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Today I Step Down From The Parliamentary Election Race, Don’t Cast Your Preferential Vote For Me – Mangala Samaraweera

Mangala Samaraweera informs the people of Matara who had courageously provided him protection and placed their confidence in him for three decades that from today (09 June 2020), he steps down from the politics of being a member of parliament.

Accordingly, he requests the people of Matara to refrain from casting their preferential votes for him at the upcoming 2020 parliamentary election although his name appears in the electoral list as a candidate from the Samagi Jana Balawegaya.

He had addressed letters to the leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe and the leader of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya Sajith Premadasa informing them about his decision to refrain from contesting in the parliamentary election.

Mangala

Mangala Samaraweera also held a meeting today at his residence with local government representatives from Matara and briefed them regarding his decision. Expressing his views at this meeting, Samaraweera observed that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s leadership has been inefficient and short-sighted, and that this has been proven within a brief span of six months. He further observed that under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, ethnic, racial and religious divisions among the people of the country are being widened while the state is being militarized, and that the opposition does not seem to have a clear understanding of what its role and duty should be at a time when the nation is faced with such grave challenges.

The former Minister stated that, in his view, if our nation is to be resurrected it is necessary that the fundamental values and principles of the United National Party are activated. He therefore expressed his deep regret at the division that has occurred in the Party.

Speaking further, the former Minister said that for over 30 years, he worked for united principles and policies within parliamentary politics, with the objective of raising the standard of living of all citizens of Sri Lanka, as well as forging reconciliation and enhancing a sense of humaneness. He stated that during this time, he succeeded in achieving progress for Matara as well as the country at large, yet a lot more still remains to be done.

He emphasized that it is necessary to initiate a movement towards a progressive political trajectory in Sri Lanka in partnership with the people in this country who respect democracy, and the different social identities and cultural traditions in the country, and people who are not overwhelmed and consumed by hatred towards one another. He urged the people in this country who are not governed and guided solely by their racial, caste, religious, ethnic and gender identities at birth and those who are free of political, cultural and social hypocrisy to come together and join forces for this purpose.

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    Dear Mr Samaraweera,
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    thanks for being a sensitive politician. Not a single good thing the current men have impletemented, alone that OIL-FORMULAR which was then caught by MODAYAS s ridicule, but was one of the clever steps, but todays context, nobody seems to even talk about it… we in europe enjoy 15% of price reduction in oil prices today – being part of the formula which is set to be adjusted at every minute. But ballige puthas led OUR island nation dont even raise the question as to why they have not given the concessions to the people ?
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    You will see below what former MODAYA Janapathiya has to say today.Meeharakas of that nature should never become the people s president again. But the question arises, even if the incumbent would be not similar to the Sirisena.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OTbibCViXE

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    TO this day,
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    People specially whose votes were robbed out – 6.9mio are very dissppointed today.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIfXVMwhl00
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIuW7IKA7LI
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    What happened to GOTA s BOLDNESS ? Were they just FAIRY TALES about Gota s leadership ?
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    He failed COVID containment
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    He failed to ban even ROYAL-THOMIAN annual cricket match
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    He failed to allow people who are really in need, more concessions as his WANIDBATTAYAS promised before the nation
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    What has this ADMINSITRATION achieved sofar ? NOTHING or not even anything to be praised with WOW effect.

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      leelagemalli,
      “He failed COVID containment”

      It could be that your head is filled with mud instead of that tiny thing called ‘Brain’. Should send you to Ceramic Corporation to take out that mud and make fine ceramics.

      You guys are highly disappointed that things did not go the way you wanted. You guys wanted to see this country full of COVID-19 dead bodies to put the blame on President Gotabhaya Rajapakshe and PM Mahinda Rajapakshe.

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        Eagle,
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        I know very well, that it is pointless to add a counter to yours, but the truth is BPs could close down the airport the one and only entry to the country as of end of Feb 2020, then we could easily achive the levels of Vietnam, Thaiwan and Nepal or the like countries that have contained it well and counted today as good intelligent govts to have done it to the top.
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        But our Bitch s sons focused on something else, for their personal gains, leaving the danger aside. All what they did should already have been doing if the bps were whole hearted.
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        Yet today, BPs did not increase the tests numberwise. Why is that ? more test, more patients right ? What have they been doing EE ? You the kind of geriatric patients would not see it .. but make an effort to see it right is not that difficult.. .why should we be biased in that regard too ?

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            Good idea if applied consistently.

