17 June, 2021

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The Rajapaksa Tidal-Wave & The Anti-Rajapaksa Tsunami-Wall

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“I don’t know whether the bird you are holding is dead or alive, but what I do know is that it is in your hands. It is in your hands.” ~ Tony Morrison (Nobel Acceptance Speech)

The Rajapaksas are in a hurry. They have a constitution to make and a country to remake. Currently, the road to both destination seems as wide and as clear as a super-highway. Yet lurking beneath that conjunctural smoothness are structural ruts, with the potential to slow down and eventually unravel the Rajapaksa project.

The fissuring of the UNP was the earthquake that caused the SLPP’s tidal wave at the parliamentary election. Had the UNP remained undivided, the Rajapaksas would have won a just a simple majority.

The Rajapaksa support base has not grown between the presidential election of 2019 and the parliamentary election of 2020. In fact it has decreased by more than 70,500 votes.

Given the massive losses suffered by the opposition, this would seem insignificant, numerically and politically. But the trend does matter – Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s seven month rule has not succeeded in expanding the Rajapaksa support base.

A district-level breakdown provides a clearer picture. The SLPP’s vote count declined between 2019 and 2020 in 11 districts – Colombo (53,110), Gampaha (47,974), Galle (35,709), Kalutara (34.221), Matara (22.264), Puttalam (10,194), Ampara (9,046), Batticaloa (5,044),  Kurunegala (2313), Ratnapura (1,376), and Moneragala (629).

Of the 11 districts where the SLPP vote count increased, the three biggest boosters were Nuwara Eliya (55,261), Pollonnaruwa (33,507), and Badulla (33,327).

The distributional pattern in gains and losses indicates are instructive. Most of the Rajapaksa losses were in Sinhala-Buddhist majority districts. Their main gains resulted from the alliances the SLPP forged with other parties – notably the CWC (Nuwara Eliya and Badulla) and the SLFP (Pollonnaruwa, where former president Maithripala Sirisena topped the preference vote list).

The SLPP was able to transfer a national vote loss into a near two-thirds mandate thanks to the division of the UNP. Neither Ranil Wickremesinghe nor Sajith Premadasa seems to care that their leadership squabble is strengthening none but the Rajapaksas. The Rajapaksas know that. That – and the need to move before the economic crisis hits – is why they have hit the ground running, and will not cease their sprint until the new constitution is a done deal.

The first step in the journey towards the transformation of Sri Lanka into a familial state is the abolition of the 19th Amendment. That would concentrate more power in Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s hands and enable Basil Rajapaksa to enter the parliament via the National List (that was how he entered the parliament for the first time in 2007). By gutting the independent commissions, the judiciary can be rendered subservient to the executive and the country returned to a time of blatantly unfree, unfair and violent elections.

Though the removal of the 19th Amendment is inevitable, the opposition can give that move a free pass only at its own peril. The opposition needs to fight against the 20th Amendment in and outside parliament. It doesn’t have the votes to defeat the amendment, but it has a voice to expose and discredit it. It can also contain the worse of possible excesses by appealing to the judiciary. Most importantly, defending the gains of the 19th Amendment is a slogan, a goal that can unite the entire opposition. It is the place to begin the long, hard but necessary struggle to defeat Rajapaksa rule.

Mounting a spirited legal, political and propaganda struggle in defence of the 19th Amendment would also be a way for individual opposition parties to strengthen and extend their own bases. For the SBJ it is a test to demonstrate its capacity to function as the main opposition party. For the JJB, it is a chance to show anti-Rajapaksa Lankans that it can lead a national struggle in defence of democracy. For the eviscerated UNP, it provides perhaps the last chance to regain life by winning back those voters who either stayed away or spoilt their votes out of disgust.

13th Amendment, a new constitution and a referendum

Gutting the 19th Amendment will make the president as powerful as he was between 2010 and 2015, but for Rajapaksa purposes this would not suffice. The old constitution has to go for two reasons. One is the need for a new electoral system which would enable the Rajapaksas to gain a massive majority in parliament even after their support base has eroded below the halfway mark.

The other is the need to get rid of the 13th Amendment.

If the existing constitution is replaced with a new constitution, the 13th Amendment will cease to exist. Just like that. This was what the UF government did in 1972. Since a Privy Council ruling in 1966 held Article 29 of the Soulbury Constitution guaranteeing minority rights to be an entrenched clause, the UF government turned the parliament into a constituent assembly and enacted a new constitution. As Sri Lanka’s preeminent historian Prof. KM de Silva pointed out, “To the SLFP, as the unabashed exponents of the Sinhala-Buddhist domination of the island, this would be ample justification for the formulation of a new constitution through a Constituent Assembly” (Sri Lanka/Ceylon – The New Republican Constitution).

The Gotabaya-Mahinda government is openly Sinhala-Buddhist supremacist. But that is not the only reason they’d want to get rid of the 13th Amendment. They’d want to get rid of the 13th Amendment because it is a bar to their power concentration and abuse.

