24 October, 2021

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Sajith’s Inaugural At Galle Face Raises A Few Bitter Questions

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

“There is no evidence that crowds at meetings translate accurately into votes. If it were, the JVP would have trounced others several times and Mahinda would have won in 2015.”

Testimony

A friend of mine, a businessman and long-known Sajith Premadasa backer for reasons best known to him, sends me the following message through WhatsApp:

“The friend of mine who sent me this drone photo said, ‘In my whole life U have never seen such a mammoth crowd…. Still they are pouring in. I stood at the Galle Face roundabout just 15 minutes ago. I could see the Galle Road up to about Temple trees completely, sea of people….”

From the Galle Road to Temple Trees is about 3 KM. My friend has an extraordinary eyesight!

A undiscerning Sajith supporter naturally would have been up in ecstatic joy at a ‘report’ like this. In my case, I was watching the whole meeting from the comfort of my Melbourne home. Who said I can have no idea of what’s happening in Sri Lanka as I am domesticated in Melbourne? Not so in this digital world and with fast communication technology. I got all the technology and wouldn’t risk going to the island where someone who does not like my political writings would get the bright idea of shooting me down. Despite the progress of Yahapalanaya this can still happen, although Gotabaya Rajapaksa hasn’t climbed to power yet.

Promise

I am admittedly a supporter of the Yahapalanaya system-changing plan and I like to see Ranil Wickremesinghe’s promise to execute that plan under a Sajith Presidency. I can pin hopes on that promise despite Sajith’s well-known equivocation about the abolition of the Executive Presidential system that is the root cause of bringing up arrogant and foolish people to the ruling helm. With such men at the top, terraced flanks of lesser politicians develop as hangers on and  beneficiaries of the corrupt largesse of the dictator. The latter are all keeping a watch on the crime that does on.

And the crime is franchised. We have had enough of this system of politics.

Crowds are a Common Phenomenon

Hence, I like the UNP’s new candidate getting supportive crowds around wherever he goes. If Gotabaya wins, then the match is over for Yahapalanaya and we are back with family rule, with the white vans and the ‘missing’ journalists. Courts would, once again, be the  creation of the almighty ruler. Judges will give the wanted verdicts and still carry through with their regalia. Some men would be more equal than others. And so on.

But I tell Sajith and UNP fans not to get too excited like my friend’s friend with the drone camera. Haven’t we seen ‘massive crowds,’ at Galle Face before? Filling and overfilling the ground? There may be small differences in size that are marginal and of no consequence. Very recently, I watched the JVP crowd at Galle Face. I cannot see the difference. There was a visible difference and that was the discipline of the party with all leaders and attendees in red caps as though the revolution is round the corner, once again since Doric De Souza. Previous to that, I saw Mahinda Rajapaksa’s crowd. There was evidence that many of the attendees got food on the way. Some consumed rotten milk packets. I don’t know about cash been given to the hand. Rakapaksas are moneyed people and, unlike Sajith and the UNP, they could afford to unload some of the money into a crowd of beggars.

True Significance of Crowds

The point I am trying to make is that crowds brought in for a meeting are not necessarily voluntary. There is no evidence that crowds at meetings translate accurately into votes. If it were, the JVP would have trounced others several times and Mahinda would have won in 2015.

Crowds have a demonstrative effect of a show of power especially to the undiscerning. Many of the political rats, who were toying with jumping sides, get back as a wise move. The newspapers said that Sarath Fonseka had crossed over a day of two ago to Gota who was the man who put the General into prison jumpers. Yet, we see the Field Marshall back on stage with Sajith who promised outright that he would grant him the subject of law and order long denied by Sirisena. Champika was also there. 

Many other smaller fry, likewise, got back to fold sensing growing support for Sajith. 

Today, is Elpitiya local elections-day and if Pohottuwa wins that would mean something more serious to look at as it has a demonstrative effect that is more effective since what is counted at Elpitiya are real votes of people.

PM’s Speech Strangely Interrupted

I was taken by surprise to observe how the Prime Minister’s speech at the rally had been rudely interrupted by one of the two narrators. For what? Because Sajith was riding what appeared to be a pony toward the stage from about 300 metres away. PM remained with composure and dignity for about twenty minutes and, then, resumed the speech. The build up of his delivery had been disrupted. In addition, I spotted two idiots behind the PM making laughing gestures apparently aimed at a section of the audience. Knowing the rift between the Sajith faction and Ranil Wickremesinghe these errors stood out as deliberate.

Speeches

UNP Secretary, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, and Revd Dambara Amila spoke out carrying over the attack straight into the enemy camp. It is very important to do that and try and demolish the enemy’s image. That is real politics. Akila borrowing  a title from Dharmasiri Bandaranayake’s popular stage play referred to “Yaksha gamanaya.” [journey of the devil]. Revd Dambara Amila, an academic at Sri Jayawardenapura University, tore Gota and Sirisena to pieces. These two speakers and a few others  had the right pitch to hit the enemy at his weakest point. That was a lesson for Sajith Premadasa who has all along being struggling with a marketing pitch. What impact does, “Ekwa Yamu Idiriyata,” have on audiences? The central slogan of an election campaign must be able to tune into the key needs of the electorate. Only then could the slogan give any sign of a wake-up call. On the other hand, Sajith’s chosen slogan is anaemic and stale. 

