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The Choice For A Nation: A Return To Tyranny Or True Yahapālanaya

By Hilmy Ahamed – 

Hilmy Ahamed

Hilmy Ahamed

Sri Lankans in January 2015 delivered what was believed to be an impossible task, A REGIME CHANGE! This was possible because a common opposition formed a broad coalition to ensure that Sri Lanka returned to the rule of law and democracy. It consisted of parties and people, who believed that Sri Lanka needed to rid it of unprecedented corruption, nepotism; abuse of the judiciary for political expediency, politicization of the police force and those who believed that rule of law and justice had been compromised.

They nominated Maithripala Sirisena as their common candidate for the Presidency. Sirisena, though a seasoned politician had only a regional base in Polonnaruwa and was never considered a national leader. The common opposition led by the United National Party (UNP) propelled him to the pinnacle of political office and now president Maithripala Sirisena is accused of betraying the common opposition by allowing former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest, enter parliament and stake his claim to be the next Prime Minister.

Media reports quoted Maithripala Sirisena as having said, “If Mahinda Rajapaksa comes back to parliament as Prime Minister, my life is only a bullet away.” So, what has made him change his mind?

MaithriWhile accusations of corruption and other charges of abuse of power against ministers and members of parliament of the Rajapaksa regime was the main theme of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe campaign, none of the major culprits were brought to justice after their election in 2015. There were also delays in implementing the promises of the 100-day manifesto that included constitutional and electoral reforms, the right to information act, etc. leading to a flux in parliament. The opposition also threatened to block the appointment of the civil society members to the constitutional council that would have started the process of immediately enforcing the 19th amendment.

This started a wave of dissention amongst the parliamentarians and the people. The Rajapaksa loyalists in parliament took advantage and built up hype around the former president to bring him back to parliament and vie for the position of Prime Minister, as they commanded the majority. Their original plan was to get President Sirisena to appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa on the national list after a current SLFP national list MP resigns but the President rejected this. This led to the opposition, threatening to destabilize the government and block the passage of important legislation promised by the common opposition campaign.

The minority parties too started to threaten the government and the opposition claiming that the introduction of the 20th amendment would have eliminated most of the minor and minority parties from representation in parliament. The United National Party started calling for the dissolution of parliament so that they could have a stronger mandate to implement their proposals. The opposition again pressurized President Sirisena not to dissolve until the passage of the 20thAmmendment.

The opposition also brought out a number of no confidence motions against the Minister of Public Order and Christian Affairs, Minister of Finance and the Prime minister along with charges of a major scandal in the bond issue by the central bank. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the COPE committee that inquired in to the central bank bond issue has found the Governor, Guilty. The opposition claims this as the main reason for the dissolution of parliament.

A number of former UPFA government ministers who had charges against them of corruption, drug running, money laundering, illegal import of ethanol etc. along with the aging leftists, who could not survive without the luxuries of office spearheaded a campaign to bring back Mahinda Rajapaksa to active politics and save their skin. They invested heavily in drawing huge crowds for their rallies calling on Mahinda Rajapaksa to lead them again. Most of these discards from the former regime would not have stood a chance of getting nominations to contest under the UPFA banner at the forth coming general elections. A large number would not have had any chance of getting elected again. They needed to piggyback on the charismatic leadership of Mahinda Rajapaksa to support their continuation in politics. Mahinda Rajapaksa seems to have swallowed their bait, and has pledged to lead them.

According to the latest news reports, Mahinda, has been promised nominations to contest under the UPFA Banner. It is yet to be seen as to what President Sirisena has up his sleeves (if he has any) or else he would become the most selfish politician who betrayed over 6.2 million voters. Whatever the outcome of this election, Maithripala is guaranteed to be a lame duck president if he deceives the common opposition.

On the other hand, the patient Ranil Wickremesinghe probably has scored his goal well. During the short six months of his Government, there is a sense of relief and peace of mind amongst all Sri Lankans. There is also a semblance of the rule of law, and with the passage of the 19th amendment, there is hope for the revival of democratic values. His government was able to offer a sunshine budget too that certainly gave the urgent relief that was expected; yet, Sri Lankans know very well that these concessions will last only up to the next elections.

