13 July, 2020

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SOS: Why Not An Alliance Between Sajith’s UNP Faction & JVP?

By Amrit Muttukumaru

Amrit Muttukumaru

Sri Lanka has been in many crossroads and given many opportunities to resolve its outstanding problems where the shattered unity among its diverse population, endemic corruption in almost all sectors, breaching of the rule of law with gay abandon and impunity are top of the list. Every opportunity has been squandered on the altar of unprincipled electoral politics. We are once again at the crossroads and this may well be the last opportunity before things unravel to the extent that putting this country together again may be similar to what befell Humpty Dumpty where “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again”! Successive administrations since independence have contributed to this – some more than others. This is well known to any ‘thinking’ person in this country and needs no elaboration.

At the present juncture, with a looming general election due in under two months the stakes have never been higher for the country. This is so is because a dangerous two-thirds parliamentary majority for the ruling dispensation is almost a certainty in some shape or form. Even if the two-thirds mark is marginally missed, one can be certain as night follows day that given the ‘morality’ of most of our politicians, ‘crossovers’ in exchange for perks will ensure this!  

The proposed alliance between opposition leader Sajith Premadasa’s UNP faction  named ‘Samagi Jana Balawegaya’ (SJB) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has the potential to not only prevent such an eventuality but even a fighting chance to have a parliamentary majority or at the very least to be a strong opposition. Such an alliance may not be as far-fetched as it would appear at first sight.

The JVP which has come a long way from its bloody and disastrous revolutionary days beginning in the late 1970s has still not been able to completely shake off the vestige of the doubt the electorate still harbors. Be that as it may, it is palpable that it wouldn’t take much effort to convince the electorate that the JVP could be a viable alternative to the unprincipled and corrupt politics of the major parties – UNP and SLFP. It is also understood that the major parties – UNP and SLFP also have a violent and bloody past. As for the SLPP, for the most part it consists of former SLFPers.  

Mutually Beneficial

An alliance between the Sajith led UNP faction ‘Samagi Jana Balawegaya’ (SJB) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is not only electorally beneficial to both parties but more crucially is beneficial to the democratic and pluralistic governance of the country by hopefully denying  a two-thirds parliamentary majority to the ruling dispensation. It must be emphasized that this must not accrue to any ruling party – particularly when the Executive President (even with the 19th Amendment) and government are from the same party.

Without such an alliance, the Sajith faction and JVP (in particular) have little chance of being a formidable opposition let alone forming a government.

Ranjan Ramanayake

This writer senses that there is considerable support among a wide section of people for what Ranjan Ramanayake has tried to do in exposing corruption in high places notwithstanding the controversial methods used. These people are smart enough to sense that interested parties in parliament and outside who will fight tooth and nail to maintain the corrupt status quo have pounced upon some flippant conversations Ranjan allegedly had with some women laced with ribaldry to sidetrack the explosive content.

Under the circumstances, Sajith will be well advised to distance himself from the UNP’s sanctimonious “temporarily suspension” of Ranjan’s membership as a “disciplinary action”. This “suspension” is rich given the continuing membership of even some UNP stalwarts notwithstanding credible allegations of their contribution to misdemeanors which include the egregious bond scam.

Conclusion

The initiative for the proposed alliance must come from opposition and SJB leader Sajith Premadasa.

This proposal is doubly vital in the context of the credible belief of the existence of moles within the UNP leadership playing double or even treble games.

Spoilers to this proposal is envisaged not only from these moles but also from elements within Sajith’s faction itself who are corrupt and those who feel threatened by the competition it will spawn for positions from JVPers. The alliance gives Sajith the opportunity to cleanse the SJB of corrupt elements.  

Sajith’s faction must not take their eye off the ball and lose track of the larger picture – which is the country. The proposed alliance may even necessitate giving the JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake either the position of Deputy Prime Minister in the event of a government formation or a leadership position in the opposition next to the position of Opposition Leader.

This writer is confident that such an alliance has the potential to turn around the fortunes of this country for the better in terms of its major problems which include – shattered unity among its diverse population and endemic corruption in almost all sectors. 

Such an alliance has the potential to appeal to the Sinhala Buddhist majority and Tamil and Muslim minorities.

This is the moment for Sajith Premadasa to show his true mettle – whether he is a statesman or just an ordinary politician. This will seriously upset the best laid plans of the ruling dispensation. It will rattle his detractors and the moles within the UNP who have tried every trick in the book and even outside it to checkmate Sajith at every turn – never mind the damage it does to the UNP or country. 

Most importantly, if Sajith genuinely goes ahead with this proposal in full public glare, it will earn him the respect and support of the electorate and propel him as a statesman.

