22 October, 2020

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The Post-Election Scenario: Lessons & Options For Govt & Opposition

By Dayan Jayatilleka – 

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

A famous soliloquy in the history of Hollywood movies in Don Siegel’s iconic film Dirty Harry begins with Clint Eastwood, playing Inspector Harry Callahan says “I know what you’re thinking— did he fire six shots or only five…” In similar vein I can tell what the strategists of the Opposition are thinking after the Provincial Council election: “when we add the total vote of the ethnic and religious minorities to the 25% plus that the UNP has got, we can get the 50.1% we need to beat Mahinda Rajapaksa”.

In that movie scene, Dirty Harry went on to add a qualifier: “but seein’ as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and could blow your head clean off, there’s one question you’ve gotta ask yourself— do you feel lucky?” My response to the Opposition’s calculation is a similar one: “but seein’ as this will be a Presidential election, which is a popularity duel for leadership of the country, and you’re fielding Ranil Wickremesinghe against Mahinda Rajapaksa, there’s just one question you’ve gotta ask yourself— do you feel lucky?”

All the post-election analyses I read from the critics, tell me that they either do not know or have forgotten what Trotsky said about politics, namely that arithmetic is trumped by higher algebra. The higher algebra is that the Sri Lankan system is presidential, not parliamentary, and while the result of the PC election may be a pointer to future trends, it is far likelier to be indicative of parliamentary trends than the prospects at a Presidential election. The socio-psychological dynamics are quite different in a contest between two candidates for the top spot; for the leadership of the country. This does not mean that Mahinda Rajapaksa is unbeatable. He can certainly be given a run for his money and may even be beatable, but certainly not by Ranil Wickremesinghe who has seen a slight drop in the performance of his party and caused a significant drop of 5,000 votes in his party’s performance in his own Colombo Central, while the most significant improvement in his party’s performance has been spearheaded by his obvious rival for party leadership.

The Government has declined noticeably in its popularity, but the UNP has not only failed to gain, it has a huge gap to bridge between itself and the Government’s percentage of votes. Most dramatic is the fact that the gap between the UNP and the Government, which is 30% plus, is a greater percentage than the votes polled by the UNP. This means that in order to beat the Government the UNP would have to more than double its vote.

The counterargument is of course, that the Opposition would combine, but that’s hardly self evident. It is highly unlikely that Ranil Wickremesinghe could unite the Opposition and even if he were to do so, such a united opposition would see a drastic abstention by voters or even a shift to the incumbent, if the choice put before the electorate were Ranil vs. Mahinda.

The other argument is that even if the only vote that Ranil could count on is the 25% the UNP got this time, the minority bloc vote would see him through. It is here that Trotsky’s point about politics being higher algebra rather than simple arithmetic is relevant. Those who voted for the UNP’s candidates at a provincial election are less likely to vote for Ranil at a Presidential election. He is also unlikely to pull in votes that have gone to the smaller opposition parties— after all if those votes went to those parties, they did so at least in part as recoil from Ranil, and are unlikely to return.  Most importantly, a Presidential candidate with a fairly conspicuously minoritarian profile such as Ranil (or Chandrika) are likely to trigger a pan-Sinhala slide towards Mahinda, as compensation for the swing of minority voters to his opponent. It is a toss-up as to who would do better, or less badly, Ranil or Chandrika—because CBK may not be able to pull out the UNP vote.

None of this means that the project of a joint opposition is untenable or that President Rajapaksa cannot be given a run for his money. This can be done either by a common candidate or the candidate who can revitalise the UNP, attract the votes of the other opposition parties at a Presidential election and bring back the voters who stayed home.

The problem with picking Gen Fonseka as the common candidate would be that the government can mount a legal challenge by proxy and this would snarl up the election campaign, culminating, in all likelihood, in a courtroom decision in the government’s favour. (In retrospect, the entire impeachment move seems more a pre-emptive strike with this Fonseka contingency in mind, than a move aimed at securing the passage of Divi Neguma).

