President Mahinda Rajapakse’s party taken another landslide victory
Posted on March 29th, 2014

Sri Lanka News

The ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) took the lead and went for another landslide victory for the UPFA while main opposition United National party further deteriorated its vote base at the expense of other opposition parties..

The ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has claimed the overall victory at both the Western and Southern Provincial Council polls while UNP power retained in the Colombo North, Colombo Central, Borella and Colombo West polling divisions

Voting for the two Provincial Councils concluded at 4 pm yesterday. Voters cast their votes in a peaceful atmosphere with a relatively high voter turnout reported in almost all districts ” Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara in the Western PC and Galle, Matara, Hambantota in the Southern PC, election officials and observers said.

Western Province  

Name of the Party/Independent Group
No. of Votes Received
Percentage  %
No. of Members Elected
United People’s Freedom Alliance
1,363,675
53.35 %
56*
United National Party
679,682
26.59 %
28
Democratic Party
203,767
7.97 %
9
People’s Liberation Front
156,208
6.11 %
6
Democratic Peoples Front
51,000
2.00 %
2
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress
49,515
1.94 %
2
All Ceylon Makkal Congress
15,491
0.61 %
1

Southern Province  

Name of the Party/Independent Group
No. of Votes Received
Percentage  %
No. of Members Elected
United People’s Freedom Alliance
699,408
58.06 %
33*
United National Party
310,431
25.77 %
14
People’s Liberation Front
109,032
9.05 %
5
Democratic Party
75,532
6.27 %
3

 Results in Details

Galle District

Name of the Party/Independent Group
No. of Votes Received
Percentage  %
No. of Members Elected
United People’s Freedom Alliance
293,619
57.58 %
13
United National Party
134,305
26.34 %
6
Democratic Party
45,484
8.92 %
2
People’s Liberation Front
30,529
5.99 %
1
Eksath Lanka Podujana Pakshaya
1,241
0.24 %
Sri Lanka Mahajana Pakshaya
854
0.17 %

 

Matara District

Name of the Party/Independent Group
No. of Votes Received
Percentage  %
No. of Members Elected
United People’s Freedom Alliance
231,102
59.19 %
10
United National Party
96,297
24.66 %
4
People’s Liberation Front
39,158
10.03 %
2
Democratic Party
20,501
5.25 %
1
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress
1,419
0.36 %

Hambantota District

No. of Members Elected
No. of Votes Received
 Name of the Party/Independent Group
Percentage  %
United People’s Freedom Alliance 174,687
57.42 %
8
United National Party 79,829
26.24 %
4
People’s Liberation Front 39,345
12.93 %
2
Democratic Party 9,547
3.14 %

Gampaha District

Name of the Party/Independent Group
No. of Votes Received
Percentage  %
No. of Members Elected
United People’s Freedom Alliance
582,668
57.98 %
23
United National Party
249,220
24.80 %
10
Democratic Party
88,557
8.81 %
4
People’s Liberation Front
56,405
5.61 %
2
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress
17,296
1.72 %
1

Kalutara District

Name of the Party/Independent Group
No. of Votes Received
Percentage  %
No. of Members Elected
United People’s Freedom Alliance
337,924
58.91 %
13
United National Party
144,924
25.26 %
6
Democratic Party
43,685
7.62 %
2
People’s Liberation Front
25,366
4.42 %
1

Colombo District

Name of the Party/Independent Group
No. of Votes Received
Percentage  %
No. of Members Elected
United People’s Freedom Alliance
443,083
45.33 %
18
United National Party
285,538
29.21 %
12
People’s Liberation Front
74,437
7.62 %
3
Democratic Party
71,525
7.32 %
3
Democratic Peoples Front
44,156
4.52 %
2
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress
20,163
2.06 %
1
All Ceylon Makkal Congress
15,491
1.58 %
1

 

 

16 Responses to “President Mahinda Rajapakse’s party taken another landslide victory”

  1. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    Yet in the Times of India ( the voice of India) states that President Rajapakse won with a lower vote than the last time. If the voice of India regularly points to human rights violations as per the 40 thousand supposed killed, or the human rights resolutions, to anything negative about Sri Lanka in her “International section” etc. then India is still playing games against Sri Lanka.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    We should NOT forget the PIGS in SL who supported anti-SL moves in UNHRC.

