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Will Parliament Endorse The People’s Call For Rajapaksa Resignations?

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

There are three Ps in Sri Lanka’s political firmament: the People, Parliament and the President. But they are not peas in a pod. There is a massive disconnect between the political protests of the people and the survival games that pro-government MPs, the Prime Minister and the President are playing. The President is playing hide and seek from the people and getting his handful of Ministers to say that their boss is ‘not going to budge.’ The Prime Minister, the family’s only communicator comes on television and cuts a sorry figure as a long-gone has-been. The PM says he is ready to meet with the young protesters, but the young protesters are saying there is nothing to meet about and the only thing the PM can do is go into sunset with the President.

The 11-party dissident alliance in the government is going dizzy as it tries every trick in the book to stay politically relevant and insure their seats in parliament. Its 41 or 42 MPs are shuffling for a parking spot in parliament, but they have no connection whatsoever to ongoing politics outside parliament. The shameless Maithripala Sirisena even tried a fast one to become interim PM elbowing out MR. The bulk of the SLPP MPs are rudderless without Basil who is powerless to do anything. The entire government formation, so to speak, has been thoroughly debilitated by the protests. But the government has been able to hold on to its SLPP MPs to maintain a bare minimum but precarious simple majority.

The opposition formation is not very much different, except that it is not as decadent as the government. Ranil Wickremesinghe, the lonely UNP leader still pretending to be on his high horse, has been opining that “what Sri Lanka needs today is not a change of government but a change of systems including vast economic reforms to avoid a revolution.” To that end, he is proposing “new legislation for Parliament to take over the finances,” and he is “preparing a set of reforms for this purpose.” Mr. Wickremesinghe went further: “One should understand the situation which prevails today. People who have been led by the youth want a new beginning and a complete change of the systems. Parliament at the moment is focusing on a change of government. Peaceful protests that are going on at the moment will turn into a revolution if we ignore people’s demands.”

Parliament and the People

Mr. Wickremesinghe’s statement is obviously more sophisticated than anything that Rajapaksas can put together. But he slips into sophistry when he says that “focusing on a change of government” is somehow tantamount to turning “a deaf ear to people’s demands.” How so, when the sole demand of the people is for the resignation of the President and the Prime Minister? Mr. Wickremesinghe is not only mute on the matter of resignations, but he is also not explaining how he will legislate “for parliament to take over the finances” while the government and the President who destroyed the financial system continue in office.

At least objectively, the former PM’s scheme would serve the same purpose as the 11-party alliance’s proposal to establish a ‘National Executive Council’ under the incumbent President, or the crazy constitutional amendment bill drafted by Lawyers Romesh de Silva and Manohara de Silva to allow cabinet ministers to be drawn from outside parliament. And that purpose is to find a way to keep the Rajapaksa presidency going while appearing to address the concerns raised by the protesting public. These are political survival games played by or on behalf of politicians whom the people want thrown out lock, stock and barrel.

The JVP is honest about calling for the resignation of the President and refusing to be involved in any interim arrangement that will include the incumbent. However, the JVP has not been able to connect itself, let alone give leadership, to public protests that are now getting into the third week after their start on March 31 in Mirihana. The JVP started by being cautious about the initiators of the protesters and their lack of ‘accountability.’ Later it warmed itself to the protests but has not been able to establish any linkages with them. For a Party and its leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, who last year declared that they were ready to give leadership to the country, they have been nowhere near-ready to respond to the most spontaneous and sustained public protest that unfolded over the last fortnight.

The JVP and its leader have been totally ineffective about doing anything to align the business of parliament with the protests outside. This is quite a setback after AKD’s stellar performance in parliament exposing the innards of the controversial LNG deal with New Fortress Energy (NFE). While individual performances are great for image, you cannot achieve anything substantial in parliament unless you are able to work with others. Especially for a party of three, like the JVP. And the JVP has been woefully wanting in striking cross-party alliances in parliament when the people are crossing boundaries to unite in protest against the government. Unless the JVP changes its approach it will lose its political relevance despite its self-assured readiness for political leadership.

In contrast to the JVP and its leader, Sajith Premadasa and the SJB have tried to take to parliament the momentum from outside. Like the JVP, the SJB has also refused to be involved in any interim arrangement unless the President resigns beforehand. But unlike the JVP, Mr. Premadasa has taken symbolic and practical steps such as a No Confidence Motion against the government and the abolition of the Executive Presidency. He has already signed the petition for a No Confidence Motion and the resolution for Impeachment. A bill for ‘abolishing’ the Executive Presidency is apparently in progress. Whether they will succeed or not will depend on how Mr. Premadasa is able to articulate parliament and the people and how he would be able to create voting alliances in parliament.

