SRI LANKA: LOOKING FOR DIRECTION?
Posted on May 21st, 2013

Gomin Dayasri

Gomin

An unscheduled mini battle is on in the junior league for”13A” that could change the face of Sri Lanka in 2013/2014.
Non-playing captains, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ranil Wickremesinghe are watching the game from the pavilion cheering respectively the Weerawansa / Ranawaka crew and the Sumanthiran combine?

What follows is more intriguing?””…” When: where: what? “”…”  Call elections on schedule in September 2013? Police and Land Powers or is much more of 13A to be thrown overboard? On with the Commonwealth Conference “”…” is it to be a showpiece or a goon show? Geneva 2014- take care or damn it?

Round One goes to the Commonwealth chieftains- tied us craftily in knots, inspired by an Indian rope trick, to stage the Sri Lanka’s show of the year at the renovated BMICH. Singular threat in withholding elections in the North comes in the form of the Commonwealth Conference. The President cannot afford to postpone elections and hold the Commonwealth Conference! Weerawansa/Ranawaka will have to abort their course. They will grudgingly to find a way to explain.

Nevertheless the “ƒ”¹…”white’ Commonwealth leaders and their lackeys with side support from India are bound to use the podium to stricture Sri Lanka to please their home audiences””…”which the travelling circus of western media would not fail to exploit. Between pleasing the host and winning votes at home- diplomatic niceties will be forgotten to lecture us on their twisted moral code. Mind you, we foot the bill to listen to their crap!

That’s Mahinda Rajapakse’s Catch 22 situation- a deathtrap set in London with Indian guile, which the silly External Affairs genii failed to smoothen. Instead fell into a pile of soot. Will the government sacrifice the fun and frolic in store at the jamboree! Even if the ship sinks the band must play [Nava gilunath band chun”]-says the racy Sinhala idiom.That’s it. Holding the Commonwealth Conference between hostile sessions in Geneva is a matter the External Affairs Ministry should have given more thought as we are opening gates for a frontal attack.

Is Mahinda Rajapaksa concerned of his international image or of his vote base at home? His selection of safe destinations on the travel itinerary shows the direction of his personal compass. He jets to China to send a strong message to New Delhi after Foreign Minister gave ear feebly to an Indian bully on the telephone on 13A. Time is right to give India a mighty jolt- with both its major political parties in disarray. BJP lost its southern foothold in Karnataka and the Congress is in a frenzy at the center with legislation at a standstill.

To shore its southern strength at the expense of the BJP, Congress is targeting Sri Lanka for a walloping; making us get on a fast jet to China. Even pilgrims dare not travel to India, after the physical beating that was administered. No longer is India held in esteem as the land of Buddha.

Mahinda Rajapaksa is likely to thrive on the anti-Sri Lankan rhetoric by the West to which Ranil Wickremesinghe is adding an encore hoping to to make a comeback on the minority vote.

Batteries will be over-charged on emotion at the next election with the President rallying forces around the Lion flag against alien interferences. More of the bitterness, from foreign quarter, may sound juicier for the President. Yet, it augurs ill for national unity. Such are the repercussions of the Indian fabricated13A- leaves no alternative but to restructure to preserve a unitary state.President cannot jettison 13A comprehensively as he cannot afford to antagonise his support groups among the Provincial Councillors who are the backbone of his provincial vote machine. Lose them he looses his election. Keep the 13A and let the TNA rule the North to set a federal state, he looses again for not doing the needful. MR will not dare to lose on either count.

Hambantota wisdom would be to amend the 13A – to hell with India and the West-but rely on the bulk rural vote along with the majority urban vote for which he needs Messers Wimal and Champika making comrades Dew and Tissa dispensable to take the Colvin and NM route to ease away from Parliament. Don’t forget they are appointed MPs with no vote base.