Who this might be is evidenced by the results of the Provincial election itself, but is not remarked upon by the UNP in its official responses to the results. Perhaps the most dramatic single result was in Hambantota, and here too in Tissamaharama, the deepest of the Deep South. Not only did the ruling party and the ruling family experience a decline, but the UNP actually gained 10,000 votes (10%). This was the achievement of a young politician who was fighting on two fronts, one against the Rajapaksa machine and the other against the UNP establishment which attempted to isolate him and his campaign. Yet he did much better, comparatively speaking, than Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo.

If Ranil registered a decline in Colombo Central, the UNP’s citadel, how poorly will he perform in the Sinhala Buddhist heartland at a Presidential election and how poorly will the UNP do at a parliamentary election under his leadership?

Conversely, and logically, if Sajith did so creditably against the Rajapaksa machine in the heart of the Rajapaksa Rajjya itself, how well will he not fare in those areas of the country which are not Rajapaksa fiefdoms? How well will the UNP and the Opposition do at a parliamentary election under his leadership?

The Government has lessons to learn as well. Patriotism works electorally — and one wonder what the voting figures would have been without the Geneva factor—but it works best when it is felt that one is successfully resisting against the enemy or is putting up a good fight. That wasn’t the case with Geneva this time or the past three years.  On the contrary, patriotism is either neutralised or works against a government if the public perceives that it is unsuccessful or not putting up a valiant fight commensurate with the nation’s self-respect. As the OHCHR international inquiry starts its insolent probe and Tamil Nadu opens a second front of pressure after the Indian election, patriotism can cut both ways.

The second lesson for the Government was the top spot that young Hirunika Premachandra won, nudging the prominent personality of a Sinhala Buddhist chauvinist party backed openly by the powerful Secretary of Defence, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Hirunika, who secured the patronage of President Rajapaksa as well as the backing of senior SLFPers projected a youthful re-mix of the traditional centre-left SLFP/UPFA and won. This is a clear signal to the government that it should shift from the Sinhala extreme right, back to the progressive centre.

Thirdly, the Rajapaksa administration should recall the lessons of the decline of the Sirimavo Bandaranaike administration of 1970-77. It was not so much the unpopularity of the Prime Minister, but that of nepotism, of the family tree, or ‘family bandyism’ as JRJ put it, as well as the polarising and alienating role played by the family strongman, Felix Dias Bandaranaike. The contemporary parallels are quite evident. The economic hardship that finally wrecked the Bandaranaike regime could have its contemporary equivalent when an economic squeeze is imposed by legislatures in the West after the High Commissioner’s Office issues its report. The Rajapaksa government should strengthen itself politically by re-profiling and broad-basing itself, starting with the appointment of the party’s Gen Secretary Maithripala Sirisena as Prime Minister.

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    Whatever his bias is, whatever his contradictions are, this man has a few good things to say. Sadly, nobody seems to care about what he says!!

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      You are dead right Rohan, if anyone would care of his, he would not have added them to this forum right ? But what bothers me is his nature – even if anyone would go against him, he sees not care, as if his senses are disturbed comparably of a patient down with all neuro complexities.

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        None but CBK is the best option to defeat MR

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          but the problem is whether she would risk it.

          People are still like the spectators of a german soccer league. They are overwelmed by war victory, yet though they killed own folks in elemination LTTE terror. Numbers went missing in the tail end of brutal war is far from and counts. Nor have they made genuine interests bringing accurate numbers until today.

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      We are caught by village meeharakas. Here we are about to be caught self proclaimed so called analyst – DJ. So we the CT readers are subjected to get caught by both. And the fact that these fractions are the few that would guess other way aroudn to be the best for future politics, have been isolated by govt men. But truth will succeed if not today, tomorrow.

      I thought DJ was a good guy just from his views penned to these articles. But his views have not been consistent, takin for example for the last few months, I am not fed up.