    SLMC PIGS have lost BADLY in the PC elections winning only ONE SEAT.

    People have whacked them hard. VERY GOOD! They pretended Pakistan and Saudi follow them. What HOG-WASH!

    Remember ACCOMPLICES are as guilty as any other criminal. People have spoken.

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    BW,

    Good observation.

    Last time SPC election was held SOON AFTER WAR VICTORY. So obviously the situation was EXCELLENT.

    Last time WPC election was held WHILE WE WERE WINNING THE WAR and traitors falling like bat droppings. That was another excellent situation to be in.

  4. Marco Says:

    Actually Bernard, UPFA did win with lower votes and lower seats.
    If one was to apply the GLP “arithmetic and logic” theory more people voted against the UPFA, but i don’t want to go there!

  5. Lorenzo Says:

    Comparison

    SPC…….2009…………2014

    UPFA……38………….33
    UNP…….14………….14
    JVP/SF…..3……………8

    2009 SPC election was held during the HEAT OF WAR VICTORY. So UPFA won a large number.

    WPC…….2009…………2014

    UPFA……68………….56
    UNP…….30………….28
    JVP/SF…..3…………..15
    Others…..3……………5

    2009 WPC election was held after Lassantha, LTTE defeat in Killinnochchi body stacks. That’s why it was a HUGE win for UPFA.

    Comparison
    UPFA and UNP reduction.
    JVP/SF have a MASSIVE increase.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    Off Topic, but here is what we need to do more of to Exploit Sri Lanka’s Central LOCATION in the Indian Ocean!

    ………….
    Sri Lanka exploits India’s inefficiency to anchor subsea cable ambulance fleet

    By Abu Saeed Khan
    LirneAsiaa.net
    March 30, 2014

    Asian countries, despite being located in the world’s largest landmass, are interconnected through submarine optical fiber cable networks. Ciena Corp. has found that a terrestrial cable gets cut in every 30 minutes and a submarine cable is damaged in every three days somewhere in the world. And the IT downtime costs more than $25 billion a year to the customers.

    Ability to rush the maintenance crew ensures the terrestrial cables’ lower downtime than its underwater counterpart. This video clip of Alcatel-Lucent explains why it takes weeks, even months, to repair a submarine optical fiber cable.

    India, due to its geographic location, has been the preferred transit of all submarine cables connecting Asia with Africa and Europe. The country needs to maintain its international connectivity besides serving the region. India’s telecom ministry wanted to reduce the maintenance time of its subsea cables from five weeks to three days. Ports across India’s vast coastline are, therefore, ideal to keep the submarine cable repair vessels standby. But India’s draconian Customs has emerged as the biggest roadblock.

    In February 2012, the Superintendent of Customs, Customs House, Cochin, directed that the spares, components and consumables on board the vessel, are liable for confiscation and thereby restrained the vessel. Later in July, the Office of the Commissioner of Customs (Preventive) Rummage & Intelligence Division, Willingdon Island, Cochin, issued a show cause notice as to why the vessel should not be confiscated. This forced the repair ship to move out of Indian waters. This means that if there’s any repair needed, it would take the vessel at least 7 days.

    Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has smartly thrown a lifeline to the salvagers of submarine cables. The state-owned telco is forming a venture with Indian Ocean Cableship (Pvt) Ltd, a Singapore based firm, to set up an undersea cable maintenance base at Hambantota, a deep sea port in the island’s south. Indian Ocean Cableship will permanently berth a cable ship at Hambantota and SLT will build a warehouse to facilitate the work.

    This opportunity was realized as a result of a free port policy declaration and tax concessions offered by the GOSL for MMRP operations at Hambantota.

    In 1988 satellite carriers had 83.8% market share and optical fiber carriers served 16.2% of the market. By 2003, market share of satellites shrunk to 3.6% while the optical fiber grew to 96.4%. Today more than 99% international voice and data are being carried by submarine and terrestrial cable fiber-optic networks.

    The cumulative global installation of submarine optical fiber cable is expected to reach two million kilometers by 2018, up from just over a million kilometers in 2009, according to a recent report. It means a lot more submarine cable maintenance ships are to remain standby at various seaports across the world.

