6 December, 2019

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The Karu Candidacy Project: Is It A Viable Option?

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Do you watch ‘Boston Legal’? We do, by which I mean my wife Sanja and I, and we like it. Of course it is one of the few programs we enjoy equally, since she finds my favorites, such as ‘True Detective’, ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘The Bridge’, and ‘Sons of Anarchy’, which reflect my obsessions with the dialectic of evil and justice, the figure of the anti-hero and the struggle for a code of violence, far too…violent. I find Comedy Central too lightheartedly escapist.  Domestically, a bipartisan consensus is reached in our preference for ‘Homeland’— the selectively violent but cerebral espionage thriller—and of course ‘Boston Legal’ and ‘Castle’. Which brings me to the Presidential candidacy and the question: who can be a consensus candidate of the Opposition?

In ‘Boston Legal’ the other night, Denny Crane,( played by William Shatner, whose a sartorial flamboyance and egotism ,but not his Republican conservatism, reminds me of my late father in his heyday), advises his colleague and old flame played by Candice Bergen, that in a trial by jury, the trick is to “keep it simple”. He advises her – and reminds her by silently mouthing a prompting in court– to close the address to the jury with the line “it’s that simple”. They win the excruciatingly difficult case.

Karu-colombotelegraphSo it is with elections as well as the choice of candidates.  Let’s start with the regime’s candidacy. The Oppositional civil society effort to prevent Mahinda Rajapaksa from running a third time is stupidly counterproductive. Who does it think will be the candidate if Mahinda were to be disqualified? Gotabaya Rajapaksa, that’s who—and he will secure the support of the Buddhist clergy, the JHU, BBS, NFF, the armed forces and their families and the Sinhala Buddhist business community including its chauvinist yuppies. Against Ranil, Sajith or Karu, he’d probably win this time around. Would the opposition, especially the civil society opposition, like that prospect?

I wouldn’t because it would harden the regime qualitatively and accelerate our confrontation with the external environment. Mahinda Rajapaksa is all that stands between us and such an outcome. It is my fervent hope that if he wins a third term, Mahinda will last it out rather than succumb to any eventuality that enables his martial sibling, who will doubtless be in Cabinet next year, to be the local ayatollahs’ anointed successor, imposed on the SLFP virtually at bayonet point, riding on a wave of adulation for Great King Mahinda in whose name he will pledge to rule.

Since this could still happen, fate being the fickle thing it is, those political forces which believe in a free and open society have two opportunities to pre-empt it. The first is the presidential election and the other, which will doubtless arrive close on its heels, is the parliamentary election.

Let me place my cards on the table. For the reasons I have just set out, I prefer Mahinda to run rather than be disqualified. If in the Presidential race, the real choice is Ranil vs. Mahinda, I would definitely prefer Mahinda, a war winning President conscious of the country’s sovereignty, to an appeaser of fascist separatist terrorism and a puppet of the West. If however, the presidential race is between Mahinda and a candidate who can credibly represent the promise of a better and socially fairer tomorrow, out of the wartime tunnel, I would definitely endorse the latter. Simply put, I support Mahinda critically– and my option for Mahinda is relative and conditional.

Time is running out, so the question must be put squarely and publicly: could Karu Jayasuriya be the candidate who can give Mahinda a real run for his money and even stands the best chance of beating him?  Given his profile, yes; given his current stance and strategy, no. Could he re-position himself so as to be the most viable alternative to Mahinda? Yes. How? Read on.

With his Sinhala –Buddhist profile, gentlemanly manners,  benignly avuncular demeanor, solid corporate credentials and volunteer army background, Karu Jayasuriya would be the ideal candidate: a kinder, gentler, more genteel Mahinda Rajapaksa, who corresponds to the self-image of the Sinhala Buddhist majority while standing for a more inclusive Sri Lanka, can reach out to and dialogue with the minorities, defend Sri Lanka’s sovereignty rather more intelligently than the ruling family, win over the SLFP moderates and win back the UNP defectors, and restore investor confidence in this country.

He could conceivably win the support of elements of the Rajapaksa constituency such as the JHU, the Buddhist clergy and the armed forces. He also stands a chance of neutralizing the JVP or better still, getting it on board. Thus he would be the closest to a consensus candidate of the opposition or as the local usage goes, a ‘common candidate’.

This however, is only his potential.  It isn’t his reality. Certainly not yet—and there are only a few short weeks to go for crunch time.