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      Well, there goes one of the last humane politicians in the majority community. He never wavered in his inclusive inclinations. Neither was he a hypocrite. He was openly gay and didn’t hide his smoking and drinking habits. Unlike the “cheevaradariyas” that he never feared to call out.
      I doubt he would have been elected, given the current climate of feudal nationalism and bogus religiosity.

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    Thank god!

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      Mr Idiot GATAM,
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      Thank God for what…..?
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      Avoiding a humiliating defeat…..?
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      A politician…..
      Who cried to recall and keep dissolved parliament…..
      Getting out of the race claiming OPPONENTS are FAILURES…..
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      These are YOUR heroes…..
      Nice.

  • 47
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    I believe that Mangala Samaraweera is a truly honorable man. It is regrettable that he chose to stay away from parliamentary politics at this crucial hour. Let us hope that he returns with more vigour.

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      Dear Nathan,
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      it is just the background he is coming from. Medamulana bps would never behave so… they just wanted MORE poor stay poor further so that they can survive their politics. Rajaakshe politics is almost like beggar s wounds.
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      And this MP had been with CBK and the like leaders who had values. Sure, her second term was not successful. That has lot do with srilanken style of politics, but if CBK had NOT been there, rascals would never be able to self-congradulate to have won a civil war. It was Mr Kadirgamar s great work got LTTERs banned on the rich soils.

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        Dear leelagemalli , CBK brought in MR unable to bear the political heat. Little did she realize that she was sealing her fate, and that of SL.

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          Nathan,
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          this is why I think the politics of SRILANKA is almost like that Wanatha mull kunukanda which is now little bit silent, but you never know when it would collapse. Good leaders cant do much in SL politics. The same is valid to good MPs, Ministers or any other good authorities. Culprit-mindedness is ruling. MR and the like thugs are flanked to all high criminals since they are born and bred in ASUCHI pits… so coming out of this situation will remain to be a dream. I have no more hopes for a better country. I know giving up is easy, but we have been fighting that heartedly for such a long time now.
          Just imagine, nw GR according to many that voted for him for a common dream, which was to give a lead to bold issues without being biased, but what has he achieved today ? Not the little that we achieved for the 100-day program under PISSU mad siresen with RW or not ? What is transparent today ? What do the tamil leaders have to say ? What do the MUSLIM representatives say ?
          :

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      Nathan,
      You are right. Mangala Samaraweera is a truly honourable person. I appreciated very much his courageous voice against those Fundamentalist Monks who have killed Lord Buddha by their violent behaviour.

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        PART B

        When elections do get held, I’ll have to vote as part of the Badulla District. I will definitely cast a valid vote – but for whom? Definitely not for Pohottuwa or Ranil’s UNP. And having picked a party, I’ll next have to think of Preferences.
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        Had my vote been registered in Matara, I think that I’d cast a preference for Mangala, irrespective of what he says! We can’t do without people like him in Parliament.
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        Since nothing can be decided yet, I’ve been listening to this pretty young woman who sings beautifully in both Sinhalese and English:
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4ZTB-BIkoo
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        Can you believe it that she’s actually a lecturer in the Colombo Medical Faculty, doing serious research there? Please sample and let me know. If we have a few more young people of this sort, I wouldn’t despair for our future.
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        All old fellows must know when to bow out gracefully!

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          Thanks for the video which I shared with my friends.

          Soma

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            Dear Soma,
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            Your response gave me special pleasure. We seem so often to disagree. I’m glad to know that you’ve actually shared this with many friends.
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            What this, and Nilanka Anjalee’s other videos, prove is that it is possible for young people today to be able to attain such heights not just in two musical traditions, but also combine that with scholastic attainment. This is amazing, but we must beware of putting pressure on all to attain such heights. If we do, the spontaneity and meaningfulness displayed here will not be there.
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            It gives me sincere pleasure that my whimsical comment may have resulted in new fans for this singer whose existence I was unaware of last week. Serendipity it was.

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              Dear Sinhala Man,
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              Hope there will be more of Champa-like person behind their avatars on CT. Today Champa as you know is not that partial to Rajapakshes and their rascality. Let s hope the best – this is a good trend.. I would say.

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          Sinhala_Man: Thank you for the link. She Nilanka Anjalleo’s singing is awesome. On Sunday I watched on Rupavahine three “Specialists” in the Medical Profession doing a superb performance in “Presentation” and “Singing”. The TV program is “SIHINAYAKE RE”. It is in “Col3”. Watch under “Musical Program”. The “TALENTS” are in plenty, but I do not understand what has gone wrong. Perhaps the whole of the “SYSTEMS” in ushering that “FORTUNE” for the country has been usurped by the corrupted “Elite” who wants nothing but PEOPLE to be “SLAVES”.

