11 August, 2020

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Sirasa Chief And Presidential Advisor Herman Involved In Violence Against UNP Members In Matara – Mangala

As the leadership crisis in the United National Party reached an extraordinary climax with the Sajith and Ranil factions clashing in the southern city of Matara yesterday the Party’s Communications Chief and Matara District strongman Mangala Samaraweera accused the owner of a leading private television station of backing the anti-Ranil groups on contract from the ruling Rajapaksa regime.

At least seven people were injured when clashes erupted between protesting pro and anti Ranil factions. UNP Provincial Councillor Pushpakumara was suffered a gunshot injury to his leg. The march from Dondra to Colombo was led by ousted UNP provincial councillors Maithree Guneratne and Shiral Lakthilake. Guneratne’s father Herman Guneratne a loyalist of the Rajapaksa regime was arrested in connection with Pushpakumara’s shooting. Herman Guneratne was found to have a holster on his person to hold a personal weapon.

Maithree Guneratne’s marchers were demanding the resignation of UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

“A businessman by the name of Kili Maharajah is on contract from the Rajapaksas to destroy the UNP,” Samaraweera charged at a media confrerence in Matara yesterday. The outspoken UNP Parliamentarian said Maharajah who owns the Sirasa media network had provided free advertisements to the tune of millions for the Maithree Guneratne led march against Wickremesinghe’s leadership.

“It was proved beyond a doubt today to the country at large that what began today at Devinuwara was not a peaceful march but a demonstration by heavily armed thugs,” Samaraweera accused.

Samaraweera said that expelled UNP Councillor Maithree’s father Herman Guneratne was a presidential advisor and the close associate of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. “He shot UNP members,” he said.

Samaraweera said that Maitree Guneratne had a personal grouse against injured UNP Southern Provincial Council member Krishantha Pushpakumara because he obtained more preferential votes at the last election.

According to Samaraweera several army personnel in civil clothing were also stationed around the Guneratne marchers to give them protection.

Pushpakumara is currently receiving treatment at the Karapitiya Hospital, Samaraweera said, adding that another UNP PC member’s brother Janaka Sanjeewa had also suffered gunshot wounds. “The UNP Matara District Council Vice Chairman and former General Secretary Jaliya Jayawardane had also been badly injured,” he charged.

Samaraweera said another young man who was just a passerby had been shot and is currently undergoing emergency surgery at the Matara Hospital.

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    Haha so the ‘independent’ CT is also in the pocket of Mangala Samaraweera is it ? How come you haven’t put anywhere in your website the statement made by Maithree or Shrilal ? Also, Ada Derana showed thugs with poles waiting for the anti-ranil procession in Matara, before charging at the group. Why hasn’t this been recorded in your article ? It calls to question some of the facts in the statement made by Mangala. At any rate, I think the mere fact that ordinary UNPers are fighting each other on the streets of Matara should be enough reason for Ranil to step down. At this point in time, he is more responsible for the sad plight of the country than MR. I am a die hard UNPer, but even I will not vote for the party so long as that goat continues to be in power.

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      @ Saradiyel
      If CT was not independent, would they have posted your comment???
      MR has weakened the UNP with crossovers and his next ploy is to hound out Ranil and and take over the UNP, installing puppets like Sajith, Maithree, Shrilal etc. Use your brains man, Ranil is not the enemy…its the RajaPassas’ and the media they control who are the real enemy who has been duping the Sinhala yakos into believing that Ranil is a traitor and the RajaPassas’ are patriots. The same way they turned terrorists like Karuna, KP, Pillayan etc into heroes and Gen.Sarath Fonseka, CJ Bandaranayake and many others who went against them into traitors.

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        [Edited out]

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          Mangala Samaraweera’s so-called statement here stinks to high heaven. It appears to be SPIN and deliberate misrepresentation of the facts.
          I have written about the Rajapassa military dictatorship and DEEP STATE in the past and I have NO sympathy for Rajapassa, but do believe the Ranil Wickramasinghe as opposition leader is Rajapassa’s greatest asset and tacit supporter. Ranil supports Rajapassa who in turn supports Ranil to cling to leadership in the UNP after 27 defeats and Ranil enables Gota the GOon’s DEEP STATE.
          There is no party leader or opposition leader anywhere in the WORLD who is as shameless and deceitful as Ranil and his crony Mangala its seems.
          Indeed Ranil Wickramasinghe is an absolute disgrace and shameless.. He MUST STEP DOWN and stop supporting Rajapassa tacitly.
          CT you must be balanced and carry Lakthilake’s statement which sums up the state of democracy in the country today – to blance Mangala’s SPIN. Thank you!

