22 February, 2020

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Sajith A No-Show At Anti-Government Rally

The UNP Rebel in Chief Sajith Premadasa failed to make an appearance at a major anti-Government rally attended by the combined opposition and several trade unions and civil society organisations on Tuesday, making himself increasingly irrelevant in his effort to snub measures to change the leadership structure in the party.

Sajith Premadasa

Sajith Premadasa

Tuesday’s rally was the first in several years to have garnered such enthusiasm and was joined by several different groups protesting about different types of oppression in the country. The rallies were organised to raise a voice against the executive presidential system, the suppression of the free press and the degradation of society as a result of Government corruption and its patronage of drug lords. Different opposition parties and groups marched in Colombo and converged at Hyde Park for the rally. The main opposition UNP was instrumental in organising the demonstration, that took a cross party approach.

Premadasa who recently declined an appointment to the UNP Nomination Board for the Western and Southern Provincial Council polls, months after he refused to sit as a member of the party’s new leadership council, has successfully sidelined himself just as the UNP begins to show signs of life.

Tuesday’s rally was heavily monitored by the state intelligence and police services because it alluded to the impending forging of an alliance among different opposition groups to battle the Rajapaksa administration.

Premadasa’s rebel UNP faction has long since been accused by critics as playing into the hands of the Government and working according to the regime’s agenda.

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    I do not know why CT continues to give promonance to Sajith. He and his coterie of dwindling supporters are best forgotten. Sajith’s petulent behaviour at not being considered for the top job in the UNP, needless to say will play into the hands of MARA.

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      No doubt about it. The “impending forging of an alliance among different opposition groups to battle the Rajapaksa administration” is going to face a seismic shock in the political landscape with the imminent entry of Sajith Premadasa into the government as a minister of a major portfolio.

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        Sajith who is an uneducated Sinhala nationalist is a LIAR who said he has a degree from London School of Economics. He should not be given any position in any party for lying about his educational qualifications. The fact that UNP keeps offering him posts after his lies were revealed tell us that this so-called opposition party is as bad as the Jarapassa UPFA political..
        Sri Lankan political culture is CORRUPT to the core – govt and opposition parties are virtual dictatorships, while all the buzz about giving YOUTH a place is really about giving positions to sons of politicians. The UN and INGO focus on youth has been distorted and corrupted by the corrupt parties.
        When it comers to Sajith Premadasa’s absence I’d say GOOD RIDDANCE OF BAD RUBBISH!

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          This ‘major’ rally is also a plop like earlier anti government rallies. For one, the JVP didn’t join it at all. For another, even SF had a separate march which ended after holding his own rally in Maradana. He didn’t bother to join the the so-called joint final meeting at Hydepark. Just wait and see the comming up election results. MR will win with flying colors.

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        Major or minor portfolio, I wish that happen soon and sajith must taje John Amaratunga too with him.
        Mara must be stupid to take Sajith who is a real pinhead assuming that he ius a great politician. I wish good luck to mara and Sajth both.
        UNP will be peacefull without these snakes.

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          Sajith is scared that MR will probe into his wealth.From where does he get money to throw about? He is not employed, he is not qualified to be employed. Is this the money his father robbed?

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      You may be dead right.

      How can ever be otherwise? – he is the ONLY son of late Premadasa whose regime took 50k innocent youth in late 80ties ? One of my schoolmates – Kumara, final year medic student (CMBO) went missing – making the father of only child LIFE long sick (being caught by psychiatric problems not being able to bear the grief/ the LOSS of his dearest son). How many of the like minded sons went missing, found burnt on tyre pires and rive banks in that insurgency?

      Today, his son Premadasa Junior – as if he was the best/most qualified opposition candidate, has been ONLY on fighting mode within his party. Day to another P Junior’s greediness to grab the power seems NOT meeting with any compromising ends. If he loves his father’s party he has to MAKE SACRIFICES forming a strong opposition. In that way only – he will ever be able to achieve his final goals.

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        There were so many medical students from the Colombo medical faculty. One was Thirimanna who was dragged on the roads with a sharp edged iron bar through his head. That man is serving in the present government as a minister. Sajith was looking for ‘nidhan’ with STF fellows. High time UNP takes action against this man and his cohorts like Shiral, maitree etc. He will never win Hambanthota or as for that help UNP or the joint opposition against the present government. We will never forget the atrocities of Premadasa

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          The name of the medical student should read as Thirimawithana and not Thirimanna

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          Like Ranil wasn’t a senior cabinet minister of Premadasa? It is easily for you to preach good and bad from your arm-chair but what is premadasa supposed to do when misguided socialists were destroying the south and separatists were destroying the north and India was threatening to Invade?

