2 December, 2021

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SLPP In Crisis, Gota Applies To Go Overseas

The writ application filed in the Court of Appeal challenging the legal validity of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Sri Lankan citizenship has thrown a spanner in the works of his presidential campaign, with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna in crisis talks to find an alternative in the event the former Defence Secretary is disqualified from contesting the November 16th election.

On Monday night party leaders in the SLPP led alliance met at Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Wijerama Mawatha residence for talks about how the party will face the latest legal challenge posed on Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s candidacy. Sources told Colombo Telegraph that the SLPP was mulling fielding former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa in Gotabaya’s stead, if the court ruling goes against the former Defence Secretary.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Civil Society Activists Gamini Viyangoda and Chandraguptha Thenuwara filed the writ application last Friday, contesting Rajapaksa’s dual citizenship certificated allegedly issued on 21 November 2005 as a legally valid document. The petition argues that a person who is not a Sri Lankan citizen cannot contest to be president of Sri Lanka.

The petition which will be heard by a three judge bench of the Court of Appeal led by President of the Court Justice Yasantha Kodagoda

The two other judges set to hear the petition are Justices Arjuna Obeysekera and Mahinda Samayawardane. The petitioners are seeking to suspend the operation of Rajapaksa’s dual citizenship certificate since they submit it has been obtained illegally. The petition is also seeking to stop Gotabaya Rajapaksa or his agents from claiming he is a citizen of Sri Lanka. If upheld the petition could disqualify Rajapaksa from contesting in the 16 November presidential election.

The writ application is based on startling revelations in a CID B report filed at the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court on 26 September (Thursday) which contained nearly a hundred pages of annexed documents supporting the agency’s findings. The CID told the Chief Magistrate that Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s dual citizenship file was not available at any one of the ministries or departments it should have been in. Statements from the Department of Immigration and Ministry of Defence said the files were not in their position. The CID has been unable to trace an application for dual citizenship filed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa in 2005.

However Colombo Telegraph learns that all dual citizenship files are in the custody of the Department of Immigration and Emigration, even though Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s entire file is missing.

Making matters worse Rajapaksa’s dual citizenship certificate number 15305 is assigned to another individual, the CID investigation found.

The SLPP scrambling to defend Rajapaksa after the petition was fixed for support on Wednesday and Thursday at the Court of Appeal released the former Defence Secretary’s purported Dual Citizenship certificate on Twitter yesterday. The disclosure led to even more questions.

In October 2016 Gotabaya Rajapaksa submitted his dual citizenship certificate to the Registration of Persons Department when he was applying for a new National ID. The certificate submitted by Rajapaksa himself as part of his NIC application bears the certificate number 15305A. However the certificate published on Twitter by SLPP politico Kanchana Wijesekera bore the number 15305. It is unclear which certificate has been doctored to include or delete the “A”.

Amid all the uncertainty Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s lawyers today applied for his passport that is currently in the custody of the Permanent High Court at Bar in Colombo where he is on trial for criminal misappropriation of Rs 33.9 million to build a memorial for his parents in Hambantota. His lawyers told court that Rajapaksa needed his passport returned to seek medical treatment in Singapore from 9th to 13th October.

However the Attorney General told court in reply to the motion by Rajapaksa’s lawyers that they had no objections to the 1st accused seeking to go overseas but would require his counsel to present the relevant documentation to court before the order was considered. Judges at the permanent high court put off giving an order until 3rd October.

Political circles were buzzing with speculation that Rajapaksa was trying to get his passport out of the court in order to ensure he could rush out of the country in the event the Court of Appeal ruling goes against him this week. An adverse ruling would end his presidential hopes since nominations must be filed by 7th October. Rajapaksa may have sought to keep his passport handy in order to leave the country in a rush if necessary, sources told Colombo Telegraph, especially since the petition was seeking to suspend the operation of his travel document and NIC as part of the interim relief prayed for. “The eleventh hour court case has really set the cat among the pigeons in the SLPP camp and the Gotabaya campaign team,” a politically well placed source told Colombo Telegraph. “If it goes well, maybe Gotabaya will be president. If it goes badly, he will be a man without a country,” the source added.