What stands between the Opposition and a viable liberal-democratic nationalist or liberal patriotic candidacy such as the Karu candidacy would be?

Firstly the UNP, which seems to have opted for Ranil rather than either Karu– or still more logically, Sajith, whose developmental populism and pluralist patriotism could give Mahinda a run on his own territory (as he has done for 14 years in Hambantota). Karu would be far better candidate than Ranil. Indeed Ranil is the very worst candidate that the UNP could field against Mahinda. Yet, the UNP sticks with him, in electoral suicide mode.

Can there be a Karu candidacy which is supported by civil society organizations, the JHU, et al? That would not be a common candidacy, even if it is called such. A Karu candidacy which is not also and at the same time, a UNP or solidly UNP backed candidacy, would not be a common candidacy but a spoiler third candidacy, and wind up a disaster.

Secondly, a Karu candidacy would be almost fatally hampered by his mismanagement of the equation with young Sajith Premadasa, who is not only the only UNPer who can galvanize the UNP grassroots , he is the only frontline UNPer with resonance among the vast majority of voters who are rural/provincial. Make no mistake, Karu represents the Goigama Sinhala Buddhist elite, and its urban and suburban strata, not the much larger swathe of Sinhala Buddhists under the poverty line, cutting across caste identification. Only Sajith can carry them, as his father did, beating the patrician Sinhala Buddhist matriarch Sirima Bandaranaike in 1988.

Any election strategist who thinks that a Karu candidacy can take on the ‘patriotism on steroids’, with its intersecting and reinforcing quadruple modes and avatars of folksy (Mahinda), martial-modernizing (Gota), pragmatic-developmental (Basil) and yuppie-toughie (Namal), without ideologically supercharging the ticket with Sajith Premadasa as running mate and designated Prime Ministerial candidate, has just got to be kidding. And, no, not even the JHU and Sarath Fonseka on Karu’s side can be sufficient substitutes for the Sajith chemistry or rather the (Sajith) Premadasa ingredient.

Thirdly and finally comes the most important defect of the project of a Karu candidacy. The Karu candidacy is one to abolish the presidency. That is simply not where the vast masses are at. A Presidential election is by definition an election at which one makes the choice as to who would make the better president, and not who would abolish the presidency. Karu Jayasuriya has not yet been projected as someone who might be a better president than Mahinda Rajapaksa, though he would almost certainly fare better if he were to do that rather than to project himself as one who would abolish the executive Presidency.

The Sri Lankan people, OK, the Sinhala people, most of whom are Sinhala Buddhist, may vote for someone who would be a more democratic and benign leader and Karu could fit that bill. But the people want better governance and less economic hardship, not a weaker government still less a weaker Sri Lankan state. The rural Sinhala Buddhist voter, well over 60% of the total, will not relate to a fortress without a tower; the Temple of the Tooth without the Pattirippuwa; a dagoba without a pinnacle. They will not vote for someone who promises to weaken – rather than reform and streamline-the strong centre by decapitation of the Presidency, and thereby facilitate centripetal ethnic forces at a time of external encirclement.

That is the Achilles heel of the Karu candidacy project. It does not present him as Presidential material. As it is presently conceptualized, he would not be running for Presidency because he could be a better president and leader of this country.  Rather, he would be running to abolish the Presidency itself. That is not what a presidential election is about. Mahinda Rajapaksa by contrast knows what it is all about: being presidential, looking and sounding presidential; offering a choice of continuity of successful leadership and thereby stability, in which the Sinhala people feel their existential status and security are guaranteed. This puts Mahinda way ahead of Ranil and even of Karu as the latter is currently positioned. The Karu candidacy project is a misnomer in that it is not a presidential candidacy project. On the other hand Mahinda Rajapaksa is running for president. As William Shatner (‘Denny Crane’) said to Candice Bergen on ‘Boston Legal’, “it’s that simple”.

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    Looks like Dayan is embattled in his own web of political science in trying to free judge the outcome of the next presidential election! His theories appear to be as grand as they could be irrespective of the final outcome. Problem is it seems he is expounding these theories for his own consumption!

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      Dev

      Any thoughts on his latest typing?

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        I didn’t read it, does he mention his 2009 “victory”? ;-)

        Given that he has already declared that his vote is for MR (openly), his writings have no meanings IMO.

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      Hi Dayan,
      I agree with you, keep it simple is the best approach… You have a good taste, and your drama analysis is very sound.. I have all seasons (episodes) of Boston Legal and some other U.S. TV series, I will send you all videos I have.. Write to us more about these TV series.. Keep watching TV…thank you..