Wimal Weerawansa represents the Nationalistic Left: Champika Ranawaka leads the Religious Right. Their Left/Right ethos on national issues sits comfortably with the SLFP supporters, casting the first and/or second of their multiple votes to either Wimal or Champika ahead of their own party candidates. Duo cast a mesmerising spell on patriotism jazzing the flamboyant idiom to the extent of reaching jingoism. Votes cast show their utterances taste sweet to the Sinhala speaking urban palate. Rural vote follow the Presidential piper: neither can aspire to be attractive to the rural voter, whose outlook President understands best, like the former President Premadasa.

Twosome swells rather than diminish votes for the UPFA: suits Mahinda Rajapaksa with a mindset permanently in the counting house. As leaders of minuscule political parties they would be knocked out for a countdown if flying in their own party colours but emerging from the blue corner, they are the top dogs in populous Colombo District.

President Rajapaksa builds his majority on his skill to pick on the bulk Sinhala Buddhist vote. Wimal and Champika are the sharp instruments utilised from an extraordinary box of tools.

Between Rajapaksa and Duo lies a mutual reciprocal imperative for political survival in the hostile Colombo environ. Outside cosmopolitan Colombo, Wimal and Champika reverberate the sound of national fervor, when spouted more moderately from the presidential lip, sounds convincing to attract rural votes bent on a patriotic mode. Possibly the President’s thinking is a heartbeat away from that of the duo. Winning the war convinced the village vote that the President can deliver. Myth hangs on, though often exploded, known well to the urbanites Wimal and Champika reflect distinct shades of Colombo unknown to the Colombians- hated by the CNN /BBC watching public that read the English newspapers but is attractive to the Sinhala TV watchers that thrive on Sinhala newspapers. The thinking socialist class of Colombo is not aligned to Marxist-Leninist-Trotskyite society any more. Masses follow un-declaredly the Hugo Chevez line of a Lankan social revolution of  “ƒ”¹…”56 substituting the Bolivarian revolution with the temple for the church. “ƒ”¹…”Mahinda-gamanaya of 2005′ was indeed the second coming after ’56.

More popular among the Sinhala oriented middle class intelligentsia in the suburbs of Colombo, Wimal headed the list of the UPFA (280,672 votes-58.3% of the UPFA vote), picking more votes than Colombo’s favourite son Ranil Wickremesinghe on the UNP list(232,957), while Champika romped third (120,333-25.0% of the UPFA vote) in the UPFA list. [Cry for Colombo- Duminda de Silva came second on the UPFA list.(146,335- 30.4%of the UPFA vote].

The bright boy in the TNA, deservingly emerging as the next leader, in the absence of any another of any refinement, billed to be on the electorate list, to enable a President Counsel to take his place on the national list at the next election, is lawyer Sumanthiran – a virtual one man think tank in the TNA, is another Colombo lad. Naturally coming from the eastern seaboard of Trincomalee, Sampanthan finds the company of an enlightened fellow lawyer more congenial than of a motely crowd from the North from whom he keeps distance. Sumanthiran plays a similar role for the TNA following suit of Balasingham to the LTTE: balancing with the more cosmopolitan views of Colombo and the western capitals. Sumanthiran and the TNA, like Messer Weerawansa and Ranawaka are Colombo centered.  TNA collects its votes primarily from the North but like its predecessor the Federal Party is dependent for its thinking from Colombo.

The 13th Amendment is an issue for Colombo stoked by Colombo based politicians attracting an eager audience from educated Colombo. Mahinda Rajapaksa – the odd man out – from Hambantota embedded in rural wisdom is better aligned to the thinking of the common man from the provinces on the 13th Amendment than his Colombo counterparts. Hold elections on schedule to miff the Commonwealth and let TNA with Sampanthan and Sumanthiran do the rest in coming to office with their demands, for the President to swing the patriotic vote towards him. Postpone elections; you are giving ammunition for the TNA to fire “”…” an easy way out for them.
Applecart can be over turned surprisingly by the Supreme Court-none can blame them for it: for they will say it’s the law. No doubt the West, NGO’s, Jurists will try to attract the attention of the Judiciary.  There is a simple answer beyond reproach to counter-hold a referendum for the people to decide on amending the 13A. The Supreme Court will dare not go against peoples wishes expressed at a legitimate referendum since sovereignty is vested in the People exercising the franchise. West and its cahoots cannot complain it’s not democratic and India can be told to read the result and rest. At such a referendum the required majority is a simple vote. Try it, Mister President!

