4 December, 2020

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The Post-War Opposition: A Strategic Perspective

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Isn’t it amazing just how many people don’t connect up the dots? Take this chap Gobi for instance. What if he (or a clone) were to pop up from under a bed and pop a cop just before the presidential or parliamentary election? Would it not warrant the imposition of a massive security blanket? Would that not generate the ‘Dec 2005 effect’ of an enforced boycott of the electoral process by the contented citizenry of that region?

Now this is where the lack of foresight of the opposition’s strategists, tacticians and ideologues comes in. Since one can never know when and where Gobi or one of his pals from the LTTE (or the GTF or BTF) will show up, and one cannot control the response of the state to such a fiendish manifestation, it would be singularly stupid to base an electoral strategy on the Northern or Eastern Tamil vote, especially since that was the stupidity committed not once but twice by the Opposition’s planners. The second time was in 2005, when the UNP counted on the Northern vote. The first was in 1999, when the UNP candidate actually got the Northern Tamil vote, courtesy of the Tigers. On both occasions, the UNP candidate—Ranil the Reclusive Recalcitrant—lost.

In 1999 and 2005, Chandrika and Mahinda won, because neither of them made the mistake Ranil did and both of them aimed at the same goal. Neither CBK nor Mahinda Rajapaksa based their game plan on the Tamil vote in 1999 and 2005, which is what Ranil did. In 1999 he obtained it —and lost; in 2005 he was denied it— and lost. In 1999 and 2005, Chandrika and Mahinda aimed at and obtained a majority of the majority, which is the only viable electoral strategy in the Sri Lankan context.

The Opposition today has forgotten that fundamental fact. It is, incredibly, basing itself on the same minoritarian strategy (and minoritarian candidate) that failed twice. Even the Sarath Fonseka campaign saw a swing of the undecided patriotic Sinhala voter to President Rajapaksa the moment the TNA gave the general the electoral kiss of death, thereby compounding the confusion caused by the ‘white flag’ issue.

If the opposition is serious about giving the President a bit of a hurry up, then its strategists should be looking at someone whose record shows a halfway decent chance of bidding for the majority of the majority.

The present leader of the UNP and Opposition has the same political–ideological profile of which Boris Yeltsin has in the eyes of the Russian voters i.e. someone who was a lackey of the West and weakened the state. Chandrika has the same profile as did Mikhail Gorbachev i.e. of a confused and unsuccessful reformist who paved the way for such a weakening. The strategy of Sri Lanka’s Opposition planners and ideologues revolves around the equivalent of fielding a Yeltsin or Gorbachev (or a combination) against a Vladimir Putin who won the Chechen war after earlier administrations had failed to and restored the strength and self–respect of the state. Mahinda Rajapaksa is Sri Lanka’s Putin equivalent, but his vulnerability is that in contrast to Putin who leads the world’s largest country, Mahinda is on a smallish island with no strategic natural resources.

Pro-Opposition commentators read off from the Provincial Council election results and posit a decline of the regime, which is true butonly partly so. The decline is only in relation to its own earlier performance rather than to an upward surge in the main rival’s performance. The regime’s decline is not matched by an uptick in the main Opposition. It is meaningless to talk of a united opposition because the JVP and Gen Fonseka will in all probability reject the leadership of either Ranil Wickremesinghe or Rev Madoluwawe Sobitha thero and are unlikely to accept Chandrika in the leading role either. Even if there were more than one Presidential candidate, it gets whittled down to two in a run-off, and only the most deluded could view Ranil, CBK or Rev Sobitha as capable of beating Mahinda in an electoral duel for national popularity. A privately commissioned public opinion poll should put paid to such silly fantasies.

The fact is that Mahinda Rajapaksa is probably a little more popular, and certainly no less popular, than his party and government, while Ranil Wickremesinghe is probably less popular than his party. Thus Mahinda will probably get more than his party obtained at the PC elections while Ranil will get less.