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            Dear Simon,
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            Thanks, so what I see is that this is a regular programme which you view abroad:
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            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq6zrC4H0hc
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            I’ve sampled a bit; very well produced, isn’t it? Are there ads? That is one of the things that drives me off TeleVision. I’m glad that you can access Sinhalese music of high quality from Europe.
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            I’m struggling to say something sensible! I’m a guy whose home has always been in Uva (although I have been elsewhere in Asia – never in Europe, for instance!) And yet, my interests have been in understanding European culture, which I still indulge myself with – the Internet holds out immense possibilities.
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            Where music is concerned, I can’t perform, but I think I understand western Classical Music pretty well. I tend to listen to complete works, sometimes approaching an hour. That’s been a lifelong passion, but now I’m venturing into more modern works.
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            I know that I’m an oddity, but it may not be that bad a thing that some guy “”up there” at least has some knowledge of these things! My forays into theatre, on the other hand, has included some production. I have acted.

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          Dear SM,
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          thanks very much for the link. The kind of lecturerers are really rare.
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          And I do believe that MUSIC can transport the message to all equally. That is how far poor indian regions, make it balancing their grievances.
          More of Nandamalinis need to heal the souls of the GROWING hopeless nation at this critical juncture of the country (but essentially not focusing our WEERATHWAYA or the like racial lines)

          . Those who self-congradulate are on a way to bring this nation to be under MILLITARY leadership, which is now in making… who on the earth would move from a democracy to millitary rule ? if not the average mind set is not naive and far from getting it – no anyone would want to be under MILLITARY rule, besides, all milltary rulers led to their nations in chaos.

          President opens his orifice once a while, which has often been in SILENT MODE asking ” the state authorities not allowed to do politics in public” but when it comes to the support of their virulent, highy abusive fractions, misleading it to the core, he moves back to his ” usual silent mode” again. That is not overlooked today s politics. If it is due to lack of political knowledge or his intention will come to light even more in the days to come.

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      Dear Nathan,
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      Yes, I agree. Mangala has always been honest and the most tricky problems have usually seen him taking the right stands.
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      We still have no idea when the elections will be. I did have a very short chat with Jeevan this morning, and then sent him this:
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_jKhfE9MoE
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      leelagemalli, this is a guy, Sepali Amarasinghe, whom I find that I can relate to. Since that video gives a phone number, I had a pretty long chat with him on Mobitel, and also sent him an e-mail.
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      The problem with that Wellassa Youtube, that you have connected me to is that the young guy there seems to go in search of those who he feels are neglected and adopts such a condescending tone. You’ve posted that link three times, haven’t you?
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      I’ve been stuck up here for three months now. I plan to get to Maharagama tomorrow, for at least a week.
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      The reports I have indicate a somewhat chaotic day in the Colombo area. I feel that there is a need to establish direct contact with as many of these people as possible. Exchanging views through comments alone is insufficient.

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        Dear SM, a very good morning !
        thanks you to have had a phone chat with him. But I dont agree with SK about Prof. Hoole. And I know that the guy has been doinga good work in some other areas, but to brand Prof. H to be that is no fair. There are whole lot of others in other commissions do express their views freely. Like for example, MACO himself did it several dozens of times, but the press did not stand against him, but do stand against Prof. H: why ? That is why I hav been insisting that the MEDIA mafia being powerful than any other mafias in the country today. Old Codger and SJ would not agree with me further… but please will you please study it on and on, going back to the last 5 years that will open you eyes. Media mafia is powerful than the drug mafia as I see it.

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          I guess both your references are to SJ, who is brilliant. However, there seems to be a “personality clash” with Jeevan Hoole, which extends sometimes to Rajan Hoole. They’re all outstanding people, let them work it out!
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          I consider Prof. Jeevan Hoole to be a very sincere man, and I think that even SJ is generous enough to acknowledge the good work done by Jeevan as an Elections Commissioner. I think that Jeevan is genuinely shocked at hypocrisy and double standards and so speaks out, sometimes with little consideration for prudence.
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          MaCo has been in this so long that he knows how to survive -which is also necessary. However, he goes with the tide, doesn’t he? He’s a clever actor whom we can’t pin down. With Jeevan we always know where we stand: no dissembling on any subject – and he’s just too honest.

