25 June, 2022


Sirisena: Headless-Chicken Or Back-Stabber?

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

UNP and Allies versus the Rajapaksas abetted by underling Sirisena

The dramatist personae for this column are a fainthearted, past his use-by-date, snob, a conspiratorial, deranged grama sevaka, and behind them the looming shadow of a resurgent ogre of despotism. A line-up worthy of Macbeth; the foolish Thane of Glamis, his wicked soul-mate and witches stirring a pot; ‘Fair is foul and foul is fair; hover through fog and filthy air’.

A no-confidence resolution has been carried in parliament against President Maithripala Sirisena. You say, no I got my facts wrong! You say a no-confidence motion (NCM) against Prime Minister Ranil was roundly defeated. You see, we are both right; you report facts, I want to talk politics. Sirisena suffered a greater defeat than the Opposition which sponsored the NCM; he was the conniver, not behind the scene, but openly on the front rank. Hence, in a sense it was his head not Ranil’s that was on the block! It has rolled. Let’s get this straight, Sirisena seems to be deranged and scampering like a headless chicken, but there is logic to his madness. There is no avoiding the obvious; he has made a deal with the purveyors of fog and filthy air and delivered his part of the deal. And which racist scum-bag said “The TNA should not participate in the NCM”?

A Rubicon has been crossed. Let us cut through the fog, put aside intrigues and delineate the new landscape. The next two years will be a contest between two formations. On one side the Rajapaksa clan with a Sirisena underling, together with the Joint Opposition and the Dead Left in tow. The other side will be the UNP, minority communities and minority parties (TNA, Muslims, Ceylon Tamils, Upcountry Tamils) and smaller conglomerations of Sinhalese such as Champika. The forms of this alliance will alter event by event – presidential elections will not be the same as parliamentary no-contest pacts. On the big picture, however, the two alliances are stable. The JVP will remain in a permanent state of confusion and bewilderment.

If my reading that Sirisena has, on behalf of the opposition, taken on the job of bringing this government to disarray is correct, then his target will be to drive the UNP to defeat in 2020-21. When in a governing coalition one partner is a fifth column, an agent of the enemy, and when that agent is none other than the President, then Lanka is in hitherto uncharted waters. Even if he is a damp squib on the mass political scene, a President by virtue of his constitutional office has considerable scope to create havoc and the power to use and abuse the military. Sirisena is attempting a constitutional coup for ends he lacks parliamentary support or backing in the body politic to carry through.

The outcome of the NCM is not the end but only the beginning of a new phase that will stain the next three years. Whether Ranil survived or not would not have mattered; any alternative UNP PM would have been driven to crisis. The NCM’s objective was not replacing Ranil; it was to pave the way for a Rajapaksa return with Sirisena as hopeful job-hopper. A dangerous new phase, a period of intense instability with the initiative in the hands of the Opposition after February has commenced – the JO blunted this plus to a degree by NCM’s 122-76 defeat. Today’s UNP consists of a bunch of amateurish johnny-come-lates who have no clue what’s going around their ears or before their eyes. This is the most unintelligent UNP leadership of all time and I would love to see it in the dustbin except that the alternative is the Rajapaksa bandwagon.

To be perfectly fair one must put Sirisena’s case fully and fairly. Has Ranil made himself so toxic that the President had no option but to remove him by any possible constitutional means? Disagreement on policy does not give the President this option if the UNP holds a governing plurality in parliament. But if the President was concerned about moral turpitude intervention was justified. I believe that Ranil could not have been ignorant of Mahendran’s corruption but preferred to look askance. Political pundits think they know why. The UNP was not rich and the grama sevakaya did not have two kopeks to scratch his bottom with before January 8. It is alleged that Mahendran lent funds to match a small fraction of the Rajapaksa loot and RMB donations. It is then alleged that the scam was the way in which repayment was engineered. If this be true it does pose something of a moral dilemma.

A return of Mahinda Rajapaksa for a third term would have been a greater evil, immeasurably greater. Nevertheless, if you do believe Sirisena was concerned about moral hazard, despite being the main beneficiary, you could contend that his attempt to remove Ranil was justified. Though he would have known where the funds for his election campaign came from, the point here is a supposition that, before a stink was raised in public, he was not aware of how reimbursement was being arranged. I will leave you to weigh up these probabilities and to fret over the moral dilemma, but I repeat that in my view the return of Rajapaksa would have been a greater evil than the bond scam.

