25th November 2014

X Files, Cold Case Files And Rajapaksa’s Bambu Files

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By Helasingha Bandara – The most famous files are X files and cold case files. Next will be MR files. The ‘Files’ story has more significance than most people realise. It is a double edged sword. Mahinda Rajapaksha (MR) can use ‘Files’ story to intimidate the remaining Ministers, MPs and lesser politicians to think twice before crossing over and can use it to prevent the ones who  have already crossed from revealing certain truths. On the other hand the opposition coalition can use the files story to topple MR if they use it wisely. This writer predicted last week that Suren Surendiren’s unwise and out of place comment would be used by the regime to deceive the masses. By today every Minister, every MP and […]

Maithri cannot make Ranil PM

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By Anuradha Herath Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Western Provincial Councillor, K. D. Lal Kantha said, even if the common Opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, is elected the Executive President, he has no powers to appoint United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister. “That powers lies with Parliament,” Lal Kantha said adding the JVP will not field a candidate in the coming Presidential Election, as it would give it legitimacy for Rajapaksa’s contest. “We don’t want to take part in this farce. But we are committed to bringing an end to the Rajapaksa Government at the upcoming election,” he said. The Western Provincial Councillor said the party could not vouch for anyone. “I can only guarantee what the JVP can do. We have […]

Govt Has Offered Rs.100 Million Each To Disgruntled MPs” : UNP Parliamentarian

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A senior UNP Parliamentarian today charged that the ruling party had allegedly offered Rs. 100 million to government MPs whose names were mentioned in connection with crossovers. “In addition to offers,” he said, “the government has intensified its spy-missions and surveillance operations: even their telephones have been tapped,” the Parliamentarian told ‘Asian Mirror’ this morning. He made these remarks when asked whether the ‘crossover’ plans of the government MPs had backfired on the United National Party and the common opposition. “It is a ‘public’ secret that the majority of Cabinet ministers of the government are utterly disappointed with the present state of affairs in the country. But, they are still not in a position to challenge the powers that be. When the time comes they […]

Maithripala still expecting crossovers

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While the Government says no one else will crossover to the opposition from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena says more will join him. Speaking to the media after he visited the Bandaranaike Memorial Monument in Horagolla today, Sirisena said that some people had asked him why more Government Ministers and Parliamentarians did not join the opposition as expected in Parliament yesterday. He said that his response was that more can be expected over the next few weeks. There was strong speculation that several Government parliamentarians will join the opposition yesterday before the final vote on the budget. However no one joined the opposition and the budget was also passed by a majority vote with 152 members of Parliament voting […]

Will Suren of GTF Help Electing Mahinda Again?

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By Helasingha Bandara – Prabhakaran’s infamous boycott at the 2005 election backfired and paved the way for Mahinda Rajapaksa’s emergence which did not help the separatists’ course. The country as a whole benefited from the boycott that time as MR played the lead role in vanquishing Prabhakaran and his murderous marauders. Instead he chased an unrealistic dream to become an uncrowned king of modern times. The chasing of glory only for himself and his family became the order of the day and as a result he discarded all the rest who played vital parts of defeating the Tigers. The best example was the imprisoning of Sarath Fonseka, the former army commander who played not any lesser role than what MR played. Being surrounded by opportunists […]

JHU To Tie ‘Maithripala Knot’ On November 27

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The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), which is already an unofficial member of the common opposition, will officially announce on November 27 whether they would support the common candidate at the upcoming Presidential Election. JHU General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the JHU will announce their decision at a press conference in Colombo. “We will always work towards ensuring  democracy and JHU has already taken steps to educate the people about our policies”, Ranawaka said. Earlier this month Patali Champika Ranawaka and Udaya Gammanpila stepped down from their ministerial positions of the government and declared their support to the common candidate. Even though the two former Ministers stepped down from their ministerial positions, the JHU did not officially break away from the government party. Meanwhile, […]

I was the mastermind behind making Maithripala the common candidate

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“I was the one who approached Mr. Sirisena and suggested to Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe that Mr. Sirisena would be the suitable candidate to lead the common opposition. “ “If he has files, he can reveal them and take necessary action. We don’t know what he is referring to. As for me, I don’t know what kind of file he has on me and am not concerned”  “We will not let anyone take Mahinda Rajapaksa to international war crimes courts or let any international forces harm him. We will defend him, stand by him and support him.” ast week, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) stalwart and its General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to cross over to the opposition and his nomination as the common opposition candidate […]

SL military raped conscripted Tamil women after Rajapaksa meeting

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SL military raped conscripted Tamil women after Rajapaksa meeting [TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 09:07 GMT] 47 Eezham Tamil women from Mullaiththeevu, recently conscripted to the occupying SL military and put under the Civil Security Department (CSD), were taken to Mihintale on 22 Saturday when SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa was on a trip to the ‘sacred city’. After the president of genocidal Sri Lanka requested the Tamil women to engage in campaign supporting him, the SL soldiers were having a party. Some of the 47 Tamil women were raped by the Sinhala soldiers and the others were subjected to sexual harassment, one of the victims told TamilNet on Monday. The women were also sexually harassed in the bus on their way back to Mullaiththeevu. When […]

“I will exposed you if you cross over,” President

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Sri Lanka: Mr. President, We Have Your Files Too  MR says he has files on the defectors – BLACK MAIL BY PRESIDENT? | by Nilantha Ilangamuwa   ( November 25, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Dear Mr. President we are no longer a nation based on the ideology of the cancer cell which, as Edward Abbey, a priceless man of our times who speaks out against the unjust in the United States, described as growth for the sake of growth. It is true that many politicians and bureaucrats including you attempted to make this nation of ostriches, people quite happy to hide their heads in the sand when confront by injustice, but the times are changing, Sri Lanka now is eager to see the positive […]

Gotabaya’s Ploy To Suspend The Constitution & Impose Martial Law

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By Muhammed Fazl – “He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War When I wrote about a possible Coup d’état in Sri Lanka to the Colombo Telegraph few months back, I was actually referring to a possible scenario where an ambitious and a rare military officer takes matters in to his own hands. But little did I expect loathed and dreaded characters to take a cue from it.  Having come to know of the mobilization of para-military forces by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa to unleash violence against any and all forms of dissension against the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, I find myself jolted out of […]

Govt. offering massive bribes to MPs – JVP

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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

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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

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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 […]