29 September, 2020

Blog

The Thunderbolt Before Election

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Time will say nothing but I told you so,

Time only knows the price we have to pay…” – Auden (But I Can’t)

Last week Candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa was interviewed on Derana. At one point the interviewer asks what guarantee he has he will be offered the premiership by President Sirisena. Mr. Rajapaksa gives a dismissive half-smile and replies, ‘I know Maithri.’

It turned out he didn’t.

MaithripalaThe interviewer then questions Mr. Rajapaksa about the UNP’s argument that he and Mr. Sirisena will not be able to work together. Mr. Rajapaksa’s smile assumes Cheshire-Cat proportions.

“Maithri and Ranil were enemies. If they can get together and work it is not difficult (for Maithri) to get together with me after just a month’s fallout.”

President Rajapaksa underestimated his general secretary and paid a heavy price for it on January 8th. His blasé assertions at the Derana interview indicate that he never bothered to rethink and correct that mistake. He continuea to regard Mr. Sirisena as a lightweight who could be coerced and deceived at will, like most leading SLFPers.

This fatal underestimation of Mr. Sirisena is a key premise of the Rajapaksa-comeback project.

Within days of his January 8th defeat, Mr. Rajapaksa began to stoke the fires of factionalism within the SLFP. Soon the party was in turmoil and teetering towards a deadly breakup. When parliamentary election was called, Mr. Rajapaksa threatened to contest separately, if Mr. Sirisena did not concede all his demands. Having bludgeoned Mr. Sirisena into agreeing to the nomination of himself and almost all of his key acolytes, Mr. Rajapaksa used the election campaign to derogate and humiliate his rival. He turned the parliamentary election into an election about himself. The campaign’s theme song was about him (‘You will come and lighten the darkness; you will give life to the county. Like a father, you are our shelter’ are some of its familiarly sycophantic lyrics). Its propaganda showcased him. It was as if he was re-waging the presidential election.

Rajapaksa acolytes went several steps further. They launched attack after scathing attack on President Sirisena. Some said that Mr. Rajapaksa will become president again; others spoke at length about how they’d either get rid of Mr. Sirisena or render him powerless, after winning the election.

A week before election, Mr. Rajapaksa suddenly shifted gear and adopted a condescendingly friendly attitude towards Mr. Sirisena. He said he was willing to work with the president. Some of his less extreme acolytes even claimed he was ready to accept Mr. Sirisena’s leadership. The UPFA carried several newspaper ads with Mr. Sirisena’s picture in a belated attempt to convince the voters that he is also a part of the campaign.

According to some media reports, the president was neither flattered nor amused by this sudden flurry of attention.

This was the background against which Mr. Sirisena sent out his five-page letter to Mr. Rajapaksa. The letter’s real target audience was not Mr. Rajapaksa but ordinary SLFPers. Mr. Sirisena clearly wanted to get his side of the story across to them, before he made his next devastating move.

Battle of the Blues

The battle for the body, mind and soul of the SLFP is on.

Mr. Rajapaksa and his faction had no intention of accepting Mr. Sirisena’s presidency or working with him. Those belated assurances were nothing more than ruses aimed at lulling Mr. Sirisena into complaisance. They obviously rated Mr. Sirisena’s intelligence very low and took his patience for weakness.

Mr. Sirisena seems to be a master at the waiting game. During the election campaign, he carried on his presidential duties, ignoring the public attacks on him by members of the party and the coalition of which he was the leader. As the campaign entered its final week, he launched his pre-emptive offensive. The public-missive to Mahinda Rajapaksa was followed by the replacement of the pro-Rajapaksa general secretaries of the SLFP and the UPFA with two of his own loyalists. He also took steps to obtain the necessary legal cover for his actions.

Obviously the plan had been in the making for a while and not a whiff of it leaked out.

A defining feature of this election campaign had been the battle within the battle, the cold war waged by Rajapaksa supporters against their less-extreme fellow SLFPers. According to the worldview of the Rajapaksa-faction, any SLFPer who is not a Rajapaksa-loyalist is an enemy. The standard candidate-on-candidate personal competition for preferential votes was thus turned into an inner-party war, waged by Rajapaksa-loyalists against everyone else. Maximalists like their Master, they did not accept a middle ground between supporting and opposing Mahinda Rajapaksa. The request not to give a preference vote to any candidate who is not wholeheartedly behind Mahinda Rajapaksa was openly made at political meetings, large and small.

This extreme campaign by the Rajapaksa faction deepened politico-personal disagreements within the SLFP to the point of a clear politico-ideological division. If the UPFA wins the election, Rajapaksa loyalists will launch an all-out purge against enemy-SLFPers. The resultant split can manifest itself in outbursts of violence, especially at the grassroots level, plunging the country into a morass of instability.

The Rajapaksa faction bears a striking resemblance to American Tea partiers, those hardliners who occupy the extreme rightwing fringe of the Republican Party. Andrew J Perrin, Associate Professor of Sociology and lead author of the study ‘Cultures of the Tea Party’ defines the Tea Party as the “new cultural expression of late 20th Century conservatism”[i]. The 2010 study identified four fundamental characteristics of the Tea Party movement: Authoritarianism; Ontological insecurity (Fear of change); Nativism (opposition to immigrants and non-white Americans) and Libertarianism.

The Rajapaksa cohorts obviously share three of those four characteristics. They are authoritarian; their ideal leader is a paternalist monarch. They definitely suffer from fear of change; they dream not of moving to a better future, but of returning to a utopian past. And they are Sinhala-Buddhist supremacists who regard all minorities as aliens. If Libertarianism is defined as opposition to political-correctness, then that too is a quality Rajapaksa-loyalists share with Tea Partiers.