Maithripala Sirisena’s victory at the presidential was not from the votes of the UPFA or the SLFP but from the anti-Rajapaksa vote that was cast through the common opposition. Almost the entire lot of the SLFP and UPFA politicians did not support Sirisena during his presidential bid, barring a few that included Rajitha Senaratne, Champika Ranawaka, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero, Rishard Bathiudeen, Duminda Dissanayake, Arjuna Ranatunge, Faizer Mustapha etc. The entire minority communities including the evangelical Christians overwhelmingly voted for Sirisena, while a large number of Sinhala Buddhists in the south voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa camp took advantage of this and brought back their racist agenda, implying that the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government was working towards a western agenda to compromise on the unitary state of Sri Lanka. Their major platform agenda is going to be the threat of minority domination and revival of terrorism.

Sirisena’s first betrayal came when he enlisted a number of SLFP/UPFA members of parliament, in the guise of ensuring support for his 100-day programme as ministers. Since then, he has been betraying the common opposition frequently to the extent that many of the constituent parties in the common opposition that brought him to power broke ranks and challenged his motives. The leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Rauf Hakeem went to the extent of saying in parliament that his community was in a better situation during the tenure of Mahinda Rajapaksa, than what they had to face under the Maithripala/Wickremesinghe government. Minister Rauf Hakeem probably has a very short memory, as he seems to have forgotten the hate and intimidation campaign that was unleashed on the Muslims and the evangelical Christians during the dark days of the Mahinda Rajapaksa rule. The pogrom of Aluthgama is just one year old.

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s charismatic leadership, and the power he wielded, as executive president was the reason for majority of the SLFP/UPFA lot to remain with him during the last presidential election. A weak Maithripala was seen as no match to Mahinda, but the forces of the common opposition led by the UNP that included the JHU, the JVP, the minority parties and with strong inputs from civil society groups through the National Movement for a Just Society, headed by Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha made the difference.

The bold stand taken by Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero too contributed in no small measure as the two respected monks shattered Mahinda Rajapaksa’s myth of protecting Buddhism and saving the nation from foreign domination, yet most of Mahinda’s votes came from the Sinhala Buddhist strongholds in the south. He now claims that he won in the South and Maithripala won only in the North and East.

It is believed that Mahinda Rajapaksa retained the vast majority of the SLFP members of parliament due to the uncertainty of a Maithripala win. The majority of them did not want to “jump” fearing the ruthless justice that would have been served on his deserters, should he have won. The few who crossed over with Maithripala Sirisena should be considered brave. President Maithripala Sirisena is on record, saying that his entire family would have been targeted, if he had failed to win. We saw a precursor of this possibility with the defeat of the war winning General Sarath Fonseka at the presidential elections of 2010. If a presidential candidate would be thus target, what would happen to the millions who openly opposed him. A Mahinda Rajapaksa win in 2015 would probably have been the bloodiest blood bath that Sri Lanka would have been experienced during any elections in history. Thank god for small mercies.

Now, that Mahinda Rajapaksa has publicly announced his Prime Ministerial ambitions, Sri Lanka will go back to the debate of governance and rule of law. It is alleged that his foray in to electoral politics again is to safeguard the family of the various charges leveled against them. What would happen if Mahinda Rajapaksa failed to win the majority in parliament and end up as an ordinary MP? Will a government led by Ranil Wickremesinghe go after the wrong does and bring back the loot to Sri Lanka? Will Mahinda loose the perks and privileges that the Prime Minister listed out in parliament as privileges of the ex-president that cause huge costs on the peoples taxes?

Will the coalition that came together to defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa continue to be one against to defeat the reentry of the Rajapaksa dominence? Will they be able to keep the confidence of the majority of Sri Lankans and receive their votes again?

