23 September, 2019

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Voters Have Spoken: Govt Has No Mandate, No Legitimacy

By Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Mahinda Rajapaksa, after losing the Presidential Election, making his now infamous from-the-window speech blamed it ‘on the Tamils’. It was a crass, knee-jerk conclusion which was racist and a complete disavowal of his own and significant flaws. He has since sobered up.

Maybe the United National Party (UNP) will also sober up soon. It’s to their advantage to do so. Right now, it is apparent that the UNP is punch-drunk and even more incoherent than usual. ‘Even more’ because lack of clarity on multiple issues has been the hallmark of the UNP-led regime.

While some dismayed UNPers have called for Ranil Wickremesinghe’s blood, others have looked elsewhere to find reasons for the defeat. For example, Wickremesinghe’s closest political associates have pointed the finger at President Maithripala Sirisena. The UNP couldn’t really implement its economic policy, they argue.

So one might say that there is some self-reflection happening. What is strange however is that some stalwarts are blaming the defeat on the Government not putting Mahinda Rajapaksa, his brothers, sons and close friends behind bars. This means that either people didn’t want the Rajapaksas incarcerated or that was a non-issue for them or else they rewarded the Rajapaksas because, damn it, the UNP-SLFP yahapalana regime didn’t put them behind bars!

It’s as if a trail of broken campaign promises didn’t count. ECTA didn’t matter, neither did the sale of Hambantota. Constitutional jugglery starting from the flawed 19th Amendment which allowed for a bloated cabinet didn’t count. Attempts to smuggle in a federal constitution was a non-factor. Nepotism starting with the President with the Prime Minister and several cabinet ministers was forgotten. And no, the Central Bank bond scam just did not happen! This is what these people want us to believe. The truth is that the professionals and academics as well as staunch believers in the good-governance pledge got disillusioned with the regime pretty fast.

Still, Mangala Samaraweera and others will not believe it. Indeed, they believe the UNP won! According to him, 6.1 million people (55.3%) had ‘marched to the polls and voted against a return to the Rajapaksa rule. He says that whereas Mahinda Rajapaksa commanded 5.77 million votes in January 2015, he couldn’t even muster 4.95 million votes this time.

The numbers are correct. The interpretation silly. Sorry, stupid. Reminds one of that old line about falsehoods and forces me to add to it thus: ‘there are lies, damned lies, statistics and Mangala Samaraweera’.

Let’s apply Mangala’s logic to his party and that of the President. We could conclude that roughly 7.4 million and a whopping 9.5 million marched to the polls to vote against the UNP and SLFP/UPFA respectively. How Mangala interprets the following facts only he would know, but these are numbers that ought to rouse the UNP from its deep stupor.

The UNP vote declined from 5.1 million in August 2015 to just 3.6 million on February 10, 2018 which is a loss of around 1.5 million votes. The UNP’s vote share fell from 45.7% in August 2015 to 32.63% or more than 13 percentage points. So, follow Mangala, we can say that 77.37% have rejected the UNP and 86.62% have rejected Maithripala Sirisena and the SLFP/UPFA. Happy?

If you take out the areas where the vast majority of voters are Tamils, the numbers should terrify the UNP. The UNP lost the following districts which the party had secured in August 2015: Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy, Matale, Trincomalee, Puttalam, Polonnaruwa and Kegalle. The party retained Nuwara Eliya (down fro 59.1% to 37.3%), Digamadulla (down from 46% to 26%) and Badulla (down from 54.8% to 32%). Where the UNP lost, it lost badly, securing only around 25% of the vote. The ‘national’ figures are obviously boosted by the returns from strongholds where too there’s a decline in popularity indicated.

The coalition that defeated Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2015 is no longer together. If they were, then one could not only add what each got but it is likely that they would have polled more than they actually did. This is undeniable: the UNP, SLFP and JVP contested SEPARATELY. It is ridiculous to operate as though 2018 is 2015 and that the parties are united. They are not.

If this election was, among other things, a battle for the ownership of the SLFP then the party has gone to Mahinda Rajapaksa, one can conclude. Using Mangala-logic, it can be argued that in subsequent elections the majority of those who voted for the SLFP/UPFA is more likely to go with the ‘pohottuwa’ than the ‘aliya’ not least of all because the UNP has all but ended the marriage with the President’s party. Even if one were to split the SLFP/UPFA vote equally between the UNP and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the latter would gather close to 50% in some districts and well over 50% in most.