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    Amirth Muttukumaru: You say: “Proposed alliance between Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa’s UNP faction named Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)……….” Could you please tell me “WHO” made this “PROPOSAL”? Do you know that there is no “JVP” in the forthcoming Parliamentary Election? JVP has already affiliated with few other political parties and other intellectuals under the name “Peoples’ Power Movement” (PPM). “IF” JVP decides to form an “Alliance” with Sajith led “SJB”, that is the “END” of JVP and it’s “COMMITTED” ideals and principles. “IF” anyone (including you) and organizations “Propose” such an “Alliance”, that attempt is only to make and “END” of JVP. In the “PAST” and “PRESENT” this “ATTEMPT” was and is been made by various parties, so far without success. You would have heard of the term “Rathu Ali Petiya” (Little Red Elephant) assigned to JVP , while those “RED” parties who framed the term, jointed “Blue” and “Green”. Interestingly, please listen to a “TV” talk show named “NIDHASA” host Chapa Bandara, some how or other find ways and means of (quite irrelevantly to subject he presents) drag JVP to purely to tarnish and brush it “GREEN”. These I believe are well “PAID” jobs. Hope you are not in that category. I await JVP response to the “PROPOSAL” you indicated in your essay.

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      Dear Mr. Amit Muttu, I understand your desperation as the though of Rajapaksa dictatorship is nauseating.
      However, sorry dude, Sajith is a clown who has no “true mettle”.
      He is totally useless and sat around waiting for the UNP leadership to fall into his lap while throwing around his fathers name, when US puppet Bondscam Ranil and his butterflies ran the country and UNP party into the ground to advance the US MCC and SOFA project to turn Lanka into a US aircraft carrier – Never mind Lankan people and their land being grabbed by foreign Special Operations Forces (SOF), some of whom staged the Easter Massacre to advance the military bases project.
      UNP and JVP can collaborate if such a collaboration advances PEOPLES’ POWER after the elections!

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      Douglas , Yo are nitpicking on the irrelevant. The writer Amrith Muttukumaru has refereed to the JVP instead of its wider alliance which they call Peoples Power Movement. It pains me to say it. Although you are a passionate commentator on events in our motherland I don’t think you live here. I think Amrith does and I certainly do. The writer Amrith referring to the JVP has addressed the organ grinder and overlooked the monkey.
      The perception of the JVP as a cat’s paw of the UNP is the success of Rajapakse doublespeak. This election will define the times we live in. I believe that it is the twilight of democracy.

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        Sarath de Alwis

        1) I have a different take on your “perception of the JVP” being the “cat’s paw of the UNP”. Apart from it being speculative, I do not think it has a negative impact to the extent you seem to suggest. On the other hand, would not a ‘formal’ alliance between the Sajith Premadasa led UNP faction and JVP if effectively ‘MARKETED’ appreciably dispel the ‘fear’ syndrome electors have for (i) JVP’s bloody past for which the current crop of JVPers are not responsible? (ii) JVP’s perceived economic policies?

        2) I believe the negative impact of the “perception” on the JVP has a lot to do with what most electors think of Ranil Wickremesinghe and his iron grip on the UNP.

        3) The UNP will stand to benefit since a ‘formal’ alliance with the JVP will ‘soften’ in the public mind the UNP’s perceived association with egregious corruption.

        4) The proposed alliance will give Premadasa the opportunity to cleanse the SJB of corrupt elements.

        5) Such an alliance has the potential to appeal to the Sinhala Buddhist majority, Tamil and Muslim minorities and different religious groups.

        6) Even without a formal alliance with Tamil and Muslim parties, will they not for the most part gravitate towards an alliance between a Premadasa led UNP faction and the JVP?

        7) What other viable alternatives are there to prevent a dangerous two-thirds parliamentary majority for the same party to which the Executive President belongs even with the 19th Amendment? I emphasize this applies to ALL parties not merely the SLPP.

        8) The SUCCESS of the proposed alliance will inter alia depend on whether Premadasa and his SJB are willing to give JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake the position of Deputy Prime Minister in the event of a government formation or a leadership position in the opposition next to the position of Opposition Leader.

        9) This is the moment for Sajith Premadasa to show his true mettle – whether he is a STATESMAN or just an ordinary politician.

        10) The above are some random thoughts.