The democratising aspects of the 13th Amendment are generally overlooked; not by the Rajapaksas though. It was the 13th Amendment that in 2012 prevented the Rajapaksas from enacting one of the most invidious and iniquitous piece of legislation ever attempted by a Lankan administration – the Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill popularly known as the Sacred Areas Act.

The Act consisted of 4 pages and 8 clauses and was drafted to give the Rajapaksas absolute control over every inch of private land. It empowered the Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs to acquire any land or building by the simple expedient of affixing a label on it – as a protection area, a conservation area, an architectural or historic area or a sacred area. All it needed was a label and a gazette notification. The victim would have had no recourse to law.

The Rajapaksas had the majority in parliament and thought the Act was a done deal. But the CPA petitioned the Supreme Court, and a bench headed by CJ Shirani Bandaranayake ruled against the Act. Under the 13th Amendment, land is a devolved subject. The 13th Amendment clearly stipulates that legislation on devolved subjects needs the concurrence of all provincial councils.

The Act was already on the parliamentary order paper when the Supreme Court gave its ruling. The regime sent the Act to provincial councils for approval. It was seen as a mere formality because the Northern Provincial Council was in abeyance and all other councils were under UPFA control.

The North Central provincial council wanted time to discuss the act. The Eastern PC refused to approve it. Eventually the Rajapaksas were forced to withdraw the act.

The Rajapaksas know of the anti-authoritarian aspects of the 13th Amendment, through bitter experience. The new constitution will ensure the death of 13th Amendment, without the Rajapaksas having to make a special effort to kill it. To appease India and to provide their Tamils allies with a fig leaf, the Rajapaksas will keep the provincial council system as a mere shell. (Another advantage of a new constitution is the ability to write pet projects like the Sacred Areas Act into it).

Constitutionally, a new constitution cannot be enacted without a referendum. And that is where the Rajapaksas could be rendered vulnerable. A united opposition can make winning the referendum as costly as possible for the Rajapaksas. It can turn the referendum to galvanise the anti-Rajapaksa 47% of the populace, and to ensure that the Rajapaksas are battered and bruised to the point of impacting on the longevity of the regime.

2025 can become another 2015. And the first step in the journey constitutes of doing everything in our power to defend the 19th Amendment.

Will the Opposition oppose?

The day before the parliamentary election, Sub-Inspector Sugath Mohan Mendis made a statement before the Gampaha Magistrate Court alleging that the Colombo Crimesl Division (CCD) pressured him to fabricate evidence against former CID Director Shani Abeysekara. The CCD threatened to jail him if he didn’t cooperate, he claimed.

SI Mendis refused to dishonour himself and the uniform. And he was arrested.

Just weeks before, Colombo Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake revealed in open court how the CID tried to fabricate evidence against detained lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah.

No official investigation has been launched to probe these allegations of criminality on the CID and CCD officials. That is hardly surprising, since both Shani Abeysekara and Hejaaz Hizbullah are victims of a politically motivated witch hunt. What is surprising is that the opposition’s silence and inaction.

Now that the election is over, will the new opposition showcase these allegations in parliament and demand a debate?   

In the North, land grabbing has already started. In Jaffna, on August 20th, the Navy tried to grab a 15 perch piece of land belonging to fisherman for a naval observation post. Popular resistance prevented the act, for now. But once the new constitution is in, with the provisions of the Sacred Areas Act written into it, such land grabbing anywhere in the country will become perfectly legal.

Is the opposition going to twiddle their collective thumbs until that disaster happens?

President Gotabaya claimed that the state ministries were structured based on the views of his Sangha Advisory Council. That probably explains the ludicrous nature of some of the ministries. There is also the placement of Christian, Hindu and Islamic religious affairs under the Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, with Sinhala Buddhist cabinet and state ministers.

The subject of Women and Children has been downgraded from a cabinet ministry to a state ministry and placed under education ministry thereby narrowing its scope. Its minister is a man of no distinction, and no discernible qualification to handle any of the subject areas. Other downgraded subjects include poverty alleviation (Samurdi) and social development. Information technology has been downgraded into non-existence. 

The Defence Ministry has 23 institutions under its direct purview including the Department of Archaeology. The subject of Home Affairs too had been attached to the Defence Ministry, bringing under its control district and divisional secretariats (as well as the police). The new foreign secretary is a retired military man.

Militarisation has gathered pace. But this is militarisation with Rajapaksa characteristics. The military is being instrumentalised the same way Sinhala-Buddhist clergy are being instrumentalised. It is the Rajapaksas who are in control.