If the numbers are used to apportion district gains assuming it was a General Election, then with the bonus seats coming into play the SLPP would have secured a majority of parliamentary seats. If the system used at the February 10 election was employed, the vast majority of electorates would have been won by the SLPP. Perhaps using such frames Mangala could calculate who marched for what and where they ended up. Perhaps following the dictum ‘it’s good to hope for the best but expect the worst,’ Mangala could extrapolate this result onto the outcome of a general election where the SLFP/UPFA voters would vote for the SLPP en masse. That would sober everyone up.

As things stand, only those in the UNP who are in denial would find consolation in Mangala’s thesis on the local government election. I have no issue with delusion if it helps alleviate pain. What’s not pardonable is the distraction and deliberate fudging of political reality.

The UNP-SLFP regime has been proven to be incompetent and found to be corrupt. It was a vote of no-confidence on the regime; going even by Mangala’s Arithmetic more than half the total number that voted rejected the UNP-SLFP Unity Government. The numbers in Parliament no longer reflect the sentiments of the electorate. It is a travesty of justice to operate as though the people do not count. It is immoral to take refuge in the 19th Amendment’s provision for Parliament not to be dissolved before March 2020. The numbers can be found to introduce a special clause to facilitate dissolution.

The mandate has been lost and although Mangala and others feign to be at a loss to comprehend what has happened the fact has not been lost on the people. No mandate. No legitimacy. It is time to figure out a civilized exit strategy.

*Malinda Seneviratne is a freelance writer. malindasenevi@gmail.com. www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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  • 17
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    Malinda,
    What would have happen if this election did not held in 10th February 2018? This election actually would have come long time ago under Mahinda Rajapakse regime. But it was delayed by Mahinda. This election did not take place to find out whether the government has the mandate to govern the country. The government has a mandate to run for 5 years. You have to wait until the next parliamentary election. There is no constitutional and legal necessity to get another mandate before the time. It is time now to take all necessary legal action against Mahinda & Co for their crimes committed during their dictatorship. I think the current government should do that without any delay.

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      This laptop lapdog of MR is talking thorough his hat. In a democracy, a government can be dissolved on completing its term or prematurely either by dissolving itself or being defeated in a major bill or on a no confidence motion. Since nothing of this has happened, to call for the government to be dissolved shows his agenda. What was conducted was an election for local government bodies and not a national one. Of course the verdict of the majority is an indictment on the present government and the way it has functioned over the last three years. Those who voted them into power in 2015 were disappointed that the pledges were not carried out, regarding corruption and murder. There is a leaflet going around which states about gullibility of Sinhala voters for rallying behind those accused for corruption and murder. No one doubts that there is a swing towards MR and his supporters. The person who has been humiliated most is MS and not RW. therefore if any person who has to go, it is MS and not RW. Did you hear what MR told SLFP stalwarts who met him – “I can any verbal pledge given by RW, but I will never trust even if MS gives in writing”. So the writing on the wall is clear, MR and RW will get together and chase MS out.

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        Malinda Is one of those, who belong to the larger game plan of the Govigama crime Syndicate, who have set up their DEEP STATE operatives who are manipulating everything from behind the scenes, assigned to help the misinformation project to keep the population always CONFUSED and keep them divided in the lines of Party Politics, Racial and Religious, economic and professional divides to destroy the country. Thats their ultimate Goal. Now, coming to the point of recently concluded FARCE they call it the ELECTION, is a one big fat lie that speaks nothing but the DECEPTIONS of the Govi Elite conspiracy. Have anyone wondered how Mahinda Rajapakse, the criminal who stole billions of Dollars (that translates into Trillions in Rupees) suddenly becomes the favourites of the masses????? isn’t it odd??? it is odd. When you happen to talk to ten people, 7 out of 10 will say they fear the comeback of Rajapakses. If so, then how did he get the figure of 45% of the voted total numbers….? its a game…. the Govi Mafia is holding everything under their controls. So, they can play with the figures to fool the masses to push a few digits here and there to cook up the results. Because, in real Govi Mafia Watch knowledge tells me that both UNP and the SLFP are two heads of the same SNAKE. Its about the Govi hegemony that speaks louder than the words, that is clearly in visibility. Ranil, Maithree, Chandrika, Rajapakses and their Govi ilks who run the Sinhala Govi Media Mafia Brothels’ team efforts in manipulating the events is explicably became revealed. Its a game of thrones being played here.

