27 May, 2022

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Song Of The Betrayed

By Vishwamithra

“Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.” ~ Arthur Miller

Chips have not yet fallen. Yet all bets seem to have been closed. The players are still on stage and enactment of a tragicomedy of unique style is taking a speedier pace. Players from yester-century do not show any fatigue; their despicable maneuvers and timely moves or non-moves continue to have some effects, how long they would last is yet unknown. While all these jokers have been playing an uncommon drama on this grand stage of indigenous politics, the audience keeps its attention glued to the stage. The grand finale is about to unfold!

Mahinda Rajapaksa seems to have exited from the platform. However, the residue in the form of his immediate siblings, apparently unaware of the grave consequences of prolongation of departure, keeps settling down at the bottom. A prohibitive degree of critique is being penned by some of our brightest journalists who have taken an unusual risk of being exposed in the ‘Aragalapitiya’. Their account shall certainly be an authentic interpretation of the day’s events and personalities.

The emergency rule and the curfew’s impositions do not matter anymore. Such manacles to man’s freedom and thought do not shackle the mind. As a matter of fact, they only produce and reproduce gleeful propensities to freer thought and freer action. Such is the song of freedom. Abundant and unchained, the cutest and the most melodious songs are being sung by today’s youth who are tomorrow’s masters. Serfdom to a family is no more; slavery to a yesteryear’s street dramas has given way to a more modern and up-to-date culture that is emerging from the dust and ashes of the Galle Face Green.

The prologue of the story was exceedingly harsh and shameful. Its characters and their idiosyncrasies are grossly anachronistic and their irrelevancies are being exposed layer by layer, coat by coat. The very superficiality and shallowness are being uncovered and continuing to reveal the decomposing interior which one would not take a second chance to discard without murmur. From beginning to the middle to the end of the prologue is stinking and the stench makes even the lowliest scavenger close his mouth and nostrils.

The Rajapaksa brothers have eaten up the body politic of Ceylon. Her ancient splendor, the smooth and gradual flow of her middle ages and her excruciatingly painful period under colonial rule are all hidden behind a curtain of shame and helplessness. The oft-repeated tributes to her Independence struggle have been proven a farce beyond question. The country’s elites have enjoyed real political power and the common man, as was grossly and inadmissibly misrepresented by the low-country aristocrats such as the Senanayakes, the Jayewardenes and the Bandaranaikes, is yet to find his place in the proverbial sun.

Transfer of power from foreign elite to indigenous elite is no real transfer of power. It’s unequivocally a deal between two elites whose vested interests and ambitions are more akin to each other’s than dissimilar to one another. Even the working classes were represented by Trade Unions which were led by tennis-playing foreign-educated Marxist-Leninists. A disenchanting potpourri of political activists and parliamentarians, Ministers, Prime Ministers and Presidents has made all of us look fools and jokers. 

That is why we have been electing these political charlatans who preach one philosophy on platform and practice another one outside in their homes and smoke-filled, whiskey drinking cocktail parties. 

Enter the 21st century and the 4th industrial revolution. The 4th Industrial Revolution is the 21st century convergence of digital, physical and bio technologies driving an unrelenting acceleration of human progress. Digital transformation of events and incidents and their unhinged speed at which it reaches the client-listener or watcher has transformed the world beyond all imagination. Unfortunately for the Rajapaksas, they are at the wrong place at the wrong time and in that convoluted context, Ranil Wickremesinghe has become the unintended fellow traveler to the Rajapaksas.

That 4th Industrial Revolution has had its effect on our youth too. No applause, no tributes and no songs of praise would suffice to describe the thought, action and conduct of our youth at the Aragalapitiya. But they too showed in no uncertain terms that their patience too has a threshold beyond which no aggressor or no wrong-doer would dare to cross. 

And it happened, first inside the Temple Trees and thereafter on the streets spreading across the length and breadth of the land. No sympathizer, no supporter, no kith and kin of anyone associated with the true traitors of the cause of the nation would be spared-the valiant cry of the youth of the Aragalapitiya. Curfew was declared and Emergency Act was invoked. Under the cover of darkness and within the forlorn halls of the President’s House, formerly Queen’s House in Colombo, Ranil Wickremesinghe, one of the worst ever politicians to crowd an already-crowded room of politicians in Ceylon was sworn in as Prime Minister, as head of Government to pilot and steer the ship of State which was already rudderless and meandering along streets dotted with burning tires and ferocious fires. 