To push on, Ranil survived the NCM but he is now damaged goods; the UNP is a party with no vision. The Ranil-Mangala-Malik economic strategy likes in ashes; it was from the beginning out of date old-fashioned liberalism (not globally defeated neo-liberalism); it can be sharply contrasted with Modi’s imaginative populist ‘digital capitalism’, or Xi Jinping’s modernising, party-state led, mixed economy. I have given up writing “they should do this” and “they should do that” columns because nobody reads, and in any case the exertions of this government are now futile. Consumed by internal strife, it can achieve little on the development side in its two remaining years in office. It can at best make as many hand-outs as possible as an election winning strategy. Amen!   

Not only have yahapalana’s economic prospects evaporated, a house divided against itself can have no vision or ambition. Most think Trump is a nutter, but Make America Great Again is a vision that has sold and there are a lot of (mainly nutty) specifics to go with it – walls, trade wars, pacts torn up, allies humiliated, defeat at the hands of short-man Putin and fat-boy Kim, etc. Visionary jokers have jokes to tell and sell. The now-UNP however is in Tamil a pachchathani party; history will not include it even in a footnote. Its sole achievement is that in participated in the leadership of the January 8 Movement to restore democracy. That was my only objective at the time and a common candidate was a handy but disposable stepping-stone. Others bless their souls, expected more.

Intelligent UNPers (yes, there are a few around; I know some) are dismayed. “What a chance we have thrown away, what an opportunity squandered; we should have made big breakthroughs in the first year; it’s too late now”.  Mahinda, for his part, is brimming with ambition, vainglorious may be, but enthuses supporters and entourage. The Opposition’s defeat in the NCM by a large majority gives the UNP a brief breathing space but I have no confidence it will take opportunity by the forelock and build on it. I will plug my thesis of a Third Alternative from time to time but space does not permit comment today.

Are Ministers of various rank who declared that the head of the machine (PM) was unfit, still going to remain part of government and enjoy there perks? Of course they will! Maybe it is only in Sri Lanka that one finds Ministers and MP’s so unprincipled and opportunist – just a rhetorical remark, it goes on in other places as well.

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  • 11

    Prof. Kumar David,

    RE: Sirisena: Headless-Chicken Or Back-Stabber?

    He is actually a back stabber, based on the available data and observations. Ask those who ate hoppers with him, Ranil, Rajapaksasas, the JO and the SLFP dissidents.

    Does he suffer from some psychological or some physiological ailment?

    No wonder he has earned the Honorable titles of Traitor, Patholaya, Sevalaya. Pachaya, and Perethaya from the 6.2 million who voted for him as well as those who did not vote for him.

    Additional titles on the way:

    betrayer, backstabber, double-crosser, renegade, fifth columnist; turncoat, defector, deserter; collaborator, informer, mole, snitch, double agent; Judas, Benedict Arnold, quisling; informal snake in the grass, two-timer, rat, scab, and fink.

    Is it the water from Polonnaruwa?

    • 8

      The Honourable (?) Sira is the only headless chicken that managed to back-stab himself.

  • 17

    Sirisena is a very ungrateful man in this world. He has no any leadership quality at all.
    Soon after he was elected as a president he completely forgot how he became the president.
    If UNP voters did not caste their votes for Sirisena he definitely would be the president.
    He is UNP president and later some failed SLFP members who utterly rejected by the public were selected by Sirisena from National National list such as SB, and so on he completely changed.

    This man must be impeached and send him home

    • 10

      Sirisena was the only man available from the SLFP, at the Time, Ven Sobitha with Chandrika’s Help, was looking for a Presidential Candidate!

      If I remember Right, Sirisena in His Acceptance Speech of Presidency, promised to Look after Mahinda and His Family!

      I think that He is now trying to save His Skin, from a Vindictive Mahinda, who says that he has ‘FILES’ on all the Old Members of His Former Party, the SLFP!

  • 6

    Wow, We understand what is going on. when articles come every thing in a raw. SO, you want MY3 to get disllusioned and quit politics and this needs to be his last fight. Ranil will be the next Presidential candidate.the common Candidate. A few diffeerent people have given the same IDea. Wait and see. Common Candidate program finished IN january 2015 right there. After that it was the very corrupt Yahapalane, now it is the Orumiththa govt. Wait and see. I think, Ranil as he is thinking may have to relocate to an Island with his loot.