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          I am no muslim

          Good one.

          In fact I am with you on this.

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        Percy jilmart ,

        “MR has weakened the UNP with crossovers and his next ploy is to hound out Ranil and and take over the UNP, installing puppets like Sajith, Maithree, Shrilal etc”

        MR has already destroyed UNP by letting RW staying at the top , wasn’t it under RW ‘s leadership 60 odd UNP MPs have crossed the floor , wasn’t it under RW’s leadership countless elections lost , wasn’t it Under the blessings of RW MR wrongfully sacked CJ , wasn’t it RW’s timely inaction and lethargic response led to arrest and jailing of General SF and yes the list goes on .
        why would MR wants to see the sudden change of leadership ? may be MR having nightmares of the idea of contesting against RW (at the presidential election )in few months time ?? MR is having the time of his life with RW as the opposition leader , all these rivalries are bonus and of course he will be more than happy to lend his hand on both rival factions , bottom line , MR will be a much happier person , if RW stays as the opposition leader than any one else.

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          ela kolla

          Good comment

          though your 24/7/52 Sinhala/Buddhist rage is not good for you.

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        Quick question – are you living in Sri Lanka at the moment ? Because Sri Lankan people don’t see Karuna, KP or Pillayan as heroes. Nor do they see SF or CJ Bandaranayake as traitors. True, the media has been attempting to do this, but the Sri Lankan people aren’t such fools. That’s why I asked if your living in SL, because that assumption can only be made by someone who follows SL media but is not in touch with the ‘Sinhala yakos’…….otherwise your one of the Colombo 7 types who never interact with Sinhala (or Tamil) yakos. Try taking a trishaw for a start and strike a conversation with the driver. See if he will agree that SF is a traitor. He will agree that Ranil is a useless codger though. But I think that’s more fact than media spin. Care to explain why Ranil sided with the government during CJ’s impeachment by agreeing that Parliament is supreme (when in Sri Lanka, any fool with brains understands that only the Constitution is supreme ) ?

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          I took 3-wheelers all the time; the Singhala and Tamil drivers are cognizant of the detriment of the MR regime and the self serving corrupt SL leaders.

          1 time, as we passed former Chief Justice Shirani’s house, my Singhala Tuk Tuk driver mentioned that as long as his fellow Singhalese were bribed with women and drink they will beat up anyone. The context of the previous statement was in regards to the MR regime deposing the Chief Justice and what the state of SL was/is.

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        Hey Idiot.. There are many comments not published by CMB Telegraph.. and many many more stories have not been published by CMB telegraph.. all u have to do is to analysis its content.. This CMB is nothing but a LTTE emigre Run anti sri lankan properganda hkabum… TAmil Net Minus the Venom.. Just like the TGTE and other LTTE emigre grpups minus the suicide bombs.. but the hate is still the same.. now just look at this article..’ A businessman by the name of Kili Maharajah ‘ this statement alone is enough to tell about the paper and the LTTE emigre writer.. Everyone espically the Int LTTE emigres knows MR Kili Maharajah is a Powerful Tamil Business Tycoon.. not just ‘ A businessman by the name’ as if CMB telegraph came upon this news.. the same Tycoon who told the LTTE then in SL to go to hell when it came to get kapam.. just like from all the other Tamil Business men.. now they give trust to the statements of Mangala Samaraweera.. the same guy who did the deal with the LTTE and TNA to boycott the 2005 Presidential elections for MR to win.. (still waiting for the video u promised mangala 4 years ago).. Now if Herman was a Huge MR supporter why bother with the street fights.. Wont his son just Join the UPFA and get all the benefist like the others.. instead of a political outcast.. We all know why LTTE emigre CMB targets him.. If anyone familiar with the 80’s and the mahawali scheme and hermans involment..

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      DITTO!