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      This self obsessed guy DJ, is once again rearranging his prejudices.. CBK is the ONLY sure fire winner against Mahinda Jarapassa at the next Presidential Election as joint opposition candidate. Not the twit Sajith Premadasa who lied about getting a degree from the London School of Economics!
      Hirunika’s victory shows how politically STUPID Sinhalaya Modyas are! She wept copious tears after shamelessly making overtures to the man responsible for her father’s murder – Mahinda Rajapaksa – and will probably marry Duminda Silva on Mahinda mama’s bidding… Totally UNPRINCIPLED babe this one in search of the cash that comes from MONEY POLITICS!
      What a frigging circus! And DJ reads Hiru babe’s victory as a sign of Sinhala voter’s maturity because that racist clown Gamanpilla came second! My moda ass is a better analyst! JVP please launch a massive VOTER EDUCATION Drive to save the Sinhala Modaayas from themselves and the likes of Sajith, Hiru and DJ!

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        You are a very smart S. Modaya!
        Agree one hundred percent with these comments: DJ has lost the plot and the Sinhala Moda voters need to be POLITICALLY EDUCATED by the NEW political parties – this is the only way forward.
        The UNP and SLFP – the parties that have dominated Lanka since independence are corrupt and criminal and have de-educated the Sinhala voters by playing the RACIST Sinhala Buddhist majoritarian card to win elections and DIVIDE, DISTRACT and RULE a POLITICALLY STUPID SInhala ELECTORATE.
        S.M you are also right that CBK is the best joint opposition candidate.
        We do no want Monks (Sobitha) or ex-Military Generals (Fonseka) or the moron Sajith as head of state – a woman like Chandrika who hopefully will be a better and wiser President – second time around – would be far better.

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    If the SLFP would honestly move to a centre-left position from where it is now, it will have some chance to survive. Otherwise it will get drowned one way or other.

    Sengodan. M

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    Sajith ? winning a presidential election? In your prayers…..oh I forgot, you must be praying for that in the hopes that when that happens, he will remember your “services” to Premadasa and “give something”????

    but it works best when it is felt that one is successfully resisting against the enemy or is putting up a good fight. That wasn’t the case with Geneva this time or the past three years. On the contrary, patriotism is either neutralised or works against a government if the public perceives that it is unsuccessful or not putting up a valiant fight commensurate with the nation’s self-respect.

    In other words, your usual refrain…I was not there, so it was not fighting valiantly and did not win??
    Again the same old blowing one’s own trumpet !!

    economic squeeze is imposed by legislatures in the West after the High Commissioner’s Office issues its report.
    Your PREJUDICE is showing, she hasn’t even started her investigation !!!! Are you doing a preemptive attack against her?

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      This is what he intends to occur in this country.

      Sajith´s selection will be like ” inguru deela miris gaththa wage” – instead Ginger taking chillies.

      DJ´s family ties with Premadasa is very close – no secret.
      DJ´s intention to fish on muddy waters are clear to any idiots if would go through all the archives of his articles that alone published on CT.

      This man as one commentator suggested should be most known nation´s hypocrite

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    According to news papers 2 million of Sri Lankans didn’t go to polls or rather didn’t vote this time.So according to GL Peries theory they all supported opposition.So opposition won at this election with a majority

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      This GLP Theory is only to cheat foreign diplo-mutts! Locally applied,
      MR will not use it – GLP will have to purge once more!!

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    This is a silly evaluation.

    DJ sums up everything basing from the point of ELECTION results.
    YOU DUMBO! who cares what the election result is. The actual situation knows only by MR Gona’s inner circle team.

    Only they know how much “HORA CHANDA” they put into those boxes. How much campaign was backed up by almost all the media 99% of them backing the thieves (UPFA).

    DERANA TV’s “DERANA ARUNA” Chathura is a guy who never fails to suck the bums of the govt., and a publicly open Racist. He is a BBS lackey too. He gives various theories about how UPFA won and how RANIL is the only loser. This M/F guy backed BBS during halal issue advising his Racist dumb wits asking them not to miss FACEBOOK updates on the attack on the Moslems.

    But when the FACEBOOK became a counter threat to BBS and the UPFA he comes again asking people to shun FACEBOOK. Such is the Media asses we have in this country.

    Coming back to my point in the HORA CHANDA, Mahinda Gobbaya knows how he fared to his own heart.

    He’s losing and will lose greatly after the Indian Election is over and the Economic Tsunami hits the shit pot he’s keeping close to his sin filled white sarong.