Parliament’s Task

At the same time, the onus of making parliament responsive to the people should not be on a single individual leader. It should be up to every MP to clearly show where she or he stands. Besides the SJB leader and MPs, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and his Tamil Congress MPs are also reported to have signed on to the two resolutions. This should double the onus on other Tamil and Muslim MPs. Especially the TNA and especially after its ill-timed meeting with the President after being stood up by him for over two years. Remarkably, while almost all Upcountry Tamil MPs have left the governing SLPP alliance, more than a handful of Northern and Eastern Tamil and Muslim MPs are still reluctant to break ranks with the government.

One would think the three JVP MPs will not shy away from supporting the SJB initiatives in parliament. The same goes for Ranil Wickremesinghe despite his rarefied musings about implementing financial reforms through parliament under the current government and its President. The key to any shifting of MPs and their numbers will be the 41 or 42 MPs of the 11-party alliance. They have indicated their non-agreement with the No Confidence Motion approach, but they cannot indefinitely remain non-aligned between the Rajapaksa regime and the Premadasa opposition. If the 41 MPs decide to vote against the government and if all Tamil and Muslim MPs count themselves against the government, then there will be a loosening up of the core SLPP contingent, assuming that there is something core about it.

All of this might enable passing a No Confidence Motion against the government, but launching impeachment proceedings against the President will still be a long shot. On the other hand, a more specific No Confidence Motion could be moved against the President. I alluded to this earlier as a potential parliamentary initiative. Since then, Dr. Nihal Jayawickrama has pointed out that parliament can, and in the current situation must, pass a No Confidence Motion against Gotabaya Rajapaksa under Article 42 of the Constitution which holds the President “responsible to Parliament for the due exercise, performance and discharge of his powers, duties and functions under the Constitution and any written law including the law for the time being relating to public security”

More than the government, it is the President who deserves a No Confidence Motion against him on account of his abject failure in the management of the economy through ill-chosen Secretaries and Governors, despite all the powers that he granted himself through the 20th Amendment. Even so, a No Confidence Motion can seemingly serve only a symbolic purpose as it cannot compel President Rajapaksa to resign from office. But actions in parliament can and do serve a substantive purpose, that of articulating protest politics with constitutional politics. Together they can bring pressure on the two remaining Rajapaksas to exit gracefully within an agreed upon time period.

The task before parliament when it reconvenes on April 19 cannot be clearer. It must rise to the occasion, stand in solidarity with the protesting people, and pass No Confidence Motions against the President and what is left of his government. If it fails, parliament itself, not just SLPP MPs, will become irrelevant.

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    Dear Rajan,
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    As I have always made it clear, I firmly and consistently support the NPP. I don’t take it on myself to suggest what their policies should be. Their leadership may make mistakes, but I think that they know the over-all situation in greater detail than I do.
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    Now, haven’t you slipped up here?
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    Quote, “Especially for a party of three, like the JVP.” Unquote.
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    These guys won representation in Parliament as the NPP. In any case, although AKD and Vijitha Herath are indeed members of the JVP, Harini Amarasuriya isn’t.
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    All in all, the JVP may be right to hold back in their extra-Parliamentary protests. I’m tired now, 5.38 am, and I must get some sleep. No other responses to your article visible yet. I’ll return with more later.
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    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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      Dear SM.
      …All in all, the JVP may be right to hold back in their extra-Parliamentary protests. ….
      And how are they right? Please Tell Me.
      …I think that they know the over-all situation….
      Or like opportunists, they never thought this protest will strengthen and even initially, said it will fail without a leader or accountability.
      Now today they are surreptitiously joining it, while SJB to their credit said they will always support it.

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        Lets wait for the public response to JVP/NPP protest march which already has commenced from Beruwela and reach Colombo tomorrow.

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          SM, good news. Few comments in newspapers suggest JVP/NPP rally was a total success. One said he has never ever seen this many people in any political rally. (needs to be confirmed). I guess the police shooting would have added strength and speed to the rally.

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      Sinhala_Man

      It appears the brothers have appointed 15 members to the cabinet, excluded Basil, Chamal, Namal Baby, …..

      Basil’s spin doctors (himself) denying he has left the country.

      If both news items are reliable is Basil working from home as Minister without portfolio, poking his nose into every department’s business?

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      Dear Sensitive CT commenters,
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      Believe or not, like or not, they have to step down soon.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrqaullbElM

      This young journalist articulates it as no others. Yet today, the people attack GOTA loudly, but elephant is in the room – nobody talks about it…. it is Mahinda who should be made accoutable for all the mess.
      .
      I have been telling this to you and all from the day one. Be it media frauds, drug mafia and all other mafia networks and their chief architect was MAHINDA Rajaakhe. He acted but not worked as a politician. He is no hearted as appeared to be. I thank you our youth to have come forward to transport the message to their adults, that are PUNNAKU eaters since that day on.