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      Sam @
      dont we yet know that DJ would ever feel otherway around ? This special living being, The self proclaimed political analyst with all his exp in the EA/diplomacy what has he been able to do since 2009 ? Nothing but boasting about MR and his magical powers – not seeing or even making the least effort to grasp the agony of people- just go ahead with his idiosyncratic analysis- cant bring anything but the man in power will get more abusive. Those DAYAn LIKE creatures pave further ways criminals to get bred easily in today crime friendly environments made by Raja and his oligarchs.

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    Dr Jayatilleke , I feel is hoping King M, if he is praised enough, would give him another posting??? Other than winning the war, tell me some thing else that he did for this country. Please do not come out with some crap like carpeted roads. Defunct ports and airports. I could have done the same for ess than half that cost.
    Namal controls the petrol prices . When petrol is 80$ why is petrolium corporation buying it for over 100$? All suppliers have to go through Namal

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    Our Dyan plays ‘home vs home’ on this outing. Flagellating himself to put his carefully nurtured thoughts on paper and hoping to impress, and nearly succeeding. He is of course right on one thing; given current form the next Presidential race is a one horse race. But, a week can be a long time in politics, and who knows what would fall from Santa’s sleigh when cool December comes.

    Boston Legal? How quaint!

    Beam me up Scotty.

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      Every time Dayan writes, we readers would do well to judge it from HIS perspective, i.e what makes him write a particular article?

      So how should we view this piece.

      1) DJ knows that if Mahinda is voted back , it will be his best chance of becoming an ambassador again.Now with his foreign exchange earnings from the previous 2 Ambasador jobs running critically low , the need to somehow support Mahinda assumes critical importance

      2) If Gota succeeds Mahinda,DJ’s ambassadorial chances would simply vanish.Here we must recall that DJ was ingloriously recalled from Geneva due to pressure from Gota.So DJ needs to somehow see that Gota does not get a chance.

      3)DJ heart of hearts knows that Karu J, presents the only real challenge to Mahinda, given his abitly to rally round diverse elements,So DJ is desparately trying to project that Karu would not stand a chance.The reason for this is that if Karu wins, DJ’s ambassadorial dreams would simply evaporate, just as much it would if his nemesis Gota were to succed Mahinda.

      Haha DJ your slip is showing dear.Now, how will Papa Mervyn the great view your cunning plan?

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    Its a foregone conclusion isn’t it really? Mahinda will get his 3rd term hook or by crook. What are we talking about here? In all previous elections the presidential powers was enough to ensure a win.

    Mahinda has those powers as well as family members holding defense, parliament and the economy. Its like Suharto family on steroids. Going by the track record of Suharto I recon he will be here for many more years to come. Just like Suharto, its people who will eventually throw him out with perhaps a rolling revolution in the streets.

    Any political competitor close to winning will be treated like Gen SF was treated. I remember how Basil counted the votes before it was published. Imagine if Gen SF was ahead? Basil would have rigged it to ensure he never wins.

    For a clean transfer of power without violence the nation needs an extra-ordinary gentlemen. He needs to put Buddhism above all first, then be someone who is squeaky clean, have fantastic policies such as FOI for transparency and accountability, a recipe for rapid economic growth, electoral reform, ensuring Independence of institutions, be in a position to get rid of Indo-Lanka accord and above all an inspiring and charismatic leader.

    I just cannot see anyone like that in the horizon.

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    This is holy crap writing by someone just released from Angoda.

    His bitterness towards Ranil is poured out on every crap he writes

    Disk Jockey I thought you are an educated progressive political scientist but you are another signals supremacist. It can be seen in your articles.

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    Dayan,

    If Mahainda is disqualified, then the presidential election will not be held in january 2015, but two years later.

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    Jayatilake, let us stop fooling around.Premadasa was an improvement on JRJ at least in that he realised that if JRJ Duty Free concept centred on the Western Province was to continue, realised that many young women will end up as prostitutes in brothels in the Free Trade Zone.Premadasa did not have to honour the IOUs presented to JRJ by the Sinhala and Borah businessmen.To that he was great.

    But Premadasa did not win that election.Period.That was the first time that an election was fixed on such a scale.After that he did not have stature to solve the social problems created by JRJ which he inherited.He dissipated the goodwill that he inherited by pushing out JRJ.At Moneragala and in the South he acted the butcher.

