11 April, 2021

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TNA Supports Maithri: Full Statement Issued By The TNA

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has today decided to support the opposition common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena, the TNA announced a short while ago.

Sampanthan, leader of the political proxy of the Tamil Tigers, the Tamil National Alliance, addresses reporters during a media conference  in ColomboFull statement issued by the TNA;

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has given careful consideration to the positions and pronouncements of the two main candidates at the upcoming Presidential election and has also undertaken an extensive process of consultation to hear the views of the Tamil speaking people, particularly those in the North and East. As the political leadership of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, we have a historical duty to guide our people and the wider citizenry in the choice they will be called on to make at the election.

The values of democracy, good governance and rule of law have suffered unprecedented assault under the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. The most critical consequences of this assault are:

Sri Lanka’s inexorable move toward dictatorship and totalitarianism, with the Executive President becoming, in effect, the sole repository of all powers of governance. The removal of the two term limitation on the office of the President was clearly intended to perpetuate this dictatorship and authoritarianism.

The subversion of the independence of the judiciary, particularly of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, so as to render the judiciary subservient to the Executive President. The illegal impeachment of the Chief Justice on frivolous grounds, and the numerous steps taken thereafter leading up to the judicial determination on the current Presidential election illustrate this reality. We are proud to note that the TNA resolutely opposed the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution and the impeachment of the Chief Justice inside and outside Parliament, and are heartened that, even at this stage, those who supported the Eighteenth Amendment and impeachment have had an opportunity to reflect critically on those mistakes.

The devaluation of Parliament as a legislative and oversight body by the Rajapaksa regime through enticing opposition MPs to the government by offering monetary inducements and executive posts, so as to achieve a two-thirds majority in Parliament and effect vital constitutional changes. As a consequence, Parliament has become a mere appendage of the Executive President, in violation of its constitutional role.

The intentional violation and subsequent abolition of the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution, and with it the Constitutional Council, thereby removing the existing scheme designed to ensure independent appointments to the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Judicial Services Commission, Elections Commission, Public Service Commission, Police Commission, Human Rights Commission, Bribery Commission, and the Offices of the Attorney General and Auditor General. The devaluation of the higher judiciary, Parliament and formerly independent institutions has resulted in the replacement of the rule of law by the unfettered fiat of the Executive President.

The authoritarianism of the Executive President has been consolidated by the restraints imposed on the free media and civil society through threats and intimidation; the denial of the right to freedom of information; and the impunity with which the President and his subordinates function.

The TNA therefore believes that it is essential for the health of Sri Lanka’s democracy that the authoritarian and dictatorial trajectory on which the Rajapaksa regime has set the country be reversed urgently.

The Rajapaksa regime has been particularly harmful to the wellbeing of the Tamil speaking peoples of Sri Lanka. The TNA has been committed to the evolution of a just, reasonable, workable and durable political solution within the framework of an undivided Sri Lanka. We have defined the contours of such a solution orally and in writing and publicly stated our position. Despite the opportunity presented by the end of the armed conflict, the Rajapaksa regime has signally failed to engage genuinely in a process of evolving an acceptable political solution, except to engage in deceitful and dilatory exercises.

Hundreds of thousands of Tamil speaking civilians displaced by the armed conflict in the North and East have not yet been resettled, rehabilitated and provided with housing and livelihood. Instead, tens of thousands of acres of private lands have been grabbed by the Rajapaksa regime in the North and East, despite commitments made to the contrary in the Supreme Court and in Parliament. Now, such land grabs are taking place in other parts of the country as well. Apart from the construction of roads, bridges and buildings at exorbitant costs which burden the tax payer, the Rajapaksa regime has refused to rebuild the lives of people in the devastated North and East and failed to bring any improvement to their quality of life. The Tamil speaking population in the North-East has been subjected to numerous other hardships: the denial of livelihoods; shelter; food; self-respect; physical safety, particularly for women and children who have been targeted by sexual violence; and justice in respect of the dead, the injured, the disappeared and those detained for long periods. The Rajapaksa regime has only brought pain and suffering to the Tamil speaking peoples of this country.

Instead of pursuing reconciliation, the Rajapaksa regime has permitted extremist groups to carry out attacks against minority peoples and their places of religious worship. The regime’s inaction in the face of racist violence and hate speech is suggestive of its covert complicity in these attacks.

It is in the totality of this background that the Presidential Elections take place. We have taken note of and welcome the Common Opposition Candidate’s undertakings, amongst others, to abolish the Executive Presidency, repeal the Eighteenth Amendment, restore independent commissions and guarantee primacy to the rule of law. The TNA believes that genuine restoration of democracy to the country will only be meaningfully achieved when the Sri Lankan state is structured to accommodate the aspirations of all its diverse peoples to meaningfully access state power, and when all Sri Lanka’s citizens are treated equally. We sincerely hope that in the new consultative and consensus based political culture that would evolve pursuant to the victory of the Common Opposition Candidate, democracy will be restored to the whole country through good faith negotiations between all stakeholders with a view to ensuring a life of equality, justice, dignity and self-respect for all Sri Lanka’s peoples.

The experience of our people has been that the struggle for democracy over dictatorship is inextricably linked to the pursuit of our most cherished values: equality, justice, dignity and freedom. We therefore call on all citizens to turn out in great numbers and defeat the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime by casting their vote in favour of the Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena and the Swan symbol.

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  • 22
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    Correct decision at the correct time.

    Sengodan. M

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      The reasons for Tamils voting to opposition candidate is right and Tamils have decided to vote Maithiri even without TNA involement. I am worried that TNA’s open announcement to support Maithiri pave a way for Mahinda group to exploite the Sinhalese vote by saying that there is a secret agreement between TNA and Maithiri. I hope there is no such agreement and Sinhalese people will listen to such lies.