Hidden Rift

I am not trying to be a trouble maker but I could, finally, spot a concealed rift between the official UNP line set out by its leader and the populist thrust of Sajith’s camp. Wickremesinghe stressed the point that the party nominated Sajith in order to carry out the yahapalanaya program that lies incomplete. This meant the abolition of the Executive President as a first and urgent measure. On the other hand, Sajith’s rhetoric was that of someone who is to be the Executive President and not a 19A shadow. He spoke as though he is going to make drastic changes all round the wicket although under 19A that is the province of the Prime Minister. Does his faction have a project to oust the leader after winning?

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    the first thing that sajith would like to do if he wins is sack the prime minister who delayed hi s appointment for 2 whole weeks
    unfortunately he cannot till parliament is dissolved
    pm till 2025 what rubbish

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      Mr. S.J seemingly is now reconciled to the fact that Preme junior has replaced Ranil. Even I would have preferred Ranil but he has no chance of winning against Gota. Sajith is a better politician in that he has no fixed principles apart from populism and a show (genuine ?) of Buddhist piety. This , sadly, wins votes in this allegedly literate country, not Ranil’s erudition and vision for the future. No matter, the young bright sparks of the UNP are around Sajith. The politician’s primary job is to win elections, and Ranil was very bad at that.
      If the Pohottuwa crowd insists on alienating the minorities, the UNP has more than a fighting chance.

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        As a realist I do not assess Lanka’s future progress – progress as opposed to regress under Gota: regression is easy to assess as that’s what has happened under all the previous leaders – based on a single individual. I base any assessment on the collective national character of the inhabitants ……… and there’s not much joy there.

        Ranil has had 20 odd years of unhindered leadership. What more does he want? What has he achieved in those years? He has been unable to win the presidency …….. twice he was not even in a position to contest: had to put in substitutes. Ranil is a decent man but a lousy politician.

        The UNP has to move on from Ranil – time and tide waits for no man – and in that sense Sajith is a breath of fresh air.

        If they succeed or not, let the younger generation take over.

        It’s time.

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          Nimal,
          Sajith has a gem of a media team . Consider this tweet, which couldn’t be more high-sounding gobbledegook :
          “We will introduce guided and structured decision-making processes where relevant statistics and substances are used as important ingredients in the policy-making decision process. #SriLankaFirst”

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            OC,
            _
            Shhhhhhhh! :))

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        OC,

        How would you analyse the Elpitiya results? How would 44% to SLPP translate island wide?

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          Alpitiya shows that the Sinhala Buddhist electorates will reward SLPP with a majority and the UNP alliance as well as the JVP are behind. To analyse the effect on Presidential election one has to identify districts or Provinces with a SB majority along with their voting population compared to multi ethnic districts or Provinces.

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            Siri Gamage,

            Thanks.

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          nimal

          elpitiya elections will be a reflection on ranil,not sajit and will have no bearing on the presidential elections.Voters know that ranil is still the UNP leader,not sajit.

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          Nimal,
          I don’t think the Elpitiya results signify much, being about the same as in 2015 . In a presidential election, the entire country is one electorate, complete with 25% of minority voters, who weren’t there in Elpitiya.

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            shankar, OC,

            Thanks.

            In Elpitiya ………. it seems Mahinda got over 59% in the presidential election, 2015. There was a guy called Luxman Yapa Abeywardena on YouTube saying if they don’t get over 55% he would not come on to talk again (or something like that.) So 44% (or 52.5% with SLFP vote) looks like a disappointment for them. It showed in Mahinda’s face when talking to media after the result: wasn’t a happy camper. He knows, he is a seasoned campaigner.

            As you say, it has not much bearing on many other parts of the island. But perhaps SLPP would have to score over 60% in their strongholds to compensate for other electorates where their support is not so strong.

            From what I can see …….. the Lankan electorate is so polarized …….. whatever the outcome …….. won’t be based on logic or reason. Nothing new: there we go again!

            Interesting times ahead.

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      Poor Sajith has to carry the baggage of unpopular PM. during the election? How difficult can this be?

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe,

      RE: Sajith’s Inaugural At Galle Face Raises A Few Bitter Questions,

      Yes, a few bitter questions. Why Ranil W, despite being the leader of the opposition, and being old almost 70, is NOT the presidential candidate? Because he cannot win. Ranil would have attracted only a fraction of the crowds, and those who came would have been less enthusiastic. Why waste time for a loser?

      This is gone with the wind, the old guard. Just like old Mahinda Rajapaksa lost to Sirisena, old Gotabaya Rajapaksa will lose to young Sajith Prema-dasa.

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    Don’t come back to Sri lanka be in Australia. This country doesn’t belong to you and you are not wanted here. So your opinions should end up in dustbin

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      Mr. S.J seemingly is now reconciled to the fact that Preme junior has replaced Ranil. Even I would have preferred Ranil but he has no chance of winning against Gota. Sajith is a better politician in that he has no fixed principles apart from populism and a show (genuine ?) of Buddhist piety. This , sadly, wins votes in this allegedly literate country, not Ranil’s erudition and vision for the future. No matter, the young bright sparks of the UNP are around Sajith. The politician’s primary job is to win elections, and Ranil was very bad at that.
      If the Pohottuwa crowd insists on alienating the minorities, the UNP has more than a fighting chance..

