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The Power Of Evil: Rajapaksa’s Do-Or-Die War & The Sajith Subplot

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

“The chain of events that must now follow along the lines of the  logic inherent in Sirisena’s first unlawful act leads to the build up of a totally new system operating outside the frame of the constitution and irrelevant to it.”

Playing Mind-games on President Sirisena

Mahinda Rajapakse  and his family spotted trouble for them well in advance after their defeat at the polls in 2015. This is how the ‘Mahinda Sulanga,” meetings were organized at the outset- beginning Nugegoda. That move did not suffice and, next, they moved into a different ball game, namely to work on President  Maitripala Sirisena and play mind -games with the latter. What Sri Lankans witness now is the success of that Machiavellian strategy.

With this intent, sections of Mahinda’s men – Susil Premjayanth, John Seneviratne, SB Dissanayake, Mahinda Samarasinghe etc had come to be part of the Yahapalanaya government. The latter group together with advisors like Shrilal Lakthilaka – a sworn Ranil hater – kept on relentlessly working on the mind of Sirisena. To Sirisena himself, reverting back to his old master had an advantage as he was increasingly getting uncomfortable with the ‘alien’ UNP crowd and with the yahapalanaya shackles placed on his enjoying unbridled power. The two needs conjoined and Sirisena was won over. 

Lawlessness

The power of evil is at play. Rajapksas and his cohorts, who never ever expected defeat in 2015, had so many cases coming up  against them over charges of fraud, financial  embezzlement, money laundering, and the brutal murder of opponents. The alleged crimes were very serious. The crime operation of that regime represented plain evil. The regime never respected the fundamental right of a citizen to live and to speak his own conscience. A hit -squad took charge of dissentients-journalists and others.Having little respect for the law, Mahinda and his men and women MPs went about demolishing the democratic institutions that SrI Lankans have been enjoying since the days of the Donoughmore constitution in 1933. That is over 80 years! The regime spent the peoples’ and taxpayers money at their own will and pleasure and regarded all government property their own.If Mahinda wanted to detour a Sri Lankan plane to carry his kith and kin he would do just that.

Overcome Court Challenges

The Rajapaksa regime’s current strategies are tailored to overcome the deadly court challenges its family and cohorts imminently face before the Special High Courts.They couldn’t do that democratically. In the most recent attempt, they tried to use the  money they had amassed and buy over MPs; but that attempt didn’t work.Now, they have got onto the lower road of brazen Fascist rule. They got Sirisena to commence action outside and in violence to the constitution- ignore the 19th Amendment, ignore parliamentary rule, ignore majority rule and ignore decency. As suggested above, these are politicians who by natural propensity are given to lawlessness; so this style of governance is natural to them.

Lankan Special

What we now have is a plainly illegal and fake regime appointing their own Prime Minister, appointing their own Ministers and having pretence cabinet meetings like kids playing with sand castles. The technique was to receive only the President’s illegal seal. From that point, the junta got into government establishments, government-owned media and with sheer force of physical power continue to “rule.” This is not typically how dictatorships come into being; it is a Sri Lankan ‘special’ road to autarchy. Typically, a dictator grabs military power by coup or otherwise and then proceeds. In the Sri Lanka case, the armed forces are still dazed as to what is happening and they have not put in their teeth into the illegal regime. The ultimate power-source is not yet the gun but the physical force that thugs can supply. If the armed forces succumb to the rogue government, then it will guns right along.

Sirisena

In one sense, Maitripala Sirisena is too simple-minded to know that eventually he will be victimised as the man who started all this yahapalanaya replacement and caused all unnecessary worry and headache to the Rajapakse establishment.  However, I won’t credit Sirisena with being simply naive. Sirisena is a complex mixture of greed, corruption, cunningness and duplicitousness. These qualities are well expressed in his daughter’s book, ‘Janadhipathi Thaaththa.’In this instance, however, the naivety in the man emerges.