Mahinda Rajapaksa wants to take back the state and reinstall familial rule. He is surrounded by a group of hardliners who insist on extreme solutions and decry any attempt at accommodation as treachery. They will not stop, until the 19th Amendment is made null and void through a 20th Amendment, President Sirisena is impeached, forced to resign or worse and Mahinda Rajapaksa regains control over the party, the government and the state.

Factions and factionalism is nothing new in Lankan politics. But the Rajapaksa faction, like the Tea Partiers, is qualitatively more hardline, partisan and extremist than has been the democratic norm in Sri Lanka. Compromise is alien to them. They will not rest until they have regained power. Only an undeniably clear defeat on August 18th can stop them.

Electoral Outcomes and Political Prospects

Statistics and politics tally. The confluence indicates that the UNP is likely to emerge the single largest party on August 18th.

Under certain favourable conditions, the UNP might even be able to win an outright majority.

The UNP winning big (with or without a clear majority) will save Sri Lanka from being plunged into a politico-constitutional cold-war, post-election. Though no politician or party should be trusted implicitly, a UNP victory is the better outcome for democracy, rule of law, accountability and reconciliation, in the current context.

The voter turnout on August 17th is likely to be lower than on January 8th. This decrease will affect the total vote of all parties, but the main loser is likely to be the UPFA. Some of those who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa in January are likely to abstain; another section will vote for the JVP. The extent of the UPFA’s defeat and the UNP’s victory will depend on the magnitude of these twin-shifts.

What Mahinda Rajapaksa would do, post-defeat, may depend on the scale of the defeat. If the UPFA’s defeat is clear and considerable, the blame will have to be borne by Mr. Rajapaksa and his cohorts. In such a scenario, a continuation of the Rajapaksa-project will become impossible.

The unexpectedly smooth transfer of power on January 9th happened as the result of a deal between the winning and losing sides, with UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe playing a pivotal role. He is said to have kept lines of communications open to the Rajapaksa camp even during the bitter election campaign and it was to him Mahinda Rajapaksa turned when a purported attempt to continue in power extra-constitutionally was opposed by the heads of the armed forces and the police. Mr. Wickremesinghe visited Mr. Rajapaksa in the early hours of January 9th and reportedly brokered the agreement which ensured a smooth transition.[ii]

The contents of that agreement were never publicised. But it was widely rumoured that Mr. Rajapaksa wanted protection for himself and his brother Gotabaya[iii], non-prosecution of his family on corruption and other charges and nominations for himself and his eldest son Namal at the next parliamentary election. Obviously departing peacefully was a tactical move rather than a prelude political retirement. Even as he was bidding goodbye to UPFA parliamentarians on that fateful morning, Mr. Rajapaksa was reportedly mooting the possibility of a comeback via parliamentary polls.

After being defeated at the presidential election, Mr. Rajapaksa could plan to regain power via parliament. But Mr. Rajapaksa will not have a similar fallback option if the UPFA suffers a clear and undeniable defeat at the parliamentary election. ‘First we’ll take the parliament, then we’ll take the presidency’ can sound plausible. But ‘First we’ll take local government bodies, then we will take provincial councils, then we will take the presidency’ would sound too ludicrous even to most Rajapaksa supporters.

But if the UPFA’s margin of defeat is narrow, Mr. Rajapaksa’s comeback dreams may survive. He and his acolytes might try to make the parliament as chaotic and the country as ungovernable as possible; they will definitely try to engineer massive defections, form a government and launch a full-scale power-grab.

Going by his campaign speeches, Mahinda Rajapaksa seems to believe that if he had a fault in his presidential-past, it was his niceness towards his enemies. He accuses the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration of being vengeful and maintains that he never harboured any ill will towards his opponents. Clearly he has forgotten the dire fates which befell those who refused to obey his every order, from General Fonseka and CJ Bandaranaike to the people of Rathupaswala. This self-assessment indicates what the country can expect, if Mr. Rajapaksa returns to power.

Addressing his diehard supporters upon his return to Medamulana on January 9th, Mr. Rajapaksa said, We must remember they got their majority vote from Eelam…” Several supporters shouted, “Why didn’t you kill and take?” [iv] What such a leader, backed by such followers, can do is all too easy to imagine.

Is Sri Lanka going to continue her forward journey towards greater democracy (albeit with warts)? Or will she retrograde, into the Rajapaksa era of familial rule and dynastic succession?

Sri Lankans opted for the future on January 8th. They are likely to reconfirm that choice on August 17th.


[i] (http://perrin.socsci.unc.edu/perrin-tepper-caren-morris-cultures-of-the-tea-party-asa-2011.pdf)

[ii]http://www.sundaytimes.lk/150111/columns/ranil-works-out-peaceful-pre-dawn-transition-of-power-with-mahinda-130430.html

[iii] Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was the Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and played a key role in defeating the LTTE.

[iv] http://www.gossiplankanews.com/2015/01/mahinda-rajapaksas-medamulana-speech.html#more

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 37
    3

    Tisaranee Gunasekara

    RE: The Thunderbolt Before Election

    “Last week Candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa was interviewed on Derana. At one point the interviewer asks what guarantee he has he will be offered the premiership by President Sirisena. Mr. Rajapaksa gives a dismissive half-smile and replies, ‘I know Maithri.’”

    “It turned out he didn’t.”

    It turns out MaRa did not know that Maitripala Sirisena can shoot.

    Shoot he did. Good for Maitripala Sirisena, finally he used his gun to shoot, MaRa Chatu Mara.

    Let hope that MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa will announce his retirement on the 18th.

    Then all his cronies who are guilty of various crimes can be rounded and punished.

    MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa
    MaRa MaRa Amana MaRa
    MaRa Mara HoRa MaRa
    MaRa MaRa Dhushana MaRa

    • 11
      13

      Madam Thisaranee, My vote is for the JVP this time because I do not trust Ranil Wickramasinghe any more that I do Mahinda Jarapassa.

      Both Ranil and MR have been corrupt partners and have rotted the 2 main political parties and political culture in Sri Lanka. In fact, they have collaborated to make politics and political culture corrupt and filthy. Ranil has now appointed a corrupt insider trader who does not have the necessary qualifications to run the Central Bank and people will need to protest on the streets against this after the elections.

      Ranil plays palace politics in the parliament and cuts secret deals with corrupt politicains. He has never bothered to EDUCATE the Voting public on good governance and the need for public to demand accountability from politicians, when he was opposition leader.

      Ranil has been unable to work with Sirisena who is a better man and is opposed to Mahendran being CB govenor. Fact is Sri Lanka has a long way to go and until this -Ranil-Jarapassa GENERATION of corrupt politicians is gotten rid of the country will continue to have problems.
      This is also evident from behaviour of President Sirisena who should have led the SLFP from the front by refusing MR nomination. Sirisena should even now STOP PRETENDING that the SLFP is not a deeply divided and corrupt party, and rather rescued SLFP from the greedy clutches on Jarapassa by pushing for a fast trial of MR and his cronies in courts for corruption. MR needs to be locked up to end the culture of impunity and corrupt politics in Sri Lanka today. Unfortunately, Sirisena who seems totally confused gave MR nominations and then stabbed from the back. Now, if SLFP loses MR will be in Parliament disrupting proceedings and polluting the atmosphere in the Diyawnna Parliament. Only hope is that MR can be tried swiftly for his corruption and thrown in prision quickly so we will be spared the spectacle of seeing him as leader of opposition.

    • 20
      3

      Ranil WIckramasinghe is the lesser of 2 evils. That is all.

      He has lost countless elections and remained DICTATOR of UNP and now has a corrupt crony running the Central Bank even though Prez Sirisena has objected to Insider Trader Arjuna Mahendran.

      So, after the elections, Civil society will need to start agitation for REFORM OF POLITICAL PARTIES.
      As in other countries the new Constitution of Sri Lanka should have a Chapter on GOOD GOVERNANCE IN POLITICAL PARTIES, which are the root cause for the corrupt political culture in Sri Lanka today, where racism and corruption have reigned with impunity.

      Politicians crossing the floor for cabinet posts and perks must end and the culture of impunity for politicians who hide their muck behind a parliamentary seat must end.

      Today political parties have become virtual dictatorship ruled by geriatrics who will not had over to the next generation. Look at shameless Vasudeva Nanayakkara and dead leftists. So too Sambanthan in TNA and Rajapaksa has turned the SLFP into a one family party of corrupt thugs and cronies. Ranil is virtual dictator of UNP. There needs to be Chapter on GOOD GOVERNANCE in political parties including one third representation for women. Leadership change after 2 election defeats, and handing over and grooming younger generation of party leadership etc.

    • 2
      18

      Amare

      The way things are , I am worried whether Mahinda will become the Prime Minister. I was sleepless and worshipping Goddess Kaali to make my overwhelming desires a reality.

      If Mahinda does not become Prime Minister I do not know what I will do. My immediate thoughts are to shave my head and become a hamini or convert to Islam-a religion that is growing fast in the world.

      Please do get me wrong for expressing my downright worries and feelings. I am really, really confused and worried.

      • 8
        2

        NIRMALA n

        1. “Please do get me wrong for expressing my downright worries and feelings. I am really, really confused and worried.”

        That is because you were infected by MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa aka Mara.

        Remember Mara who opposed Buddha, and tried to confuse those were listened to the Enlightened Buddha’s Sermons.

        Manhinda Rajapaksa, MaRa, is the modern re-incarnation of Mara. He stands for everything bad and evil, like Lying, being a Crook, Deception, Robberies,Criminal activities, Murder, killings etc. and deceive the people who are less intelligent than the people with common sense.

        If you repeat the following “Gatha”, Verse, you may be able kick the MaRa, Mara, infection you are suffering. You are a victim. You may not need to shave your head.

        MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa.Hora MaRa Dhushana MaRa

        2. “My immediate thoughts are to shave my head and become a hamini or convert to Islam-a religion that is growing fast in the world.”

        On the road to Damascus…..

        You can convert to Islam, Christianity, Buddhism or any versions of these faith, but DO NOT Follow MaRa, Oiblis, Satan, Shaitan, Devil, or Lucifer.

        They are all very evil, deceive people, and make them do bad things, like the Iblis following Wahhabis, Salafis and their Clones who want to impose their Ideology on others, and if not followed, abused and even killed.

        You may follow Allah, God, Buddha, as long as you do not not harm others who do not follow your ideology or beliefs.

        Sing the Gatha, Verse

        MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa

        MaRa MaRa Amana MaR

        MaRa MaRa Hora MaRa

        MaRa MaRa Dhushana MaRa

        • 2
          10

          Amare

          Your comments hurt me more. I feel Mahinda is a man of Dharma who was unable to establish a Dharmista society because there were lots of Adharmista fellows around him.

          He has golden opportunity to prove himself once he is elected.

          I hope they will not strip his civil rights. This will be a step to the gallows from the International Court.

          Without him, Sri Lanka would not have been free from LTTE menace- – group I founded with good intentions then. I am now a internationalist. I am against terrorism. You need Mahinda likes to defeat terrorism from the earth.

          I will be working to get him the Nobel Peace Price even if he is hanged. He is a noble man. He is a worthy soul much needed in the present day world disorder and cockade vision.

          • 7
            0

            Are you for real or are you just trolling..? I mean.. do you actally understand and agree with the garbage you spew..? Quite incredible honestly..my guess is that its almost impossible to be as moronic as you sound so clearly you only trying to annoy people.. well played sir!

