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‘I HAVE YOUR FILES’ President warns betrayers

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Don’t throw stones from glass houses Those who left the party were always doomed Chandrika promised to scrap EP but ruled for 11 years Dharmasiri Abeyratne President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday warned party-men who betray and cross to the opposition not to throw stones while living in glass houses. “I have their files and documents which will be very detrimental to their well being. I will not use them against those who had left betraying the party, but I warn them not to throw stones from inside glass houses,” he said. The President said from the time of Aluvihare, SLFP party secretaries had betrayed, left and crossed to the Opposition. “Today we have with us some who had returned to the fold and others who […]

It’s a two horse race from main parties

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaka signs a proclamation announcing an early presidential election. The President and his secretary Lalith Weeratunga (R) waiting for the auspicious time. By Shamindra Ferdinando With the JVP deciding against fielding a candidate at the seventh presidential election now scheduled for January 8, 2015, there is no likelihood of a smaller party nominating a candidate of its own. Asked whether the five-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had decided on its position, National List MP A. M. Sumanthiran yesterday told The Island that they haven’t met yet to discuss their stand. At the first presidential election held in October, 1982, JRJ and Kobbekaduwa polled 34,50, 811 and 25,48,438, respectively. The then JVP leader Rohana Wijeweera polled 273,428 votes. Wijeweera obtained the third highest number […]

Mega deal makers have hijacked Parliament – Champika Ranawaka

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary, Patali Champika Ranawaka, in an interview with Ceylon Today said, “We invite people to join us to create a new age of better economic and political culture.” Ceylontoday, 2014-11-23 02:00:00 Mega deal makers have hijacked Parliament – Champika Ranawaka By Niranjala Ariyawansha Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary, Patali Champika Ranawaka, in an interview with Ceylon Today said, “We invite people to join us to create a new age of better economic and political culture.” Following are excerpts: Q: You said at the press conference on 18 November that you had broken open the door of the cave and invited the people of lion’s generation to join. What did you mean by it? A: You can see what has […]

Critically Supporting the Anti-Regime Campaign

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

It had to happen that way, and the break was only possible with a serious split within the regime. The moment had come for members of the SLFP to take the plunge. And when finally Vasantha Senanayake, MP, crossed over (the first member of the brave ‘suicide squad’) and mentioned that he knew who the common candidate was, the matter was settled. It had to be Maithripala Sirisena. And yet it was somewhat remarkable, in this day and age of unprecedented surveillance, how the opposition forces kept the regime guessing, until a couple of hours before Minister Sirisena left it. But the gates are now open; this is set to be a wonderful and exciting battle, but also a very grotesque one. So grotesque that […]

We will shatter the coalition and isolate this govt

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Former Fisheries Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has always cut a rebellious figure in the local political arena and this image was further boosted when he left the government on Friday to join the common opposition movement that has fielded SLFP stalwart Maithripala Sirisena as the much anticipated common candidate to contest against President Rajapaksa at the upcoming presidential polls. From believing President Rajapaksa was fit to win the Nobel Prize, what prompted Dr. Senaratne to abandon the government and pledge his support to a candidate competing against President Rajapaksa at the upcoming elections? In a candid interview with , Dr. Senaratne spoke of his controversial decision and the changes he envisions for the future of Sri Lanka under a new leadership. Q  What prompted you to make this […]

Tamils banned from remembering their dead Children killed by Army.

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Raj Subramaniam  – To win the hearts and minds of the Tamil people it is of utmost importance that one understands and appreciates their political history and the hardships endured over the course of modern times. Starting in the 15th century Sri Lanka was colonized by the Portuguese, followed by the Dutch, and finally by the British, who granted independence after nearly 440 years of foreign interference in 1948. As the British packed their bags to leave the island, religious extremists took advantage of the confused situation, to seize the entire island for themselves and set forth what would become a long history of violence against Tamils, which has been systematically carried out countless times ever since. These events prove that every time outsiders steal […]

Government being “Foolish” with India, which was very helpful to Sri Lanka in dealing with terrorism and for not fulfilling its promises!

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Leader of the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka MP Rajiva Wijesinha says that it is important that Mahinda Rajapaksa does not win the forthcoming Presidential Election, because if he wins the consequences for Sri Lanka’s armed forces will be very negative. Wijesinha, who recently quit the government with former Minister Maithripala Sirisena, was speaking as a panelist, along with UNP economic spokesman MP Harsha de Silva and Global Tamil Forum (GTF) spokesman Suren Surendiran, in Aljazeera’s “Inside Story” segment on Thursday (20). “I think the President does feel beleaguered,” he said, adding, there is a strange combination of wanting to continue in office himself, because Rajapaksa obviously thinks he is the best person for the country and he has certain achievements to his credit. “I […]

MR says he has files on the defectors – BLACK MAIL BY PRESIDENT?

