8 May, 2021

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Sajith Slaps Voters, Activists In The Face: Appoints Rajapaksa Ideologue Dayan J As International Relations Advisor

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa delivered a resounding slap in the face to civil society representatives and the Tamil constituency that got behind his presidential candidacy in 2019, when he appointed former Rajapaksa Ambassador Dr Dayan Jayatilleka as his international affairs observer on Tuesday (5).

The SJB released a photo soon after the appointment was made, where Jayatilleka was shaking hands with Sajith Premadasa, while SJB MPs Eran Wickremaratne and Dr Harsha de Silva stood beside them. Both opposition legislators are advocates of a liberal economic policy and reform antithetical to Jayatilleka’s positions on same issues. Ironically Jayatilleka has also been a vocal critic of Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs when Dr Harsha De Silva was Deputy Foreign Minister.

Jayatilleka, a staunch Rajapaksa supporter for years, famously backed the failed coup attempt by President Maithripala Sirisena and the Rajapaksa family in October 2018.

In an email advising former President Mahinda Rajapaksa how to execute the coup, Jayatilleka charged that “reactionary forces” – namely the legitimate Government led by the UNF in which Sajith Premadasa was a minister – should never be allowed to consolidate and sustain a parallel power centre/command centre at Temple Trees.

At the time, political observers noted that Jayatilleka who was then Ambassador to Moscow, appointed by President Sirisena, was practically advocating the removal of PM Wickremesinghe from Temple Trees by forcible means, turning the constitutional manoeuvre into a hard coup. Jayatilleka admitted to writing the email and stood by his advice to the illegal prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa about forcing the coup through despite its patent illegality, as ruled by Sri Lanka’s highest courts.

But Jayatilleka’s dalliance with the Rajapaksa cabal and ideology has been a prolonged affair. In February 2015, Jayatilleka took up the mantle of chief theologian of the ‘Mahinda Sulanga movement’ and repeatedly undermined the will of 6.2 million voters who defeated President Rajapaksa in the January 8, 2015 because they were not Sinhalese nationalist votes.

Jayatilleka consistently attacked the Yahapalanaya Government and promoted the Podujana Party. When Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Viyathmaga led candidacy was emerging in 2018-2019, Jayatillake originally celebrated the rise of the strongman, writing gushing articles about “Operation Shangri-La”. Jayatillake subsequently opposed the former Defence Secretary’s nomination and backed the Samagi Balawegaya after Sajith Premadasa was nominated as Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s challenger in the 2019 election.

When President Sirisena appointed Jayatilleka envoy to Moscow, the Rajapaksa idealogue faced the toughest confirmation process by the High Post Committee of Parliament after dozens of petitions against his nominations flooded into committee members.

Rights activists told Colombo Telegraph that Premadasa’s appointment was tone deaf, not unlike his shining endorsement of Army Chief Lt. Gen Shavendra Silva. In the November 2019 election, Premadasa was resoundingly endorsed by Sri Lanka’s Tamil community, that has been struggling for justice for grave human rights abuses committed during the war for over a decade. In the Tamil dominated North and East, Premadasa won 80-95% of the presidential vote.

Dayan Jayatilleka, as Sri Lankan envoy to Geneva, France and Russia has stood stoically against pushing for accountability for these crimes by the international community. Jayatilleka also vehemently efforts by the former Yahapalanaya Government to engage with the United Nations on a resolution urging Sri Lanka to promote accountability and reconciliation.

Lt. Gen. Silva and his wife are personal friend of Premadasa’s wife, and when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the Opposition Leader lobbied the Government to demand that the US lift its travel ban on Silva who is implicated in war crimes. The move was a great betrayal of the tens of thousands of Tamil people who supported Premadasa’s presidential candidacy and braved fears of reprisals from the military to vote for him in November 2019. Sources told Colombo Telegraph that Jayatilleka’s appointment was based on the long-term relationship the former ambassador/academic has maintained with the Premadasa family, having served President Ranasinghe Premadasa decades ago. In the event Premadasa had won the 2019 election, Jayatilleka might have been appointed Foreign Minister the sources added.

Jayatilleka was the one leading the charge against accountability for #SriLanka‘s alleged war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council back in 2009, gloating about the “diplomatic bay of pigs“ for the West later. He‘s now advising the supposedly liberal opposition leader Premadasa,” said German Foreign Relations Council Fellow and Sri Lanka researcher Gerrit Kurtz.