            • 2
              5

              coconut donkey

              Your creative name reflect your creative thinking. You are so obfuscated that you are unable think properly. Coconut though tasty is a dangerous staff and when it combines with the silly donkey one could understand the state of your mind.

              Your mind is so shallow that you are unable to distinguish whether I am a man or a woman. Thanks for knowing that I am a human and that you are a donkey.

              [Edited out]

          • 0
            1

            NIRMALA n

            “I feel Mahinda is a man of Dharma who was unable to establish a Dharmista society because there were lots of Adharmista fellows around him. “

            That is what Mara, Iblis, Satan, Devil, Shaitan, Lucifer all do. Deception.

            They deceive people, they confuse people. See Mara attacking Buddha.

            http://www.lakehouse.lk/budusarana/2015/07/08/z_pic350.jpg

            See Iblis, Shaitan. Satan, Devil, Lucifer attacking the faithful.

            Scholar from al-Azhar: Wahhabism is a Satanic Faith, the Horn of the Devil that Muhammad Predicted

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufxTUFapy1w

            Be beware of the hidden agenda of Monks, Priests, Ulama, Mullah and other, who use religion was a way to control the people, and continue to the deception.

            Mahinda Rajapaksa tried to do that, and and the sSinhala Buddhists are the last group to realized that Mahinda Rajapaksa, MaRa, is really a re-incantation of Mara, who opposed Buddha.

            Say the following Gatha Verse, three times every day, for the rest of your life. You may even achieve Sanskrit Nirvanna or Pali Nibbana.

            MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa

            MaRa MaRa Amana MaRa

            MaRa MaRa HoRa MaRa

            MaRa MaRa Dhushana MaRa

            Then you should be cured from the Chatu MaRa infection.

          • 0
            0

            After 50 years of experience, and after 10 years being the all powerful executive president, he had to lose the election in order to learn.

            So, now he has learned, what will be the next mistake ?

    • 11
      1

      Hot News

      UPFA. OFFICE IS CLOSED AND SEALED TO PREVENT FAKE MATERIALS GETTING PRINTED AND POSTED TO CT!!!!!!!!’m AND OTHER MEDIA OUTLETS.

      DESPERADOO MAGNANIMOUS TO WIN BY HOOK OR BY CROOK.

    • 0
      0

      Tisaranee Gunasekara

      RE: The Thunderbolt Before Election

      Given Below is the Summary of Thunderbolt from Maitripala Sirisena to Mahinda Rajapaksa.

  • 48
    3

    It is a shame MR after being President for 10 years he has to struggle with the possible defeat to become P. M. He was basically misled by the cohorts around him who always showed to artificial picture about people’s preferences. MR himself should have known the resources he used in the January 8th elections by using state media, samurdi, lots of money, free giveaways and still he lost. Now without any of these the tower would come down and would find it difficult to recover. Obviously he was in a dream world of 5.8 million voters which does not add up under free elections being conducted now.
    Mithree is a clear, courageous leader but wrong assumptions were based on appearance, humble ways and now he has very clearly shown his intentions.

    • 39
      1

      Can people please stop saying that MR was misled? What is he a 10 year old child to be misled by those around him. He got greedy and power hungry and thought he was divinity. His downfall is his own fault, he is an adult and therefore responsible for his own actions.

  • 32
    2

    MR is shameless, and devious. Win or lose, there is every indication that he will continue to settle old scores and ruffle a few feathers before he is taken away, once and for all, kicking and screaming. More lime needs needs cutting!

    • 17
      2

      Spring Koha

      Where is the smart ass patriot Dayan? Have you heard from him recently?

      There is a slim possibility of him turning into a UNP smart ass patriot after a period of self imposed internal exile. He has unlimited affection for Sajith Premadasa, which could be used as the bridgehead to smash and enter Sirikotha Mandiraya.

      • 4
        0

        Native Vedda

        Your insight frightens me. So acute. And…..you mention the dreaded ‘D’ who is keeping his head well below the parapet until he knows which way to turn and beg.

        No, I have not sighted the aforementioned sage recently, but perhaps the gods that look over me have heard the old jewish prayer that I invoke every now then as charm against the vexatious….’Dear Lord, bless and keep him well, and as faraway as possible from me’.

        ‘D’ in SriKotha???? THey’ll be chewing their fingernails down Union Place at that thought!

      • 4
        0

        NV, in a diff note, a Premadasa will be as bad as a Rajapaksa in leading the Nation.

        • 7
          0

          I agree, but I think Ranil will ensure Premadsa will not get to that position. UNP has credible set of members who can take over the leadership and win the hearts and minds of majority of Sri Lankans. Next 5 years will set that plan in motion. This is my opinion.

          • 4
            0

            Afzal

            What is Sajith Premadasa’s contribution to his family, his party, his electorate, his country, this world, ……… ?

            • 1
              1

              Native.

              Exactly, that’s why I am saying SP will not get to be the party leader. Ranil wants him now and maybe in the future as well but definitely not to lead the country after 5 years hopefully where we will have country where we all can proudly claim home.

              I think political culture in Sri Lanka will change in the next 5 years this MARA invented soban politics will vanish. Instead citizens will see what we can achieve if we work together as one nation.

              I assume Wiedasa Rajapakse, Harsha De Silve, Eran Wickramasinghe to name a few and likes of them will be the future. Ethanol,Kudu, Kappang, Rapist, ppl who kneel in front of Rajathuma these types of politicians and politics will have no place after 5 years. (mostly because they will be prosecuted in coming years)

              On the other hand is this not what we should be striving to have ? if not for how many more years we should continue with our corrupt political culture ?