9 Responses to “SRI LANKA: LOOKING FOR DIRECTION?”

  1. Senevirath Says:

    BEST THING IS TO LET PEOPLE DECIDE. THEN MAHINDA HAS AN ANSWER TO THE WORLD. MOJORITY WILL DEFINITELY VOTE TO SCRAP 13 A. WHAT EVER SAID AND DONE MOST OF THE COMMON U. N.P VOTERS TOO WILL LIKE TO SCRAP 13 A— SPECIALY SINHALA BUDDHIST UNP VOTERS—-

    LET WIMAL AND CHAMPIKA ADDRESS THE WHOLE COUNTRY AS POLITICIANS AND AND LET PROF NALIN DE SILVA TO LEAD THE PATRIOTIC GROUP TO CONVINCE NON S.L.F.P ERS

    MAHINDA
    THIS WAY U CAN SAVE YOUR SELF AND SAVE THE COUNTRY. IF U BETRAY OUR SOLDIERS U ARE GOING TO GET IT BACK FROM THEM . I AM SURE THAT THERE ARE SOME MORE HASALAKA WEERAYAS WAITING UNTILL SUCH TIME . REMEMBER THER SOLDIER WHO HIT RAJIV?

    do not worry about your fellow mps and ministers . they have only a few personal votes. all votes given to the party are for saving the country

    BRAVO U CAN DO IT . U ARE OUR ONLY HOPE

    OTHERWISE PEOPLE WILL SUGGEST YOUR NAME FOR THE NEXT ”””kunatuwa or sulisulanga”””” KALO AYANTHE

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Finally, a CONCRETE MOVE to REPEAL the 13th Amendment!

    Bravo, Jathika Hela Urumaya!

    ………………………………………
    Sri Lanka Buddhist party reveals its constitutional amendment

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Sinhala Buddhist political party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Wednesday revealed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution proposed by them.

    Legal adviser of JHU Udaya Gammanpila, Member of Western Provincial Council, briefed the content of the proposition today at a press conference held in Colombo.

    JHU Gampaha district MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero said the party expects to bring in the proposal to the parliament as a private member’s motion.

    Full Text of the Amendment:

    The proposition named as An Act to amend the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka aims primarily to repeal the 13th amendment to the constitution which paved way for the power devolving Provincial Council system in the island.

    Full text of the draft constitutional amendment is as follows: Whereas the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was purportedly enacted, consequent to the Indo- Sri Lanka Accord being entered into between the President of Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister of India in 1987 under duress in defiance of the sovereignty of the people of Sri Lanka and,

    Whereas the Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka did not approve the provisions of the 13th amendment Bill as being consistent with the Constitution in as much as only four judges of the Supreme Court out of nine held that the approval of the people at a referendum was not required to enact the 13th Amendment whilst five judges held that at least one or more of the provisions of the Bill was in violation of the Constitution and therefore required the approval of the people at a referendum and,

    Whereas in terms of Article 80(2) of the Constitution “where the Supreme Court has determined that a Bill or any provision thereof requires the approval of the people at a referendum” such bill or such provision shall become law only upon the same being approved by the people at a referendum and the President certifies that the Bill or any Provision thereof has been so approved in the manner as set out in the said Article.