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          Thamara@,
          not just one, but we could collect a long list of those who went missing to that time… no ?
          But what SHOULD be very clear to our mind is – not to forget these incidents easily and why those youth had to sacrifice their lives in that way ? equally why JVPers were that brutal to that time etc ? It was the youth unrest made by the state per se- failing to address the grievances directly. Today, they talk about a progress in life among the rural folks by just picking few single incidents, but as I read them, I feel, how can the average afford to survive the life there today. Why not price reductions at least in daily essentials to this day ? No pay hikes have been made to anyone since CBK’s terms fulfilled them. People accused her of all miseries, as if nothing was done in her terms – but steps like tangible reforms in education system started in her terms, telecommunication was improved in her terms, but all these were while fighting for a brutal war. And all sophisticated weapons MR regime to win the brutal war WERE purchased by her GOVT, SF impartially confirmed all these. If late Kadirgamar’s dedicated service failed to get banned the LTTE diaspora activities in those soils, nothing like war victory against LTTE could have been possible. Millions living as refugees across the globe were already better off by early 90ties,having being able to live the lives on the west. Talented diplomacy of late Kadirgamar…. his approached across the world.. today, there is no proper diplomacy due to the lack of like minded personalities. But they spent billions for nothing… besides, the war was not born in 2005 as people are made to believe. People to attack CBK terms and corner her has been strategy of the rulers. Just because VIKTOR IWAN and few other malevolent creatures printed them to words on the orders of some, people should learn to differentiate. Very same journalists to stay DEAD to this day- in a juncture, almost every right thinking one would feel – NO justice at all, justice is fully robed by Rajapakshe family- under the rule of current most abusive bunch, is no means clear to anyone. CBK could do a lot at least strengthening the hands of the all religious forces and the opposition.

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        Was your friend a member of JVP, a banned organization at that time that was devastating the whole country in the name socialism? Just asking, you can’t participate in illegal activities and then bitch about the consequences.

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          Not many of them were JVP activists. This we can prove statistically today – if one would feel mine are not true. But for those criminals if you were just registered at one of the unis to that time, was good enough to persecute you and take away leaving no any information about the victims since then. After being caught, none of the boys came home. Some were seen burnet down or beheaded either sides of the roads, washed out to river banks. These parents have also their emotions more or less similar to those of the parents that have been fighting for truth and justice in the northern soils to this day. Those punitive acts were unique to ruthless terrorists only. Why the very same people across the country today to stay as if they were all born yesterday is FULLY incomprehensible to me and any sane ones. JVPers or the state armed groups were far brutal to unexplainable levels, some parents were received packeted body rests of their lovely ones with a statement as to why the young ones counted with such fates.
          Later, Premadasa himself had the guts to openly make to the world through BBC radio that his administration was behind those killings. Those who have doubts could better approach BBC radio sender for archives of those tapes- if my memory is right, he repeated it “of course, I killed them” showing his true colours as a leader. He was that stupid … This was not long before R was bomb blasted and found dead on a street junction in cmbo. Nobody can say that the Junior should have the same criminal energies and same mind set not far from his father, but he should NOT be a rebel like if wanting to achieve his political goals. Ranil W was the minister of Education or so (?) under Premadasa ( very young politician), and cant be accused him of all the brutal act that his then regime should be accountable. Today, it is acceptable young politicians to react immature – since everyone of them are human beings. But, if one would claim that RW should be accountable for all the mess that the people face today NEED an open debate. Only thing I found in Premadasa was distribution of small houses to the poor of the poor across the country. This is common to man, even to any politicians – each of them have contributed to at least few good things. Those housing schemes across the country were given a birth by R’s terms, that was a great start actually. Else, those Gamudawa huge wasteful events to encourage far rural masses destroyed only the colossal funds though polished his image among the poor. Today the man in power has not limits of wasteful events. Nobody seem to be criticising them either. To that point of time (Premadasa era), P Junior was boarded in London – and he had no idea about the basics of the LANKEN politics.

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      Looks like Sajith has shot himself in the foot.

      It seems as if, RW has finally got him under control.

      After that very long, bruising, power hungry, self-serving internal battle among UNP monkeys.

      There are too many people in these parties who think their ego is more important than needs of the country.

      Not attending the rally yesterday is kind of unforgivable.

      Cheers!

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        Wait till Ranil shoots his feet when he goes to an alliance with hardcore socialists, TNA and other anti sri lankan elements. It is better to be not around Ranil when ranil does that and I think only premadasa junior and sujeewa serasinghe had understood this.

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          Ranil has already shot himself in the foot.

          He just wants to turn Ruwan Wijewardena into Crown Prince of UNP. Not Sajith.

          None of this has anything to do with Sri Lanka.

          All about family ties and personal agendas. Be it Ranil or Sajith.

          Very sad.

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            Nevermind Ben, Ruwan at least decent looking and coming from a good family. Ruwan is 100 times better than abNormal Namal.
            Ranil is a gentleman by all means with all his shortcomings and drawbacks. The man is genuine.
            Premadasa had the same sickness that of Jarapassa. Both are confused, lost, stranded with power and had Maharaja syndrome. Both suffered from inferiority complex.
            Sajith is Namal. Hema is Shira having the same ‘Moda Una’ and exhibit the same saggy parts.
            Dudhana is a Dudhana no matter what.