For Maithripala, it’s a Hobson’s choice. Will he accommodate Mahinda to be the Prime Ministerial candidate with the support of the SLFP or divide the SLFP and go down in history as the leader who split the party? Either way, the end result would not be a comforting one for the President.

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  • 12
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    Jihadists beware. He has done the deed.

    Mahinda is coming to get you!

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      Let Mahinda come in. If he become PM in August, UN report on war crimes will definitely come with its recommendation charging Mahinda & Co for war crimes and crimes against humanity and Srilanka will be isolated from civilised world. Of course white vans will come militarisation of North East will increase and BBS attack on Muslims will restart. Muslims and Tamils will get together and separation become inevitable.

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        The country is prepared to all those “threats” coming from Jihadists masquerading under Sinhala pseudonyms these days.

        THe ordinary people (except the Jihadists, Tamil Separatists and American-British paid NGOs and worm infested Sobhita of Kotte) are behind this great leader.

        So suck a pork bone!

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        Ajith

        “Let Mahinda come in. If he become PM in August, UN report on war crimes will definitely come with its recommendation charging Mahinda & Co for war crimes and crimes against humanity and “

        Mahinda Rajapaksa should contest on the M-CRAP Party not UPFA or SLFP.

        Matripala Sirisena as turned into a Spineless Wimp and became a Traitor to 6.25 Mullion Voters who wanted Mahinda Rajapaksa out.

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      Hilmy Ahamed

      By giving Nomination to Mahinda Rajapaksa, Looks Like the President Maitripals Sirisena is Turning into a

      1. Traitor

      2. Spineless

      3. Wimp

      4. Coward.

      MaRa MaRa Cahtu MaRa Amana MaRa

      Matri Sira Spineless Wimpy Coward.

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      Boom Boom, ask him to come, I am waiting. He needs a proper circumcision this time. We wont take a quater, we will take three quarters of it

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    Great analysis Hilmy

    Over to pandankarayas like single malt hero K A Sumanasekera for his comical views

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    Bring back Mahinda campaign started on 9th Jan 2015 has been successful with the approval of nomination from UPFA to MR today. It’s only 6 weeks more for the final push and the UNP has not even started. UNP cannot depend again on others for victory. Ranil does not have anyone to piggy back on this time. Ranil’s short lived govt was a failure.

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    Great analysis.

    UNP will struggle to get the majority in parliament.

    Bond scam is not going to help UNP.

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    Mahinda and his alliance may get less than 65 seats UNP can get more seats as the minority parties contest under UNP ticket, symbol elephant. A divided SLFP cannot form a post poll alliance due to over demanding nature of minority parties. To accommodate TNA both the factions of SLFP would find very difficult. A hung parliament and a national govt are all in the offing. Wither party politics?

    • 0
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      Too much speculation by minority hierarchy on Chinese stocks – catch 22 situation for minority hierarchy.

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    I think it is time for all democratic and anti-racist forces to desert Maithripala Sirisena and join forces with the UNP to defeat the UPFA.

    Sirisena is a backbone less weak leader and it appears to be a mistake for the democratic forces to have elected him to be the president. With his decision to give nomination to the corrupt dictator Sirisena has lost all credibility and respect from all those who elected him.

    Rajapaksa is sure to give Sirisena hell when he is elected to parliament. If Sirisena thinks Rajapaksa is going to sit in the backbenches and keep quiet he is a fool.

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      Piranha

      “Sirisena is a backbone less weak leader and it appears to be a mistake for the democratic forces to have elected him to be the president. “

      Maitripala Sirisena is disgusting.