During 2005-2015 period, the various Rajapaksas started building their own fiefdoms, following a cooperation/competition mode. That process of parcelling out the state among brothers and sons has resumed in earnest, post-election. Gotabaya Rajapaksa controls defence. Economy is effectively under the control of Basil Rajapaksa, an arrangement that will be formalised once the 19th Amendment is gone. Namal Rajapaksa, who only had Tharunyata Hetak and Nil Balakaya then, is officially in control of Youth and Sports now. Chamal and Shasheendra Rajapaksa control agriculture. Nipuna Ranawaka is in charge of Matara district development. The family’s tentacles have spread farther and wider than ever before.

The Rajapaksas know their priorities. Getting rid of the 19th Amendment is a necessary precondition for the complete transformation of Sri Lanka into a familial state.

Resisting that move will enable the creation of broad tent that can include not just the parliamentary opposition, but also influential individuals like Karu Jayasuriya, Mangala Samaraweera, Sunil Handunneththi and Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, trade unions and civil society organisations and the 47% of Lankans who voted for Sajith Premadasa in 2019 not necessarily because he was the president we wanted but because Gotabaya Rajapaksa was the president we didn’t want.

If we want to build a tsunami-wall to beat back the Rajapaksa tidal wave, that work has to begin with defending the 19th Amendment and opposing the 20th Amendment.

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  • 38
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    Let the books of history the show the face of that scoundrel (ranil) under the the heading ‘how to single handedly destroy a country’.

    Those in positions of power are a reflection of those they reside over. There are deep issues to be addressed among all people of this land; be it wether they are Tamils, Christians, Muslims or Buddhist. The people who want this country to progress on economic, societal, social and various other fronts must unite to turn the tides on the masses of moda rice packet voters and the racists who want to take this country to some imaginary nonexistent glory days that they’ve dreamed up during one of their devil worshiping chants.

    May God (who is alone worthy of all worship and worthy of all praise) honour the people of this land with His light.

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      Dear Friends,

      why is that our peoples behave as if they are born brainless ?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndf47s3BAW4

      Not even tribes in Africa or Asia would not treat it with indifference but our sinhala race for some reasons, let Rajapakshes to do anything and everything, regardless of the impact of the act. Sinharaja is not their pvt property as my elders made me clear.
      :
      What happened to SIVURU wearing SKIN heads (Buddhgama followers call them Buddhist monks) – they stay mum as if their fives senses are set on off mode by Rajakashes ?
      .
      What would the incumbent President say in terms of the kind of high crimes ? One country -one law seems to be defined for the people with exemption to Rajapakshes and their kith and kin.

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        I think our people might feel that they should adulate them forever.

        If we should adulate anyone, it should be tri-forces and Mr Sarathfonseka or the like real war heroes.

        Mahinda Rajaashes should be put above the altar because he looted and made srilanken indebted to CHINA. So did some tribal leaders in Africa (Angola and several other countries).

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          Was only MR the one to borrow from China? Check the Yahapalana’s record.
          Also is it only from China that we borrow? Check with Central Bank records.

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            SJ,

            who else borrowed unaffordable amonuts for white elephants projects if I may ask you Mr ?

            Yes, not only from CHINA but from many other countries srilanken state has borrowed huge loans.
            :
            But the high scale losses are estimed to be more during MR administration than that of any others … Let me add you the supportive links next time.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TyWMfB9bAw

            I don think you dont know all the facts behind these issues Mr SJ. Were there proper feasiblity studies in terms of Mattala Airport ? Where on earth the kind of Airpots stay not accessed to the people if feasiblity made them clear about the location ?
            :
            Please dont mix it up. Rajakshe and their goons looted the state as no other leaders.
            :’
            RW #s so called- bond scam is premedidated. Why is that the very same experts dont seem to attack Rajakshes for their huge losses which according to experts are 100 times more than the losses roughly estimated for 2015-2017?

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

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              LM
              My response was to this:
              “Mahinda Rajaashes should be put above the altar because he looted and made srilanken indebted to CHINA. So did some tribal leaders in Africa (Angola and several other countries).”
              BTW
              Angola has a proper stable government that withstood assaults b forces including the then racist South Africa.
              *
              Please watch what you say.

      • 6
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        “Not even tribes in Africa or Asia would not …”
        What have you got against tribal societies? They are highly structured societies and work well, certainly until external elements impose themselves.

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        Rajapaksa Dynasty Rule this Sinhalese Aryans Country for more than 100 years. No one can stop this also.

  • 27
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    Thisaranee Gunasekara is enjoying what she sees in the mirror.
    Anyone who expects to reach +50% over SLPP in a referendum is hallucinating.

    Soma

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      Numbers do not hallucinate like you.
      What tisaranee is quoting is numbers not hallucination that SLPP lost votes in 7 months rule of war criminal

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      somass


      Did you know “Sudden power outage swallowed almost Rs. 1 billion” under the your dumbass president’s rule?

      It is damn urgent than rewriting A19 (facilitating US citizen Basil’s entry into parliament, ….. taking over the treasury and exercising control over private investment decisions and issuing licensing being one stop shop).