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          Leela,
          MACO never openly supported any political party. Mr.Hoole did write openly in the press, criticizing Gota. Even I agree with the things he wrote, but as an Elections Commissioner, he shouldn’t have. Now, naturally, he is being accused of bias. When you hold certain jobs, there are some things you shouldn’t do.

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            Old,
            agree with you, but I think so long MACO contnuously behaves so, why not Prof. Hoole. THe other prof who is the 3rd member in the commission may be the only person to have respected all the norms. But his is a silent voice so far.
            I think if it would be necessary, Prof Hoole will ask for a public apology, He has lived in civilized countries, I don thtink would be backward to do the due.

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        SM,
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        some thoughts of Sepal is not acceptable at all. He would not want to criticise incumbent president for some reasons. And he doe snot question yet, as to why GR has been not fulfilling the pledges he made prior to his election.

        Even a down syndrome patient, until he opens his mouth can be held as intelligent, is the case with ” FAKE PROPAGANDA” made in order to make a perception painting the picture in favour of Rajakshes. So far nothing is seen as normal…. situation is almost like .. fall in to the fire or not ? But the very same press that stood against during former govt, stay today as if crocodile is fed with clay regarding whatever shortcoming is becoming clear. Why is that ? Going back to the GG rule, did we notice any harsh actions being taken by police the way they did it to Peratugami protesters of yesterday ?

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        Dear Mr SM,
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        Sorry, I always dont come back to you regarding your points you usually mention in your posts.
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        -Wellassa Youtube – may well be, but I am used to focus only the grievances of such people, that are really in need… and the numbers are not much less… because, I have had an argument with a relative of mine, who contradicted me adding, that the poverty levels in UVA province is very low… .. as of now, I have whole lot of sufficent evidence to prove my assumptions, that prove the poverty levels are beyond estimation I would say.
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        -May be I have posted the link several times – sorry about that.
        – Considering my loads of work 24/7 – alone me to get back to CT posts is not easy. Amidst COVID crisis, we are bound to work from home, with some on-site meeting like 2-3 /month
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          Dear leelagemalli,
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          I’m now in Maharagama. The CTB bus was never crowded and charged only Rs 298 for the hundred mile run. This was always the “normal fare”. Most buses are called “semi-luxury”, owing to curtains being added and charge about 40% more. All used to be more crowded.
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          Travelling is not being encouraged (understandable) and we all had masks on. The only thing that worried me today is – how sustainable is it to run buses like this? I’m happy with having been charged very little, but I’m sure that we must not keep subsidising State Enterprises. I’m not rich, but ultimately this money belongs to those who are the poorest in our society.

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          Dear leelagemalli,
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          I wouldn’t dare criticise what you write, in two languages:
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mangala-samaraweera-7-june-2020/
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          Amazing that you can find the time for all this. I sometimes wish you’d be more careful with your English comment (too many “bp”s!). Certainly, your impact would be greater, but how can you possibly find time for it all?
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          About those guys going into villages and talking down to people, though: they go into lovely places, and too much of the talk is designed to arouse self-pity among villagers. Why isn’t there more appreciation of clean air, and a healthy way of life?
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          But then see this poem:
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          https://www.bachelorandmaster.com/britishandamericanpoetry/a-polished-performance-summary.html
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          We have no right to keep people in poverty.
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          Work it out! I’m certainly not as wise as you sometimes credit me with being!

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            Dear Sinhala Man,
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            thank you for your kinds posts and the link.
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            Yes, I was compelled to think that WELLASSA TV is as cunning as others have been. But he has proved the opposite all these days. His videos proved me that there is lots of poverty in your area – wellawaya even if some retired teachers contradicted this.

            You dont know it but we CT readers are in the view, you ve been doing a great job. You may be adding extended comments, but u been clarifying them all on and on about any topics. That is what I exepect from a senior.. thanks once again :)
            :
            Please add me some more thoughts about this topic below. I really want to do some good work with that TV, so that we could help out who are really in need in that area.
            Thank you.
            Have a great week in Maharagama. Please take good care of you.

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            Thanks SM,
            I have been doing so over the years. That has now become one of my hobbies – standing against injustices in home country.
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            But I really dont think I can continue it to this levels in the days to come, with much more work loads getting heaped, due to COVID-19 limitations.

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      Dogs have more honor than this fool. He is a fool that has no shame.

      He has been proven wrong time and time again and refuses to be honest. If this monkey and his party were in power COVID 19 would have destroyed the country.