    Sri Lanka Telecom has positioned itself to meet the increasing demand of maintaining the submarine cable systems in the region. Now the Indian telecom ministry can effectively reduce the submarine cables’ maintenance period to three days. The whole plan of SLT has been elaborated in its website.

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    Intelligence units on high alert:

    Three wanted suspects at large:

    Signs of LTTE regrouping in North and East

    By Kurulu Kariyakarawana
    SundayObserver.lk
    March 30, 2014

    While the Government and its diplomatic wing is effectively handling the recently passed UN resolution against the country, security intelligence units have been ordered to be on high alert against a potential threat of the LTTE regrouping in the North and the East following a series of events that have taken place during the last few weeks.

    The security forces cleaned the least potential terrorist element from the soils of the North and East almost five years ago, making it a safe place for civilians are once again faced with a grave responsibility of maintaining that security with certain incidents reported showing signs of regrouping of the almost eliminated terror outfit.

    This came to light with Police Headquarters publicising descriptions and photographs of three absconding high profile LTTE members last week with a reward of one million rupees for successful information relating to their arrest. They were identified as Gopi, Appan and Thevian.

    Kajeepan Ponniah Selvanayagam alias Kasian alias Gopi is a 31-year-old six foot cadre with a dark complexion and a scar on his upper lip. According to police Gopi is known to be one of the remaining aides of the LTTE intelligence wing chief Shanmugalingam Sivashankar alias Pottu Amman. The police decided to publicise Gopi’s details, who was already in the most wanted list, with a price on his head when he was confronted by a group of Police Terrorist Intelligence Division (TID) officials went to search a house in Dharmapuram in Kilinochchi District a few weeks ago.

    Amidst credible information collected from ground level that a series of events taking place throughout the past months showing signs of regrouping was confirmed, with the arrest of two individuals pasting anti-government posters in Pallai in the Jaffna District several weeks ago. The duo who were reportedly from Silawathura area were pasting posters condemning the government asking for a Geneva intervention in the alleged human rights violations in the country. Having interrogated them the police learnt that they were instructed to carry out the job by a man called Gopi. A remaining LTTE operative who is secretly engaged in regrouping and reorganising atrocities. By then the intelligence agencies have recovered more information about this individual who is reported to have buried a cache of ammunitions in an unknown location in the remote North.

    Shanmugalingam Sivashankar
    alias Pottu Amman

    They also learnt that Gopi was assisted by another cadre identified as Appan. Navaratnam Navaneedan alias Appan is a 36-year-old LTTE cadre with a height of 5’ 2” and a brown complexion. Credible information revealed that Gopi and Appan were reportedly leading the regrouping program of the terrorist outfit in the North.

    The TID having received information of a house suspected to be of sheltering Appan in Dharmapuram went on a search mission a few weeks ago. When the sleuths went inside the house to search an armed man hiding under a bed had fired several rounds at the approaching officials and fled the scene. Sub Inspector Ratnakumara who was among the search party received injuries after being shot in the leg. The suspect fled in the melee was identified as Gopi, whom the TID was looking for. Although there was insufficient information leading to prove the presence of Appan at the time of the confrontation, the police took the woman who was in charge of the house into custody along with her daughter.

    The arrested woman has been identified as Balendran Jeyakumari who was reportedly having a close relationship with Appan. Although she was not married to Appan, she had been facilitating accommodation to him. When the police questioned Jeyakumari they learnt that Appan was visiting her house intermittently. They also found records of a number of overseas calls on her mobile phone in the recent past, which the police suspect them to be of calls between the members of the LTTE international diaspora who have a vested interest in sending funds through local money transferring facilities.

    Arrest and detention of Balendran Jeyakumari and her daughter caused an uproar in the international arena after it was reported to the UN sessions in Geneva by TNA Northern Provincial Councillor Ananthi Sasitharan.

    TNA Northern Provincial
    Councillor Ananthi Sasitharan

    The Provincial Councillor complained that the Government is violating human rights by arresting an under-aged child. Sri Lanka issuing a statement in response to the accusations levelled by certain member countries stated that “interested parties were attempting to stigmatise the action of the authorities as an infringement when they were only carrying out their duties for the purpose of national security”.

