26 May, 2019

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Why President Sirisena’s Position Should Be Buttressed?

By Lankamithra

“Coalitions though successful have always found this, that their triumph has been brief.” ~Benjamin Disraeli

President Maithripala Sirisena was not elected President as a candidate representing one single party. He was the candidate of a combine. That combine consisted of the parties that represent the two major ethnic groups, Tamils and Muslims, and the United National Party (UNP), the leading single political party in Sri Lanka since Independence. No more than a marginal few of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) voted for him.

The entire Southern province was swept by Mahinda Rajapaksa. Bulk of the Sinhalese Buddhist majority, nearly 65%, voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa. Close to 85%, if not more, of the Tamils and Muslims voted for Maithripala Sirisena. Almost 100% of the UNP voted for him. In other words, if not for the Tamils, Muslims and the United National Party, Maithripala Sirisena would not have been our President today. All of the aforementioned are ‘facts’, not ‘opinions’. Yet the humility has gone the Maithripala way and arrogance belongs in Rajapaksa’s lap.

Then followed the parliamentary elections. Not only did the Rajapaksa-clan and his local (Sri Lankan) cohorts expect and boldly predict a sweeping victory for the SLFP. Even some foreign embassies, particularly those embassies that represent countries that were closely connected to the Rajapaksas’ alleged transactions came out of their usually muted diplomatic shells and privately talked about a parliamentary majority for the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister. They were wishfully giddy about a Mahinda-comeback. The Champaign was ready; fire crackers waiting to be lit and parties prearranged. When the results were announced, the United National Party secured a majority of parliamentary seats. Yet it failed to secure an absolute majority. Hence a coalition government was formed. For the first time in the histories of the leading political parties in Sri Lanka, an uncommon and unprecedented decision was reached.

A coalition government came into being. The only stakeholders of the coalition are the UNP and SLFP. The voters in Sri Lanka, collectively decided that the best alternative to a Mahinda Rajapaksa’-led cabal-government was a coalition between the two leading political parties representing a nation, though a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious in real terms, that is increasingly becoming Sinhalese-Buddhist in nature and orientation. The results of the General Election in 2015 produced a UNP plurality, not an absolute majority. This was an error committed by the collective mind of the Sri Lankan electorate. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe campaigned for the UNP candidates while President Sirisena refrained from campaigning for the SLFP candidates. Maithripala Sirisena, as was elucidated at the very outset of this column, was elected to office by a combine of Tamils, Muslims and 100% of UNPers. He simply could not campaign against the UNP candidates. That would have greatly hurt those who elected him, not to forget his pristine conscience. However, President Sirisena’s absence from the campaign trail in the General Election did not help the UNP significantly. Consequently, chances of a UNP-only government evaporated. An agreement between the two leading political parties ensued and a ‘coalition’ government was formed, much to the distress of the UNP voters and ‘suspicious-delight’ of the SLFPers.

What then followed is what we are having now: a Cabinet, enormous in number and grievously disproportionate to the work at hand and an egregious renunciation of a campaign pledge. A natural consequence of a coalition government- trying to accommodate each and every plea, reasonable or unreasonable, of the coalition partners- is overshadowing the need for a manageable Cabinet and a bureaucracy supporting the government policies and principles. The ‘permanent government’, the official bureaucracy which is made up of Sri Lanka Administrative Service personnel in Sri Lanka, does not seem to be aligned with the political leadership of the current Administration in Sri Lanka. (The same is alleged to be in practice in the chaotic Trump Administration in America. In the United States they call it the Deep State). There are reasons for it. The entire bureaucracy, excluding one or two, was in place for the entire period of the Rajapaksa regime. They had become part of the web of corruption and nepotism. Some of them were cronies of the previous First Family. They are as sinful as the politicians who commanded them in that period.

Consequently, President Sirisena is sandwiched between these conflicting forces. On top are the politicians of the SLFP who clamor for positions and a corrupt ‘Deep State’ at the bottom. Political mayonnaise and pickle is provided by the JVP. It seems that the only stakeholder of the coalition that is not pressurizing the President is the UNP and its leadership. Added to all this is President Sirisena’s boundless allegiance to the idea of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. His loyalty to the concept of the SLFP, its founder-leader S W R D Bandaranaike, his Swabhasha policy, the general idea of ‘government’ and its inevitable intervention in the running of the country’s economy and dictating the basic commandeering of the four factors of the economy, Land Labor, Capital and Enterprise, have all contributed to the current make-up of the man. Yet, every now and then, he has shown a remarkable degree of flexibility when confronted with the cruel results of government intervention into the economic life of the country. He has refused to carry on with loss-making government ventures.

