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Undoubtedly, Rajapaksa Needs Divine Intervention At This Poll: UNP

Undoubtedly, President Rajapaksa needs divine intervention at this Presidential election. He will have to look to the heavens to try to win back the favour of the people, who have tired of his nepotism, corruption and self-serving administration, says the United National Party.

Issuing a statement the UNP has called upon today the Commissioner of Elections to discharge his duties with diligence and impartiality. 

We publish below the statement in full;

The arrogance and extravagance of the Rajapaksa family regime is all too visible in their latest jaunt to Tirupati in South India. The trip was scheduled in the heat of the election cycle, when the forces opposing his rule are agitating for change and the end to the plunder of this state by a single family. 

Mahinda

Mahinda

Undoubtedly, President Rajapaksa needs divine intervention at this Presidential election. He will have to look to the heavens to try to win back the favour of the people, who have tired of his nepotism, corruption and self-serving administration.

But as the opposition in this country we are obligated to query where the money came from for the President’s recent devout excursion. Who is incurring the enormous costs of the president and his entourage of lackeys who travelled to Tirupati on a special aircraft hired from SriLankan Airlines?

In addition to the enormous costs of chartering a plane, there is a larger loss of revenue from the aircraft being removed from its normal schedule. Paying passengers are left stranded in numerous airports and SriLankan Airlines is being forced to incur those costs as well. If this was truly a family airline as President Rajapaksa thinks it is then we the public could have looked the other way. But all these costs are borne by the Sri Lankan tax-payer. We pay for both the costs and the losses while the Rajapaksa family treats the national carrier like their personal air limousine service. At a time when the whole election focus is on extravagance, corruption and wastage of the Rajapaksa regime, the disregard of public opinion is emblematic of the the power lust and ‘to hell with the public’ attitude that has been the hallmark of this rule.And this is what the voters are determined to defeat at this coming election.

Our one proud national carrier, SriLankan Airlines has been a loss making enterprise since 2008, the year President Rajapaksa forced its international partners to withdraw over a personal incident. Since then the airline has incurred losses over Rs 91 billion up to 2013. With another record loss in 2014 in the offing, the losses will rise even further. This is no surprise however because just like everything else in the Rajapaksa regime family and friends have taken precedence over capability and qualification.

Without a doubt, the Rajapaksa regime has unleashed a multi-billion dollar campaign to ensure it does not lose its grip on power in January. The advertising campaigns and cut-out onslaught provides ample evidence of the spending power the regime commands. Where does this money come from? Who funds this mega-campaign? Does this money come from state coffers? Or is it the Rajapaksa campaign’s personal funds? In which case, how did this president and his family coterie amass this quantity of wealth? Has President Rajapaksa submitted a declaration of his assets to the Commissioner of Elections? If the common opposition candidate can do so, and make his declaration publicly available, there is no reason why the incumbent should be exempt.

President Rajapaksa has questions to answer. If he fails to do so, his extravagant campaign alone will be unshakable evidence of his corruption and plunder for nine long years. And it will be reason enough to send him and his long list of family members home on January 8.

The time to end this circus has come. It is time to send this group of pillagers home. The people have had enough. They seek change.

We call upon the Commissioner of Elections to discharge his duties with diligence and impartiality. We demand that the Elections Secretariat insist that candidates submit their asset declarations. As Commissioner, Mr. Mahinda Deshapriya is constitutionally empowered to disqualify candidates who fail to abide by election laws. Three days after the nominations period ended cut-outs and posters of the candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa still litter the streets across the country. The material is giving rise to anger and contempt among the general public. Yet why does the Commissioner drag his feet? Why will he not put his words to action?

The people are crying out for a free and fair election, but the signs of such a clean, democratic battle are already fading. Mr. Commissioner, the ball is very much in your court. The decision of the people has already been made. The signs are visible everywhere. We urge you to take the strongest possible action against those candidates or parties attempting to thwart the will of the people. Nothing can stop the wave that has started against the inglorious rule of the incumbency, and if the Elections Commission stands in their way, the people will remember and condemn you for it.