    Although Jeyakumari is reportedly being detained at the Boossa Detention Centre under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, her daughter has been transferred to a childcare and probation home as no legal guardian came forward as her custodian.

    Also the arrest and detention of human rights activists Father Praveen and Ruki Fernando couple of weeks ago attracted much attention from the international arena again complaining the Sri Lankan government is violating the rights of its people. Intelligence agencies had to arrest the activists who were visiting the houses of Jeyakumari and Gopi in Dharmapuram and Kilinochchi as it provided sufficient need for an investigation to be launched into the nature of their involvement with the suspects wanted by the police.

    The duo were however released following the due judicial process. The police charge that the activists were sent on a mission to study and report the situation following the Dharmapuram incident by the interested parties in Switzerland.

    According to intelligence agencies the first signs of resurrection of the terror outfit was observed in 2012 where a Tamil national was killed in Kuchchaweli in Trincomalee by another Tamil national who is reported to have arrived from South India. The victim who is reportedly an EPDP supporter was killed by the visitor as he was becoming a hindrance to certain regrouping operations being carried out in the area. This came to light when the police arrested the assailant and interrogated him. Also in 2013 several attempts by groups of Tamil male and female youths to engage in secret combat training sessions in Jaffna and in South India showed signs that the terror outfit was re-emerging from the ashes. And also the arrests of two women Kulasinham Puwaneshwarie and Rasa Malam, mother of Gopi in two separate instances have lead to the revelation of much information related to the suspects wanted by police.

    Apart from Gopi and Appan the TID is also looking for another crucial operative by the name of Thevian. According to available information Thevian is a former Air Tiger and a senior member of the LTTE air wing.

    The police believe that there is a high probability that the suspect along with the other two suspects are roaming in the North Eastern areas as well as in Colombo and suburbs. The TID has issued two hot lines 0112 451636 and 0112 321838 to anybody willing to pass any information about the existence of any of these three suspects.

    And the agencies have once again intensified their espionage operations in the North and the East in preparedness of a potential regrouping of the terrorist organisation that disturbed the country’s law and order for over three decades.

  8. Ananda-USA Says:

    Sri Lanka is ROLLING in Sunshine, and the CEB does not exploit it to generate Solar Power on a MASSIVE SCALE.

    What IDIOTS!

    ……………….
    CEB in blackout crisis

    By Namini Wijedasa

    Urgent measures to collect dues from state institutions
    View(s):

    A severe financial crisis caused by drought and inadequate low-cost power generation options has forced the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to introduce contingency measures, including the expediting of revenue collection from ministries, departments and other public institutions.

    Internal accounts show that the CEB made a loss of Rs. 8 billion in January alone. The losses went up marginally in February to Rs. 8.4 billion and decreased to Rs. 7.9 billion in March. The difference is made up by subtracting the CEB’s total cost from its total revenue each month. “I would like to draw your attention to the present power situation,” wrote CEB General Manager W.J.L.S. Fernando to senior CEB managers on March 18. “Due to unavailability of adequate low cost generation options coupled with the present drought situation, we are compelled to use expensive thermal generation.”

    “This situation has caused us to find more liquidity fund [sic] to address the problem,” he states. “It is important to provide uninterrupted power supply to the consumers.” A copy of the letter was obtained by the Sunday Times. Among the measures proposed in to address the crisis is an acceleration of the revenue collection process with special attention to receivables from government ministries, departments and other public enterprises.

    Mr. Fernando has also instructed managers to implement “strict credit control policies” and to “take maximum credit period from suppliers.” He warns them to limit miscellaneous capital expenditure until the situation returns to normal and to strictly adhere to the monthly payment programme prepared by the CEB’s finance department.

    The latest CEB generation statistics recorded on Friday show that only 15.3 per cent of the country’s electricity needs is now generated by hydroelectric power stations. A massive 84 per cent of power is generated by thermal power stations, with coal power accounting for 18 per cent of this figure while wind is just 0.7%.
    According to CEB accounts, the Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai cost the utility Rs. 246 million in January and Rs. 717 million in February. For much of those two months, the plant was either shut down for repairs or experiencing problems. In March, the CEB spent Rs. 1 .6 billion on Lakvijaya. The plant has been functioning for the past few weeks.