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        part 2: when someone critically goes through infos found in the Govi controlled and Govi owned news items they publish or broadcast on a daily basis, they can read between the lines and sift through the hays to find the subliminal message they are giving to the public in a well trained and systematically and professionally done PSY-OP is that they are making the way to return the rule back to the Rajapakse criminals. This is done with the entire UNP/SLFP joint team also, with the participation if the other GOVI prostitutes in the likes MEP, JHU and the minions who are sidomised to remain in the camp to deconstruct the YAHAPALANA idea and its governance. The Govi team from the beginning never expected a voter turnout (2015 election) to be of a massive MINORITY support levels that helped to establish a new government after the DEEP STATE team might have decided to change the course in giving a cooling period after Rajapakse’s massive destruction done to the system which had been felt by the masses heavily. The Govi team wanted a cooling period with a different face and a different approach, but to be on the same goal of destroying the nation, its population and the masses be kept divided deeper than ever with their unstoppable march of Sinhala Only evil agenda that secures Govi rule in perpetuity.

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          Part 3:
          So, the Govi team has a big worry that the cooling period government coming from the bulk support of the minority backed one. Muslims and the Tamils voted in huge unexpected numbers to elect the Govi political prostitute, Maithripala Sirisena. This bugger of a scumbag politician acted before the people as if he is a Nelson Mandela type saviour came down from heaven to save the nation. What the general public do not know is that he is just another fake artist deployed by the Govi Deep State Mafia as an eye wash in their deceptive ruling gymmicks. Sirisena is a thick racist but not overtly. So, he is the next choice of the Govi Chandrika after she gave us the garbage called Mahinda Rajapakse to represent the SLFP (the other head of the snake). From the initial stages of the newly elected government and the presidency, Sirisena began faulting in his promises given to the people one by one. He began doing many things that he is not supposed to be doing. These are deliberate acts and he did them without a shame, and according to the role he was being made to play by Govi Deep State. Everyone who voted for him began wondering why he is doing everything wrong. He started to appoint many infamous criminals who are Rajapakse acolytes to high positions. The Govi hegemony was doing this with the intention of scuttling the cooling period “Yahapalana” govt. They have no face to go before the Sinhala masses and call themselves as a Sinhala supported govt., so that they can keep the destruction of the nation on the track it was going during the Rajapakse period. Because, since the Govi team is working for the Zionist Western power in the NWO agenda and they will be seen as a foreign collaborator if they do not belong to the racist Sinhala Only genre. The crimes are committed in the name of protecting the Sinhala Race and the Buddhism. So, Yahapalana has to be killed before too long……. to be continued….

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          Part 4:
          It is very clearly evident that the UNP was doing nothing to stop Sirisena when he was doing everything upside down in a deliberate manner. Why was it so??? it is the Agenda that is working and the part of the UNP is to play dumb. Both parties are united in keeping Rajapakse criminals away from the court cases, given full assuarance and security of no prosecution for the most heinous crimes they committed which is trecherous and explicably unpardonable. The media, Wijewardene Mafia Media (Lankadeepa and Divaina) gave full cover up to the crimes of Rajapakses. But, the Wijewardene Media launched scathing attacks on the Muslim community to divert the attention of the Sinhala masses. They gave full cover to their mercinery forces, JHU backed BBS to create more conflicts and large scale mob attacks and pogroms to keep the musinformation thing going on. The Govi Mafia has teams of professionals experienced in working for these kinds of anti social activities to work on the lines of the said agenda. Dayan Jayatilake, Malinda Seneviratne are some of those criminals working in their own speciality of the axis.

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            part 5: There are ample evidence available to sight that exposes the conspiracy of the Govi Mafia Crime Syndicate with the recent and past events when they are decnstructed in a critical manner, to identify the hidden messages and the motives behind their crimes. I would like to point out few of them in a random order, mixed with the old and the new events highlighting the severity of its dangers posed to the nation as a whole. 1). When the Gnanasara was let to operate freely to conduct nationwide anti-Muslim and Anti-Islamic activities, most of the so called leaders of political parties (UNP/SLFP) , never came to rescue of the Muslims as it is the bounden duty of the government, in legal terms, under the constitutional provisions provided to its TAX paying citizens, to arrest and prosecute anyone who is threatening to disturb the peace and order of the country as a whole. Gnanasara and his fake bravado did speak the power behind him which is giving him full protection given to him in terms of legal and personal security when he goes about undoing the law and order. He is a direct contractor of the Govi Mafia which gave him the Media support and coverage affirming his unlawful activities perpetrated against a lawful, tax paying group of citizens. The Govi Mafia gave him the legal coverage by appointing lawyers and other legal professionals representing him and his terror outfit as the entire Judiciary is a tool of the Govi criminals infested with their brethren and dealers in the huge network of the Govi Mafi operations. Gnanasara is in reality a coward, but showed bravado due to assuarance given to him by the Govi Mafia with total Sinhala Mob diplomatic protection as he can do anything he likes under the scripted plots he has been given.