  • 3
    2

    It seems to be you forgot political history of Sri Lanka,

    Can you remember JRJ of Dharmishta Samajaya, try to block SLFP by removing Mrs. Srima Bandaranayaka’s civil rights (may be because, her government killed 10000 youths in 1971 April, corruptions and bla bla), This same MR too arrested, CBK’s husband Viyaja arrested calling him as a Naxelite to warn CBK.

    Why all those actions? to keep his UNP in government…! but after JRJ’s Dharmishta era gone and 100,000 youths from south as well as north killed.

    But history act differently, all these SLFP leaders, Mrs. Bandaranakaya, CBK and MR become top and governed Sri Lanka……!

    CBK try corner Mr. Clean(after CB Bond issue, you may write some article about him, after few more years) with Batalanda but he is PM now….!

    So we have to be politically careful when we predict of political animals my friend.

    Both Sirima and Mara accused of same corruptions and killings…..!

  • 5
    18

    First of all since Thisaranee the author is the first cousin of Arjuna Ranathunga I consider this article cannot be treated as a unbiased one. second Mr Sirisena is the most autocratic leader we ever had in the country and he has already proved it. Third by analysing the time line of his acts it is understood that he is carrying out a brilliant plan which cannot expect from a mind like himself. So it is clear that he is just a puppet dancing to the tune of pro western elements. Also as thisaranee said politics and statistics are not in favour for UNP and other parties as far as we know.

  • 15
    1

    What a perfect summary of the events that are unfolding before us. The most compelling point being “Why didn’t you kill and take?” [iv] What such a leader, backed by such followers, can do is all too easy to imagine.

    These thoughts are not only seeded in the minds of the villagers but quite a few Colombo centric white collars who think that majority domination is the answer to all the issues in the country. Then they all come to a Royal Thomian match and say see how we Sinhalese , Tamils and Muslims get together and ask “Where is division in the country?”. This is how shallow we are as a nation. Divisionism is not the answer to Sri Lanka- We have done that, been there and achieved nothing but a loss of life and international credibility as a civilised nation. Rajapakse is not the answer for Sri Lanka and is a regressive politician with a selfish agenda for his glory and not the nations glory. If the the people cant see this, then they must vote him to power and take responsibility for the demise of Sri Lanka. This should be done on one condition that once MR is in power he must shut his filthy mouth that the West is after us and the LTTE is trying to comeback. We have had enough of his fear psychosis. MR neither his bloody stooges understand the global political landscape we are in, and are playing quicker into the hands of the international community putting this country in serious peril.

    I hope Sri Lankans will vote wisely tomorrow lest the country will be doomed if this brute of a leader comes into power.

  • 3
    18

    Woman gone bonkers rides again

  • 2
    18

    Hope Ms T didn’t put her house even on a simple majority for the Batalanada’s UNP.

    Because’ it ain’t going to happen.

    Seasoned , smart punters like to watch the horses in the mounting yard at close range to see whether they are calm, or agitated or sweating before going to the bookie with their money.

    No smart punter would have gone to a bookie after watching Mr Batalanada Ranil’s “form” in that Derana interview. under the grilling of that lovely intelligent and fair host.

    • 9
      0

      Wow.. maybe folks like this actually exist after all.. facinating..this reminds me of a quote.. “the fact that jellyfish have survived for 650 million years despite not having brains is great news for stupid people”

    • 4
      0

      KASmaalam K.A Sumanasekera

      “Seasoned , smart punters like to watch the horses in the mounting yard at close range to see whether they are calm, or agitated or sweating before going to the bookie with their money.”

      For MR the war criminal, the actual galloping start the morning after the night before with horse trading, dollop of carrot and/or stick.

      It is not the election results which determines the nature of government but the future/expected income streams from various sources under MR.

      Stay put you will not be disappointed.

    • 5
      0

      Sumane has nothing better to do than to keep on repeating some key words such as Dalits, Anglicans, Batalanda while making a word salad out of it. He cannot smell the stink of MRs reputation since he has gotten so used to breathing it all the time. Keep on betting on the wrong horse you are destined to do so. Being smart has nothing to do with it. No one who is smart will touch your idiot brigade with a barge poll.

  • 20
    0

    I always said MY3 is a God Send to this country and will play his cards correctly at the right time. Play did he rightly, what a Master Stroke.

    Anura Kumara D put it very beautifully. “MAHINDA DHAAM ADHINA KOTA,MY3 CHESS EDDA”. Could anyone put it any better.

    Comrade MY3, we are all with you regardless of our party or faith, for the future of our beautiful country. I sincerely feel, Sri Lanka remained Ceylon which would have now been a true Miracle of Asia. We can build this country if all of us get together as ONE NATION and you are the only option.

    May the Blessings of the Triple Gem bestow on you and you be protected from all threats by the MARA CLAN. They will not hesitate to liquidate you as a last resort. Take care of yourself for the sake of our country and your family too.

  • 5
    29

    I think most people missed it. The Indian Police intercepted a consignment of suicide capsules, GPS and mobile phones that was being sent to Mannar.

    Ever since Mahinda Rajapaske left Wingeswaran has been radicalizing Tamils there. The moment the problem links up with elements in Tamil Nadu the game is over.

    The problem is not Mahinda Rajapaske. The problem is Tamils in Jaffna who have no control over their excesses. Mahinda Rajapaske is only a reaction.

    If people choose Mahinda again then its with good reason. That is democracy where people reject Ranil who bungles national security.

    • 15
      2

      Hope, this guy will go with the sinking ship of Mahinda…

      • 1
        7

        So which thing am I not correct on?

        a) Wingeswaran been muck raking
        b) Attempts are being made to terrorise again

        If its b), additional info below.

        Krishnakumar was arrested at the coastal Uchipuli when he came down from Madurai to take a clandestine boat ride to cross over to Talaimannar.