      Many medical professionals in the country agree. Shameless self-promoter.

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        a14455 / June 10, 2020

        Not just UNPrs but entire world would respect Mr Mangala Samaraweera. His pvt life is his problem, but his politics, the manner his mediation settled it during the previous govt should be appreciated. Had highcriminals been reelected in 2015 election, no doubt, UNHRC and other bodies would have imposed sanctions against Srilanken people. As of 2015, entire world except SWAZILAND AND BELARUS stood against srilanka.
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        Backlickers of Rajaakshes would never see it right. They have pushed the nation from frying pan to the fire as of today.
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        Bitch s sons could well maintain the the COVID-19 cricis if they had been unite to protect the nation, but how can the bastard lead any good thing for a common goal ? They looted the state as of 2015 and left behind all the mess in economy but shameless buggers, articulate it to the very same audience today thinking the people are even stupdier than appeared to be.

        I really cant understand what went through the SKULLs of 6.9 mio of voters to allow these bitches sons be back to their LOOTING mode.

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          Dear leelagemalli,
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          Owing to Sri Lankan double standards, his “private life” may seem a problem. These people are a little too honest!
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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l56IdoPHmKc
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          Personally, I can’t respond positively to gay activity, but these are not people who are exploiting the weak and helpless, are they?
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          I didn’t realise that I had quite so many comments on this man. If reports are true, this man (and Silvio Berlusconi, plus Donald Trump) are greater problems to the vulnerableble.

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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/saruwa-sunil-now-bats-for-yahapalanaya-wife-gets-nomination-from-sirisena/
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          We’re still in the “getting used to” stage for some of these things, and it’s amazing how many famous figures in the past are now revealed as having been gay.
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          Until “private lives” impinge on objectivity in public affairs, it should not be a problem.

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            Dear SM,

            I sometimes, feel I have not met any ultra racists other than the sinhala racists anywhere in the world. If this is not the truth, things would have worked well for a peaceful country as of today or not ? The situation in my country today is a KUNU KANDA covered with the thick icing cover so that it is shown nicer. We talk about antisemitism in Europe, but the racial attitudes of our people, we experience in SL is not yet open to the world. See how they treat their domestic servants – in general – and those plantation tamils in that industry.
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            Gay, straight or varied other sexual orientations would NOT do harm to anyone so long these individuals would not behave criminals. In fact, Berlin’s mayor was a populist and he was gay. He never acted vulgar in public. And Late foreign Minister who later died by a cancer was gay though he was earlier married to a straight female. Knowing all these, I dont care about their pvt life so long they get on with us/ people repsecting the norms. I dont think it is right to put them down because they did not chose to be gay, bi or straight.

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        a14455 / June 10, 2020
        FURTHER to this -The most known examples are
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        Mahinda Rajakashe (Southerner’s THONDAMAN) is adulated by grass eaters forever. The man died a week ago, by name Thondaman did nothing but enjoyed the perks being the leader of the destitute. But the grievances of the destitute, remains untouche forever. So is the case for the ones who are really in need, in southern and other areas, but bitches sons enjoyed their life by wasting tax payers funds.
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        Gotler is so far resepected by the very same grass eaters
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        Mahindananda the miirikudu thrower is repsected by the very same grass eaters for ever. No matter that the bugger to have stolen over 1 mio of BSP for the purchase of a house in CENTRAL london… right ?
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        Wima Ponnawanse is enjoying being the weeraya as is the case so long ballige puthas of your nature would keep him above…
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        There are whole lot of example… to be continued.

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      Nathan: Don’t worry. Immediately after that announcement, Mangala made a statement and said: “The Government must sign the MCC Agreement and get the US$ 480 million”. Don’t you see that he has already got a “CONTRACT” from the US. It is much better than spending million to win an election. He would be “Accredited” with the Milinda Moragoda’s “Path Finder” NGO that has presented a “PLAN” for economic recovery. This “PLAN” was “Officially” handed over to the President PLUS “Maha Sanga”. If you read through that “Plan” you could see that the President’s appointment of a “Task Force” consisting all “Military Personnel” for economic recovery had been based on a recommendation contained therein. The “Main Theme” of that recommendation was to “AVOID” any political or social organization personnel from such a “Task Force”. Things are happening in “Jet Speed” force behind the doors not seen by you and many of that “6.9” million voters. Mangala has returned with more vigor in the “MCC” jet.

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    LOL .. Walking before being voted out …

    GROBR

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    even though your decision in not to continue being a politician is welcome in the current trend of occurring in this sad sorry shitty Kota Uda nation, I for one welcome your magnanimous decision and wish you all the best for a happy retired life along with a new career if needed.