  • 30
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    Should not forget the fact that holders of power are charged for murders, war crimes, and serious frauds. As long as justice is not served, their efforts will only shortlive until justice done to them.

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    Should not forget the fact that holders of power are charged for murders, war crimes, and serious frauds. Their efforts will only shortlive until justice done is done to them.

  • 14
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    Wow, what an article, a task only an accomplished above intelligent person, in this case, a well-seasoned similar to me an anti-rajapuka damsel has many to open their eyes in an astonishing wonder.
    \
    The votes for the rogue victors the SLPP has significantly declined – gone down the pallan.
    I blame the 2 squabbling husband/wife leaders of the UNP, Ranil and Sajith for allowing the SLPP to get all that they were greedily yearning for.
    \
    The Kalla kallathoni of a many a crime so-called president, as the esteemed writer quite rightly states has been having his hands inside his soiled amude and has been twiddling his -?
    With this lottery win the SLPP has immediately got to get working to bring relief to all the suffering peasants who hardly have a job or cent in their pockets to feed themselves and their families.
    \
    They the crooked mongrel SLPP will have their way in abolishing the 19th amendment along with the present constitution but if a referendum has to be held and all the parties in the opposition get their acts together they will have rotten eggs on their uncouth unsavoury faces.

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      rj1952,
      You hate ‘Rajapuka. Do you like Raa Nil Puka?

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        Eager less puntak –
        Being fornicated by a blind Tamil lass I never enter through the back door but always from the front with your fine Sinhalese lasses.
        \
        Unlike you, I never have a hatred for any 2 or 4 legged human beasts but dislike a few and you a Rajapuk’s arse licker, I dislike them with a passion.
        \
        Being 92 and having a fascination for the backsides of the human body you are a sexually deprived sicko of a psychopath.
        \
        Furthermore, you are a gluten for punishment, most of your petty racist vulgar comments do not even see the light of day.?
        \
        Thickskinned mutt of a baboon you are.

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        EE,
        Not matter what race, religion we are born into, Rajakashes are the all high criminals , melchcha terrorists of the own people. They would live up on the COSTS of the poor tax payers while leaving them in hunger forever. Go to UVA province and get your facts right, you refugees living in Australia.

        Anyone with some sanity should and could start hating Rajakshes for all the high harms being done to this nation.

        For them, enjoying the polical power – for the citizens, it is a struggle of living.
        :
        For bitch s sons of your nature – it is similar to that BLUE FLIES BEING FOUND EXCREATA OR CADAVAS.

      • 0
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        Ranil is a silent killer. When the silent killer and the noisy killer get-together, there will be a Tsumai which will engulf the whole of Sri Lanka.

      • 3
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        Every one hates DIASPODA and PEELAM

    • 11
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      This shows intelligence of the commentators here including you. You guys can not understand people vote in less numbers in general elections than in a presidential election. Yes. SLPP got less votes in General election than in presidential election. The difference was 70,662. In 2015, Sirisena got 6217162 votes and UNP got 5098916. The difference was staggering 12123452. Thisaranee… if you have an iota of intelligence, you should be able to see this. Do not misguide people to prove your dream assumptions. SLPP will trow away 19A, There will be 20A. If a referendum is needed, SLPP will get it easily. Keep dreaming.

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        Typo difference was 1118246.

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    Winning over 50% in a referendum is very easy for Rajafucksas. They have already won 52% and 59%. Next stop may be 65%. The problem with the opposition uniting to stop it is that opposition will have TNA, SLMC, etc. That puts off Sinhalese and they support Rajapaksas merely to oppose them. On the other hand it TNA and SLMC do not join the NO vote at a referendum it loses anyway. So either way the NO camp is doomed at this stage. Most Sri Lankans want a new constitution without 13 amendment and any form of real devolution of power. Sham devolution is OK. 13 MINUS is OK.

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      GATAM,
      According to the sub-committee report on Power Sharing even the Dalits in Yapanaya do not want Land and Police powers given to NPC.
      Only Malabar Vellala Demalu want devolution of power so that they can continue to oppress low caste Dalits.
      ====
      “Most Sri Lankans want a new constitution without 13 amendment and any form of real devolution of power. Sham devolution is OK. 13 MINUS is OK.”

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        EE, you got a point. So called “low caste” Tamils supported the army during the war. All Tamil informants are from that sect. They vote for EPDP and SLFP. Government should share power with them, not the drain (Vellaala) caste. But can the Rajafucksa cowardly dirty racists do that? I don’t think so.

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      RAJAFUCKSAS left and right Fuck nicely and wiped out entire LTTE and it’s leadership. Diaspoda still crying for nothing

  • 37
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    these champios of democracy who are unable to accept the primacy of democracy, the wish of the majority have begun to bellow after just one week of the peoples’ vote!
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    They are too corrupt to see the inconsistency in their view of democracy, and are too unintelligent to come to terms with the legitimate results of the democratic process.
    /
    Disguised as political ‘scientists’ and purport to represent a mythical creation of an ‘intelligentsia’ these half-baked charlatans with vested interests coming from their personal backgrounds (read Sarath de Alwis, Dayan Jayathilaka, the evangelical dath dostara and the present writer Titsaranee), will continue to wail on this website about the Rajapakse momentum.
    /
    Their Gods will however, not save them because they represent nothing but evil self interest.