        He was carrying 75 cyanide capsules, 300 gm of cyanide power, four Global Positioning System (GPS) and seven mobile phones.

        He had served in the LTTE in the 1990s and came to Tamil Nadu through a valid passport in 2009, police said.

        Someone in Madurai had handed over the cyanide capsules and the gadgets to be taken to Talaimannar and he would not know beyond that, he told the police during interrogation. The then Q branch Superintendent of Police K. Bhuvaneeshwari also tried her best during the interrogation, the sources added.

        http://adaderana.lk/news/31974/tn-police-unable-to-obtain-inputs-from-former-ltte-cadre

        • 5
          1

          Vibhushana (and other Derana fans):
          You have chosen not to tell us about the connection between Derana TV, the advertising agency connected to it and the Rajapaksa crowd.

          Derana is controlled by Varuni Amunugama Fernando, the daughter of Dr. Sarath Amunugama, the political chameleon of Sri Lanka, but a close confidante and supporter of MR.

          Varuni’s partner in the advertising business that did all the publicity/PR for the Rajapaksa government, particularly during the last days of the “war” when the image of MR and GR was being plastered all over the country, is Dilith Jayaweera who is a money-launderer of record proportions for the MR crowd.

          I don’t know about Derana’s interviews but it is a FACT that it has ALWAYS been a publicity arm of the Rajapaksa gang, more sophisticated than the government stations when MR controlled them, BUT A PART OF THE RAJAPAKSA PR MACHINE.

          • 2
            6

            Hello there,

            Thats all very interesting.

            However that story is a re-print from “The Hindu” – a Tamil Nadu publication.

            • 0
              0

              Vibushana – Regardless of where the story is from, the “interesting” part is that it is true!

              Right?

            • 2
              0

              Sounds like a red herring deliberately planted in the Hindu to be picked up by the local Rajapakshe shills. How many LTTE operatives have the Rajapakshes co-opted to serve them? Not too hard to get some old stocks of Cyanide and GPS trackers into some sleepers hands and then get him arrested. Would have made a bigger splash if there were any guns left over but wait, GR sold them all off to African dictators for a tidy profit.

    • 6
      0

      “I think most people missed it. The Indian Police intercepted a consignment of suicide capsules, GPS and mobile phones that was being sent to Mannar. ”

      Vibushana I notice you are getting rattled these days and rushing pen to paper without thinking.

      How can you forget to add “suicide vest packed with explosiuves”

      • 2
        4

        Look Rajesh,

        You come from a culture of suicide bombing. So perhaps I do not fully comprehend how it works.

        I am going by past experience similar Tamil politician behavior virtually destroyed your culture.

        Now, I do not give a rats ass about your culture but it so happens we have to bear the burden since your people unfortunately live amongst our friends and families.

        • 2
          1

          Vibushana

          Yes we all in CT recognise that you are[Edited out]

          • 2
            4

            Rajesh,

            Every nook and cranny in Jaffna these days flutter with the red-yellow LTTE flag. There is not a single day that goes by where your Wingeswaran does not glorify LTTE one way or the other.

            Do you know why Germans do not celebrate Hitler these days? They learnt a lesson that racism leads to destruction.

            Its as if Tamils still have not made a connection between racism and violence. Learn from the Germans. Fascism leads to destruction. Its a kindergarden lesson other cultures teach to their children these days.

            • 3
              0

              ” Its as if Tamils still have not made a connection between racism and violence. Learn from the Germans. Fascism leads to destruction. Its a kindergarden lesson other cultures teach to their children these days. “

              This is more suitable to describe you Vibhushana the imbecile! You are a complete bigot and a habitual liar.

              • 0
                1

                Tamil politics has been fascist and is fascist. Sinhala people have never been so.

            • 2
              0

              Vibushana whn are you going to learn for the Germans?

              I am surprised that you trawl all the Indian news papers for some sneaky LTTE news that you missed an important news itme in the Sinhala news paper at your door patch

              The story according to this news papaer is that VP was not killed. Apparently VP bought his way out with bribes and i now living in New Delhi.

              He is heading a startegic unit of RAW and planning an invasion of the NE.

              You say that “Every nook and cranny in Jaffna these days flutter with the red-yellow LTTE flag”

              This is to fool the army and people like you. The real attack will be coming from India.

              why do you think they are building a land connection to Inida?

              wake up Vibushana use your brain if you have any.

        • 2
          1

          Vibhushana the Imbecile,

          Our experience of you is that you are a habitual liar!

    • 2
      0

      Racist [Edited out] Vibushana, stick to the article and the contents. Why a vile racist like you always deviate from what is being discussed and lean towards some Tamil issue. Are you so thick? Using basic intelligence appears to be the hardest thing you have ever done?

    • 0
      1

      correct the issue will prevail as long as racist tamil politicians are there

  • 18
    4

    A majority of those who will vote for Rajapakse at this election will do so not because he resurfaced roads or built an airport in the middle of nowhere. No, those who would vote for Rajapakse will vote with the expectation that the Sinhala-Buddhist hegemony will be reinforced and advanced under a Rajapakse regime.

    Interestingly those who would vote for the UNP will do so NOT because they want the UNP to give in to TNA or to demands of devolution, but to bring law & order and competence into governance, even if there is some level of corruption on the side. So the tussle is between:

    (a) those who want Sinhala Buddhist supremacy to prevail whatever the cost to the country in terms of the economy, social order, international reputation, etc and,

    (b) those who want law & order, good governance, economic advancement, less corruption and some degree of accommodation on Tamils demands, without extensive devolution and, thus ending the on going communal strife.

    This is the great political divide in the country today – at least among the Sinhala-Buddhists.