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      Saradiyel, PLEASE, PLEASE do not cast your vote to RW or the UNP because the UNP can well do without your vote and still win when the time comes. We believe you, when you say that you are a die hard UNPer without question. No wonder the UNP lost due to the doings of Buggers like you when in power. Like the rest of some UNPers who are sleeping with MR today, please go sleep with MR.

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        The way to go gaminiya. come out of your basement and tell [Edited out] ranil to chase out all those buggers that do not bend on demand to be buggered out of the unp.

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          I do not know about bending, but you certainly seem to be kneeling for a mouthful, which seem to be your forte. Habits die hard. What to do? Napuru kalata.

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      All these anti-Ranil critics claim Ranil is not popular among the UNP and he is protected by his cronies in the Working Committee. Then how come, this Maithri Gunaratne type have been thrashed at this Rally in the deep South and not in Colombo?

      So MR Advisors are Gun Totting Murderers like MR himself. If only the Wambottas were living today there would have been more murder of the Real UNP supporters. So without Wambottas MR has to rely on Herman Gunaratne type. MR must be regretting for having finished off the Wambottas.

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        “Then how come, this Maithri Gunaratne type have been thrashed at this Rally in the deep South and not in Colombo?”

        – er because the pro-Ranil supporters were actually thugs with sticks. If that’s who you think represents an ordinary UNPer, then my friend you are bat-shit crazy.On second thoughts, going through all your posts I think you might be bat-shit crazy anyway. As for Herman Gunaratne, why is he arrested but Mangala goes scot free even though the thugs who attacked with poles have been identified as his supporters ? Yes, Herman shot someone but those pro-Ranil supporters who attacked also caused injury and damage. Why did the police not intervene when they saw (as did the TV crews of Ada Derana, Hiru and Sirasa) that there were thugs with poles waiting to attack the anti-Ranil rally at Matara ? Who do you think MR’s real wambbotta is now ?

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          Saradiyel, you are puzzled as to why Herman Gunaratne was arrested and not Mangala Samaraweera? What a DUMBO you are? Why don’t you see the video clip where Herman the Cow Boy with his Pistol running about shooting people, like in a Wild West Show and the Police dragging him away like a Pick Pocket in the end.

          Now you are saying Ranil’s supporters were involved. But I thought according to you all, Ranil had no supporters in the UNP? Do you realize how idotic you all are?

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            I never said Ranil doesn’t have supporters. The fact is that a majority of the UNP don’t want him as Leader. Of course he will have a few thugs around (well Mangala’s thugs anyway) to cry a bit here and there. If the people love him so much WHY THE HELL IS THE UNP LOSING ALL THE BLOODY TIME ? Care to explain ?

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              Saradiyel, after the Presidential Election in 2005 every election that was held subsequently have been flawed by MR taking control of not only the Election Machinery but the Election Commissioner himself under his care. However MR will not be able to continue in this fashion and the whole thing will come to an end. Blaming Ranil alone would not do till the people reject him totally.

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    The anti-Ranil protests were larger than any UNP rallies in the recent past. It is best for the party for Ranil to step down at least TEMPORARILY and see if UNP can be resurrected by others, especially the younger members! Ranil should not cling on to the leadership like a leech, as if he owns the party.

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      Ex Atheist, if the Anti-Ranil protest was larger than any UNP rally, how is it that such a large gathering was thrashed by a few Ranil supporters for them to run for their lives. Is distorting facts a habit of yours? Do not worry I will tell Ranil to step down.

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    I thought Rajafucksa supports Ranil.

    This is a plan to distract people from the TNA internal dispute.

    TELO is likely to leave TNA. Violence is also on the cards. TELO was a terrorist organization. Finding cadres and weapons is not that difficult for a former terrorist organization. :)

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    Breaking news.

    USSA has started killing Muslims in Libya and Somalia too.

    At this rate Islam will not survive.

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      Islam is the Truth, Truth never dies, you can keep hoping though fukushima.

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      It was pin prick operation of Al Shabab and Al Qaeda, and not as you put it killing Muslims in Libya and Somalia.

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      This fool is talking sheer nonsense to divert the topic since MR/Maharaja/Hulas drama has come to lime light.
      MaRa’s days are numbered anyway. He looks like an expired product already these days.