A betrayal of uncommon proportion and unforgivable complexion was committed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President and the younger brother of the deposed Prime Minster, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Ranil Wickremesinghe, in fact, became the Prime Minister of the Pohottuwa government, replacing its disgraced predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa. If this is no betrayal of the people’s faith, if this is no infidelity to the great mass of citizenry over whom the government of the day reigns, if this is no dismissal of an obligation so fondly and hopefully reposed in the election-winner Gotabaya Rajapaksa, then what is?

Instead of appeasing the fury and anger of the hundreds of thousands of men, women and youth, Gotabaya, in his superlative idiocy and unparalleled incompetence and with epic shortsightedness, chose to appoint Ranil as the new Prime Minister. Ranil Wickremesinghe is the current leader of the United National Party (UNP). In the last General Elections of 2020, the UNP was clobbered out of sight. Not a single nominee of the UNP was elected whilst Ranil himself lost the Colombo district outright. But by some confounding calculus of election of National List MPs, the UNP was awarded one member in Parliament. For the first time in Ceylon, a Prime Minister was selected who did not represent any person in the country.

No act of betrayal can be consummated without a traitor, a traitor who chooses to betray the cause of a country. By betraying his country and her people, both Ranil and Gotabaya have joined the (dis)enchanted circle of very small men and women who often prefer the self to a more noble cause. Yet, if one expects either Ranil or Gota to be noble or dignified, one is always exceeding his expectations.

But the repercussions of Ranil Wickremesinghe becoming the 26th Prime Minister of Ceylon are much greater than the eye can see. Amongst the oft-misplaced expectations that Ranil would entice foreign investments and foreign grants is a myth promoted by Ranil himself. His approach to resolution of complex issues is either procrastination or appointing committees.

The Galle Face protesters would not forgive either Ranil Wickremesinghe or Gotabaya Rajapaksa for this uncouth act of betrayal. When the entire country was nearly in one voice cried out for the Rajapaksas to go, when they pleaded with the ruling family junta to abdicate and hand over powers to a successor who is more qualified and empathetic towards the people, when the people, in no uncertain ways, showed that they would not compromise on the principles of accountability and transparency of power politics, naming and appointing a traitorous politician such as Ranil Wickremasinghe is a tremendous slap on the face of the protesters.

An old woman in the most rural hamlet, after offering flowers to the Buddha in her own shrine would curse the Rajapaksas; a middle-aged farmer after releasing water to his paddy plot which is starving of fertilizer would use a language which no small kids should be close to hear; no school teacher who has to reschedule her term test papers for her classes amidst this chaos would have no sympathy for the ruling family for disturbing and upsetting her own routine; and above all those thousands of youth who have decided to launch a movement whose end is nowhere near as those wishful thinkers in Colombo and those members of the Ceylonese diaspora envisioned have chosen to engage again and again and again.

That is the spirit that drives them to the end of endurance. That is the spirit that binds all of the together. That is the spirit that calls for an end to the unjust system of governance and unjust system of life in general. Indian Prime Minister, Nehru in his book ‘The Discovery of India’ most brilliantly described this ‘Spirit of Man’ in the following words: “How amazing is the spirit of man!…it is impossible to lose hope for him. In the midst of disaster he has not lost his dignity or his faith in the values he cherished. Plaything of nature’s mighty forces, less than a speck of dust in this vast universe, he has hurled defiance at the elemental powers, and with his mind, cradle of revolution, sought to master them. Whatever gods there may be, there is something godlike in man, as there is something of the devil in him.

The future is dark, uncertain. But we can see part of the way leading to it and can tread it with firm steps, remembering that nothing that can happen is likely to overcome the spirit of man which has survived many perils. Remembering also that life, for all its ills, has joy and beauty, and we can always wander, if we know how to, in the enchanted woods of nature.”

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com                

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    A politician who got jut 20,000 votes out of 10m voters is the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka…!!!

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      “Ranil Wickremesinghe, in fact, became the Prime Minister of the Pohottuwa government, replacing its disgraced predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa.”
      Easy enough to get him unseated. He has to show a majority in Parliament. Let’s see who votes for and against a no-confidence motion.
      Still, why are religious dignitaries like the Cardinal and Omalpe Sobhitha getting involved? Weren’t they instrumental in bringing Gota to power?