    Whereas the majority of the Judges that constituted the bench of the Supreme Court had determined that the Bill or any one or more of the provisions thereof requires the approval of the people at a referendum, such Bill can become law only if complied with Article 80(2) upon being approved by the people at a referendum and therefore the purported certificate of the Speaker endorsed on the Bill purportedly under Articles 79 and 80(1) of the Constitution is invalid and unconstitutional and,

    Whereas the Supreme Court has determined that any Bill or any Provision thereof requires the approval at a referendum the only cause of action available under the law is to comply with the process set out in Article 80(2) and the purported Amendment made to Clause 154G(2)(b) and 154G(3)(b) of the 13th Amendment Bill in Parliament without a further determination by the Supreme Court is unconstitutional and unlawful and,

    Whereas the 13th Amendment in Article 154A(3) provides for the establishment of one administrative unit for two or more Provinces, to accommodate the unlawful undertaking given by the then President of Sri Lanka in the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord to establish one administrative unit for the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka on the erroneous and false basis that the Northern and Eastern Provinces form part of the homeland of one single ethnic and /or linguistic community as claimed by the separatist forces and,

    Whereas the 13th Amendment has sought to abdicate the legislative power vested in Parliament and the Executive power vested in the President by the division of governmental power and restricted the Parliament and the President respectively exercising the legislative and executive power of the people and thereby offended the unitary character of the State, Whereas the 13th Amendment has vested inter alia police powers (including powers in relation to maintenance of public order) in Provincial Councils which was hitherto exercise by the Government of Sri Lanka, which will be a serious threat to national security concerns of the Republic in as much as, ,

    (a) the 13th Amendment provides for the Chief Minister of a Province to directly control the Head of the Provincial Police Force and thereby all Police Officers of the said Force and even national police units operating in any province. (vide Item 11 of the Appendix of List 1 of the 9th Schedule) thereby effectively taking away the powers of the Inspector General of Police and the Government of Sri Lanka exercising any authority over such police force, ,

    (b) the 13th Amendment entrusts the responsibility of prevention, detection, investigation of all offences (except the offences specified in the Schedule therein) and institution of prosecutions (subject to the powers of the Attorney General) to Provincial Councils and to enact any law on any such matter and further empower any Provincial Council to prevent any Police Officers of another Province entering such Province (vide the limitations contained in sub paragraph (k) of the 2nd item of List II of the 9th Schedule) and thereby jeopardizing the management of law and order and the national security of the Republic.

    (c) the 13th Amendment even restricts police officers of the national police force from being in uniform compelling them to be in plain clothes even when performing the limited responsibilities allowed within a province such as when engaging in prevention, detection and investigation of a scheduled offence (vide Item 10:1 read with 12:1 of the relevant Appendix of the 9th Schedule).

    Whereas the 13th Amendment, though based on the Constitutional structure of India, denies the Government of Sri Lanka to intervene in the event of a Province acting against the interests of the Republic, although the Central government of India is empowered to intervene in similar situations. (Vide Article 256 and 257 of the Constitution of India).

    Whereas the power of the Government of Sri Lanka to give directions with regard to the manner of exercising executive power by a Province is restricted to a situation where the maintenance of essential supplies and services is threatened or that the security of Sri Lanka is threatened by war or external aggression or armed rebellion (vide Article 154J and 154K) no such limitation is placed under the Constitution on the Government of India and,

    Whereas the 13th Amendment seeks to weaken the Government of Sri Lanka whilst strengthening the Provincial Councils and thereby destroying the unitary character of the State, territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and the sovereignty of its people and,

    Whereas Sri Lanka is a Free, sovereign, independent and unitary State and it is the duty of the State to safeguard the independence, sovereignty, unity and the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and the provisions of the 13th Amendment are a threat to the independence, sovereignty, unity and the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.

    BE it enacted by the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as follows:- 1. This Act may be cited as the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. 2. The Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (hereinafter referred to as the “Constitution”) is hereby amended by the repeal of ; ,

    (a) Chapter XVIIA

    (b) Article 155(3A)

    (c) Ninth Schedule

    3. Article 170 of the Constitution is hereby amended by the substitution, in the definition of “written law” for the words “and includes statutes made by Provincial Councils, orders” of the words “and include orders”.