His greatest quality, in the context of macro governance of the country, is how he responds to the issue of resettlement of Tamils in the North, his flexibility in the broad direction of the Tamil issue and the surprising amount of ‘trust’ he has developed with the Tamil leadership in the country. The top leadership of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has privately intimated to the writer that the Tamil leadership deeply trusts President Maithripala Sirisena.

Maithripala Sirisena as Health Minister in the Rajapaksa government decided to leave that cabal of a government and challenge the leader of the cabal. He was convinced that such a challenge was, given the context of widespread corruption, nepotism and crony-capitalism practiced by the First Family and its cronies, a national necessity. He was convinced that there was more than a compelling reason for him to take an extraordinary stand in his political life to oppose his own Party Leader who was the President of the country at the time. He may also have known that such an occasion would rarely come in his long journey in politics. And a commitment to the principles of justice, fair-play and honesty was not a deviation from the norm but the next logical step one had to take if the principles of justice, fair-play and honesty are revered by him.

Then we come to the next phase of Maithripala Sirisena’s dilemma. He is the leader of the SLFP. Ironically, he is being cornered and attacked by his own party officials and parliamentarians. None of those rebel-parliamentarians have been sacked from the party. While being members of the party, some of whom were prominent members of the Rajapaksa Cabinet, this cantankerous ‘Joint Opposition’ has launched a vicious campaign against its own de jure leader. In this confusing conundrum, Maithripala Sirisena must realize one unmistakable fact: he is being cornered and attacked by those he did not vote for him at the Presidential Elections. There is nothing irregular or abnormal in that. Against such an unfavorable backdrop, it becomes incumbent upon the other partner of the coalition to safeguard the President. That is the United National Party led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Buttressing of President’s position has to originate from the UNP because it is not forthcoming from the ‘Mahinda-led SLFPers’ who are guilty, not only of not supporting him at the Presidential Elections but also dreaming of a Mahinda Rajapaksa-led government.

If President Sirisena is being psychologically harassed and jammed by the notion that he would preside over the dissolution of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, then he must come to a firm decision whether to move forward having to let go of the question of the future of the SLFP. Maintaining a no-decision stance is only aggravating a wound which is already oozing. Yet an unconditional loyalty to President from the UNP ranks is a must and I’m sure it will be forthcoming. The bond between the President and Prime Minister should not be subject of discussion; it should be off the table. 

In this instance, Maithri, as he is fondly referred to by his supporters as well as his close associates, may well be served by a gentle reminder as to how his late leader S W R D Bandaranaike responded to a question in parliament in 1956/7 about the delay in implementing the Swabhasha Act. He, Bandaranaike, the Oxford pundit, quoted Samuel Taylor Coleridge from ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’:

“Swiftly, swiftly flew the ship,
Yet she sailed softly too:
Sweetly, sweetly blew the breeze –
On me alone it blew.”

The writer is available at lankamithra1955@gmail.com

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    That means not nationalists but also all various forces elected Prez MY3.

    Let alone today, he has to stand against former culprits and make the nation clear, as to why he stood by with UNPrs and minorities in the last election.

    If things would have been clear to the nation, intelligent SLFPers would have to see it right, under the lead of Rajakashe, we were marching to become an another Zimbabwian style country.

    Shameless to say, the people stay as if the mice have been injected to lab experiements.

    No matter anyone in that former bunch may have destroyed the nation, further to support not revealing the high profile murders and various other crimes perpectrated by Rajaakshe et al, is further no acceptable.

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    The rise of MS is nothing but wrong policy and practices of MR during time .. MR acted like a dictator during tenure ..His family and friends took maximum out his power .. MS and Many others feared for their life ..they are forced to suppose UNP to save their life…it was a survival battle and lucky Ms and co won election but with support of their external force

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      Two men very different from each other. One man could not be dictated to by a half blind alcoholic woman who still thinks she has the “right to the throne” and have all her eunuchs fanning her fat bum! One man is a puppet and has to get her permission everytime he has to decide whatever. Remember well that Sinhalese chauvinism was conceived by the Bandaranaike patriach and carried on by his widow and daughter. How easily can you forget. MR is a man. Sirisena is a half starved mouse.