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        Rajan writes:
        “he (Ranil) is also not explaining how he will legislate “for parliament to take over the finances” while the government and the President who destroyed the financial system continue in office.”
        The fact is that Gota at least has abjectly surrendered. His Viyathmaga geniuses are all in the dumpster, from Cabral to Lakshman and PBJ. Even Basil kaakka is out. He has recruited a new set of economic advisors, including Coomaraswamy, Devarajan, Nandalal Weerasingha, Dushni Weerakoon and others, none tainted by association with the Viyathmaga jokers. He seems prepared to listen to their advice, so far.

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    I amuse myself with the latest news from sinhala land. Latest reports say sinhala celebrities want tamils to join in the protest.
    THIS IS DANGEROUS for BOTH sinhala and tamils because unlike the KID GOLVE treatment of them sinhala protestors by the barbaric sinhala government and barbaric sinhala armed forces (who even DELIBERATELY burnt down the Jaffna Library) when tamils get involved these barbarians wont have any compunction in killing the ceylon tamils (despite being rice feed that has been fertilised from the toilets of tamil nadu and gifted) and then saying the killed sinhalas were terrorists and collaborators of the ceylon tamils

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      Gus et al@
      Tamil bethren, why not you guys leave all the hatreds aside and join hand as one nation support the parades ? Are tamils and muslims not srilankens ? your conscience should be clear that you are all srilankens. even if you and your elders may have been racial, as is the case among some sinhala counterparts, is it not the time to reunite ?

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        (Part I)
        LLM,
        The answer to your question is YES.
        However, it would take a very long time to recommence, placing trust by the minorities on the Majority community and enable unity in thought and action, after 70+ years of divisive politics in SL!
        According to EE the blind Eye, it started with the ‘Batukotte’ resolution of TULF; Others differ, say it started with DSS anti-Indian Tamils in the plantations; another group plug-in to a much earlier era, even 1915 Sinhala – Muslim riots and another to earlier era to the perceived preferential treatment meted out to Tamils, which tempted to harbour animosity against the Tamils!!!
        Then we had a “latter day explanation”, to the birth, fostering and nurturing of the LTTE and active terrorism to the 1983 program of JRJ, in the new foisted kingdom of Sri Lanka!!!
        Whatever, the cause is irrelevant and immaterial now, save to say, that the effect and aftermath, we are living now are a result of all these by itself or in combination!
        Dare say, economy of country demolished to the extent, exposed and destroyed ‘roots’ of vibrant economy SL had, post 1978 liberalisation!!!
        That being said and well accepted by all.

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        (Part I)
        What perplexed all of us patriotic Lankans is the aim, need and pursuit of the antagonistic attitude towards Muslims, who had lived for centuries in amity, from the time of ancient Sinhalese kingdoms, helping the security of our kings and rulers and importantly against the latter day terrorist – LTTE – in the 30 year war, ending in May 2009!!!
        Protagonists are abundant for any issue in this world at the drop of a hat!!
        Example the case of the Dr Shafi – Gynecologist of KNH – promoted subtly by some idiots including the ‘Z’ score and quota system educated doctors of SL and brought to a climax by the “ATHANA, METHANA, NATANA, HITHANA” Naluwa.
        To say the least it smacked to high heaven and reeked of Communalism! Alternates not entertained! OPEN AND SHUT CASE, IT IS.
        The guys are so inept, even they cannot lie with confidence and believable
        Buddhist priest went to the extent, trying to rouse support to the accusation, went on record that he has FIRSTHAND EVIDENCE, (Celibacy being the predominant objectives of Theravada Buddhism) that, Sinhala Buddhist women had been made ‘baron’ by this beleaguered medical professional, had performed under the pretext of a ‘C’-section operation!!

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        Apologies, the 2nd posting was Part II and not Part I. Error regretted

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        (Part III)
        The poor guy (professional including his dependents denied a normal life as equal citizens!).
        That was until, the uncrowned Messiah of this blessed land had to undergo a crucial operation by another well renowned medical surgeon from British NHS, after his prayers and pleadings to the Lord of Thirupathy, did not produce sufficient relief!!
        I wish, there is a ‘SWITCH’ could act like electric circuit breakers???
        Unfortunately, these are human beings and Mortals; Not inanimate items!!
        Hopeful, that Salvation day would dawn sooner than later!!

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        Yes Tamils will join the protest, if their grievances are also included in the protest. Some well meaning Sinhalese wanted national anthem to be sung. Immediately a Buddhist comes to the tent and finds fault with them for doing so. His argument is that Indian national anthem is in only one language, ignorant of the fact that it is in Bengali, a minority language. There is also Hindi version, which is not sung in national events. Singapore national anthem is in Malay, despite Chinese making 75% of the population. In New Zealand, National anthem is sung in both English and Maori. Sinhala call for Tamils to join is hollow without addressing concerns of Tamils. There is going to be demonstration in London on May 1st, and they contacted me to join it. I told them, well and good. If you hold the placard “Gota get out of our country”, then I must have the right to hold the placard “Army get out of our homeland”. If you have the right to hold the placard “Bring back our missing money”, them I must have the right to hold the placard “Bring back our missing people”. That was the end of it, and I have not heard from them ever since.