  9. Ananda-USA Says:

    Sri Lanka should IGNORE India’s Pretensions to Regional Hegemony …. it DOES NOT SERVE Sri Lanka’s National Interests.

    Sri Lanka should kick India OUT OF ANY & ALL INVOLVEMENT in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs: governance, economy, diplomacy and defence, and put the necessary Safeguards & Alliances in place to ENSURE our Security in the Future.

    Don’t let India creep back into Sri Lanka’s Favor just because it “Abstained” from the UNHRC-3 vote; their stabbing Sri Lanka in the back in the UNHRC-1 and UNHRC-2 votes, and complicity in the entire process, is REASON ENOUGH never to trust India again.

    Are we suffering from INCURABLE AMNESIA? Have we forgotten that India initiated and fostered this plague of Tamil Terrorism ans Separatism in Sri Lanka from the very beginning? Why are we even DEBATING this Issue?

    KICK THESE BUGGERS OUT OF Sri Lanka for GOOD!
    ……………………………..
    Sri Lanka: What after India’s UNHRC-3 – Analysis

    By N Sathiya Moorthy
    EurasiaReview.com
    March 30, 2014

    In the past two years, the Indian vote against Sri Lanka may have done the trick for the passage of the US-led western resolution at the UNHRC – more than in numerical terms, that is. This time round, the Indian ‘abstention’ may have done even more. In a way, it has tilted the scales in real terms.

    With India abstaining, those not in favour of the Anglo-American resolution totalled 24 against 23 for the motion.

    In super-power terms, the Anglo-American ‘victory’ is no victory and the Sri Lankan ‘defeat’ is no defeat. In real terms, too, the support for the US resolution in the 47-member UNHRC has come down to 24 from last year’s 25, which again was a significant improvement from the 23 votes in 2012. Sri Lanka too needs to note that the opposition to the US move has also been sinking, from 15 in 2012 to 13 last year, to 12 at present. The aggregate is to the number of abstentions. The figure has gone up by half, from eight in the previous two years, to 12 now. In 2012, Gabon ‘absented’ itself from the voting process, but this time, it ‘abstained’.

    It’s not about victory and defeat, however. It is about post-Geneva retrieval of the lost ground in Sri Lanka, where ‘accountability’ issues have to give place to ‘political reconciliation’, which the former had left hanging two-plus years ago. The logic of the Indian neighbour, that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) should be talking to the Sri Lankan Government for New Delhi to exert the required pressure on the latter, was outlined by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid at London during the run-up to the Geneva vote. The abstention now means that India has re-positioned itself to re-engage the Sri Lankan stake-holders in a constructive way.

    Officials, both in Geneva and New Delhi, have explained the logic behind the Indian decision. As they have pointed out, by proposing an ‘international investigation’ of the UNHRC kind into ‘accountability issues’, the ‘intrusive’ resolution sought to infringe upon the ‘sovereignty’ of the Sri Lankan State. Worse still, it sought to set at naught the work already done by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and the Sri Lankan Government’s promised follow-up of the same through the ‘National Action Plan’. Inadequacies, if any, cannot justify ‘international investigation’ of any kind. Inputs, specifics and clear, bilaterally or multilaterally without resorting to coercive measures of the UNHRC kind, could instead have done the trick.

    Taking India for granted

    India’s problems with this year’s resolution may not have stopped with ‘sovereignty’ issues per se. It was about ‘sovereignty’, yes, as it’s the scale that India had applied, elsewhere, too. Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of India’s HR concerns viz the international community may have been incidental, if at all. In specific terms, India had voted for the two earlier US resolutions only after they had cited the LLRC report as the bench-mark and purpose. The original US draft in 2012, as may be recalled, did not refer to the report of the LLRC, a creature of the Sri Lankan State and hence did not impede/impinge on ‘sovereignty’ issues.

    Only after the LLRC became the sole reference-point, did India reportedly vote for the US resolution in 2012. It remained so in 2013, and India had no cause or, justification – for a re-think of this year’s kind. In a way, it was the Anglo-American resolution going back on the past commitments to the world – though made possibly with India in mind -on the LLRC-linked ‘sovereignty’ front that New Delhi may have thought it fit and justified to go back on its own commitments from the past. Clearly, the change in the tone and tenor of the US draft also meant that the western movers behind the resolution had begun taking India for granted and possibly did not deserve the kind of political consideration that New Delhi may have found fit to extend in the past.