    If RW is not the suitable candidate for the opposition, here I am in agreement with him,Premadasa brat is nothing but a good toilet cleaner for the UNP.He can never be a statesman, he cannot meet the leaders of other states unless he assumes the character of Andara.

    Karu had not declared his interest in the presidency. I am sure that a majority in the opposition, uncommitted and the from the seats of this govt will welcome him.

    I for one will vote for him.If Premadasa brat with no qualifications, with his racialist trait contest, I will vote with Mahinda. If RW contest, I will abstain.

    Jayatilake it is best to keep your foul mouth shut.You are no Gamalath or Wickramabahu.

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    It is baffling. Could one, whatever their calibre descend to this level? Bensen

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      Yes, Benson they can and if need be will stoop even lower that coveted FM post.

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    Agree with DJ MARA wil win whoever the prospective opposing candidates DJ has mentioned and analysed. So it be or be it so ( ASTU in Sanskrit or Pali ). Anyway predicting MARA’ s win is no brainer.

    Rajapakse clan’s stars are shining. Further they are Goigam Walaves who too got the support of the Sinhala Buddhist elites and it’s urban and suburban strata and that of the larger swathe of SB under the poverty line because of GORA ‘s and BARA ‘ s philanthropy works.

    DJ haven’t quoted the statistical figures of what percentage of SB belong to non Goigamas and what percentage of BBS members are Goigama and what percentage belong to Ambedkhar Class B.
    Same for JHU and J VP.

    DJ is showering MARA with praises. Again it is a no brainer. My prediction is DJ yearning for and will be offered a plum position in one of the NAT countries or PRC representing SL. I guess you will prefer the West like Ranil and not the East. It does not matter whether your position is under GLP or SAJIN or GORA. It’s that simple.

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      “Rajapakse clan’s stars are shining. Further they are Goigam Walaves….”

      ‘Ambedkhar Reborn’:-
      Are you sure that your Caste classification is correct?

      Are you sure that the Rajapakses did not jump on the Goigama Band Wagon when the Father first decided to enter Politics?

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    “An appeaser of fascist, separatist terrorism and a puppet of the West”.

    Dr Dayan is right on the money here.

    But can’t say the same about his preferred choice from the party of the Intelligentsia.

    To start with, one wouldn’t know whether he is Arthur or Martha..

    Most likely he is a Torch bearer , But it is really Pandankaraya..

    He backed Ranil, Jumped to Rajapaksa camp. Jumped back to Keselwatta Kid Faction.

    Then came back to Christian Faction .

    And now engaged full time to bullshit the Sinhala Buddhist inhabitants to cover up his leader’s LTTE Diaspora connections.

    Wonder whether Dr Dayan can do a re run of the Athurugiriya Betrayal for us here rather than wasting time watching those silly soap opera..

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    young Sajith Premadasa, who is not only the only UNPer who can galvanize the UNP grassroots , he is the only frontline UNPer with resonance among the vast majority of voters who are rural/provincial.

    Someone tell me please, is 47 young?

    I think Harin Fernando will beg to disagree with the grassroots support, he showed it in UVA (sinhala buddhist heartland and strongest UPFA base) unlike Sajith who was scared to run for the CM post in the south.

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      what kind of grassroot level political ablities you refer here from a man who lived in the UK shortly before he joined srialnken politics in early 90ties ? Is it not similar to thinking pigs might fly one day ? let alone if he could go Basic to higher degree at prestegious colleges while being in the Uk, one would have thought the man has recoganizable knowledge in the politics and diplomacy. So give you please any reason to think the other way around when it goes with an another empty vessel but nothing in head than once being stuck to search for old assets (nidhan wastu) but just the mouce piece not second to that of his father. Father took the lives of the rural youth through his inablitiy to empower the hands of the poor. Student unrest to that time are not as much as today but it was a mess in 89 as we then Pera students escaped our lives by leaving the country for any other better destinations. Thanks got we could proceed our studies being on the west, but today we feel the reigncarnation of Premadasa in even worst way is there today.
      Actually we have enoguh young ones to give a lead to srilanken politics if srilankens in gneeral would change their perceptions. Ours are very special kind of people thoguh proved to be the highest literate nation in entire south asian region.

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      Dev, you have said a mouthful.Praise be with you.Harin did not win Moneragala because of Premadasa brat. The old bugger butcherd the youth of Moneragala and the South.

      The Prfemadasa are good to run the cattlemart.

