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Strong UNP Antidote To MR Challenge: Role For Ven. Sobitha Thero?

By Amrit Muttukumaru

Amrit Muttukumaru

Amrit Muttukumaru

This analysis is written in good faith in the interest of the country and the United National Party. Its objective is to demonstrate that all the brouhaha and panic in the aftermath of the Mahinda Rajapaksa nomination is misplaced if only the UNP asserts itself to its potential. For this to materialize its response must be principled.

The ‘old fox’ JRJ rightly castigated for foisting on us the monstrous executive presidency, had a lot going for him in some ways. He introduced proportional representation to shield the UNP when out of office with a critical mass of parliamentarians who would function as a powerful opposition. Obviously he did not bargain this will be ruined by the shortcomings of his protégé and kinsman Ranil Wickremesinghe. JRJ had the vision, confidence and above all fearlessness to have a credible second rung in the form of Lalith Athulathmudali, Gamini Dissanayake et al. It is remarkable that the ‘street-smart’ Ranasinghe Premadasa was able to outmanoeuvre these two strong personalities. At the same time one can have nothing but admiration for the manner in which Lalith and Gamini were able to build the DUNF from almost nothing into a formidable political force.

Compare this with the pathetic leadership of the UNP today. Although Wickremesinghe must bear major responsibility for this, this is not the whole story. Wasn’t there even one person in the UNP who had the guts and wherewithal to challenge him on a principled basis in the greater interest of the party and country? Citing the excuse of the autocratic UNP constitution does not wash. The fact is that Wickremesinghe (for the most part) stands tall in a sea of spineless mediocrity in the UNP of today.

I must stress that I only refer to the leadership skills of these personalities who had the capacity to politically challenge any opposition. I am aware of allegations of an assortment of wrongdoing by them.

Countervailing Power

There is no question the Rajapaksa presidency did monumental damage to the fabric and psyche of this country. It severely undermined democratic values and the rule of law. Corruption and violence reached unprecedented heights. People had to virtually look over their shoulders before passing any adverse comment on the regime. My premise is that none of these could have happened or at the very least reached such massive proportions if only the opposition led by UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had fulfilled its constitutional and moral responsibility. We must bear in mind that the UNP was always perceived to have the largest ‘bloc’ vote in the country. It may be so (arguably) even today. Undoubtedly the UNP even today is a powerful political force in this country. The question is what happened to this force during the 9 year Rajapaksa presidency?

Ve. SobithaIs it not a fact that a true leader must be a visionary, consensus builder, motivator and above all principled and fearless? How does Wickremesinghe measure up to these attributes? Did not the UNP under his ‘leadership’ (if I am permitted to be liberal with this term!) lose a huge chunk of parliamentarians to Rajapaksa ranks? The warped ruling of former CJ Sarath N Silva legitimizing crossovers and the endemic ‘greed’ of our politicians although presumably making a contribution are not the primary determining factor. After all, in any organization its members must have confidence that their leader can take them to the promised land. Clearly this was not the case in the UNP. Do the people closely identified with Wickremesinghe instill confidence among the masses?

Is the perception that Wickremesinghe as opposition leader had some ‘understanding’ with Rajapaksa without any merit? Has not this perception been reinforced in his current avatar as Prime Minister in the so-called ‘Yahapalanaya’ government? There are others too within senior UNP circles who are said to have compromised the clout of the opposition by accepting an assortment of favours from the then administration which allegedly includes air tickets and assignments to family members. What is disconcerting is that it was tolerated.

Trust Deficit

The millions who voted for the peaceful 8 January ‘revolution’ for real change from the horrors that were experienced under the MR regime must be a thoroughly disillusioned and confused lot in the run-up to the 17 August General Election. This is not without reason. Empirical evidence would suggest the informal ‘social contract’ with the people leading to the ‘rainbow coalition’ of disparate political groups which promised a complete break from the past has for the most part been breached with impunity. However two major gains must be acknowledged (i) reverting to the two-term limit to the presidency (ii) the absence of fear psychosis – this no doubt is a huge plus. These are early days and we do not know what the future would have held. Memories of credible allegations of UNP excesses which include the Batalanda killings and the murder of media personality Richard De Zoysa during which period Wickremesinghe was a senior cabinet minister linger among the parents of the younger generation.

