TNA makes its pitch for Sajith’s victory

The Tamil National Alliance yesterday urged “all people, particularly the Tamils, whom it represents to vote for Sajith Premadasa, the New Democratic Alliance candidate contesting under the Swan symbol.” R Sampanthan Leader of TNA, Mavai Senathirajah Leader – Illankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), Selvam Adaikkalanathan, Leader – Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) and Dharmalingham Siddarthan Leader – People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), said, in a media statement, that the “record of the Podujana Peramuna and its candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others in governance with them has been dismal.…

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Govt, JVP members call for punitive action over violent behavior in House last year

By Saman IndrajithGovernment and some opposition MPs, yesterday, requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to take immediate action against those who had been found guilty of chilli powder attacks in the House, last year. Speaker Jayasuriya said that the relevant matter had been referred to the Attorney General’s Department and measures were being taken to initiate action against the culprits. JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake demanded that Parliament take action against those responsible for the incident. Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that disciplinary action should be taken against all 54,…

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Tamils agree to back Sajith

All parties in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have decided to support New Democratic Front Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa. The TNA said in an official announcement that all alliance members have reached a consensus to back Premadasa. The TNA said it had decided to support Sajith Premadasa considering the past and future actions and policies. The TNA also stated that issues regarding missing persons, detainees, land release, resettlement, and rehabilitation should be addressed by the new President. The War Crime accused Karuna, Pillayan and EPDP Leader Douglas are supporting Gotha.…

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The Potential For The Final Disappearance Of Democracy In Sri Lanka

By Emil van der Poorten – Emil van der Poorten While surveying the current political landscape of Sri Lanka one cannot but have a sense of déjà vu relative to what occurred with the advent of Rajapaksa control of everything in this country. At the outset of its ascent to power, the Rajapaksa juggernaut made Chandrika Bandaranaike’s less-than-democratic actions pale into insignificance. The campaign leading up to Mahinda’s ascent to the throne was a no-holds-barred one. With the UNP lot throwing Sarath Fonseka, seen as a piqued political prima donna at the time, into the…

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Gota Frontliner Iterates Anti-Muslim Campaign Has Been Paused For Polls

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s front organization – Viyathmaga front-liner Prof. Channa Jayasumana says that anti-Muslim campaigns spearheaded by SLPP front organizations had been paused due to the forthcoming 16 November Presidential Elections, at a book launch held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute recently. “For four years along with the Maha Sangha we made sacrifices as the national movement to bring out a candidate (i.e. Gotabaya Rajapaksa). I personally believe that we were successful. However after nominations were handed over we are of no value. I must say that now. My personal believe is that…

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TNA chose the side that can fulfill separatist demands – Gotabaya

Presidential hopeful of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has chosen the party that can fulfil their separatist demands. Addressing a rally at Ratnapura, Rajapaksa said he has held neither parliamentary membership nor a ministerial position, but fulfilled the responsibility put on his shoulders. Referring to the presidential front-runner Minister Sajith Premadasa’s campaign promises, Rajapaksa said, it is unbelievably ridiculous to make such promises when he failed to fulfil them while holding a powerful ministerial post in the government. Speaking…

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Mahinda leased over 8,000 acres to US firms – Anura Kumara

National People’s Power (NPP) Presidential candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake told a campaign rally in Anuradhapura on Wednesday that a massive land area extending over 8,000 acres was leased out to American companies during the Rajapaksa regime. He said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who pretends to be perturbed over the MCC agreement with the US, had leased out over 5,000 acres of land in Somawathiya, 2000 acres in Pelwatta and hundreds of acres more in Iginimitiya, to American companies for a song. Dissanayake said that former Economic Development Minister Basil…

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Hizbullah behind malicious act against me

Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage Minister Rauff Hakeem, yesterday alleged that an ‘extortionist’ was slandering his image through a certain media. Addressing reporters yesterday, Minister Hakeem alleged that a certain person named Mahroof had been slinging mud and character assassinating him for money instigated by former Eastern Province Chief Minister and presidential candidate M.L.A.M. Hizbullah. “I know that Hizbullah and another Pohottuwa leader are behind this malicious act against me. I will expose the Pohottuwa man at the right time,” he added. Minister Hakeem categorically said that he had…

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GR pledges to fight violence against women

Promises equal rights for disabled people Pledges to bring down cost-of-living with relief package By Nuwan Senarathna Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday pledged to create a safe environment for women and uphold equal rights for people with disabilities. Addressing an election rally in Galagedara, Rajapaksa said if elected, he would put an end to violence against women. He pledged to create an environment where women could live with dignity, and engage in daily life without being subject to any form of discrimination. “I can assure…

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Sajith will be hailed by SL women: Hirunika

