Dissolve the Cabinet, Not the Parliament
Posted on February 9th, 2015

Dilrook Kannangara

As predicted by the senior Indian diplomat Badrakumar, in the long term, Sirisena’s policies are closer to Mahinda than the UNP. What lies underneath the popular budget is not Royal College thinking but Maxim Gorky thinking of Sirisena. The Port City Chinese project was resolved the way Sirisena wanted, not the UNP way. Removing military camps as demanded by sections of the UNP will not be happening and IMF terms are rejected based on pro-China policies of Sirisena. Dismantling the Rajapaksa administration was the easy part of the Sirisena-Chandrika-Ranil coalition. Policy congruency in governance is the difficult part.

UNP has come up with a clumsy excuse to disrupt the 100-day program. John Amaratunga, true to his history of violence and abuse, has brought back thuggery into politics. As a result he is now facing a no confidence motion. It is likely to go through as the UPFA has the majority. However, it is no excuse for UNP to disrupt the 100-day program. Now Ranil Wickramasinghe has pleaded the president to dissolve the parliament even before most election promises are met! This is outright dishonesty on the part of the UNP and must not be allowed to get away with it. Tactfully UPFA should support the 100-day program without the UNP. It has sufficient clout to do so.

People voted for the 100-day program along with good governance. Assaulting the local governance body Chairman in Wattala is certainly no good governance. John Amaratunga must be in jail for his hand in this crime. New government’s impotency is there for all to see when no action is taken against him. As such it is no different to the old. The UPFA has done the right thing by bringing a no confidence motion against him. He should be removed from parliament and preferably from the civil society too.

12 Responses to “Dissolve the Cabinet, Not the Parliament”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    YES DILROOK !! WE DO NOT NEED THUGGERY ANYMORE. THUGS SHOULD BE SMASHED UP ONE BY ONE. THEY MUST BE PULPED, LITERALLY AND METAPHORICALLY.

  2. SA Kumar Says:

    Sri Lanka’s PM prepares to dissolve parliament if no-confidence motion against Minister passed- so new un lawful UNP Govt have only 100 days life.

    MR & GR will be return from holiday soon ! CBK, RW & MS Honey moon will finish soon !

  3. Independent Says:

    There is no need to dissolve parliament and no need to dissolve the cabinet. Remove John, anyone else of the Cabinet including the PM may leave to show solidarity with thuggery. Appoint new people, as the President did when Kudu PM and a bunch of thugs resigned from the pervious cabinet.

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    Dear LankaWeb readers,

    I have translated from Sinhala into English President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rebuttal of the FALSE allegations leveled against him by various officials of the new GOSL.

    This letter, which strictly confines itself to FACTS ONLY, CLEARLY SHOWS the DEVIOUS & UGLY nature of the PAID MUD SLINGERS who are trying to tarnish the image of this DECENT, HONORABLE and COURAGEOUS man that we Sri Lankans were fortunate enough to have as our President for 10 years, during one of the most difficult, yet victorious and productive times in the history of our Motherland!

    Jayawewa Mahinda Rajapaksa Janadhipathithumani ! </b
    Obathumata Thunuruwan Saranai !
    Hatarawaran Devi Pihitai !

    NB:
    1 kotiya = 10 million
    Please feel free to bring any necessary corrections to my attention. Thanks!

    ……………….
    Mahinda Rajapaksa
    Carlton, Tangalle

    Phone: 047 2240344
    Fax: 047 2241113
    Web: www dot MahindaRajapaksa dot lk
    E-Mail: MahindaRajapaksaPresident AT gmail dot com

    ————————————————————————————————
    February 09, 2015

    PRESS RELEASE

    Members of the current government are continuing to make faslse and misleading allegations regarding me.
    I believe it is necessary to respond to these charges to prevent the public from being misled.

    In a recent Rupavahini program, it was reported that a sum of Rs. 100 bilion allocated for 2015 to the Presidential Secretariat by my government was reduced by the new government to Rs 27.2 billion, and that the balance was released to provide assistance to the public. I would like to categorically state that at no time did I allocate a sum of Rs. 100 billion to the Presidential Secretariat. The full funds allocated to the Presidential Secretariat for 2015 was Rs. 95.9 biliion. There were 25 government departments, including the National Salaries Commission and National Maritime Committee, operating under the direction of the Presidential Secretariat. The expenses of the previous Presidents and their families also fall under the purview of the Presidential Secretariat. The Executive and Administrative departments of the Presidential Secretariat provided all the services, and the most of the funds, necessary to maintain these departments. Therefore, all of the funds allocated to the Presidential Secretariat do not go towards mainitaining itself.

    The total funds budgeted for maintaining the President’s Office in 2015 was Rs. 37.5 billion. This amount is only a part of the expenses of the Presidential Secretariat. Of this President’s Office budget, Rs. 10 billion was allocated to the assistance provided by the President’s Office to Small Enterprises and Projects throughout the island. When this amount is deducted from the total, the budget of the President’s Office is reduced to Rs. 27.5 billion. Therefore, the amount mentioned as being allocated as the budget of the new President’s Office is this amount.