    That the likelihood of Sri Lanka breaking up is much greater under a Rajapakse regime than under a UNP regime does not penetrate into the thick skulls of the Sinhala-Buddhist bigots. Brought up on the proverbial BS, they haven’t the brains to work this out.

    ….and wipe that smirk off your face Mr Wigneswaran! We know how you and your diaspora friends are waiting for a Rajapakse win!!

  • 5
    15

    Tisaranee

    It is clear your preference is for UNP and you are even boldly predicting that UNP might be able to win an outright majority.

    Hold your breath. We will know the results in two days’ time. The serial loser Ranil may end up a loser again.

    You seem to view Maithri’s 11th hour decision to sack Anura and Susil as a master stroke. But, it may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Mahinda group. Seeing how treacherous Maithri is, SLFPers may go out in numbers and vote Mahinda loyalists to power.

    I am sure Susil and Anura will move the courts on Monday itself and get a stay order from a higher court. Maithri’s action is certainly dictatorial and in any case he cannot sack the Secretary of UPFA and appoint another without the concurrence of the leaders of other constituent parties of the alliance. The highest court will have to finally make a decision on this issue and that may take days and weeks. Until then no one could be appointed as nominated MPs of UPFA from the slots allocated to that party from the national list.

    Maithri has forgotten that he begged for and got the leadership of SLFP/UPFA from Mahinda. Mahinda should have got Maithri sacked from SLFP membership immediately after he crossed over and contested against the SLFP/UPFA candidate at the last Presidential election. Mahinda will now be regretting what a costly mistake it was.

    Anyway, if Mahinda group wins the election with a majority to form the next government on its own, Maithri will have a tough time. There are enough reasons to impeach Maithri and he may become the shortest serving elected Executive President in the history of Sri Lanka.

    • 2
      1

      Naga

      “The serial loser Ranil may end up a loser again.”

      Hold your breath. We will know the results in two days’ time.

      If not for VP’s contribution to democracy in this island Ranil had had a slim chance of winning the 2005 presidential elections.

      I hope you will take the time to explore the implication of the election and take note of ballot rigging, bribery, money laundering, violation of election laws, …. and legacy that MR has left behind.

      “There are enough reasons to impeach Maithri and he may become the shortest serving elected Executive President in the history of Sri Lanka.”

      In the Mahinda land of utopia in Indian ocean one does not need reasons to impeach.

      Mahinda orders, and MPs respond AYE AYE SIR.

    • 0
      0

      Ms TG,
      Naga is very rational. You were too fast, and now , 48 hrs later none of your learned predictions has come to pass.Your analysis on Maithree ‘s impulsive action WILL BE PROVED WRONG.IT IS ONLY THE SC that can sack the 2 secretaries. By the way about Wishva Warnapala, I remember how he insulted Anagarika Dharmapala at a Felicitation Meeting of the late Dr Colvin R.de Silva , at the Navarangahala in or about 1982. To prove that Anagarikathuma was a hypocrite and Dr Colvin was against the Imperialists he read the text of a letter that Dharmapalathuma wrote to the British Govt showing his allegience. It is our duty to tell the Public and Maithree about that comment.

      The SLFP will be back! SLFP will get 100. UNP will get 90. Maithree will appoint Nimal S de Silva or Fowzie P.M. He will have to succumb to JANAHANDA.It is Mahinda’s Charisma and Yapa’s and Premajayantha’s planning that registers the SLFP victory. Go to Colombo Clubs , Old Boys’ clubs and listen to the way they, as Ranil’s supporters say about “Gode Sira”, “Moda Sira”…that is their culture and they do not have the decency to address a man respected by millions of citizens as the Head of the State properly.
      Ms TG, it seems that several Specialists are treating Maithree for depression.Informants…some members of a Colombo Club frequented by UNP boys of Old Colombo Schools.AS PROOF , they pointed out that MAITHREE had gone to vote in the evening after resting a lot. The more vindictive one gets Tisaranee more stressed one gets and that can lead to depression or violence.
      Lets See!

  • 6
    3

    “I think most people missed it. The Indian Police intercepted a consignment of suicide capsules, GPS and mobile phones that was being sent to Mannar. “

    Vibushana I notice you are getting rattled these days and rushing pen to paper without thinking.

    How can you forget to add “suicide vest packed with explosiuves”

    • 3
      3

      Rajash

      Oh! you have now become the guru or mariayakadde mudalali to dictate your terms to others.

      Vibushana’s views are his views and if you wish you may put your counter arguments without losing your temper. Who are you to dictate your terms to others. You are a petty minded, ego centric and fool.

      If Vibushana is rattled, you must be bottled or botched! Get out of your self imposed paranoia.

      • 3
        0

        you too are rattled

  • 3
    5

    I would like to ask this[Edited out] of named Thisaranee.. what has mahinda stolen ? A government we elected 7 months ago could prove absolutely nothing. . If you know of anything come out with facts. Or else I consider you a lier & a coward… good luck.

  • 7
    1

    I complete agree with Realist,

    It’s all bullshit to say that MARA was misled, why is he a baby ? MARA wants this and this the only thing he wants.

    He was planning to stay on power forever then his sons and God knows who after that. All that was blown away on the 8th Jan. Now he just cannot fathom what happen to him only thing he wants is to get back in to power in whatever means and that’s what he is doing.

    No one is misleading him, he is the planner and mastermind. He is just using the matto around him to achieve what he wants. He cunning to show to the Lankans whatever mistake made is because of the matto around him thus putting the blame on those around him. MARA built that image so it’s convenient claim MARA has been misled.

    MARA assumes Sri Lankans are also matto (sad to say most are matto), MARA has faith on his blind followers.