The mainline Opposition’s strategic slogan of the abolition of the executive presidency is almost too corny for words. There is no popular agitation or groundswell on that score. Furthermore, it is colossal arrogance for the Opposition to seek to abolish the Presidential system without a referendum throughout the island on its retention, abolition or reform. This is not the single issue that agitates the mass mind. It is probably not even one of the top three issues that do so. The slogan is also vulnerable to a Mahinda counterpunch. He could hold a referendum on the matter and win. Or he could pray for a ‘single issue’ candidate— preferably the loquacious monk— whom he could bat out of the electoral ballpark while hardly batting an eyelash.

The fundamental point I seek to make here and the basic perspective I suggest is quite close to that which the late Stuart Hall, founding editor of the New Left Review and “a hero of the intellectual Left” (as the Telegraph obituary put it) attempted to hammer home in his project of interpreting Thatcherism and striving to transcend it (rather than assault it frontally). Hall’s major, incisive contribution to Labour strategy is summed up by the evaluations of him in the Guardian and the Telegraph respectively:

“Before the election, Hall, convinced that the emergence of this new Conservatism marked a profound cleavage in British political history, coined the term Thatcherism, in a visionary article in Marxism Today. Drawing…on his long involvement with Antonio Gramsci’s theorisation of the forms of political hegemony…he emphasised the role of race in Thatcherite politics, particularly in relation to the creed of law and order which he characterised as ‘authoritarian populism’. In ‘The Politics of Thatcherism’ (1983), he insisted that the left’s traditional statism was in part responsible for creating the conditions that had allowed the Thatcherites to win ascendancy, pointing to the degree to which Thatcherism had rooted itself in authentically popular sentiment – something he believed the left had failed to do. This generated fierce controversy among those who might otherwise have been among his political allies. His conviction that Thatcherism would define the politically possible, long after Thatcher herself had departed, proved enormously prescient, providing a key to understanding the politics not only of New Labour, but also of the subsequent coalition.” (David Morley and Bill Schwarz, The Guardian, 10 February 2014)

For its part, the Telegraph wrote: “A trenchant critic of Thatcherism (a term he coined), Hall had a huge impact on the reconfiguration of Left-wing thinking that underpinned the rise of New Labour … The Conservative leader had been patronised by many on the Left as little more than a shrill housewife. Hall was one of the first to acknowledge that Britain was entering a new era of politics. He characterised the phenomenon of Thatcherism as something more significant and more insidious than the personal style of one politician. He later described Mrs Thatcher as Hegel’s “historical individual”, a person whose politics and contradictions “instance or concretise in one life or career much wider forces that are in play”. To Hall, Thatcherism’s popularity originated in errors on the Left. Socialists, he argued, had failed to recognise the disillusionment of many working class people with the bureaucratic state, while British trade unions, although industrially strong, had not offered any alternative vision. Thatcherism had “redefined contours of public thinking” by grasping that the way to people’s hearts was not just through Westminster…” (‘Stuart Hall was a Cultural Theorist’, The Telegraph, Feb 10th 2014)

At bottom, the failure of the strategy of Sri Lanka’s Opposition is a failure of analysis, which in turn reflects a conceptual failure which is in the last instance indicative of a profound intellectual weakness. The Opposition has simply not understood that its track record, stance and profile are as responsible for the Rajapaksa entrenchment as the profile of Old Labour was for the victory and durable hegemony of Thatcherism. It has also not understood the tectonic shift a society and national consciousness undergo, in and after a war, especially a prolonged one against a hated enemy. It becomes a defining factor for quite some time and no one who was on the wrong side of it gets another chance politically. There is a ‘before’ and an ‘after’. Ranil and Chandrika represent ‘before’. They are the Ghost of Ceasefires Past and the Ghost of PTOMS Past. I still recall the anguish of Lakshman Kadirgamar at the sharp right about-turn made by Chandrika after the welcome recapture of power from Ranil— a recapture that Kadirgamar, his friend the literate progressive Indian High Commissioner Nirupam Sen, Jaffna SF Commander Sarath Fonseka and the JVP all played a part in. Shortly after the election which legitimised the retrieval of power, CBK took up the process of appeasement of the Tigers where Ranil had been forced to leave off, sabotaging the Karuna rebellion, marginalising Kadirgamar in favour of personalities who negotiated the PTOMS, and even attempting to run the Foreign Ministry through the officials, much to LK’s sorrow and frustration.