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    Will Sira join the UNP ?….And take over the Leadership from Dr Ranil who will most likely use his Quad By Pass as an excuse……..In fact it is 70 percent of the inhabitant population. who are against Sirsena because they consider him as the traitor who put the knife into the Banda Party , the SLFP……..And went to bed with the people who killed Banda…..Just to get the Presidency for just one term if he lasts the distance……….The country is in turmoil…… Natural disasters have come to visit Yahapalanya big time in unprecedented levels…Dr Ranil got a Heart Attack for plotting to divide the country and down grade Buddhism……. All just to please the followers of the Tamil Terrorists and their Financiers. who wreaked havoc on the Srilankan Nation…….. Development of the country which has been going along nicely since Nanthikadal has come to a Full Stop,,,,,,…. Unemployment is sky rocketing ,,……..People who had jobs before 2015, are now at home…But the Drug Barons and Pathalaya are doing well….Now the Auditor General says the Finance Ministry has Cooked the Books………….National Debt is 83 percent of the GDP which is 11,200 Billion Rupiah.. And not 78 percent as the Finance Minister has put down… AG says jhe can not accept the loan balances ,which the Finance Minister has put down in his accounts……..No wonder the Finance Minister got the ass…. But Sira has given him a better Gig with Business Class Travel around the World with free vouchers for Micheline Star dinning…. All courtesy of the PAYE Yhapalana suckers……sorry Tax Payers……Will Srisena get the award for the best President in the World, just like the way his Ex Finance Minister scored the best in Asia award……..

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      Listen Bandula G alias KAS Sumane,

      Don’t forget, 70% of “National Debt is 83 percent of the GDP which is 11,200 Billion Rupiah.” is in the pockets of your Cardboard Heros – Medamulana MaRa and moron uneducated GoTa and their family.

      I heard MaRa is crying these days for not being able to steal flood relief funds in the same way he and Willie Gamage stole 80 million dollars of Tsunai Funds.

      By the way Sumane, what is your share of the Tsunami funds stolen by MaRa. I am sure, it is a bonus in addition to a cheap diplomatic post in north America during which I know, you became an utter joke as a MaRa ass licker.

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        There have been no times in entire history of lanken parliamentary politics that the people ve been discussing this much about the monetory frauds being made by an administration as that of MR.
        So there should REALLY be truths in that.
        There cant be no smoke, without a fire.
        I know Srinath GUnaratnam is one another padikkam which they have kept in UK to do the job – so he would never see it right. The man being facilitated by UK democracy but his both ends to drop all the worst as we get to read is so pathetic and pathological too.
        With all the respect to all valuable forces the way they once again stood by nation, we the folks are only indebted to them and ME living srilanken house maid community, with latter being the main source of foreign exchange to the country today.

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    MaRa and GoTa and their cronies are using their stolen wealth and resources to pay GalaBoda Gnanasara to stage acts of violence against Muslims and Tamils. Sirisena is sandwiched between opponents from his own party and the corrupted front led by Mara and his cabal. Sira is thus rendered totally incapable of functioning as an executive president and take any tangible action to curb GalaBodaya’s violence.

    GalaBoda Gnanasara is an archetype of a sadist Sinhala Buddhist Monk. In Sri Lanka, 90% of buddhist monks violate the 3rd precept: “abstain from sensuous misconduct” . Most of Sinhala Buddhist Monks are Homosexuals draped in saffron robes and preaching a distorted version of Buddhism. And this fact is an open secret in our society. A young Sinhala Buddhist monk told me the story of how he was subjected to persistent sexual abuse by senior monks from the day he was made a monk and gave me a figurative account of how a bunch of senior Sinhala Buddhist Monks raped him on the day he was ordained.

    Gaola Boda is known to have abused many young monks. By the way, he is also known as a bisexual predator masquerading our streets.

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      So why does this yahapalana government not doing anything about it? Pack him up and send him to jail for inciting racial hatred!
      Ane Nimal,
      You also have the UNP syndrome, Blaming MR for all the problems!

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        All bla bla. No evidence!

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      Are you for real?