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              Part 6 : Generally speaking, replying to the funny and comedic title of this article, a piece of Govi Mafia shit, must be called as “Govis have spoken – its time to bring back the anarchy, robberies, rapes and killings -” Back to the land of the killing fields – a land like no other……. Always and always it is the people, the Tax payers who lose and its the Govigama Mafia Organised crime syndicate the Winners in all the fake elections conducted. Its working on the basis of the philosophy of the Zionists – – – – PROBLEM, REACTION, SOLUTION formula. The Govis are always the leaders, saviours, protectors and the Ultimate Super Heroes. To bring about these things to happen there has to be ENDLESS ENEMIES cropping up always targeting the Sinhalese and the Buddhism. So, they have set up the system with mercenary forces, teams, and groups representing the Sinhala Buddhist Ultra Nationalism to initiate the PROBLEM. Then it will be given wide publicity and propaganda to get the desired REACTION and after that the Govi governments will provide the SOLUTIONS by destroying everything and going about looting the national wealth and selling the country to the evil Zionist powers that directly funding these criminals…. The Govis.

    • 5
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      Keep on dreaming Ajith. Dont forget your prayers either.
      Did you not know that the country was ruled by a YAHAPALANAYA Govt for the past 3 years?
      Wake up stupid! Throw those funny cigarettes away!

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      They should appoint SF to expedite these cases.

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        Desmond Fernando

        How dare you; probably your fingers are enough to show the votes he received.

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      Ajith,

      There is no point in talking about people’s mandate of 2015. People has already decided. Yahapalanaya has no people’s mandate now. The most democratic thing is to dissolve the parliament without further ado.

      Just look at your idol Ranil W. Hanging on to power by every means necessary. Is he a role model for good governance?

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      Ajith

      Meaning of good governance?

      There’s no barrier for the so called gg govt. to continue for 5 years provided there’s majority support in the parliament

      We can argue that the recent poll was to elect local council members & it is totally different to parliamentary election.

      But what’s being spoken these days is political ethics, where the general public have indirectly demonstrated their strong displeasure over the way country was being ruled.

      We have to accept that we have a minority government, some parties united for the sake of defeating MR regime which was strongly criticized or being corrupt. But after 3 years no prosecution has been done successfully.

      Instead of prosecuting, the GG itself involved in many controversial frauds that led to lose its credibility.

      It’s under these circumstances that a public cry has developed to make drastic changes.
      To put in nutshell the credibility of the high rankers have lost so it’s unethical for the government to continue without a fresh mandate.

  • 14
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    Brave are the talkers post 2015. During MR’s Kingly days all you people were bloody goddamned sycophants. All you wrote was drivel supporting MR, BR and GR. GR has a mental problem. He fled the nation to his home nation of US of A. Only had the balls to return when the local govt., election results came out. Everytime there is a crisis he fled after they lost. BR smuggled all his loot to USA too. You want to talk about unfit for office? What grade did BR pass and why did he deny the mansion in Malwana? Ask them to declare assets. Created a larger than life fictional account of their father to boost their image because of their terrible inferiority complex.

    RW held this election peacefully. Your rapist UC members were free for a long time and MR only got them arrested after London put pressure. UC and other members ran amok during MR’s time. MR thought he was a king; greedy for power. Humiliated a CJ. Nothing like that happens now. The Commission on the Bond was allowed to carry out their work FREELY without fear by Sirisena. Your Mervyn type low cast thugs ran amok. How many fucking people did MR punish or fire for their thuggery? LANSA? drug dealer, saved by MR. Your character is not typical for a Royalist with your sycophantic drivel.

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      Well said

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      Karadara-Dias,

      Why does it matter what grade did BR has? Under what academic discipline that Mangala be able to hold the position of Finance Minister when he only posses a qualification in fashion designing?

      If BR deny that he ever knew the Malvana mansion then it is CID’s duty to prove him otherwise unless proven he is not guilty.

      Elections were held in this country for the past 10 years without much hassle. It is not Ranil W’s victory.