Rights activists also believe it was folly to expect more from the Opposition Leader whose raison d’etre is to become a Rajapaksa-style populist. “He has consistently betrayed the moderate cause and abandoned constituents who have consistently voted for his party,” one activist told Colombo Telegraph. “It’s shameful that he has gut-punched the Tamil people in this way, by elevating a personality who is so principally opposed to justice for rights abuses,” the activist added. “It only proves what we have always known about Sajith Premadasa, that he believes in nothing, stands for nothing, so he has no ideas what his supporters stand for either,” the activist said. (By Janakie Mediwake)

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  • 36
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    This only confirms the widely held – but not mentioned loudly in polite circles – view that Sajith is not very intelligent, and he’s a somebody today solely because of his father. And he’s the most boring – in fact intolerable – public speaker in the political scene today.

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      [contd. from above, forgot to mention]
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      And that’s why he needs the Magic Man Dayan

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        If his father would have been alive, he would commit suicide being unable to digest his own blood to fall this much of cheap. Sajith proves to have no political maturity by the kind of deeds.
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        Consistency is unfortunatley not found in DJ genetics. He is self proclaimed political scientist to srilanken press.
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        May be the reason why he is CALLED, Dayan Jathilaka instead Dayan De Silva. …. see – that is becoming clearer today. His father was respected by the educated inthis country, but DJ is compared with that of WIMAL BURUWANSE (school drop out).

    • 12
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      So what are we left with. The colloquial ” leave the one with the cough and take the one with the snutty nose” as soulmate, applies. Autocrat or Nondescript.??

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        PS.
        Though the real quote above, is more pithy, I have made it politically correct and gender neutral.

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          Dr.DJ has always been a Premadasa acolyte along with Killi Maharajah since the 90’s. He was stripped naked while attending Gamini Dissanayaka’s funeral. The SJB is simply returning to the pre-Ranil era, when the UNP was even more chauvinist than the SLFP.
          Perhaps this appointment might benefit CT readers. Since he now has a job, he won’t have time to bore us to death with his daily harangues.
          Still, I don’t think it is proper for CT to criticize one of its prolific contributors.

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            Thanks for the series of justified observations, starting with Ajay, whose comment has so far got 29 likes. The four “dislikes” we can assume to have been “organised.”
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            True “old codger”, we will be relieved of the need to respond to “educated crap”.
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            I do feel sorry for some of the other able guys in the photograph.

    • 4
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      Ajay,
      I am not a fan of Sajith or UNP but there is no alternative at this stage against the dictatorship and destruction of the democracy and country. Sajith is not good but much better than Ranil.

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        Jvp is the only alternative. Bit people have no idea. Like in the US they are all misled by right radicalists and media mafiose. Irrespective of election defeat, Trump supporters are made to believe it was a rigged election. The very same was the case in srilanka people were misled by telecast of untruths about Gota s realities but today they are all made naked proving Gota is weaker than polonnaruwa donkey. 😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

        • 1
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          Dear LM,
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          So you say (rightly) that despite having elsewhere chronicled all that you suffered at Peradeniya University in the late nineteen eighties. I was there just before you. The political Party known as the JVP never stood for ragging. Nor would the FSP have wanted ragging. I speak here of those whom I stipulate to have been the “real leaders” . All that we’re doing is carelessly labelling a certain “type” of student as “a ragger”. There may have been individuals who nominally belonged to both groups. May I ask if there actually were organised Student Unions in you time? The JVP must have been banned during your time in the University.
          .
          Yes, the JVP (more correctly the NPP) is not now what it used to be.
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          If you feel that some readers may not understand, it may be that you should explain it to them, as only you can in your inimitable style.

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      Father or Godfather?
      You should know whom I mean.

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        Dear SJ,
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        Ajay may know; many of us others may not.

  • 8
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    It is wrong to hold Premadasa to a standard or a philosophy which none of the other 23 million in this country follow.

    Although elections, media , formal education, office clothes/uniforms, various high offices (MP, Judge, High Official, Company Director , JP ,so on) tend to give us a wrong estimate of the essential nature of the citizens of this country, the other countries do not accept it.

    Just give a Sri Lankan Passport to any embassy, and the truth will be obvious. The other countries think the average Sri Lankan is a pathetic creature with no integrity whatsoever and is most likely to come up with some fairy tale in order to stay back in their country.