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          Gnana Sankaralingam,
          Knowing your ways, I am reluctant to get involved with an opinion of yours. But, I have a responsibility to get involved to clear Tamils of bad representation.
          A demand that Tamils would join hands only if our grievances are also included in the protest is tantamount to opportunism.
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          The public is protesting against the administration. It is nothing proper that we support the protest in whatever way we could.

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            Demanding ones right is not opportunism. If Sinhalese are oblivious to the grievances of problems faced by Tamils, and do not want them to be brought out, then matter ends there. I am in daily contact with Sinhala class mates and batch mates, I can assure you that participation will not bring any benefit to Tamils and non participation will not have any adverse effect. Listen to the young Indian Tamil couple who attended the protest : “Is this protest real ?, will this last ?, Will Srilanka people really stop seeing us as lower citizens ?. That will never happen, they will just vote another supremacist after Rajapakses are gone. But let us enjoy the feeling of equality for the moment at least”. You do not seem to have even this amount of insight of ordinary people, but like a big fellow start commenting on to mislead Tamils. Read the article in Sunday Times, where people of Northern province who had suffered similar situation for 25 years, have given forthright views about these protests.

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        Leela,

        “Tamil bethren, why not you guys leave all the hatreds aside and join hand as one nation support the parades ?”

        I am laughing. These are your new “friends”, they refused to wish you a New Year in the avrudu thread. Maybe this is the “democracy” Moda Ranil has in mind. Can you see now, these people cannot be rehabilitated? They are writing separatist propaganda rubbish all over Youtube and Wikipedia, even though the leaders have been buried 6 ft under. Mr, Leela, time for you to join the winning team, leave these buggers to the military. People claim Gotha is a racist, actually he saved innocent Tamils from the terror created by their own caste system. If you want to know about real genocide and racism, speak to people from Yugoslavia, East Timor, etc.

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      I agree.
      It would end up as a double edged sword!!?
      The Kings may, falsely, adduce that to the resurgence of LTTE??!!
      Start another victimization programme!!
      Also the inhabitants, of NE SL have undergone shortages and deprivation and had devised alternatives to pursue their livlihoods!!
      Please see page 4 (I may be wrong) of the Sunday times of yesterday, the article explains, why the north is not affected by this deprivation!!!
      No wonder, inspite of Hirunika’s valiant effort came to naught!!!

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      Gus,
      Just read the following in the Sunday times of 17/04/2022
      “Why no protests in the north? War time survival techniques back in use”
      Very enlightening indeed!
      Why this can’t be employed in the beleaguered south due to shortages??!!
      Very interesting how they start and use a 50 cc Honda bicycle with “medical drip tube”!!

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    “Will Parliament Endorse The People’s Call For Rajapaksa Resignations?”

    Is this a ‘People’s Call’ or a call from a bunch of ‘Toiyas’ manipulated by an invisible hand?

    President Gotabahaya is answerable to 6.9m voters who voted for him and not to a bunch of ‘Toiyas’ who sit in Galle Face and enjoy free Buriyani and arrack.

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      “Api Thamai Hondata Kela”

      Gota did it so good that people did not just name a village after him: They have built a village for him.

      “GOTA GO HOME GAMA”.

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        Bert,
        ““Api Thamai Hondatta Kela””
        He has just dispatched his emissaries – 3, 4, or 6 to IMF
        Hopefully, the results would be known soon, or latest in 6 months’ time???
        Then, as in 2009, he will acclaim. “Api Thamai Hondatta Kela” and acclaim all to himself as the ‘WINNING THE WAR’ against LTTE!
        If ever anyone asks him, how he achieved it, it will be like ‘Kaputas Crowing’ talk!!!
        Incapable and inept in even finding out how the solution was reached and he does not care!!!

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      Dear EE,
      ….President Gotabahaya is answerable to 6.9m voters who voted for him and not to a bunch of ‘Toiyas’ who sit in Galle Face…..
      What a joke or fantasy.
      Pasan Liyanage who produced ” Veda Karana Ape Viruwa” for the Gota campaign, has publicly apologised to the people. Singer Seheli Gamage who sang “Ayubowewa Maha Rajaneni” has apologised in her social media page.
      Stage personalities like Rohana Weerasinghe Jackson Anthony Ravindra Randeniya Deepani Silva all joined the protest of “a bunch of Toiyas” !!
      Sanjeewani Weerasinghe top supporter who was appointed ITN Director now in LA, was booed there when she tried to join their protest.
      So how many “voters” without fuel gas electricity fertilizer milk powder, who cannot voice their anger in public, are still with Gota?
      Get real, pal.

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        See Sunday Times today, page 4, for above facts.