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    politics is a mad dog and it will bite you!

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    Is all of this simply evidence of the convoluted corruption that is going to, finally, destroy a nation that, at independence in 1948 was touted as one with an unparalleled future in the region?

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    ” I think the mere fact that ordinary UNPers are fighting each other on the streets of Matara should be enough reason for Ranil to step down. At this point in time, he is more responsible for the sad plight of the country than MR.”

    Interesting thoughts.

    The fact remains that Ranil is a fossil. The fossil needs to be pushed aside for new shoots to come up.

    The question why is that MR wants this fossil RW pushed out?

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      I highly doubt MR wants the fossil pushed out. To the contrary, I think he loves that the fossil is there. Think of it this way – is Ranil really a threat to MR ? Look at the Rathupaswela aftermath. The country was angry at what happened. This is evident by the fact that the military released a report that, for the first time, recognised that the army had exceeded its remit. Yet, the UNP protest organised against the Rathupaswela incident was just sad. It had a handful of people and no real impact. So what does that tell you about Ranil being a viable candidate to defeat MR ? The fact of the matter is that there have been so many opportunities for the UNP to capitalise on the governments failure which they haven’t been able to. The UNP even lost the support of the lawyers who rallied in large numbers against the CJ’s impeachment because Ranil went and agreed that Parliament was supreme, giving the government legitimacy in its quest to oust her. Judging by MR’s actions, he seems more scared of the ex-CJ and SF, than he is of Ranil.

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    CT will lose its credibility if its inhouse reports are biased.

    How do Mangala and Ranil justify disrupting a democratic protest march undertaken by their opponents?

    Why do they take law into their hands?

    Is this the kind of democracy and human rights they would practice if they come to power? Why should I give my vote to them? They won’t be no different from the Rajapakse regime, no?

    People would still remember how Mangala staged an attack on journalists at the Red Cross junction with two by two wooden poles using the PSD/MSD personnel when he was a strongman in Chandrika’s regime.

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      Stupid man. Tell us, which journal is not bias in this world? BBC and its affiliated reporting organs are the most bias.

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        Wise man Banda, so the CT should follow BBC?

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      Sanath you must be a day old infant. Otherwise where were you during the CJ Impeachment where Thugs with Poles were attacking Lawyers at Hulftsdorp, who were in favour of CJ De Jure under the noses of the Long Arm of the Law. I believe the UNP now has realized the time has come to play the game according to MR rules as they have been all this time playing according to West Minister Rules. When they do so now, you even remember Mangala using PSD/MSD to attack Journos then, when he was a strong man under CBK. How funny you see it wrong only now but did not see it wrong then. What a Hypocrite you are?

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    CT & Lankans know who attacked the march.Ranil,Managala,cronies and their websites will know that this march was going to be huge with thousands starting to join from every electorate calling for RW resignation.So Ranil used violence.

    When Ranil Mangala attack using goons what is the difference between them and violent regime? None.And both like power,one has real power other has delusional power.
    One leader gives “hope” the other depression,delusion.What would the voter go for?

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      “When Ranil Mangala attack using goons”

      Don’t bring Ranil into this.Mangala is the culprit.He is a CBK man and coudn’t care a tuppence for the UNP.Remember how CBK pulled the rug from under the feet of ranil when he was the prime minister.Who do you think her right hand man and chief advisor was at that time.UNP better watch closely this chap mangala and check on whose interest is foremost for him,CBK or ranil.Now he is giving a bad image to the UNP with thugs.

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    All that happened is unpleasant, Mr. Managala Samaraweera. But, when you say, “A businessman by the name of Kili Maharajah is on contract from the Rajapaksas to destroy the UNP”, I wonder why one needs Maharajah to destroy UNP, when Ranil is extremely capable of doing that, without any contract. With Sajith also lurching, UNP is doomed!!

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    UNP in-fighting.
    All media Adaderana, Island, Daily Noise, ITN, Rupavahini, Sunday Leader, Daily Mirror, SUnday Times attacking the opposition party and prasining UPFA.

    UNP and all opposition is in shambles. who ever left behind are being converted to UPFA.

    We all need to start praisings Rajapakses for their genuineness. !!!