There appears to be a major trust deficit the people have in the UNP hierarchy – particularly in its leader. He has done almost nothing to dispel this. On the contrary, this has been reinforced by instances such as what is said to have transpired during/in the aftermath of his alleged visit to ‘Temple Trees’ on election night in the company of a controversial individual with links to virtually all sections of the political spectrum. This is further buttressed by his perceived pussyfooting on credible allegations of egregious corruption, extreme violence and abuse of power under the Rajapaksa administration.

The stock excuse of UNP apologists for being tardy on alleged Rajapaksa excesses has been the purported adherence to the ‘rule of law’. Whom are they fooling? Surely within the ‘rule of law’ could there not have been a more assertive response when as claimed in the run-up to the presidential elections there was so much evidence staring in the face?

In this connection, I cite the following categorical assertions by Dr. Harsha de Silva – Deputy Minister, Policy Planning and Economic Affairs (Wickremesinghe’s Ministry):

1) In the run-up to the 8 January presidential elections at a press conference on 17 December 2014 (in the presence of Eran Wickremeratne – Deputy Minister, Investment Promotion) with a slew of files in tow he inter alia stridently referred to casino, drug, ethanol mafias and alleged money laundering in locations such as St. Nevis & Kitts, Seychelles and Dubai;

2) Alleged loss incurred by investment in Greek Bonds

3) Alleged unlawful EPF investments in the stock market

4) Work on the ‘Colombo Port City’ project which he reportedly castigated as “Colombo’s largest land scam.” and in spite of criticizing the then government for dealing with “companies that have been de-barred by the World Bank for corruption” is still continuing.

It is such ambiguity that emboldens alleged wrongdoers to brazenly issue statements of denial and infuriate the millions who voted for good governance.

What is the difficulty in pursuing these cases consistent with the ‘rule of law’ if as claimed they have credible evidence?

Almost all alleged corruption tainted projects are being implemented without taking the public into confidence. What is worse is the questionable conduct of the UNP led administration itself these past few months.

Business as Usual?

The reality is that a large chunk of the public of this country rightly or wrongly, fairly or unfairly perceive the UNP led ‘Yahapalanaya’ government to be not much different to the Rajapaksa administration in terms of corruption. Its acts of omission and commission in this short period has certainly contributed to this.

Some key Cabinet appointments are viewed with dismay by even sections of the UNP faithful. Questionable appointment of cronies and family members to crucial state agencies is another issue. Publicly funded investigation ‘reports’ by persons close to the administration have not been placed in the public domain leading to suspicion that it is all an eye-wash! This includes ‘Sri Lankan Airlines’.

As anticipated by this writer those concerned in the top management of Sri Lankan Airlines rapped for alleged corruption and abuse of power by the J.C. Weliamuna led panel will go scot-free. This is because it is highly unlikely (almost impossible) that the long standing auditors – Ernst & Young and then high profile directors, many of them in its Audit Committee – some even as Chairmen will ever be held accountable for any dereliction of duty. From all indications, Mr. Weliamuna and his team which includes Mr. Chandra Jayaratne have let them off the hook! This is the ground reality in Sri Lanka. It is nauseatingly apparent that it is ‘BUSINESS AS USUAL’ for all concerned.

The guests at a recent cocktail reception hosted by a then Sri Lankan Airlines Director to announce his appointment as ‘Honorary Consul-General’ to a European country included: former Sri Lankan Chairman – Nishantha Wickramasinghe, CB Governor – Arjuna Mahendran, some then Directors of Sri Lankan, senior UNP ‘cabinet’ ministers, senior SLFP members, leading professionals and several business personalities. (‘Daily FT’ 3 July 2015)

Of course none of them would have been privy to the guest list. However, it is interesting to speculate whether it would have been any different even if they knew!

Then we have the alleged Central Bank ‘bond scam’. No matter what, the manner in which the investigations were carried out gives rise to suspicion that all is not right. Only a transparent and credible investigation can lay matters to rest.

The appointment of Arjuna Mahendran as CB Governor by Wickremesinghe is itself questionable in the context of the alleged involvement of his son-in-law in deals said to have resulted in huge losses to the EPF.

The perception is that the Draft RTI was formulated without public participation in consultation with a handful of Colombo based NGOs – themselves with questionable financial accountability.

To place matters in perspective, it’s a fair assumption that any initiative for a RTI in any form would have been frowned upon by the Rajapaksa administration. However, this does not give the license to the Wickremesinghe administration to ride roughshod on its version of RTI.