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        Even without any Agreement, the Regime and Partners are bound to say so. The people who cherish democracy have no alternative than
        vote the CC to merely make the required change, with a grace
        period of 2 yrs.! The 10 Judges have unwittingly been very gracious!

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          Comrades,

          Please don’t get carried away by your calculations: Not even god can imagine the scenario in Sri Lanka come January 2015.

          I don’t want to break my head trying to figure out who is going to ‘win’. Anything can happen in this struggle for power: the only thing that matters is the thought process of the Mara brothers.

          If the Brothers can resort to mass murder of Tamils, and Mass murder of Sinhalese by Gota, do you really think that they won’t stoop to anything to stay in power?

          Their minds stretched to all kinds of crimes, including crimes against humanity, will not go back to the original dimensions:

          In fact it might stretch further; now you can imagine the possibilities.

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            The crony, de-facto CJ may rule in MR’s favour to plot for another 2 years for SL become a consolidated Chinese take-away. Hope and wish that I am proved wrong.

          • 0
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            The crony, de-facto CJ may rule in MR’s favour to put-off the PE and plot for another 2 years for SL become a consolidated Chinese take-away. Hope and wish that I am proved wrong.

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            A very good decision by the TNA. Mahinda Rajapakshe did not deliver any of his promises.

            The Tamils can’t expect miracles from Sirisena but at least they can hope for:

            An End to inhuman treatment of minorities (Anti-minority)

            End of treating the country as if it is a Rajapakse kingdom

            End of violence and abuse of power

            End of nepotism, One-family rule

            Restoration of democracy and ethnic harmony

            Maintain law and order

            Allow media freedom

            End corruption and waste

            Reduction in cost of living

            Kick out the thugs from politics

            Kick out the Ex-LTTE leaders (Karuna, KP)

            Get the security forces to carry out their duties impartially

    • 2
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      Correct decision – but no Peelam my friend. Do not day-dream of that idea.

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        Mr Sinhala Banda,

        I know you are one of those who depend on Tamils to say LIES to your Sinhalese people. If you are have a day dream to create a dictatorship to your people, we have no objection.

      • 7
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        EElam s already there.

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          Maithripala will not allow Tamil Eelam to rise again, If you see his statement regarding Tamil Eelam you’ll notice that he will not allow separate nationalism.

          Even Ranil said that he will not negotiate about nationalism for Tamils, But he will negotiate about the rehabilitation and improvement of their life quality after the conflict.

          As citizen of the country we have to respect the livelihood of the tamils who’re brutally suffering after the conflict. The new government will put their hands to support every citizens of the country and their voice will be heard! Now the current regime has turned their ears into deaf and doesn’t hear the sufferings of Buddhism, Hinduism, Muslims and the Christians. Instead they’re talking about the war victory propaganda and road developments that didn’t really benefit the citizens.

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            Dom

            “Maithripala will not allow Tamil Eelam to rise again, If you see his statement regarding Tamil Eelam you’ll notice that he will not allow separate nationalism.”

            Creation of Tamil Eelam or survival of Aryan Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto does not depend on what the Tanils and Sinhalese want or desire.

            Ask Hindians what exactly are their plans for this island. The division of this island was stopped by Hindians whereas Division of Pakistan was brought to reality by Hindians.

            Hindians believe Sri Lanka is the Sinhala state of Hindia. Even if the Sinhalese decide to carve out their Aryan Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto, they will find it impossible without Hindian approval.

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            Hey Sinhala Banda and Dom,

            Do not thrash out unnecessary issues or throw away readers’ concentration or turn away the center of attention of the nation’s most imperative concern by putting your jargons language. Please stay in the course of right dialogue to the subject matter. That LTTE nonsense is deceased and vanished and do not transport it over again and transform the topic unless you do not have brain to generate constructive ideas. Not the EELAM or Jaffna or Batti or Trinco or East or North or Tamils or Muslims or Sinhalese is the focal point. What the most important issue and the focus here is — SRI LANKA needs a gigantic CHANGE from the lawless MR to rebuild the good governance, law and order, speech freedom, human rights etc. It does seriously! Do you understand what gigantic CHANGE means? Under MR regime, SRI LANKA is suffering more than anything. First we need to look after Sri Lanka; rest can be fixed if you all worked together as Sri Lankan. So think like Sri Lankan, rather than Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burgers, and Veddas (Indeed, Veddas are the original and proud Sri Lankan).

            Read once more Samanthan’s articles, if you don’t understand what he has mentioned in that article then get someone to translate for you. Be a Sri lankan first, rest can be fixed.

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        Not only TNA all the rest that are against to Raja dream of a peaceful country. TNA has lately announced that they are no longer pro a separate country. So you guys make it a coldrum by brining this eelam issue again and again. I have no doubt, if a good govt is there, TNA would start coming to talks on the basis of the progress of notherners. I know myself having lived with TAMILS, more of them are not to separate country. They also care about the muslims living in the island.. They would then also raise for a sepearate country. And knowing all these, today moderate tamil people have made their mind up. But virulent BBS adn the like that are the hidden forces of Raja fraction make it more virulent creating new problems. If they the people of island fully disagree for a federal state not knowing the meaning of it.. there is no other choice than living today as had been before 83 but with more rights being given to Tamils. We are all srialnkens. Even Burghers should be given equal rights. From the beginning on – from kindergarten on, new generations should be trained not to raise their head against any kind of racism. This is a long process if Austrlians, canadians, today germans and others can make every effort why not us SRILNKens.