      The President Maitripala Sirisena, has demonstrated that, he is a

      1. A Spineless Man

      2. A Wimp

      3. A Traitor to the 6.25 Million Sri Lankans with Common Sense and average IQ of 93.

      4. a Coward

      5. Not a leader

      6. Not a Statesman.

      MaRa MaRa Chatuu MaRa Amana MaRa

      Sira Sira Baya Gulla Sira Jana Drohia Sira

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      The idiotic president has shown that he has nothing upstairs. Be has betrayed a nation that stood by him when all odds were against him. Now he has shown what a coward he is in front of a few cardboard weerawansas. It is time that the alliance (minus Sirisena) got back together on the platform of another common opposition to beat the racist alliance of Mahinda and co. A new constitution should be a platform slogan under the next government where the executive presidency would be abolished and maithri can be sent to early retirement. I have said it before, and he has shown his colours, Maithri will end up being worse than even MRaya

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      Not only backbone less, but also two faced in his actions of 3 July 2015

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      It will be the choice between the easier prosperity of Islamic money placed on Chinese stocks, thereby consolidating Muslim solidarity irrespective of incidents like Aluthgama vs. revenge for incidents like Aluthgama.

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    Hilmy Ahamed –

    RE: The Choice For A Nation: A Return To Tyranny Or True Yahapālanaya

    1. “Sri Lankans in January 2015 delivered what was believed to be an impossible task, A REGIME CHANGE! This was possible because a common opposition formed a broad coalition to ensure that Sri Lanka returned to the rule of law and democracy.”

    Yes, they did, 6.25 Million of them including 3.8 Million Sinhala Buddhists, and their fellow countrymen. They had an average IQ of 93 compared to the average IQ of 65 of those who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    Hilmy Ahamed, thank you for the write up.

    2. ” none of the major culprits were brought to justice after their election in 2015. There were also delays in implementing the promises of the 100-day manifesto that included constitutional and electoral reforms, the right to information act, etc. leading to a flux in parliament. The opposition also threatened to block the appointment of the civil society members to the constitutional council that would have started the process of immediately enforcing the 19th amendment.”

    Unfortunately, this is where Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil wickramasinghe failed. They were spineless, dilly dallying wimps. They should have called for elections on the 100th day. Rget should have jailed the culprits.

    Let us us hope that they will correct their errors, and discard Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Crooks, Robbers and Criminals.

    MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa and Shills of MaRa

    3. “The United National Party started calling for the dissolution of parliament so that they could have a stronger mandate to implement their proposals. The opposition again pressurized President Sirisena not to dissolve until the passage of the 20th Ammendment.”

    Self-interest explains it All.

    4. “A number of former UPFA government ministers who had charges against them of corruption, drug running, money laundering, illegal import of ethanol etc. along with the aging leftists, who could not survive without the luxuries of office spearheaded a campaign to bring back Mahinda Rajapaksa to active politics and save their skin. They invested heavily in drawing huge crowds for their rallies calling on Mahinda Rajapaksa to lead them again. Most of these discards from the former regime would not have stood a chance of getting nominations to contest under the UPFA banner at the forth coming general elections.”

    Mahinda Rajapaksa was their ONLY salvation.

    Now it looks like there is No Salvation for Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cronies from SLFP or UPFA.

    MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa Now can’t deliver…

    5. “A Mahinda Rajapaksa win in 2015 would probably have been the bloodiest blood bath that Sri Lanka would have been experienced during any elections in history. Thank god for small mercies.”

    MaRa MaRa Amana MaRa.

    6. “For Maithripala, it’s a Hobson’s choice. Will he accommodate Mahinda to be the Prime Ministerial candidate with the support of the SLFP or divide the SLFP and go down in history as the leader who split the party? Either way, the end result would not be a comforting one for the President.”

    Is Maitripala Sirisena a Spineless Wimp or a Leader and a Statesman? 6.25 Million voters voted for him to a Leader and a Statesman. Can somebody thel;l that to Maitripla Sirisena, and ask him to dump Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Crooks, Robbers and Criminals?

    MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa Discard MaRa

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    Hilmy Ahamed

    Whatever you may say, Mahinda is the answer.

    He promised me that he will co-operate with India on their Sedu Samuthiram project. He assured he will go further than that.

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    MR will be hosted by his own petard. UNP will SWEEP now. More air time given to the crooks better chance for the Ali maha banku thieves . The gayly as ib happy Malik and RW will laugh all the way to the bank .

