15 August, 2020

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SJB A Cat’s Paw Of Communalistic Political Parties

By Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa

The leader of the newly formed Samagi Jana Balawegaya was the UNP presidential candidate in 2019. The manifesto that Sajith Premadasa issued for the presidential election titled in Sinhala ‘Sri Lankawe idirigamanata seemawak netha, ekwa gamana yamu’ had a chapter titled ‘Janathawage Vyawasthawa’ on pages 15-16 which contained the following proposals.  

* Replacing the word ‘unitary’ with the formulation ‘undivided and indivisible’ in describing the Sri Lankan state.

* Devolving the powers of the central government to the provinces to the maximum extent possible.

* Creating a second chamber of Parliament made up of provincial council representatives to further limit the powers of the central legislature.

* Abolishing the exclusive financial powers of Parliament and allowing provincial councils to raise funds independently.

* Placing the district secretaries and divisional secretaries under the purview of the provincial councils.

* Setting up a separate constitutional court to adjudicate in disputes between the central government and the provincial councils.

The constitutional proposals in Sajith Premadasa’s manifesto are identical to the proposals in the draft constitution tabled in Parliament by UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe in early 2019. An essential precondition to the division of this country is to remove from our Constitution the phrase ‘unitary state’ which has a special technical meaning. The international community can then take note of the fact and act accordingly. 

The inclusion of constitutional proposals aimed at the division of the country in the manifesto of a major political party, is a cause for grave concern. This document was presented to the Most Venerable Mahanayake Theras and Anunayaka Theras with a great deal of publicity without however giving them any prior warning about its contents. If they had won the last presidential election, these proposals would have been implemented on the claim that it had received a mandate from the people and the blessings of the Maha Sangha.

The political ‘mara-senawa’ that came together to capture power through the presidency and to divide the country after trampling underfoot the majority community, was made up of the same elements in 2010, 2015 and 2019. These political parties which were earlier with the UNP, have now shifted their allegiance to the Samagi Jana Balawegaya on the grounds that Ranil is incapable of winning the required number of Sinhala votes whereas Sajith is better positioned to do so. We see the Samagi Jana Balawegaya trying to fulfil their side of this bargain by giving election pledges such as an allowance of Rs. 20,000 for every family. They tried to win the presidential election also with promises of various handouts.

A political party that caters to a single ethnic or religious community only looks after the narrow interests of that group and considers other communities to be outsiders or even enemies. Our most recent experience of the dangerous consequences of this brand of politics was the Easter Sunday terrorist attack. When a given political party restricts itself to just one ethnic or religious group, they too become prisoners of circumstances.

When the extremist preacher Zaharan Hashim built himself a small following in the East, communal political parties had to compete for the votes of that group. That enabled this extremist to summon all communal candidates for election in that district and even impose conditions on them. Though this process, extremists controlled the communal political parties and the communal political parties in turn controlled the national political party running the government. Ultimately the extremists indirectly controlled the government. The yahapalana government was not able to prevent the Easter Sunday bombings because they had fallen victim to this brand of politics. 

G.G.Ponnamabalam was a minister in Sri Lanka’s first post independence government. Even though he was not a member of the UNP, he was a lifelong political ally of the Senanayakes. Until 1975, Alfred Duriappah was a pillar of the SLFP in Jaffna. There were figures like A.C.S.Hameed and M.H.Mohamed in the UNP and Badiuddin Mohamed and Alavi Moulana in the SLFP. All of them represented the Tamil or Muslim communities and were stalwarts of either the UNP or the SLFP. The politics of trampling the majority community underfoot and obtaining privileges for one’s own community through political extortion never existed at that time. The reason why this poisonous political culture has flourished up to this point is because those engaged in such politics have benefitted enormously from it.

The people defeated that brand of politics at the 2019 presidential election. If we are to see the kind of frienship and cooperation that existed between the various communities in this country in times past, we have to ensure that those who engage in narrow minded communal politics are not able to benefit from it. It’s only then that a new generation of Ponnambalams, Duriappahs, Hameeds and Moulanas will emerge from among the younger generation. I request all voters to give us an overwhelming mandate exceeding even that of the presidential election of 2019, in order to put an end to narrow minded communalism in the politics of this country. 

*Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister

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    jarawama Alibaba mahindan rajapuka the world has best known living bullshit of a cock and bull artist do not ever hatch your eggs early.
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    you were cocky in January 2015 and you know what exactly happened after a meal of egg-hoppers in the latter part of 2014.
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    Be cool and patient you mastless confidence shitter who drops them from all his holes of the pores that he has.?
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    I along with the rest of the world are awaiting the dawn of the 6th August 2020 to ascertain the now NO food, no job, no money no schooling no clothes to wear no roof to be under etc modaya Yakko Sinhalese have ever learnt their lessons.?
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    There’s a saying in English which goes as – ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY.
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    Will they on this fateful day cast their vote whilst standing or will they do it whilst sitting shitting on their tiny minute brains.?

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      Real face of M-A-H-I-N-D-A R-A-JA-K-A-S-H-E is not yet known to this nation.

      He would even sell out his wife if he want to defeat the opposition this time. We perfectly know how this man supported LTTErs in 2005.

      But how many of the common mind set is aware of the DANGER before the nation.
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      Divine forces should see it right – LET alone this time. This man to allow destroy this nation this way SHOULD be stopped by every means.
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      May all gods be with the nation – in upcoming GE, in order to send RASCALS home forever. This nation deserves good politicians to represent them.

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        Hello Guys,

        Please read what ICC has to say about CONDOM supporter of MaRa’s complaint made on so called Match fixing.

        https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-releases/1707472
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        It is high time to skin Aluthgamage, for misleading this nature. Mahanuwara people please help us to this bitch s son be jailed forever.

        As educated JVP leaders intrepret it these buggers used their blatant lies to on and on to mislead the very same nation.
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        We also heard the very same nation would not be easy to mislead but that seems to be different with stupid sinhalayaS dominated srilanka.

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    Dear MR,
    First n foremost, I propose that this paper is not your original but written by a surrogate writer on your behalf. Why I argue that point is simple, : the English language in the article is beyond you.
    Also, if you have such a deep understanding of the political under currents of the SJB, you’d rather outright spurn on them rather than writing articles.
    –> Come on mate. this is election time. You need to do better!

    Yet, the sullenness of the wordings of your “claimed to be authored” article suggests that you as a senior politician has never been aware of misdeeds of politicians but has been living in a world of Utopia.
    Yet you claim that all parties who cater to a single ethnic or religious community only looks after the narrow interests of that group and considers other communities to be outsiders or even enemies. If that argument holds, the US is a much more ethnically diverged country than Sri Lanka in many ways.
    Reflecting on the past has never brought big results , especially with the millennial generation, thus you need a better approach. My thinking is that you are ill-quipped to think ” for the beyond” thus your political aspirations would (at most) be curtailed in the 2020 general election and you’d be nobody (either in national politics or a political Divine) beyond 2022.

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    Dear MR,
    First n foremost, I propose that this paper is not your original but written by a surrogate writer on your behalf. Why I argue that point is simple, : the English language in the article is beyond you.
    Also, if you have such a deep understanding of the political under currents of the SJB, you’d rather outright spurn on them rather than writing articles.
    –> Come on mate. this is election time. You need to do better!

    Yet, the sullenness of the wordings of your “claimed to be authored” article suggests that you as a senior politician has never been aware of misdeeds of politicians but has been living in a world of Utopia.
    Yet you claim that all parties who cater to a single ethnic or religious community only looks after the narrow interests of that group and considers other communities to be outsiders or even enemies. If that argument holds, the US is a much more ethnically diverged country than Sri Lanka in many ways.
    Reflecting on the past has never brought big results , especially with the millennial generation, thus you need a better approach. My thinking is that you are ill-quipped to think ” for the beyond” thus your political aspirations would (at most) be curtailed in the 2020 general election and you’d be nobody (either in national politics or a political Divine) beyond 2022.

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    A crook and a racist calling another a racist! What a joke. Every Sri Lankan knows that Mahinda Rajapakse is the “God Father” of Racists in Sri Lanka. He is also the “God Father” of all the Parliamentary drug lords, paga kings, rapists, murderers and match fixing bookie kings.

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      Dear Mr Buddhist 1,
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      any blatant lie can go viral – for the moment, if it comes from the cesspit of Mafia God father MaRa.

      He shameless questions, what former govt did – while talking high about the containment of the spread of VIRAL infection thanks to SUVASARIYA ambulance services, which was established with the help of Indian donations, during the previous govt.
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      Audience goes on cheering the UGLY man.
      Obviously, Rajakashes and his audience both are to be blamed. Or not ?