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        Sinhala Banda

        “Correct decision – but no Peelam my friend. Do not day-dream of that idea.”

        No Aryan Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto either. Do not day-dream of that idea.

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      MR is now certain to lose. The Tamils and Muslims have to prepare for another blood bath in the hands of the thugs of the current regime.

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      Tamil National Alliance (TNA)

      RE: TNA Supports Maithri: Full Statement Issued By The TNA

      The Tamils are becoming as wise as the rest of the Citizens in the Country, Good. Fewer Mootals , Madus, Modays left.

      Good they understand the issue is between

      Medamulana MaRa Family Dictatorship

      Vs. Peoples democracy.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vchlNLghD70

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      Tamil National Alliance (TNA) ,

      Anandasangaree says the Mootals, Madus, Fools, at TNA took 3 weeks to make a decision, but the Tamil People have common sense and can decide for themselves,

      There have been Tamil Mootal leaders earlier, atill many left with TNA.

      http://colombogazette.com/2014/12/31/anandasangaree-hits-out-at-tna/

      “The TNA had taken three weeks from the day of nomination, to announce the name of the candidate of their choice. The excuse they gave was that they were waiting for the arrival of Mr. R.Sampanthan from India where he had gone for a medical check up, for which three weeks are not required. He could have been either summoned or his views obtained over the phone. The claim that they had wide discussions with members of other organisations and important personalities is far from the truth. But from the day of nomination till now a number of Members of the alliance parties, had directly or indirectly announced their decisions and over 5,00,000 voters have already cast their votes. There should be a limit to misleading the innocent people,” he said.

      Anandasangaree said that the TNA’s announcement to support the New Democratic Front candidate will prove counterproductive and also detrimental for the cause.

      He noted that there are several thousands of Muslims, Tamils and Sinhalese who had undergone untold hardships and also lost very many kith and kin as a result of the war.

      “This is why I warned the TNA much earlier, to join cautiously without alerting these people and leave it to them to decide as to who they should vote. My suggestion will look reasonable for some and ridiculous to others. Left alone the whole episode will appear to be a dream, if alerted the consequences will be terrible,” he said.

      Anandasangaree also said it is his strong view that TNA leader R. Sambanthan and TNA Parliamentarian, M.A.Sumanthiran alone cannot solve a problem without the assistance of the leaders of the other parties to the alliance. (Colombo Gazette)

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    Shouldn’t have done this… Everyone knew where Tamil votes would go. TNA should have stated that Tamils should vote, and vote early to their preferred candidate, and should not boycott the election.

    Sirisena’s new Constitution is NOT expected to have good stuff for the minorities. The Province will not be given additional powers. Also, compared to UNP and Chandrika, JHU is expected to have more say in Sirisena’s moves.

    I expected TNA to secure some promises. One of them was to get the officially announced troop numbers in North and East. All Sirisena had to do was to maintain that number! That would be 90% reduction in the armed forces in N&E.

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      Rohan

      I have no hesitation in supporting your position, that the TNA could have come to at lest an understanding on the allocation of land and the withdrawal of troop numbers from the N&E to counter the JHU which has hardly a marginal support in the Sinhalese constituency.

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      Rohan,

      JHU will be brought under control & given only its’ due prominence, once the new structure is in place.

      For the time being JHU is a pretty good inside attack dog against corrupt Rajapassa.

      Armed forces will be withdrawn to barracks. From the North and elsewhere. extracting useless “Mafia” like promises are not required. These are natural expectations from the new GOSL on 9th January 2015.

      Cheers!

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        How are you so sure? Despite the presence of both CBK and Ranil, it is JHU’s fingerprints all over the manifesto.

        I suspect they will def play a bigger role than their 1% vote !

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          Dev,

          This election is not academic. It is real. Happening now.

          Keep splitting your hair and kill yourself over it. As long as you like. Cows may come soon.

          Like it or not JHU is a factor in politics in SL. Just like CWC, TNA or SLMC. Whether we like it or not. Better learn to live with it & them.

          Right now JHU’s support is more than welcome. We are trying to rescue this country from a very real, potentially violent, lawless, rotten dictatorship.

          This is not the time to whine or to be small. Focus on the Prize within our grasp.

          Cheers!

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            I am speaking based on FACTS.

            Despite not being able to garner 1% of the vote, what is clear is that the JHU has managed to take control of the manifesto and the Maithri campaign.

            Secondly, I am in the electoral roll of the Jan election and I do plan on voting. Are you eligible to vote in January?

            I will evaluate critically every candidate and then decide. I don’t vote based on rhetoric.

            Remember remember the 1994 election …the queen came promising much and delivered nothing…..so beware of those promising much again….
            I don’t want to replace one evil with another, all for the sake of “change”

            Look who is in the change camp….the queen, a convicted criminal in the waters edge case+wayamba+++++many more atrocities
            Rishard Badurdeen, who attacked a judge in Mannar and attacked the court premises.
            Sirisena himself who used undue influence to save his son, preventing the law from taking action.

            Is this the “change” you want?

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      Then My3 would LOSE.

      What is good for Tamils is anathema for Muslims and Sinhalese.

      My3 is right. Give nothing. Tamils will anyway vote against MR. That is a fact. No need to bargain.

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      Rohan

      “Shouldn’t have done this… Everyone knew where Tamil votes would go. “

      TNA Srill has may Mootals, Modayas, Madus and Fools. So,etimes I get the impression that the Tamils have as many Mootals, Maodays as the Sinhala.

      TNA Sampamthan is a Mootal, MOOOOOOTal.

      Ask Mr. Anandasangaree.