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        MV,
        I wouldn’t take these media people seriously. They are actors anyway. How do we know they aren’t acting?
        Jackson was such a rabid Rajapaksa acolyte that he should be clapped in jail when the time comes.
        I haven’t heard Varuni Amunugama of Derana apologising yet. In fact she is peeved that her own channel is being “unpatriotic “. How the mighty have fallen!

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          OC
          They are rather sluggish weathercocks, but weathercocks all the same.

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            Dear OC and SJ.
            But weathercocks (like in real life) do work especially in the psyche of the stupid so called voters and even some others.
            It all helps the cause but organisers should be vary to keep that arms length.
            In politics – use them, suck them and spit out.

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              MV
              That is ‘fixable’ weathercocks.
              They did it a few times to defeat Labour in the UK.
              They did it recently to oust Corbyn.
              The organizers need to be clear about the next move. Gota going home is no end in itself.

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          OC,
          “Varuni Amunugama of Derana”
          Will dance characteristically to the ‘best tune playing at any one time’!!
          Cannot imagine any distress have been caused to VA??
          Business as usual!!
          Only certainty is ‘the backing given to the best performing Horse’ in town!!

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      (Part I)
      Eagle blind Eye.
      “President Gotabahaya is ANSWERABLE TO 6.9M VOTERS WHO VOTED FOR HIM and not to a bunch of ‘Toiyas’ who sit in Galle Face and enjoy free Biryani and arrack.”
      Question 1
      Where are ANSWERABLE TO 6.9M VOTERS WHO VOTED FOR HIM, NOW?
      Answer 1,
      Most of them are with the so called (your words and descriptions) enjoying the protests and fate befallen on the SELF-APPOINTED war winning hero with, “a bunch of ‘Toiyas’ who sit in Galle Face and enjoy free Biryani and arrack”!!!
      They are rather amused that they didn’t realise at election time in 2019, they enjoyed the same facility, except with the additional incentive of SL Rs. 1000 to boot an embellishment for ‘pocketing’!
      What strange things happen in this world of ours????
      So now he has to approach and talk to ‘Toiyas’ (as referred by you), in a comfortable table and chairs placed in the centre of Galle Face Green!!!
      Sure, he will regain his senses in the breeze (Ozone) freely available at the location!!!
      Sensational isn’t it???

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      (Part II)
      Question 2,
      Big one, indeed as to the funds looted from the country by R Bros Inc., and the location of the resultant converted assets and return safely of them to the SL Treasury??
      Answer 2,
      Difficult but would take time after the power transition
      Question 3,
      What happens to the Ali Baba and 40 thieves???
      SL people would decide in due course!!
      Local Justices, knowing local conditions and ‘acquaintances of accused’, those ‘familiar with great story telling Lawyers’ with PC, Hybrid courts, Foreign judges, including and those people abused and imprisoned for no good reason, only committed offence being raising rightful questions to the wrong people who are considered “Regal material”!!!
      Criminal Justice Commission (CJC).Presidential Commissions (PC), the kind the head of state archives the final report for posterity, to Kingdom come in another 40 years!!
      SORRY NONE OF IT TOO
      JURISPRUDENCE, JUST AS IT WAS PRE 1970 ERA ONLY APPLICABLE!!
      JUSTICIA 2022!
      Hope the fresh air and abundance of Ozone creates a new wave and momentum for Sri Lanka Rise, phoenix like resurgence!!!

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    MPs have their interests and benefits they enjoy more than the interet on the caal from the people
    Money brokering plays an importnat part. Basil is an expert on that brokering What is the haram un giving 2% from the ten $ xommision thye get in negotaiting laons. Thts is the Sri lankan political cuture . Singhala buddhis voted for them to swindle the coutry. They proved it.

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    I don’t think Gota will resign. Even Mahinda will not resign. They may form a Cabinet without other Rajapaksas. There are some other factors that should be analyzed. I think China and India may like to have these Rajapaksas in power, because it is easier to dictate terms on these corrupt leaders who have no sense at all to arrest the inflation of Sri Lanka’s currency. It is very difficult to state that to what extent the economy of the country will be ruined by these Rajapaksas. At the same time, it cannot be ruled out that there is suspicion that the protest is a swift move by the CIA. It appears that Gota is seeking the assistance of Gnanakka, while Mahinda is relying on country’s two popular astrologers whether to remain power.

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    The no confidence motion is very important to see who is supportting the government while being in the opposition.Sajit should first get all 54 SJB MP’s to sign it.I thnk that has been already done.Then he should get the only MP of the UNP ranil to sign it.Ranil could be a rajapakshe mole in the UNP.

    Now why is the abolition of the presidency bill taking so long?bring it on with the no confidence bill.

    A three pronged attack at the same time.1.abolition of the presidency 2.impeachment of the president 3.no confidence vote on the government. some SJB bigwigs are bocking the abolition of the presidency.let us see who they are.Only by bringing it for signature we will know.