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      Paula – Your opinion should be thrust in your rear!

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        cheeeee what language.Posterior is a better word to use,or even derriere.

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      Fail to see the point in your article. If to see who got the bigger crowd. JVP rally was at least 30% less than what Sajith got. (There are other photos of the crowd than your friends). Mahinda /GOTA has more money (Ill gotten) than Sajith. GOTA Anuraphapura maiden rally was poor
      Only good point in your article in the GOTA/ Mahinda terror and disregard for law and order. I am sure if you want to come back to Sri Lanka and apply for dual citizenship, they will grant it in a day- without the statutory requitrements of Police reports etc.
      Then if your son wants to join the army or navy or airforce, as long as they are Mahinda clan related- can join as an officer without O.L. then selected as best cadet and sent to UK. Then marry in Uniform with a gallow of medals on the chest without ever serving the navy.
      Being a buddhist I am ashmed now and support Ranjan Ramanayake allegation ofg Cheewara dari monks. Gota campaign. all monks- atamasthana, Kelaniya, Gangaramaya, Bennanwila, Sri Maha bodhi etc came on TV and said vote for GOTA. Where has buddhism gone. Sajith has his hand in to the annual 4000Mn cultural fund collected from tourists visting anuradhapura sigiriya etc. He used part of that to buy Monk influence. So we have a chance with Sajith to stop GOTA. Not that Sajith is the best

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        Dambare Amila is the best example of Cheevara Dhari crook. How he is on the bond-scamer payroll came out accidentally. Unfortunately, the UNP and civil society activists are as corrupt as the pohottuva gunduwa.

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      My dear Paul,
      The country does not belong to you or anybody in the first place. You, Shayman & the rest of the world including myself are the world. We are all particles of this endless planetary system made of Earth, Wind, Water & Fire. Hope you will see this natural phenomena before you add yourself back in to it. ‘Suwapath Weva!’

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      Paul, please don’t post nonsense.

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      Paul,

      “This country doesn’t belong to you and you are not wanted here. “

      All Paras are not wanted here., in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho. They should all get back to their Para ancestral homelands Bharat, India, Damba Diva, South India, Bihar. Bangla, Orissa etc.

      Original Article
      Published: 07 November 2013
      Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations.

      https://www.nature.com/articles/jhg2013112

      MtDNA haplogroup analysis revealed that several West Eurasian haplogroups as well as Indian-specific mtDNA clades were found amongst the Sri Lankan populations. Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

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        Amarasiri,
        You are doing an academically unethical thing by fabricating a story using data from a research conducted by Ranaweera et. al. I suggest you read the article carefully, particularly the conclusion. They have not concluded that Sinhalayo originated in India.
        By repeating this lie, are you following Paul Joseph Goebbels?

        Sinhalayo are the native people in this country that evolved from their ancestors who lived 125,000 years ago. I gave references to this several times. According to you Veddas came 40,000 to 80,000 years ago.

        We can tell the truth but difficult to convince the descendants of people from Malabar with low IQ.

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          Eagle Confused Eye,

          This reference is NOT the only molecular mitochondrial DNA study that examined the genetics
          , all confirming that EXCEPT for the Native Veddah Aethho, all others are Paras , Paradeshis, Aliens, Foreigners in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho. Even the chronicles, Deepawansa and Mahawansa, for what it is worth , says so, as well as Prof. K M De Silva in A History of Sri Lanka, Oxford University Press, 1981, says so. Your Brain is confused by the unethical and ignorant, the so-called “Academic” Archeology “Prof” Raj Somadeva, who is trying his best to link The archeology of the Native Veddah Aethho, to the Para Sinhala.
          From mtDNA, Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils have the same genetics, Para-genetics.

          The “Prof” is confused about the Sun as well, in addition to the Para- Sinhala.

          Both you and the “Prof” should get your DNA tested, to sort out your confusion.

          By the way both your chromosome no.2 , was formed by the fusion of two primate chromosomes, way back in Africa.

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            Amarasiri,
            “Prof. K M De Silva in A History of Sri Lanka, Oxford University Press, 1981, says so.”
            Prof. K.M.De Silva is a historian who relied on documented history. He had no knowledge about Pre-History based on archeological evidences.

            Indian DNA came to Sinhalayo because ‘Para’ Hidusthani invaders raped Sinhala women.

            According to Ranaweera et. al.:
            “The haplotypes and analysis of molecular variance revealed that Vedda people’s mitochondrial sequences are more related to the Sinhalese than the Indian Tamils’ sequences.”

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              Eagle Blind Eye

              “Indian DNA came to Sinhalayo because ‘Para’ Hidusthani invaders raped Sinhala women.”

              What were the Sinhala/Buddhist men doing when Sinhala women were being raped by ‘Para’ Hidusthani invaders, were all of them watching and doing handjob?

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                Native Vedda,
                What Demalu did when IPKF guys raped Demala women?

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                  Eagle Blind Eye

                  “What Demalu did when IPKF guys raped Demala women?”

                  I have no idea what Demalu did when IPKF guys raped Demala women all I knew was the Psychopath VP was fighting the Hindian IPKF to protect this island’s sovereignty (whatever that maybe) while the Sinhala/Buddhist cowardice armed forces were hiding behind his fat bum and behind women folks.