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    It is no surprise. The Tamil speaking voters and the Sinhalese Christians/Catholics are 30% of the voters. That is equivalent to 4.5 Million voters. They will deliver the victory to Sirisena and JOP.

    Ranil will become the Executive Prime Minister.

    Donald Gnanakone
    Tamils For Justice
    Founder

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      what the hell are you bubbling. There are no Executive PMs…
      Parliament will have more powers.. as it is not the case for today s regime.
      People want Parliament to be powerful and not just a single person.

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      Dear Donald ,

      are there any preparations to guarantee the normalcy on the 8 th of Jan ? will the Tamil speaking people be allowed to go to the polling stations ? please make sure to have majority of the foreign monitors remain in the NE !

      Good Luck .

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        Srilal,

        With all due respect. What’s this obsession with anything “Foreign” at all times?

        Sri Lankans cannot govern their country? And monitor what is necessary?

        Or is our inferiority complex so severe that it is incurable?

        Cheers!

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          Ben ,

          This is not the time to talk about pseudo patriotism , if you think i’m in the habit of praising ” every thing foreign” is perfect , then , i’m afraid , it’s not my problem ! if you can look at the bigger picture beyond these stupid rhetoric , you will see i what i meant !

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          Ben,
          It looks like you are in deep sleep – COMA.
          Some times you speak sense, then you speak no sense at all.

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          Ben Hurling

          “Sri Lankans cannot govern their country? And monitor what is necessary?”

          Nopes.

          Chandrika’s three commissions which investigated all human rights violations committed by all parties between 1987 and 1990 submitted their reports which identified the perpetrators and recommended charges against them.

          Chandrika couldn’t charge them because her uncle former deputy minister of defense Ratwatte thought it would demoralise the armed forces who were actively fighting a war in the Northern front.

          Now all three reports have been gathering dust at the National Archives and public are being banned from accessing them.

          Those commissions which inquired into 1977 and 1983 riots didn’t do much good either.

          There was no commission to investigate burning of books and ola manuscripts from Jaffna library.

          Is there any follow up to LLRC report.

          You ought to read Kishaly Pinto Jayawardene’s fate of all past commissions.

          Authority without accountability:
          The crisis of impunity in Sri Lanka

          http://www.refworld.org/pdfid/50ae365b2.pdf

          A LEGACY TO REMEMBER;SRI LANKA’S COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY
          LAW & SOCIETY TRUST

          SEPTEMBER 2010

          Edited by Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena
          1963 – 2002

          A Reference Guide to Commission Reports
          with a Tabulated List of Recommendations

          http://www.lawandsocietytrust.org/PDF/a%20legacy%20to%20remember%3B%20sri%20lanka%27s%20commissions%20of%20inquiry.pdf

          Don’t kid yourself with Sri Lankan justice.

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            Native,

            Again you list is pretty damn good. It is all true. Unfortunately.

            What is also true is, that was the past.

            We are building the future. We are looking to evolve into a better tmrw. Pessimism should be not the agenda.

            Cheers!

            PS: What are you implying anyway? Based on our horrible past we hand over governance of Sri Lanka to a bunch of foreigners?

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              Ben Hurling

              Now it is the time for you to educate the Sinhala/Buddhists. Some points for you to ponder:

              1. Let them stop branding themselves as Sinhala/Buddhists. They should reclaim their own identity that is Sinhala from Sinhala/Buddhist.

              2. Their religion Buddhism or Buddha’s teaching should be reclaimed from Sinhala/Buddhism. Coupling language and religion is a Molotov cocktail.

              3. A serious review of this island’s history not only required urgently but should be introduced in the school and university curriculum after a thorough review. The beast/beauty story is unnecessary, unrealistic, ugly,…. the Sinhala people deserve much better stories than this.

              4. Sinhala people should be told this land does not belong to them but belongs to the future generations. The present generation is only the leaseholders.

              5. All war crimes and crime against humanity committed from 5th April 1971 should be investigated. Punishing the perpetrator shouldn’t be the primary purpose of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Unearth, truth, confess and own up crimes, say sorry, beg for pardon from the commission, and move on. The commission should be empowered to go after the smart ar***. These are very important aspects for the victims’ relatives to bring the unfortunate incidents to closure.

              6. I have noticed in this forum and elsewhere people believe majority can do anything by virtue of being numerically larger than the next community. One downside to this misunderstanding has been the presence of “tyranny of the majority.

              7. All development should be approached bottom up and not top bottom. The state cannot and should not its will on diverse people. The politicians and bureaucrats are motivated by kickbacks, the larger the project better for growth of their personal wealth.

              8. How the opposition is going to restructure the state should the most important concern to all of us. How state, its rulers and its institutions are going to be made accountable to the people is another concern.

              9. Devolution of powers right through to the local government should not
              feared of in fact its part of the democratisation process which confidence to people and channel for unleashing their potentials.

              10. The politician should not be allowed to use separatist threat as a vote winning manifesto pledge. As I have explained in this forum many times over, it would be up to Hindians to decide whether this land remains a unified state or two separate states. Two, three … four nations do not mean two, three, four, …. separate countries. It will give them extra confidence and assurance remain loyal to this land.

              11. Finally if the man in the house does not treat his wife well, then the neighbor has all sorts of excuse to grope her, her daughters, her grandma, aunts, sisters, mother and mother in law,…. Eventually all of them begin to enjoy his presence in their house. You know what I mean.

              It is up to the majority people to review their past, think through in the present and plan for a better country.

              Here is something that should wake you up:

              Excerpts:

              The New York Times By ELLEN BARRYDEC. 28, 2014

              Postwar Sri Lanka’s Awkward Peace

              ….

              ….