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    Yahapalanaya has been burnt into ashes. Soha palanaya will grow faster into a giant Tree and cover the whole Lanka . Not only that it tentacles will reach sarc countries and beyond. M3 has proved that he is a mega betrayer of those who voted him. diglus also send his roots deeper and wider..

  • 3
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    Fate of many things is dangling.

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    Hilmy,

    Well written analysis.

    Unfortunately the writing is on the wall. MR is bound to become PM sooner rather than later. In a country where politicians are so easily corrupted the vast amount of money accumulated by MR and Co will make the difference. All that promise of Yahapalanya has been whittled away. At the end of the day the Sri Lankans deserve the reprehensible politicians they keep on electing time after time.

    Sadly, the dark clouds of Crime ridden rule are gathering over Sri Lanka once again.

  • 0
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    Hilmy was too early…

    Now the issue is whether CBK takse Kirra’s offer and become at least a senior UNP card holder. if she can’t come.

    Which seat will Kirra allocates to Arjuna Ranatunga?.

    Because safe UNP seats are not enough even for the true believers in the Elite Anglican and the Vellalas group.

    Hope Hilmy will tell the Elite what the Hakeem MOU is about which he apparently signed with Ranil.

    Is it to have two special ministers one Tamil and one Muslim looking after the two Provincial Governments instead of just one Vellala from the TNA doing both jobs.

    That is, if Ranil scores of course….

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    The minorities have been gifted with the gratitude of Sirisena. Who the hell would be sirisena without the UNP and the minorities. He didnt stand a chance of getting a 100,000 votes on his own or with his JHU and SLFP backers. The entire lot of the SLFP was with MR and he was sent home. So, why the F…k did this guy cave in to the deamnds of the weerawansa, dineshes, yapas and premajauanthas. To hell with them. We will rally round the UNP and its partners and send the whole lot home for good. Let Ranil and Co not waster time after the elections. Charge all those corrupt Bas…ards and put them behind bars for corruption and murder

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    The stark reality of life for the desolate minorities now, is a choice between the snake in the grass UNP and the racist venom spitting MR faction of theSLFP/ UPFA.
    The latter should be a preferable option because suitable precautions can be taken due to the certainty of what can be expected.
    But in the case of the element of surprise when least expected is a more potent danger, in the event of being complacent if the causes for the 1958 and 1983 events are not forgotten.
    As far as the minorities are concerned both are the same.
    By permitting MR to contest under the SLFP/UPFA ticket for a seat in parliament My3 has not gone back on his word. If remembers what he said soon after the Presidential election results even before he took oath of office.He catergorically said ” nothing would be done in retribution for any wrong done by MR”.So it is not a surprise that MR has been allowed to contest under the SLFP label.

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    What was the whole point of the Yahapalanaya if six months down the line they feel they have to accommodate MR? Biggest joke in town.

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    The usual Sinhala Intellectual confusion has infected Hilmy Ahamed. Many times, to read his writings, no additional patience is necessary. This is testing that theory.

    The main side-point here is the election is victory for America and a defeat for America. My opinion is some kind of American intervention is the reason for New King declaring election suddenly. We know the NPC election was brought by India. It is the same way this election appears to be brought by America. Then the question is what the loss is? The election was forced in, to completely cut off the Old King. But the UPFA and SLFP is not ready for that. So they are using the election to bring him back.

    There again the writer goes on saying that Hakeem forgot how the Muslims were treated and Rishad is in the right side. The media news is Hakeem was held as a hostage in the Kumari’s case but Richard was accused by Old Kings as stole lands. The truth here is, Kaheem will survive whether Ranil Mahatha comes or Old King comes. But Rishard will be extremely uncomfortable with Old King. The old Royals could not tame Rishad with Manar court case. So BBS was focusing on Rishard, but leaving Kaheem alone. So why the writer attempts to show Rishad as an angel and Kaheem and Old King are Satans? It’s the result of simple Sinhala Intellectualism infection.
    Another side-point, before we can look at the main body of the article, is it says the fight against the unruly Sinhala Intellectualism won, in the last election. That is only a comedy. Richard to every old minister was back in Business in Yahalapalayana. Mervin de Silva like the one, who got into personal fight with New Royals, left. Finance Minister replaced G.L.Peiris. Or in other words, light fools left and stronger thieves join in.
    First thing is first; this article was written with a panic, cowardice mood. “As the Old King is in the ring so he wins” is the assumptions everywhere of the article, though one time it says “if he wins”, but the answer given for is only if he wins, but the other half, “if he does not win” is missing. Further very weekly, the article has attempted to claim that New King had won the last election too. Of cause, that has been debated for 6 months, hiding the truth that New King did not.