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      Yes Sumith we all should praise the Rajapaksas for their Genuineness. What an Honest and a Genuine Family they are? By the way when is the next Tsunami due? Do you know Sumith?

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    The real issue is that Sri Lanka has been denied an effective opposition . Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe is a puny minded mediocrity surrounded by a gang of equally puerile aging non achievers who have slavishly endorsed his wily schemes to hang on to the Leadership of the party. One has heard that failures are the pillars of success, but in his case he represents successive pillars of failure.
    THIS MAN MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE LEADERSHIP OF THE U.N.P AND CONFINED TO HISTORY

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    A protest march against Ranil, reportedly by Sajith
    supporters,involving a “was” presidential adviser
    and a father of one of the organizers who is also a
    loyalist to UPFA and a friend of the Defense man.
    That’s Ranil’s man Mangala’s charge.Another march to
    support Ranil towards the protest march,now Mangala
    also in Matara at the time,may be by chance!Suddenly
    bang!Both charge each other of Rajapaksha conspiracy!
    Both the UPFA and the UNP have the letters U and P.
    UNP has an N and the UPFA has an A in addition.They
    all have formed UPNA Desh. God save the Silva!

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      All critics of RW who believe that he should step down, has to eat their own words when Ranil Supporters have thrashed the Anti Ranil Group led by Maithri Gunaratne/Shiral Laktilake type at Matara. Most of the anti-Ranil propaganda is spread by MR, Maharajahs & Co, Sajith led faction of the UNP and the rest who think it is in vogue to parrot repeat anti-Ranil sentiments without realizing the damage they cause to the Country and themselves more than to RW.

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        gamini

        We know you have been a long time RW loyalist.

        Tell us why RW is a good leader and would make a good president?

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          Native, I am no Loyalist to Ranil or a card holder of the UNP.
          I have only spoken of individuals based on my assumptions and observations on how each one has conducted and behaved one’s self. Not telling lies to the masses offering false promises merely to secure votes at Elections. Speaking and debating issues in and outside the parliament in a gentlemanly manner. As one who has not embezzled Public Funds Tsunami or otherwise. As someone who is genuinely concerned about the Country. As someone who has eschewed Confrontational Politics and Violence. As someone who will uphold Law and Order with no fear or favour. As someone who maintain Discipline. As someone with no false pretenses and most Importantly, Educated and Intelligent, not substandard Synthetic products, to project the Image of this Country to the World outside.

          What more do you want from a Leader of his caliber to be the President of this Country that had a proud History, only to be tarnished by these unscrupulous Murderers and Rogues now in Power.

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            gamini

            Thanks for your prompt response.

            Let me ponder over your observation.

            You have projected him as the “real thing”, but the people think otherwise. If your observation is correct, then why aren’t the supporting him in the elections?

            Does he need to re-brand himself and join the crooks to win elections?

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              Native the fault is not of RW but the people not being Genuine in recognizing someone who is Honest and Sincere. That is where the Problem lies. Although the will of the masses is distorted with the Election machinery in the hands of MR, there will be a day MR will not be able to deceive the masses further.

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              Native
              When have we been honest and sincere in electing our
              reps?What’s this honesty and sincerity in RW that
              people keep refusing to buy?We have today, a stable
              economic policy thanks to UNP, and the UPFA has
              managed to live with it successfully. UNP didn’t
              expect this and was not ready to face it.Right now
              another UNP winnig horse is the chief minister of
              another province as a UPFA brand.So we don’t need to
              take into account all these changes that keep
              happening to the detriment of UNP,non stop? Is it only
              honesty and sincerity that matter in politics?The
              country needed a limited one man show when upside down
              economic reforms were introduced and faced the
              consequences.It’s all over now.Relax and change and if
              you can not,well we want to.That’s the message Dayasiri
              proved.

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            True, Ranil is all that and that is good. But he is more too. His technocratic attitude to run the country has brought his downfall.

            He is the protege JR cultivated and he was part of JR’s machiavellian politics, his brutal suppression of democratic politics and then his economic policies for which Rnail has to bear his share of responsibility. He came up with the IMF/WB agenda of Regaining Sri Lanka which the MR regime has been adopted.