Only someone who was part of the heroic wartime narrative in some capacity, or has a patriotic profile as a supporter of the war, the military and sovereignty, and is opposed to external interventionism, stands a chance of turning the next Presidential election into anything akin to a real race. With the question of the legality of a Sarath Fonseka candidacy hanging in the balance, a firm promise of the portfolio of External Affairs or Justice could swing the decision. If the Presidential election is won by the same margin or a larger one than the provincial election, then the domino effect will impact on the parliamentary election, but if the presidential election is a tightly fought contest, there is every prospect of a dramatic change at the parliamentary election (which could set off a chain reaction).

Certainly the Opposition has to shift social and national consciousness to win, but that can only be a shift — a displacement of emphasis and a progressive reconfiguration—within or congruent with the larger wartime tectonic shift. Ranil and Chandrika have no chance of presenting a viable political challenge because they are not with the Zeitgeist and in fact the Zeitgeist evolved in opposition to what they represented. Ranil and Chandrika represent a throwback to a past that the national consciousness views as a time of retreat and defeat.

In Sri Lanka today, the political status quo cannot be changed unless the much older status quo in the Opposition is changed.  The nationwide political status quo rests upon the status quo in the main Opposition. It is no accident that the most conspicuous relative decline of the regime and relative success of the opposition took place in the regime’s very citadel, at the hands of an opposition personality who is opposed to the Opposition Establishment. It is also no accident that the anti-government/pro-Opposition pundits make no reference to what should be touted as the regime’s greatest setback and the Opposition’s greatest achievement this time around. The silence of the pedantic pundits makes one realize that there are discernible limits to their professed wish to see a change in the country— and these are the limits imposed by pseudo-cosmopolitan social snobbery masquerading as ideological rectitude. By blocking the only change that is historically and socially possible, the Opposition’s ideologues entrench the ruling cartel.

For their part, the vast majority of voters desire a change that does not throw the baby out with the bathwater. They wish an improvement in their circumstances as well as the style of governance; they want more democracy and fair-play, not less— but with the gains of the military victory and the reunification of the territory of the state still intact. The masses want a patriotic alternative which is that of an alternative patriotism. The UNP Establishment and the civil society ideologues that support it stand for an unpatriotic, non-nationalist alternative, not a liberal patriotism. This is why they oppose or do not support or remain conspicuously silent about the UNP’s achievement in Tissamaharama. The masses know that this UNP (and the comprador-cosmopolitan CBK) would replace Mahinda Rajapaksa with a pro-Western puppet regime that would sell out to the Tamil Diaspora. That is why, if the choices were Ranil or CBK versus Mahinda—or a farcical ‘single issue’ abolitionist candidate— the people would vote for the latter.  That is also why if the people were to be persuaded to vote against the regime, they have to be offered not just an oppositional alternative but an alternative opposition within, not outside, the national-patriotic space.

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    Spouting a lie…adding to the 4% lie a few days ago:

    The first was in 1999, when the UNP candidate actually got the Northern Tamil vote, courtesy of the Tigers.
    In 2005 he did not get the vote because in 2005, the enforced boycott was paid for by your king.

    While I am no fan of Ranil, you really do have an axe to grind against Ranil don’t you….angry that he ignored your overtures for a diplomatic posting?

    You seem to be mightily worried by the possible entry of CBK or Rev Sobitha, I wonder why….. :-)
    Are you worried that if one of them does emerge you boy Sajith might miss out ?