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        When your toilet is overflowing, you call an experienced plumber. You don’t bother whether he farts , as long as he does the job
        Slogans are very nice, but mean nothing. At the moment, the country needs someone who can do the proffered job. Sajith hemmed and hawed till it was too late. He has a credible team but they were let down by their leader’s indecision. Ranil has stepped up, let’s see what he can do. There is no point in nit-picking. The country is on the brink of unprecedented disaster.

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          old codger,
          “Ranil has stepped up, let’s see what he can do”.
          Haven’t we seen enough of what Ranil does when he steps up.
          The re-emergence of the Rajapaksas, with a vengeance is because of what he was up to, during Yahapalanaya, – the cheekiest slogan ever sounded in our politics!

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            Nathan,
            Even if the plumber is a part-time pickpocket, when your house is underwater, it doesn’t matter.
            Removing Gota is like killing a de-fanged snake……pointless. Priority must be on saving the country from chaos. The power stations are about to run out of fuel. Political grandstanding can come later.

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              old codger,
              Bear with me. Let us go for another plumber.

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              OC/
              .”Priority must be on saving the country from chaos. The power stations are about to run out of fuel. Political grandstanding can come later.”.
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              Who ever whatever being said and done / need of the time is to relieve the nation from their uncertainties and anxieties.
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              Whole lot of people die today many times before they really die/ all because they are like ones fallen in a deep shit pit/ they should come out of same mouth of the pit.
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              Not only politicians but also people at large are to be blamed for their betrayals.
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              Consequences were not overlooked also by Nov 2019.
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              Day before y day “Gota s body language proved it all” – he looked a dead man standing before Ranil🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕

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              OC, lets find a new plumber. Afterall, the best plumbers DO NOT ADVERTISE themselves…!!!

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          OC, with all due respect, I disagree! I know where you coming from but as any one can see that Ranil has been following Rajapaksha itinerary for over a decade now, not that of the people or of the UNP. People gave him that clear signal in the last election, didn’t they? Ranil was ALWAYS given the power on a platter by others but NEVER had the backbone to safeguard that power to serve the country. Yahapalanaya and 2003 were fine examples. He just drop it like a hot potato, fine example for utter political impotency! He may be a better manager of the economy but this is politics – people need one who can manage the economy as well as one who can protect his own blinking throne!

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            Jit,
            You must concede he has one plus point over other politicians. He didn’t have swarms of Buddhist monks at his office when he was taking over.

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        Thank you OC, Indeed the truth.
        To me what counts is to save the nation from the situation. If NPP and SJB would stay criticising but not doing nothing as had been during the last 2 weeks in Parliament, it is the role of super kalakanniyas.
        Omalpe Sobhitha and the other MR (Rev. Malcom Ranjith) were acting similar to the role of decorative elephants in so called SB parades, but on bringing them back to power.
        Some openly criticised that Omalpe Sobhitha stood against just because a V8 was not offered to him as promised to him on election campaigns.

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    Vishwa, RW is “PM by exclusion”. According to media Gotha requested Sajith, SF and AKD prior to electing RW, only because none of them were willing to take up the challenge. Apparently Sajith did not respond at all to his request until yesterday. Harin sitting independent confirms the story. They are more concerned about failure and their own political future whereas our man RW, in his element accepted with both hands. I am NO fan of RW. But he seems to be most benign for the occasion. 1) He has no representation, so will have to accept others, from different parties.2)Though inept he is a known devil . 3) He is known to most international players. 4) He has been there before and familiar with the crisis. 5) He is someone who can work with his adversaries. 6) Definitely cannot be worse than Rajapaksa brothers. 6) I am told he is good listener 7) If things don’t work out, it is just one person to chase out.(not family, gang or party). 7) Because it’s RW the bar is set low, hence expectations are less. So any thing achieved will make him look good. 8) Last but not least, take a look at available/other choices Nimal, MS, Dulles, Champika —– .

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      You have very conveniently forgotten how he engineered the CBSL The Bond Scam through the master scammer fugitive Arjuna Mahendran and the Butterflies nestled at Temple Trees.

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        Hancho,
        Perhaps you aren’t aware that the “loss” due to this bond scam is now a profit of 9%?
        One must keep up with the times.