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    Sri Lanka needs a head of state who respects human rights and rule of law, is not corrupt & does not ignore corruption, treats all citizens alike, who does not waste national wealth on grandiose loss making projects and personal tours, is able to travel & mingle with citizens without bodyguards, does not need a military and police to intimidate repress and prey on citizens, is able to contest elections with only personal expenses & without goon squads , appoints judiciary & public servants on merit, hates nepotism , and leads a simple life.
    I do not know whether this will happen, as things are.

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    another load of crap form the pontificator. Best suck I have read for a long time. DJ is hoping that the MARA will win the next election so that he may obtain some cheap benefits fro the King. DJ s article is full of crap and I am flushing it down the toilet where it rightly belongs.

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      you are right. This man has mixed thoughts in his later day life. He isa spent source and have much time to stay attacking UNPers like RW. The bugger compares the ablities of RW with that of an Empty vessel like Sajith. DJ has been using his back end to utter anything he feels is right these days… sad the lankens should be ashamed of thse days..

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    If Karu contests, UNP wins. That is why UNP doesn’t want him to contest.

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    Dayan talk goes like this. “I sell Canada Dry. That is best drink. Somebody is selling Sprite. But I will recommend to the buyers Dr.Pepper.” It is not that he would not take the talk of Coca Cola; he would not even mention Pepsi or 7 up.

    How to read this? “Let me place my cards on the table. For the reasons I have just set out, I prefer Mahinda to run rather than be disqualified. If in the Presidential race, the real choice is Ranil vs. Mahinda, I would definitely prefer Mahinda, “Then he wrote “I would definitely endorse the latter. Simply put, I support Mahinda critically– and my option for Mahinda is relative and conditional.”

    “Since this could still happen, fate being the fickle thing it is, those political forces which believe in a free and open society have two opportunities to pre-empt it. “ By this sentence, is Dayan complaining that some forces holding him from not believing in “Free and Open Society”. What is the meaning of he telling that it is not for him? Is he secretly complaining that Bother Prince’s knife is hanging above his head; that is why he supports the Royal Family?

    After this if he looks in the UNP portfolio and recommends someone isn’t that extremely dishonest? A writer can praise or boost about his candidate. (But that is not best ethics in journalism, but that is the freedom of expression). Same way he can do the opposite to the opposition candidates. Where an attacker is in the world can recommend a protector to the victim.

    This is what Dayan did in 2009 to save his master. Dayan knows if his master loses the power, all what he did in Geneva bound to come out. Before Sir Norris slip down, the fact how ineffective he has been was let lose by the British foreign secretary. How Dayan was ineffective in France will be coming to light as soon as Royals’ control gets loose.

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    Dayan might ponder about the following.

    Even if MR wins a third time he will emerge not only weaker electorally but also in terms of the authority he would wield .Already he is a prisoner in the hands of his inner cabal.Of the cabal Gota has progressively tightened his grip on MR since the May 19 defeat of the Tigers, so much so that the common people now associate that victory with Gota rather than MR.This has been acheived by Gota through a massive but subtle publicity blitzkrieg .While Gota is effectively in control of Defence and the armed forces, Basil has a lesser degree of hold on MR on the economic and political front, in that in them he has to share such authority with Gota and also Namal.

    The Sinhala/Buddhist/Militaristic line of Gota will increase under a so called MR third term and the consequence will be an irreversible slide into anarchy and chaos on the one side and and MR becoming just a puppet in bro Gota’s hands.Otherwise attacks on Christians and the carnage of Muslims in Aluthgama would never have taken place.See how Mahinda cleverly went abroad at the time of the attack.

    Perhaps the greatest indicator of MR being held prisoner by a cabal is the utter inaction of MR to deal with Sajin Vass Gunawardena , a relatively minor man of the cabal,over the slapping of MR mouth piece Nonis,his own Ambassador in the UK.The reasons for MR being held captive by Sajin are for the many reasons that CT readers have so graphically described !!!!

    So Dayan are u ready to seek asylum?

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    Dayan might ponder about the following.

    Even if MR wins a third time he will emerge not only weaker electorally but also in terms of the authority he would wield .Already he is a prisoner in the hands of his inner cabal.Of the cabal Gota has progressively tightened his grip on MR since the May 19 defeat of the Tigers, so much so that the common people now associate that victory with Gota rather than MR.This has been acheived by Gota through a massive but subtle publicity blitzkrieg .While Gota is effectively in control of Defence and the armed forces, Basil has a lesser degree of hold on MR on the economic and political front, in that he has to share such authority with Gota and also Namal.