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        Not so – The fundamental fact hat whist Ranil is there a majority of the UNP’s will NOT vote for the party. If he associated himself with the rag-tag council, Sajith would have been tainted along with it. As it is, he associated himself for far too long.

        Ranil MUST go and never be seen again – that is the reality.

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    Just when you think there is a viable public opposition to Rajapaksa rule, the so called opposition like Sajith attempts to pull the rug from under the protest.

    Sri Lanka is where it is at with Rajapaksa rule because certain opposition members are always selfishly thinking of advancing their own self interest at the cost of democrasy and rule of law.

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      There is no opposition as long as they are not prepared to show that national security is not taken lightly by them. They just need to be the real UNP, that’s all. Remember leaders like Athulathmudali, Gamini dissanayake and Ranjan wijerathne?

      They must show that they are prepared to distance themselves from untrustworthy TNA and will work against it if the need arises. Until then sorry, Rajapakshe will have a field day. Just bc Rajapakshes are corrupt and makes a mockery of rule of law, it doesn’t mean that is worst than TNA trying to give birth to the next Prabakaran.

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    Don’t trust this fellow. The fruit does not fall far from the tree.

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    Palitha Thewarapperuma has more relevance in the UNP than Sajith P. The media must leave Sajith P to the climes of Weerawila than making something out of him when he has got simply nothing to offer in terms of intellect, personality let alone leadership

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    I hope the UNP leadership council members who keep giving these sabotuers more chances get their act together and stop. These are not people who can lead. They are puppets made to dance to the tunes of U know who. Not even a chance to cross over will be afforded as long as they are tolerated. This way they can be the gift that keeps on giving while the UNP keeps bleeding. Cut them off one and for all. Let the satakaya either take them in or they can go rot in hell.

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    Win or Loose take strict action against Sajith,he is very undisciplined,why worry –
    Leadership council must act strongly chase him out,had offered many concessions but in vane.

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    Sajith has to be kicked out of UNP. Then he can join Rajapakse family and become the next PM.

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    As Sri Lankans we are very poor judge of character. Why? This space is too little to elaborate.

    Sajith P has been hiding in H’tota hoping the Presidential mantle will fall on him by design. He has cultivated the support of the ‘Premadasa types’ in the UNP with money. How as merely an MP he has access to this money should be a question asked within the UNP and then revealed. We can all speculate, but let us save ourselves the effort and say it is his fathers’.

    He does not have the street smart Mr.R Premadasa had. He does not have the intellect to even try. RP had an agenda and he implemented it. We can take pot shots at him but things happened and booroocrats were shit scared of him.

    I remember when the Bank of Ceylon building was new(Pittu Bamboo) the President Premadasa was to visit it. The Board in a panic had the empty upper floors furnished so he would not think this space was available for some other use!!! Can you imagine that happening today.
    Funny thing – Today, they will throw you out of your own premises if the Rajapakses and their cronies take a liking to it.

    We all have our gripes about the situation in SL. Until and unless we are ready to make the commitment to do something about it beyond the talking…..the politicians will make merry. Do not think the UNP or the JVP are going to be any less corrupt.

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    I not an avid fan of Mr Premadasa. Although the argument can be made that he is playing into the hands of the government but can you blame him for what he is doing. Purely from the point of view of Premadasa, what he is doing is keeping a fair distance from the UNP headed by Mr Wickremasingha. As it as been shown over and over again the state of the UNP is very weak. If he takes the offer to be in the leadership council he will be apart of the leadership that will inevitably lead the UNP to lose once again. And a good chunk of the blame will be generously thrown to Premadasa, whereby Wickremasingha yet again can blame every Tom Dick and Harry and except himself. An assured result of the upcoming elections is that the UNP will fall short again.

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    One matter that has not been mentioned is caste. Sadly Sajith carries many people of his caste with him. That is probably why the UNP does not ditch him. A shame that caste and race should play a part in all this but that’s politics in Sri Lanka.

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    Very soon the government will make him a “No-show” forgotten man. He is heading towards a political disaster. If he is to protect his political career he should only bite what he can chew.

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    None the less Sajith has got some teeth to even try to chew. Where as Mr Ranasinghe doesn’t seem to even have a set of functioning teeth. RW is like an old haggard dog, his darking is but a weak cough, living in his own world, reminiscing a time when he was priced Labrador, well behaved , well liked and pretty smart dare i say. Of no use he is today, to the master or to himself. He will cling to the only thing he has the seat that he has sat on for a long time, his priced possession. A little voiceless grunt is what you here from him once in awhile when he musters up a some energy.

    Sajith is more of agitated and disgruntled puppy. Barking at every thing, teeming with impatience and nativity. A pure bred he is ,fathered by a well pedigreed stud. All he wants is to play with the big dogs, lacking the hindsight that he has many a mile to go. He has a great opportunity to be groomed and trained. Only time will tell if he turns out like his father.

    My question to you is, even any would see this stupendous comment, if given the choice of a dog, which of these would we have?

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