    Someone who knows Dayan more can answer this (Maybe Native Vedda) , has this chap ever help a job, I mean seriously, gone to work 9-5? other than leaching off the country trying to be a diplomutt? or working for an NGO (as exposed by MR on international TV)

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    Dayan´s role of Mahadanamutta (know-all nature) is not respected by anyone to this day. I mean anyone…

    Those who thought he should be part of Meeharakas (buffaloes) -MR clans should be wrong. They proved to have heard nothing came from DJ or anyone. MR are now naked idiots – so nothing more to cover their stupidity. This man´s repeated bla bla will bring nothing to anyone, but surely would boomerang on him.

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      Yes yes, MR right this week are like Dayan J in late 80ties (ran away naked in public)- had MR listened to at least few brain in the country, UNHRC results would have turned in favour of his regime.

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        Winning in UNHRC is nothing if the end result is a weak nation partitioned along racial lines. The real battle is UN resolutions but trying to maintain the peace and stability we gained after much sacrifice for another 2 decades.

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    I don’t recall the opposition asking Dayan his take on this matter.

    If as he says the incumbent is more popular than all possible opposition candidates, he has nothing to fear,right?

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      But his kind of popularity based on violent rhetoric will shrink cold turkey.
      Wait and see :)

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    DJ,
    “The first was in 1999, when the UNP candidate actually got the Northern Tamil vote, courtesy of the Tigers. On both occasions, the UNP candidate—Ranil the Reclusive Recalcitrant—lost.”

    First was long time agoooooooooooo

    “Subaiya Nadesapillai (Tamil: சுப்பையா நடேசபிள்ளை; 21 May 1895 – 15 January 1965) also known as S. Nadesan was the son-in-law of Ponnambalam Ramanathan[1] and a Tamil senator from Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He was a United National Party candidate and defeated Samuel Chelvanayakam in the 1952 Jaffna elections, after losing to him in the 1947 elections from Kankesanthurai.[2] He was a defender of a political solution to the Sri Lanka conflict[3] but left the UNP when it embraced a Sinhala-only campaign.[4] He was a member of the state council, the parliament, and later became a minister” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subaiya_Nadesan

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      for god’s sake you dont expect Dayan to know that?

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    we’ve had enough Geneva gibberish up to our noses from this self proclaimed “Political scientist” up until very last minute of the resolution , did any body care to listen to any of his “Mama pora talk” (i know every thing , hence i’m the man ), what a waste of time ?

    CBK/Ven sobitha combo word is going to be the most dreaded word for the stooges/lackeys/cronies/opportunists of the regime , so until the next presidential election date this is going to continue ,guaranteed !

    cat is coming out of the bag really slowly , folks get ready to see more of these BS !

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      Srilal@,

      I believe DJ is making every effort to bring his family friends -Sajith Premadasa/co. But that will only be a dream, would never come true.

      How can DJ in the same mental condition while not even a single man in power seems to respect him ? Recalling Gon raja himself accused DJ of being caught by a powerful NGO, I dont think anyone would find easy to trust – D A Y A N J.

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        Sirimal ,

        Answer to your question , refer to DJ’s theory , answers are there !

        DJ’s theory

        1) I, Me and myself come first
        2) unconditional support for his chosen leader.

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          Decades ago, recalling my past (2-3 decades) we had enough senior academics, diplomatic personnels that could leave valuable thoughts to political discussions. Today it seems, not many of them or new analysts are available for comments for some unexplainable reasons. Uni dons (specially in arts/sociology faculties)seem to have no accesss to public discources; why is that ?

          Do we have only DJ to analyse these issues ? His analyses are unique to him. Sometimes far from average thinking. But this he seems to be not sensing, why ?

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            Sirimal ,

            “Today it seems, not many of them or new analysts are available for comments for some unexplainable reasons. Uni dons (specially in arts/sociology faculties)seem to have no accesss to public discources; why is that ? “

            answer is very simple , white van !