            His downfall was precipitated by his move to allow local land to be sold to foreigners. The classic case was the selling of land in Galle Fort. At that time it aroused a huge wave of Anti-Ranil-UNP sentiment.

            Then he had no criticism of the LTTE terrorism. That put to rest the possibility of the UNP coming to power. Then of course the LTTE came to a pact with MR and here we are today in the post LTTE era.

            Today he has Mangala to add to his unpopularity. Mangala under Chandrika played a huge role in suppressing dissent. He doesn’t believe in genuine democracy. He only wants votes to come to power. Once in power he behaves like a dictator. That is Mangala. And he is running Ranil’s media campaign. Mangala believes that people can be manipulated by the use of media to their (Mangala and the UNP’s) advantage. before Mangala, there were other media pundits in the UNP in the recent past who thought along similar lines but proved to be wrong when they couldn’t get people to vote for Ranil for the second time under Chandrika’s Presidency.

            But Ranil is no different in this sense. He believes (as Sunanda has written recently) economics determines politics. He has a disdain for the ordinary public which he doesn’t hide. Ranil’s politics is the epitome of right wing neo-liberal regimes of which Thatcher and Reagan were the Western symbols.

            He is an aristocrat by upbringing hence many qualities which Gamini has described.

            This is the age of democracy. Neo-liberalism is passe even in the West. Sri Lanka is not the West. Sri Lankans would finally want to see democracy prevailing.

            Ranil has no strong objection to MR regime adopting IMF/WB conditionalities as those would have been his own policies if he was in power. His only critique of these measures would be that their is corruption, waste etc.

            So, in other words Ranil has no alternative set of policies to offer the public at this point. Even with regard to people who are evicted from their ancestral homes in Colombo and other cities he has a lukewarm response which is limited to fighting court cases.

            He doesn’t believe in leading the public in protests. He is the prince waiting for the regime to fall into his lap. He will have to wait for a long time. Because the MR regime is through and through political and they have the support of the rural masses.

            Some quick and random thoughts for discussion.

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            “Native the fault is not of RW but the people not being Genuine in recognizing someone who is Honest and Sincere.”

            gamini are you implying that when the UNP was in power for 17 years that the leaders were not honest and sincere?the same people today according to you have changed their voting patterns and are not voting for honest and sincere persons.If you admit that JRJ,Premedasa,gamini and lalith and ranjan wijeratna were not honest and sincere,then i can accept your argument that the people are not recognising honesty and sincerity of ranil.

            I think you are barking up the wrong tree to identify the causes of UNP defeats.Don’t allow your emotions to cloud your judgement.Do it without any emotions and then you will find the weak points and look for solutions to plug it up.I feel ranil is not the sole cause for the problems but is one of many,so better start with him.Even if you get rid of him UNP will be defeated.

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        MARA has exposed both factions capability to suppress
        free voice even when standing idle,defeat after defeat
        and unstoppable failures.Even after this ugly street
        fight,can anyone hold the umbrella for RW?I sometimes
        don’t understand why RW lovers, still, even after such
        an ugly scene want to sing for him! Mangala,a former
        foreign Minister directly involved.Nearly all those
        who were in police custody were RW fighters,why?Why is
        he worried of street protest of people like Maithree
        and Shrilal?Another election around the corner,can a
        responsible party planning to win, behave like this?
        Srilankan voters are not interested in this clean man.
        Time for change.Flat tyres won’t run.

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          Why Why, Hai there long after the Religious battles. If Moses does not come to the Mountain, then the Mountain will come to Moses. I have seen your diatribe against RW although you have not addressed me directly. I was expecting you to cross my path to reply you, but you have been avoiding. Hence I come to you as we have a common understanding as true brothers.

          Why why, the only time there was a free and fare Election held last, was in 2005 Presidential Election where the man you claim is not marketable, RW secured over four million votes and short of only one hundred and eighty thousand votes to beat MR. Really speaking if not for disenfranchising about a four hundred thousand UNP votes including my family’s in the South RW would have won comfortably even without the vote in the North. Mind you this performance of Ranil was after him signing the FAC where he was branded as a Traitor accusing him of having given one third of land mass and two thirds of Sea Front. Further RW being accused relentlessly by Mangala, Sripathi and Jayraj of having deals with VP, while it has been not RW but MR that had struck a Deal with VP arranged by the Indians and the Americans. Tell me frankly how you asses RW to have received such a vote bank if he was not marketable? Oh! Come on Why why where is your rationale?

