6 May, 2021

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UNP Made A Historic Sacrifice: Maithri

UNP frontliners and senior members today convened to express the support of an undivided UNP for the candidacy of SLFP stalwart Maithripala Sirisena, indicating the creation of a successful coalition movement to back the common opposition movement.

Maithri at SirikothaOpposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and UNP frontliners Sajith Premadasa, Tissa Attanayake, Karu Jayasuriya held a media briefing at the Sirikotha today to which defected MP Rajith Senaratne as well as the common candidate and former Minister Maithripala Sirisena too attended.

During the conference held this morning, Maithripala Sirisena said that their aim is to create a national government following the Presidential polls, if he is elected into power.

He thanked the UNP for their support while adding the party has made a historic sacrifice in supporting him despite his position in the SLFP as the General Secretary.

“The government is trying to mislead both the UNP-ers and SLFP-ers. We call upon the pblic o rise against this corrupt regime,” he said addressing the media and the public at the gathering today.

He also stated that although they are faced with safety concerns upon leaving the government but stressed on the fact that he has placed his security upon the people.

Meanwhile UNP frontliners Sajith Premadasa and party General Secretary Tissa Attanayake who also spoke to the media said that they support the decision made by the UNP.

“Our leader and working committee decided that the party should make a sacrifice. The UNP has spent enough time as the Opposition party. . . We believe this coalition will benefit the UNP-ers greatly,” UNP MP Sajith Premadasa said.

Meanwhile, Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe commended Maithripala for agreeing to be the common candidate and said he has made a brave decision.

“Usually our opponents are the SLFP-ers but this time it is the Rajapaksa regime. . .Let us first unite with all other parties and ensure the common candidate emerges victorious,” he said while adding that it is time to create a new political culture which future generations would praise.

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    RE: UNP Made A Historic Sacrifice: Maithri

    “Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and UNP frontliners Sajith Premadasa, Tissa Attanayake, Karu Jayasuriya held a media briefing at the Sirikotha today to which defected MP Rajith Senaratne as well as the common candidate and former Minister Maithripala Sirisena too attended.”

    Now They can claim that the Party is UNITED NATIONAL PARTY.

    What MaRa, Mara. Mahinda Rajapaksa has and is a Divided Hateful sri Lanka NON-FREEDOM PARTY.

    People with Common sense Should and MUST get rid of the Maras.

    Any Writers writing the Common sense Pamphlet?

    Common Sense (pamphlet)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_%28pamphlet%29

    Common Sense[1] is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. In clear, simple language it explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. Washington had it read to all his troops, which at the time had surrounded the British army in Boston. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history.[2]

    Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of whether or not to seek independence was the central issue of the day. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood. Forgoing the philosophical and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, he structured Common Sense as if it were a sermon, and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people.[3] He connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity.[4] Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era”.[5

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    Hope the joint opposition candidate, Siripala, stops wasting time talking to the totally disfunctional UNP and starts talking to the voters and EDUCATING the VOTERS:
    1) on the need for PEOPLE-CENTERED ECONOMIC development rather than Rajapakse centered development
    2) educates voters to vote for DECENCY and clean i.e. non-corrupt politicians in future..

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      Don Stanley

      3) Harsha De Silva and other key players of the opposition should stop using the all too convenient option, asserting themselves as Southerners and Sinhalese.

      They should once and for all put a full stop to racially motivated comments. Harsha should apologize to the voters for claiming to be patriot because he was a Southerner and a Sinhalese.

      Kathirgamar was not Southerner nor a Sinhalese.

      VP was not a Southerner nor a Sinhalese yet he tried his best to kick the IPKF out of the island.

      Rohana Wijeyweera was a Southerner and Sinhala/Buddhist yet he fought the sate not IPKF.

      The question what is patriotism?

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        Naked Vedda
        Rohana W did not conscript a single child. What is patriotism?

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          Real Peace,

          Can you truthfully say that the Sinhalese army, navy, air force, thugs has not killed a Single child? Are you saying that the Sinhalese army had “smart bombs” which would identify and will not kill children? Did they spare hospitals, schools, safe zones, churches, libraries, temples where these innocent people were asked to go and stay? Can you tell confidently under oath that there is no wanton killing, harassment, rape against the Tamils going on now in the wretched country?

          Killings of Tamils for no reason except their ethnicity started long before Pirapahan was born and is continuing after his death, and there is no sign of the killing, torture, rapes, thuggery, arson against the minorities stopping!!!

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            truth:

            Why are you getting so worked up? Are you one of the blind followers of Prabaharan?