    Now we can look back at the claim of last election victory in this article. The article claims New or CC or fight against the Sinhala Intellectualism won in in the last election (probably, he means all three of them, together.) Let’s take one by one. First, the writer says new King does not have a base. That is how he is starting to attack the candidate’s victory, in a confusion of his claim of victory. Then he tries to cite as the new Kings was a deemed candidate of UNP. Here how it works,UPFA was rallying behind Old King. Ranil Mahata has a UNP base. So, where the victory for a man has not base was possible not for one with base. The truth, TNA defeated Ranil Mahata even before he stood for the election. New King did not earn the Victory. Then it is sure even the CC did not win. Then why Sobitha Thero who put together the CC did not stand for election? Could the most honest in the suggested name CV would have won? The third claim is the fight against the Sinhala Intellectualism won the election. But, I do have to write anything on that. We know from 1948, other than for the five years in 1965, it was only Sinhala Intellectualism was always rampant in Lankave. So there is nobody fought in Lankave against the Sinhala Intellectualism. Then the question is who won the last election? The answer is once aging Sinhala intellectualism won the election. The corruption, the illegal trade, the army brutality, the illegal arrests in airports, Nepotism, deceptions in talks and promises …. are the ones won. There is no change between the old and the new Royals.

    Further Arujuna Mahendran is punished before the investigation and deported. KP has been protected. The writer is praising Rishard as a clean figure, but worries Mahendrean spoiled the soup. Money sent out to foreign countries by Central bank is being investigated. Ajit Nivard’s happy life is not affected. This is what Yahapalayna. One man is put in prison saying attempting on New King’s life. 43 war criminal accused by UN is Free and many are in the Yahapalayana. The speaker who dismissed three Chief Justices is still in power. Two of them were dismissed in Yahapalaya time.

    The entire article tries to hide its intention in a corrupted manner. It tries bring back Ranil Mahata. So it is acting like it is for old CC time. But it hides the truth that was in the CC times. New King is a war crime accused. He wanted to become President. Old King did launched a fight with him in the same manner he did with Shiranee. The only way he had is to become a traitor of the Old Royals. He declared the candidate-ship in the ugliest manner. He then black mailed Old King saying he has files on Old King, but never used his files to prosecute the old King. The other one involved was Ranil. He is dying with the dream of President; not ready to hand over UNP leadership. Chandrika is on a personal fight with Old King. That has nothing to do with any politics. She did not wanted to be president or prime minister. This is the soup cooked during the CC time.

    Ranil was the one saved Old King from investigation. That is interference into legal system. New King is giving the candidature only because it was recommended during the party meetings.

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      Mallaiyuran , How much more confused can anyone get. You are talking through your posterior. You dont seem to live in the current world. Your eelam ambitions is showing. Take an ola leaf to cover your dick

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    Somewhere along the line, minority hierarchy does not want to minority masses to interact with Sinhala masses.

    So, the choices are:

    1) Rajapaksa as Executive PM….minority hierarchy more assured….country unity assured in spite of racial divides……money from China assured (a big cut off from India and the West).

    2) Sirisena as Executive PR……….all hierarchy interlacing and interlinking irrespective of race (very progressive and evolved – True Yahapālanaya) ……country unity might have go through some compromise…..money, a bit more of a complex issue ( hopefully, the US will come to the rescue, though not via India it is hoped…..but if Sinhala heritage remains as no. 1 (won’t happen), India and TN will be no issue at all)

    3) Sirisena as PR and Rajapaksa as PM ( ⅙ : ¼ power quotient – hopefully Ranil and Chandrika will think of the country first and foremost and bring this to fruition…..there’s no other choice- Mahinda will win- 99% Sinhalese do not like the any compromise to country unity ) …..nice mix of 1 and 2.