                  If not for VP’s stupidity the IPKF would have raped the entire population of this island, including your grandma, your sisters, you, your brothers, ……………. your grandpas, … your wife and children if you have them, …

                  Go thank VP and his boys brigade that got rid of the IPKF.

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          Eagle,
          Doesn’t your holy Mahawamsa say clearly that Vijaya came from India and his grandfather was an animal? Take it or leave it, either the Mahawamsa is bullshit or the Sinhalayo are bullshit.

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      If that is what you believe, don’t vote for Gota.

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe has noticed what the normal people have seen at the rally.
    1. Sajit’s pony ride was hilarious. At first I thought he was sitting on a tree branch, and later realized that it was Sajit trying to tame the pony.
    2. He took so long to come to the stage and his supporters were making a fool out of himself and themselves too. Does Sajit have a media adviser or team of advisers, or his henchmen were just doing what was just coming to their mind?
    3. Interrupting the PM’s speech! If it had happened during JR’s time you would have seen the consequences on the spot. JR once faced a similar situation at a Ja-ela rally, and he made sure that those who interrupted his speech got the right punishment. Unfortunately Ranil is not JR and JR was not Ranil at all.
    4. Sajit’s speech didn’t show any indication of someone that intends to abolish the presidency; it looked like that of one who safeguards it. What an hilarious contradiction!
    5. Finally, as SJ suggested in his concluding remarks of the above article, “Does his faction have a project to oust the leader after winning?” The answer is ‘YES’. And it is a strong ‘YES’.
    Millions of people in this country don’t want another tug-of-war between the president and the PM for another 5 years! When they see the signs of ‘infighting’ they say bitterly, “enough is enough”; go to hell both of you Ranil and Sajit. And turn straightaway to the Mahinda-Gota camp and that’s the end of it.
    We will see this strong and bitter reaction of the voting masses tonight through the Alpitiya mini-election whose results will be out in a few hours from now.
    I can guarantee that it will be a clean sweep for the SLPP (Pohottuwa)! The UNP’s deputy leader and presidential hopeful: Sajit should take the full responsibility for the bitter and humiliating loss!

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      Will Ranil care even if Sajith lose?

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        My personal impression is that he’ll be happy. We all know that UNP bigwigs are not too happy about the way Sajit’s faction snatched the candidacy from Ranil.
        Now it’ll be easier for Ranil to keep Sajit away from the spotlight. For instance, see what happened to FM Sarath Fonseca after the defeat in 2010. The same will happen to Sajit.

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        Siri,
        From historical perspective, Sajith is viewed by Ranil & the clique as only one of several “illegitimate threats” they had to face in their legitimate grip of the UNP. Therefore, a loss for Sajith will bring sigh of relief for them; for it will be justified as the theoretical outcome as result of going against their “wisdom”.

        This is why I keep saying that this election cycle has to be used as a pulpit to challenge power of the old guards in political all parties – family power of SLPP; elite clique of UNP; Marxist ideology of JVP; racism of minority parties. I wish if JVP & others could understand the threat of GoRa & the clan coming to power again and therefore be able to flock around Sajith in order to strengthen his hand to break the power structure of UNP. As a matter of fact, most candidates do present change of guards as their priority and therefore, what is needed is only the willingness to join hands for the two prong attack – defeat GoRa clan & help Sajith to take over UNP.

        If there is any silver lining in Elpitiaya election results, it is the urgency of the need to back Sajith.

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        Siri Gamage,

        Ranil and his cohorts have no choice but to support Sajith, and swallow their Egos, if they want to save the party and hope for Minister positions on a future Government, and continue to loot, like the Bond Scam. Otherwise they will have to support the SLPP Gotabaya, like what SLFP did, the Traitors.

        When will Ranil comprehend that he is old and past his time, and time to pass on the reins and gracefully exit?

        Everybody is replaceable. The crowds understand that.

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        If Sajith loses Ranil will say “I told you so, they should have let me stand”.
        If Sajith wins Ranil will say “He couldn’t have done it without my help and advice”.
        The Sri Kotha world revolves around Ranil and his gigantic ego.

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    Shyamon,

    iSay. Your friend must have been referring to the roundabout near the Galle Face Hotel; it’s only 650 metres from there to Temple Trees.

    Nevertheless, you should have employed the Bradley Effect and the Shy Tory Factor to enunciate your points further.

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    His predecessors were the architects of Dracornian executive presidency which his father himself enjoyed. To date mother Sri Lanka had been suffering insurmountable problems
    from aftermath of this ill thought out and badly executed piece of constitutional change. All presidents came to power
    promising to abolish executive presidency in their pre-election manifesto which all previous incumbantants failed to honour. It is an illusion to think that president elect would honour any promises in their pre- election manifesto let alone abolishing exective prrsidency.

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    Dear Mr. Shyamon Jayasinghe,

    You are truly correct.
    No need to argue.

    Sajith definitely win the election in November.
    He is the youngest president in our history.
    Good Luck Sajith….