            “I believe DJ is making every effort to bring his family friends -Sajith Premadasa/co. But that will only be a dream, would never come true.”

            after MR , DJ needs some one to hang on , that person must be a powerful person and same time must be willing to listen to his BS day in day out,what a better person than this born stupid sajith , DJ wants to promote his protegee “sajith” geezer as the next presidential hopeful , again this is yet another incident where DJ theory 1 & 2 apply perfectly well for his selfish needs !

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              Thanks.
              Yes, this means – Beeshanaya keeps almost everyone away from adding their comments.
              This s the reason why DJ is seen as only WRITER on the topics.

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              DJ makes it clear that UN resoluton is not against Rajapakshe.
              Can you imagine ?

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bazTbUufhaI

              Please listen to this, as you repeated – he sounds tobe thinking
              ” he is the man,that may know everything about the consequences of UN resolution “

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          Srilal,
          You repeatedly added this, but I got the first, but not the second ((2) unconditional support for his chosen leader)?
          He publicly criticised him.
          He recalled him from Europe in 2009.
          He did not appoint him further for any kind of consulation
          He reacts today as if GOSL cant rely on DJ

          Nevertheless DJ to hang on MR – are they blood related ?

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            Sirimal ,

            “He publicly criticised him.
            He recalled him from Europe in 2009.
            He did not appoint him further for any kind of consulation
            He reacts today as if GOSL cant rely on DJ”

            i assume “He” means MR , right ? of course MR humiliated DJ big time , as you correctly said he was kicked out from Geneva without giving any valid reason , as a matter of fact , DJ was only informed through a fax message, if i were him , i would never serve him ever again , of course DJ’s 2nd theory kicks in , no matter what , unconditional support for his chosen leader (MR).
            then the other humiliation , remember his plum post in Paris ? MR’s unofficial foreign minister Sajin Vass humiliated (with the full blessing from MR) DJ in a very unprofessional manner, even i felt really bad for the poor bloke (DJ) then, did he raise a single word against his chosen master? nop , ofcourse he tried to ridicule his immediate boss (SV) by quoting “trying to White van me” instead , that was it !
            the very latest one , MR has declared & accused that DJ is working for a NGO in a globally televised interview , is there any other way to humiliate a man than this , even after that gross betrayal , did DJ criticize his chosen master ? Answer is no, ofcourse as usual he tried to pass the blame on everyone else but MR !

            read any of DJ’s article, you will find him blaming every single creature in the whole planet for the all mayhem & chaos happening in SL , but MR ! do you think DJ doesn’t know what is actually happening and who is directly responsible for everything ? ofcourse he does , but DJ’s theorem part 2 kicks in again , no matter what , always support his chosen leader , period !

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              Every right thinking will unequivocally agree with you.

              Thanks, you have made it very clear.

              Sirimal

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    ” This is why they oppose or do not support or remain conspicuously silent about the UNP’s achievement in Tissamaharama”

    See how sneakily he mentions the “achievement” of someone LOL

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    UPFA has nothing to crow about, nor has RW and the UNP. The DP and JVP were the ones who made some gains. Still when it comes to a Presidential Election it is the person, not the party. How far can he or she command the respect of the electorate, the rural voters and the minorities.

    MR has a disadvantage which is the feel bad factor. These days people feel bad. Everything is looking gloomy. COL is going up, income is coming down. Life is a daily battle for many. Even the simple task of sending a child to school is fraught with risk and inconvenience.

    People see the girth of the new Chief Ministers of the WP and SP and no doubt will attribute their size to a job well done. NWP Chief Minister, the singer, was about to go on a jaunt to Thailand.

    So its Christmas all the time for the Govt and its people. Not so for the common people who are walking about in singlets and faded shorts like impoverished beach boys. Women are wearing cheap skirts and T shirts from Pamunuwa.