  • 2

    Kumar David: the point is, there are people who wants Ranil at the top. It should be true, that MY3 is both supportive of Ranil and want him out because, then he gets away with the his involvement in the bond Scam. Mahinda Rajapakse played double game. there are so many problems arising here. YOu talk only issues and not the corrupt system. No onecan go through the system if he is not corrupt. Besides, Tamils, muslims, Evangelists and protestants are another group Itis a fight between 79% of Majority and 31% of minority. Ranil had lot or back and he was keeping trust on them. Anyway, voters can not be proud about their selelctions. [edited out]

    • 4

      Jim Soft in the Head, hope you were taught to add 79 + 31. It makes more than 100.

  • 2

    Kumar mate internet is a b!#ch and this is what you said in Ground views in 2008:
    “…..communal riots and carnage, a bloody 25 year long civil war and heinous terrorism, anybody still thinks Lanka can solve this problem within itself, well though loath to quote the Bible, I have no option but to say “None are so blind as those who have eyes but cannot see”.
    Gosh, man you wanted Sri Lanka annexed to India!

    When the war was ended by MR and company your wishes went up in ashes, and you started hating MR and the then government. Did you ever mention that Arjuna Mahendran financed the Jan 08 Rainbow Revolution (man what an irony, Rainbow, an illusion just as Yaharegime) before this? I don’t recall. Where is your evidence , it is just speculation just as the MR’s alleged loot.

    You call MS grama sevakaya, that is derogatory in my book, just as if I called you Demalar

    Anyhoo, even if you are a Professor I bet you have enough grey matter to understand the best for this country is a Rajapaksha revival it may not be perfect just as life is not.

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  • 7

    Prof Kumar David,
    The plagiarist daughter of the president who claims that she penned every sentence of the published book “Janaadipathi Thaatha” will now have to be re-named after taking a lesson from that loser Vasudeva Nanayakkara. The titled of that book in its second edition will be “Janaadhipathy P*kaya”. This is exactly who the president is. He is not yet the headless chicken but soon will be when stabbed in the back not by RanilW or the UNP alliance, but those very murderers who Sirra continues to politically prostitutes himself as his new found allies with Goata and Mahinda, the notorious murderers of Laxman Kadiragamar, Lasabtha and many others. Mark my words and see how Sirra will be a headless chicken when this plays out. Sillisena will be dead seana as he will not only be stabbed but lacerated for hobnobbing with the Madamulane murderers.

  • 2

    I think th eNo-confidence motion proved a lot. Even the so-called CORRUPT Mahnda Rajapakse had to be corrupt in order to engage in the war. Becuse, that is how he could build strong and national govt. Maithripala sirisena tried to a president in the level field and Ranil and His powers that back him proved how corrupt and how nasty they are. This shows, Executive prime Minister for Sri lanka is a disaster to Sri lanka and PResident should be one who is very strong. Sri lankza doe snot need this many Parliamentarians who should be bought every tome. Definitely, constitution should bbe strengthened to have strong president a president that exceute his pwoers to the parliament. The reason is Prewsident is people selected and his should prosecutable in Sri lanka in case he abuses power.

  • 0

    The passage of Jim Softy comment……@
The new theory of separatism nexus to uninterrupted revolution advocated by so-called “leftist credentials” in long years ,in real -terms, its served for the interest of Neo-Liberalism system of Liberal democracy back by UNP of RW!
Indeed Neo-unsustsnsbility of economy want to split Unitary state and force us to surrender the National economy of sovergerity to Indian or US led old World order. Wining of NCM has not granted such political mission by chamber.
The political writers of “leftist” and their evil empty think-tanks are doing country push towards of backwards of whole nation for many years to come .By and large an encouraging Tamil’s diasporas,
self-Homeland in North and Muslim of law
of Sharia in Eastern Province by shifted nation NEW politics of agenda TNA.
    While, TNA leadership of Opposition leader of R. Samapathan recently speaking on behalf of Muslim Riots in few pockets in Island. TNA has shown that anti-Sinhalese and anti- Buddhist in recreant past . Therefor TNA national political role is side by side appear for” Islam region” right while advocating and encouraging “Tamil Homeland” in north that back by USA, UK and Tamils diasporas in the soil of Western orbit.
These are new version of old politics theory of Democracy invented by Dr KD.
    Win of 122 members of chamber support of NCM is re-orientation by king upstairs of image of UNP leadership of Ranil Wicks for next Presidential candaitures in coming 2020 election.
NCM also aim of re-energize and revival of 2018 February 10 that lost of UNP voters rejected by local elections . Same mode of politics maneuvering way of by MS done in with SLFP’s aim of defeated of NCM in Parliament 4tt of April day after 5th of April terror attack by JVP 1971.

