18 February, 2020

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UPFA Dissidents To Defy Sampanthan Appointment

The rebel faction within the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) with the backing of 56 members in parliament is planning to defy the appointment of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan as the opposition leader.

R. Sampanthan

R. Sampanthan

Prasanna Ranatunga, former Chief Minister of Western Province, now an MP says that the UPFA dissident faction will make submissions to the Speaker on 22nd September voicing their opposition to the appointment of R. Sampanthan as the opposition leader in parliament.

Ranatunga a staunch loyalist of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the appointment of Sampanthan amounts to a violation of the constitution as the UPFA dissident faction has 56 members which the TNA (16) and the JVP (6) put together cannot match.

According to Ranatunga who is under the microscope of the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) for embezzling money during his tenure as the chief minister says the UPFA dissident group had not made any submissions to the speaker on the matter as they had already made their stance clear to the President requesting him to appoint Kalutara district parliamentarian Kumara Welgama as the opposition leader.

According to Ranatunga the 56-member UPFA group had not made any submissions to the speaker as they had already done so to the head of the SLFP and UPFA President Sirisena who was vested with the powers of selecting the opposition leader by the SLFP CC.

Ranatunga was of the view that the President who is also the head of the UPFA and the SLFP had betrayed the party members in parliament as well as voters.

To the contrary Ranatunga said that Rajapaksa had never betrayed the party.

He said the UPFA did not have a mandate to form a national government as the party had not informed about such intentions to the voters at the last parliamentary polls.

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  • 16
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    MR-the fly and his brood- trying to spoil the soup. It is likely to succeed. Will the soup be served with the flies in it? Was this not foreseen? will the flies quit the SLFP-UPFA ranks or be expelled? As threatened will they become the largest group in the opposition and bid for the position of opposition leader?

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

    • 22
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      These idiots were elected as SLFP/UPFA candidates. If they want to be in the opposition , they need the peoples approval as an independent group/candidate. Just because you do not agree with your own party/coalition members, you will not be issued a free ticket to the parliament.

      • 2
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        Well, well, it was none other than Sirisena who gave nominations to Prasanna Ranatunge and Mahinda Jarapassa despite massive fraud charges..

        It seems that the UNP-SLFP Sirisena love-fest and all the preaching about co-existence among ethno-religious communities (which people in Sri Lanka have always done in any case, but it was the politicians who use racism to win votes), is to cover up the CORRUPTION charges against politicians so that the teaparty at the Diyawenna Parliament of corrupt clowns can continue at the people’s expense.

        What has happened to the investigations against the Jarapassa brothers, Wimal Weerawansa etc.?

      • 2
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        First of all, Prasanna Ranathunga should be in Jail and NOT in Parliament. The government should accelerate the investigation process. Most of those close to MR are rogues and criminals. Wimal Weera only had a push bicycle when he joined the JVP. Today he has built a mansion, from where did he get the money. They all have robbed in billions. We voted the local Sherlock Ranjan Rama to catch these thieves. He should start his job at least privately. It is time to put most of these thieves in jail (keep them away from parliament).

    • 8
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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      ” will the flies quit the SLFP-UPFA ranks or be expelled?”

      When push comes to shove UNP should sack all UPFA ministers from the government. Then the entire MPs elected under UPFA will be forced to deal with their own future. Benefits accruing from being minister outweigh their loyalty to UPFA.

      Let those UPFA ministers fight it out with their own racists. To be ministers or not to be, that is the question for the UPFA, UNP should not allow UPFA to have the cake and eat it.

    • 7
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      The semi-literate racial rabble rouser Weerawansa is taking this personally. It is clear other than raking the racial cry Weerawansa – and his comrades-in-arms in their current avatar – have no other platform to appeal to the larger Buddhist Sinhala majority. If not for Mahinda R’s personal influence Weerawansa absolutely had no chance of becoming Minister, in a Ministry in which he did virtual nothing to claim some decent work.

      The country must get used to many more years of rabble rousing by this bogus leftist, now a multi-millionaire knee-deep in serious corruption charges.