        Amrit Muttukumaru

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          The above “9” point plan programe is to set up a “LAUNDRY” by the JVP to “CLEAN” the UNP led either by Ranil W or Sajith P OR both. Even such a “Proposal” is set up, it will be an “Impossible” task to “CLEAN” the present UNP. That “NIGHT SOIL” collected in them, during the last 4 1/2 years is too much to handle, even though “5.3 million” slaves did not get the feel of the “ODOUR”. If such a “Voter Bank” does not take notice of that “Odour”, WHY should JVP become the “LAUNDRY MAN”?

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    Are you trying to put SajithP also in the 3% category at the next parliamentary election?

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    Corruption Busting XXX Tape Ranjan as a running Mate along side the 3% Party Boss Anura Kumara as the Deputy PM to help the UNP PM from Keselwatta to form the next Government .

    What a fabulous Alliance that would be with Bathiudeen already there with Rauf Hakeem, Mano Ganeshan . Abdul Rahuman, Ajith Perera , Sujiva Senasinghe whom I believe are all cleared by the Bond Foresnsic Report .
    And the the Vellala Duo Abraham and his Boss Sampathar in the mix as well.

    Mr Muthukumar wants Intelligent People to follow this group.which even seem to have a better than even money chance of forming the next Government, and save our Nation from total destruction according to Mr Muthukumaran .

    What about , Mangala Samare, Dr Rani, Harin Putha , Kiriella, Uncle Karu, Kabir Hasheenm , Galleon Ravi, Dr Jayampathy, Uncle Johnny and the other old UNP heavies, who did that fantastic job in the last five years.

    Wonder whether our Cardinal Brother in Colombo give them a Blessing at the Sunday Mass on Easter That is if the Election is held after the Sinhala Tamil New Year..

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    Can JVP’ers forget how sajit’s father butchered them?Any way JVP always wants to run the country on its own.So they will have to wait patiently till the next century to fulfill their wet dreams.

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      Shankar,
      Ranasinghe Premadasa inherited a bloody Island Of violence. He did what he had to do squash the uprising. Thank goodness, as we wouldn’t have had a Democracy. JVP’ers as of today were too young to be associated with the violence. They are not ultra left.
      We need the JVP to bring a semblance of honor to politics. They are without doubt the better of a bad lot. Unfortunately they seem not to be electable. JVP will fair better in Parliamentary elections. They are the blood hounds in the Legislature.

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        dilkie

        i agree with you but i hope sajit can get them on board.From what i can see they seem to be on a suicidal course of going it alone and had disastrous consequences at the presidential elections where AKD who had grand dreams of coming second,got a bucket of shit on his head.These kind of overambitious leaders are a disaster.

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      Shankar: Capitalists will never ever give the Socialists a chance to govern this country as they do not want to let their avenues of black money to dry up. Wonder whether you are aware that the UN has recognized Cuba as the most environment friendly developing country.

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        harishchandra

        capitalism and socialism both have now lost their appeal.Even china ditched socialism under Deng Ping and the US is struggling to give even basic health care for its people.So the people now want centrist policies.That is why Joe biden who is a centrist is moving ahead of bernie sanders who is a socialist.When sanders says free health care for all with medicare,the middle class know that they are going to be hit by higher taxes like in europe.Money does not grow on trees.Trump who is a capitalist also will have trouble because of the resentment of the poor.

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      shankar

      “Can JVP’ers forget how sajit’s father butchered them?”

      Actually it was the army death squad that butchered innocent youth between 1987 – 1990. The death squad included Janaka Perera, Sarath Fonseka, Gota Rajapaksa…. and few others. Premadasa Udugampola (DIG) was operating his own dead squad(s). Actually the JVP should ask Sarath and Gota.

      How about your poster boy David? Was he part of any of the d

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        native
        in the same vein then you can absolve mahinda and gota for the atrocities in their watch and say that the army and its intelligence wing is the culprits,don’t you think?Culture always permeates down from the top.Chinese always say the fish starts to rot from its head.Did you notice that D>B wijetunge who took over from premedasa never gave in to the armed forces when they wanted to massacre the tamils again and end the war.he said that there will be too many civilian casualties and stopped them.

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    All this manoeuvring is needed because of the Corona virus called Ranil which has been tormenting the UNP and the country for nearly 50 years now.

    Before he is finally rid of, both the country and the UNP will suffer more damage

    This virus is very cunning and selfish !

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      kolla – There is another virus called “Ponil” which is deadlier than Ranil!

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    Hi Amrit nice to see you are writing again.Sadly I cannot see your wishes materializing .UNP and JVP cannot click.
    The SLPP will sweep the board and may end up with 5/6th majority.UNP can save some face if it does not nominate Ranil Ravi Sagala Kiriella Amaratunga
    On another note why don’t you apply for nomination

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    Mr. MuthuKumaru: JVP has restructured by adding new CHRISTIAN PARTIES. I think, you are correct. JVP matches with UNP what ever

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      AM is not the best of political analysts on these pages.
      Also, we should know that one is likely to be wrong when of all people one like JD agrees with him/her.