  • 20
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    Another brilliant analysis, from perhaps the best writer on CT. Thank you.

    • 12
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      She helped to increase Rajapaksha vote base.

      Soma

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        Someass –
        TG has highlighted that the Rajapuk’s vote base has declined between the two polls and in the next election or two if held their votes will get a further reduction.
        \
        They have had a wonderful auspicious beginning with the power-cuts, I am reliably informed that the poor no money, no food to eat citizens are already casting many a vile curse on these petty crooks who are the world’s best bullshitting con artists whose only aims in life is to kill the innocents and rob from the poorest of the poor.
        \
        Who on earth expected Alibaba Mahindan to get a right royal thrashing in 2015, being one with tons of endurance I will bide my time patiently for the cookies to fall out of the jar.?

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          Are you this naive ? People vote in less numbers in general elections than in a presidential election. Yes. SLPP got less votes in General election than in presidential election. The difference was 70,662. In 2015, Sirisena got 6217162 votes in total and UNP got 5098916 in total. The difference was staggering 1118246. So compare popularity there and here. GR has lost nothing. Even with COVID_-19 situation, people voted to SLPP only because of his performance. Keep dreaming.

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            Atu an another backlicker of Rajaakshes.

            I thought you could have a brain the size of a needle head, but now I see you are brainless.

            Get the fact s right. This time, the election was held amidst various barriers to the opposition.

            And the breakaway of UNP and COVID crisis were instrumental RAJAAKSHE criminals to fish on muddy waters. They won, but people were defeated. Who got elected and sat in ruling chamber of parliament – most of them are high criminals, drug traffickers, ,rapists, convicted high criminals, money launderers and and and… Latter info are public secret, but people political literacy rates are the lowerst in the region. If they are asked to eat COW DUNG fo rtheir fortune, they would do at once as was the case they worshiped KELANIYA temple at the time, COMPUTER FREAK introdcued FAKE RELICS…. gate keepers, commanders added me – lacksif not millions rushed to the temple, to worship those FAKE relics.
            Winner was ballige puthas family. This country would be a great place, once MAHINDA RAJAPAKSHE WOULD BE met with the fate of Jamal Khashoggis style killing. He deservers it because his motives are to deceive the people for their family rule.

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              Hey Dumbo..Explain me how Sirisena backed UNP lost so many votes from 2015 Presidential election to General election. Good that you are living in Europe. I wondered whether you would have a heart attack when you saw election results. I know you could not sleep. You never had a brain to understand the reality. You guys lost. Accept it. GR will transform everything to ensure you guys and diaspora never get any influence in local politics. I am so happy to see this soon. You guys said SLPP never gets 2/3. See what happened. Stop writing rubbish and take a break. It is a loosing battle for you.

        • 8
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          We are used to her predictions and anti Rajapaksa blabber on CT. You tell me any result.
          ( Another ‘Professor’ in the same group predicted +51%

          • 5
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            for JVP!)

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        somass

        “She helped to increase Rajapaksha vote base.”

        Actually Rajapaksha poled 75,000 less votes than at the presidential elections.
        We know you are weak in many subjects I couldn’t believe you are very weak in Arithmetics.

        How do you manage under the table payments?

  • 13
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    Any loop holes or for that matter for any RAJAPAKSAS actions if any one want to go to supreme courts to look for possible remedies you need some good lawyers.to day ALI SABRI is justice minister.another good lawyer HISIBULLA is detained under false charges.most of the other lawyers are like it or not all wants to lick the boots of RAJAPAKSAS for their benefit and security.ONLY LAWYER WHO CAN DEFEND WITH OUT FEAR IS NONE OTHER THAN SUMANTHIRAN.under the current situation he is being badly attacked by every body from his own party and from out side and overseas dishwashers for HELPING RANIL during 52 days RJAPAKSAS rule.he became unpopular and lost lot of votes at the last poll.he has burnt his finger and in future will consider all options before accepting any responsibility.AT PRESENT THE RED CARPET FOR RAJAPAKSE FAMILY IS WELL LAID FOR AT LEAST FOR NEXT 05 YEARS as HEMADASA is going to play in a wet wicket and face lot of bouncers in and out of parliament.

  • 21
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    Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB)

    ‘The Sunday Times’ alleges in its ‘Talk at the Café Spectator’ column of 23 August 2020 “New MPs and guests seek photo opp. with President” that among those “lining up to get a picture” was SJB Deputy General-Secretary – Diana Gamage. If this is factual and not a WNL canard, it is indicative of a clear lack of fighting spirit within the county’s main opposition party – SJB.