You can decide to be a lackey of the incumbent, or you can choose to be a model democrat, a servant of the state, whose true masters are Sri Lanka’s people.

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    A cogent piece, whose logic is undeniable. In the absence of a believable response, the people must vote this government out.

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      MaRa and their cronies will rig the election and say that it was divine intervention that made them win.

      Then. they will praise the Gods and the astrologer..

      What a Sham…

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      Hoole:

      Yes, but what can I do without these boobs after 8 January….!!

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        I had a real belly laugh looking at the picture in this article. looks very funny.

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    What a waste of public money? Tax payers have to bear these costs. It is high time we realize that we put a stop to all these.

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    This is the same person who swindled the Tsunami Fund and came to power, that spoke volume of his character. Now he has sold his belief to go behind Deities to save him from disaster, waiting to happen.

    This person has no policy or principle whatsoever. All he needs is to cling on to wealth and power at any cost. If he cares two hoots for Buddhism, he would have clung on to those beliefs and behaved like a true Buddhist and he would have been saved. Now he has made a mockery of Buddhism and running behind Deities to save him. How can you possibly hand over the reins of a country to such a vacillating personality. Have all the masses lost their sanity to even consider keeping him in power one more day.

    They say, if wealth is lost nothing is lost, if health is lost something is lost, if character is lost everything is lost. Does our so called President left even with an iota of character, going by his recent actions.

    No Policy,no principle, no conviction, nothing but the greed of power which has intoxicated him so much, he does not know what he is doing.

    May our country be saved from this power hungry maniac.

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      Ansar

      “May our country be saved from this power hungry maniac.”

      Who is going to save the country from the other 20 million self destructive stupid people?

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        Hey NV, Who is going to save the country from the other 20 million self destructive stupid people?

        You are so brilliant at everything, you can go and become the savior of the 20 million people. You talk too much buddy. For a change do something productive or just shut up. At least let the people who are trying to do something to bring down this tin pot dictator do their work. If you cannot help, stay on the sidelines and support them with encouraging words, otherwise stop this garbage you write on CT and simply bugger off.

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          Tamil from the north east Pakistan

          “You are so brilliant at everything,”

          Of course I am, compare to you however normally I am bit thick.

          “You talk too much buddy.”

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          On second thought maybe you should get rid of your computer system altogether.

          “At least let the people who are trying to do something to bring down this tin pot dictator do their work.”

          I can see you are in a haste to replace one tin pot by another.

          You should help your Pakistani cousins more than your stupid Tamils from North.

          Wish you well.

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    Divine justice or Karmic justice has to work out. Karma rewards and reaps its exacting price. Even God cannot change the relentless laws of Karma. Markandeyar was destined to die after 16 years of age. He fervently prayed to change his fate. Lord Siva, could only grand the boon that he will always be 16 years old. The proverb ‘Endrum Markandeyar ( always a Markandeyar), in Tamil, meaning always young, came about from this legend.

    Even God cannot change the Karmic laws. God has to be bound by the Karmic Constitution and operate within its boundaries! MR is not bound by the constitution and the laws of this land, but God himself is bound by the constitution of his universal domain.

    If not, we will not be believers in divine justice and cry out to God – the Divine Chief Justice- in our despair .

    The Divine I believe in, is the collection of logic and rules that govern this universe, including mere specks were are it his universe. They are logical and exact.

    They cannot be changed by propitiating their depictions in temples or offering flowers at symbolic trees. Everything,animate and inanimate, are instruments that plays a role in nature’s orchestra. Discordant music or players cannot continue to be part of this orchestra. The more discordant one is,the bigger the price they pay and make those around them pay- Adolf Hitler was one such player. He was also an instrument in the divine orchestra and was made to teach us lessons on what is good music and what is bad. VP and MR are also such instruments, who came around to teach us the same lesson. VP is no longer a player in this orchestra and MR may cease to be a player after 8th January’ 2015. I hope we will hear better orchestral music in Sri Lanka thereafter.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Raja

      There is no such thing as a god , it is a lie medieval fools made and current fools follow .