      If UC members ran amok then it was your duty to send them home not send Mahinda home. What happened after your little show in 2015 was that the good man went home but the bad guys were able continue their escapades under different leadership.

      The Commission on the bond scam was “initiated” by Sirisena that was why it went ahead so well. Would you think he’s own Australian bribery scam investigation would go as smooth as the bond scam?

      Just tell me how many UNP or SLFP thuggeries were punished for the last three years. This is politics mate. You should understand that there are some ground realities that we should accept as it is. There is no point in fighting against the reality.

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        Best thing Shenal to do is to go and lick the balls of those culprits.

        Thirisannu rose up again just because most of lanken average think the way you do.

        They dont know anything about facts and figures since Sakkiliayas painted it in favour of their manthras. Sirsasa should be punished by all gods.

        Very same sirasa has never uttered that much about the high crimes done by Rajapakshe murderers HOW COME thajudeen case buried under the carpet.
        How could that victimized mother feel. If one of those bastard boys of Rajapkshes would have been taken away, .. what would be the outcome…

        I think all calculated crimes should be stopped, by destroying Rajapskhes from lanken soil… THAT IS MY WISH.. I know there are masses feel the way I do

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      Dias
      RW is a man of action, no doubt in the minds of some.

      He will go down in history for his rabble rousing denunciation of MR inside parliament !! What a pathetic show for a PM.

      RW has failed so many times, even when given a chance through the back door as in Yahapalanaya, All his failures are due to self inflicted wounds. He is an incompetent buffoon.

      Any self respecting UNPer has to admit that RW had no mandate, earlier and still less now.

      The best service RW can do to UNP & the country is to resign as PM, rather than hide his nakedness behind constitutional underwear

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      Dias

      RW is a man of action, no doubt in the minds of some.

      He will go down in history for his rabble rousing denunciation of MR inside parliament !! What a pathetic show for a PM.

      RW has failed so many times, even when given a chance through the back door as in Yahapalanaya, All his failures are due to self inflicted wounds. He is an incompetent buffoon.

      Any self respecting UNPer has to admit that RW had no mandate, earlier and still less now.

      The best service RW can do to UNP & the country is to resign as PM, rather than hide his nakedness behind constitutional underwear

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    MR was greedy for power and to prolong family rule. People sent a message. The sons had night races in Kandy committing sacrilege. BR amassed wealth like no one else. GR was cantakerous and belligerent and threatened reporters too. GR and SF together murdered Lasantha and got Keith assaulted.

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      Hey little Malinda
      Back in your usual form, are you?
      Whatever spin you might put on it, governments are elected to run their full term, not to resign at the drop of a spin-doctor’s hat.

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    “Voters Have Spoken: Govt Has No Mandate, No Legitimacy”
    What an idiotic statement. I never thought you are an ignorant, stupid, unwise piece of s**t. Grow up man.

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      anonymous

      “I never thought you are an ignorant, stupid, unwise piece of s**t.”

      He has always been an ignorant, stupid, unwise piece of s**t. The difference is you have just discovered real nature of this ignorant, stupid, unwise piece of s**t.
      We knew this ignorant, stupid, unwise piece of s**t for years being ignorant, stupid, unwise piece of s**t.

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    people voted for Sapp because they wanted bigger thieve` to hanke small money of local government and smaller thieves to handle bigger amounts in central government

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    Milinda,
    On 10 Feb. the Mandate was given to govern the LG bodies not the Country.
    Legitimacy and the Mandate to govern the country were granted in the last General Election. If one party can get the support of 113 MPs in the parliament they have every right to govern the country.
    You do not need a thesis or a PhD to understand this.
    Grow up Milinda, Grow Up!.

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      Yes Observer.it was a local Govt election. It was held country wide and on a POLITICAL PARTY basis and the election issues were national issues.It was a test of popularity of the parties. Mangala SAMARAWEERA claimed that the SLPP lost the election. I am sure you will agree. A totally blind observer you are . Go see an eye specialist.

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      An Observer

      “Grow up Milinda, Grow Up!.”

      Sorry you are barking at the wrong tree.
      Another racist just like Dayan.
      Malinda simply won’t grow up. He refuses to grow up.

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        Hey Vedz, whats your definition for “racist”? Those who opposes “Ealam”, “Seperation”, “Terrorism”, “Babarisum” of Tamil or anyone who uses the word “Sinhala” is racist?

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      Observer,

      In the UK, people gave a madate to leave the EU. Yet David Cameron and the British political system considered it as David loosing his mandate and legitimacy to be the PM because he campaigned to remain with EU. Sober enough to understand?