    How can such a party give the lead to “build a tsunami-wall to beat back the Rajapaksa tidal wave”?

    Amrit Muttukumaru

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    TG,
    No one believed Rajapakshe tidal wave will be able to break the highly fortified LTTE fortress but it did. Same thing will happen to anti-Rajapakshe Tsunami Wall.
    Take lots of sleeping pills and go for a long long sleep and wake up after nine years to see whether it is possible to get rid of Rajapakshes.

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      Eager less puntak
      If they won a clean war why are they shitting on their amude panties.?
      $
      Afraid to face the war tribunal.?
      $
      I know that I will not ever get a reply from this hallucinating hypocrite who lives off a Tamil but too shy to admit to that.

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        rj1952,
        Dumbo, there was no war in Sri Lanka to charge for war crimes. The Government of Sri Lanka launched a military operation to crush a terrorist campaign launched by the descendants of Dravida slaves in Yapanaya to grab a part of the country that belong to Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo. So, it is an internal conflict between the Government and Tamil terrorists.

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    Building a tsunami-wall should be spearheaded by the civil society under non political leadership

  • 9
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    Madam, conflict within UNP alone is not the reason for this land slide. It is our “democrazy” public willingly handing over the country and their future , at the mercy of Rajapaksas family. They were well on their way in getting this plan executed the last time, but their greed , over confidence and hyper enthusiasm lead to astrological disaster. But this time around they have President established military administration in place for further immunity. What is hilarious is the same public who voted them out have brought in when none (reasons) have changed. UNP is the excuse. To me this sounds like “a person who had a massive heart attack and under went stent placement , after few years, desiring to have another such attack, just because there were some unexpected complications ( one of the stent is blocked). Madam this time around there is no U turns. Lanka is now history( It is for the coming generation to read in books) Say bye to our democrazy.

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      You have a point, doctor. Here is something to ponder on:
      “Modern tyranny is terror management. When the terrorist attack comes, remember that authoritarians exploit such events in order to consolidate power. The sudden disaster that requires the end of checks and balances, the dissolution of opposition parties, the suspension of freedom of expression, the right to a fair trial, and so on, is the oldest trick in the Hitlerian book. Do not fall for it.”
      ― Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

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      Quite true.
      All for a bottle of gal poisonous arrack and a few hundred rupees.
      #
      They have already feeling the after effects of their foolishness.
      #
      Long live the stupid might less Kota uda Yakkos who are sitting and shitting on their brains.

  • 7
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    The 1972 Republican Constitution replaced the Soulbury Constitution with its entrenched Article 29- Safeguards for minorities. S.Nadesan Q.C.exposed THE FRAUDULENT PROCESS that was adopted to push through it in Parliament or should it be the constituent assembly? Its architect of-course was Dr.Colvin.R. de Silva.It was truly a shameful vignette of almost superhuman arrogance,toffishness and twittishness on his part.

    The 13th Amendment is now poised to be booted out. In all probability a highly diluted version will find its way into the new constitution and it would be show pieced as DEVOLUTION!
    Would Pillaiyan, Douglas Devananda, Viyalendran, Angajan Ramanathan et al will be equal to the task of dissecting it like S.Nadesan Q.C.?

    All in All, History will record that Ranil Wickremasinghe was the Architect of the New Constitution by paving the way for the Rajapakses to get the 2/3rds majority.

    All this would not have been on the agenda had EX.CJ.Sarath.N..Silva handed out a proper Judgement on the TSUNAMI funds case.

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    Hello CT readers

    have you heard of Sinharaja forest a world Heritage site being decimated for commercial opportunities!

    There is a hotel coming up courtesy Rajapakse’s son yositha rajapakse

    Rajapakses will be soon known as Rajafukses

    you have given them 2/3rd majority to basically screw you all

    another Belarus in the making or will the Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhist chant sadhu sadhu and go to the forest?

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      Rajesh
      No wonder they who are born poor get greedy for the taste of hora boru Salli will even sell their mothers/wives/children for a rupee or two.
      @
      These rajapuka s are a curse of a tsunami that has had hit this sad sorry island.
      @
      The sooner the nation gets them culled it will be better for you me and the future generations to come.

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    Scott, I am with you. See today,s news. A total of 1041 people were arrested in a 24 hour operation, just in Western Province alone, out of which 400 or so had arrest warrant for PREVIOUS crimes, another 400 wanted for corruption and 100 involved in crimes. Bottom line all of them were out in the society roaming among us all this while who could have been arrested much earlier. I will not be surprised majority will be soon free and will be back on business, and when the show time is on there will be headlines about their arrest. Terrorism too in Lanka is used for political ploy. When politicians need them, they get activated and then they go back on hibernation. We have heard enough about how they were supported, funded , provided protection (didn, t Karuna say he killed hundreds, and Pillayan is a hon. Minister), to the extent took selfies with politicians including the current ones. This is what I call a disciplined Virtuous country.