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    Mangala Samaraweera,
    You can leave politics but Sinhalayo are not going to forgive you for the treacherous act you did by co-sponsoring the UNHRC resolution without getting approval from the President and Parliament which is a violation of the Constitution. I do not think any other country in the world has done such a dirty thing or will ever do such a thing. In the history of this country you will be considered as a ‘TRAITOR’.

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    Arrankarail Maramum, Arasaiya Veeruthing Vazvum Vizumanro! (The flourishing tree on the bank of the river and the life on the chair next to the King’s throne always is fall.)
    16 years ago Mangala gave blood and flesh to crown an Ashura who ate the life of 150,000 Tamils while begging, pleading and crying. Mangala’s friends paid the money to Leader Pirapaharan to achieve this. Sripathi liturgically gave his life on this. The sword Mangala made has cut his head after 16 years. Not much condolence from Tamils’ side for Mangala’s down fall.
    Last five years, other the Oil Formula, anything Mangala did was only to bring the five countries secretly told $18B safely back to Old King. What was Old King did for that favor is to send spies to Mangala’s home and had his computer stolen. A moral from Mangala’s failed politics: “Don’t make a snake as your pet. It knows only to spank.” It is not an easy lesson unlike, calculus or astronomy. It is too difficult and uninteresting to learn for Sinhala Intellectual. So many of them bound to go bitten including naughty heroes like Rambo, Lemon Puff, Gamin……
    Congratulation for the victory!

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      Clown , I am not sure what your verbal diarrhea means.

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        ” Clown , I am not sure what your verbal diarrhea means “
        You didn’t even get the smell of it? too sad man.
        “Kazhuthai Ariyuma Karpura Vasanai. (How do a donkey would know the enchanting, serene, holy smell of camphor? )

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        a14455 / June 10, 2020

        Not just that, you are not sure of so many things.
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        Go back to the cage and waiting for your portions. That is the little you can do ..

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      Mallaiyuran,
      Demala people have not been taught by their parents, teachers or Poosaris to be grateful to people who helped them. Sinhalayo gave citizenship to the descendants of Dravida slaves when they were abandoned in Sinhale by colonial parasites. Instead of been grateful for that kind gesture, they started slaughtering Sinhalayo to grab a piece from their country.

      Mangala Samaraweera betrayed Sinhalayo and co-sponsored UNHRC resolution fulfilling the request from ‘Koti Diaspora’ and ‘Terrorist National Alliance’ tarnishing the image of Mahinda Rajapakshe, Gotabhaya Rajapakshe and ‘Ranaviruwos’ of Sri Lankan Armed Forces. Yet you say “Not much condolence from Tamils’ side for Mangala’s down fall.” Come on man, be grateful to Mangala. If not for that dong kee, Demalu cannot talk about ‘War Crimes’.

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        Dear Eagle,
        “Demala (Tamil) minority issue was a creation of colonial parasites who imported millions of Dravida slaves”
        These same colonial parasites allowed your female ancestors to wear blouses. They allowed your people to do work in other trades than hakuru making and drumming. What’s more, they helped in the ordination of your Salagama and Karawe people as hamuduruwos.
        The Dutch took the leaders to Burma .Otherwise you wouldn’t be talking about Sinhala Buddhism today. Give credit where it’s due.

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    It is a shame that there are no reasonable politicians in the arena anymore. There is no voices of sanity left, as the Rajapaksa’s are slowly but surely fortifying themselves to be the authoritarian regime, we have to deal with for maybe decades. GR has surrounded himself with killers, war criminals, and ruthless men, some who have been banned for entering other nations, because of their questionable crimes against humanity. They will be willing and eager, to take GR’s orders, even if it means killing journalists, activists, and citizens. When the military turns it’s guns on civilians, if they protest, or become an inconvenience, it will be going against what our country stands for. They have done it before, and they will not hesitate to do it again.

    Sri Lankans will live in fear.

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      Dimwit , is a reasonable politician one who agrees with your garbage ?

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        Resorting to name calling and insults show you are unable to take the facts, and are losing the argument. It also show your mother did a bad job in parenting.

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            Thank you Colombo Telegraph. Please do weed out the trolls and those who insults or use bad language. Commenters should feel free to express themselves, and their opinions, without such harassment.

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    He wouldn’t have got many votes anyway.