      Cheers

      Abhaya

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        bla bla blAbhaya

        “current fools follow . “

        Including your current god MR.

        Do you think MR is also a fool?

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    It is very sad, when army and thugs kill tamils it was not hurting singhalese and it was actually entertaining and enjoyed with crackers and kiributh. Now the problem is inhouse and every one is running here and there. Actually it is very late to bring things to normality, it is going to take many many years to settle all the foreign loans and bring it to zero level then from zero it will take many years to develop. It is not that easy like promissing in election meetings-we all know the popular joke ,rice from moon,our people actually believe that and voted.

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      Tamils should vote for MR and keep him in power. This way he can turn the country into ruins. When your enemy is making mistakes don’t stop him. While most of us Tamils enjoy the benefits in the west sinhalese will live under the line of poverty ruled by a dictator. No food, No water (lol), Military rule, No law, No democracy and No media freedom.

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        How will you exempt the Tamils living in from the fate you wish on the Sinhalese? The Tamils have problems of a serious nature, but these problems cannot be resolved at the expense of the Sinhalese. They are the most important part of a solution.

        Dr. RN

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      Not tamil, LTTE

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    Kiruba,we can understand the frustration but even for a joke do not ask tamils to vote for MR – some one not intelegent might take your word and spoil the vote by voting for MR. We have to establish the law first and eradicate all evils like Duglus,idiots work for army etc and carry out a deep cleaning exersise in North.

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    Well said. NEVER forget when Tamils died it was celebrated by giving Kiribat and lighting crackers. Now the same people are fighting against mahinda. It’s karma in place. Tamils need to vote mahinda and make the Sri Lankan state another Somalia of Indian Ocean.
    Also Mahinda’s arrogance will further isolate srilanka from West.

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      Any one the tamils vote for will lose . period they are perennial losers .

      Cheers

      Abhaya

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    What if those who now preach and pontificate are in power? Do they really mean what they say now if they are at the helm? What if those in power are in opposition? Don’t they sing the same song that any other opposition fellow would do?

    TAKE COURAGE. WIN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE. DON’T PREACH WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG TO OFFICIALS BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE CONSTRUED AS A SIGN OF ADMISSION OF IMPENDING DEFEAT.

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    Some people think in this way
    “Rajapakse won the war. He is our king. We should be grateful to him. Whatever he does to this country we should bear. He and his family owns this country now”
    So let Rajapakse come to power and destroy the country to such an extent that people will understand their foolishness.
    let the people allow Rajapakse to use tax money to hire planes, puts up cut outs and in the mean time let them die without drugs at hospitals.
    Rajapakse has build high ways to transport corps fast.

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    IT IS THE DEVINE INTERVENTION WHICH MADE PRESIDENT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE TO CALL FOR AN ELECTION. ATLEAST “ONE HUMAN BEING” WHO IS A VERY DEVINE SUBJECT IN SRI LANKA MUST HAVE REALLY FELT THAT THIS ARROGANT DRAGON IS HARMING THE PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA. WITH HIS THREE BROTHERS, THESE FOUR ARE EQUIVALENT TO 100 GAURAVA CRUEL BROTHERS IN MAHABHARATH. IN PARALLEL WITH THE EPIC MAHABHARATH, TIME HAS BEEN MADE FOR THESE BROTHERS TO EXIT FROM THE SRI LANKAN (EPIC)PICTURE.

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    He will do fine with just INDIAN intervention in the ballotting just as he did last time.

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    Divine help? For his crooked unlawful savage shameless unparliamentary activities? It seems that he has already signed a pact with the Hon. Devil!