    These three bills even if they are unsucessfull are vital to know the two faced character in the opposition.To eliminate your enemy first you have to identify the enemy within your ranks.

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    [President Gotabahaya is answerable to 6.9m voters who voted for him and not to a bunch of ‘Toiyas’ who sit in Galle Face and enjoy free Buriyani and arrack.]

    Moda blind Eagle HLD, moron it is that 6.9 million gonas who voted for him have now realised their mistake, become enlightened, and now protesting. it took a long time for these guys to realise that the evil Rajapakshas buddhsim and sinhala race is just bull shit to vin elections and to plunder the country. Of course they oiled well the goons to support him. HLD goon is one such fellow who despite running away after Premadasa was killed and sought refugee status in Australia was finanaced by Mahintha to run a racist and Mahintha propaganda news page from melbourne. Are you moron jealous that they are eating buriyani? This is what unity is all about and this what some of you crooks and evil minded fellows trying to destroy. If you have the balls come to galle face and say so. You will have to run in your dirty amude.

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      Black Lankan,
      “…evil Rajapakshas buddhsim and sinhala race is just bull shit to vin elections and to plunder the country.”

      What bull shit did Sirisena and Ranil use to win elections and plunder the country?

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      It appears that most of the Sinhalese voters who voted for GR now form majority of the protestors. Is there any information available on this matter?

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        SR
        I have my doubts.
        There is much resentment, but if the government addresses shortages (with a little help from India— nobody will dare blame India for propping up the “government that want to go home”) the mood will soften.
        But that has to happen soon, but there is time to wait.

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          SJ,
          “There is much resentment, but if the government addresses shortages (with a little help from India— nobody will dare blame India for propping up the “government that want to go home”) the mood will soften.”
          Don’t agree that is the mood or the ‘current demand’ for restoration of ‘Status Quo Ante’!!
          They want all the STOLEN LOOT TO BE RETURNED TO THE TREASURY!!
          That was not articulated in the first instance and as the scenario developed the current mood is for the “Looters to GO and the LOOT to RETURNED in Toto”
          Too late and resolving food and energy shortage, would not help to abate the resentment!!

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            M
            I am being realistic.
            This campaign still has not evolved objectives except sending some people home and recovering the loot.
            A bad mistake is to underestimate the foe. Perhaps worse is a battle without a plan.

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            Mahila that is just a sterotypical comment. The protest may fizzle out but a little bit of here and there is not going to help in recovery
            Chances are situation will get much worse soon. Even IMF and world bank are shocked and worried seeing our mess.

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              The other option to peaceful and failed protest is bloody violence. No one knows repercussions better than Lankans. Decades of dysfunction, if can be corrected by little bit of here and there ???

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                Not even a day since writing above comment the violence has begun. Mirihana was the beginning, occupy GalleFace was reinforcing and sustenance , what we are witnessing from now is continuation. Without sending Rajapaksas home there is no point of any objectives.

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        ShanR

        Did you consume Indian food, rice, veg, …. ?
        Any self respecting anti Indian Mao’s b***s carriers ……. ?

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          Is the ball cracking up?

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            Did you find the hand held mirror ???

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    Dear Mr. Philips,
    …the crazy constitutional amendment bill drafted by Lawyers Romesh de Silva and Manohara de Silva to allow cabinet ministers to be drawn from outside parliament…..
    Romesh the Gota licker and Mano the ethno crazy one, were hoping to become Ministers like Ali Sabry. …
    While is true that …. it is the President who deserves a No Confidence Motion against him on account of his abject failure in the management of the economy through ill-chosen Secretaries and Governors….. (ADD his LA cronies as Envoys and Military men as Secretaries)…..strategically it is easier to attack the Govt as against a single person, around who, many MPs might rally forpersonal favours. Then can go for the Prez.

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    People and politicians in this country talk about corruption of Rajapakshes but do not show their displeasure to the guy who masterminded the ‘Bond Scam’ and allowed his friend to escape with his share of the loot sitting in the Parliament still pretending as ‘Mr. Clean’. But if someone steal few coconuts he/she is sent to prison. What a wonderful country?

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      Oh what a wonderful country.
      …….displeasure to the guy who masterminded the ‘Bond Scam’ and allowed his friend to escape with his share of the loot sitting in the Parliament still pretending as ‘Mr. Clean’…..
      So what are the five Rajapakses in Cabinet, armed with the 20A, doing about it? It is they who are pussyfooting to cover their own sins.

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    Rajan Philips,

    As usual a well-articulated article!

    You speculate various possibilities within the framework of the constitution.

    All find it convenient to work within the constitution like any armchair critic who does not want to disturb their own comfort zone.

    The call from the streets is resignation of the President and his Prime Minister and thereafter everyone will live happily like in a romantic novel.

