6 July, 2022

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Sirisena Sponsored Rathana Drama Escalates

Making it further clear that Athuraliye Rathana thera’s protest fast and subsequent actions are all part of a political drama staged by Sirisena, Presidential Media Division announced a short while ago that Governors M L A M Hizbullah and Azath Salley have resigned from their positions.

Athuraliye Rathana and Maithripala | File Photo

Although the handing in of resignations appears as if Rathana thera’s protest fast scored resulting in one of his demands to be realized, a closer look at the Constitution reveals this is part of a carefully thought out play staged by Sirisena to help him score brownie points among voters.

Constitutional provisions grant power to the President to appoint a Governor but does not authorize sacking one. If an ousting of the Governor is to happen, the President requires the backing of a ⅔ majority in the Provincial Council.

Term of Eastern Provincial Council ended on September 30, 2018 and term of Western Provincial Council ended on April 21, 2019, rendering it impossible for Sirisena to stage an ousting of the Governors.

Hence, before the growing unpopularity of the trio Bathiudeen, Hizbullah and Salley, it is clear that Rathana thera’s protest before the Kandy Temple of the Tooth is a cooked up political drama to help Sirisena achieve his political goals.

It should also be noted that both Hizbullah and Salley in recent weeks have publicly called for the Presidential pardon and release of BBS Galagoda Atte Gnanasara, who yesterday joined Rathana thera at the protest fast site and said, despite their ideological differences, he has united with Rathana thera in the face of the ‘Muslim issue’.

Meanwhile, these short sighted, power hungry moves of Sirisena might end up costing innocent civilians dearly, as anti-Muslim narratives appear to grow stronger. All shops in Kandy remain closed today in an expression of solidarity with Rathana thero’s protest and BBS Gnanasara is marching to Colombo with his goons, demanding the President and government immediately act on Rathana thera’s demands.

It was also reported that three individuals who were at the site of Rathana thero’s protest fast, who were unable to confirm their identity and were later revealed to be Muslims, were attacked by a mob while the military attempted to remove them from the location.

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    Thank God bloodshed has been averted at least for the moment, however, a dangerous Precedent has been set with dire consequences for the future. It will only be a matter of time when the country will know who is playing games. Has Rathana Thera broken his fast with a shot of whisky ?

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    Gods who they want to destroy they first drive them mad.

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    Athana Methana Rathana have sold his Prado jeep for Rs 33 million for a Muslim Businessman and this is illegal under the law though many our so called Law Makers are doing irrespective of party .

    Also Rathana is a UNP candidate or nominated from the National List and very unbecoming for a so called Buddha Puthra to act like this.

    This is all Drama as both the Governers have resigned and the Prez have no power to fire a Minister (Rishard B) as it has to be done after consultation and acceptance of the PM.

    Ranil will be in big trouble as if he fire RB… Muslims will go away from his party and if not., Sira will get his friends like Gananasara, Medamulana Ranjith, Rathan et et to make chaos in the country and and Black June this time.

    This isle is going to burn forever….. The Noble Tripe Gem have dissapeared from this once blessed land of ours.

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    he appointed them to get muslim votes and now he has sacrificed them to get the support of buddhist monks
    there appears to be some method in his madness
    unless mr joins ranil to impeach him it will be a case of cry the beloved country

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    On the subject of Gnansara it is pertinent to ask who is the Prison Doctor who authorized his warding at the Prison Hospital during his stay there? Because as soon as he was pardoned Galagoda Atte began romping and stomping around the countryside throwing his arms, legs and hairy armpit about while obviously being in the pink of all round health. I am hoping that the pow wow between Ranil and MR today at TT is also about impeaching the President…

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    Doesn’t matter. The goal was achieved! Fantastic.

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    Assath Sally and Hezbulla are Dalit’s reps. And Sira’s stooges. That is how they scored Governor Gigs.

    The real deal is Dr Ranil’s Oxygen Tank, Bathudeen and his 5 MPs .

    As UNP Wije said today, it was Bathudeen who got Two Suicide Bombers and their Father released when they were nabbed by the Police with many kilos of C4 Explosive.

    Can Sira sack Bathudeen ?.
    No way Jose. with Dr Ranil ‘s Kotte 113 Majority standing around Bathudeen..-

    It is strange that Rajapaksa went to see Dr Ranil at the TT Today.

    Is Rajapaksa doing a deal with Dr Ranil, to prevent Ven Rathne going to Nirvana as well as helping Dr Ranil with a substitute Oxygen supply till Sira goes to Elections?…

    Does that Bandula think our inhabitants are stupid to believe that Rajapaksa went to Dr Ranil to ask for a special Welfare Package for the Inhabitants?..