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  • 66
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    My Dear NANDASENA,
    Why the BIG hurry now to leave the country ?
    Are you scared to face the court decision ?
    Just like you left the army in the 80s are you trying to play the same card ?

    • 56
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      He is having rare illness only Singapore doctors seems to be able to temporary solve. It keeps on coming time to time itseems. He is disqualified fitness wise too !

      • 27
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        I strongly suspect this was a ploy by Mahinda all along to send up Gota and allow him to crash and burn in a heap …….. In Mahinda’s mind, he is the top dog; he doesn’t want to play second fiddle to anyone (Imagine Donald playing second fiddle to anyone; these are loony narcissistic characters) …….. Mahinda wants to hand over his mantle to Namal; no one else. He is doing his best to keep it safe for his offspring.

        I know many will scream and howl ……….. but my personal sentiment is for Gota to contest and lose …….. only Gota losing will put the Rajapakse menace to rest for good.

        If not, whoever else wins, the win would be lacking in some “legitimacy” ……. and “what if” would dodge his entire tenure.

        • 9
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          nimal fernando – “Mahinda wants to hand over his mantle to Namal; no one else. He is doing his best to keep it safe for his offspring.”
          Is Namal his offspring?

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          Nimal,
          GoRa’s possible loss wouldn’t necessarily end it. On the contrary, it could be a blessing for NaRa if the coming non- Ra..kse Gvt become unpopular. However, there is catch: If MaRa wouldn’t be in the scene to run SLPP, it will be broken into pieces. In that case, loyalists would flock around SLFP again, provided they can find a better leader. With My 3, it will not work.

      • 20
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        Amila
        Singapore doctors have nothing to do with his illness. Gota meets Arjuna Mahendran who arranges a good female Chinese masseur to get him cured.

      • 14
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        Amila – Our National Hangman (Gotler) is a sick person and is unfit to be a Commander-in-Chief if elected by our grass-eating voters. The mention of names like Lasantha, Thajudeen, Ekneliyagoda, amongst many others is the cause of Gotler’s rare illness. BTW where are the missing body parts of Thajudeen?

      • 16
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        Amila,
        SLPP is paying a huge price for their efforts to built a family dynasty. They started this election cycle with huge a advantage but, as I pointed out several times before, their dependence on racism to win election backfired for the second time. SLPP became so arrogant over the 2018 local election results that they became politically blinded by their confidence. Political dynasties will never work b’cos the theory of Eugenics is false!

    • 25
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      Gota as soon to be a ‘Stateless’ alien, can probably ask his nephew Rohitha Rajapakse, to send him into orbit in one of his satellites.
      First Sri Lankan in Space! Don’t forget to take Weerawansa (who also has forged identity), Gamanpila (another forger), Gnanasara and the other fascist monks. Recommend a faraway galaxy suitable for murderers, fascist monks and crooks.

    • 19
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      Nandasena,

      You have become a sucker for Mahinda Rajapaksa. Because he couldn’t become the president again, he set you up, so that later on , when his son Namal is old enough, you an be replaced.
      You are not the only sucker. There are mullions with mean IQ 79 who are suckers .

      For whose tune are you singing?

    • 13
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      Tata. Byebye Gota. Heartfelt thanks to M/s Gamini Viyangoda and Chandraguptha Thenuwara for sticking their necks out.

    • 0
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  • 45
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    Bye, Bye, Bon Voyage. Please dont come again. Does it matter ?????

    • 8
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      Nandasena,

      Viyath-maga or Vipath-maga for you.

      Aren’t you better off being a US Citizen? Millions are clamoring to be US residents and citizens, infiltrating through the borders, illegally, just like the Paras did many centuries ago.

      One thing is certain. You will die, one day, just like your victims one day, the Vipath-Maha.