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        Hela

        “In the UK, people gave a madate to leave the EU. Yet David Cameron and the British political system considered it as David loosing his mandate and legitimacy to be the PM because he campaigned to remain with EU. Sober enough to understand?”

        Yes he campaigned and lost the Brixit referendum.
        In case if you haven’t noticed it was a referendum for UK to leave EU which was a hugely upsetting decision, not least for the economy but entire Europe and 26 or more countries.

        It was not a election for Local Government.

        In any case we do have a “2500” years of heritage to refer back to hence we do not need a foreigner whose grand fathers were our former colonial masters tell us what should be done when there is no crisis.

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          Native Veddha,

          Local government or not people have voted to show their displeasure to the ruling coalition. If the Yahapalana leaders had any decency they should have called for fresh election to secure their mandate. Not doing so indicates their greed and political helplessness.

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            Instead of waiting for the horoscope reader to tell the auspicious time, when Old Royals lost on the 2013 PC election, they should have called for a fresh mandate from people. If that had been done, by now, President might have completed more than 4 1/2 years so the President can leave in six months. Then, before he goes out, he can dissolve the parliament too.

            But what I like most is, because people brought down the Old Royals accusing of corruption, they should ask the AG to file cases against them to prove that the court system still have faith on them, before they stand on any election. When a damaging PROCIFAC report is calling to remove their civic rights, the constitution should bar them to stand for any election without facing a court trial and prove their innocent.

            Whether Old Royals always demonstrate decency or not, I doubt that they can easily get out of the OISL accusation without facing war crimes.

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          Ignorant veddo, in SL we had a nationwide election (it doesn’t matter it is LG). The govt lost it resoundingly. SLPP/JO requested voters to consider the election as an evaluation of 3 year majarapalana rule. Voters marked as a big negative. Do you know why the govt is in paralysis since the elections and it’s leaders are running around like headless chicken? Because more than you, the ignorant lot, they know they have lost their mandate and therefore the legitimacy to govern. Under such circumstances in order to re-establish political stability from present chaos, seeking a fresh mandate is the most prudent course the governing junta could take. If not, they can expect a much bigger rout at the next hustings.

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            Hela

            A sizable 55% Voters also rejected what was offered by MR, JO, and SLPP.
            I believe 55% > 45%.

            If the maths is too much please hold on to MR’s b***s until your head stop spinning.

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    UVA was the first Province to fire the shot of freedom by defeating MR when MR was President. Did you say that was a referendum on your party and call for an Election? NO YOU DID NOT.

    This is a local government election and it is indeed a referendum on the performance of the government. But you keep claiming this has to result in a General Election. That is rubbish. Did you write with passion when the signal from UVA was sent by Harin Fernando? NO. You never had a backbone, despite your Royal pedigree and an amazing Royal College teacher mother. You wrote crap worshipping the Rajapakses. Wait 2.5 years and have the election. SLPP can NEVER win the Presidency because no Tamils and no Eelam Tamils and no Muslim will vote for SLPP. So all Ranil has to do is get 50% plus 1 vote.

    RW gets that from Indian Tamils in the Estates(see how UNP won all the seats where Indian Estate labourers live), The Northern Tamils who still want Eelam, and the vast majority of Muslims. Add to that the solid 35 to 40% UNP base and they will win. So what the hell are you talking about? As for Parliamentary elections SLPP will win if it can merge with SLFP and UPFA again and take a majority. Otherwise it will be just like the August 2015 election. Do you want that again? Will Basil change into jeans and a shirt and escape to US again like he did when MR lost?

    You have zero credibility as a journalist. You are just braying like a Puttalam Equine mammal because you are excited. Show us where you condemned thuggery and murder under MR; show us when you condemned and call for Mervyn’s removal or condemned the rape and assault on a male journalist by SF or the murder of Lasantha by the then regime GR-SF combination. CREDIBILITY matters.

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    UVA was the first Province to fire the shot of freedom by defeating MR when MR was President. Did you say that was a referendum on your party and call for an Election? NO YOU DID NOT.

    This is a local government election and it is indeed a referendum on the performance of the government. But you keep claiming this has to result in a General Election. That is rubbish. Did you write with passion when the signal from UVA was sent by Harin Fernando? NO. You never had a backbone, despite your Royal pedigree and an amazing Royal College teacher mother. You wrote crap worshipping the Rajapakses. Wait 2.5 years and have the election. SLPP can NEVER win the Presidency because no Tamils and no Eelam Tamils and no Muslim will vote for SLPP. So all Ranil has to do is get 50% plus 1 vote.