Conclusion

The very fact that the UNP did not field its own candidate at the 8 January presidential elections tells its own story.

The chances are that we are heading for a long period of political, economic and social instability with dangerous consequences. It is tragic that the gains of 8 January has been squandered.

The only certainly is that whatever the result of the General Elections, corruption will be alive and well in Sri Lanka! I am not referring merely to politicians. Even under ‘Yahapalanaya’ the ‘captains’ in the private sector and professionals such as auditors and lawyers who facilitated corruption have not been under the scanner. After all, are they not major contributors to all political parties? Monitoring campaign funds, internal democracy in political parties are crucial issues which are not the focus of this article.

The only game changer at present would be a reformed UNP giving credible leadership to a genuine movement for yahapalanaya.

I am now going to stick my neck out by making a suggestion which some would find preposterous. I am doing so on the basis that desperate times need desperate measures!

As I see it, possibly the only credible person in the public eye today who the majority of people would trust is Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero – provided he is able to jettison his perceived racist baggage on the ethnic issue. I am doing so in spite of my dislike to involve the clergy of any religion in politics.

What I have in mind is not electoral politics for the Venerable Thero – but the leadership of the UNP for a limited period to usher in a real rainbow coalition. This should not be a partisan endeavour. The UNP would only serve as a vehicle due to its formidable vote bank.

I know I am a non-entity and may be out of my depth in such matters!

Could I kindly solicit the views of others and influential parties who could sound out Ven. Sobitha Thero and the UNP leadership particularly its leader – Ranil Wickremesinghe?

I emphasize that in no way should this analysis in the public interest be construed as a personal attack on Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe who is not even an acquaintance! It is envisaged that consistent with his vast political experience and expertise he will always have a pivotal role in the UNP and in the politics of this country.

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  • 15
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    My3 knows very well the place MR holds in the Hearts of the Majority Voters.

    If he had been adamant in his refusal to allow the Nomination of MR, My3 Knows that the Majority would have turned against Him.

    BY allowing MR’s Nomination, and then refusing to support Him or anyone else, was the best Road My3 could have taken.

    This shows an Astute Political Mind!

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      Rationalist

      “This shows an Astute Political Mind!”

      Or is it about pandering to the corrupt, crooks, criminals, war criminals, racists, bigots, ………….?

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      MS has demonstrated his devious mind. He lacks credibility which is important as a head of state.

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        MS has to appeal to all the various ‘Devious Minds’ of the Voting Public!

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      reply to rationalist

      “place MR holds in the Hearts of the Majority Voters” So Majority of are stupid idiots? Who encourage family nepotism? Let them get their rear end stab by the madamulana idiots? Remember the electricity price hike? gas? vegetables? rice? you name everything was expensive to compensate the funds robbed by madamulana idiots nad the family and the cousins and their thief friends? You like it ? Impeache people for no reason but because they went against them to protect the freedom of the lankans? What do you mean by letaracy rate is high in Sri Lanka? IF they dont have commons sense no point mentioning about the letaracy rate. Most of the Sri Lankans want to be poor beg or steal money and be a dependeant on the government. I know most of them don’t like to work but get paid.

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    Ven. Maduluwe Sobitha Thera, should be appointed amember of the Consitutional Council. He should represent the conscience of this entire nation from that position for atleast five years.

    Further, 19th amendment must be re-amended to remove all the mischievous factors introduced by the opposition to negate its original intents and aims, by the newly elected parliament. The changes made to the proposed CC should be first reversed.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr. RN – Most Ven.Maduluwe Sobhita thera should be given a car and petrol to go around the country to preach what is good governance
      and what is bad governance, during the election time. He is a highly respected priest and people,mostly Sinhala Buddhists and other races, all over the land will believe him. MS won the election because he brought the truth to the people and sure he will play an important role in this election too.Once he brings the people to their senses and stable and fair govt.is formed, he should be offered a position
      in the CC.,until then, he should be on the field,educating ordinary masses to be good citizens and give their votes to deserving candidates
      MS may have to apologise to this priest openly as he has not listened or consulted him on the nominations issue and he could have been a mediator and saved the embarrassment for the president, which he faced recently.

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      Ungrateful Sirisena hates Ven. Maduluwe Sobitha at the present moment as the Thera criticized Sirisena for betraying the Sri Lankan people by giving the opportunity to Mahinda Rajapaksa to come back and take revenge from the very people who voted him out on the 8th January. As such, nominating the Thera to the Consitutional Council is not going to happen. In fact, Sirisena leaves when Sobhitha Thera starts speaking at public functions..