    Soma

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    Mr. Mangala Samaraweera,
    I have known you as “Khema’s son”. The charming and lovable lady Khema had been one of my closest friends when we were working together at Lake House (1965-70). She had brought you up as a good human-being, free from rabidity and religio-ethnic prejudices. It is a pity that you are saying ‘adieu’ to parliamentary politics . The racist majority may celebrate your exit! Anyway, Wish you good luck in your future pursuits.

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      Honest principled people cannot survive among unscrupulous criminals. If you want to be a successful politician you must be a liar and an opportunist.

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    Stinkingly corrupt man paid from overseas, good riddance this rent boy out of sri lankan politics.
    Its laughable that his reasoning considering whole SL electorate gunning for him.
    BTW, we are not finish with you yet…

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      Watcher,
      Same common thoughts of BPs (similar to btich’s sons) that are compelled to believe if anyone would stand against high criminal Rajakshes should be either NGO workers or Tamil diasphora supporters.
      :
      You guys should go back to the kindergarten.. dont you think so ?

      Dont you guys know that the rainbow consists of a many colours other than ” black and white” ?
      :
      Thinking is a hard work, that was what I heard from a Professor in my student days. That is exactly what I feel whenever I am compelled to read – low level-remarks of you the kind of Bps:

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    Mangala Samaraveera urged the people in this country who are not governed and guided solely by their racial, caste, religious, ethnic and gender identities at birth and those who are free of political, cultural and social hypocrisy to come together and join forces for this purpose.

    Well said Mangala!

    However, you could have made this decision before the nomination day!

    Mangala Samaraveera is a dynamic politician above any ethnic, racial, or religious bias and empathizes with the downtrodden

    But unfortunately he had expressed his faith in the fundamental values and principles of the United National Party.

    That is very regrettable because UNP had always been the party of haves and had little sympathy with the have not’s.

    Moreover, it is as corrupt (with nepotism) as their rivals now in the government.

    What we expect is a mass movement with people like Mangala and other young dynamic men and women as core members, who are not corrupt and who love the country and her people irrespective of ethnic, racial, caste and gender differences.

    Is it not better to mobilize all democratic forces in the country with a clear vision with a workable strategy and an inclusive agenda to bring in all ethnic, racial, religious forces in a grand coalition with an agreed common policy?

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    What about his cocked up story about ‘White Vans’ where he brought supposed drivers of these imaginary white vans? Clearly he understands that his days of bogus story making is over

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      Rationalist@

      White van is a reality, whoever whatever being said and done against.
      .
      Bogus story making era is dawn, so long Bitch s sons returned to power.
      :
      If you are not a blind person, watch TV derana and TV KUDU nalika. That can help you further. Get well bps.

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        [Quote] White van is a reality, whoever whatever being said and done against. [unquote]
        The issue is was Mangala’s story real or bogus make up with criminals acting as drivers of white vans -please answer that

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    I’d like the ex minister who has been a professional politician for three decades to list five of his most notable achievements during this period. For a man with no exceptional qualifications or proven ability , he has done very well for himself – at the poor tax payers expense.
    Running the risk of becoming very unpopular on this forum , I add that only in Sri Lanka could he have become Foreign minister and Finance Minister – portfolios reserved for the absolute creme de la creme in most countries .

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      Pundit, How do I challenge your view. Oh, here is one or two or more.
      .
      Using your yardstick of ‘portfolios reserved for the absolute creme de la creme in most countries’, the country could not have had a Finance Minister or a Foreign Minister!
      .
      Using your yardstick of ‘portfolios reserved for the absolute creme de la creme in most countries’, we should not be having our present Finance Minister in that office!
      .
      Using your yardstick of ‘portfolios reserved for the absolute creme de la creme in most countries’, we should not be having our current Foreign Minister holding his post!
      .
      So, let us go soft on brickbats, shall we.

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    How wonderful and refreshing it must be for my Tamil brethren from all over the world to hear Mangala’s statement. Now that he is out of active politics I suggest you groom, train and prepare him as a TNA or any other politucal identity to contest the next provicial elections. I am sure he can’t do any worse than the lot that represent the northen and eastern province. Also change his name to Mangalam Samaraweeran or something similar to blend in with other Tamil names.
    I see you guys have begun to sing hosannas to Mangala Samaraweera since his renounciation he will not contest in the up coming elections (he knew he had no chance of even beating the UNP nominee let alone win a seat). According to comments he has years of experience in politics and he has always been honest and the most tricky problems have usually seen him taking the right stands. (People in the south call him a butterfly ‘cos of his sexuality that he readily accepted).
    These credentials MS must be excellent for you to select him above Sumanthiran, Sambanthan et al. who failed to live up to expectations of the northren and eastern Tamils. I am surprised so called Tamil intelligentcia were unable to see this before.