    Another story related by some is that USD 16 million in public funds was spent to order a special plane for my use, and that the new government has refused to take delivery of it, and has made arrangements for new owners to assume responsibility. I hereby state that no special aircraft was ever ordered for my use. While Sri Lankan Airlines was arranging to buy new aircraft for its own use from the Airbus Corporation, they had arranged to obtain a kit to remove some regular seats and convert that space into a special compartment to accommodate VIPs as needed, and had instructed their accountant to cost it as an option. The USD 15 million that was mentioned was the manufacturer’s estimated cost of this facility. It was an option that was to be provided free-of-cost.

    There is also an allegation that I have built official Presidential residences at various locations throughout the country for my reacreational use. The President’s residences at the Temple Trees, in Colombo Fort, as well as the existing residences in Nuwara Eliya and Mahanuwara, have existed from Colonial times, and were used by the government leaders of this country. The Presidential residences in Anuradhapura, Embilipitiya and Mahiyangana were built by President R. Premadasa. I must point out that none of these President’s residences were built during the tenure of my government. It was reported recently that the Temple Trees and Colombo Fort President’s residences would be opened for public viewing. We must recall that while I was living at Temple Trees, thousands of school children and elders came to tour this Presidential residence. While I enjoyed the opportunity this afforded to talk with them, I also used the opportunity to learn from them the development needs in various parts of the country. Furthermore, thousands of citizens participated in my Poya day activties at the Temple Trees President’s residence.

    A report was published that some vehicles belonging to the Presidential Secrretariat have still not been returned. It was reported that 22 Defender Jeeps were “found” in Borella, and that 53 vehicles were found to have been abandoned in a land in Colombo, Pettah. The places where these vehicles were found are the official storage parking lots belonging to the Presidential Secretariat. These vehicles were found where they were supposed to be. Many of the vehicles found in Pettah were high security vehicles from the 1980’s decade, that could not be auctioned off according to routine operating procedures. I myself have handed over per regulations all of the vehicles used by my Office. The assignments of remaining vehicles allocated to various officials and departments of the Presidential Secretariat can be found in the vehicle records of the Presidetial Secretariat.

    Mahinda Rajapaksa
    Former President of Sri Lanka.

  5. Fran Diaz Says:

    We can’t help thinking that, at present, Democracy is twisted into some kind of Fascism in Lanka. Not elected by the People PM Ranil imposes British Latimer House Rules on Lanka (to date it is not clear who approved this move), and gets a Governing Council formed under this Latimer House Rules. This Governing Council can override Parliament. Now he also wants to dissolve Parliament because one of his favorite MPs have got into trouble.

    Now, if Ranil has his way, who is king ? The Governing Council !!

    It seems that Ranil must surely hate the Lanka Parliament – the entity that follows Legal Procedures and is the Voice of the People of Lanka !

  6. OaO Asithri Says:

    Indeed Ranil the West’s Poodle is now at it again (the last time was when he appointed Norway as the supreme authority over Sri Lanka’s national security) and now he is pulling all the stunts he can to survive by hook-or-by-threat. This DOLT, who lost 29 elections in a row (Guiness book record), however was able to get into the palace court this time by crawling through the sewer tunnels. It’s just too bad MR did not, when he had the chance, clip this star-loser’s wings by having a commission of inquiry to pin him with the. obvious, heinous crimes against our national security.

  7. ranjit Says:

    Not only John Ameratunga but all UNP thugs should be kicked out if MY3 want’s to have a Yahapalanaya. I like to know who is in charge of this crazy Govt.Ranil or CBK or MY3? because Ranil the poodle is the one who make decisions as we can see and sometimes MY3 is not aware of important issues as the President and it’s a shame.

    If we can get rid of this Govt before the 100 days then we have some hope with this new President. UNP will not do anything good to my country and CBK is pain in the ass. Both these parties (UNP & CBK) are crooked and liars and will not do any work except divide the communities and bring fear and destruction same as before. Only way forward is with the only Sinhale Sinhaya Mahinda Rajapksa not anyone else. He kept his promises and did an immense job to bring our country par with other developed countries around the world. We have to keep trust on him although the enemies of him were trying to finish him off. They cannot prove anything but these miserable traitors will find something to harm him with the help of Imperialist Americans and Dirty Indians. We need to protect him for the sake of our country.

  8. Independent Says:

    Sadly, all those were writing anything bad on ex-president lately created so much anguish among some commentators and went into their old style “heartdrives “,, just to spring on to the screen all of a sudden – must format to erase. I would sympathise with them , as it is understandable due to complex environment created by years of reciting mantras of hatred, hollow pride and desire mistaken to love.

    Ironically, some of those were criticizing him madly few years ago but some were unshakable !

  9. SA Kumar Says:

    anything bad on ex-president lately created so much anguish among some commentators – Agreed Some of them love him(MR) very much more than his wife like him .
    Similar to We-Tamils loved our Thesiya Thalaivar VP still We-Tamils celebrating his birthday !!!

    some were unshakable – like it.