    Dayan Jayatilleka is a man for whom little learning has become too much to handle. A truly intelligent man will know how variable things are, how little he knows and how doubtful whatever he says can be.For Dayan J, except for him, the only other Sri Lankan whose prophesies always come true is his father , a former editor at Lakehouse !

    What is Premadasa to do ? Whoever he appoints will be shown( 20 years later) to be incapable, dishonest and ultimately a failure.

    All those now around the Rajapakses were one time in other parties. They all joined him in order to eat better food !

    This is the story of this country.

  • 3
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    This is a lesson for Sumanthiran and the TNA to not to align itself with Opposition parties like SJB and the UNP.

  • 5
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    In politics, can there be permanent friends or foes? Dr. DJ is one of the best examples we can offer in demonstrating impermanence in political alliances. Although this article chides Sajith Ranasinghe Premadasa, all those who are in the photograph too seem to be very comfortable with Dr. DJ.

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    This is why we keep saying that International investigation very important and Tamils should be left free and then Lankawe has to be completely revamped anew with everything….. Police, Courts, Constitution, Parliament, Bureaucracies…..There is no shortcuts because from deep down at main root to top branch Lankawe is eaten up. It is corrupted and eaten by termites. Lankawe is completely eaten by termites. Now these termites are only turning into cannibals to eat themselves. Only some external process can stop these cannibals they eating them. They cannot stop their frenzy feeding themselves. An official investigation can only bring the external fixing mechanism in. This is why we keep saying that International Investigation is very important not just to save Tamils from Sinhala Buddhism but even to save Sinhalese and Muslims & Buddhists from cannibal Sinhala Buddhists.

  • 1
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    DJ is desperate as SL is ready to get rid of 13A. His life ambition is to keep 13A.

    So DJ wants to use SJB as an expendable in his fight to retain 13A. SJB will lose all future elections for supporting 13A. But by then DJ would have jumped ship again!

    Get rid of 13A! At least put it to a referendum.

  • 4
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    He was angling for this job and possibly waiting for a ministership.

  • 6
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    In war, you can only be killed once. But in politics many times. Switched allegiance and still taking place.
    a staunch Rajapaksa supporter for years, Now advisor for IR for Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa

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      DJ another Wickramabahu Karunaratnam. Mervyn Silva’s better Doctor and his Doctorate really better than DJ.

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        Be fair.
        Vikramabahu has far greater consistency. A slip landed him in the lap of RW, rather like what happened to his political forebear Philip.
        DJ has hopped liberally like a frog from one lilly-pad to another.

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    With a packet of Chilli powder , Bible in hand and a chair to throw at fellow
    MPs , he’s not second to Johnston and Mahindananda ! Sajith shows signs of
    same old Crab walk Syndrome ! How important is this Dayan J to our politics
    than to his own benefit ? The video shows he doesn’t take any pain to exhibit
    his Academic strength to the public . In front of the public , he is just another
    Wimal , Pavithra, Gamman , “Dan Sapada,” Johnston and Mahindananda !
    So , in public they are with the “Gallery” and in private on the Balcony ?

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    In the “Animal Kingdom”, including the “Human Being” there is a “Living Being” called “LEECH”. The Dictionary explains this word as : “a flesh-eating or blood-sucking freshwater worm having a flattened segment body with a sucker at each end”. With “DJ’s” past records in administrative and political fields, I feel he fits eminently into this category of species. The only exception in this particular “Appointment” there is no “Blood” to suck from the “Leader” of SJB. He too is a “Drifter” with no “Vision” or “Mission”. He (Sajith) has shown as an MP and Minister and presently showing that incapacity and incompetency as the “Leader” of the Opposition.

  • 0
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    What more could you expect from an Aegrotat?

    • 1
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      Well for the record……….
      An Aegrotat degree is an honours or ordinary degree without classification, awarded to a candidate who was unable to undertake their exams due to illness or even death, under the presumption that, had they completed those exams, they would have satisfied the standard.
      On the other hand, Mahinda did not have enough marks to enter even Law College – nowhere near university status. So Felix/Srima passed new regulation lowering entry qualification for MPs and MR and F’pulle got accepted to Law College.
      So six of one and half a dozen of the other. In fairness to both of them.

  • 1
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    Thank god this fool left Rajapaksases. He is more like an Indian puppet.

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