    4. In the event of any inconsistency between the Sinhala and Tamil texts of this Act, the Sinhala text shall prevail.

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    “JHU Gampaha district MP Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero said the party expects to bring in the proposal to the parliament as a private member’s motion.”

    WHEN?

    Has to happen BEFORE north elections are fixed.

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    ARREST, PROSECUTE, CONVICT & PUNISH these UNREPENTANT SERIAL TRAITORS immediately!

    FINE them in CASH, CONFISCATE their PROPERTY, take away their CIVIC RIGHTS including the right to VOTE & ENGAGE in POLITICS, IMPRISON them at HARD LABOR, and ENACT a THREE-STRIKES-AND-OUT law that mandates COMPULSORY LIFE IMPRISONMENT for REPEAT OFFENDERS.

    Make the PUNISHMENT RETROACTIVE to PRIOR un-prosecuted TREASONOUS ACTIVITIES over the last 30 years!

    The GOSL has the laws on the books against TREASON … USE them …. for God’s Sake! Laws UNENFORCED are Laws NON-EXISTENT and VIOLATED with IMPUNITY!

    The US prosecutes ALL TREASONOUS activity by its citizens withoin the US and abroad. For example, the American Taliban who trained in Pakistan is now serving a Life Sentence in Maximum Security Prison. Why should Sri Lanka’s Security be less Valuable? Why?

    Failure to DISCOURAGE TREASON will guarantees the resurrection of Tamil separatist terrorism in the future!

    HAVE WE LEARNED NOTHING from the SUPINE PASSIVITY of OUR RECENT PAST?

    Do not APE Nero by playing the Harp AGAIN while Si Lanka BURNS!

    ACT NOW before it is TOO LATE!

    ………….
    >CID questions Sri Lanka Tamil parliamentarian over war victim commemoration

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    May 22, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police has interrogated the Vanni District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Sivasakthi Anandan yesterday in Colombo over his involvement in a function held last week to commemorate the Tamil victims of war.

    The Tamil MP has organized the commemoration in Vavuniya Town Hall on May 18 and the CID has questioned him on why he organized the function.

    Anandan has told the BBC Sandeshaya Service that he was also interrogated over four hours on a mobile phone conversation he had with the Tamil detainees in the Vavuniya Prison when the riots broke out in the prison last year.

    He has told the CID that the fasting Tamil detainees called him to mediate a solution for their grievances with the prison authorities and the MP with another TNA MP Selvan Adaikalanathan visited the prison to resolve the issue.

    Anandan was reportedly questioned on how he has developed mobile phone connections with the Tamil detainees and on the hunger strike staged last year by the prisoners which resulted in a riot at the prison.

    Tamil MPs Suresh Premachandran and M.A. Sumanthiran have accompanied Anandan to the CID office in Colombo.

    Mano Ganeshan, the leader of People’s Democratic Front has meanwhile has said that ordering Sivasakthi Anandan to report to CID is a violation of public’s right to commemorate the dead and the provisions in Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee (LLRC) report clearly indicates that the public must be provided with an opportunity to commemorate dead.

  5. Ananda-USA Says:

    ARREST, PROSECUTE, CONVICT & PUNISH these UNREPENTANT SERIAL TRAITORS immediately!

    FINE them in CASH, CONFISCATE their PROPERTY, take away their CIVIC RIGHTS including the right to VOTE & ENGAGE in POLITICS, IMPRISON them at HARD LABOR, and ENACT a THREE-STRIKES-AND-OUT law that mandates COMPULSORY LIFE IMPRISONMENT for REPEAT OFFENDERS.

    Make the PUNISHMENT RETROACTIVE to PRIOR un-prosecuted TREASONOUS ACTIVITIES over the last 30 years!

    The GOSL has the laws on the books against TREASON … USE them …. for God’s Sake! Laws UNENFORCED are Laws NON-EXISTENT and VIOLATED with IMPUNITY!