    RW gets that from Indian Tamils in the Estates(see how UNP won all the seats where Indian Estate labourers live), The Northern Tamils who still want Eelam, and the vast majority of Muslims. Add to that the solid 35 to 40% UNP base and they will win. So what the hell are you talking about? As for Parliamentary elections SLPP will win if it can merge with SLFP and UPFA again and take a majority. Otherwise it will be just like the August 2015 election. Do you want that again? Will Basil change into jeans and a shirt and escape to US again like he did when MR lost?

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    Keep Braying like a Puttalam Equine mammal. You have zero credibility of being an objective journalist. Your mother will be shocked.

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    What happened was, even before the election, Just because Ranil was appointed the PM, he robbed the bank. Do you remember the drama jsut before the elelction. SO, there is no talk od recovering what was lost, prosecuting thieves who are still ministers and politicians, Arjum Mahendran is missing. there are 35 or so mMPs who involved in it. did you ever read the PCOLI report that released. Did you hear they talking that in the parliament. That just happend even before they were elected. Since then how many happened. Why Maitrhipala sirisena is Lame duck president. Jouranlsits are talking CRAP. and they support corruption. Was it the same during Bandaranaike era too ?

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    Among other factors for Mahinda Rjapakse to loose the Presendency was the minority vote, which was due to the fanciful concessions offered to the TNA by the Wickremasinghe/Chandrika click and also due to misleeding the Muslims by manipulating a situation in Aluthgama putting the blame on the Presendency of Rajapakse. Malinda Seneviratne’s imagination seems to be running riot as he insinuates that Mahinda Rajapakse blamed his losing the Presindential election on the Tamils, calling his action racist at that. He sounds patronizing too when he says “he has since sobered up”

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    Milinda,
    Hope you have well knowledge in the constitution. In accordance with constitution, is anywhere given that goverment in power would be loosing the mandate after loosing LG election? Why do people like you misled the general public?

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    “No mandate. No Legitimacy. It is time to figure out a civilized exit strategy.” Fully agree. If not, at the next hustings they will encounter a much bigger loss from which they will take decades to recover.

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      Hela

      You sound like a sheep in the herd, following the leaders.

      Read:
      The statesman shears the sheep; the politician skins them.
      -Austin O’Malley

      You are with the politician who wants to skin you.
      But then …. you need bit of gray matter for you to realise it.

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        Ignorant veddo,

        Take a face saving exit now or get wiped out in not so distant time frame. Choice is yours and your masters. Don’t blame we didn’t warn you so………..

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    Malinda is yet to find a subject to write an essay. He wrote once that world’s most indebted nation owns the world’ wealthiest nation. He has no idea why a nation heavily borrowing (it is irrelevant it is locally) but putting money on buying and keeping Dollar assets. Japanese credit rating is much below to America. In reality, Japan pays heavier interest rate on its debts rather than the interest rate it gets from Dollar asset. That means Japan holding dollar asset is net loss for Japan.
    Does he know what the word rewarding means? What Lankaweyens rewarded in the two elections of 2015 are rewarding for the services Old King did for the people. That time he was in power and servicing the people. In 2018, he did not hold any responsible position in the government. He did not serve to anybody for the past three years. There is nothing to reward for him. He is not a member of Slap Party. What he did a game of forcing a naive GLP to form a party and pushed into GLP’s hand the rape child he fathered. The government has to make an amendment to constitution to prevent people forming hollow, vacuum parties and playing game with people’s beliefs and expectation.

    (All the votes Slap Party got was racist, anti-government, disillusioned people’s votes)

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    This fellow Malinda Seneviratne is behaving like an idiot and ignoramus. Belonging to the same Dayan Jayatilleka family he is so blind and refuses to see facts.

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    What if the UNP/SLFP wins the PC elections next. Change again? In the UK mostly local authority elections go against the incumbent govt. Nobody resigns but at general elections losing party leader resigns whether in govt. or opposition. Your reasoning is such as no party from the south won in the north can we allow the TNA govern the north. You are paving the way for separation.

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      Up Ali
      In the UK local elections are conducted on local issues and national policies are not the issues. Theelection held in SLwas not on local issues but on national issues where national leaders canvassed for the local vote. It was a litmus test for gauging national popularity.
      If the electors of the north elect theTNA then that’s their desire and should be respected. I think you are confused. See a psychiatrist.