New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa will be hailed by all Sri Lankan women as he has been bold enough to talk about a health issue which women in Sri Lanka are facing, UNP MP Hirunika Premachandra said yesterday. Ms Premachandra told a press conference that Mr Premadasa is being ridiculed even by women despite him speaking of a real issue. The MP was referring to the pledge that has been made by NDF candidate that he will provide sanitary napkins free of charge if elected to office.…

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Sirisena must take responsibility for SLFP’s ruination – CBK

President Maithripala Sirisena must bear the responsibility for the Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s ruination, claims former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. She emphasized this while addressing the convention of the ‘Organization to Protect the SLFP’ held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium this evening (05). The event was held under the patronage of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike, who pledged support to New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential front-runner Minister Sajith Premadasa recently. Meanwhile, a delegation of the United National Party (UNP) including Ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Rajitha Senaratne attending this convention drew much…

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My family and I received death threats from MR: Sajin Vaas

http://www.dailymirror.lk/top_story/My-family-and-I-received-death-threats-from-MR-Sajin-Vaas/155-177323 Former MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardena today said he had lodged a police complaint saying that Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa had told another SLPP MP that Sajin and his family will be killed if he continued to support the New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa in the presidential election. Speaking at a media briefing, he said that after making the police complaint, a letter describing the situation was sent to the Opposition Leader. “I worked for the Rajapaksa family for 17 years, they expelled me after filing court…

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Power Hungry Mahinda Rajapaksa’s impatience to sit in that Prime Ministerial chair

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2019/11/03/opinion/what-mahinda-talking-about Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa made an interesting statement this week. A victory for Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the presidential election will be considered as a mandate for a general election soon after, he told a gathering at the official launch of brother Gotabaya’s manifesto. These comments, coming on the first anniversary of the infamous failed constitutional coup last year, are thought provoking. Coming from a politician who was twice elected as President of the country, they cannot be dismissed lightly. That is because Mahinda Rajapaksa is all but contesting the…

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News From 2025 Presidential Election

By Ramanee Goonewardene – Polling started at midnight.  The first vote was cast by the President at the polling station next to his ancestral home in the newly consecrated capital city of our great motherland. The President arrived at the polling station at the auspicious time of 11.11 pm. On his arrival, he was greeted by the members of the National Election Commission, the National Astrological Commission, the National Collective of Professionals in Divine Arts, the commanders of the tri-forces and the inspector-general of the police. Religious leaders of all faiths also…

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Vigneswaran reveals stance on presidential candidates

http://www.adaderana.lk/news_intensedebate.php?nid=58782 Former Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Vigneswaran says it is significant to note that the Sinhala Candidates from the main political alliances from the South were not prepared to discuss the 13-point requests of the five Tamil parties with them. Instead they have come forward to release their respective Election Manifestos only, he said responding to a question from Tamil journalists.  He said that the Election Manifesto of Podujana Peramuna candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa deals mainly with economic reliefs.  “When economic problems are solved the other problems too…

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Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi(ITAK) the Chief Constituent of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Announces Its Support to Sajith Premadasa at Forthcoming Presidential Election

The Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kacchi (ITAK) pledged its support to National Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa yesterday. ITAK parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran made the announcement at a press briefing in Vavuniya yesterday. Continue reading ‘Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi(ITAK) the Chief Constituent of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Announces Its Support to Sajith Premadasa at Forthcoming Presidential Election’ »

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Polls in Jaffna: It’s a fight between two ‘devils’

Voters give demonic titles to the main contestants Proliferation of drugs in the Northern coastal belt Amidst heavy opposition, Mangala reveals draft MCC agreement Sajith hits back at Ranil over remarks of continuing as PremierJAFFNA – Thirty-five may be in the fray for the presidential election in this former war-torn northern peninsula but the voter interest is clearly between two – Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa. And funny enough, most refer to the duo by different demonic titles. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is Achchakkara Pei or frightening devil. Sajith Premadasa is Verukkira Pei, a hateful…

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Muhyiddin denies LTTE detainees abused during detention

By Arfa Yunus, Rizalman HammimNovember 2, 2019 @ 1:34pm PONTIAN: Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has denied allegation that those held on suspicion of having ties to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were tortured and intimidated during their detention. He said based on the information given to him by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador and officers involved with the case, the detainees were not abused. According to Muhyiddin, the detainees also did not make any formal complaints in the court room in the presence…

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Campaigned for the ‘lesser evil’ unconditionally and paying the price

To All Democratic Political Parties, Civil Societies and Socio-political activists, Media, Sri Lanka 31.10.2019 Defeating the emerging authoritarian, militarist and ultra-nationalist political dynasty is the historical obligation for all parties and patriots. The sovereignty of all Sri Lankans is in peril In the presidential election Rajapaksa’s proxy, Gotabaya should be defeated through a principled and robust united front against Bonapartism and brazen nepotism. Defeating the emerging authoritarian, militarist and ultra-nationalist political dynasty is the historical obligation for all parties and patriots.   The last battle for the protection of democracy …

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