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    Thank you for this. I think you have been too kind to the UNP leader. He has been an abject failure.

    He has remained as UNP leader even after multiple election defeats (including 99/05 presidential elections).
    He should have taken the cue from the mother of parliaments UK where leaders take responsibility for their parties performance and resign if they lose. The recent resignations of labour and liberal democrat leaders is exemplary.

    He bears direct responsibility for the decline of democracy within SL !

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      Dev

      Where is your friend the smart ass patriot Dayan.

      Is he heavily involved in MR’s election strategy? Has he been appointed as the spin doctor in chief, negative campaign guru or prince of darkness?

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        Must be busy dreaming up conspiracy theories. LOL

        I heard he has been included in the national list ! I guess all that groveling and boot licking is paying off.

  • 9
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    Thank you for the understanding and the suggestion.

    While the Ven. Maduluwe Sobitha Thera may be a very good choice, the JVP too seem to have taken the path towards educated politicians and a lot of people are impressed with them. Whether we could afford to take the risk with them is debatable as POWER corrupts and the effects of their former ideology still stinks.

    The Hoi Polloi in Sri Lanka are easily impressed with promises and indications of the new lot contesting – they seem to think that any change would be better than the previous regime.

    Unfortunately, with every regime change since Independence things have got progressively worse. One could only hope that the previous regime was as bad as it can ever get.

    POWER corrupts!

    At this stage, if Sri Lanka is to progress – all those in the tiers of power who have been made corrupt by fear AND/OR for favour should be removed from the corridors-of-power in their respective fields – This would include the Armed Forces along with the Police; The Judiciary with its corrupt Judges and lawyers who are compromised; Heads of Governments Departments who have aided and abetted corruption; among many.

    Before getting to the corruption cleansing mentioned above – we, the people will have to clean out the stables in Parliament – and we have the opportunity with the General Election.

    It becomes incumbent on all of us to vote intelligently!

  • 3
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    Is this joker Mutthukumaru a pseudonym for Dayan Jayatilleke.He admits he is a non entity.Imagine a Buddhist priest as leader of the UNP ?. This clown should remain a non entity with his asinine statements.

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    I disagree. Ranil has defended the party and purified it of evil through nearly a decade of Mahinda doing his utmost to discredit him. Considering the circumstances he has performed admirably. The fact that the UNP did not field a candidate has little meaning. In order to win you have to be perceived as having that disgusting characteristic that is Nationalism – Ranil is well known to not to be that but MY3 was an unknown. It was a simple strategy initiated by Ranil and it worked. Ranil was also named as MY3’s choice of PM BEFORE the election. Therefore the people also voted (at least in part) to have him as PM.

    Ranil is the ONLY politician with credibility and integrity today. That is rare in itself. Ranil is a diamond in the rocks. He has nothing of his uncle’s arrogance and perhaps all of his intelligence and cunning. He is slightly lacking in charisma but come on, nobody is perfect. If not for Ranil we will not be where we are today. Have some gratitude! If he lives we will see Sri Lanka set on a better path.

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      We have seen enough of critics of RW trying to out beat others that Ranil Wickremasinghe can never win an election. Besides RW has been blamed for not instigating the masses to over throw MR much earlier, that would have undoubtedly led to a massive blood shed. No, he craftily maneuvered MR’s ouster without blood shed or costing any civilian life. Now that RW’s victory, leading to a future UNP govt is in sight, his critics are rather disturbed that they be proved wrong of their belief that RW can never win. This time around it will prove how free and fare under CBK and MR have been for them to boast that Ranil has lost 29 or 30 times. In other words, how between CBK and MR have CHEATED the masses to deny the true will of the people.

      Therefore it is no wonder that critics of RW try to make a mountain of a molehill of the Bond issue to pin blame on RW, but are unable to prove that he is corrupt like MR and CBK. One has to admit that there can be lapses as this, where the system itself contain many who are corrupt holding office yet, be they UNP or SLFP led. They should all be happy that at least anyone could point these lapses now whereas they were dumb before under MR. RW’s virtue of patience along with his sagaciousness has paid dividend and there are many pundits, dime a dozen now advising how this country should be run and by whom. I believe RW will turn course for this Nation for a Better future for all including those who criticized him. The future will not tolerate Corruption, Nepotism, Thuggery and Criminality as had been the case under MR and CBK.