    Opportunities do rarely come, if one fails to capture the opportunities and end up only in blame game,

    History will blame you for the betrayal !

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    The President miscalculated the people he had no time to direct the parliament to stop the people what is happening in the Galle Face . How can the President Parliamentarian make the Stomach of the people go hunger after all they know years back country will end default to the world, where are there educated trump cards to play like in this situation also there stomach are touching microphone when they try to speak, Today they are flying to beg Holding the head for hand out we have the power to earn never for begging. Then stand on repayment or future generation.

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    …………OR the crazy Constitutional amendment bill drafted by Lawyers Romesh de Silva and Manohara de Silva to allow cabinet Ministers to be drawn from outside Parliament………………….

    It is not only crazy but a Trojan Horse; Both Lawyers are in the panel drafting a new Constitution[ Alas: Which will never see the light of day in the immediate future ] and known to be the catchers of President Gota.

    The No-Confidence Motion and Impeachment exercise , though the only way out in the present Impasse would be rather difficult to be a winner due to the numbers of the SLPP.

    Psst: If Basil Rajapakse, as the story goes, has vamoosed to Dubai with his consort claiming that he has contracted Covid-19 the SLPP is free to vote for it. A long shot though……..

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    Black Lankan
    EE, HDLM……our head they all secured by Dual citizenship drawing sudas pensions looked after equally regardless where they born treat fairly.
    Now these sort of bunch wants to protect the Sinhala, the Buddhism….patriotics?another dual Gamage nona wants make night life for foreigners and make available drugs to brings tourists
    Govnt should abolish the dual citizenship like India.

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    The glaring breaches of the Constitution that constitutes immediate dismissal of President are the failure to uphold the livelihoods of the people via-a-vis other similar nations with same constitution and same political and economic situation, and the evidentary Corruption Indices.

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    If the people of Sri lanka wants Rajapaksas to go home, the people voted for Rajapaksas (SLPP) from those electorates have to start a non violent protest in those electorates until the Rajapaksas resign from this government.

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    “Will Parliament Endorse The People’s Call For Rajapaksa Resignations”

    Do some people think that the slogan “Go Gota Go ” is meaning only “Come Ranil Come” or “Come Valaiththodam Come”?

    Some are confused about what the people want. Do they want Ganapathi Pillai, Johnston, Rambo, Nazeer, Vasu, Deva, Pillaiyan, Ranil, White flag Murderer New King, Hakeem, Rishard, Sumanthiran…….instead of Son Prince & Old Rowdy King?
    Before you people start to mess it up in your Viyathmaga Styles, please read the protesters’ reply (5 points) to Old Rowdy King when he asked for peace talk with them.
    The “Go Gota Go ” cannot be interpreted as people asking only the president to go or the Royal family to go. Parliament, Cabinet, President, all must go is the meaning of “Go Gota Go ”. “Come People’s government come ” is what they mean by this slogan. “Go Gota Go ” is only a slogan of the protestor. That is not the whole proposal they are putting forward.
    WILL THE PRESIDENT HONESTLY FIRE THE WHOLE CABINET AND THE PARLIAMENT, AND HE TOO RESIGN IMMEDIATELY AFTER FIRING THE WHOLE GOVERNMENT, INSTEAD OF USING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DROP OUT HIS ENEMIES?

    (I don’t read essays with imbecile headlines like this. I don’t know what is inside)

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      “I don’t know what is inside”
      M, that is the case even when you read things.

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        Well that is not unusual. Didn’t read your Stalin-ism in London thinking that you were studying science. Now the case is your mother could have bear a rock instead you with your head. One thing amazing is that the Whole CT readers have come to know what you have been writing to CT Editors, thinking that are the Hitler King of CT. It is we put it out that nasty games to public. How is that? You said that you will get some people out and clean CT. These days my measuring rot is your jealous sarcasm. Every time when you burst out and wag your tail, I am aware the that my statement highly ailing for you. Keep it up. Best wishes.

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        Dear SJ
        Cannot be more succinctly put.

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    More than Gota, it’s Mahinda who should be sent home first. If not Mahinda will continue to pull the rug under Gota using his SLPP slaves. Kick Mahinda out first and a new PM will have more freedom to work with Gota. As long as we are a Presidency controlled government Gota will be strong, so its better to replace the PM and then use the pressure of the PM and his parliamentary members to manage Gota.

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      B1
      What are you going to credibly blame him for?
      He has kept silent on controversial issues.

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    I think that the writer is getting sentimental.
    Has anybody thought of ‘WHAT NEXT’?
    Is there a plan of action?
    If there is not and if it is carefully avoided, some hidden agenda will get into action.

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      SJ
      What NOW is more important than what next? When we removed the previous government in 2019 Did people aware of what comes next? Let it evolve from the past experiences.

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        The TULF’s what NOW without a plan led to 30 years of misery that still lingers on for Tamils.
        Look before you leap.