    LET’S ENJOY THE Beginning of the end of Mahinda Gobba Rajyaya…

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    I have doubts and fear that this regime will move to ruthless, rightwing Buddhist extremism. A good example is the recent incident in Mawanella that triggered by the notorious terrorist group called BBS during the very moment the voting against Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Violations happening in Geneva and the saviours of peace and order, this time the Police were powerless to stop the atrocities and racial violence unleashed by the savage monks. It recalls the same horror and panic the Nazis caused to the Jews at a time in Munich and Vienna and Hitler openly supported exactly the same manner Gotabaya supporting BBS today.
    Even under these circumstances, not a single Muslim in this country supported the resolution and not a single Islamic country voted in favour of the resolution.

    If this regime still not willing to learn a lesson and breakaway the ties with Buddhist terrorist Groups BBS and Ravana Balaya and at the same time take serious concerns of Tamil affairs into consideration and more sustainable solution, no one will come to rescue next time in Geneva, NY or in The Hague!!!!!!

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    Presidential Election is not about Mahinda or Ranil or democracy, rule of law or living standard of the people. It is about who is against Tamils? Who is against West call for accountability?. Racism is well rooted in the South. Any devolution is considered as Tamils are going to kill Sinhalese. Rajapkse’s win is fully determined by Gotapaya’s action. Gotapaya is the master mind. His actions against Muslims gained Sinhala support in the South. Gotapaya’s LTTE drama and arrest of human rights activists gained the support for Mahinda. They have the power to manipulate everything from Justice system to counting the votes in favor of Mahinda.

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      This is the only comment i have seen someone saying mahinda has gained any votes. In reality MR has lost votes, Galle city, Borella were won by UNP while many other sinhala dominated areas showed loss of votes for MR. Such an idiotic comment is understandable from u.

      Sinhala people are not against a power devolution, that is why NPC election went ahead with no protest from Sinhala people eventhough TNA did everything to show confrontation.

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    Can it be true?

    MR delibertely sent the second rate team to Geneva so that he does not win. He then sets the date of PC election to day after Geneva vote.

    This is what UNP is insnuating. Its its true it raises the question whether he has been engineering the defeats for the last 5 years for electoral advantage at home.

    Mahinda R. is Machiavelli++ so anything is possible.

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      .
      You maybe right Vibu.

      Even in war crime investigation, they might point all crimes to Sarath Fonseka.
      .
      :-)

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    By his praise of muspenthu sajith , DJ shows that he is really dreaming of a return to his premadasa days prominence – fake currency deals notwithstanding. Hopefully he will have to dream on for a very very long time.

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      May be he cant be without that Eureka Eureka to have run without clothes making every efforts to save his life.

      Can anybody give any constructive arguments as to why the premadasa junior should be the next leader ? A leader that does not have a basic degree and years long experience but to have years long nidan collection and wrongful deeds in terms of false currency notes – will be even worst than the one in power these days.

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    AT last after this Pundit’s advice which was not considered for the UN resolution issue, it appears that this RAT has found the hole.

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    Dayan, “… Go Ahead, Make my Day….”

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      noel-jones

      “Dayan, “… Go Ahead, Make my Day….”

      Be nice to him for he is a self confessed war monger.

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        He (Noel jones) may be one of his few customers for the new book. May be some would buy it on the west – since the numbers of lanken political writers are not even handful.

        DJ has to survive to please and appease MR regime (as head of cyber espionage).
        Contents read in his articles are not genuine thoughts. You guys please raise the question, going through CT article brought by him
        after 25th March; no sign of their discussion had with Srilanka´s Mugabe.

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    It is very clear Dayan’s latest visit to Temple Trees
    to warn President Rajapaksa of the dangers of the US
    resolution have not produced results. He has not been
    offered even crumbs. His like minded lackey, Kumar
    Rupasinghe too did not get any crumbs. So keep hitting
    in the hope they will silence you one day. Shameless
    DJ sells his soul all the time.

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      Mahendra Ratnayake,

      It takes time and experience to understand Pres.Rajapakse’s true nature.