              Siva Padmanathan, 44, who offers auto-rickshaw rides from the station, said his conversations with southern customers were strange ones, even when they managed to find a common language.

              “They ask me, ‘Now are things good here?’ And I tell them no,” he said. “They look at us as if we are exhibits in a museum. They think we are funny people. They think they won and we lost. Though they don’t say it directly.”

              But little of that came across to Mr. Kavinda, the Sinhalese passenger, who returned south again on the Yal Devi, thoroughly elated by his tour of the north. He said he wished that the Tamils he met had spoken better Sinhala, since, as he said, “Sri Lanka is a Sinhalese country.” But he was sure they were glad to see him.

              “The war is over, so they like to see Sinhalese,” he said. “When we went back to Jaffna, they were smiling, so I think they like Sinhalese.”

              http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/29/world/postwar-sri-lankas-awkward-peace.html?_r=2

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        srilal

        “please make sure to have majority of the foreign monitors remain in the NE !”

        How about Sharma, Nambiar, Shiva Sankaran Menon, Narayanan, ….. ?

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          Add Subramanian Swamy, Kamesh Sharma to the list to the list which would become endless if Vaiko and Seeman can also be considered as Pakse’s supporters in a way.

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            Uthungan

            Brilliant, I will update my database right away.

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        Put the guards and reap the votes. Do miss that!

        The Ram that has been brought up for sacrifice has to be cut the head on the auspicious day. TNA’s NPC speaker asking or police protection for TNA members. Who going to protect this sacrificial goats?

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    TNA has made tge right choice of supporting a major political group and hope this association would lead to more amity among all nationalities and solve the problems of tbe Tamils in North and East with the support of all Sinhala groups.

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    Welcome move and the waves now flowing in one direction. Long Live TNA.

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    TNA has made tge right choice of supporting a major political group and hope this association would lead to more amity and understing among all nationalities and solve the problems of tbe Tamils in North and East with the support of all Sinhala groups.

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    It is a welcome move by the TNA to openly support the opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena. MS and the opposition should equally reciprocate, if not immediately, in the future, towards reconciliation in the country.

    If not for extremism in politics, ethnic conflict and issues of dispute can be resolved peacefully, through cooperation and negotiations also with mutual respect to all communities, languages, religions and cultures.

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    A well expected and much awaited decision correctly made and boldly announced by TNA. The true and trusted authentic leadership of the Tamils. To Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, Sampanthan is one of the finest leaders in the Region!

    Mr. Sampanthan in the last five years has gone through the most tortuous times. He has steered the Party adroitly and is leading the Tamils to their promised goal. It is none other than redemption.

    The announcement of the decision comes on a day, when the common candidate Maithripala and the top leadership are in Jaffna. Tamils cannot give a greater gift than this.

    Now it is for the Southern leadership to lay the coping stone on what is already built. It is for the TNA to galvanize all Tamils for their best performance.

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      For the past few weeks it was clear the people will vote MR out of power. The question is what will happen between now and the day the EC
      declares the winner. We remember what happened in the past PE. That fascistic monster leading the BBS already threatens bloodshed against the Muslims. Anything is possible in today’s Sri Lanka. More so under the Rajapakse family, bent on inflicting a familial dictatorship aimed at least for quarter of a century.

      The learned Sampanthan appears to have helped in the drafting of a clear and sensible Statement – not allowing room to Sinhala supremacists in the likes of Weerawansa and the likes to mislead the
      much prejudiced minds of the simplistic Sinhala voter.

      The choice between the people today is if they want a free society where independent instruments of governance function – as they did before the 1990s – or a captive, venal, manipulative one controlled by a single family.

      Kettikaran

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      “The typical Tamilian stance is not a mere expression of cynicism. It conveys colossal ignorance

      It is for the TNA to galvanize all Tamils for their best performance.

      The true and trusted authentic leadership of the Tamils.”

      This guy doesn’t know TNA was created by LTTE. They are people selected Sampanthan to lead TNA.

      Unfortunately, TNA did not say a word about the war crime the present leadership committed. They are talking a lot of irrelevant things as the government committed. It seem to be doubtful that they are aware it is the international NGOs and Diaspora are struggling to get that done.

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    This is a great news.

    Victory of Maithripala will be becoming a reality.

    Jayawewa Jayawewa Jayawewa Jayawewa Jayawewa Jayawewa Jayawewa Jayawewa !

    Now the bunch remained on MR side is desperate.
    This is depicted by their talks like

    a) CBK s return to politics is a no challenge
    b) Indian stars are not paid – though even Gommanpila, Thissa Attanayke and the MPs should have been paid millions if not billions
    c) CID is just about to look into Ranil s complaint ? why does it take that long ?

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    Horay!

    Now we have the LTTE’s Suresh Premachandran and thambi mallis, bathaurdeen and Hakim all on side. We have yaha Palanaya. No more casinos.

    We don’t need the majority Sinhala Buddhist suport anymore.

    PS. Hope reality won’t wake us to hell on 9 Jan!

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      Dudley Malli

      Suresh Premachandran was one of the directors at Fisheries when MR was the minister.

      Their friendship runs deeper than you may care to immagine.

      “PS. Hope reality won’t wake us to hell on 9 Jan!”

      You are already in hell if you live here.

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    A sensible decision to go for the unknown devil. Tamils need to be decisive to ensure MR the butcher of over 100,000 Tamils is kicked out .
    However I am not optimistic that MY3 is going to be the darling of the Tamils either.

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    Good move! Last nail on MaRa regime struck firmly!
    Go to your retirement Family Rajapkse to China or Seychelles or st. Kittis with Billions of stolen wealth from ordinary people!!
    Never see you again!!!

  • 5
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    “The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has today decided to support the opposition common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena, the TNA announced a short while ago.”