  • 1

    Kumar David: Add National list MPs who were appointed by Ranil and they would have lost ther incomes. PResident was elelcted by people and he should be reporting to people and not to the parliament. His only job is to go or not to go with the parliament depepdning on the occasion. Hpw about Ranil who is the party leader and Who is the PM becuse he doe snot allow anyone else to come there. his would be replacement is Sajth and everybody know how good he is. what will happen to Mano Ganeshan next time. He will go behind the Indian High comm,isioner asking for a Minister post from the next govt. Upcountry and other other Tamils, muslims what will be there next step. I heard Kiriella is worried what would happen to him if the truth comes out. what happens if the no of minister posts were reduced to 30.

  • 2

    It is important to ins ist that Sirisena is controlled by Parliament. It is clearly stated in the 19th Amendment that he can act only under the authority of Parliament which he does not control. He is a constitutional President and consequently, as commander in chief he cannot use the army unless Parliament allows it. These notions are based on constitutional government in other states. So, it is wrong of the writer to assume powers in Sirisena that he does not have. It is best to have this established, if necessary, by the courts.

  • 1

    Dart Throwing Monkey: On one side we have Ranil, who has turned out to be a big time crook, in the same league as the fictional Wolf of the World Street, executing a fraud of gigantic proportions and then playing school boy pranks shouting ‘Kavuda Hora’ in the parliament, in full view of the whole world, something that we have not seen happening in any other democracy.
    On the other side we have the Gamarala, who may be everything AKD says but at least behaving in public with the decorum that is in keeping with the leader of a country.
    Sirisena may be a Godaya, a Central School product in the eyes of the likes of Royalists and AKD. But no one can blame him of stealing and then behaving like an 8 year old school boy.
    My dear teacher, let me tell you this: I would not have Ranil as the Sabhapathy of the Maranadhara Samithiya of my village in Matugama if I had the power to decide. The crime is bad enough but the nonchalance with which it was treated by him is nauseating.
    But the worst thing is that my teacher Prof David has turned out to be none better than a dart throwing monkey in his predictions about the future. Having thrown one set of darts and missed completely, he has now got a new set and restarted the game.

  • 0

    It is important to define and understand the extent of the power of the president. You must not vest him with powers he does not have. He is commander in chief as a ceremonial figure only, not anything more. Rajapakse was a real commander perhaps but the powers of a President have been greatly diminished. He cannot deploy the army without the consent of Parliament. Let us be clear on that. It would be important to get a declaratory judgement to that effect from the Supreme Court.

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  • 0

    I read somewhere that Dayasiri Jayasekera- A Minister of sorts who voted with the NCM, had told the Media that if he has to quit his Portfolio, the President should ask him so in writing! Most probably he wants to canvass this in the Supreme Court [.Thank God Sarath.N.Silva is no longer on the Bench otherwise the Judgement would have been delivered before the Plaintiff negotiated the bend to enter the Courts!]
    Fine: Lets check out the Powers of the President with respect to Parliament.

  • 2

    We are spectators of a fox hunt called NCM. The hounds managed to plant a listening device in the fox den. This paicked the foxes. Some of the foxes now want to transform into hounds.
    MS wants to survive.
    We, the spectators, know that fox hunting is the game of the rich. The filthy rich must increase their wealth to keep the sports going.

  • 0

    KUMAR DAVID: Grama sevaka is bit modern.Sri lanka had Well vidanes, they looked after everything. Anyway, How about Ranil. I heard Ranil when he was in the royal college, he was in the gang who used to not to study instead those who doing SCHOOL-CUT and roam inthe town. He was not a church goer even though he is now a buddhis, provide Goodies to Meera Makkam Mosque and go to Thirupathi Kovil in Kerala to fix his position. I heard More gods are visiting to the Venkathewar Kovil in YAPANAYA than to the thirupathi Kovil in KErala.

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