    The Sinhala/Buddhist/Militaristic line of Gota will increase under a so called MR third term and the consequence will be an irreversible slide into anarchy and chaos on the one side and and MR becoming just a puppet in bro Gota’s hands on the other. Otherwise attacks on Christians and the carnage of Muslims in Aluthgama would never have taken place.See how Mahinda cleverly went abroad at the time of the attack.

    Perhaps the greatest indicator of MR being held prisoner by a cabal is the utter inaction of MR to deal with Sajin Vass Gunawardena , a relatively minor man of the cabal,over the slapping of MR mouth piece Nonis,his own Ambassador in the UK.The reasons for MR being held captive by Sajin are for the many reasons that CT readers have so graphically described !!!!

    So Dayan are u ready to seek asylum?Ironically Geneva may be a nice place for it ha?

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    Dayan might ponder about the following.

    Even if MR wins a third time he will emerge not only weaker electorally but also in terms of the authority he would wield .Already he is a prisoner in the hands of his inner cabal.Of the cabal Gota has progressively tightened his grip on MR since the May 19 defeat of the Tigers, so much so that the common people now associate that victory with Gota rather than MR.This has been acheived by Gota through a massive but subtle publicity blitzkrieg .While Gota is effectively in control of Defence and the armed forces, Basil has a lesser degree of hold on MR on the economic and political front, in that he has to share such authority with Gota and also Namal.

    The Sinhala/Buddhist/Militaristic line of Gota will increase under a so called MR third term and the consequence will be an irreversible slide into anarchy and chaos on the one side and and MR becoming just a puppet, a mere ball of clay, in bro Gota’s hands, on the other. The attacks on Christians and the carnage of Muslims in Aluthgama would never have taken place if Mahinda and not not Gota was in charge.See how Gota dispatched Mahinda overseas at the time of the attack, so that Mahinda could adopt a ” I was not there, I didn’t know “posture.

    Perhaps the greatest indicator of MR being held prisoner by a cabal is the utter inaction of MR to deal with Sajin Vass Gunawardena , a relatively minor man of the cabal,over the slapping of MR mouth piece Nonis,his own Ambassador in the UK.The reasons for MR being held captive by Sajin are for the many reasons that CT readers have so graphically described !!!!

    So Dayan be ready to seek asylum.Ironically Geneva may be a nice place for it ha?

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    Govt fears Karu because he can get the Sinhala Buddhist vote therefore they will use Malik Samarawickrema, Sajith Premadasa, Sujeeva Senasinghe, Buddika Pathirana and a few other MP’s maintained by the govt to prevent Karu from becoming the candidate. RW will be the next presidential candidate and the Govt will win and Sri Lanka will be finished. I am 62 so the best part of my life is over but i feel sorry for the future generation. Sajith and Mahinda are together. Both want the UNP defeated.

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    The ONLY reason to read this sycophantic suck is for the readers’ responses which have far more substance than anything DJ has to say. He is so lousy at his pandam-bearing that even Leela Sumanasekera’s comments about his crap begin to sound sane!

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    Rationalist,

    Given below are some info extracted from the Wiki s :

    The Rajapaksa s are a rural land owning family from the village of Giruvapattuva.
    MaRa s grand father Don DAVl or colonial post of VA in Ihala Valikada Korale in the Hambantota District.

    Family entered politics when DDR s elder son Don MATHEW Ra was elected in 1936 to represent Hambantota District in the State Council. It was a feudal or colonial position.

    MARA s father DARA had his early education in the village school and later in Richmond College Galle. After Richmond he went back to home village to help his father to manage the family property which consisted of paddy fields and coconut plantations went through enormous hardships to sustain the family.
    There was no vehicle to take DA to hospital when fell sick. After admitting to the hospital he died on the 7th Nov 1967.

    PS : unlike their father sons are well off with political power and material wealth.

    DA and SWRD were members of the UNP. But he followed SWRD and became one of the founder members of the SLFP. At the defeat in the 1965 General Elections, DA not only lost his political power but was also devoid of material wealth.
    During this period all his children were studying in Colombo and he found it difficult to meet their expenses. He sold his vehicle, leased the coconut plantations, went through enormous hard

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    Dayan J.,

    I fully agree as to why Ranil or anybody like him cannot and should not be a candidate at the forthcoming election.

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    Hi Dayan,

    As the election draws closer your nose is getting browner.

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    Political analyst has contracted ebola. He is a danger to himself and others.

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