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    Uncle, I admit you are a hell of a “story teller”. You seems to have surpassed MS who was once thought to be the number one. Yes , you talked about GG,Alfred,MH and Hameed and now you have KARUNA for company. Sajith may not be able to match such feat.

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      Probably he is telling Pillaiyan, Karuna Deva are only paramilitary hit men. Not GGP or Duraiappa’s equivalents in destroying Tamil on a wholesale sclae. Of cause telling Kathiawar who won the war for Chandrika is approriate at this place. GLP purposefully didn’t miss Kathirgamar, who was wiped out by Royals. GLP just want to cover his back too, while singing hymn of Royals. Remember the Donkey shared a rabbit and in contrast a cleaver fox shared the lion the whole donkey in the Panchadhandra story? GLP thinks he is a tricky old fox.

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    Mahinda,
    I undestand that you are also agreed to TNA that you will create a new constitution with a Power sharing within a undivided country if TNA gives their support to get two third majority. You are such greedy creature for power. Further Karuna amman said that Mahinda agreed to find a federal solution with Karuna. It is not a secret you gave arms to Karuna to kill 3000 Sinhala military.You campaigned the MCC agreement and if that agreement goes, you will have to get a visa from US embassy to travel to Trinco. You have already made agreements to sell more land to India, China and USA.
    Don’t make the country into a bloodbath with your lies.

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      Ajith
      Deviding the country and remain undevided and indivisable.
      What kind of logical paradox is this?
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      Soma

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        If you don’t understand, please ask Mahinda what is the deal with Karuna and Mahinda.

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    Chaina’s cat’s paw going to face it ends. Lankawe’s Sinhala Buddhist vote for Opposition Parties. There is no way any kind of maneuvering will throne Royals permanently or for a dynasty. If GLP the Royals’ cat paw find to blame West to 2015 election loss, just by that West is not going to go away. They are going to around until China dictates loans to Lankawe. So there is no permanent victory for Royals any time in history. Sinhalese, always in their history, threw away kings. Old can be any pesky or naggy, but when time comes, he has to leave. If he leaves now, America or UK may arrange a deal like Marco. Marco could not hang in claiming he was elected. Waiting may end in Manual Noriega’s deal. America well remembers the warning it gave about the ship that was come from Pakistan with a load narcotics vanished in the middle of the sea. America forced to land a ship load of arms coming to Lankawe in Thailand. America knows the prime minister of that time signed for a container full of narcotics and had customs cleared it. We don’t worry even if it had to be Qaddafi’s end. But I don’t know what Sinhala Buddhists would like.

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    Uncle, HYPOCRISY is the name of Lankas political game. Lankans by now should know, if not realize (whether they agree or not is a different issue) , you and your family has been involved in every thing that you accuse of others. Whether it is corruption, horse trading, encouraging racial hatred, dividing communities, political murders, suppressing free media, BOND scams, breaking election promises, giving false promises , taking credit for others achievements, false accusations of people who decent or does not stay in line, nepotism, keeping company and shielding known criminals, you name it, you have done it. Unfortunately the public agrees with such leaders and wants more of you. As Sarath mentioned a corrupt leader becomes the conscience of his people and his voice becomes their conscience. His greed and will is considered good, necessary and appropriate.

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    If Percy actually wrote this piece, then its a waste of time. Percy or his lackey who wrote it should look at all the disapproving comments from readers / commentators on this forum. It would have been better had he invested in writing this in a Sinhala only medium that is specifically set up for buffaloes to feed on. That could have got him a few more loyal voters on side for the fiasco scheduled for 5th August.

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      Mr Pethiyagoda,
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      From what I gathered sofar, this time too it will not be easy to rajapakshe supporters. Those who would respect cricket and justice, will not vote for them. It is becoming clear to me, that many would not want Rajapakshes henchmen diehard backlickers of Aluthgamage, Gonthadipila, Buruwanse … would score that much this time. Youth with some sanity are growing right now rapidly – and they question, as to why Cricket heroes of Sangakkara nature were brought before the CID interogation, – all these seem to have faded and damaged hugely so called RAJAPAKSHE affinities. And the fact the manner Karuna amman being held as if MaRa would not utter a single word even if the guy would do any harm to his own family – and all are highly negative to Rajakapkshe clan this time.

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      “It would have been better had he invested in writing this in a Sinhala “
      That is probably because the lackey is on Corona Vacation or wants to show that he too Engrīsi Parangchu.

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