    The other day there were a few thuggish men and women in T shirts demonstrating against Hijab outside the so called Presidents College (they claimed it to be a Sinhala Buddhist College). Some looked like bombers from Afghanistan, literally carrying bombs on their person. They too were dissatisfied with the President for allowing Hijab. So the President is on a bad wicket. Is he to please these ultra-sinhala buddhist racist or allow space for the minorities and get bombed. You cant please all the people all the time.

    One really does not know how an opposition candidate will fare until some one is agreed and appointed. That would be the first hurdle with all these high value aspirants and UNP already claiming that the opposition would be under them. On the face of it Ven Sobhitha or CBK would stand a fair chance. RW unfortunately has some spell over himself. Perhaps he has to go to India and get himself exorcised.

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    .
    In short, what DJ saying to Sinhala Parties is to focus on Sinhala votes.

    Ignore the Tamil votes…. Tamils have no political power.

    No wonder Tamils wanted to separate.

    :-)

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    why can’t Gobi pop from under the bed of this idiot and pop a cop

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      Gobi,

      …..”why can’t Gobi pop from under the bed of this idiot and pop a cop”

      More Gobis will pop up the time Navi Pillai is planning to visit Sri Lanka, and when next election getting closer.

      Already on Gobi came out when Police caught Sajith’s sister with 20 million Fake currency notes, and Sajith having 16 Billion rupees in his home.

      Also yesterday Gobi Kangaroo court acquitted Criminal thug BBS Gnanasara from all charges for attacking and damaging a Christian Church…..

      Read the following web.

      http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/international/2014/April/international_April87.xml&section=in ternational

      It says……”Court acquits Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka church attack case Qadijah Irshad / 4 April 2014 It says…A Sri Lankan high court gave a not guilty verdict to the general secretary of a 
hardline Buddhist group for attacking a Cavalry church six years ago. Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara of the radical Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) group, and 13 others including three monks were charged with causing damages to the church. They were also accused of attacking and injuring two pastors, stealing a cell phone worth LKRs 15,000 and snatching a gold chain worth LKRs 50,000 that belonged to the pastors”.

      Gobi is slowly coming out attacking every opposition who voted against MARA dictator at UNHRC and after loosing the two PC elections.

      More Gobis will come out from under the beds in coming weeks.

      This Gobi is starting to get scared.

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    Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka,

    Either you are another Sinhala Extrimist like Gota’s BBS balu sena army…or just another Dumb A..s whose analysis are pure Bull shit.

    Listen…..First all you say……….. “In 1999 and 2005, Chandrika and Mahinda won, because neither of them made the mistake Ranil did and both of them aimed at the same goal. Neither CBK nor Mahinda Rajapaksa based their game plan on the Tamil vote in 1999 and 2005, which is what Ranil did. In 1999 he obtained it —and lost; in 2005 he was denied it— and lost.”…..

    Dr.Dayan, What bull shit you are talking about……

    Everybody knows in 1999 Chandrika won purely on SYMPATHY VOTE WHEN LTTE SUICIDE BOMBERS WANTED TO BLOW OFF HER IN TOWN HALL.

    Please read the following web….
    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/1999/12/blst-d21.html

    Sri Lankan President Kumaratunga narrowly escapes assassination by suicide bomber
    By Wije Dias
    21 December 1999

    Only the Sinhala sympathy vote helped CBK to win 1999 Election, similar to Hirunka winning the preferential vote on sympathy grounds on her Father’s murder.

    Do you think Mahinda Rajapakse is another Darwin…..who invented “Mahinda Chinthana” like “Tsunami Jackpot” TO WIN ELECTIONS………… One should be crazy to believe both your facts and MR.

