12th December 2014

Where is the Money Coming from for the Multi-billion Dollar Election Advertising Campaign of President Rajapaksa?

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The arrogance and extravagance of the Rajapaksa family regime is all too visible in their latest jaunt to Tirupati in South India. The trip was scheduled in the heat of the election cycle, when the forces opposing his rule are agitating for change and the end to the plunder of this state by a single family. Undoubtedly, President Rajapaksa needs divine intervention at this Presidential election. He will have to look to the heavens to try to win back the favour of the people, who have tired of his nepotism, corruption and self-serving administration. But as the opposition in this country we are obligated to query where the money came from for the President’s recent devout excursion. Who is incurring the enormous costs of the […]

Call for constitutional reforms reiterated at SLFP head office

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Minister Reginald Cooray yesterday called for far-reaching constitutional reforms while expressing the belief that President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s manifesto for Jan. 8, 2015 presidential election would address their concerns. Kalutara District MP emphasised that the government couldn’t ignore the need for remedial measures without further delay. The minister was addressing the media at SLFP headquarters at T. B. Jayah Mawatha. Cooray, one of those who had been earlier tipped to join Maithripala Sirisena’s camp, said that members experienced problems. Good governance was an issue, he said, while naming several members who had been upset over the situation in the ruling coalition. Referring to Trincomalee District MP M. K. D. S. Gunawardena, MP Cooray said that he had been angry with the leadership for turning a blind […]

President promises clean drinking water to Anuradhapura (if they vote for him?)

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President promises clean drinking water to Anuradhapura By Lankesh Gooneratne President Rajapaksa, addressing a massive election rally in Anuradhapura yesterday (11), said that he will not compare the crowd before him to the crowd at the New Democratic Front (NDF) rally on Tuesday (9). President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the people wanted a developed country. “Didn’t we develop the country? People wanted the war to end and have a free country, didn’t we do so?” He said that clean drinking water would be provided to Anuradhapura as there is a large number of kidney patients in the Anuradhapura District. “The government has allocated 56 technological laboratories to schools in the Anuradhapura District,” the President added. Moreover, the Moragahakanda irrigation project will ensure continuous flow of water […]

A cup of coffee will win over Ranil: MR

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Addressing his maiden propaganda rally in Anuradhapura, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that he needed only a cup of coffee to lure Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to the UPFA. He said, “It is not a big problem when one leaves the party to welcome another, Tissa Attanayake joined our party soon after having a cup of coffee with me. If they take someone from us we will retaliate by taking someone from them. We took the secretary and we can also take Ranil. Only one cup of coffee would be necessary for that. They attempted to give dollars and take our members. We won’t spend money in that manner” He said Tissa Attanayake was not taken by giving money. He said he had only had […]

Mahinda told me Ranil was joining Govt – Maithripala

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by Zacki Jabbar The Joint Oppositions Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday that about eleven hours before he defected to Opposition ranks, President Mahinda Rajapaksa had told him that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was joining the government. Addressing a JOF election meeting at Kirulapone, Sirisena recalled that in response to the Presidents sarcastic reference to Wickremesinghe, he had smilingly replied “Yes , Sir, he is coming.” “The Rajapaksas are accusing me of having deserted them after eating hoppers at the last SLFP meeting I attended. What did they expect me to do? Throw away the food that is offered? Only uncultured people would have done that,” he said. Sirisena pointed out that the UPFA government was sinking because it no longer respected or followed the […]