          Are you serious to go by the boasts of MR claiming to have held so many Elections staggered where the entire Govt machinery including the staff of the Election Commissioner’s Office have been induced, to claim that he won, while RW is supposed to have lost? Let me put it this way, keep Ranil out, where you all have
          painted RW as a weakling. Take the case of Sarath Fonseka, a Macho Man, War Veteran who had the support of both the UNP and the SLFP and he simply could not have lost. But what happened? We all know how the Election Commissioner was held hostage by the Rajapaksas till he announced MR’s victory. So are these the Elections you all rely on, to deduce that Ranil cannot win? Come on Why Why, I believe you to be above the nit wits who comment in these columns, the naive kind.

          Why why my friend, you ponder, ‘can a
          responsible party planning to win, behave like this?
          Srilankan voters are not interested in this clean man.
          Time for change.Flat tyres won’t run.

          Why why, you yourself admit RW as a clean man. Then why on earth you want him changed? Believe me, I do not want to speculate right now as to when, but I can say for certain that MR cannot continue for long and the day is not far away that Ranil Wickremasinghe will prove all Ranil’s Critics wrong. You mark my word.

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            Hi Gamini
            Thank you for your opening part of the post.Yes,
            of course,we already have built a better
            understanding about more difficult issues and
            that is one reason I did not like to cross your
            way head on.But anyway you picked it up and here
            we are,back in the circle.Thank you for that.
            Well,coming back to the point Gamini,there are
            certain accepted guidelines that requires a leader
            to show his followers,that he owns them.And it is
            purely based on that knowledge I,all along maintain
            my position about RW and nothing else.You pointed
            out that I my self have admitted that RW is a clean
            man,then why on earth he be changed?Well,in another
            post,to Native,I explained that it is not enough.
            I would elaborate a bit more on that so that we
            have a better picture.
            It is believed that character develops over time and
            does not change quickly.Someone with a strong
            character shows,drive,energy,determination,
            self-discipline,will power and nerve.He sees what he
            wants and GOES AFTER IT.He attracts followers and a
            weaker character on the other hand is,all opposite
            of these traits.

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            Hi Gamini
            Thank you for your opening part of the post.Yes,
            of course,we already have built a better
            understanding about more difficult issues and
            that is one reason I did not like to cross your
            way head on.But anyway you picked it up and here
            we are,back in the circle.Thank you for that.
            Well,coming back to the point Gamini,there are
            certain accepted guidelines that requires a leader
            to show his followers,that he owns them.And it is
            purely based on that knowledge I,all along maintain
            my position about RW and nothing else.You pointed
            out that I my self have admitted that RW is a clean
            man,then why on earth he be changed?Well,in another
            post,to Native,I explained that it is not enough.
            I would elaborate a bit more on that so that we
            have a better picture.
            It is believed that character develops over time and
            does not change quickly.Someone with a strong
            character shows,drive,energy,determination,
            self-discipline,will power and nerve.He sees what he
            wants and GOES AFTER IT.He attracts followers and a
            weaker character on the other hand is,all opposite
            of these traits and lose followers.A strong person
            can be good or bad,say for instance,a gang leader is
            a strong leader with bad character while an outstanding
            community leader is one with both strong and good
            characteristics and guide the people to the future and
            show that he can be trusted to be an effective leader.
            Your follower must have a trust in you Gamini.In any
            organization,leader’s actions set the pace.Effective
            leaders envision what they want and how to get it.
            Now Gamini this is the criteria I matched with RW and
            found not fitting in.I hope you see my point my friend.
            Thanks.

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            Gamini
            Please take the second one which is complete.Thanks

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              Why Why, I concede your view of the qualities that a Leader should possess. At the same time we also should have an intelligent honest voter base who uphold such ideals to such a Leader. As you know we have neither. It is in such a scenario that we are peddling this system of franchise to establish Democracy. Have you heard selecting the best from the worst or the Known Devil is better than the Unknown Angel or the Bird in hand is worth two in the Bush? In that context give the Devil his due, as Ranil of the known rest, stands tall. Have a Good day.