      Don’t believe what the saffron clad imbecile monks say about Nirvana and Nibbana . However, you should believe in Apaya.

  • 42
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    Why there are no other ”suitable” cantidates for SLPP except somebody without a surname ”Rajapakse”?? Where are those seasoned politicians like Vasudeva, Dinesh, Peirsi? Were they treated like lapdogs by the Rajapakse elite? I feel really sorry for them. If they don’t come out now, they will never be able to shine. Gone with the wind!!!!

  • 18
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    Couldn’t he emigrate to TGTE?

    • 23
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      Bawa

      He could try.
      Here is the contact details:
      Homeland Security
      info@tgte.org
      875 Avenues of Americas, Suite 1001
      New York, NY 10001

      The Secretariat
      secretariat@tgte.org
      Rue Louis -Favre 15, 1201 Geneva,
      Switzerland

      Or directly into

      United Nations Detention Unit (UNDU)
      Penitentiaire Inrichting Haaglanden
      Scheveningen
      Hague
      Netherlands

      http://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/PIDS/publications/
      DetentionCentreEng.pdf

      • 17
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        Have pity on him, he’s allergic to courts. That’s why he’s avoiding them.

    • 15
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      He can always go back to his 7-Eleven security guard job in California.

      • 2
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        Why would he? He has already set himself well in the US with the looted money

  • 44
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    Gota

    Give Ranil a call, he will sort it out for you.
    Or say hello to the three judges they understand what should be done in this situation.
    Speak to Subramanian Swamy, he is an expert on everything, and a wheeler dealer, will fix it for you.
    ….
    ….
    ..

    Many believe they don’t need you to sweat yourself to serve this country.
    Some believe perhaps Karma is catching up with you.

    Why don’t you go back and have a retired relaxed life in Miami, Hawai, …. Bali, ….
    People need a well earned holiday from you.

    This only an interim comment on my part.

    • 4
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      You are swimming in fake news you yourself have created!
      =
      There is so much fun in swill!!!

  • 62
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    I do hope the antics of this desperate and conniving man will finally end with the appeal court ruling. The Rajapakse’s bent every rule in the book to facilitate all their cravings for pomp and power. Like someone said before, the files have disappeared like poor Thajudeen’s body parts.
    All of us here must salute Civil Society Activists Gamini Viyangoda and Chandraguptha Thenuwara for their fearless fight for justice and for exposing the Rajapakses for what they really are.. They have acted while we just talk, bicker and comment.

  • 23
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    To whom it may concern (Academic/Analyst,….)

    Even if Gota is still a citizen of USA and is not entitled to Dual Citizenship of this island, could anyone reinterpret the constitution to fit Gota’s legal requirements, to contest the presidential elections on 16 November 2019…………..

    I am sure there are a few capable experts who could do it for Gota.

    • 11
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      May be GLP and SNS.?‍♂️

      • 2
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        Gamini Lakshman Peiris, but who is SNS?

        • 3
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          Ah, ex crook Chief Justice, Sarath Nanda Silva.

    • 4
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      Ask the Dr. who thinks he is the only Sri Lankan with brains. (As rightfully said once by Anura B when he was the speaker)

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    Calm down CT.. Gota will run and he will win.. and…if he doesn’t ..Chamal will run and he will win.

    Surely you don’t think Sajith, who has been deputy leader in the party that drove Sri-lanka to the ground over the last 4 years has a chance in hell??!!

  • 19
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    You can buy anything in Sri Lanka if you have politics in your side.

  • 29
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    find him a white van

  • 31
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    What is the problem with Rajapakses the problem is they think Rajapases are above the law they never learn from their mistakes can we handover the country to crooks murderous and rougeas top all lunatics

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    Chamal might even have a better chance…People are fed up with 4 years of down hill drive….

  • 28
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    If Ranil is found to have abused his position and helped Gotha in getting NIC/Passport illegally, then he should be send to where Gotha is expected to be soon. (please do not waste public money on these rogues by providing shelter and three meals)

    • 28
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      He has a habit of running away from the country. First from the army then from court case for embezzlement of funds for museum and now from citizenship inquiry.