Violence to the Constitution

The lawless regime has failed to command the majority in Parliament. Our Parliament represents the people and the sovereignty which is invested in the people is exercised on the latter’s behalf by Parliament. The 19th Amendment, which Sirisena himself openly espoused and praised in the floor of Parliament, in effect made a sharp cut into the powers of the executive Presidency, which prevailed prior to that. Thus, the President cannot sack a Prime Minister and any person he appoints as Prime Minister must be able to gather majority support on the floor of the house. Likewise, the President cannot dissolve Parliament at will but only under certain conditions specified. The lawless brigade pushed Sirisena to do just that. Sirisena is now tied up in a ball of thread that he cannot untangle. The chain of events that must now follow along the lines of the  logic inherent in Sirisena’s first unlawful act leads to the build up of a totally new system outside the frame of the constitution and irrelevant to it. This is what is now happening, and to the dismay of all lawabiding citizens. Sans any constitution to back up such a parallel system, Sri Lankans will live within an anarchic system of unwritten rules under the whim of the ‘big man,’ or of the dictates of little powers franchised by that ‘big man,’ to rule the levels below the latter.

Welgama’s Righteous Outburst

There is a fundamental principle of righteousness that is at odds with all the above outrageous acts of the Sirisena-Mahinda combine. This principle underlies democracy and our constitution. Mahinda Rajapakse’s former Minister and heavyweight, Welgama, expressed that in forthright manner and Welgama deserves our respect for being on the side of justice. In a videoed interview done on the 27th November, now doing the social media rounds disseminated by LankaEnews, Welgama says that what is now happening is wrong and that ruling power should be in the hands of none other than those holding the majority (in Parliament). “Power should go to the majority. Who else?,” Welgama asks. 

It is unfortunate that some of the highly educated big guns on the Rajapakse side like Professor GL Peiris and Sarath Amunugama  are not following the Welgama line. On the contrary, the latter are condoning and rationalising the misbehaviour. We need men of character who can stand up to actions of leaders-whichever side they may be located- that violate law and encourage an adverse upturn in broad social values.

Sajith Premadasa Subplot

It isn’t entirely accurate to state that this new regime has disregarded action purported to be within the democratic frame. Mahinda and his fellows know that, in the end, they need popular support and Parliamentary support. With this objective, the junta is engaged in unleashing a new subplot within the dominant United National Party. This is to create division within the UNP itself by creating a new schismatic issue, namely, by orchestrating a campaign to prop up Sajith Premadasa as leader of the UNP. Basil is said to be organizing a special mob to cheer Sajith whenever he gets onto the yahapalanaya stage just as the UPFA prearranged a cheer mob to be in the front of the crowd whenever Mahinda Rajapaksa addressed his election meetings. In the UPFA case, the mob would raise their hands in supplication and shout and hail the messiah. Likewise, the Rajapaksa junta wants to create UNP’s new messiah and, of course, slaughter the latter later. The Badulla District young MP Harin Fernando did a few days ago make a public statement that Sajith Premadasa should replace Ranil. This subplot, now gaining some momentum, is designed to split the Grand Old party right in the middle. All UNP members should be aware of this sinister move and realize that the stir is being masterminded by Basil and not for the love of their party; nor even for Sajith Premadasa.

The UNP and the public at large should firmly realize that at this stage the struggle for democracy is the only issue. Matters of leadership succession may follow only after democarcy is won back for all.

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  • 15
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    My God you want Ranil who has brought the UNP to a situation of losing so many elections, and avoiding contesting presidential elections twice running, to continue as the leader !

    Most of the present ministers, SB,GL, Keheliya, Johnston, Amunugama were once UNP but left the party in disgust with Ranil. Every time Ranil becomes PM he soon makes the UNP unpopular and gets booted by the President.This time he and his old Royalists pals got caught with their pants down inside the Central bank

    Slaves are sometimes made but often born. These fellows will bring down the standards of Australia too.

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      Dear Mr Jayasighe,

      thanks for your valuable article. We are all torn into pieces since 26th Oct.
      Not just appointing a man whose records are beyond all ethics and morals, as the PM, but prorogation of parliament, dissolution of parliament and pro actively attacks being made on lanken democracy, is beyond bearing today. President by name My3 Sirisenaa (not using any honour prefix) is either not cognitively well or he is provably the most abusive man to hold the position going by all the achives lanken democratic performances since independence.

      And lanken MEDIA institutions incl. news PAPERs are full of support in favour of Rajapakshes.
      This has been on and on since sinister forces are being played on journalists. These forces I believe are underhand of Rajakshe thugs.