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    I believe the math in your observations is blatantly incorrect:

    75.89% of the total voting age populace (12,343,302) voted in the General Election. After adjusting for the 744,373 rejected votes (11,598,929), SLPP won 59.09% of the remainder which is 6,853,690 votes.

    Extrapolate this (as simply as we can) to the 2019 presidential election where turnout was 83.72% (Higher turnout given it was pre-Covid) and we get: 59.09% x 83.72%/75.89% x 11,598,929 = 7,560,953 (or about 600k more votes than the presidential election).

    So had the turnout in this election been as high as the last, SLPP would most likely have won 7.6 million votes and probably even more seats in parliament without having to rely on allied parties for its 2/3 majority.

    Please make sure to spread the right information if you’re using statistics – this sort of biased reporting is what led to SJB/UNP supporters to think they had a fighting chance.

    My personal opinion is that the Rajapakshas and the SLPP are more popular than ever before, which will show even at the LG polls next – Like them or not, GR and his brothers are here to stay for some time.

    Sources of my numbers (I trust the wikipedia numbers for a simple calc, this will match up with any other site too so I didn’t look further into it):

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Sri_Lankan_presidential_election

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Sri_Lankan_parliamentary_election

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      Let’s wait and see.
      The all NOes who voted for them have already been without electricity even before a day or two has passed by since the inauguration of the new rigged hora boru so called jilmart House of representative s which is now adorned with the best variety of criminals.
      You name the crime and they are there.

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    Ranil Wickremesinghe the UNP leader totally surrendered to Rajapakses long before he was defeated in the general election and gave that ill fated signal to the voters. He was least worried about the supporters of UNP than marginalizing his opponents within the party, this struggle had been going on for quite long. Ranil from the elite family of Wijewardenes and Senanayakes always look down upon Premadasas who are from different class. Ranil Wickremesinghe did his level best to marginalized Sajith Premadasa didn’t work that well for him. Sajith was backed within the party and the leaders of the other parties. Finally in the general election Ranil’s UNP suffered the worst defeat in the history under his leadership and Sajith Premadasa’s alliance gained considerable votes would have given a meaningful signal to Ranil and co. People were so wild with UNP and its senior members of their past blunders of Bond scam and the disappointment reflected clearly in the election results.

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    Let me remind the readers, soon after Easter tragedy , when GR decided to stand for Presidential election, MR told in an interview My brother will be the president and I will become the PM, and the constitution will be amended so that every thing will be same as before. ( the rest we have to wait and see). How sure was MR almost a year ago about the outcome, because he knew the psychology of Lankan voters more than astrology. If anyone interested try reading Mr. Asoka Ekanayaka,s article here in CT (without religious and international political bias, if not you will be wasting your time) any try relating to our recent election results and land slide.

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      Chiv
      All these rajapuka criminals had a hand in the Easter Bunny of a bombing.
      That’s why they were able to bully and frighten the modaya all NOes no job no food eat mangy humans to vote for the SLPP/SLFP by giving them a bottle of gal arrack and a few hundred rupees.
      To a starving dude it was a Mecca.

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    People select from what they have before them. The system always leaves very few options.
    Did the UNP recapture its support base since its deserved humiliation in 1994?
    Circumstances put MR in the right place at the right time. The US and India , each in its own way and for its own reasons, chose to see the end of the LTTE, which was thus doomed since the peace talks stalled in 2003. The LTTE’s understanding of global politics being worse than that of the present day Tamil nationalists, it sent all the wrong signals to the big outside players.
    Were the LTTE & the UNP-led government sincere about the negotiations? (Remember the UNP’s paper burning ceremony of Year 2000 in Parliament. Also remember CBK’s dismissal of the government at a crucial stage of the peace talks?)
    Was there a ‘peace dividend’ for the public could perceive during the peace talks? (Nothing was done to convince the public and mischief makes like the Upali Group of newspapers exploited the uncertainties.)
    Had RW won the election in Year 2005, he could have been the man who won the war, as the US and India had given up on the LTTE and RW is not a Gandhian. (The LTTE made it possible for MR to be the winner, and we know how and why.)

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    (contd)
    The people were rather fed up with the post-2009 corruption and family rule, but the shine of the war victory, although a little tarnished, was still there. MR did not lose as badly as we are asked to believe by some. The government that took over failed to persuade even a fragment of the substantial Sinhala voter base that stood by him in 2015 that it was a better alternative.
    GR became the presidential candidate because of 19A, and was also allowed credit for winning the war.
    The outcome of the general was a foregone conclusion as far as the opposition parties were concerned, and they talked about blocking a 2/3 majority, not winning. There was of course wishful thinking for a different outcome, but not many entertained such hope. The scale of the victory was no surprise given the way the UNP handled its differences. Who made the difference seem UNP abstainers who had not the heart to vote for anything other than the UNP and lacked enthusiasm to vote in the face of an avoidable acrimony.
    Let us think of where we go from here.
    I do not think that a parliamentary system that failed us for 70 years will do any better in another 5 years, especially with the fascist threat looming.