      Punnakku

    • 2
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      This Prasanna Ranathunga is a just an nother [Edited out] who would only go after Rjapakshe for his inborn stupidity.
      These buggers know nothing actually but just making every efforts to play hatred politics. He has no rights to do so being in the same district where Bandaranayakes live and lived. So long these idiots would do so, they would further be pushed to the edges of the SLFP – and thrown away from it before long.

    • 1
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      The SLFP opposition + parasites will need to form a new party or front, recognized by parliament to have one of them as Opposition Leader. If they function as a group of independent members, they cannot. If they form a new organisation, they will need to leave the SLFP and they may lose their seats! If they violate SLFP policy, they could be sacked – losing their seats too! It appears a hopeless situation!The UPFA is dead.

  • 22
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    They will not call for a vote as they know they will not get support from the house apart from their 50 odd MP.

    So make much noise like monkeys, these are the methods used during MARA rule, some beoble are still in that groove.

    “Aney kale wane wase”

  • 17
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    Here we go again!
    What Price Reconciliation and Peace in our Beloved Country?
    Are Weapons’ Manufacturers and their Agents, Funding these Dissidents?

    • 9
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      Definitely
      Who gets rich ? Other than the leaders of these groups and the arms dealers. Here we go again next round of blood let as I have mentioned elsewhere.
      Absolutely these people wants power and not interested in the country or progress of the country.
      What a shame.

      WE NEED A STRONG GOVERNMENT TO WIPE OUT THESE PARASITES AND AGITATORS OTHERWISE FACE THE SEQUENCES THE BLOOD SHED NEXT ROUND.
      AS LONG AS THAT FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO SWINDLED OUR COUNTRY KEEPS INJECTING OXYGEN TO THESE IDEAS WERE SURE TO NOSE DIVE AS A NATION.

  • 15
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    UPFA Dissidents To Defy Sampanthan Appointment

    “The rebel faction within the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) with the backing of 56 members in parliament is planning to defy the appointment of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan as the opposition leader.”

    This may be a good thing.

    They become the Opposition, 56 of MaRa cronies.

    Everybody else is opposed to them, 225-56 = 169

    Then The President can slowly peel off one by one, the 56 will dwindle ti 15, and can go after all those crooks who are involved in the corruption.

    MaRa and his cronies are in a sliding slope. They had 144, now 56, and will be decimated to 15.

    Mara MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana Mara HoRa MaRa Dhushana MaRa

  • 12
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    UPFA Dissidents To Defy Sampanthan Appointment

    If the UPFA has joined to form the National Goverment, why should they go to the opposition. Its not the members who are counted, but the party as a whole.
    If they still are dumb folded,remove all and let MY3 join with the TNA and form a new goverment. This is the best solution for the dumbs.

  • 15
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    Hahahahhahah so much of power hunrignes from the so called cardboard patriots of the MR faction in UPFA

    When UPFA fellows like Susil and Anura et all are in the Govt how can UPFA ask for a the Opp Leaders post?

    Unless of course MR and his stooges openly leave SLFP and go their own way which they never will,poor fellows making so much noise over their sad state

  • 17
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    Everything goes according to plan, Break away or stay in an shut up!

  • 15
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    all these things are happening because of MY3 AND RANILS slow and weak approach and actions.there are people like WIMAL-PARASANA-MHINDANANDA-JONSTON-against them there are so many allegations.arrest some of them then all these underhand games will stop in no time.

  • 17
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    Prasanna or any dog can bark but Maithreepala or Ranil are not foolish or stupid like Buruwansa or mahinda.

    Mr. R. Sampanthan is the best, and most suitable person to be a Opposition Leader.

    Now he has been selected and appointed a Opposition Leader.

    Mahinda is not mighty now.
    He is dead and gone.