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      I agree with “kolla”… How many years RW operates as losing opposition leader? 20 years or 25 years? a world record.. RW is 70 now, old man.. As opposition leader, he didn’t even contested last two prez election… what he want in next election? just happy with salary and other perks as opposition leader?
      RW should have resigned and gave the party leadership to new generation some 10 years back…
      RW: Please don’t ruin the importance of opposition party in SL..

  • 26
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    A wonderful summary of events taking place right now in our country. Today greed and hunger for power reign supreme. So called educated people are stooping to lower level to sing hossannas to the discarded lot. May God protect this from the dirty grip of dangerous vultures waiting to attack with venom to rip the democracy. As Sri Lanka who cherish Democracy should stand united to defeat the evil forces.

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      “So called educated people are stooping to lower level to sing hosannas to the discarded lot”.
      That is exactly why democracy supportive Sri Lankan’s should have the capacity to discern, identify and rip the real vultures that pose a danger, bearing in mind that vultures can some times seem as sparrows.

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    Didn’t Sumanasekera say Dr Ranil’s Elite Anglican Vellala Faction will never accept Keselwatta Kid as their UNP Leader , let alone make the Kid become their UNP,s Prime Minister ….

    You made my Day …God Bless….

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Didn’t Sumanasekera say Dr Ranil’s Elite Anglican Vellala Faction will never accept Keselwatta Kid as their UNP Leader , let alone make the Kid become their UNP,s Prime Minister ….”

      Come on did the Sinhala/Buddhist Vellalas/Radala the failed impeachers Dutta Gamani, Samarasekera S**t bomb Mudali, …………. ever like his dad Premadasa? He found it far more difficult to fight these Sinhala/Buddhist Vellalas than the occupying Hindians and his mate VP.

      Now you want to replace Sajith as an interim leader eventually replacing him with your Sinhala/Buddhist Vellalas/Radala Navin Nayakka who was “educated” in your mother country and he also has a masters and able to write in English.

      I need your “advice” on election matters.
      To be or not to be dilema.
      Do you think I should vote for rathu patte next time?
      Do you also think we should make the prince the president?

  • 5
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    An accurate analysis of today’s events. You have highlighted the evil hand of Basil in all these

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    On the other hand, Sajith Could not pass O/L in Srilanka. Sajith could not pass exams in Boston. Sajith could not pass exams in London. So, his father decided, you are best to be the president. Now he builds Udagamas, Som Sri lankan people will have enough houses and every one will be housed, no one will be in the sreets of colombo By Reading Sajth would say, it doe snot matter. It does not matter. He has written something good about me here

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    The Rajapakse family have caused a great deal of damage to Ceylon and there is no hope for the country .to solve the many problems it has as politics is now only for the thugs.murders and crooks.Decent individuals would not want to get involved with these undesirables.

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      Where were you Roland dear old man since 1972, under the bed? The country which you refer to does not exist.

  • 5
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    Shyamon, MS has already taken his place as one of the worst in Lankan political history.The coming generations will know him as the liar and a cheat who deceived millions of public who trusted him. My ninety year old Mom has seen the first and the last to rule Lanka.. In her opinion there are very few she considers as decent (Leave alone being good). MS was one of them. Though I disagreed with her from day one, I never voiced my opinion to her in respect of her vast experience and knowledge. Even at this age she is well aware of the Lankan as well international politics and up to date with minute details. Now with the true MS version is out in public, the betrayal has left her in shock and anger.

  • 5
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    Kolla, UNP just got better because of those shit heads left the party. GL , SB, Kehaliya (todays news : just got kicked out of his information ministry), Johnston the thug ( the country witnessed his valor few days ago “chilli peppering” the parliament), Amunugama any sensible person will not touch this donkey even with a pole. Thank RW for the thugs exodus.

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    The chain of unsolved events the minister must secure his position through election. Parliament and the politicians appointed to the positions of cabinet are believed to be excellent, the unusual move Its wounds and tragedies can be read and Referring disorderly to the last few Parliamentary sessions, which were dominated by disruptions, unruly behavior and walk outs, hoped day would end up like that Continually If this country is ever troubled, it will come live without work. All are enjoying, not forcing them self to solve the problem scholarly

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    Fuck you both Kumanaskera and Kolla, the Mara and Sira ass lickers. Donkeys right now what matters is not Sajid or Ranil. It’s attack on the democracy and the rule of law. SL has unbroken democracy and it’s our duty to protect and preserve it for the generations to come. We shouldn’t allow some thugs to subvert it for their selfish power greed. If they want to come to power, there are legal ways not by illegal means. Sira and Mara are traitors for violating the constitution, and the punishment for it is death sentence.