  • 8
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    This Mutthukumaru character never wrote about MR before Jan 8th.Now it looks like he has grown testicle after Yahapalanaya. He is brave because no white vans.

  • 4
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    A very fair and sensible analysis. The UNP should shake itself to reform itseLf and gain more strength in its spine. At this stage, I believe more on Sirisena than on Ranil to deliver whatever positive results through the rainbow coalition.

    Sengodan. M

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    This article is not written with the “best interests of the UNP” at heart. This is yet another attempt to undermine the ability and efforts of RW.

    Poor suckers who can’t fathom the genius of the man.

  • 0
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    Another party hack who would want us to believe that the party interest is the same as the national interest. The comments made in the past by the likes of RW and RK show us that they are often the exact opposite. No one can even pretend that the recent Bond scam was in the national interest, unless we have redefined the word nation.

  • 0
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    How can anyone talk about Ranil’s patience etc, to me he is an authoritarian, a dictator and a vindictive man. Please don’t tell me what a wonderful man he is, is that why he lost 29times. He would divide sri lanka, he has no patriotism.

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      He may not be wonderful but he is a darn sight SMARTER that most of the buffaloes of this Country, who pose as politicians, commentators and voters, put together.

      He has WON now and bu using his brain not thuggery or money or even sympathy which is how the others who beat him won.

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      Sue

      “He would divide sri lanka,”

      Has he been authorised to do so by Hindians? If so when?

      “he has no patriotism.”

      Firstly what is patriotism? Secondly who is the patriot? I know a few who use patriotism to con the people and hide all their sins including their ill gotten wealth.

      By the way did you get briefing from sach the stupid, Nuisance, Taraki, Jazz, ………………….. ?

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    IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

    Although anonymous communication must not be dignified with a response, I am doing so in this instance due to the importance of the subject at hand.

    It is sad that some are unable to carry out a civil discourse without being abusive and flippant.

    In the CONTEXT of what is outlined in my above article:

    I SUGGESTED the name of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero for “leadership of the UNP for a limited period to usher in a real rainbow coalition. This should not be a partisan endeavour. The UNP would only serve as a vehicle due to its formidable vote bank.”

    In this connection I inter alia stated:

    1) “The only game changer at present would be a reformed UNP giving credible leadership to a genuine movement for yahapalanaya”

    2) “As I see it, possibly the only credible person in the public eye today who the majority of people would trust is Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero – provided he is able to jettison his perceived racist baggage on the ethnic issue.”

    3) “What I have in mind is not electoral politics for the Venerable Thero”

    4) “I am doing so on the basis that desperate times need desperate measures!”

    5) “I am doing so in spite of my dislike to involve the clergy of any religion in politics”

    6) “Could I kindly solicit the views of others and influential parties who could sound out Ven. Sobitha Thero and the UNP leadership particularly its leader – Ranil Wickremesinghe?”

    An anonymous person asks “Imagine a Buddhist priest as leader of the UNP?”

    Let me remind this person that WITHOUT this “Buddhist priest” we will NOT be having any ‘YAHAPALANAYA”.

    CORRUPT persons will be having NIGHTMARES at the very thought of Ven. Sobitha being in any position of influence in the governance of this country!

    With all due respect to Dr.Rajasingham Narendran who is possibly the only person who has disclosed his identity – does he not CONTRADICT himself by stating – on the one hand, Ven. Sobitha “should represent the conscience of this entire nation” while on the other merely recommending he “should be appointed a member of the Consitutional Council”?

    A person who uses the name “Ravindra” has the audacity to query “Is this joker Mutthukumaru a pseudonym for Dayan Jayatilleke”. He also refers to me as a “clown”! I have two issues with “Ravindra” (i) I do not belong to his SUBTERRANEAN world to resort to “pseudonym”! (ii) not revealing his/her identity.

    Comments from an assortment of anonymous persons which include – that Ranil “craftily maneuvered MR’s ouster” and it was due to a “simple strategy initiated by Ranil” are a bit much to take in. The one that takes the cake is – “Ranil is a diamond in the rocks”!

    It is telling that there is no mention at all of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero – the ARCHITECT of the 8 January ‘Movement’ in the run up to the 17 August General Election. Unless I am mistaken, even President Sirisena omitted this in his now famous address to the nation.