    Are the mainstream Tamils going to permanently sit on the opposition benches forever? Tamils always supported UNP from time immemorial.

    If Ranil and his new found friends form government, will Mavai and Suresh get portfolio in Ranil’s cabinet? Don’t forget Sivajilingam should be appointed as the monitoring MP at the Ministry of External Affairs replacing Sajin.

    Will Douglas, Karuna, KP, Pillayan, …. switch alliance to be part of Ranil’s government?

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      NV,
      “Will Douglas, Karuna, KP, Pillayan,….” – [Edited out]

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      Tamil leaders are not after portfolios!

      Sengodan. M

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        One need not hanker after portfolios. Tamils should however know that in a Westminster model Parliamentary system;

        The repository of power is the Minister.

        Power lies in the Ministry.

        Handlers of power through advice to Ministers are, senior officials.

        Their influence varies with their competence.

        Parliament is for talking shop.

        It is for bleating interminably and plaintively:

        Tamils are always marginalised.
        Their education is going down.
        Their health and nutrition are worse.
        Tamil areas are neglected.
        The litany of complaints is endless.
        The reward for sulking was NIL.

        Through six decades of this nonsensical stance, what have Tamils gained?

        Are we to remain foolish for decades more?

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          From G.G. Ponnambalam to Kadirgamar, there were many Tamil ministers but none of the above mentioned problems were solved! If there is a fair degree of devolution and if diaspora funds are permitted to be tapped by the NPC ( and of course the EPC), there could be some hope for progress.

          Sengodan. M

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    Now that Tamils and Muslims are likely to vote for Maitripala, will there be an election, or Mahinda will invoke communal hatred to swing the Sinhalese in his favor, or will he be forced to institute military rule?

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      Thiru

      “Now that Tamils and Muslims are likely to vote for Maitripala,”

      Vanni postal votes have been already caste. Armed forces have already verified ballot papers, voters had plenty of choices as long as they voted for MR.

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        NV ,

        From where did you get that piece of information ? if is it a reliable one you should publish the source , then EC (Macko) can take an appropriate action (ask to redo the postal voting only for that segment ).

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          srilal

          The postal vote rigging in Vanni area has been widely known to the people who live there.

          I am sure those who monitor elections are aware of it.

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            NV ,

            it wouldn’t do any good , if we were to go by mere hearsay , even to lodge a complain we need have some sort of evidence , without any hard evidence , it’s just another gossip , NV .

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              srilal

              “it’s just another gossip , NV .”

              Trust me I am aware of few things both in North and South.

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                NV ,

                Ok , i trust you and take your word , but we must do something about it , don’t you agree ? would that pattern continue on 8 th as well ? my intention of writing comments here is to contribute some thing positive than negative , so if you have any details , why don’t you reveal it , hopefully we can avert a similar incident in near future .

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      A good summary of the current situation, Thiru. Frank Underwood (House of Cards) will stop at nothing to win.

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      Running berserk is not as easy as people think. A devastating defeat is like putting a ring to a bull’s nose. It will be pulled to the ground, shorn of it’s power and branded -TREASON – if it creates trouble.

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      The crony, de-facto CJ may rule in MR’s his favour to plot for another 2 years for SL become a consolidated Chinese take-away. Hope and wish that I am proved wrong.

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    The Sinhala vote is almost split 50:50 for MR and MY3. The Tamil and Muslim have to come to the rescue of the Sri Lankan democratic institutions yet again.

    But I doubt that the Sinhala masses will be greatful for that and reward the Tamils and the Muslims.

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    well done and good move and we hope that you have courage and determination to tell people this and people in North and East should vote Maithri in millions so that he get landslide victory

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    JHU Ven Ratna Thero ‘ s press interview and TNA ‘ s press interview complement each other or converging to take the country forward under Maithiri ‘ s common candidature. Politically it is a good turning point since tearing of BC pact and abandonment of DC pact. These both were internal solutions. Unfortunately they didn’t take off.

    Ven Sobitha Thera, Ven Ratna Thera and Champika Ranawake and their team should convince the majority of the Sinhalese on the need to find just political solutions to all sections of the multi racial multi religious Sri Lanka.

    Hope the election is conducted in a fair way and Rajapakse regime handover the power to Maithri in a peaceful manner and not use JR’s tactis of 1958 , 19977 and 1983 or SLFP – Left front tactics of 1972.

    JHU, Maithri’s New SLFP and Ranil ‘s current United UNP should stay together atleast for 4 years and convince the majoritarian population on the urgent need to find solutions to both economic and sociopolitical solutions within those 4 years.

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    Bravo TNA! You came to your senses. At long last.

    Your conclusion is one that will be much appreciated by all citizens who love this country.

    Reasons given above by TNA for its’ support for the CC should be reading material for informed voters everywhere in Sri Lanka. Nobody could have explained why Rajapassa should be kicked out better.

    Above statement by TNA further proves 90% of problems faced by Sri Lankan Tamils are indeed suffered by citizens in the whole country. That is not to deny in any way Sri Lankan Tamils have pretty grave, specific & serious grievances. Which should have been addressed already in 1948.

    Sri Lanka’s democratic process will hold sway again. After the defeat of corrupt Rajapassa on 8th of January 2015. Which is now obvious. Rule of law will return to a much higher degree. There will be a new surgical focus on Good Governance. From civil society & media in Sri Lanka.

    Our evolution into a more civilized society will re-commence on the 9th of January 2015.

    I hope TNA will choose to engage all Sri Lankans in tandem, brotherhood & sincerity. TNA must never forget most people are peace-loving & tolerant. Understanding and sympathy for problems faced by Tamil Sri Lankans are at a historic high in the South. TNA should not squander that opportunity.