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    Shyamon,
    It appears that your Sajith-bashing rhetoric has finally mellowed a little bit. It is a good beginning. Yes; head counts in political rallies rarely translate into votes but if taken along with the prevailing trends, rallies could stand as good signs for what is to come. JVP is very good in matching crowds in rallies & May Day celebrations but in their very first election try Wijeweera even lost the deposit. However, Elpitiya PS election results will perhaps shed light on what should be expected on Nov 18th. IF SLPP fail to break 50% mark, GoRa will be doomed. I gave 50% b’cos their previous standing in the area was 58%. On the other hand, if UNP show only a marginal gains, Ranil camp should take the responsibility for unnecessarily dragging the nomination process and their by not allowing Sajith to get organized in time.

    It was Dambara Amila’s speech that was disrupted for the arrival of Sajith, not Ranil’s. Any way, Ranil is a very poor speaker by birth. In SL politics where deep throats still play an important role, lack of a deep throat has been Ranil’s biggest weakness. He is a poor story teller. However, What struck me most was Sajith’s short & passing mention of “apologizing for mistakes” and move on by correcting them. The expanded version should read like this: “We all make mistakes; if they are innocent mistakes, it is OK to correct them and move on. But, if the mistake is intentional, the most appropriate way is to face the consequences without putting people who have nothing to do with it in jeopardy”! If this is the reason for the rift Shyamon is talking about, then, there is no argument as to who should take control!

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    The distance from Temple trees to Gall face is less than 1Km. At lease do some basic fact finding before you claim something :P

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    Sharp analysis. Some things I never noticed. But they seem true. Sri Lanka is between the devil and the deep blue sea

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    Sajith’s ability to deviate from Ranil created path will decide his destiny.

    Act now.

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    The crowd may be one of the indicator of support. Please remember the first meeting was held in Colombo the stronghold of UNP and Business people. Let us ee hao the crowd is rural raes and also in North and East Sajith spoke like his father. He should have mentioned the scarifice made by his father rural people’s man. One of the biggest advantages is that he is the UK educated at the School of Economics and not used to kill people using guns. He spoke about Family rule in SLFP and SLPP.

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      Sajith will get more votes in rural areas than Gota, his campaign gives the message that he is one-of-them while his caste, what his father did to those people are a biggest plus points. The feeling, ‘he is one-of-us’ is more powerful than the other feeling at an election. And, announcing Fonseka be given defense ministry at the inaugural rally plays down Gota’s main point to contest presidential election.

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        See Elpitiya results. Sajith got only 24% of votes. Ranil in 2015 got 40%. So Elpitiya you do not get grass root level fellows. majority of them are BEETROOT. Because of Gota we are living. Some of missed the bombs before 2009. All are forgotten. Ungrateful people.

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      Blair sent UK educated people to kill in Irak; and David Cameron sent UK educated people to kill in Libya and many other places where they should not be. UK educated minster came to rescue Prabhakaran who killed Hon.Amirthalingam and many other distinguished Tamils – far more than the percentage number of Sinhalese that he kileld – in Cold Blood.

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        Nadesan, You seem to know the full story. I wish to know it myself. Please tell me, when did Prabhakaran start fighting for Tamils? When and why did he start killing Tamils? Thank you.

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    You say “In my case, I was watching the whole meeting from the comfort of my MELBOURNE home. Who said I can have no idea of what’s happening in Sri Lanka as I am domesticated in MELBOURNE?” Who cares where you live mate? The crux of the article apart, are you trying to show off that you live in Melbourne while the rest of the readers live in Third World Sri Lanka? You have a typical Sri Lankan bragging mentality. Who cares a ‘F’ where you live? Learn from the Aussies and don’t brag. PS. Obviously you don’t live in Toorak or Brighton do you? Dandenong or Sunshine perhaps? How come you didn’t mention that.

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    I hope Sajith will conduct a ‘Scientific Survey’ to obtain the opinion of a cross-section of the people about the need to construct 1200 dagobas or whatever they are, before launching the project.

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    Shyamon says: “I got all the technology and wouldn’t risk going to the island where someone who does not like my political writings would get the bright idea of shooting me down. Despite the progress of Yahapalanaya this can still happen, although Gotabaya Rajapaksa hasn’t climbed to power yet.”. So this death can happen even now! By whom if it cannot be Gota as he has no power at the moment? So Shyamon fears the Son of that father who was the patron of the mafia that stoned judges houses, the author of tyre pyres and white vans. That imp who got no better of himself to equate his utterances to Lord Buddha by describing his mouth as “Sri Muka”. He does not tolerate dissent and death can be the penalty. Shyamon indirectly confirms that. Of course! One has to be fair. The guy apologised for his guffaw. But his mentality came out. HIS WORD IS LAW AND IS INFALLIBLE. If the guy gets into power every one must tolerate with reverence a stinking gaseous emission from the rear of the exalted and his acolytes are expected to deify the smell as “Sri Padaya”. Unfortunately Ranil did not harness the opportunity afforded to him during these years so that he could well be the choice of the UNP. I have commented before that though Ranil can be rough on dissent but would tolerate without repercussions. Example: Ranil wanted something done for which the CB Governor Coomaraswamy said that it was against the law. Ranil’s counter was only to say the “Then we will change the law” to which Governor Coom said “that is within your purview”. THATS ALL. But under Sajith? What happened to Dr. Michael Joachim under his father or even worse can happen to Coom.