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    This is the ultimate objective of the quad R+ regime! Divide and rule the UNP is further disintegrating! There is no doubt about Ranil’s poor performance as a leader, being narrow minded, vindictive, used as a pawn etc. There is no doubt he should be thrown out! The question as to who should take over is another matter! Certainly not Sajith or Ravi! Why did the TNA adopt a policy of taking new people especially professionals including Vigneshwaran? Why can’t the Southern politicians adopt such a stance? Those in power have hardly any qualifications, professional politicians may not be appealing to the masses who do not value education and because the chances for corruption, violence and impunity is more without professionals! I suppose there are exceptions I.e those who come in wanting to help but get lost in the mayhem like GL, Sarath N, and the pseudo lawyers (e.g. MR, NR ETC, who collect the letters of degrees to gain credibility!!

    All in all the situation is pathetic for the opposition with a lunatic captain and equally power hungry vice captains, without a game plan, poor fielding, match fixers from the government side, poor coaches like Tissa, bad umpiring by the judiciary (those faltered if they give correct decisions later they are banned for life), the spectators all wanting an instant fix for their personal problems (as compared to long term national strengthening).
    I what I can foresee is a large group of government disgruntled forging at a critical point to form the opposition like what Banda did and the UNP disappearing like the JVP, and some scattered remnants getting absorbed into the “Nawa” UPFA!
    Without unity and with divide and rule orchestrated by the MR and Quad+R, and the perfect puppet like Ranil, things will go from bad to worse. The 3rd force of SF may be bought and subject to divide and rule!
    Divide and rule may take different positions. The same MR force can support both Ranil and Maithree groups. During the British rule they disempowered the sinhala by empowering Tamils, while creating a division within the Tamils themselves by empowering the Vellala caste and disempowering the warrior sea faring caste.

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      Gaje Machan ,

      “what I can foresee is a large group of government disgruntled forging at a critical point to form the opposition like what Banda did and the UNP disappearing like the JVP, and some scattered remnants getting absorbed into the “Nawa” UPFA”

      nope , MR holds all the necessary files of each and every one , Karu and Hemakumara N are exceptions as they were clean , every one else knows the prize he or she will have to pay if any one dares to challenge him, perfect examples are General SF and CJ SB !

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    My dear friends, all this is a set up by Mahra & Co to destroy UNP for good. It’s not Ranil, no Saith, no Karu, no Magala but the Mahra & Co.

    So its the time for all the factions of the UNP to come to a compromise and unit to fight the common enemy. Please stop all your nonsense and get together for the sake of the country and people. Other wise its going to be like in Somalia. All going go to dogs.

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    CT your bias stories attracting all the extremist readers !! Almost every article/comments made by readers ends up with Sinhala Buddhist / Muslim / catholic religious extremist or LTTE/SLGOV sympathisers. Is this your readers profile ?? shame….

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    Maithree, Srilal, Hermon Guneratne and KILLI MAHARAJA of MTV/MBC net work are responsible for the attack.

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    Anti Ranil protests are planned by Killi Maharajah of MTV/MBC net work.
    The main news item over MTV at 9pm yesterday 6th oct, was re UNP.this particular news item was relayed for 19 minutes without a break for ads. What does this indicate. Killie Maharaja wants Ranil and the UNP to take oders from him. [Edited out] man behind Sakthitv are all nominees of KILLIE.

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    Some people think democracy is within easy reach.
    It is an expensive commodity.Honesty,sincerity,
    respect,self respect,dignity,true love,passion,
    loyalty,all these are coming at a price and they
    are all expensive.They were not very expensive a
    couple of decades ago.But now in our country,they
    are not within ordinary man’s reach.All past govts
    especially after 1970s robbed,auctioned or destroyed
    people’s morality.How did this happen?Who’s concerned?
    What actions at least being identified and considered?
    Everything is being done under the impression that all
    people in this country are buffaloes and should
    continue to be so.Silva,Silva,Silva you hear me!

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    Ranil is a standing Joke who is holding power thanks to his Uncle JR’s modification of the UNP constitution.

    Ranil go and hand the UNP to a popular man who can carry the position.
    U R useless

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