    INFACT MR IS CHANDRIKA’S NUMBER ONE ENEMY. HE NOT ONLY KICKED HER OUT FROM SLFP PARTY, BUT ERASED BANDARANAIKES FROM SRI LANKA’s POLITICS BY KICKING CBK OUT FROM SLFP, WHILE GIVING ONLY A MINISTER OF TOURISM POST TO ANURA, WHERE HE PROMISSED CBK THAT HE WILL MAKE HIM PM. Not even Foreign Minister post to Anura. CBK HAS BAD BLOOD WITH MR,GOTA,BASIL AND KELANI MERVIN.

    PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING WEB.

    http://www.ceylontoday.lk/59-31476-news-detail-i-had-no-ambition-to-become-president.html

    Here she say’s….. “Mahajana Party had betrayed me by removing me as chairperson of the party. It was Mahinda Rajapaksa who orchestrated my removal as chairperson of the SLFP. Those who wallow in corruption do not like me”.

    In 2005 MR bribed 800 million rupees to VP to win 2005 Presidential election. Watch the following Video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DQ64bDD3Yk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSZO8OZb9us

    With all that MR won only by 100,000 votes in 2005.

    Now we see Sajith Premadasa having 16 Billion rupees in his house…….How come…Is he another Saudi King….with Lamborghinis.

    Isn’t this another MR/ Raja Mahendran(Sirasa TV) conspiracy to break up UNP using Sajith Premadasa as a bait and then trap and dump him.
    One has to check Sajith’s Loyalty to UNP and to the country.

    Here’s the web.
    http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=14158
    http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=14159

    Now MR released crook Rowlin Perera from Jail with a Bond.What a joke.

    Therefore crook MARA is working on Dismentling the opposition Parties through various means, using his pals at Sirasa/Swarnawahin/Hiru/ITN/Rupawahini TVs.

    MAY BE MR IS USING YOU ALSO TO DISMENTLE OPPOSITION PARTIES AFTER YOUR VISIT TO ARALIYA GAHA JUST BEFORE UNHRC.

    By the way did you read today’s news that Mara’s Kangaroo court aquitted crook BBS from all charges of attacking the Christian church.

    Read the following web.

    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/international/2014/April/international_April87.xml&section=in
    ternational

    It says…..”Court acquits Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka church attack case
    Qadijah Irshad / 4 April 2014

    It says…A Sri Lankan high court gave a not guilty verdict to the general secretary of a 
hardline Buddhist group for attacking a Cavalry church six years ago.

    Ven. Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara of the radical Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) group, and 13 others including three monks were charged with causing damages to the church. They were also accused of attacking and injuring two pastors, stealing a cell phone worth LKRs 15,000 and snatching a gold chain worth LKRs 50,000 that belonged to the pastors.

    This is how the crook Govern our country.

    16 Billion rupees in Sajith’s home is a mystry. MR duped and trapped your friend Sajith Premadasa.

    We know Ranil is a weak leader….but Ranil has to stay to safe guard UNP party from Mara’s conspiracy comedy tricks. Same with Gen.Sarath Fonseka’s Party.MR tried to break TNA but couldn’t. So he is using other methods.

    MARA will have many more surprises in his pocket to play until next Presidential elections. Gobi is the latest trick.

    Sri Lanka currency notes are the cheapest looking, and printed in lowest quaity paper out of the whole world. I don’t have to explain it to you Doctor. Even you can print them in your home computer using a Laser jet printer. Easiest way to make money. They all follow Alibaba……50 to 100 million spent by each PC candidate.

    Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka,

    Are these the type of crooks you try to defend, showing a fake LTTE revival to the world.Rajapakses are in the verge of Dismentling all opposition parties by hook or by crook. MR using LTTE False Flag, Gobi, Kanggetta, Greese Yakka, White vans, Laptops, duty free cars, land allocations,16 Billion Rupees in Sajith’s house are all part of this plan.

    Dr.Dayan.
    Please safeguard your reputation and integrity. Please always move with Respectable, honest, wise and Reputable people….like Tisaranee, Dr.Laksiri Fernando,BASL Upul Jayasuriya,Sumanthiran,Wigneswaran, Rev Sobitha Thero etc. Not with Malinda or BBS, another MR/Gota crook mouth pieces who talk only for Laptops, duty free Lamborghinis etc.