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    This is a person as a writer seems to be hardcore UNP member of right-wing politics. in an Island . I have listen to speech of Galle Face Green that rally organized by Ranil Wicks from which base on Temple Trees by Tax payers money! as well as by $$$ @
    Crux of matter is not that number of people attendance of UNP rally.
    Well question is that majority speakers of UNP allied that New Democratic Front of Rajith Senratahan of (Dental technician) , Hirunika of( female speaker), Amara Dhamiila of( Monk) Majuer Rahaman of Muslim extremist which nexus to Islamism believer and while they delivered by that filthy of politics .
    They entire major speeches that lost the moral and ethics of politics of democracy and that an undermined norms of system of democratic way of life .
    We lost the day politics of UNP has no disciplines at all.
    By the way of that front-line leaders of UNP and before that hundred thousands voters by their talking on filthy language was not suitable for educated masses of that rule of governance of Sri lanka.@
    Are these persons in that front-line-rank leaders of who are going rulers in 2020 by UNP leadership ? That is that we have re-determination of that of Sajith R…. version of ‘good governance’ !!!! by @
    Therefore that figureheads of UNP persons are Not that Fit be Rule an Island nation by name of UNP’s that ‘Democracy’? @

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    Looked at the live telecast video on CT. Sajith arrives at the 1hr 27min mark. Not on a pony. Looks to be walking.

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    ……..Judges will give the wanted verdicts and still carry through their regalia……opines S.J.

    But this is already happening, even before Gota is elected!

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    Shymon,
    Its true that the crowds does not mean that it will be translated into votes. But you have to change your attitude towards Sajith as a UNP candidate. Ranil is not a winning candidate and he is a cunning cheat and not honest to people or party. UNP should not be the party for rich only. It appears that you are going to support Gotabaya who is a dictator, murderer and destroyed the country and democracy.

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    The presence of a CROWD is not an indication of the power to be. When you go to a Bar cum Restaurant, you will find more crowds in the bar than the restaurant. This does not mean the crowd at the bar is right and the restaurant is wrong. But in politics, bar is an indication…………

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    In addition to all what the writer says sajith’s advertising campaign is appallingly poor and doesn’t reflect well on him.

    The UNP was so stupid that it entrusted the local gov election campaign to an agency that always supported Gota. The UNP got buried by that campaign in a deliberate attempt to sabotage the party by the said agency. How can we UNPers trust our own leaders to the right thing for the party and the country.

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    Among the Sinhalese politicians, Ranil Wickremesinghe is the most honest, straightforward and hardworking. A friend of mine told me the Prime Minister’s office staff works late in the night almost every day. Ranil is the only politician who has a vision about future Sri Lanka. A Sri Lanka where every citizen will feel proud to sing the National Anthem and hold the National Flag. But that day seems to be light-years away if we listen to the speeches of SLPP politicians.
    At the Anuradhapura SLPP rally, Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he will release all members of the armed forces now facing court cases on the morning of November 17. Members of the armed forces, especially the intelligence personnel, are accused of abduction for ransom, torture and killing. In Colombo and its suburbs, 11 Tamil youths disappeared between 2007-2008 after taken away in white vans.
    So the charges against them are not related to crimes committed in the battlefront. They are related to offences committed outside the battlefield. But Gotabaya will release them the day after he was sworn in. This is an ominous message to the country’s judiciary. It will be back the days when Chief Justices wrote judgements not according to evidence led in the courts, but according to political expediency.
    This is the real Gotabaya speaking from his heart, not camouflaging, not taking refuge under diplomatic nicety.
    Gotabaya is accused of ordering scores of LTTE leaders and cadres when they surrendered on the morning of 18th May 2009 carrying White flags. Both Basil Rajapaksa and Mahinda Rajapaksa advised the surrendees to hold the white flags high as they approach the military camp. Yet all of them were gunned down after torture. Photographs and video footage showed their bodies strewn on the ground with burnt marks.

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      Thanga,
      “A friend of mine told me the Prime Minister’s office staff works late in the night almost every day.”
      While PM’s office staff work late in the night Ra-nil is working late at night in Deniyaya. Poor tax payers pay for the helicopter ride

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    Likewise, a group of LTTE stalwarts who surrendered to the army on the same evening (18th May 2019) were taken away in CTB buses apparent for a short inquiry witnessed by their spouses, friends and others. None of them came back and all were gunned down. Rumour has it that some of them like Thilakar, the TRO chief, were placed inside a cement mix equipment and ground!
    The most gruesome murder is that of 12-year old Balachandran son of LTTE leader Prabhakaran. Pictures showed an innocent boy seated on a bench inside an army bunker munching some nuts out of a packet. The poor boy hardly imagined that his executioners will summarily execute him within a short time. In his case too his bullet-ridden body was seen lying on the ground.(https://www.channel4.com/news/sri-lanka-war-crimes-video-womans-body-identified)
    Now, why on earth did the army kill an innocent boy? Who ordered the shooting? As Secretary of Defence did Gotabaya ordered the shooting(s)? Did Sharvendera Silva, the commander in charge of the 58th Division carried out the executions on the orders of Gotabaya?
    Soon to be ex-President Sirisena lies through his teeth when he says nobody was killed, no crimes were committed by the patriotic armed forces and no one will be sent to the electric chair as long he is alive! Ditto with Mahinda Rajapaksa!
    The heinous killings tantamount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. It is as simple as that.
    Gotabaya, if by any chance gets elected as President, but god forbids, will not be able to travel abroad despite his diplomatic immunity! He will be a national embarrassment to the country.