    It may seem impossible for TNA. Given their components of support from vociferous, un-relenting, utopic, fanatic & racist Elamistas offshore. Plus the equally potent and destructive Sinhalese racism here at home. Which are alive and kicking on the fringes. I hope TNA will manage both with maturity.

    TNA’s historic task is to win hearts, minds & trust of the average Sinhalese here at home.

    Cheers!

    PS: If you think I am euphoric. I am guilty as charged.

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      “Bravo TNA! You came to your senses. At long last.”

      Ben,
      Don’t talk too much. You are trying to interpret TNA’s decision to support the opposition as TNA has given up Tamils grievances for self determination rights. It is not TNA’s task to win hearts, minds and trust of Sinhalese. It is the Sinhalese task to explain the sinhalese about the rights of the Tamils and to find a political solution on the basis of sharing the power with Tamils. If you call Tamils as fanatic & rascist Elamists, how do you call those fanatic & rascist Sinhalese who have governed this nation and destroyed and massacred thousands of Tamils for past 65 years?

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        Ajith,

        I called Ealmistas overseas who stood and still stand resolutely behind LTTE violence in SL fanatics and racists. That will not be withdrawn.

        Any Sinhalese who resorts to similar methods against Tamil Sri Lankans are fanatics and racists too. I am only too happy to pin that label on them. Call me anytime.

        I suggest we put members of both groups mentioned above in a non-segregated prison. In a place like Guantanamo Bay. So that, they can battle out & satisfy their primitive, tribal, racist needs, wants & urges.

        Rest of Sri Lanka can progress into the 21st century in peace.

        Cheers!

        PS: If you are obsessed with tribalism, looking for segregated Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim only caves, with nice labels such as “Mahavansa Heritage”, “Homelands” or “Demarcated Districts in the East”, please be concerned. You time is coming to an end. And thank God for it.

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          Ben Hurling

          “still stand resolutely behind LTTE violence in SL fanatics and racists.”

          If you are looking for LTTE please check under Modi’s dhoti (mundu, pancha, mardani or veshti).

          Don’t confuse yourself with LTTE diaspora supporters, they are merely a fan club much like Elvis Presley fan club which believe he was seen in a drive in Mc Donald restaurant enjoying treble hamburger while sitting on his Harley Davidson, possibly with Natalie Wood.

          Remember Indra the elected female dictator used to hide the boys under her sari.

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          LTTE’s arms struggle did not start in 1956 but Sinhalese violence started in 1956, Sinhalese arms struggle started in 1970s. Tamil Eelam call by TULF came in 1972 as a result of continued violence against Tamils since 1956. If you look at Sinhalese who resorts to violence against Tamils almost all Sinhalese political leadership and relegious leadership (Buddhist) resorted to similar methods before the birth of LTTE. You are not ignorant of these facts. Who called you to name LTTE and Diaspora instead of all those Sinhalese fanatics and rascists? If you want to put all those in place like Guantanamo Bay you should include Maithiri, Chandrika, Ranil, Sarath Fonseka, Mahinda, Gotapaya, SWRD, Premadasa, JRJ etc.

          You are living in a dream factory. You don’t fit to be in real world. In the real world, Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims identities are there and there are physical boundaries, different languages, different relegions exist and even in 25th centuray they will exist. Simply and Finally, I would like to see if Maithiri wins whether he makes a new constitution where there is no mention of language, race and religion.
          Thank God (Which one?)

  • 9
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    Mahinda Rajapakse said in his election propaganda meeting that he brought peace to the island.

    Peace is not the absnce of war. Peace is only achieved when the issues that caused the war are resolved by dialogue.

    Military defeat does not end a political issue. This was made clear by the military commander Sarath Fonseka after the war.

    Is it peace under democracy when;

    a) About 100,000 soldiers occupy North and East of the island and oppress citizens?
    b) The land of natives are grabbed with state support?
    c) Justice is denied locally?
    d) Freedom of people are curtailed?
    e) The UNHRC had to intervene to do justice and punish the criminals of Tamil Genocide and war crimes?

    During the past 4 years, violence increased and Buddhist extremism played havoc. Churches were burnt down and Christians were persecuted. Hindu Temples and mosques were violated. Is this peace?

    Rajapakse did not bring peace but brought mental slavery to the Sinhalese and military terror to the Tamils.

    We the people of the island want real peace, and I pray to God that the year 2015 would be an year of great love for one another, real peace and prosperity in our ways.

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    Final nail in the coffin (TNA supporting MS) , only Thondaman left in the wilderness , hope he too will extend his support for MS this time , if that to happen , whole minority is supporting MS , so No amount of money , cheap propaganda , Salman khan etc can reverse the momentum , say the rest of the country (majority Sinhalese) split in to half and vote for each candidate , what would be the final out come ? good bye MR , your fate is sealed !

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    I thought it would have been better for the TNA to have said that they will let the tamil people decide whom they are going to vote and they should vote for whomever they prefer out of the two leading candidates.

    the out come would have been the same without losing any of the sinhalese votes for maithri.Now mahinda will start to holler that there is a secret agreement between TNA and maithri and that TNA now will get what Prabha coudn’t.Some idiots could swallow that though others may not.

    Woe be unto the TNA if mahinda wins the election.Gota will go all out to smash them and in the process many tamils will suffer.

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    All those travel agents must be getting ready for the mad rush that’s going to follow !

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    You fool no matter who win won’t support Tamil.

