguing that the TNA must support the motion.

Accordingly, after May 22 Parliament will take up for debate the extension of the emergency law.  It was further decided at the ITAK (Mannar Branch) meeting that the party must support only an extension that applies to inquiries into the Easter day Bombings and cannot be widened to charge those like the university students in Jaffna.

That spells trouble. If the motion passes and Bathiudeen, badly offended, walks out of the government with his 5 ACTC seats, it could spell trouble for the government – bad trouble,

It looks like the no-confidence resolution against Bathiudeen will pass. The government will probably try to reward Bathiudeen so that he does not  leave the government benches and thereby deny the government its wafer-thin advantage. That is Sri Lanka! – commanding the right number of seats in parliament an MP can flout any law and be entitled to any privilege and enjoy full impunity .

What an example for the next generation on Vesak Day!

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    TNA Leadership is welded and glued with the Yahapalanaya and its Foreign Sponsors. Their Honeymoon will last even if no consummation is possible due to impotency from the point of view of its electoral supporters.

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    both are

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    “It looks like the no-confidence resolution against Bathiudeen will pass. “

    i doubt whther the motion will be passed.To pass it has to get 113 votes.The motion has been presented with 66 votes well short by 47 votes.Even if TNA votes for it it will not pass.

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    To do any related works it should go to many approvals he cannot do things is the 10 reasons is presented is not the final In any organization, work often needs to be formally approved before it can begin. Budgets, creative projects, marketing initiatives, invoices, and many other work items all move through a series of approvals before they are considered either ready for kickoff or complete. Many organizations create specific approval processes or workflows that dictate how work should be approved (or rejected) every time to save time and ensure standardization and acceptance from parliament. Any one can blame for everything and anything.

    If it is proved not line with procedure then it should be on Notice

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    I understand that the motion was not signed by Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapakse. UNP do not want to loose Muslims support in the election. TNA do not want to confront Muslims because their politics are based on the new constitution amendments. Sirisena hopes for presidency and he will need Muslims support. They need Muslims support. Overall all the political parties are now under the trap of Muslims even if it is proven that Muslims sympathised with the bomb blasters.

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      It is only top politicians of government and opposition who do not want to support the no confidence motion, but the rank and file want to support it. If political parties give the freedom to decide to their members, then the motion will be passed. Even in TNA top three are against, but the rest will give their support. Same with JVP. Few Buddhist priests are threatening of dire circumstances to Sinhala MPs who will not support it, such as losing their seat at the next election. Just because some people do not have the backbone to stand up against Islamic racism and terrorism, that does not mean that majority of MPs who treasure the country over self interest, are going to vote for it.

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    #sosrilanka

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    Govt led by UNP’s of MS, RW and CBK of that 2015 Jan. 8th regime change by which that wanted to covered operation of Muslim of Local Terror attack should NOT come in being to public at any cost. That is there. The crux of matter UNP wanted two political perspective behind that?
    What to done for achieve unknown vision and mission;
    1 Postpone indefinitely incoming President and Parliament Elections due on soon.
    2 How to manipulate that landed of USA Military Troops to Sri Lanka.
    By exploited 21/4 Local Muslim terror attack by name of “Global” Terrorism of ISIS.
    These are key factors of that survival current regime of all round corruption has to be save by of ISIS “Global” terror attack by 21/4.
    That purely depend on contitunation political-power of UNP leadership by new shape of Politics of State.

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    It’s. Very clear that the real sympathisor and aid and abators of bomb blast is government and parliament members including opposition of those who know the event.

    Further it is very clear that MR is playing a hidden role in these game.

    MR has called to Sumanthiran MP of alerting of his security. MR was warning not to start schools and now he gives green light for starting schools.

    Witho no reason linked with Burga the government hyde it’s deliberate negligence to prevent the blast while they know very well who and when and when the blast going to happen.

    Then it is the government let to undertake search operation with and without intelegencs gathering in to Muslim houses and undertake mass media show for having possession of knives and some printer magazines and CDs in addition to cloths with Nawal Wheel design. (https://m.facebook.com/groups/147281945711434?view=permalink&id=680062285766728 ) .

    Over an above it’s an orchestrated blast and then orchestrated campaign again Muslim Community and definitely politicians and their media are behind this.

    Tamil politicians Should think 1000 time when they take steps to settle their accounts with Muslims in the name of the terrorist attack well orchestrated by politicians to target next presidential elections.

    The precedent set by well orchestrated blasts and subsequent sidelining of Muslim Community should be stoped if we wanted to build a bhudhust nation of peace and love and get rid of the fundamentalist version of “Sinhalese bhudhist Nationalism”.

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    Government of MS and RW is playing card game. UNP knows very well that mainly their sympathizers are Tamils and Tamil Muslims. Not Sinhalese.They know very well that all Muslims over rejoiced seen the suicide bombing events that took place in Colombo & suburbs.Specially the targets Bombers taken like catholic churches. If Bombers took Buddhists targets entire Muslims community might be more over rejoiced.As such punishing politicians like Badudeen who were behind these events will be suicide for UNP as far as next presidential election is concern I believe.As such Minister may escape for time being. But UNP calculations on Sinhalese voters behavior is a bullshit. We know Sinhalese population is around 76% including around 4 to 5 % Catholics & Christian population. Any candidate who master majority of Sinhalese voter bank can get 51% votes even without tauching Minority voter bank.I think that will happen in next presidential election.If nothing is done on culprits like Baduddeen & Rahuman. Election is after 5 years in power. Opposition scored lots. Local government election clearly shown it. They can please Muslims but can not please Sinhalese. Tamils may divide on this issue but remember in batticoloa incident all victims were Tamils. Eastern province Tamils hearts may still be filled with sorrow. Political gambling of UNP will bring disaster for them soon I hope. It is my wish as well. .

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