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      What next?? Go ahead retired professor without sentiments, enlighten us.

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    When the barbaric sinhala army was murdering INNOCENT ceylon tamils, barbaric sinhala peoples gifted them sweat meats and other food goodies. PLEASE advise me how I can make gifts to the RATPACKses clan for their killing by starvation, lack of medicines, inability to buy life saving medicines due to astronomical price increases vis a v income of peoples,, inability to get life saving treatments from sinhala hospital etc.
    ANY advise on how to make these gifts to the RATPACKses for their PATRIOTIC endeavours in this regard is welcome!

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    EE
    Seriously it is people like you WHO ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALTY, that has resulted in the present situation in sinhala land contributing to its BEGGAR STATUS . THANK YOU. The murdered ceylon tamils by the barbaric sinhalas NEED MORE OF YOU. May your barbaric buddhism BLESS You and Your same thinking ILK!

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      Gus,
      “…The murdered ceylon tamils by the barbaric sinhalas….”
      —-
      Do you know who:
      • Produced a manufactured history of Sinhale to create a separate State for Tamils?
      • Declared war against the Government and Sinhala Nation?
      • Asked Tamils to take up arms and fight against indigenous Sinhalayo?
      • Carried out genocide of Sinhalayo for three decades to grab their land in NE?
      • Killed more Tamils than the number of Tamils who got killed during the military operation to eliminate barbaric Tamil terrorists?

      Do not try to clean blood-soaked hands by blaming Sinhalayo.

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      Gus,
      “May your barbaric buddhism BLESS You…”

      Is barbaric Hinduism blessing those who massacred Sinhala Buddhists for three decades to grab their land in NE?

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      Gus,
      “…barbaric sinhalas…”

      Indigenous Sinhala Buddhists regret for accommodating Stateless Demalu in their country and giving them citizenship.

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    I saw on youtube MANY ROGUES IN SAFFRON ROBES AKA sinhala buddhist monks demonstrating against the RATPACKses. The proverb when thieves fall out honest men get their dues (thieves being the rogues in saffron robes being the majority of the sinhala buddhist monks and the RATPACKses

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    This is an old clip but considering the time that Sri Lanka is in I thought of posting.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8j5PKXjfTo

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    I suffer PTSD from barbaric treatment by the sinhala arrmed forces, I get CATHARTIC RELIEF from and by my posts and by watching the current degrading circumstances of the barbaric sinhala peoples. Regretfully the LTTE is not anymore for me to get relief by gifting them moneys having been a regular gifter in the past in this regard!!

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      If true go ahead Gus vent and get your closure/ therapy. At least CT can claim one person in this forum benefited. The owner of CT Uvindu , sure can relate to you.

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    Two views amongst the Chingkallams with regards to Thamizh people or Thamizh speakers and the Thamizh language. This video states all this. The ones who realize there is no more room for institutionalized racism and religious superiority, that has been there since independence and one of the root causes for the downfall of the country, together with economic mismanagement and others who want this institutionalized racism and Sinhalese Buddhist racism and fascism to continue and think the country can still develop. Still have not learned their lesson.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUCAWz9Tyi0

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        Evil, Gus claims to have PTSD, what about you “BLACKOUTS” ??? , Listen to your doctors and cut down booze or else you wont be around to entertain us.

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    I agree.
    It would end up as a double edged sword!!?
    The Kings may, falsely, adduce that to the resurgence of LTTE??!!
    Start another victimization programme!!
    Also the inhabitants, of NE SL have undergone shortages and deprivation and had devised alternatives to pursue their livlihoods!!
    Please see page 4 (I may be wrong) of the Sunday times of yesterday, the article explains, why the north is not affected by this deprivation!!!
    No wonder, inspite of Hirunika’s valiant effort came to naught!!!

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    Peoples call for Raja resignation is to get back the robbed dollars sent to Uganda to establish “Cafe Ceylon” and the other businesses They should be sold and the dollars belonging here brought back. Then no problem with queues for everything and no protests and no R.robbers

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      “robbed dollars sent to Uganda”
      Are you sure?

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    Rajapahshas will never leave on their own. They are used to plunder the country so much for so long that leaving on their own is out of the question. They have become obsessed with their power and greed and so confident that they have fooled the fools for so long that leaving is out of question. Still many of them believe that they are popular. Also now if they run away from SL still they are not safe. The sinhala diaspora is waiting to castrate them. Of course only place is Uganda where like in few other African countries, these fleeing crooks and mass murderers take refuge with their wealth. Still history had shown that they will never have a peaceful life and always on the look out and always on the run. That murderer in Ruwanda after all his wealth and escaping to various countries yet he was caught and held in the Hague awaiting trial for act against humanity. So these Pakshas too once they lose their immunity the fate will be the same. Not only them even the collaborators will face the consequences. HLD Blind Eagle wont be an exception. Already he is being monitored by AFP.

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