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    Had Maithripala Sirisena was appointed as the Prime Minister by Mahinda Rajapaksha replacing the senile crackpot DM Jayaratne would he still have bolted? NO —– If that grand offer was made to any other SLFPer under MR or MS today would that have been turned down? NO.—- what principles or heroism mr Vishvamitra? Whom are you trying to fool? It was a shameful political coup. The only path crooked Ranil Wickramasinghe could get the handle of political power again. As has always been the case since independence Tamil political leadership made the blunder of siding with one side of 50-50 divided Sinhala polity. I am waiting to see if the Muslims are going to do it again. Soma

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      Soma: Tamil politicians did not make a mistake. They are also politicians and they sided with the winning party. If Tamils or muslims being just about 10% of the population each, think that 70% of the population be subjugated or oppressed more to make the 10% be victorius, then there is something wrong very big. vishavamithra is one who talks from both ends. but, almost always he proves he wants a homeland for a Tamil. It funny thing was, he says he is buddhist. but, in writing about buddhism, he pointed out from Upanishad, and that means he is a Hindu who knows something about buddhism (probablyby listening to Modi’s speech).

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    It is very true that “President Maithripala Sirisena was not elected President as a candidate representing one single party. He was the candidate of a combine. That combine consisted of the parties that represent the two major ethnic groups, Tamils and Muslims, and the United National Party (UNP), the leading single political party in Sri Lanka since Independence. No more than a marginal few of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) voted for him.”

    Paradox is that he is now protecting the very party that worked against him and it is clear to the public that he is not fulfilling the main pledge to bring to book the murderers and crooks. Therefore he has no moral right to continue as President.

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    Lankamithta, what your writigns display very well that analysts are stupid. In contrary to your analysis, If Sinhala buddhists did not vote for Maithripala Sirisena would not have won. It is exactly the same reason none from TNA or Muslims can not become a president it is it is legislated and by pass the votes. Remember this is polics. Minorities have wrecked the sinhala nation. Sinhale has become Sri lanka. Sinhala is not the only national language. Sinhala people have changed their flag. Maithripala Sirisena as a former farmer should be thinking that Sri lanka is a failed state for sinhala buddhists. Tamils can have their culture just 16 KM north of Lanka. Muslims have their culture in 52 majority muslim cultures. So, hyenas like Lanakmithra or vishvamithra are the anti-sinhala forces probably working for India. Even though president Sirisena talks about SWRD, that is BS. I don’t think he did anything except for arousing cheap nationalism. He should have walked the talk. He could not do it and some one finished him. Ranil doe snot know politics. He works the way he thinks. Ranil is well known now, he is one supporting fraudsters. But, he is hanging there and that is sari lankan politics. They are worse than remoras hanging onto fish bodies.————————————– Maithripala sirisena also did not much needed changes. It is like Ranuils talking before the elections and then Central bank robbery to start with.

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    MS/RW did a big mistake by not taking action to punish (thro. courts) MR and his clan soon after the elections for their grave misdeeds. If they were punished all anti-government politicians and officials would have learnt the lesson and go along with the government. Because it did not happen, they have now got organised to unsettle the country.

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    Lankamithra, some commenters are foulmouthing their heart out. One can speculate as to how the present GoSL got elected till the cows come home. The suggestion that Tamils and Muslims were instrumental has this hidden message that these communities are not Lankans. Tamils for obvious reasons opposed the previous GoSL and now are in opposition. Muslims were with the previous GoSL and are with the present GoSL. On 08 January 2015 Lankans changed the regime because of visible corruption, nepotism, culture of impunity. It will suffice if the extent of success of the present GoSL in bridling these ills is discussed.

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    Why President Sirisena’s Position Should Be Buttressed?

    Because he has no backbone!

    Recently Mahinda Rajapakse arranged a blind date with My3 and Gnanasara through Pimp Wijeyadasa Rajapakse . Gnana satisfied him so much ,he has decided have the honeymoon. Mara is making moves from the other end while Gnana is straightening My3 with his move.

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      Please provide the info for the source of information. We cant just add the kind of hearsays and accuse the president of being spineless.
      He is caught by the situation. That is it. But I still believe, if Wijedasas penis was free, he would have the feeling to go against injustice, not protecting his former allies as had been the case with him.
      This goda perakadoruwa is one another crook, as SF made it clear on and on.

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