      • 15
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        He had KP kidnapped from Thailand, obtained details/locations of 21 LTTE ships. Photo of one was in the media. He also took possession of gold collected by LTTE in the north and east.

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    Buggers really don’t understand politics in Sri Lanka. I don’t think SLPP is “scrambling” to do anything. They would have been very well aware the threat to Gotabhaya candidacy because yahapalanistas and their fellow travellers are petrified of the strong possibility of Gotabhaya winning the election and they were doing everything possible to prevent Gotabhaya candidacy without facing him in the elections. Even if SLPP brings Chamal Rajapakse the chances are Chamal could win the race. In that case Gotabhaya could come back and play a major role in the new govt. Therefore it is not politically a huge issue for SLPP. They might be able to garner more sympathy votes in such a situation.

    • 12
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      Only bath Kanna harakas will vote for the Rajapakse’s. People with intelligence will avoid them like a plague.

  • 23
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    will ranil join him in singapore?
    he can stay with arjuna mahendran

  • 14
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    The election Commisioner has gauranteed Mr.Gotabaya Rajapakshe that he will make sure his nomination will be approved under any curcilumstance before he retires next year after general election.
    So Citizenship is not an issue, it is also learned thst US will reinstate his US Citizenship incase if he wants it in the future .
    They just want him to quickly get Hon.MR -.The Executive PM and pohutuwe the government .
    The US do not want Sajith to become President as he has turned down the deal and US is really mad with him
    How can you stand in the way of US .
    Must be joking – They are lords of the world , you can not deny it.
    Just see how The Muslims are kneeling in prayer to USA now even their kaba is going to be fully covered with a american architecture with full steel and USA and Saudi symbols.
    They have nightclubs in Ryad now owned by us bizman.
    so who can stop Mr.Gotabaya , even his Lawyer is a pro Zionist Muslim and he us not afraid of Muslim ectremidts.
    so just stop wasting your energy guys and brace to bow to our great hero Mr.Gotabaya Rsjapakshe.
    Enjoy CT while you can , come 2020 , all you guys will have your tails between your legs .

    • 9
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      You mean come 2020, if GR is president, “all you guys” (journalists, dissidents) will be 5 feet under the ground? Because that is the only thing this thug understands.

    • 6
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      Dear Head or tails Gota Wins ! ,
      .
      “The election Commissioner . . .” – you start. There is no such person. Mahinda Deshapriya is the Chairman of the Elections Commission.
      .
      Member of the Commission, Nalin Abeysekeara is a quiet man, who doesn’t usually rock the boat. He can be stubborn, but not usually.
      .
      Prof. Jeevan Hoole – now that’s a different matter. However, let us hope it doesn’t come down to them having to reject Gota. Let’s hope that the Courts do their job.
      .
      And there is a faint possibility that Gota’s American citizenship has indeed been revoked. In which case, we’d better curse out fate, but accept the disaster.
      .

      • 1
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        New revelation , he is been fully bought over and also his Journalist brother will be allowed to return from France with gauranteed perks and complete safety and protection .
        So its hopeless , this time there will be heavy rigging too,So its just one horse race.
        Gota has 100% blessings of the entire Election unit .
        so no chance .
        head or tails is corect 100%

  • 13
    1

    Today i received a msg which enumerates all the murders, the large-scale robbery, the thuggery, the intimidation and threats, the white van abductions, the political murders – all adding to more than 60 incidents. How can ppl who r intelligent, educated and hv some kind of common sense, support such thugs to be their leaders? Are we that blindly servile that we cant get away from this shameful personalty/party worship? Are we that blind? Are we, as a people, such shameless ambalayas without an ounce of self respect that we choose to ignore all the horrors and instead rush to worship these vermin?

    • 5
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      I’m afraid that most Sri Lankans are like that. Literate, but not educated.
      .
      When, in our history, did things start going wrong?