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    The Samaraweeras had a long association with the SLFP. Mahanama Samaraweera, father of Mangala, was a Cabinet Minister- Minister of Transport in the 60s when Mrs.B. was PM.
    KHEMAs SON TOO HAS LIVED UP TO THE STANDARDS AND VALUES OF HIS PARENTS.

    Mangala Samaraweera is indeed a Liberal. Perhaps he may have foreseen it would be counter-productive to remain in Politics with the drift towards Authoritarianism and Racism that is slowly but surely engulfing the country. The opposition meanwhile is only opposing each other Ranil VS SAJITH.

    The co-sponsoring of the UNHCR resolution in Geneva was a decision of the MS-Ranil Govt: It would be unfair to foist it on Mangala as his own. Rightly or Wrongly.

    Dudley Senanayake – A sensitive soul also quit Politics in 1956 but came back to lead.
    Lets hope Mangala too will make a comeback.

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      Plato,
      Stop writing rubbish that has no value. Why you had to wait until now to praise Mangala?. What took you so long? No one from your side ever called him a genuine politician before. Don’t try to bring his parenthood to justify your statement.
      This guy Samaraweeran is a traitor who sold the country’s reputation by agreeing to accept unconditionally the allegations against our Try forces. Leave the race issue here. It was a downright insult to every decent citizen of SL who was relieved to see the demise of the megalomaniac Prabha and his followers not the beleaguered Tamils in the north.No mention of LTTE atrocities were ever highlighted as if they were whiter than white. True diaspora were able to buy off Channel 4 to broadcast timely episodes to discredit our Govt. All this and Mangalam’s hatred towards MR helped the diaspora to gain some points.
      Why don’t you take a step back and see what happened and is happening to Tamils in the north now? These poor voters who had high hopes with Prabha until they were let down then had to trust the corrupt TNA. Unwittingly they elected them to the parliament expecting some good to happen. Be honest and admit that it never happened. Not because of Sinhala majority, but due to TNA’s incompetence.

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    Lets call a spade a spade! Mangala is a unique and an “emancipated politician” in Sri Lanka. He is honest, hard working, not scared to say or take controversial but required firm decisions, and above all he is a Gentleman. How many politicians in Sri Lanka who can be called Gentlemen? Definitely not the Deal Ranil or Deal Wijedasa or for that matter Deal Ravi or Deal Akila. All are crooks and are ‘hamu puthas” who do not want a person who is not a “hamu Putha” rising up in politics. Mangala still being a “hamu putha” has never shown that he believes in “hamu putha” mentality.

    The real reason Mangala is leaving is because he was brought into politics by Ranil, but when Ranil became the Deal Ranil and the joint Architect of the bond scam, Mangala could not handle it. Mangala being the gentleman he is, did not feel right to stay in politics, that too in the Parliament as the person who brought him into politics is not the person Mangala thought Ranil was.

    Mangala wil come back to politics but not with the help of any other person but with his own effort. Congratulations Mangala on your next step.

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    Mangala Samaraweera is a unique parliamentarian who always maintains decorum in the house and forthright in his arguments fearlessly and courageously. We have just a handful of his caliber in the house and undoubtedly he is on the top. His vision is always for peaceful coexistence and for a secular nation where no
    political suppression or economic and cultural marginalization of minority communities should ever emerge and destroy the pluralistic and harmony of the country.
    The country as it is, looks like heading towards a no-man’s land without any focus for a bright future. At this juncture if people like Mangala Samaraweera are not there the country will easily move towards authoritarian set up. He should therefore reconsider his decision in the interest of the country and to take a decisive action to come back to parliament with more vigour and courage .
    Wishing M.S all success

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    Samuel Johnson said “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” Bernard Shaw said the same about politicians. Many now suggest that the ‘last’ must be replaced with ‘first’ in Bernard Shaw’s saying. Most Sri Lankan politicians will fit the bill. Based on his often published views I will not put Mangala in this basket.
    Mangala always had moderate views. He always promoted the idea of peaceful coexistence. The idea that peaceful coexistence will grow the pie bigger and every one can benefit from it, is a noble one. I understand that though he is not contesting in the election he will continue to be in the limelight working towards improving the situation of minority ethnic groups. This is a noble intention and I wish him well.

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