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    Yes sir the voters in the north too have spoken.Allow them to govern the north as the southerners have failed to win any council.

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    Malinda Seneviratne ~ “Voters Have Spoken: Govt Has No Mandate, No Legitimacy”
    LG elections always go against the government. Look at UK or across the Strait. Such results do NOT make the government illegitimate.
    At the Lankan LG elections, the voters have not “Spoken” but listened to the language/religion-divide chants. Does this does not worry you at all Malinda?
    .
    You pointed out that Mahinda Rajapaksa, after losing the Presidential Election on 08 January 2015 blamed it ‘on the Tamils’. You then go on to say ~ “He has since sobered up”. A pathetic apology!
    What say you Malinda?

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    What rubbish!
    This was a local government election, to elect members to local authorities.
    It was not an election to elect members to parliament.
    It has no bearing on parliament, or the mandate of parliament.
    according to your logic, when the yahapalana govt came to power in 2015, the local authorities and provincial council then in place should have been dissolved!
    lies, damned lies and malinda!

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    “Voters have Spoken” – What have they Spoken?. In assessed to be a nearly 80% voter turn out, the spoken word is “STUPID” and it is none other than a show of “STUPIDITY”. Before the voting, it was “Munuth Ekai, Unuth Ekai” meaning “These and They are both the same”. If that “Understanding” and “Wisdom” penetrated into the gray matter inside the brains of the voters, this result could never have been what “Voters Have Spoken”. I know, 90% of the “Analysts” do not want to say it in public, because they fear a back lash and a outspoken condemnation. But the hard fact of TRUTH is both the “Winners” and the “Losers” are of the same PROVEN, in the PUBLIC EYE, incompetent, self seeking ROUGES & CRIMINALS , ably assisted and nurtured by “Invisible” back room “Power Brokers” on both sides. Wasn’t that the VISIBLE TRUTH from around 2009 to 2017. If that “Understanding” and “Wisdom” prevailed both these “Winners” and “Losers” would have been KICKED IN THEIR BUTTS. But the problem is none of the Politicians, Professionals, Intellectuals,Average Voters does not want to admit the TRUTH and the force of the COMMON SENSE and ACT according to INNER SENSE – (VIDHARSHANA)

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    My comment continued… Did you hear what the former Minister of Education, Mr Bandula Gunawardane said in public. Here it is: “Mahinda Rajapakse Pol Lellak Geneth Thibbath Dinanawa”. “If Mihinda Rajapakse presented even a “Coconut Husk” that would have won”. Doesn’t that amply illustrate and describe the “Mentality” both of the Politician and the Voter that I described in my earlier comment. Next, I invite you to watch a programme tiled “Aluth Parlimenthuwa” (New Parliament) aired by “Derana” TV, available in social media, where a “Team” of “Professionals” ( in my understanding, those hidden, back room Power Brokers) were summoned to discuss and analyse the Local Polls. That “Analyses” further would prove my “Analysis” of the voter mentality and the “Hidden” agenda of those “Hidden Power Brokers”. All these views so far expressed by “Interested Parties” would tell the Big Picture and the Sad Story of a degeneration and a near COLLAPSE of a Public Friendly Governing System.

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    “Voters have spoken?” Nope, it should be correctly written as “A section of voters or only a 2/3 of eligible voters have spoken.”
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    According to Election Commission’s 2017 listings, over 15.7 million voters were eligible to vote at the LG elections. Out of 15.7 million, approximately 11.2 million have cast their votes. How about the rest? The 4.5 million who boycotted the election? Don’t they have a say?
    I bet, they cannot stand both government political parties and opposition parties. They are waiting for an alternative party, an alternative leader. 4.5 million people have NOT spoken. That means people are waiting for either presidential election or general election in 2020.
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    JO/SLPP have no candidate for the next Presidential Election. If contested, GR will get around 20%. MR says people are in a hurry to change the government. :D :D :D I am sure Basil is in a hurry.
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    The massive non-participation of eligible voters in the LG election tells the true story. Obviously, 4.5 million voters didn’t want to exchange ginger for chili. They didn’t vote Hora No. 1 or Hora No. 2 (Vayima or Bandumkara Hora) for the sake of voting. They have decided to wait until 2019/2020. They have clearly registered their objection to UNP/SLFP/JVP as well as JO/SLPP by boycotting the LG election. THEY ARE THE UNSPOKEN DISSENTING VOICE who have the power to change Sri Lanka’s political theatre and its lame actors. I am with them too.

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