    Challenge for JVP , UNP and all other political parties is to educate and convert die hard MARA follower to show them MARA is only interested in self preservation and does not gives shit about any one outside his circle.

    Hopefully Sri Lankans will vote and elect the least corrupt set of members to parliament. So that we can all let them govern and get on with our lives without having to worry about the plight of country in the hands of bunch of dumb, mutt,lunatics.

  • 2
    1

    Now that the posts of the two Secretaries have changed hands it’s almost certain that our Political Scientist DJ, our Professor GLP and our Eastern Leader Pillaian et el will absolutely have no chance to enter parliament through national list. Excellent news. But my only worry is that our Political Scientist will not have anything else to do therefore he will return back to write his twice weekly columns in CT spitting out garbage with his racist venom.

  • 1
    0

    The against battle between the Yama Raj forces and the Yaha Palanaya forces led by President Maihri is an ongoing battle. President Maithri won the first major battle by defeating Yama Raj at the Presidential Election.

    The powers handed over to the PM by the 19th Amendment gave the opportunity for the Yama Raj to successfully regroup his forces with the help of MPs in the previous parliament. The majority of them were scoundrels up to every possible racket and they banded behind the Yama Raj to nominate themselves for the Parliamentary election.

    This is the beginning of the third battle. If the Yahapalanaya forces win the battle, Yama Raj will be neither the PM or the Leader of the Opposition. Let’s watch this Mara Yuddhaya.

  • 0
    0

    sri lankans are wise.THEY ARE POLITICALLY ADVANCED COMPARED TO MANY LEADING COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD.I AM SURE THEY WILL MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION.LET PEACE PREVAIL IN THE COUNTRY.JAYA WEWA.

  • 2
    0

    Be patient for the short time we have – a few hours! MS has put foward a mighty stand
    with the able and experienced ones in this field – RW & CBK which must not be forgotten.

    A recognized Psephologist (one who studies election trends) Mr. N. Rahman had this to say, on 6.8.15, elsewhere:-
    “MR is no longer in power and does not have recourse to the vast and unlimited resources he enjoyed (unleashed) at the January election. • The UNF propaganda blitz has had some effect on discrediting MR’s team on the issue of corruption and oppression. • The floating vote, true to its tendency, will move away from MR’s team. • The proliferation of parties/independents will eat into some of his earlier vote base. (The effect on the UNF will be less) • This time MR is running only in ONE District and a large percentage of the voters in the other Districts will be influenced by parochial issues and the popularity/unpopularity of the individual candidates. • MR’s team is still selling the War and Ethnic Issues – this did not work on January 8th – there is no reason why it should work on 17th August. • The presence of Champika R/Atureliya etc on the UNF Ticket is bound to draw away some of the Sinhala Buddhist base away from the UPFA. • The UPFA is a House divided against itself. • There is a very strong likelihood of a lower UPFA voter turnout. • Voters do not buy the story : “We will correct our mistakes” • Nor do they buy “We will do now what we did not do in the last ten years. • There is no logical reason why the voters who rejected MR at his strongest point should now do an about turn and vote for him now. Finally there always is a tendency against long incumbency – (The UNF does not have this disadvantage at the moment) The resulting position will then be (+/-):

    UPFA 74 TNA 15 JVP 15 Misc 6 TNA/JVP/SLMC/ACMC/Others UNF 115

    The SLMC and the ACMC which are contesting on their own tickets in the Vanni and Batticaloa are likely to add a seat or two to the UNF alliance. To all this must be factored in the statistically unquantifiable element that favours the winning side. For example no analysis in 1977 predicted more than 120 seats for the UNP, but they went on to win 144 seats. Similarly at the last election in the UK all polls predicted a hung Parliament with the Conservative having a slight edge – but they won by a landslide “

  • 1
    1

    The predictions of the author do not seem substantiated with any credible evidence. On the contrary, they seem to reflect a personal preference or wishful thinking.

    There is much political banter and rhetoric floating about and the poor people of Sri Lanka will again be fooled into believing their ‘representatives’ and their stated intentions.

    I believe that a third party needs to gain more acceptance and legitimate power in deciding about SL society and its welfare. The two established parties with their various alliances are nothing but arrangements at hoodwinking the public, regardless of the personalities within them.

  • 1
    0

    Tisaranee’s analysis is spot-on as usual. In one of his final meetings, MR told his audience, just give me 115 seats – I will see to the balance. The message and the threat was clear. If he does get a parliamentary majority – he will quickly reassert his power and that he, in this event, has some plan to render the President powerless.
    The President, Maithri, appeared isolated and weak. While the majority of the SLFP parliamentarians were not with him, he could not trust Ranil or the UNP – who have been, after all, his “enemy” for 40 years. He has, however, now pulled out the iron fist and made the correct moves. Perhaps he waited till he was certain that the UPFA will not win the election.
    The outcome will depend on the numbers following the Election. The emerging scenario is that the UNP will get most seats but not and outright majority – they will have to depend on the anti MR/Pro-Sirisena group of MPs in the SLFP to join and form a National Government. If this reduces the UPFA to less than 75, then the Government will be able to get a 2/3rd majority with the JVP and TNA whenever needed. This means that MR and his supporters in parliament will become redundant and powerless. r. Such a situation ensures that,
    1. MR and his pack of rogues will be in parliament will be effectively powerless
    2. With time, more of the real SLFPers will return to the fold so that Sirisena and Chandrika can re-establish the “true” SLFP.
    3. The Sirisena loyalists in the Government will help the President to control the UNP
    4. The Government ( Sirisena loyalists and UNP) will need the support of the JVP and the tNA for a 2/3 majority so that all measures relating to Constitutional changes will need their concurrence.
    This is a scenario that is ideal for the country and the people and so fervently to be wished for and is happily for us, is very likely to emerge.

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 7 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.