    • 0
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      “Today i received a msg which enumerates all the murders, the large-scale robbery, the thuggery, the intimidation and threats, the white van abductions, the political murders – all adding to more than 60 incidents”

      Ranvir: Please publish the details for the record and so we never forget.
      Thanks

  • 13
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    All these days he was a picture of perfect health.
    What is the sickness he is suffering from, divulged only now?
    Why should a sick man contest the presidency?
    Why has his sickness exacerbated suddenly only after the filing of a court case challenging the status of his citizenship?
    P.S
    Should not there be a provision in the law for applicants for high posts to submit medical certificates indicating their fitness for public service?
    Already there is a requirement for certificates of physical/mental fitness of those selected for public service.
    Such persons apply for same at the OPD of the nearest provincial hospital.

    • 6
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      ” Why should a sick man contest the presidency?”
      This is also part of the Ranil’s schemes from the beginning. If Old Brother Prince is dismissed by court or incarcerated or dies after elected, then Ranil becomes the EP without winning the election.

  • 12
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    What do the “ASTROLOGERS” say? So far one of them, named “Yogi” Shantha said, “This time too Mahinda “Mahaththaya” made a mistake in nominating Gotabaya, because he does not have a “Raja Yoga”; but the only man who has that “Yoga” is Chamal Rajapakse. Isn’t it that “Rajapakse Family & Co. Inc” now “LISTENING” to the “Advice” of “Yogi Shantha”? In my opinion the most “POWERFUL RAJA YOGA” is with Basil, because he can at any given time “SCOOT” off to USA with all the “LOOT”. Ironically, making matters worse for this “Raja Yoga Family” “CRAVING” for none other than “POWER”, this “Yogi Shantha” predicts a “Win” for Sajith Premadasa. My advice to this “Yogi” is to stay “SAFE”. Coming back to these “Court Cases” lined for Gota, I said in an earlier, that his “Lawyer” “Ali Baba” (Ali Sabri) will play all the tricks of the game to “DELAY” hearings and who knows, what the “Courts” would do? If the “FILE” is missing, don’t worry, it will “SURFACE” at the most “opportune” time, with all the “Relevant” documents, because the “SLAVES” are at work day and night. Now we know, that country “Singapore” is a “SAFE HEAVEN” for all the vagabonds from Sri Lanka., because any “criminal” with “Millions” will be accommodated with or without entry documents. Every thing works on “Raja Yoga” in Sri Lanka.

  • 3
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    Viyangoda trying to enlist 3 Judges to put a Jumper on Nandasena against the wishes of 70 % inhabitant population !!!! I like to see that….

  • 16
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    I will not take my hat off easily to anyone but I will wholeheartedly take it off to Gamini Viyangoda and Chandraguptha Thenuwara. Both these gentlemen have sharp brains and strong spines. I hope all of the judges inquiring into Gota’s numerous court cases are blessed with these same traits.

  • 13
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    He is a dirty crook,US should check his credentials and see he fit for US citizen.
    What a disgrace for his father built museum on looted money.

  • 12
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    Gota’s goons beat up many suspects in the remand prison and convicts in other prisons too. After beating them up severely many of them were denied medical treatment including a suspect who was lying in a coma. Many were simply left to die of their beatings. Gota was aware of all this. Now he wants to go to Singapore for medical treatment. Just see how much value he places on his own life and the value he places on other people’s lives!

  • 1
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    A silly concocted story.

    It’s a clear reflection of fear of the UNP of Gota.

    In case Gota left the competition AKD would be the next president.

    Bad time for both political rogues & real victory for people.

    • 2
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      Then, will Anura the Future King continue to dig the remaining Matara mass grave?

      • 0
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        Mally,
        Is Anura a grave digger now, I thought he cut his teeth in Politics under the great Marxist Leader ever in Lankawe , Comrade Wijeweera?.