      MR is playing a double game between Sri Lankan voters and the international community.

      For this he is using his brother Gota.

      While GLP hammers out USA in Hambanthota, Gota is hammering Gopi.

      MR and Gota play Good cop, bad cop among citizen and International community.

      Although MR openly say he will not allow International investigations into Sri Lanka, he eventually will have to allow them fearing sanctions and backlash. Citizens are not ready for any further sanctions.

      I THINK IT’S A GREAT FAVOUR TO SRI LANKA, THAT DR.DAYAN GOES AND EXPLAINS THE REALITY AND TRUE PICTURE TO PRES.RAJAPAKSE AS HE DOES NOT HAVE ANY QUALIFIED ADVISORS IN HIS CABINET.

      Only thing is Dr.Dayan has to be honest on his standing on this LLRC and on Interntional investigation.

      Remember Sri Lanka is not USA or GB or Israel. We are a third world country which depends on the West for our survival. Both USA,UK and Israel are not.

      Remember Beggars can’t be choosers.

      If the Politicians use their Brains more, and their Mouths less, they could save themselves and Sri Lanka.

      It is honey that attracts Butterflis and bees, and not Fire crackers.

      That’s why we need Qualified Diplomats and not Morons in our Foreign department. Learn from India, Japan and South Korea.

      Sri Lanka’s survival is depends on the actions of President Rajapakse, the ultimate game changer.

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        “Remember Sri Lanka is not USA or GB or Israel. We are a third world country which depends on the West for our survival. Both USA,UK and Israel are not. Remember Beggars can’t be choosers. “

        But the thing is that many even dont know the position of srilanka today. Some have suggested to fully ignore UNHRC…. can you imagine. That guy – called “Abhaya” asks to ignore UNHRC…

        They too feel that we are Israelis or UK, or US…
        These people should finally know who we are…. a country many of whom struggle today for their 3 meals while leaving their own children in malnutrition… only very few percentage of the population take advantage state funds etc…

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    At the moment there is no figure in the opposition who could muster the support of all to defeat MR. As stated the General may be prevented from competing by extra legal means. RW did a lot of work during this election but evidently something is lacking.

    The task of the opposition should be to first abolish the executive presidency and restore the system to normalcy. A single issue president seems to be the only solution. Thereafter MR could still win and be PM but under a more democratic setup.

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      The important thing is that Mara lost 10% of his vote base, which itself a victory for RW. Had it not for 40% absent votes Mara would have lost more than 25%.

      You cannot win against a despot overnight.
      It will take time. Dont forget that the entire media in the country
      the Police the EC himself & his team the Justice department
      all are behind Mara.

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        Pandu; my only relief of these results is to see that Gommanpila failed to top. His arguments were beyond all bearing. I thought entire world should be wrong by listening to his rebuttal even after his big blunder- election violation – which he invited Gotabaya to speak on his stage. We are all not perfectionists. But to watch him bring counters that has no basis, even after his blunder, could not believe- but voters proved it. That is the nicest thing.
        I cant see him holding bana talking but in wrong constume.

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        Mahendra Ratnayake,

        It takes time and experience to understand Pres.Rajapakse’s true nature.

        MR is playing a double game between Sri Lankan voters and the international community.

        For this he is using his brother Gota.

        While GLP hammers out USA in Hambanthota, Gota is hammering Gopi.

        MR and Gota play Good cop, bad cop among citizen and International community.

        Although MR openly say he will not allow International investigations into Sri Lanka, he eventually will have to allow them fearing sanctions and backlash. Citizens are not ready for any further sanctions.

        I THINK IT’S A GREAT FAVOUR TO SRI LANKA, THAT DR.DAYAN GOES AND EXPLAINS THE REALITY AND TRUE PICTURE TO PRES.RAJAPAKSE AS HE DOES NOT HAVE ANY QUALIFIED ADVISORS IN HIS CABINET.

        Only thing is Dr.Dayan has to be honest on his standing on this LLRC and on Interntional investigation.

        Remember Sri Lanka is not USA or GB or Israel. We are a third world country which depends on the West for our survival. Both USA,UK and Israel are not.