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    Never again will the JVP team up with any of these so called different parties which are nothing but just one set of crooks pretending to be of different hues. Would like to ask why you have seen SB, Premjayanth, Amaraweera, Nimal Siripala, Anura Yapa, Lasantha Alagiyawanna in all the govts; since 1994. if they belonged to parties which had different sets of proposals to develop this country.

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    I don’t think Sajith faction and JVP can work together. It looks like Ranil has also joined with Mahinda faction against Sajith. However it is important to block the Mahinda faction getting more than 60% of the votes in this election. The country and people will loose everything including their voting rights if they get two third majority. Until the election they patriot buddhists, patriot Srilankans and after that it is Mahinda family dictatorship, no more judiciary, no more parliament, no more rule of law, no more investigations on corruption, no more protection for women, and no more freedom of speech. You can’t rely on politicians but people can stop them doing all this just voting to anyone other than Mahinda Family and other 40 thieves.

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    After the outcome of the Dr Rani’s Exe Committee decision last night, Mr Muthu’s advise to Keselwatta Kid seems more urgent and even more logical.

    Now there are two of each in every important position in the UNP, and Three or more Mascots to go with them.

    But KK must now ride the Elephant.That is final .

    Will JVP Kumara contest under the Green Elephant although he is affectionately called Red Elephant?.

    Now Minister Mr Yapa says the UNP Opposition Leader can’t even contest from his Home Town in Keselwatta which comes under Colombo.
    Because UNP heavy Galleon Ravi would not allow him.

    Will Bathudeen contest under the Elephant . I don’t think Mr Bathu has no option after mess he is in with the Brother and the Missus and the Cardinal..

    Although Mr Abbraham has promised KK 40 seats in the new Parliament , will He and his Boss Sampathar consent to ride the the Elephant?.

    Will the other 3 in the TNA agree?.

    Riveting Stuff.

    But one consolation for the hard core UNP supporters is their one time Prez Candidate the retired Field Marshall is one hundred percent behind the new Leader Keslwatta Kid.

    The FM Rtd assured the Media Scrum that everything was hunkydory , and they can even get 8 Seats from the SLFP, now that their mate Eagle Sira is going to score under Pohottuwa..

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    How can JVP join with Sajith whose father, R Premadasa was the one destroyed JVP by killing Rohana W and thousands of youths.

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    Don’t dream that or propose a alliance between the JVP and Sajith as his father burnt their leader alive, and Sajith’s lot is a corrupt lot, they fit into MR group.

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    SP is a looser, he has no vision and leadership qualities. We saw that when he lost the presidential elections he locked him self and stayed 30 days in isolation – truly a disgraceful act from a potential leader. Also, he often says “Gon katha” and contradicts what he says moments before – he is not very bright and does not have quickness in thinking and giving feed back or responses to issues in an intelligent manner and receptive to the audience. Ranasinghe Premadasa was a champion of poor masses and a bully of educated people. Also, he was the architect of the white van murder squad during the JVP rampage killing close to 65,000 suspected JVP’s and political opponents.

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    hello for once Amrit M is not attacking any one but his idea is a non starter like Sajit .Sadly the opposition has no one to match the Rajapakses.Not 2/3 but 4/5th is possible

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    sarath de alwis: Thank you. I reiterate , JVP has already formed an “Alliance” and under no circumstance would ever think of holding ranks with “Sajith’s SJB”. If that happens (in S/L politics anything is possible) that is the end of JVP. At this moment, there are under currents to break that “Alliance” of JVP and it is evident from the above essay. Please read the para starting with: ” This writer is confident that such an alliance…………” I am of opinion, “UNP” ; “SLFP” and now Sajith are two faces of the same coin , in that, which ever it turns, it is only to “Survive” and “Revive”. That is much in evidence, as we hear a present Government Minister making a statement: ” We will ask Sajith to join us to get the 2/3rd majority”. That is a very “Confident” call and a very much possibility than that of JVP heeding such a call. In reply to another comment directed at me, please be reminded that “MY VOTE” also counts in S/L elections.

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    The proposed alliance can be cerimonially signed on the next death anniversary of Ranasinghe Premadasa.

    Soma

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    Premadasa will be doomed with a split in UNP + loss of elephant symbol. JVP will be doomed if it officially cements it’s “rathu ali patiya” tag.

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    Yep it is easy. Both sides are Loosers.

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