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      Yes those who express support for the President’s action are bad people Rohan. But what about those who support the central bank robbers and those who want to avoid elections ?

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    Shyamon, as usual, your article is rubbish. Here is what happened.
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    It all started with Sira’s visit to UK, where the Queen is supposed to have shaken hands with him. This contact with Royalty inflated his ego and he wanted to be employed in the Royal household even in a menial position. There was a vacancy for a footman to serve Lankan guests in the Royal Banquet Hall and a hasty interview was arranged with the Queen herself, which went like this:
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    The Queen says “My footmen must have good ankles. Show me your ankles.”
    After he shows her his ankles, the Queen says: “Knobby knees are not allowed, so I need to see your knees too.” Once she has seen his knees, she says: “Those things appears to be in shape. Now show me your testimonials .
    .
    That is where Sira’s Motta Kaduwa let him down. He showed the Queen the wrong things and was put in jail. Knowing that it could produce an international uproar the Queen called in experts to decide on a cover up.
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    Finally, a stupid Sri Lankan refugee of the right size was selected and plastic surgery carried out to make him look like Sira. This is the Sira who is now issuing edicts on a daily basis on the surprised population while our genuine model is languishing in the cold dungeons of the Balmoral Castle of Scotland. (Credit to Jokes page of Infolanka for the original joke)

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    May the good lord bless our country and give wisdom to the politicians to act with responsibility to do their duties to run the country with respect and dignity and commitment as they are paid more than they are worth by the tax payers.

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    MR with the help of MS has wiped out Bandas SLFP and now he is trying the same with UNP with the help of MS. He already has triedhis hands at other small parties including Tamils, Muslims and JVP.

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    MR with the help of MS has wiped out Bandas SLFP and now he is trying the same with UNP with the help of MS. He already has tried his hands at other small parties including Tamils, Muslims and JVP. The evil / MR is using its tool / MS to cause the destruction of Lankawe. Before Lankan retards were into myth about Ravana and destruction of Lanka. Now it seems their dreams are coming true.

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    “What we now have is a plainly illegal and fake regime appointing their own Prime Minister, appointing their own Ministers and having pretence cabinet meetings like kids playing with sand castles.”
    Brilliant Shyamon. Please continue to write

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    How does he know so much about Sri Lanka while living abroad? Thanks for caring so much about the land you will never return for permanent domicile. It really helps to see how deeply emigrants care from the comforts of their homes overseas. Reminds me of Tamil Tiger worshippers in Canada, Australia, UK etc too who spew their casteist racist hate here too to remind Sri Lankans living in Sri Lanka how relevant and experts they are. At least Vishwamithra is a known Sri Lankan living in Sri Lanka.

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      A Gem …….Keep up the Good work .. God bless…..

    • 0
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      Goodness, I could not have said it better…….all these exiles go and beggar themselves in foreign countries and apparently this seems to heighten their sense of patriotism to the Country they ditched…….that is fine, but what possibly gives these foreigners the right to get on-line and pontificate about our problems……it would be better if they get on the bus and head down to the local pub, sit alone friendless and swill some beer!

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    Post from facebook: ” The writer should have come to today’s meeting at temple trees where all local government members from unp attended. Then he would have understood the cheer from 99��of members. And these people are not planted by “basil” 😂 These members know the grass root vibe. Unlike the writer. All unpers and people in general are asking for a change. And are asking for sajith premadasa. The main plot will be if RW doesn’t listen to the people and go ahead to a election without a leadership change. And play right in to the hands of rajapaskes. I feel the writer is also in this cinnamon garden bubble which thinks this democracy slogan will win an election in the village. I urge the writer to do a bit more of research on the ground level before talking about plots.

    PS : pls first come to sri lanka and know the grass root situation and the calling without writing things and talking about plots when your not even in the country. !!!”

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