    I am of the view that in the post-election period the services of Ven. Sobitha Thero – who Dr.Rajasingham Narendran has stated “should represent the conscience of this entire nation” will more than ever be needed.

    The question is – will our self-serving politicians backed by corrupt businessmen want him?

    I believe he is the best bet we have at present for a democratic, law abiding and SECULAR Sri Lanka with minimum corruption. I re-iterate he must eschew his perceived racist baggage on the ethnic issue.

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    The Ven. Sobitha Thero should play pivotal roll at a National level. The UNP as I see it includes a good segment of honest candidates who will enter parliament. However in time they will be over shadowed by those who are dishonest. This where we need the Ven. Sobitha Thero who should continue on behalf of all our future generations to advocate and play a decisive intervention function. We as citizens of this blessed country should prevail on him to shoulder that responsibility.

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    Mr.Muthukumaru,A
    Achievements of the 8th january are bound to go waste as it was based on many lies.
    Even you acknowleged that so many cliams were made and that they had crdible evidence but in fact there were no such evidence and the 62 lakhs voted were taken for a grand ride.
    Even after the elections they continued adding new lies like the US$18Bn in Rajapakse’s overseas accounts! Mangala can find the exact amount but unable locate where exactly it is!! They were and are blatanly treating us as fools.
    Ven.Sobitha knew very well that the country will end up in this mess,but he too as many others who supported the rainbow coalition,wishing for the best,while knowing that the rainbow is only an optical illusion.
    Now the only way to minimise the damage and to get country back on tracks is to get MR back and wish he would have learnt his lesson.
    That will be the only good that could come from this so called 8th jan revolution.
    As for those who had to look over the shoulders will have to keep doing it as only the guilty have to look over their shoulder.

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    NAK

    Although I abhor dignifying anonymous communication with a response, I am compelled in this instance to do so in regard to one of your MISLEADING ASSERTIONS:

    “Even you acknowleged that so many cliams were made and that they had crdible evidence but in fact there were no such evidence and the 62 lakhs voted were taken for a grand ride.”

    MY RESPONSE:I re-iterate the following in my above article –

    “There appears to be a major trust deficit the people have in the UNP hierarchy – particularly in its leader. He has done almost nothing to dispel this. On the contrary, this has been reinforced by instances such as what is said to have transpired during/in the aftermath of his alleged visit to ‘Temple Trees’ on election night in the company of a controversial individual with links to virtually all sections of the political spectrum. This is further buttressed by his perceived pussyfooting on credible allegations of egregious corruption, extreme violence and abuse of power under the Rajapaksa administration.

    The stock excuse of UNP apologists for being tardy on alleged Rajapaksa excesses has been the purported adherence to the ‘rule of law’. Whom are they fooling? Surely within the ‘rule of law’ could there not have been a more assertive response when as claimed in the run-up to the presidential elections there was so much evidence staring in the face?

    In this connection, I cite the following categorical assertions by Dr. Harsha de Silva – Deputy Minister, Policy Planning and Economic Affairs (Wickremesinghe’s Ministry):

    1) In the run-up to the 8 January presidential elections at a press conference on 17 December 2014 (in the presence of Eran Wickremeratne – Deputy Minister, Investment Promotion) with a slew of files in tow he inter alia stridently referred to casino, drug, ethanol mafias and alleged money laundering in locations such as St. Nevis & Kitts, Seychelles and Dubai;

    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FkVBvpBEMY)

    2) Alleged loss incurred by investment in Greek Bonds

    3) Alleged unlawful EPF investments in the stock market

    4) Work on the ‘Colombo Port City’ project which he reportedly castigated as “Colombo’s largest land scam.” and in spite of criticizing the then government for dealing with “companies that have been de-barred by the World Bank for corruption” is still continuing.

    It is such ambiguity that emboldens alleged wrongdoers to brazenly issue statements of denial and infuriate the millions who voted for good governance.

    What is the difficulty in pursuing these cases consistent with the ‘rule of law’ if as claimed they have credible evidence?

    Almost all alleged corruption tainted projects are being implemented without taking the public into confidence. What is worse is the questionable conduct of the UNP led administration itself these past few months.”

    PS

    May I urge you DEMAND that Dr. Harsha de Silva SUBSTANTIATES what he has stridently alleged (with a slew of files) at the Press Conference on 17 December 2014 in the run-up to the 8 January Presidential Elections.

    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FkVBvpBEMY)

    AMRIT MUTTUKUMARU

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