    This ‘taking India for granted’ may have begun with the 2012 resolution, when the ‘US friend’ was seen as unilaterally intervening, though only in political and diplomatic terms, in India’ s ‘traditional sphere of influence’. Simultaneously egged on by an surprising and unprecedented political pressure from Tamil Nadu in 2012, New Delhi could do little about it. An otherwise acceptable US draft did the rest.

    Going beyond bowing to pressures from Tamil Nadu per se in 2012, New Delhi may not have also wanted to precipitate an internal chasm in the name of an external issue for the time. Relations between nations, particularly neighbours bound by geography, culture and history, and in that order, go beyond the realms of domestic politics, moods and methods. Yet, at times they are dictated by domestic compulsions. The Sri Lankan side was both aware and appreciative of India’s circumstances. To this pan-Tamil political pressure, both from inside the Government at the Centre and otherwise, was added the unexpected ‘student power’ this time last year, nearly 50 long years after the anti-Hindi agitation of the Sixties.

    American unilateralism

    On the side, the US was similarly taking unilateral political positions in and on Maldives, and elsewhere in the immediate neighbourhood of India. In the case of Maldives, for instance, it was also negotiating what New Delhi possibly perceived as a military-related deal in SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement). The US dismissed it as a routine affair unrelated to security issues and concerns of the ‘Indian friend’ cum ally. The fact that the US was reportedly negotiating SOFA with Maldives, almost behind the back of India, too might not have gone well with New Delhi.

    This would have been more so, considering that the incumbent Maldivian Government of then President Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik was at best a ‘lame-duck’ affair, after his controversial, if not wholly questionable ascendancy to power following the momentous resignation of President Mohammed Nasheed. With a weakling in office thus requiring heavy doses of external help of the non-Indian variety, thanks to the ‘GMR row’ that the whole world knew, New Delhi could not have been expected to take kindly to the American overtures to and from Maldives at the time. So much so, the perceptions of altruist American intentions on the Sri Lankan ‘accountability’ issue would always have been peppered with possible Indian apprehensions about the ‘real’ intentions and motives of the US in the immediate southern neighbourhood.

    Unintended fulcrum

    UNHRC’s pro-West chair in Navaneetham Pillay ends her mandated two-term upper-limit in August this year. In a way, the second sitting in September would be chaired by a new head in her place. It is not unlikely that the US and the rest of the West may have the final say in the choice. It is still not unlikely, if one reflected on the current UNHRC vote, and made projections based on the same, a compromise candidate might emerge and some balance, sense and sensibility might prevail. Such a course could help ease the pressure of the past two years on Sri Lanka. Learning from the past experience, which might not be worth re-living, the Government in Colombo might consider it wise to revive the political process that it had left hanging past the quarter-way mark in 2011 when the UNHRC threat began appearing in the horizon.

    In its turn, India belongs to the ‘Group of 2014′ at the UNHRC and its second three-year term ends this year. It should relieve New Delhi of the burden of ‘political pressures’ emanating from southern Tamil Nadu, to address issues of mutual concern with Sri Lanka, of which the ‘ethnic issue’ has remained the unintended and unwelcome fulcrum for long. Post-poll, whichever party comes to power, and whoever becomes the prime minister, a new government in New Delhi can usher in new thought processes to enhance bilateral relations and cooperation, starting with the ‘ethnic issue’.

    It may be easy now for India to approach Sri Lanka, after the UNHRC vote this time round. It may be difficult for India to make the TNA accept the realities. Post-UNHRC, the TNA has been careful not to hurt Indian sentiments. “India may have valid reasons of its own to abstain,” TNA leader R Sampanthan said after the vote. Whatever other TNA leaders may, or may not, say in the days to come, Sampanthan’s should be considered the official reaction of the TNA to the Indian abstention. However, that by itself does not make things easy for India viz TNA. It will be even more difficult for the TNA to convince the second-line and more so, over the head of the omnipresent Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora, which keeps looking over the TNA’s shoulders all the time.