        Remember Beggars can’t be choosers.

        If the Politicians use their Brains more, and their Mouths less, they could save themselves and Sri Lanka.

        It is honey that attracts Butterflis and bees, and not Fire crackers.

        That’s why we need Qualified Diplomats and not Morons in our Foreign department. Learn from India, Japan and South Korea.

        Sri Lanka’s survival is depends on the actions of President Rajapakse, the ultimate game changer.

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    You seem to be churning out articles at a rate these days. Nothing to do at your NGO job?

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    “Patriotism works electorally……………………………….”
    There are reports that the ‘patriotism’ was augmented by election expenses of 50 to 100 Million rupees – not to mention the brazen flouting of all election laws during the pre-election campaign by many candidates who thus obtained massive ‘preferential’ votes.
    The lesson from this “election” is that money and unlawful behaviour are the determining factors in elections today and NOT so much as unlawful open support by the top public servant, nepotism, thuggery, & intimidation.
    The nearly 50% voters who did not vote really decided the winners and losers.
    Now the winners will strive to re-coup their election expenses by methods well known.

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    Commentators are already showing their disbelief on DJ’s analysis and advices. It is hardly any election postmortem than DJ’s pre-formed opinion even before the election.

    DJ said “The Government has lessons to learn as well. Patriotism works electorally — and one wonder what the voting figures would have been without the Geneva factor—but it works best when it is felt that one is successfully resisting against the enemy or is putting up a good fight. That wasn’t the case with Geneva this time or the past three years. On the contrary, patriotism is either neutralised or works against a government if the public perceives that it is unsuccessful or not putting up a valiant fight commensurate with the nation’s self-respect. As the OHCHR international inquiry starts its insolent probe and Tamil Nadu opens a second front of pressure after the Indian election, patriotism can cut both ways.”
    The above is only a general analysis. DJ knows this is not suitable for Sri Lanka and Royal Government. Mahavamsa Modaya principles works on the opposite way. They want a fake hero act like he/she is opposing the Tamils and opposing the world. Just opposing the world and Tamils cannot have logically correct methods. It is not the Royal Government who defeated the LTTE. It was done with the substantial help of International governments. Now the LTTE is gone. International Governments are now against the Royal Government. So it has to be interpreted that they have switched side with LTTE and they the “White Tigers”. So the King has to pretend like he is opposing the international governments. Mahavamsa Modayas do not look for any sanity in Royal government’s actions. They look for heroism. That is why the electric chair story was introduced for this election. (It is just like the Srimavo’s heroism of bringing rice from moon.) If the Mahavamsa Modayas society has been looking for sanity in their government’s action there would have been a chance to LTTE to be formed. Passing three resolutions has reinforced the support to the King. If there is any embargo against Sri Lanka by international governments and it hurt the three times meals of the Mahavamsa Modayas’ they will ask the King Crown himself right away so that he does not have to observe any democratic norms. DJ knows this reality. But he is trying to show a common sense deduction, that does not apply to Mahavamsa Modayas, to create some false respect for the rest of his analysis.

    1. DJ points at Sajit as suitable candidate for the next target of the government. So DJ puts it in this way. DJ may not want Sajit is to be put off. He wants the King to take him in. There were talks for some time that he may hop the party too. In the Hambantota district, this time, UNP and JVP have done better than their last time. In addition Fonseka took 4%. These all are indicating that those people now coming to know the first hand thuggery of the of King’s goons out here. It has certainly nothing to do with Sajit.

    2. Hirunika case is, she is another Sirimavo of 1960. Hirunika has been crying on the stages more than Srima did 1960. Yet this was trick guided by the King’s family rather than Hirunika her herself come out with it. Whatever it is, it worked 100%. Now Hirunika will be 100% of slave, even worse than GLP.