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    PART 1.
    The author touches on many areas, basically a sad story. Yes! The breakaway of the Telephone from the Elephant is had its own impact. After the results of the Presidential Elections, the leader of the Grand Old Party admitted that the Elephant alienated a majority in ethno-religious terms. Do not forget that many a voter who usually votes for the Elephant in essentially Non-English-speaking environs thought that the Elephant was dysfunctional, and it does not represent them. The very nature of the Elephant prevented the repair of the electoral damage and the best way of rebranding (a marketing strategy) was to give birth to the Telephone party. That could be a reason for the decline of the “flower bud” vote count when compared with the Presidential elections as demonstrated by the author. In that sense, the breakaway of the elephant is not disaster but effectively broke some of the “flower bud” votes, contradicting the author’s contention that the breakaway was to the advantage of the “flower bud”. In English speaking environs, many a traditional Elephantine chose not to visit the polling booth yet making the voter turn-out typically over 70%.

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    PART 2.
    The author touches upon the constitutional niceties. Many feel sick in comparing Sri Lanka with Singapore because they have heard of it many a times. Throughout the existence of the latter the only serious inroad to its sovereignty was the explosion centring the MacDonald House. Here??? There is no guarantee even after the end of the Tiger war. Out of the blue came the 04/21 carnage. People value their lives and if constitutions or administrations cannot protect their lives and secondly their livelihood, they would even prefer the country to be run even without a constitution. Clearly the “Rajapakse-Phobia” as described by the author is an inevitable result of the electoral performances and the swing from 2015 to 2019 November leading to 2020 August was the direct result of the activities of the Sirisena-Wickramasinghe Government, falling clearly on the lap of the Elephant in general and Ranil himself in particular who could not even win a seat. The past is now the past and must face the present. There must be an effective opposition and I think the Telephonists have opened their innings fine by questioning on matters that concern the average.

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    Interesting, within 24 hours I have my evidence on Lankan Hypocrisy. In our prosperous, disciplined virtuous country a man was taken into custody for stealing a hand cart,loaded with fruits worth 20,000 from near by super market, while begging. He has been found to be millionaire. Police found a Wagon R and a luxury car parked in the garden of a upstairs house of this 64 year old millionaire beggar. He earns 30,00 monthly by renting the upper floor and earns 5000 daily in begging. Sounds like our current politicians recent asset declaration. I am sure he will defend by quoting our politicians “if they have been doing this for living , why not me “???

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    Further to my earlier comment(s)
    The writing on the wall was clear after the elections to local authorities in 2018. What did the UNP do to improve its credibility?
    *
    Simply compare the SLPP + SLFP votes and the UNP + SJB votes in LC elections 2018 and Parliamentary Elections 2020.
    The latter lost around 3% of the vote share and the former gained 6+%
    Were these not to be expected given the performance of the Yahapalana and the UNP squabbles?

    Election……………………1. SLPP……..2. UPFA/SLFP……3. UNP……..4. SJB
    Local 2011……………………..-…………….56.45%……………….31.73%………-
    Presidential 2015…………-…………….47.58%……………….51.28%………-
    Parliamentary 2015…….-…………….42.38%………………45.66%………-
    Local 2018…………………..40.47%……12.10%……………….29.42%………-
    Local 2018 (1+2)………….52.57%……52.57%……………….29.42%………-
    Presidential 2019……….52.25%…….-…………………………41.99%………-
    Parliamentary 2020…..59.09%…..0.57%…………………..2.15………….23.90%
    Parliamentary 2020…..59.66%…..59.66%……………….26.05%………26.05%
    (1+2 & 3+4)

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    Tisaranee always write well. This article trying to address to many issues.
    Division of UNP was the best thing that happen in this election. It practically eliminated the cancer called Ranil from major political scene.
    2/3 win of Rajapakse is not due to division of UNP. it is because Yahapalana government’s inability to sent single political corrupt to the jail and Also due to Ranil and company having underhand deals with Rajapakse family and protecting them.
    19th amendment gave too much power to the prime minister to help Ranil. President should have more power as long as he is elected by people whereas prime minister is selected from party with majority. What is sad is Rajapkses will get rid of independent commissions which was the best part of the 19th amendment.
    13 Amendment is white elephant created unnecessarily and provincial councils costing millions of money from treasury. Instead Municipal, urban and village councils should be given more power to do their affairs. It never devolve power as it was intended.
    Role of the opposition at this time is to unite and create agitation outside the parliament to protect independent commissions like election, judicial , public service and create independent auditor general department.

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    We will know the truth if there is ever another General Election. My guess is that there will be, despite all the regimentation and control. If GR is successful in the coming four years he will be returned albeit with a smaller majority.

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