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Is Rajapaksa doing a deal with Dr Ranil, to prevent Ven Rathne going to Nirvana as well as helping Dr Ranil with a substitute Oxygen supply till Sira goes to Elections?…”

      People thought Rathne was planning to go to heaven to meet his 72 virgins, else he would not have done what he did. The Muslim politicians were spoilsport, by resigning they prevented Rathne from meeting his allocated 72 virgins. How cunning these “others” are.

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    Well done rathana thero. You have done what many can just dream about.
    I would say Rathna Thero for President!!!

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    I demand to know the Author of this article. It is the ethical responsibility of CT to publish the author of any article published in your website.

    Else, you downgrade your self yo a gossip social media forum, that has no credibility.
    .

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      Dr. Dharshana W

      Please ignore CT’s reputation.
      Do you think the readers are so naive to trust everything published on websites?
      If this item is not attributed to a particular writer then the editor/management of CT is responsible for it. That has been the convention for many centuries.

      Why should absence of the writer’s name suddenly bother you?

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    In reality Sri lanka does not need a civilian government. Let the country be governed by the Buddhist clergy from the very top to the very bottom. Let the clergy dictate to the population how life should be lived in the same manner as it is done in Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc.
    The President, PM and entire cabinet can be made of monks and even the diplomuts can be monks.
    Even the public services can be monks and definitely it will turn out to be a very efficient service.
    There will be no political, racial, religious, cultural problems and the land will be peaceful beyond dreams.
    The Buddhist clergy should not be confined to the walls of the temples and they should be allowed to live the life of the layman with all its trappings of comfort . Does it all not sound real ????????????????????????
    All other religions should be told to practice there beliefs in silence and within their walls and not in public. God hears the prayers of the oppressed.
    Sri lanka !!!!!! give it a try and see if it works and if it does work , hey presto !!! all your problems are solved and peace and harmony to all.

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    Sri Lanka in Asia,but Sri Lankan’s are from Africa. Gamarala in action.

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    It looks like Sirisena (proxy Rathna Thero) and Gotapaya (proxy Gnanarasa) are competing each other for the votes of Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalists.

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    MS is pulling every trick in the book , which he learned over years as a student in politics. MS knows he is of no use to anyone(except his family). But he is desperate to make himself indispensable, so that he can enjoy his retirement with grand children . The only person who finds him of any use is MR. So MS tried the constitutional coup last year, which in turn back fired leaving MR red faced and holes on his meticulously built facade of Pseudo patriotism/nationalism. After burning fingers, MS has been reluctant with repeat acts. But Rajapaksas were desperate for a major push towards elections. To their displeasure the government and country seems slowly reviving (economy,tourism) .Then came the unexpected gift from hell with ISIS stamp. Rajapaksas are good at recycling gifts and ordered MS to keep mum. But the times have changed from zero casualty and greatest humanitarian missions. When confronted , MS decided to keep lying and to cover one he came up with many. Rajapaksa are on their defence to cover their trail.So they have called for reinforcement. MS again obliged by getting Ganasara pardoned. In the mean time a dry run of coordinated riots were staged. Wimal is on mission to spread the fire. The ilk of Rathana is on fast. Kurunegala after a round of riots is bustling with sterilization myth which is exactly the favorite theme of Gnasara who already has promised to take it from hear on. Proxies like Rajeewa will continue to make case for hatred and violence. The circus called “elections” is back in town and
    will continue until then and beyond. So sit , relax and enjoy the show. You,ll have already paid for it.

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    It was very obvious. How could the president oust the governor of the eastern province, the man spent millions on projects in Polonaruwa and elsewhere to improve the PR of Sirisena. The man used the monk to achieve his goal. All these dramas are not going to help Sirisena, people are not dumb.

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    those muslims who think supporting terrorist like rathna and gnasaraya will give them any good, should learn about the three who got nearly killed by the terrorist mob.
    buddhist terrorist are on the march in sri lanka as the law is not followed by all and sundry. the country will pay dearly for short sighted decisions, which will lead to a balkanization of sri lanka on religious lines.

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    Country has gone to the greedy, rabid, stray dogs. One who sleeps with such a dog will wake up with the fleas. #Sri LankaPolitics.

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    Only God – not the one at Thirupathy – can save Sri Lanka now, from pending anti – Muslim riots, island wide – unless Baithudeen too resigns.

    This was why Sirisena freed Gnanasara, it appears.
    I hope that there will be no loss of lives and property.

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    Its very sad to see the politically bankrupt and constitution violating President Sirisena is using all the “Pinata Seat” guys to achieve his political goals. Sirisena knows that he is in no way going to be the next President, to gain votes he is playing dirty games using these “Pinata Seat” guys, most of whom have been kicked out of the Parliament by voters but brought into the Parliament to direct the future of the country’s political direction. They are the ones who are making most noise on media. Sad state of affairs of a politically bankrupt President.