    Next Presidential election will be Between…. MR/Gota/Basil’s family UPFA Versus Madam Chandrika/ Ven.Sobitha Thero together with Old SLFP supporters, UNP, JVP, DM, TNA,Muslim congress combine together as one.
    Therefore it’s going to be One family party against Six parties combine.
    Please do your Math.Change your batton now. Coming colors no good.

    Also Pres.Chandrika and Ranil has International backing unlike MR. Please jump the boat now before it’s too late……or Get ready to eat another MR False Flag Combination Jackpot Kiribath.

    MR already accepted his defeat at next elections after the latest defeat PC elections.
    We Sri Lankans are looking only for equal Justice to everybody, specially for Minority and helpless, voiceless and powerless people irrespective of their race, religion,color or status. That’s it.Hope you understand.

    Dr.Dayan, Please support our Cricket Heroes who are playiing World cup Finals on Sunday. The true hardworking heroes who bring honour, pride and respect to Sri Lanka led by Two Sri Lankan captains. One Sinhala the other a Tamil.United we stand, divided we fall. They are united and they win.

    Dr.Dayan,
    Please answer to my above comment.We are still waiting to hear from you on Tamil percentage representation in Sri Lanka.

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    The reality of democracy in Sri Lanka is that you cannot win Sinhala Buddhist racism. If the opposition has to win they have to change more radically and brutally against other communities.

    Can the opposition beat Mahinda on:
    Killing Tamils
    Militarizing North East
    Sinhalization of North East
    destroying Muslim mosques
    Destroying the Muslims identity

    To win in an election you need the support of more than two third of Sinhalese even all the Tamils and Muslims votes for the opposition. To win more than two third of Sinhalese vote you must treat minorities as slaves.

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    What does DJ smoke?”. Neither CBK nor Mahinda Rajapaksa based their game plan on the Tamil vote in 1999 and 2005″…. how can DJ say this. Has he forgotten that President Rajapakse bribed Prabaharan and got him to block Tamils voting at the election? Does this not mean that Rajapakse victory is due to non-voting of Tamils. Isn’t this depending on the Tamils to get elected? This argument is similar to DJ’s argument of Tamils being 4% of the population.

    What does Mano Ganesan winning additional votes in the Western PC mean? Loss of votes to UPFA!

    Has DJ forgotten when President extended his term under the constitutional amendment he did not have a referendum. Why only now all of a sudden DJ wants a referendum to abolish the Presidential system. Is extending the number of times a President could contest not similar to abolishing the Presidential system, as both have an impact on Presidency?

    I am not sure what DJ is smoking or drinking these days. May be after he got kicked out of Paris he is now smoking and drinking local stuff which has profound negative impact on his intelligence.

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      Park ,

      “May be after he got kicked out of Paris he is now smoking and drinking local stuff which has profound negative impact on his intelligence. “

      no , no ! DJ has been the same DJ as he was in his so called revolutionary student days in 70’s (According to his batch mates), his motto is , my interests come first every thing else secondary !

      whole article is full of pure BS ! referendum , 1999 & 2005 presidential election results ????? he even doesn’t believe in any of the gibberish he was writing, but compelled to do so, what a sad life ?

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    It’s good if all the anti sri lankan elements that have no backbone to stand up to unwanted external pressure and idiots who want our army to be investigated by US and British whom have a much more questionable history, get together behind a single candidate and receive a knockout punch. Of-course the Rajapapakshe clan will define it as a blanked cheque to do what ever they wish but anti sri lankan elements that are in a hurry to break up this nation is much much more dangerous than the Rajapakshe clan. Remember that we need at-least another decade of peace and stability for our victory to be irreversible.

    Such a knockout punch will make the anti sri lankan elements both inside and outside the country silent, of-course for only a few weeks.

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