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          OC.
          This is what the Fox said after loosing his tail: this only happens to great souls. So he can engineer more and more even though 9% is not a big amount. Penthouse Ravi mist be celebrating.

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            Hancho,
            I don’t think you, like many others who talk about a bondscam, actually understand what happened. The loss was the 3% interest premium, making it 12%. The rate now is 22%. Meaning, the government is now only paying 12% for money which would cost 22% today.

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              OC. I certainly do not. I do not think Attorney General understood it either. Why did poor Arjun Alloyshes spent such a long time in remand custody and why Arjun Mahendran made a fugitive? This is certainly beyond me.

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                Hancho,
                You might ask the Singaporeans why they ignore half a ton of “evidence ” on this alleged scam?
                This was a media creation by the Sirasa media and the Pohottuwa.

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                  OC. The Song & The Dance of AG Dappulla Livera and the Court Room Drama costing the taxpayer so dearly must be recorded and preserved for posterity.

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        hancho, just dont be a mouthpiece for Booruwansha or snake Derana! ‘Bond scam’ is a sesame seed compared to jarapassa mega $$$ billion day light heist!

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          Jit, jolly good. First priority for RW is to recover those “Jarapaasa Mega $$$$ Billions”. Then SL can help cash strapped IMF by lending it some of those Billions. He has the blessings of the prodigal Father and Son. The Gem Sack of Daisy Acchchi for inspiration.

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            Hancho,
            There aren’t any Rajapaksa mega billions, just as much as there was no bond scam costing mega billions. Maybe a few hundred million $.
            That’s another media creation. The media wants us to believe that, in this day and age, crooks keep their money in cash and move it to Uganda in 3 cargo planes. Really?

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      Chiv, I may slightly agree to 1 – 8 but definitely NOT 6)!!! Ranil does NOT listen to ANYONE but himself. The very reason why UNP never had their President for the LAST 28 years and was sitting in the opposition for 21 years out of those 28 years!!! What a despicable, pathetic and hopeless result for the man who led the party for the last 28 years!!! I would have suicided myself for that pathetic record but this shameless man with just 20,000 votes in his account, jumped and grabbed the PM post like a frog snatches a fly with its long tongue….!!! I wonder why he even wears any clothes…!!!!

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        Jit, as I mentioned, it’s hearsay. I may be wrong on that. Hancho, “You have very conveniently forgotten “, If it’s addressed to me, I have already mentioned right below Jega’s comment ” I am not confident addressing any of the alleged scam because I do not have enough information or knowledge”.

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      chiv. RW pulled the plug within the First Hundred Days of the Good Governance Government. MS managed to salvage it just barely. This time by becoming the Amude (loin cloth) of Jarapasses he snubbed the “Gota Go Home” Movement and stole their Lance and spoiled the good chance of bringing in a much needed radical change leading towards greater prosperity of SL. I see him as a Traitor of the People of Srilanka.

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        Hancho, I understand your sentiment and I am sure you are not the only one to feel that way.

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    What have the politicians who received 69 laks votes done to the country? The number of votes politicians receive do not matter. What matters is their capabilty to bring solutions to the probles people face. Ranil is the only leader who has proved himself to be a man of actios for the people. See what he did last time. He reduced the prices of medicine, gas and electricity. He brought democracy after long time to SL.. He even reduced corruption to a greater level. He increased the salaries of govt. servants and the pension payments. He helped middle class people to buy the 800 CC Maruti car just for 9 laks. Unfortunately some of his officers got involved in the Central bank bond scam. But he did not rob even a single rupee. He even has taken action to donate his house to the Royal college after his life time. He is the only hope. Believe him. He will find solutions in a short time for the burning issues of the people. Now don’t speak about the number of votes he received. All happened because of false propaganda. In that case you have to hand the government back to Rajapaksas.

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      I agree with the views of Old Codger, Chiv and Jega.

      The opposition can’t see the wood for the trees. We have a severe economic problem with the possibility of blackouts in less than two weeks. Every delayed day leads us to further disaster. Please listen to the CB Governor. The opposition is still talking politics.

      The opposition has good talent and if they refuse assistance at this time, they will forever be doomed.

      I liked the stand Harin Fernando took. Many more should take his example and take an independent stand at this time.