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    Sri Lankans,

    A Land like no other, occupied by Paras, where the Para-President is a Traitor, Sevalaya(Sleaze), Pachaya(liar), Mala-Perethaya, and the populace has a measured mean IQ of 79.

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    Cardinal Ranjith’s visit to Rathana Thero is another political stunt. This was done in order to support Mahinda Rajapakse. As we all know Christians are the fourth largest group in SL after Muslims. Hence the Cardinal is trying to curry favour with the Buddhists to create trouble for the Muslims. He also knows well that within the Christians, Catholics are fast losing members as they are now moving towards Evangelist Christian movements. This is another reason for the visit to build the confidence of the Catholics. It also should be remembered when the Buddhist Monks lead groups in the past attacked Evangelist Churches and when there were ample video evidence this Cardinal came out and said that there were no attacks on Churches. A person such as this, can he be a true leader of a flock?

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    These are the crooks and try to survive by sucking tax payers money.

    Sirisena is a drama writer and other players act very well.

    However people must take a very firm decision to expel them from power by casting their precious votes very wisely.

    Sirisena was informed about that attack when he was in Singapore but he has told not to worry and he has shopping for his son’s wedding.
    After he has watched film with his companions and relatives in Singapore when the whole country was in danger.
    Why Rathana did not do hunger strike to expel Sirisena who destroyed our democracy and whole society.

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    Those who were instrumental in bringing the traitorous government are now trying to act as saviours of the nation.
    That includes the President.
    They know which side the wind blows and, as seen, the same people who are part and parcel of the Yahapalanaya government are now trying to be in the forefront of liberating the country from the government they themselves formed.
    I am glad it was over without resorting to riots which could have escalated to an unnecessary level.
    The President COULD HAVE EASILY SACKED Hizbullah and Azath Sally.
    But he wanted drama.
    It is apparent that he expects that riots will one day be his guardian angel to postpone the Presidential Election.
    In 2015, people were deceived by wolves in sheeps’ clothes.
    In 2019, if they think that they can do the same, I must say, people are now well ahead of politicians.
    Ven. Rathana Thero and Ven. Gnannasara Thero both were backers of Yahapalanaya slave President, slave Prime Minister and the salve government.
    They both are fully responsible for the destruction and anarchy brought to our country.
    They must remember that the natural sentiments of Buddhists towards Buddhist priests do not reflect their political view.
    In the political front, all “previous” Yahapalanaya backers should be rejected point blank!

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    Pour Hot “Tara” (burning asphalt) on the ugly ass of this “hora ganayas” Ratana and Galabodaya Gnanissara for trying to burn the country as highly recommended by late Sir John Kotalawela,.

    We all know these saffron thugs are well known womanizers and drunkards. [Edited out]

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    Is para 3 & 4 of your article correct? In the event, where there are no Provincial Councils, the necessity to have 2/3 majority does not arise. In such a scenario, under exonerating circumstances, the President has the power to sack them.

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    Stories such as these are concocted for personal pleasure.

    Please don’t do it.

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    Drama or not Justice Is Served. But Rathana thero is an attention seeker. Hes trying to make the most of this situation by initiating this stunt. No one didn’t need to protest here. Why can’t law enforcement arrest Badudeen and Hezbollah ? Are they above the law ? Since our politicians don’t have any balls.to go after muslim leaders who shelter muslim terrorists, people will soon take the law into their hands. Sinhala politicians including Mahinda are salivating at Muslim votes. That’s why they can”t open their mouths even after the recent attacks. For them winning elections any how is much more important than safeguarding the country. Badudeen knows he will be just fine Ranil wouldn’t let him down. Without Badudeen’s support Ranil is doomed. Party before country is the motto of our leaders..

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      Andare 2.0

      Athuraliye Rathana for president!!!!!

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    Now it is time for Rathana to lead a massive protest outside the US embassy. that owns and operates IS with its Saudi Proxy– to take all its war ships out of the India Ocean and get out back to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and stop spilling oil, causing oil slicks and destroying marine life in the India Ocean.

    There is no such thing called the Indo Pacific, which was recently invented as part of the “Pivot to Asia” so that the US can militarize and spread mayham and destroy the rise of Asian Economies. Time to tell the US to get out of the Indian Ocean as it has no right to be in these seas.

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    Dear Author at Colombo Telegraph,

    The conclusion of article (as the title clearly suggests) is based on speculating on each element of the sequence of events that are parts of the narrative. While journalists are free to speculate and provide explanations to a narrative, the speed of response by the author at Colombo Telegraph suggests publishing something to discredit the widespread support enjoyed by Rev Athuraliye Rathana Thero.

    It is great to have different perspectives (Sri Lanka will be dull place otherwise) however, I am struggling to resist the temptation to form the opinion that The Colombo Telegraph may have a built-in bias against both MS and MR.

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