            You have quite rightly listed the atrocities committed by the SL regime, but why are you turning a blind eye to the crimes committed by VP? Howe many democratically elected representatives were killed by the LTTE? How many innocent civilians were killed by the LTTE? How many cadres from other militant groups were killed by the LTTE even after they surrendered? How many worshippers were massacred by the LTTE in their place of worship? How many surrendered policemen were butchered by the LTTE? How many children were conscripted by the LTTE by force?

            Truth, I am relieved VP is dead and gone.

            I always said that the SL regime that killed innocent civilians and surrendered cadres must face justice.

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    Ranil Wickramasinghe does NOT know how to sit up straight in a chair and present himself to colleagues or voters!
    Look at him slouched and slanted sitting in the chair. No wonder he can never hope to be chosen by voters.
    Ranil has destroyed the UNP and made its leadership totally irrelevant today – so that the SLFP is running against itself.

    Siripala should be careful and make sure he keeps his distance from Ranil who the voters hate – or he may lose the election..
    Sirisena should work on getting more NON Corrupt members of the SLFP who no doubt are hard to find to join him and SAVE and RECLAIM the SLFP from the corrupt and criminal Rajapaksa family.

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      Because sitting up in your chair is what really defines your abilities.

      You’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel if this is the kind of nonsense you can come up with.

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    and in the meantime K A Sumanasekera gets ready for his next posting hence let me help him,buddy use key words like such as Vellala CM,Diasporians,TNA proxies,Ranil,a dollar a day,Dalits,erection,happy ending,dosh,posh,Vellalas,our way of life,TGTE,sira,how cool is that! gosh…..i have helped K A Sumanasekera to write his next piece of crap ;-)

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    Don’t be fooled.

    Ranil will be the UNP candidate. Wait and see.

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    Kalupahana

    are u more interested in the manner a person sits on a chair? rather than they way a person governs the country seated on the throne?

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    Aney village people ,this time be wise and vote for the common candidate, Mara is sucking your blood without your knowledge.

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    These are the Politicians who are going to give our Inhabitants Good Governance in Bucket Loads without any commissions ?…

    I mean Commissions written on cheques …

    Would it be Bitcoins this time ?..

    Their Western Mates are getting into Bitcoins big time , according to my Elders.

    And there are no risks of any ” Files “..

    This will bring many smiles to their faces to hear about Bitcoins

    BTW, Did anyone any Sira brothers among this distinquished gathering ?…..

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    IF most of the strategy works to defeat MR in January, Ranil will be considered a GENIUS. Why? He managed to neutralise the idiot fringe and Bodhi wing of his party with a ‘foreign’ candidate. He allowed for so much of opinionating in the last two months that both wings were so committed to ‘their’ man, they had no choice but to shut up and say “yes sir” when the new man was announced.

    Wickremasinghe has been spineless when there ‘appeared’ to be the need for firm decisions. His defenders say that he prefers the wait and see style. That might work when you are hoping for prices in the market to come down but will not work with fools, with no grey cells in-between their ears.

    Case in point: Sajith Premadasa at the afore-mentioned UNP gathering states (as though he was the first to figure this one out) that this coalition will be great for UNPers…

    Now, a smart person..a politically savvy individual, would have chosen NOT TO SAY THAT. Because, it begs the question..what of the other parties; are they giving up something by joining this coalition?

    This is the difference between a Ranil and Sajith. We all have our opinions about Ranil. A fool he is not!

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    I know most politics and common sense does not mix but it seems like a vote for this guy will be a vote for ranil . so what is the difference :)

    Cheers

    Abhaya

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    Why the protagonist of the common candidate Chandrika aka bandit queen is missing from this all important meeting?

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    What UNP has done is democratic politics but crooked politics as practised now. We should all support the emergence of UNP and SLFP as the leading parties and would do good when the parliamentary system becomes the rule of the day.

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    The greatest move ever by UNP in Sri Lanka’s political history. Well done UNP,JHU, JVP,DP,SLFP and other parties who plan jointly to save our country from political Mafia cartel. Please get rid of them when you come into power. Clean our Parliament and other institutions from corrupt crooks.

    It is enough time they played mere Party Politics. Now it’s time for all to genuinely unite to solve all peoples and communities problems.

    Please leave party politics aside and unite and make use of our intelligent scholars to bring true economic development and lasting peace and happiness to our country.

    My heartfelt thanks goes to Ven.Sobitha Thero. These are the harvest of his effort. Thanks all.

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