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    If srilanka wanted to prosper we all tamils and Singhalese have to unite and keep all Asian countries out of our equation. British took small amount of wealth from srilanka for their professional work but they did a lot of good things in return to srilanka. We are still using their railways and tunnels and many other things. Those structures are standing for centuries but MR roads will be washed away very soon. Keeping out of India and china will bring our country back to paradise. Act at lease now without proofing time and time again that we are modias and we will live and die modias.

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    could someone ask the Chinese to build a temple in Hambanthota for all the Indian Gods? So our politicians can worship there rather than using the National Carrier wasting taxpayers money. We can give Hambanthota KAwum instead of Thiruppathi Laddu!
    MR, if you build this temple make me the main Poosari!

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    MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE HATES FAIRNESS, HE REPELS GOOD PEOPLE, AND HE IS A MANIPULATOR OF EVIL THINGS. ACCORDING TO HIM, HE DOESN’T NEED DEVINELY FORCE TO WIN ANY INTENDED AIM OF SUCCESS BECAUSE HE BELIEVES IN DEMONS. THESE DEMONS HAVE GIVEN HIM THE CROOKED IDEA OF TRICKING THE PEOPLE, WHO HAVE GONE INTO HIDING AS THEY HAVE FEARED THIS CROOKED DEMON. THE DEMON’S IDEA INSTRUCTED HIM TO VISIT PLACES OF WORSHIP IN ORDER TO CHEAT HIS IMAGE TO THE OUSIDE WORLD. THE PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA HAVE COME OUT OF THEIR “HIDING SHELLS” TO DO THEIR DO OR DIE SHOUTS. MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA AND BROTHERS ARE ILL SPENDING THE MONEY OF THIS COUNTRY’S PEOPLE, IN ORDER TO RETAIN THE ILL-WILLED POWER. THESE DOMONS SHOULD BE REMOVED WITHOUT ANY SIGNS OF THEM FOR THE FUTURE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE. THERE ARE STILL FEW OTHER “SICK ONES” AROUND THIS CROWD WHO ARE PARASITES AND INSULATING THESE DEMONS AND THESE FEW SHOULD BE ERADICATED WITHOUT A TRACE. THIS SHOULD HAPPEN IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. OTHERWISE THIS COUNTRY WOULD BECOME A CURSE FOR MZNY MORE YEARS.

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    MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE HATES FAIRNESS, HE REPELS GOOD PEOPLE, AND HE IS A MANIPULATOR OF EVIL THINGS. ACCORDING TO HIM, HE DOESN’T NEED DEVINELY FORCE TO WIN ANY INTENDED AIM OF SUCCESS BECAUSE HE BELIEVES IN DEMONS. THESE DEMONS HAVE GIVEN HIM THE CROOKED IDEA OF TRICKING THE PEOPLE, WHO HAVE GONE INTO HIDING AS THEY HAVE FEARED THIS CROOKED DEMON. THE DEMON’S IDEA INSTRUCTED HIM TO VISIT PLACES OF WORSHIP IN ORDER TO CHEAT HIS IMAGE TO THE OUSIDE WORLD. THE PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA HAVE COME OUT OF THEIR “HIDING SHELLS” TO DO THEIR DO OR DIE SHOUTS. MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA AND BROTHERS ARE ILL SPENDING THE MONEY OF THIS COUNTRY’S PEOPLE, IN ORDER TO RETAIN THE ILL-WILLED POWER. THESE DOMONS SHOULD BE REMOVED WITHOUT ANY SIGNS OF THEM FOR THE FUTURE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE. THERE ARE STILL FEW OTHER “SICK ONES” AROUND THIS CROWD WHO ARE PARASITES AND INSULATING THESE DEMONS AND THESE FEW SHOULD BE ERADICATED WITHOUT A TRACE. THIS SHOULD HAPPEN IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. OTHERWISE THIS COUNTRY WOULD BECOME A CURSE FOR MANY MORE YEARS.

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