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

UNP’s who’s  ‘Files’ are with President to CROSS OVER next week? SLPE’s who’s ‘Files’ are with the President will continue to stay with the government. President Mahinda Rajapaksa today warned that he had “files” on those who had defected from the Government but will not use it against them. A Government supporter said that If the President had files on ‘corruption(?)’ on the people who are in is government  as he says it, It is wrong for him to hold on to it. If he was a Honest leader he must take action immediately has and when he received the ‘FILES’. But by keeping them and NOT taking action against them brings up so many unanswered questions. 1. Why din’t he take action immediately on receiving the […]

UPFA’s slip is showing and coming apart at the seams

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Chandani Kirinde, Lobby Correspondent When President Mahinda Rajapaksa presented the United Peoples Freedom Alliance’s (UPFA) 10th consecutive Budget to Parliament on October 24, a month ahead of the usual Budget period, it was obvious it was intended to win favour with voters at an early Presidential poll. What was not so obvious were the rumblings within the President’s own Party, which would spill over just days before the Budget was set for final approval. The discontentment within the Ruling Party first came to light when two members of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), one of the UPFA’s constituent Parties, decided to stay away during the vote at the end of the Second Reading of the Budget. It did not seem more than a hiccup […]

Will Defections from UPFA Govt Affect Rajapaksa Regime in Third Reading of Budget Vote?

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Chandani Kirinde When President Mahinda Rajapaksa presented the United Peoples Freedom Alliance’s (UPFA) 10th consecutive Budget to Parliament on October 24, a month ahead of the usual Budget period, it was obvious it was intended to win favour with voters at an early Presidential poll. What was not so obvious were the rumblings within the President’s own Party, which would spill over just days before the Budget was set for final approval. The discontentment within the Ruling Party first came to light when two members of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), one of the UPFA’s constituent Parties, decided to stay away during the vote at the end of the Second Reading of the Budget. It did not seem more than a hiccup at the time, […]

President, After The Poll

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Lanka – Land Of Election Promises » Some may call our country, the Land of the Lotus Eaters; others the Pearl of the Orient, it has always been the Resplendent Isle and to cynics the Enter Maithripala Sirisena » Common Candidate to contest under our national front with telephone as symbol – Mangala’s party   The chocs are off: President Rajapaksa asked the Elections Commissioner to set the date… By N Sathiya Moorthy By naming incumbent Health Minister and ruling SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena as the common Opposition candidate in the January polls to the nation’s highest office, the Opposition may have surprised President Mahinda Rajapaksa. If not to the same extent, it might also many a liberal in the UNP, who are averse […]

LTTE Heroes’ Week Events Banned

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

The police and the military said it would not allow events glorifying the LTTE to be held this week to mark the LTTE heroes week. Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya also denied allegations that surveillance centres were being set up to prevent the university students and other activists from staging activities glorifying terrorism. “The LTTE is a terrorist organisation proscribed in Sri Lanka, in the name of heroes or otherwise we will not allow anyone to glorify terrorism, we will prevent it. However the alleged report that we have established surveillance centres and that we have intensified military activities in Jaffna simply to curtail the celebrations is baseless. With the current deployment we are able to ensure that peace and harmony in the Jaffna peninsula […]

How Colombo released the fishermen

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Actor Salman Khan appears to have, perhaps unknowingly, played an indirect role in the release of the five Indian fishermen on death row in Sri Lanka, The Hinduhas learnt. His friend, journalist Rajat Sharma, was in Colombo to invite President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his son Namal Rajapaksa for the wedding of Arpita Khan, the actor’s sister. During the visit Mr. Sharma is said to have raised the issue of the fishermen’s release. Sri Lanka released the fishermen on Wednesday and spared them of any further jail term in India, signalling a huge diplomatic victory for New Delhi. Around 10 p.m. on Thursday Mr. Modi, who had just returned from his three-nation tour, telephoned President Rajapaksa to personally thank him for the gesture, a top source […]

