November 2014

Govt. offering massive bribes to MPs – JVP

25th November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Dasun Edirisinghe The JVP yesterday asked the government to reveal from where it had obtained money for bribing its parliamentarians to prevent them from crossing over to the Opposition and to poach opposition members came. Party Propaganda Secretary and MP Vijitha Herath alleged that there were several ministers and MPs who had been ready to crossover with former Minister Maithripala Sirisena but they had been bribed into changing their mind MP Herath alleged that the government had offered Rs. 500 million to get Jaffna District TNA parliamentarian Appathurai Vinayakamorthy, but he had turned down the offer. “We need to know whether the government buys MPs from public funds or black money spent by racketeers,” MP Herath said. President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently said in his […]

Maithiri is too honest to be my Prime Minister – Mahinda

25th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Who is Maithripala? Maithripala had a chance to cut the throats of both Kadirgamar and Mahinda, and become the Prime Minister. But he opted to give the chance to Mahinda. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) went to Rajarata from Horagolla before it went to Medamulana. After the death of Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, Prime Minister W. Dahanayaka contested the 1960 March election from a separate party. The SLFP was led by C.P. de Silva, an MP from Rajarata. Sirima Bandaranaike who took reins of the SLFP in the July 1960 election wanted C.P. de Silva to take the lead. Therefore, C.P. de Silva appeared as the Deputy Prime Minister. He was the MP for Polonnaruwa By Upul Joseph Fernando The Sri Lanka Freedom Party […]

Good governance includes of devolution of power

25th November 2014 // 0 Comments

By Jehan Perera The selection of the ruling party’s General Secretary to be the opposition’s common candidate was unexpected. It also poses a serious challenge to the government. For the past decade the opposition has been unable to loosen the government’s grip over the Sinhalese rural heartland. In selecting Maithripala Sirisena to be their common candidate the opposition has brought a seasoned politician from the area of their greatest weakness to the fore. They are now able to take the battle for votes right into the midst of the government’s electoral base. The crossover of five other government parliamentarians has added to the weakening of the government. However, even though weakened by these unexpected defections, the government remains a decisive one. Its immediate reaction has […]

Nothing beyond the implementation of the 13th Amendment says UNP and Chandrika!

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

It is alleged that Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan had discussions with former President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Sunday (23) asking beyond the 13th Amendment. The TNA is asking for implementing the 13th Amendment, bringing in changes in the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) and in changing the governors of the North and East. Kumaratunga in reply, had told Sampanthan not to seek anything beyond the implementation of the 13th Amendment as per the countries constitution.. UNP has already announced that they will NOT go anything beyond 13th amendment and would not allow government leaders to be hauled up before any international war crimes tribunal. It is claimed that few diaspora organisations are debating  “Whether TNA should support any of the Presidential contesters of the genocidal State […]

Some ministers say they won’t quit the Govt.

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Some ministers said today they were in favour of abolishing the executive presidency or to at least prune its powers and would continue the struggle to bring these about. At a media conference held Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) head office, the ministers — many of whom were mentioned in the media as possible crossovers to the opposition when asked by a journalist about the President’s statement that he held the files of several ministers to be used if and when necessary — said it was not the correct thing to do or to say. However, they said this was not the right time to abolish the executive presidency or prune its powers because of the international conspiracy against the government and added that while […]

Budget Passed With A Majority Of 95: Sumedha Sends A Message

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Third reading of the Budget 2015 passed in Parliament with a majority of 95 votes. Of the 225 MPs in the house, 152 members voted for the Budget while 57 voted against. Fifteen MPs, including the government MPs supporting Maithripala Sirisena, were absent today. With the vote on the third reading, the debate on the budget which took place for over 24 days came to an end. Minister Sumedha Jayasena was absent in the Parliameny when the vote was taken. It was widely speculated that she was going to cross over, supporting common candidate Maithripala Sirisena. The JHU MPs too were absent during the vote which was taken by name. Some UNP Mps, including Karu Jayasuriya and Lakshman Kiriella, were not present in the house […]

Why was NO action on the files?: JVP

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

MR says he has files on the defectors – BLACK MAIL BY PRESIDENT? UNP’s who’s  ‘Files’ are with President to CROSS OVER next week? SLPE’s who’s […] ‘I HAVE YOUR FILES’ President warns betrayers Don’t throw stones from glass houses Those who left the party were always doomed Chandrika promised to scrap EP but ruled[…] Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake today questioned why President Mahinda Rajapaksa was not taking any action if he had files on the illegal activities of government members. President Rajapaksa, on Sunday said he had files on all who left the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) recently to join the main opposition but said he was not going to open them. “Soon after the terrorism was defeated, the […]

Sri Lanka: Rajapksa’s move to remove Bandaranaike name from SLFP revealed

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka: Rajapksa’s move to remove Bandaranaike name from SLFP revealed ( November 24, 29014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) “Former general secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (… Sri Lanka: Battle lines drawn | by Manik De Silva ( November 23, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The battle lines are drawn and the coun… A short profile of honourable Maithirpala Sirisena | by A Special Correspondent ( November 22, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Today is a historical day in S… Tamil must be more widely used for true national integration | by Eran Wickramaratne( November 23, 2014,Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) During the colonial period the Sinhal… Let democracy win | by Mano Ratwatte ( November 21, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) I read […]

Left parties in the government to reconsider stance – Queue on both sides to cross over

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

Left parties in the government to reconsider stance Lanka News Web on Sunday, 23 November 2014 05:21 Left parties in the government are to hold a separate discussion to reconsider their stance on the next Presidential election. Desperate MaRa offers bribes up to Rs. 1000 million: nation implores politicos not to sell their souls or betray country (Lanka-e-News- 23.Nov.2014, 9.45AM) With the exit of SLFP general secretary and Minister Maithripala Sirisena from the government ably supported by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunge , and after becoming the opposition common candidate Read more >> Queue on both sides to cross over Political sources reveal that a number of members in the government and a number of opposition members are in a queue to cross over in […]

A budget defeat and parliament dissolution ?

24th November 2014 // 0 Comments

The fate of Budget 2015 hangs in the balance with speculation rife of more crossovers when it is taken up- for vote today in Parliament at 5.00 p.m., political sources told Ceylon Today. If the Budget is defeated, the Parliament stands dissolved automatically under the provisions of the Constitution and the President’s will, under powers vested in him, issue a proclamation directing the Commissioner of Elections to call a General Election. A budget defeat and parliament dissolution ? by Ravi Ladduwahetty,  J.t. De silva and Daya Perera The fate of Budget 2015 hangs in the balance with speculation rife of more crossovers when it is taken up- for vote today in Parliament at 5.00 p.m., political sources told Ceylon Today. If the Budget is defeated, […]

‘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 […]

Opposition secures Buddhist backing for Sri Lanka vote

23rd November 2014 // 0 Comments

Agriculture minister Maithripala Sirisena, who defected Friday to challenge his former boss President Mahinda Rajapakse in the Jan 8 election, has received backing from influential monk, Maduliwawe Sobitha. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s main opposition candidate on Sunday (Nov 23) won important backing from a top Buddhist monk campaigning to scrap the executive presidency and return the country to a parliamentary democracy. Agriculture minister Maithripala Sirisena, who defected Friday to challenge his former boss President Mahinda Rajapakse in the January 8 election, visited monk Maduliwawe Sobitha to receive his blessings. “I applaud your courage to enter the fray only to scrap the presidency and bring back parliamentary democracy, ensure rule of law and end corruption,” Sobitha said while blessing Sirisena in front of reporters and TV cameras […]

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 […]

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