  • 4
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    Ranathunga should have been disqualified fron standing for parliament until the investigations relating the allegations against him are concluded and he is exonerated. Like any other public servant. He is a premdona seeking self publicity without mush grey matter. Like all thugs do they wish to take the law in to their own hands. They are not prepared to adhear to the decision of the speaker who is the judge in the legislature able to make this decision. If he is a democrat he will abide by the judgment of parliament. He is portraying himself as bully ‘my way or no way’. Hey Mr Ranathunga behave like a respectable politician and don’t display your ignorance and abide by the decision made by the speaker if not litigate by making an application to the high court for an injunction if the law permits you. You are not the law. You were able to get away with thuggery and bullish behaviour in the past however people have voted for a calm deciplined clean government therefore shut up and sit down Sir.

    • 4
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      Kumar Sandirasegaram

      “Ranathunga should have been disqualified fron standing for parliament until the investigations relating the allegations against him are concluded and he is exonerated.”

      Then at least 96 MPs in the parliament wouldn’t be MPs.

  • 1
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    There , one could see the irrelevancy of the opposition and the government as a whole. Mr.Ranil Wickremasighe knew that the UNP would not get a majority to form the government and having decided against forming a government in partnership with the TNA, shrewdly announced that the UNP would form a National Government in conjunction with President Srisena’s wishes and support. He failed to understand the implications of forming a National Government where the administration would not be smooth one. The speaker had appointed Mr.Sambanthan of the TNA as the opposition leader and the 56 UPFA members who would sit on the opposition benches, are not going to support Mr.Sambanthan. Even Ranil,the Prime Minister is not going to get the support of 40 odd UPFA ministers when important issues come up. The TNA could fight for the Rights of the Tamils from outside and not from inside. That is the mistake the Sambanthan Trio made. The split in the TNA and the differences between CV. Wigneswaran and TNA had damaged the Tamil unity and hence the demands of the Tamils will not be settled by the government.

  • 1
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    I predicted earlier on in another related article on CT.that the TNA will regret their decision to innocently sit on the chair of the Leader of the opposition.

  • 3
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    Good news, thanks UPFA losers. You can defy all you want.

  • 3
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    The question is, can the dissident faction of the UPFA become a single party? If so, which party is that? If it is a NEW party, was such a party elected in the parliamentary elections by the people or a mere coalition of opportunists who have got together? If they call themselves independents, will they have a common policy and a common code of conduct or will they be a group of wild asses?

    All the above factors have to be taken into consideration by the Speaker while assessing their claim for leadership of the opposition!

    Sengodan. M

  • 4
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    Who cares if these fools (losers) support or not. The country will not progress till there is racism.

  • 0
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    Well, we many not like the coterie of corrupt thieves who are hanging on to MARAs’ sarong pota, who make up this so called dissidents group. But they do have a point that they make up the majority opposed to the government.

    The sticking point is that they are all part of the SLFP and went to the elections as such. And Sirisena is the leader of the SLFP and he is with the government. Though these hard core thieves make the majority of those opposed to the government are stricly speaking with the government. What they could do is renouce thir party affiliation to the SLFP and create a new party. If they do so the government will have very little grounds not to let them in as the main opposition group.

    Hell of a how do you do situation, if you ask me.

  • 1
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    These are the corrupt and petty minded idiots
    who also happen to be uneducated buffoons.
    Once again they are trying to hold the country
    to ransom. The politics of Sri Lanka won’t
    change until scumbags are not given nominations
    or the stupid public stop voting them in.
    For now, at least the criminals among the lot
    need to be convicted and put in the slammer.

  • 0
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    “…the stupid public stop voting them in….”

    The stupid public did stop at least a few. But they are ministers today and one even the deputy speaker. How do u like that?

    Soma

  • 0
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    The dissidents should talk to the President. He is a reasonable man, they sould be able to work things out. Maybe a deal of some sort?

    They could give it some time – however the Constitutional Council will require the opposition leader to be a member, denying any dissident views within the forming of the new constitution. The CC is to be formed as soon as possible, not giving much time.

    Is this a good thing? What does the majority think? What does the SLFP minority think – should they also be represented?

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