  10. Davis Says:

    Jeyawewa Lanka Matha

  11. Ananda-USA Says:

    CORRECTED VERSION:

    Dear LankaWeb readers,

    I have translated from Sinhala into English President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rebuttal of the FALSE allegations leveled against him by various officials of the new GOSL.

    This letter, which strictly confines itself to FACTS ONLY, CLEARLY SHOWS the DEVIOUS & UGLY nature of the PAID MUD SLINGERS who are trying to tarnish the image of this DECENT, HONORABLE and COURAGEOUS man that we Sri Lankans were fortunate enough to have as our President for 10 years, during one of the most difficult, yet victorious and productive times in the history of our Motherland!

    Jayawewa Mahinda Rajapaksa Janadhipathithumani !

    Obathumata Thunuruwan Saranai !

    Hatarawaran Devi Pihitai !

    NB:
    1 kotiya = 10 million
    Please feel free to bring any necessary corrections to my attention. Thanks!

    ……………….
    Mahinda Rajapaksa
    Carlton, Tangalle

    Phone: 047 2240344
    Fax: 047 2241113
    Web: www DOT MahindaRajapaksa DOT lk
    E-Mail: MahindaRajapaksaPresident AT gmail DOT com

    ————————————————————————————————
    February 09, 2015

    PRESS RELEASE

    Members of the current government are continuing to make false and misleading allegations regarding me.
    I believe it is necessary to respond to these charges to prevent the public from being misled.

    In a recent Rupavahini program, it was reported that a sum of Rs. 100 bilion allocated for 2015 to the Presidential Secretariat by my government was reduced by the new government to Rs 2.72 billion, and that the balance was released to provide assistance to the public. I would like to categorically state that at no time did I allocate a sum of Rs. 100 billion to the Presidential Secretariat. The full funds allocated to the Presidential Secretariat for 2015 was Rs. 9.59 biliion. There were 25 government departments, including the National Salaries Commission and National Maritime Committee, operating under the direction of the Presidential Secretariat. The expenses of the previous Presidents and their families also fall under the purview of the Presidential Secretariat. The Executive and Administrative departments of the Presidential Secretariat provided all the services, and the most of the funds, necessary to maintain these departments. Therefore, all of the funds allocated to the Presidential Secretariat do not go towards maintaining itself.

    The total funds budgeted for maintaining the President’s Office in 2015 was Rs. 3.75 billion. This amount is only a part of the expenses of the Presidential Secretariat. Of this President’s Office budget, Rs. 1.0 billion was allocated to the assistance provided by the President’s Office to Small Enterprises and Projects throughout the island. When this amount is deducted from the total, the budget of the President’s Office is reduced to Rs. 2.75 billion. Therefore, the amount mentioned as being allocated as the budget of the new President’s Office is this amount.

    Another story related by some is that USD 16 million in public funds was spent to order a special plane for my use, and that the new government has refused to take delivery of it, and has made arrangements for new owners to assume responsibility. I hereby state that no special aircraft was ever ordered for my use. While Sri Lankan Airlines was arranging to buy new aircraft for its own use from the Airbus Corporation, they had arranged to obtain a kit to remove some regular seats and convert that space into a special compartment to accommodate VIPs as needed, and had instructed their accountant to cost it as an option. The USD 15 million that was mentioned was the manufacturer’s estimated cost of this facility. It was an option that was to be provided free-of-cost.

    There is also an allegation that I have built official Presidential residences at various locations throughout the country for my reacreational use. The President’s residences at the Temple Trees, in Colombo Fort, as well as the existing residences in Nuwaraeliya and Mahanuwara, have existed from Colonial times, and were used by the government leaders of this country. The Presidential residences in Anuradhapura, Embilipitiya and Mahiyangana were built by President R. Premadasa. I must point out that none of these President’s residences were built during the tenure of my government. It was reported recently that the Temple Trees and Colombo Fort President’s residences would be opened for public viewing. We must recall that while I was living at Temple Trees, thousands of school children and elders came to tour this Presidential residence. While I enjoyed the opportunity this afforded to talk with them, I also used the opportunity to learn from them the development needs in various parts of the country. Furthermore, thousands of citizens participated in my Poya day activities at the Temple Trees President’s residence.

    A report was published that some vehicles belonging to the Presidential Secretariat have still not been returned. It was reported that 22 Defender Jeeps were “found” in Borella, and that 53 vehicles were found to have been abandoned in a land in Colombo, Pettah. The places where these vehicles were found are the official storage parking lots belonging to the Presidential Secretariat. These vehicles were found where they were supposed to be. Many of the vehicles found in Pettah were high security vehicles from the 1980’s decade, that could not be auctioned off according to routine operating procedures. I myself have handed over per regulations all of the vehicles used by my Office. The assignments of remaining vehicles allocated to various officials and departments of the Presidential Secretariat can be found in the
    vehicle records of the Presidential Secretariat.

    Mahinda Rajapaksa
    Former President of Sri Lanka.

  12. Fran Diaz Says:

    Ananda,

    Many thanks for your efforts toward justice in Lanka.

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