    3. On Ranil case, there is no new light DJ is shedding.

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    This so called educated Doctor wants the likes of R Premadasa/P Mahendra type leaders to govern. Why so, to fool them in order to get all the perks? DJ better worry about the regime than worrying about the opps by shedding croc tears.
    RW wouldnt tolarate him and neither would Chandrika, so its obvious that DJ dispise them.
    This Provincial Council election is a good one for the opposition. UNP with all its internal troubles and with informal groups still shown some significant progress although 60% votes been polled. Those 40% absent votes were certainly not for the regime. The other good sign is with minimum show & afforts Gen SF has obtained more votes. Postal votes clearly show that the General has strong Army backing.

    JVP also gained ground. The only loser is the regime after spending millions of public funds and propaganda works misusing state media 24/7. Its a huge advantage winning Galle. Galle although is a ‘dakuna’ its calssy city.

    Rajapaksas ‘Bahina Kalava’ has begun I guess.
    So it shall be written, so it shall be done!
    Pharao must be Buried forever…..!

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      Pandu,
      Jathiye meeharaka (Nation´s wild buffaloe) will ruin the nation with new mandate. Though the change will be inevitable, folks seem to take longer than we just think. Now I have the feeling DJ has nothing to do else than supporting Meeharaka further. He has not uttered a single word yet against MR. I wonder this man is NUMBER 1 cyber espionage of MR regime. Meeharaka has just pulsed two verdicts by PC elections and UNHRC whether or not he would take it serious.
      As you already made it clear, Opposition has won it though amidst all threats. SF is the winner of the election looking back all the harrasments he faced alone during the election campaigns.

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    No one has conscience satisfy or acquire DJ opinion. He’s a fool among degrees.

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    John Kerry should have called MR soon after the Geneva vote and asked “Mr. President, I know what you’re thinking – ‘Is the US going to follow through with this resolution even if it means taking military action, even though US forces are already over-extended in conflicts across the world?’ Well to tell you the truth Mr. President, I’m not sure either, but given the fact that we’ve got the greatest military ever assembled on this planet; given the fact that we’ve invested trillions of dollars every year for decades to build the most sophisticated weapons in the world including unmanned drones using which we can take you out while you sleep anytime we want; given the fact that we enjoy a monopoly over the world’s oil, and can cut off your oil supply anytime we want; given the fact that we’ve got 200,000 troops Northwest of you in Afghanistan, and the world’s most sophisticated Naval facility South West of you in Diego Garcia; you should ask yourself one question – ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”

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    DJ is being fire from both sides for everyone knows by now what he wants. To prove his point DJ takes up a bad comparison as usual.

    This election cannot be compared to 2009 elections because that PC election was held in the days that the whole nation was under the state of euphoria for witnessing the end of 30 year scurrage of the terrorism. Hence unusually large number of people went to polls and cast their vote for the government. Only a stupid would expect the same to repeat that performance today for people have forgotten the smell of death a long ago. This election should compared to 2000 or 2004 PC elections.

    Some like to say LTTE was defeated with the help of neo-cons. Some others say it was done with the help of India. What matters is we have faced 384 human bombs, clamor bombs, etc that blasted our buses, trains and public places for over 30 years. JRJ’s wars couldn’t stop it. Premadasa’s money and guns couldn’t stop it. IPKF couldn’t stop it. Neither Chandrika’s peace thavalams nor wars couldn’t stop it. Ranils peace agreement and IC guarantees couldn’t stop it. It was stopped under Rajapakse presidency. That’s what matters.

    Hindians have known the thirst of Tamils since before DMK contested 1962 state elections on a separatist platform and demanded a separate country for Tamils aftermath that election. Nehru put a stop to all that nonsense with his 16th Amendment to Indian constitution that banned anyone who talk of division of India from contesting elections.

    India voted against Sri Lanka twice at UNHRC. But this time around, Hindian government has realized at long last that neo-con gang is using them to help separatist Tamils to divide Sri Lanka for neo-con geo-political ends.

    And that’s why the Indian ambassador Dilip Sinha, gave a speech at UNHRC criticizing the US move and abstained. Singha said this resolution titled promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka at the UNHRC imposes an intrusive approach of international investigative mechanism which was counterproductive apart from being inconsistent and impractical.

    Is that why MR said, I don’t care about the outcome of the vote at UNHRC, I am concerned about the outcome of this election, I do not know. But it must be for a goodwill gesture that MR immediately released all the illegal fishermen held in Sri Lanka jails.