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      Jega, true, anyone after Rajapaksas will definitely look good. Reason can’t be any worse than them. It’s like exam results displayed on public notice board.Anyone above the last guy appears better. With my limited knowledge in economy amd finance, I agree , RW did arrest the bleeding to certain extent. But Pissu Sira was adamant in screwing him.. I am not confident to comment ,on alleged financial scandals.

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    The photo or if you like to call it the Pic.shows Ranil W.chanting ………….
    Gota Saranang Gacchami…….
    Percy Saranang Gacchami……….
    Kaputas Saranang Gacchami…….
    Chamal Saranang Gacchami…….

    At the same time the Rajapaksas from their Bunkers would be chanting………
    Ranil Saranang Gacchami…………..
    for easing the pressure [ Fat hope; Aragalya would continue………]

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      Garbage dumps and its existence among least protests is much similar to srilanka politics. .
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      Animals returned to power with the backing of Kahakadayas and media mafia.
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      People at large would nt disagree if they would be asked have a ” cow dung ” drink / they are not typical thinking nature even if their lovely ones would be caught by torture and murder. .
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      Last week they proved their capacities in promotion of violence with spectators rejoicing the brutal scenes.
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      They did it also in 89 and 83.
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      Their behaviours are similar to the grave act of a truck driver with a name board “budusaranay ” ironically transporting slaughtered human or cattle rests..
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      Sinhala Buddhists prove it again.
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      This island nation will never grow up.
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      Period!🐃🤔🤔🤔🐃🤔🤔🤔🐃🤔🤔🤔

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    I stated long time ago that Ranil is the God Father of The Rajapakshe Family.

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    Rajapakse has exposed of the Bond scam knowing all about it inviting Ranil to PM iself shows unity behind screen matters that should have been forced to bring to light not done Both are seeking refuge for their betrayal. President has gifted for his betrayal. Will the younger generation learn AND FOLLOW and practice PRESIDENT ACT

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    Ranil Wickremasinghe , the new PM of Sri Lanka under President Gotabhaya Rajapakse!!!
    Lest we forget:
    • Ranil is a “protector” of Rajapaksas. He has contributed to it in many ways, including his lackadaisical approach to bring forceful charges for their corruption.
    • He was voted out very recently in the last elections but stealthily sneaked in conferring himself as a National list MP.
    • He laid the foundation for the destruction of the UNP-SLFP unity government on which so much hope was placed on by all communities by undermining it at the very start itself by bringing in his stooge and perpetuating the Central Bank Bond scam.
    • He has lost a series of elections as a Party leader.
    • He contributed to Gotabhaya Rajapakse’s absolute majority in the Presidential elections by dillydallying and withholding his support to Sajith.
    • He is instrumental in the break of the UNP and its decimation, and is in the parliament only because of the one single National list for UNP.
    —But yet it has happened because he can be relied on to protect the Rajapakses and is the preferred puppet of the West.
    The primary demand of the protesters was “Gota Go Home”; the secondary and subsequent was “Mynah” (Mahinda). The secondary met; but not the primary. Yet, the “reject” by the people is appointed because he is willing to serve when the primary is still at the helm and under him. Preposterous!
    Where does this place the protesters—a new matrix, Gotabaya Rajapakse still the President and the “reject” Ranil Wickremasinghe is PM?

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    Well We do not want Rani. Then who? Premadasa is another crook and corrupt one. He wants absolute power. Non of these have majority in the parliament. Ranil is better than Rajapaksae. I am sure Gota will make sure SLPP vote for Ranil and show the majority. Then the opposition parties will go quiet. This whole thing depend on Gota Go Home protesters. If they give up it will be over. Well 5 Ambassadors met with Ranil and promised to help. Once these 5 countries send petrol, desal, chemicals, medicine and rice. This will calm down. Hope not. They should stay on until Gota go home. Good luck.

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      Kalay@
      What is important for the time being is to protect the people from upcoming famine.
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      If powerful countries promised him their support- it is a positive step. All these politicians if they were born to the island are not genuine. .
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      Rajapakshes are the worst of all. They are like the pimps in Hamburg Repabahn- red light business/ Diana Gamage could tell us more about them.
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      Karmic retribution worked on them/ but for how long? If Aragalaya would achieve its final goal is still not clear. 🐃🐃🐃🤔🐃🐃🐃🤔🐃🐃🐃🤔🐃🐃🐃

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