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      Thanga says:
      Among the Sinhalese politicians, Ranil Wickremesinghe is the most honest, straightforward and hardworking to heiste the central Bank using Mahendran as the cats paw

      CORRECT

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      Thanga says Likewise, a group of LTTE stalwarts who surrendered to the army on the same evening (18th May 2019) were taken away in CTB buses apparent for a short inquiry witnessed by their spouses, friends and others. None of them came back and all were gunned down.

      LIkewise, 600 policemen surrendered to Prabhakaran’s agents under a peace agreement between Prabhakaran and Premadasa Senior. None of them came back.
      The LTTE agents met the same fate in2009 and that was Allaha’s will, and too bad for Thanga who is speaking up for those terrorists- cold blooded killers- who killed Muslims in prayer at Kattankuddy and in other places.
      Allah in his infinite Wisdom has chosen the Sinhala army and Prabhakaran as his instruments to eliminate those who have claimed the Northen Peninsula as their exclusive land, when it belongs to the Muslims and not to the Malabars.
      Unfortunately Rajapaksa ended the war. It should have been allowed to grind to the end, when more of the Terrorists and their supportive kith and kin would have been eliminated or driven out of the land. But Allah’s plan cannot be thwarted.
      It will happen in some way or other, and the Muslims will one day regain the land they historically occupied at the time the British took over Ceylon as a crown colony, as laid down by Captain Percival, Emmerson Tennent and other British historians.

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        Bodin1!
        ‘Likewise, 600 policemen surrendered…….’. This would mean that you accept the fact that the LTTE stalwarts who surrendered to the army were gun down.
        It was alleged that Karuna was responsible for the murder of the policemen. But no inquiry was held against Karuna by the government. Instead, he was taken into their folds and given a promotion as a minister similar to the promotion for Shavendra.
        The government avoided an inquiry, as they will be forced to hold an inquiry against those who killed the LTTE stalwarts?

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      Thanga,
      “Gotabaya, if by any chance gets elected as President, but god forbids, will not be able to travel abroad despite his diplomatic immunity!”

      Modi was not given Visa to go to USA because of his involvement in massacre of Muslims but after he became PM, USA invited him.

      Do you still believe Channel4. I understand that even the UK Government has rejected their fabricated stories.

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    How reasonable is for an Australian to give expert political commenarty about a situation. he knows naught of? Sarath DeAlwis lives in Sri Lanka, not down under

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    56% of Elpitiya mostly Karawa voted for Family party. Add to that the UPFA’s votes. That will take SLPP to 60% plus in Elpitiya. UNP came down from 29% to 24% in Elpitiya. Shimon, what percentage can Labour party get in Australia compared to Liberal party,?

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    1) Crowds in Colombo ralies do not reflect the country wide situation on the ground. In the case of JVP you can see ALL the JVPers in the country in one rally.
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    2) These rallies are preaching to the converted. By the nomination day everyone has already decided. FOR SURE NO ONE GOES TO A RALLY OR ANY CAMPAIGN PROPAGANDA MEETING TO COLLECT FACTS AND REASONS TO DECIDE.
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    3) Wishes and curses of CT writers and commentators do not translate into votes. If it were Rajapaksa would have been in the dustbin a longtime ago.
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    4) Shymon Jayasinge would have written completely opposite if it were Ranil Wickramasinghe

    Soma

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      soman

      If not for yahapalanaya access to CT would have been censored/banned.
      Not many would have learned that bigots, racists and stupids like you (Eagle Blind Eye, Ramona, ………………………… ) still live in this world.

      By the way had MR won the elections in 2015 Basil would have sold the entire island to the highest or lowest bidder.

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    For the first time UNP has placed a politically immature candidate to leadership position. Because sheer family ruling only prevailed in SLFP, those are type of only candidates placed in SLFP. The question of how did Vaalaiththodam come to this level can be answered, easily. Yes, the high corruption SLFP sowed for the few decades have forced UNP leadership to evolve to that corruption level. Otherwise there will not be any life for UNP in Lankawe’s political ground. Last tem of UNP’s Yahapalanaya government was not much different from any other low moral governments of SLFP. There are different heads like Karu, Eran, Harsha, Mangala, Kabir, Rajitha, even Ponny is UNP. But the Sinhala Mahajan preferred democratically appoint Vaalaiththodam Jr. We had cited an old folk story of how in that, by putting their fish baskets under their heads, a young fisherwoman brought sleep to her elderly mates in the forest, where nightly Jasmine fragrant was disturbing their rest. I think, after selecting Vaalaiththodam Jr, UNPyers would feel cool and comfort.
    Vaalaiththodam has invoked his “scientific study” trump card 2nd time in few days for MCC like foreign Donation funded project. He is talking about Cost Benefit Analysis for Donation fund projects. Earlier he called scientific study to decide if better to remove EP position, which, as media suggested, he appears to be very reluctant to do. That time, it is possible he might have mentioned the opinion poll as the scientific study. So far he demonstrated zero ability for taking decision on critical issues, other than opportunistically pleasing Sinhala Buddhist by promising to build 1125 Viharas. He wants anyhow his unquenchable power hunger fulfilled. If scientific analysis is political solution, guys, isn’t Prof. KD is the best scientific political guy around here and why don’t we elect him instead of Vaalaiththodam? Prof KD can build his computer models and scientific formulas and can keep making decisions; we need not to waste Biryani Parcels and Arrack bottles on elections to elect EPs.