    Pillay and her puppets will not be granted visa to enter Sri Lanka. They will have to come with a squadrons of F16s. Looking at India’s stance, she’ll have get her puppets do their bogus interviews and write their false reports in New York not even in India.

    But when she present her one sided report to Security Council both China and Russia will veto it. End of the story.

    Now that MR won his PC elections handsomely he’ll go on to win every election to come and stay put in his job for another term or two. Tamils are waiting till neo-cons send their drones to bomb us and SEALS to pluck MR like they did Bin Ladden. Hooooooooooo.

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      Banda,

      I think people are fed up of Self centered Rajapakses. Nowhere in the world you see this number of MR family cutouts all over Sri Lanka.
      This shows the nature of Lunacy of Rajapakse family.

      What Rajapakses do is to show a picture of flourishing Sri Lanka to the locals as well as outside world, while in reality the country is going down the hill in economy as well as morally and socially.

      Here’s a web you can read on Pres.Rajapakse’s progress.

      http://www.ceylontoday.lk/89-60477-news-detail-government-hoodwinking-the-masses-on-state-of-economy.html

      But now their true nature is been realised and understood by the people and the International community.

      Rajapakses spent colossal amount of Government resources as well as unlimited propaganda, gifting money and gifts to people,jobs to party members,various contracts, influencing all Media, judiciary, election commission and the Police, while intimidating the opposition candidates and their followers during their party rallies.

      Here’s few webs on Rajapakse election corruption.

      http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=14154

      http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=14156

      http://www.ceylontoday.lk/16-60499-news-detail-ballot-paper-marked-for-jvp-found.html

      But with all that, they could not achieve their 2009 figurs. In fact they lost about 18 odd seats. But Minority parties such as JVP and DM (Gen.Fonseka) increased their vote base and won extra seats.

      This shows people have rejected both Rajapakses and the main oposition UNP under Ranil Wickremasinghe.

      Both UPFA and UNP should come out with new Presidential Candidates if they want to win next presidential election.

      I hope Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge should contest come as a common opposition candidate, while getting support from all the oposition parties.

      But definitely this PC elections have drawn a Red line to Rajapakses.

      As for my own view I think MR opened the UNHRC pandora box. You never know where it will end, and how it will end.

      That’s why I always tell that all the academics, intellectuals and scholars should unite and come foreward with the best UNHRC solution to rescue our country and should submit the proposal to President Rajapakse.

      If President does not agree to it and goes on with his own moronic behaviour, and if Sri Lanka has to face grave danger due to his stupidity, then we Sri Lankans could hold President responsible for destroying our country.

      Meanwhile Dr.Dayan and other scholars should engage with President on finding a suitable solution to this UNHRC resolution.

      Pres.Rajapakse opened Pandora box, and now he himself should fix it.

      We could only be mere spectators.

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    I wish someone would stick the Magnum 45 up your a..se and pull the trigger !

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    DJ at his form once again. None of his conclusions follow from premises. This ,means his judgments are non-sequitor. Example the instance of Hirunika. He jusy picks a conclusion from the air and brings it down thinking he can fool CT readers.
    He spares MR of all the evil acts that has caused the decline in the UPFA majority. Unprovoked, he lashes out at Ranil. His Sajith-what happened? The fellow is alleged to have played about with counterfeit notes along with Dulanjali. HIs claimed degree, that DJ boasted about, is fictional because now we know S has been playing the guitar pretending to study.
    Dayan is not worth the gas he emits fro his body

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    Dr Dayan Jayatilleke has to decide whether he wants to let his journalism descend to the cheap segment of the industry. His readiness to just write anything sans logical sequitor merely for personal vendetta (eg Ranil) or to turn and twist to please the ruling regime means he is deploying the noble art of writing for an ignoble selfishness. He has first got to be sincere as readers can discern that. Next, he’s got to have a philosophy. These two conditions are vital for good journalism

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      He has proved many a times that he cant decide.

      So like talking for cross purposes. None of his articles have addressed the real problems of current administration.

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