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    It seems the regime has lost all their so called allies. It is them against the rest. It must take a lot of courage for these parties to move away from the regime, and some may have turned down millions of rupees. If MR wins, what a lot of revenge this family will take. They are known to be vindictive, and it will be interesting to see who grovels and kisses their behinds, to get back to their good graces. Let’s hope the good people of Sri Lanka will do the right thing for all.

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    Banda Malli,

    Cool down my friend, someone poisoned your mind with this Ealam theory. We are not that idiots to divide this tiny island. You remind me of some small child lie down on the floor and cry for no valid reason. Don’t be a cry baby, reboot your brain and start from scratch, we wanted to live together. The war was started by Singhalese and ended by Singhalese – there is no mistake on the army side, they can only take orders and there is no war crime against them.

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    Patali Champika Ranawaka (JHU) said NDF will arrest all LTTEers – some of your right hand men and women?- very worrying no?

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      Johnny English (Eelam)

      “Patali Champika Ranawaka (JHU) said NDF will arrest all LTTEers – some of your right hand men and women? very worrying no?”

      You know no fear. You know no danger. You know nothing.

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    Tamil votes in the northeast could decide this election.

    Here is the 2010 presidential election results

    http://www.infolanka.com/news/election2010.htm

    And here is the forecast.Criticism to improve it most welcome.

    1.Assume that 115000 voters decide to switch from mahinda to maithripala in the colombo district,then maithri will win colombo by a majority of 150000 votes.

    2.If 115000 voters switch from mahinda to maithri in the gampaha district mahinda will win gampaha by 50000 votes.

    3.So the net effect after the cumulative results of colombo and gampaha is maithri leading by 100000 votes.

    4.Now take the other big district of kurunegala.If 90000 voters switch from mahinda to maithri,mahinda will win that district by 75000.

    5.So after these three big districts are polled maithri will be leading by 25000 votes.

    6.Now take kandy district.If 75000 voters decide to switch from mahinda to maithri then maithri will win kandy by 75000 votes.

    7.So after the results in colombo,gampaha,kurunegala and kandy districts is added up,maithri will be leading by 100000 votes with Mahinda winning gampaha and kurunegala districts and maithri winning colombo and kandy districts.

    8.now take kalutara,galle and ratnapura which are medium size districts and assume a switch of 60000 voters from mahinda to maithri in each district then mahinda will still win kalutara by 70000,galle by 55000 and ratnapura by 55000 votes,making a total of 180000 votes.

    9.So after the seven largest districts colombo,gampaha,kurunegala,kandy and kalutara,galle,ratnapura counting is over mahinda would be leading with 80000 votes with maithri only winning colombo and kandy and mahinda gampaha,kurunegala,kalutara,galle and ratnapura.

    10.Now take the small medium districts like kegalle,matara,anuradhapura and badulla and assuming a switch of 45000 votes from mahinda to maitri,then kegalle,matara and anurathapura will be won by mahinda by 30000,50000 and 65000 votes while maithri will win badulla by 50000,giving a net total majority to mahinda from these 4 districts of approximately 100000 votes.

    11.So after the largest 11 districts are counted mahinda will be leading by 180000 votes with maithri winning colombo,kandy and badulla and mahinda the rest.

    12.The balance 11 districts are small ones with some smaller than the others.If we take the largest of them puttalam,hambantota,nuwaraeliya and digamadulla and assume a switch of 35000 from mahinda to maithri,then mahinda will win hambantota by 50000 while maithri will win nuwara eliya by 100000 and digamadulla by 75000 and Puttalam by 5000 and thereby giving him a majority of 130000 from these 4 districts.

    13.If you substract this 130000 votes for maithri from the cumulative 180000 votes for mahinda so far as in point 11, mahinda will be leading maithri by 50000 votes after 15 districts of the 22 are counted,with maithri winning only colombo,kandy,badulla,nuwar eliya,puttalam and digamadulla and mahinda the rest.

    14.Now let us take matale and moneragala.Assuming a switch of 25000 votes,mahinda would yet win matale by 10000 and moneragala by 40000

    15.So the grand total at this stage for mahinda after the count of 17 out of 22 districts would be 100000 majority.

    16.now to pollonaruwa where maithri comes from.Will the home crowd vote for the local fella or mahinda?I probably would think the local.

    17.normally i would have given a swing of 25000 votes from mahinda to maithri,but because this is the local fella probably it would be 35000.Too difficult to call any way and could go either way with only a small negligible margin of victory.

    18.Now coming to the balance 4 districts which are tamil majority batticaloa,trinco,jaffna and vanni.Can they give a majority of more than 100000 votes to maithri to clinch the election for him.

    19.The TNA should easily be able to muster much more than 100000 votes from these 4 districts to give maithri a comfortable victory by more than 200000 at least.It seems to be a replay of the 2005 election where the tamil votes was the decider but this time instead of ranil losing by 180000 votes,it could be mahinda losing the election.

    20.Assumption has been of a free and fair election.Computer jilmart and thuggery and intimidation has not been taken into consideration.

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    What TNA did is correct. How many days TNA can be afraid of MR and hide. I think they revealed their wish after confirming that MR cannot win anymore. Even if he wins he can not run the country without going into bankruptcy – even Grease, Italy, Russia are struggling. Now ordinary Singhalese are well informed and no need for Mithiri to rely on racism to compete with MR.

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    An essentially serious political document structured in precise and excellent prose. The learned lawyers at the helm of affairs of the TNA
    have produced this striking appeal in what is close to graceful poetry.

    R. Varathan

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    What an excellent document.
    A pity the CC didnt have a legal mind or two drafting his manifesto.
    The TNA seems to have covered all the reasons for advocating change — whatever the nature of the Opposition alliance. One just HAS to say NO at some point and there’s really only one effective way of doing that.

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