        Poor Wijeweera.
        Keselwatta Kid’s Old Man gave the Conrade a hard time .. Didn’t he?.
        Otherwise Keselwatta Kid would have definitely done a Deal with Anura..

        Do you think Mr Sampathar will join Keselwatta Kid ,now that it has become a One man Race with Nandasena running away ?..

        • 0
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          Sumane,
          Comrade Wijayaweera was only a cut throat (not a dentist); he didn’t cut Aunra’s teeth. Anura had his teeth cut by Dr. Somawansa.
          Further when Vaalaiththodam Sr was seeding his mass graves, Old Brother Prince was only an apprentice, under him, on the field. If Anura can beat Vaalaiththodam Jr in this election, he can dig the southern mass graves. Otherwise this election is the last one anybody to talk about Batalanda Chambers or northern internment camps.

          Tamil media is reporting as Vaalaiththodam Jr is running again on 2015 election mottos; so TNA would still be with UNCP(United national Communist Party). But that is not yet said by TNA leaders.

          • 0
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            Mally, thanks for the enlightening response..
            So ,Some betrayed Wije..
            And Some eloped with Bogodage to Australia…
            And Anura got that LKR 25 Lakhs to become an associate of Dr Ranil.
            Interesting stuff.

            What do you reckon Mally…
            Wimale must be the only true son of the proletariat in Lankawe
            That is why all Socialist Sons of the Bourgeoisie now barrack for Anura and not Wimale..

      • 0
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        mallaiyuran

        Probably he’ll dig everything. (provided he gets favorable parliament in the next PEs)

    • 1
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      Real Revolutionist
      There is no way Anura becomes the next President. Anura is also a part and parcel of the slave government. Therefore he is directly responsible for the destruction they brought in. People don’t suffer from amnesia like politicians. Therefore he should never be forgiven. The problem here is the voters who were in Mahinda’s side are now divided and vulnerable. Even I am fed up with JO’s constant track changes.

      • 0
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        Champa

        “Even I am fed up with JOs’ constant track changes”

        There you’re; that’s what has happened to everybody against Sajith.”

        It may not be the qualifications that’ll put AKD to power but the possible reluctance of the mass to support alternative Rajapakse.

        They have played that game enough.

        What’s the immediate alternative for Gota in the battle ground for frustrated lotus buds?

        It won’t be Chamara.

        People won’t go for your details.

        AKD may come unexpectedly as DBW & MS but unlike them, he will be able to do something memorable.

  • 6
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    Head or tails Gota wins and his followers will be licking those things between the tails of the Rajapakses for decades and be happy with the crumbs off the table after they have eaten everything.

  • 5
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    My understanding is that one has to have a additional citizenship and should stand out of the USA to apply to US citizenship cancellation. If that is correct, is this new development can provoke a case in USA lying under oath. Old Brother Prince has submitted a Lanakwe citizenship certificate obtained by fraudulent means and has certified the cancellation application form as “true & correct within his knowledge”

  • 9
    1

    is it safe to vote for someone who is in the departure lounge

    • 2
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      Quite safe, some people are hoping to vote for Karu and he’s almost 80.

      • 1
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        I don’t think my meaning was understood. Karu is in the departure lounge too, one foot in the grave, and yet these fools want power at any price.

  • 8
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    Baya nathi Gota Baya is trying to run away to Singapore without facing the cases against him in the courts which includes the sohona case, citizenship and id case etc. Do we need a Presidential candidate who has no guts and runs away every time the cases come up in courts? Why are the courts keep on postponing his cases so many times?

  • 4
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    What is going on guys?? The entire country came together after Mahinda was defeated in 2015. Unlike other governments, for nearly 5 years this government has been rejected by people in one voice. People’s victory is at arms length now. They should be jubiliant. But there is no happiness. What we see is only disunity confusion mistrust and sluggishness.

  • 3
    1

    A third US plane carrying UNP aid landed at Katunayake today. Gota will not need his passport back. The IGP has been arrested. No problem putha, I spoke to Uncle Ranil everything has been shaped.

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