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    Why all this hullabaloo? Up to My3 has not said that MR is getting party nominations.So lets wait and see.

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    Maithri has let us down and we need to pick up from where we left in January. Everyone needs to get back to the common opposition and drive the rajapaksas away for good. This time around, there should be no mercy. Give Mahinda the same treatment he gave Sarath Fonseka. Maithri should be isolated and the new coalition should aim at a new constitution so that executive presidency could be scrapped for good

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    It is time these Muslims and minorities are brought to kneel before the Buddhist majority. They have far too much freedom. Mahinda and Gotabaya are the people who can tame them

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      Bandula Jayasekera

      “It is time these Muslims and minorities are brought to kneel before the Buddhist majority,”

      How about first bringing the stupid Sinhala/Buddhist minority to kneel before the Buddhists?

      They suffer from far too much stupidity.

      “Mahinda and Gotabaya are the people who can tame them”

      Buddha failed them both and you.

      I suggest you spend some time with forest monks to learn Buddha’s teaching and meditation if you want to be a decent human being.

      I doubt you ever be a Buddhist.

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    It is the greatest betrayal and breach of trust placed by 6.2 million people. It is unbeleivable and still there is no official communication from the Presidential secretariat. Various rumours are being circulated.
    If this information is correct all reconciliation efforts will be back to square one and the racist elements will be back with their racist propoganda.

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    I wonder why it took over five months to bring any charges against Rajapakse ‘s corruption. Ranil set up the FCID for this purpose. UNP and JVP appeared to have all the evidence before January 8th. Wonder what happened to them?

    Remember the saying “you can’t fool all the people, all the time “. Please grow up.

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    Whatever Mahinda does, he is not going to win. The people who would back him would be far less than what he had before. The crooks have no choice but to hang on to Mahinda because they wont get any other nomination. So, on August 18th Ranil would be the powerful prime minister and keep Maithri in a cage for the next 5 tears. I will bet on this and am willing to make my stakes as high as possible. If anyone dare, lets do it

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    Sirisena is the biggest traitor of them all. Yes, he needs to be sent to early retirement

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    I saw this coming when he started his saffron agenda. Hilmy predicted it spot on earlier than anyone thought of it. What do you do hilmy? Are you in the inner circle of Maithir. You can replace Sumanadasa at Medamulana or be the royal astrologer to his highness Maithripala Sirisena.

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    Hang on guys. Speculation is rife on the Susil Prmajayantha’s letter. It appears that the letter was released without President’s consent.

    Let us not cast aspersions without fully knowing the facts.

    Just give the benefit of the doubt to MY3 and also consider his plight surrounded by all thugs and rogues.

    I still hope he will not betray our aspirations considering the situation he put himself when he entered the ring, knowing very well the fate which would have befallen him,had he lost the fight.

    I am sure he does not want 6.2 Million people to suffer the dismal fate by giving nomination to this ACE ROGUE.

    How on earth can he decline nomination to other rogue or thug when he has opted to give nomination to PROVEN ROGUE NUMBER ONE. We saw Sarath N Silva making the confession and begging for forgiveness for letting this rogue off the hook on the TSUNAMI FUND EMBEZZLEMENT. Now sits with MARA at Medamulana without any shame or concern. What a wicked world full of wicked and shameless men.

    Let us hope that at least MY3 stands out, for the sake of our country.

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    Sri Lanka has produced enough politicians but not a Statesman which was the root cause of all the problems. However, I thought at least on 8th of January 2015 at last we have produced a Statesman who will lead the country to prosperity free of corruption and ethnic divisions. I am disappointed I am wrong and it is yet another politician

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    we like it or not regime change made by the power of people on 8th of january have to be protected by the prevailng government with the pioneer political scenario.

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