    As India seems to have concluded, and also implied in its response at Geneva, ‘accountability’ mechanisms of the kind being thought of by the West can only divide Sri Lanka further, not unite it. And the TNA is on record that they are all for a political solution within a ‘united Sri Lanka’. Saying is one thing and doing is another. It is true of the Sri Lankan Government, too, when it comes to the issues and solutions flagged by the LLRC Report and otherwise, too.

    Colombo also seems to have understood that ‘development’ and ‘democratisation’ that the UNHRC resolutions too have consistently appreciated over the past three years is no substitute for ‘devolution’. But in a domestic atmosphere vitiated also by the UNHRC process, particularly after the external stimulus in the ‘Tamil Nadu factor’ was found wanting, the Government is going to find it difficult to convince itself and elements within that it’s still no harm trying. After all, the US draft has kept ‘de-militarisation’ out of the ambit despite loud protests from the SLT Diaspora and the peace-time ‘HR industry’ in Sri Lanka. Colombo needs to acknowledge that it’s no licence for over-securitisation, either.

    ‘Strategic asset’, not just strategic waterway

    In the weeks and months to come, India will have its hands full first explaining itself to constituents nearer home, and then to elements elsewhere, starting with the TNA. As was the case during the past years of UNHRC, the TNA seemed to be a reluctant partner initially to was essentially looked like an SLT Diaspora project, initiated with, if not, for the West. That over, a new Government in New Delhi would have to take a hands-on approach to problem-solving in its own interest apart from protecting the interests of the Tamils in Sri Lanka within that country, and the interests of Sri Lanka in the regional and global level.

    After all, at a time when a ‘neo Cold War’ is threatening to haunt the world, post Ukraine-Crimea, India cannot have its flank unsettled and eternally unstable, if not wholly unfriendly whether or not the ‘String of Pearls’ makes sense. In the contemporary context, over-zealous extra-regional players have over-imagined the Indian Ocean as a ‘strategic asset’, going beyond the traditional reality of it being a strategic waterway. India as the rightful guardian angel of the Ocean in these parts cannot look the other way, and let others dance their well-choreographed dances, and expect India too to dance to their tunes, all the time!

  10. Nanda Says:

    It is heartening to see few more areas near Colombo such as Dehiwala etc. has gone to UFPA.
    This is a real victory as it appears even some Muslims and Tamils this time has voted for UFPA.

    However, win is this PC dreaded elections ( PC system is the biggest problem of the country NOW) will lead the country in the wrong direction as our FOOLS will use this as an excuse to reinforce the PC s, keep 13A, give more powers to terrorist and finally hand over the North to terrorists.

  11. Lorenzo Says:

    “The arrested woman has been identified as Balendran Jeyakumari who was reportedly having a close relationship with Appan.”

    All Tamil MAHAVEER war widows are prostitutes. This creates another problem. AIDS.

    In a way it is good. That will WIPE OUT Tamil racists.

  12. Lorenzo Says:

    “According to intelligence agencies the first signs of resurrection of the terror outfit was observed in 2012 where a Tamil national was killed in Kuchchaweli in Trincomalee by another Tamil national who is reported to have arrived from South India. The victim who is reportedly an EPDP supporter was killed by the visitor as he was becoming a hindrance to certain regrouping operations being carried out in the area.”

    This proves we NEED EPDP bad boys.

    EPDP are northern Tamils. They KNOW the north like their backyard and they can INFILTRATE Tamil society very well.

    SL needs them.

  13. Lorenzo Says:

    Nanda,

    “This is a real victory as it appears even some Muslims and Tamils this time has voted for UFPA.”

    Dehiwelai ELECTION AREA has no large Tamil presence. Some Tamils voted for the Tamil party – Democratic Peoples Front(not SF’s Democratic Party) and Makkal Congress. That divided their vote.

  14. Nanda Says:

    Met some VIP today.
    He is saying only 40% voted in these areas. This explains the reason. probably some UNPiers fed up with RuiNil, not that people like MR now.

  15. Nanda Says:

    Actually, if those people did not vote( those people fed up with all , just like us) came back to vote against him in a presidential Election MR is gone !

  16. Lorenzo Says:

    Nanda,

    NO! He is wrong.

    Voters turnout = 67% for both SPC and WPC which is high!!

    Turnout in any BIG election around 75%. So there is not much difference.

    8% cannot change the outcome.

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