Sri Lanka Faces Isolation

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

The External Affairs Minister Professor G. L. Peiris at several occasions has accused the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein alleging that he maintains double standards when it comes to dealing with Sri Lanka. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, several civil society and human rights activists expressed their views on these remarks.  Being Offensive Not The Best Forward Defence Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu,  Executive Director, Centre for Policy Alternatives The High Commissioner for Human Rights has said very categorically that the Sri Lankan government is behaving in a quite unreasonable fashion. His point is simply that in the UN resolution there is a committee of investigation set up under the office of the High Commissioner and I think it would be appropriate […]

Sirisena revolt: Presidential race gets on the road

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Our Political Editor Ranil and CBK playing crucial role in formulating strategy for the common opposition candidate; Sajith to handle grassroots campaign Mangala, Ven. Athureliya and Rajitha to spearhead campaign; Ven. Sobhitha attends meeting More crossovers soon; Chandrika says 31, Kiriella 60, but Temple Trees restricts it to 11 There are neither permanent friends nor permanent interests when it comes to politics in Sri Lanka. The players involved keep changing roles and shift their solemnly declared ideals from time to time. The search for a presidential candidate by the main Opposition United National Party (UNP), for a second time in four years, lays bare this fragility of a recurring political drama. It had the shades of the January 2010 presidential poll where former Army Commander, […]

Govt. may consider dissolution if there is mass defection

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Government seniors were this week considering the possible early dissolution of Parliament, the Sunday Times learns. Consultations at the highest levels were held on the pros and cons of dissolving Parliament. This comes against the backdrop of the revolt by a section of ruling UPFA Ministers and MPs who have opted to back the opposition’s common candidate, former SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena at the January 8th presidential election against incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mr. Sirisena’s party post was handed over to Petroleum Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and the Health Ministry was taken over by President Rajapaksa. The thinking behind the move for an early dissolution of Parliament was to strip dissident UPFA MPs of their positions in government and parliamentary privileges […]

MASS CROSSOVERS TOMORROW

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

MASS CROSSOVERS TOMORROW Mass scale crossovers are expected from both the government to the Opposition and vice versa on Monday, coinciding with the vote on the Third Reading of the 2015 Budget. A large number of Ministers and Members of Parliament will be crossing over, from the government, to the Opposition following Friday’s announcement that former SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister, Maithipala Sirisena would be the Opposition’s common presidential candidate, authoritative political sources told Ceylon Today. MASS CROSSOVERS TOMORROW By Ravi Ladduwahetty Mass scale crossovers are expected from both the government to the Opposition and vice versa on Monday, coinciding with the vote on the Third Reading of the 2015 Budget. A large number of Ministers and Members of Parliament will be crossing over, […]

First stage of struggle successful-Sobitha Thera

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Head Ven Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera who campaigned for the abolishment of the Executive Presidency told The Nation yesterday that the first phase of their struggle has been successful, as the common opposition candidate has already agreed to abolish the executive presidency. Ven Sobhitha Thera said that the NMSJ wanted it to be repelled within a six months period after the new president takes office. “We have three main issues; abolishment of the Executive Presidency, reinstatement of the 17th amendment to the Constitution and changing the electoral system. We have no doubts this time. It will definitely take place,” Ven Thera said. However, Ven. Sobitha Thera said that no MoU nor any agreement has been signed between the parties. When […]

SLMC and ACMC likely crossovers

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

SLMC and ACMC likely crossovers The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC) are likely to cross over to support the common candidate of the Opposition at the forthcoming Presidential Election. The SLMC is awaiting a call from the UNP to discuss their proposals. “If the Opposition welcomes the minority proposals, then of course we are ready,” said SLMC General Secretary, Hasan Ali. SLMC and ACMC likely crossovers By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC) are likely to cross over to support the common candidate of the Opposition at the forthcoming Presidential Election. The SLMC is awaiting a call from the UNP to discuss their proposals. “If the Opposition welcomes […]

Defections are rumored to be 46 predicted

22nd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Defections are rumored to be 46 predicted  JVP has the network, capacity and capability to undertake a grass-roots campaign as they did in the 2005 presidential bid of President Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has very little choice but to join the bandwagon, as the Muslims are most likely to vote anti-Rajapaksa Ranil Wicremesinghe has been hailed as the “Hero” of our times that he probably richly deserves, Maithri Threat – Will It Translate In To Votes Against Rajapaksa? By Hilmy Ahamed – The threat posed by Maithripala Sirisena and Co. to the popular war-winning President is the biggest pre election political upheaval since the defection from the Chandrika Kumaratunga government by SB, GL and eleven others that gave the crown to Ranil Wicremesinghe in […]

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