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      This Mallaiyuran man doesn’t know that “Vaalaiththodam” is a place near Pondicherry in South India. A mallaiyuran is a wild man from the Hill tribes, in old tamil

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    Here a new generation of UNP has born or the UNP has been upgraded to a new Level to match with, the Slap Party, Godzilla, the monster child of SWRD’s SLFP. Old King eliminated many opponents, whom he felt that they would be obstacle to him to raise up on power ladder. Kathirgamar & Sooriyarachchi are famous examples. But he learned this technique from Vaalaiththodam Sr, who was known for eliminating enemies within his party by murder. Ranil is not known as a hard rock champion. He did not resist Vaalaiththodam’s rising up, to the end. He easily gave in. So far Vaalaiththodam Jr or Lankawe Stalin’s record is not marred like his father or Old Royals. As these were never any evidences & never these were proved in a court of law so now they have become very well established methods to rise in power. There is no guarantee that any of the politicians would not ever use it in future.
    The problems country currently facing is numerous and enormous. As there are many uncertainties surrounding main two candidates’ sincere objectives (or policies) and their abilities, so far so serious political analysts have predicted how Lankawe would look like after the election, irrelevant of which candidate would get elected. The strange thing is neither media, not the court has concluded if Old Brother Prince is a single Citizen of Lankawe, a requirement to contest in EP election. Same way, Media doesn’t know if Vaalaiththodam Jr has an O/L certificate or not. These are not usual gray area of the past candidates, including of Sirimavo. They both have slipped, at least, out of the two main problems, 1).minorities’ problem, the so called National Question and 2).removing of EP, which was the promise for past 25 years of all political candidates, gave in all elections. Old Royal’s answer for economy is Maha Viyath and Vaalaiththodam goes with scientists’ Analysis.
    Whoever can, Please bless Lankawe!

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    Firework will start in the UNP/UNF after the election. By now, it’s obvious that Mahesh and Anura are proxies of Ranil. Ranil has let Sajith become presidential candidate under tightly controlled environment. Karu will secure Ranil’s premiership. Most of the UNP’s working committee members are Ranil loyalists, so they will secure Ranil’s party leadership. It’s most likely, if Sajith wins, he will be a figurehead president like Sirisena.
    /
    Yahapalana regime has been a disaster from the start. This time Yahaplana retards are running for president with the biggest national security blunder, Safi, etc. Seeing Badudeen on the stage was an insult on Easter day thousands of victims.

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    One cannot come to concrete conclusions based on attendance at Political meetings (recall the crowds at MR meetings in 2014? (mostly brought in with inducements using the money robbed from public coffers?) – but he did not win). So please do not fall into false complacency seeing the crowd. Having said that the crowd was quite impressive, no matter what. They were seen to be quite enthusiastic and well behaved.
    But let’s work to translate that to votes on the day for the right candidate. That is what matters most and counts. We must all unite to defeat the ‘old man’ and barbarian (NGR) from starting again to do what he is well known for. If anyone thinks he is seeking the highest Office in the land with altruistic motives, that cannot be further from the truth. One only needs an iota of common sense (and good judgement) to figure out his true motives. His record and actions during 2010 to 2014 speak for themselves. It is said ‘actions speak louder than words’! If I attempt to list out his actions which are questionable and repulsive, it will be a long, endless list.
    Voters, please use your franchise wisely and vote for a young, energetic, efficient true Sri Lankan and not a pseudo Sri Lankan with one foot here and one foot there..

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    comment by Thanga……..$ ….@@@ #
    President of Republic of ours system of democracy having constitutional authority to releases any detention suspected by certain conditions ? That is not power of military it is civilian rule of governance has nexus norms of democracy of all are sovereignty country of Sri lanka.

    If GR has been elected as President that his all power are derived from constitutional sovereignty of Rules of governance. GR is person whom that respect and accept norms of constitutional by 1972 Republic Constitution ….

    While that LTTE is/was Tamil Terrorist outfit that claim for that Tamil Homeland,in separate part of Island “North -eastern provinces for Tamils” only rough state.
    Well to do that TNA of success of TULF and FP of that Tamil claim for right of “self-determination” of rough Tamil regime in North.
    While the claim for Tamil ‘homeland’ gone beyond that extended that so-called ” Tamil speaking” people in World!
    But Tamils homeland is undoubtedly at Tamil Nadu in Republic of India .
    There is NO NEED for another “Tamil Homeland” in Sri Lanka.
    The Arch Tamil Terrorist having no RIGHT to killed many number of Sinhalese-Buddhist majority by Gun rule politics of LTTE .
    The GR expect to rule by governance literally laying the democratic framework for a NEW -Sri Lanka by building it here and now and its works.
    GR of Presidential candidature we be together in a Unity of Island that is complex and emancipatory ? How can we get it together by winning of GR ?

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