    The US prosecutes ALL TREASONOUS activity by its citizens withoin the US and abroad. For example, the American Taliban who trained in Pakistan is now serving a Life Sentence in Maximum Security Prison. Why should Sri Lanka’s Security be less Valuable? Why?

    Failure to DISCOURAGE TREASON will guarantees the resurrection of Tamil separatist terrorism in the future!

    HAVE WE LEARNED NOTHING from the SUPINE PASSIVITY of OUR RECENT PAST?

    Do not APE Nero by playing the Harp AGAIN while Si Lanka BURNS!

    ACT NOW before it is TOO LATE!

    ………….
    CID questions Sri Lanka Tamil parliamentarian over war victim commemoration

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    May 22, Colombo: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sri Lanka Police has interrogated the Vanni District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Sivasakthi Anandan yesterday in Colombo over his involvement in a function held last week to commemorate the Tamil victims of war.

    The Tamil MP has organized the commemoration in Vavuniya Town Hall on May 18 and the CID has questioned him on why he organized the function.

    Anandan has told the BBC Sandeshaya Service that he was also interrogated over four hours on a mobile phone conversation he had with the Tamil detainees in the Vavuniya Prison when the riots broke out in the prison last year.

    He has told the CID that the fasting Tamil detainees called him to mediate a solution for their grievances with the prison authorities and the MP with another TNA MP Selvan Adaikalanathan visited the prison to resolve the issue.

    Anandan was reportedly questioned on how he has developed mobile phone connections with the Tamil detainees and on the hunger strike staged last year by the prisoners which resulted in a riot at the prison.

    Tamil MPs Suresh Premachandran and M.A. Sumanthiran have accompanied Anandan to the CID office in Colombo.

    Mano Ganeshan, the leader of People’s Democratic Front has meanwhile has said that ordering Sivasakthi Anandan to report to CID is a violation of public’s right to commemorate the dead and the provisions in Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee (LLRC) report clearly indicates that the public must be provided with an opportunity to commemorate dead.

  6. Lorenzo Says:

    BREAKING NEWS

    “London (CNN) — A man thought to be a serving British soldier was killed by two armed men in a frenzied attack on a London street Wednesday, in what the government is treating as a suspected act of terrorism.

    Witnesses told of a gruesome scene in which the man was hit by a car, then hacked with cleavers and his body dumped in the middle of the road in Woolwich, southeast London.

    The two suspects in the killing were injured in a confrontation with police and have been taken to two hospitals, where they are being treated.

    CNN affiliate ITN aired a video showing a man with bloody hands and holding a meat cleaver, who says, “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.””

    This is what will happen in SL if we don’t have BBS.

    Just a month ago SL born JIHAD terrorists in London threatened SL. UK govt. should send them to Guantanamo Bay.

  7. Fran Diaz Says:

    Yes, Bravo JHU !

    Long live Lanka, United & Undivided !

  8. douglas Says:

    BREAKING NEWS UPDATED 4.10 PM WED. 22,2013:

    Ibragim Todashev was fatally shot by an FBI agent during questioning about some homicides and whether he played a role in last month’s Boston Marathon bombings. This man Todashev also had ties with Tsarnaev who was killed by the Police after a chase at the Boston Marathon bombing.

    Sri Lanka, keep this on record and watch for action, (if any and I doubt) that would be taken by Human Rights “Watch Dogs.”

    So why worry on ” International Community , including NGOs & INGOs” and India – the newly appointed “VICEROY” of USA to Sri Lanka on our domestic affirs? Act “FAST AND DECISIVELY” and set the HOUSE in order. Among other things this applies to 13th Amendment too.

    This is the time to “support” your constituent JHU on the Private Member Bill that would give you the best chance to get out of the mess this VICEROY had created for us.

  9. Lorenzo Says:

    Well said Douglas.

    Its now or never. As Mareena says, 13 amendment scrapping parliamentary discussion should be shown LIVE on TV so that people will know who the TRAITORS are and KICK THEM OUT at the next election or Todashev justice to them.

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