Who decides as to who should be the Prime Minister Is it the people of this country or the Presdient?
Posted on July 15th, 2015

Dr Sudath Gunasekara 15.7.2015

 Apropos the statement issued over the media yesterday by President Sirisena I am surprised and alarmed as well, over this highly vituperative and rather unwelcome speech he made as a Head of a Government of a democracy. Other than his saying that MR will lose (rather premature and Sumanadasa Abewickrama type forecast) at the forthcoming election there is nothing new in his speech. It is only a mere repetition of the same stale and old stuff he has been airing out from the day he came in to power.

Surprised first, because it doesn’t sounds a speech made by a responsible and a prudent head of a State. People expect much more magnanimity and decorum from their President. It only displays the anger and his personal dislike towards Mahinda Rajapaksa and his desire to take revenge for not making him the Prime Minister, which everybody in this country knows. Had MR made him the PM in time he would have been reciting hosanna even today with relish. Alarmed, because I suspect a broader plan under the carpet to deprive MR of his imminent victory and thereby to deprive the nation the services of a strong Sinhala Buddhist leader which is the need of the hour, than ever before.

I quote below the relevant Section of the Constitution regarding the appointment of the Prime Minister.

Sec 43 (3)

The President shall appoint as Prime Minister the Member of Parliament who in his opinion is most likely to command the confidence of Parliament.

This clearly shows that the President has no choice but to appoint the person who commands the majority in Parliament.  It is true that he appoints the PM as provided by law. But the fact remains that it is the voter who elects a person to be the PM. The Presidents opinion in this context has to be based on the actual situation in Parliament. It also has to be based on objective criteria. It can never be his imagination either as what happened when he appointed Ranil as PM in Jan. It is as simple as the majority support in the House. It could be shown either by taking a vote or an affidavit. His opinion cannot be a state of his mind only or personal. He cannot go against the Constitution.

Accordingly after all it is the people of the country who finally decide as to who should be appointed as the Prime Minister as they are the people who select and elect the person as to who should be the PM and not the President. His job is limited to fulfilling his duty by the country in terms of the will of the people as he is empowered by the Constitution of the country. He has no choice but to act according to the Constitution.  If he doesn’t, do that then he is answerable to the Parliament, the people and now to the court as well. I am still surprised as to why no one took up this matter in Parliament when Ranils was appointed and even subsequently in courts after the passage of the 19th A.

As such if the people of this country elect Mahinda Rajapaksa on Jan 17th with 113 MPP supporting him, the President has no choice but to appoint him as the Prime Minister. He cannot appoint Ranil or any other member of the UPFA merely because he dislikes MR personally. I am lost to understand as to on whose advice he makes this type of silly public statements.

100 day programme that he talks of fulfilling is a thing of the past. It becomes dead if Mahinda wins the August 17 election with a new manifesto. It is that manifesto that becomes the policy of this country thereafter as it is the wish of the people. Thereafter the 100 day programme will be left to rest along with Ranil and his ‘pina Government’

We all know Maitripla doesn’t want Mahinda Rajapaksa and we also know he hates him as he has said in his statement. But the majority of people, especially the patriotic Sinhala Buddhists masses want him.

42 Responses to “Who decides as to who should be the Prime Minister Is it the people of this country or the Presdient?”

  1. Metteyya_Brahmana Says:

    This is why it is important for Mahinda to make it CLEAR now that his is running for PM, so the votes he and his party get on August 17th can be used in a democracy argument in the Supreme Court as well as the 42(4) 19A section in the above article concerning what the “confidence of Parliament” really means and the limits of a presidential opinion in this regard so that it complies with the will of the voters and the majority in Parliament.

    The fact that this seems unresolved in the mind of Sirisena highlights one of the glaring omissions of the 19A concerning the procedure and process concerning how a government of a majority of Parliament is actually formed after the general elections. Either the Supreme Court or Parliament should fill in these blanks ASAP so people like Sirisena never get this crazy idea that they can appoint whomever they want regardless of the general election results.

    In most parliamentary democracies in the world, the leader of the party that got the most votes in the general election forms the government as PM if his party got a majority of the MP seats in Parliament; and if less than a majority, he is given at least 30 days to form a coalition with other parties before even considering the second place finisher in the general election. It is imperative that Sri Lanka makes these common sense post-election procedures CRYSTAL CLEAR so that we don’t have any more of these Maithripala Sirisena anti-democracy moments that would completely undermine voter sentiment and make voting a complete waste of time.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    Dr Sudath Gunasekara,

    What you say is WHAT SHOULD BE. But JR’s con-stitution is NOT based on LOGIC. It is based on his belief that the PRESIDENT HAS ALL THE POWER TO DO EVERYTHING EXCEPT TURN A MAN TO A WOMAN AND A WOMAN TO A MAN.

    The president APPOINTS the PM. Maru Sira appointed most useless Run-nil as PM. He has threatened to KEEP appointing Run-nil as PM after August 17 too.

    SUPREME COURT is also appointed by the president!! The SC judge who rushed to TAKE OATHS of the president was immediately made the CHIEF JUSTICE!!! Real CJ was sacked!! Independent judges like ABREW are sacked using made up charges.

    So the supreme court will NEVER give an order against the president.

    “naduth aamuthuruwange, baduth aamuthuruwange”.

    NO parliamentary democracy has an executive president. USA has NO PM. Russian PM is powerless (unless it is Putin).

    Maru Sira has turned SL into a DICTATORSHIP.

  3. Independent Says:

    Lorenzo’s idea of “getting rid of Maru( Very Good) Sira” after MR somehow become Speaker of the parliament and a disable person as PM will not work. Lorenzo’s idea is to create a “pick pocket” President.
    PM or Speaker should be able to take over the President’s role in case of incumbent president become mentally unstable ( which may be occurring already) or disable. But MR has already elected twice as president and will not be qualified. Therefore he is not qualified to be either PM or Speaker. Even if the president wants to appoint him, he cannot do it because of new 19A.

    MR dug his own grave by being too greedy. JHU gave him a way out, advised not to dissolve parliament, he listened to the RAW agents instead. He has brought the country to its knees by allowing UNP to comeback.
    Please vote for him again.

  4. Metteyya_Brahmana Says:

    No, Lorenzo,

    The Supreme Court WILL decide the limits of a presidential opinion regarding who has the ‘confidence of Parliament’ according to the Sri Lanka Constitution, and Sirisena WILL comply with the Supreme Court order or be ousted.

    Sri Lanka is NOT a dictatorship, and this BS we keep getting from the Western-influenced Sri Lanka media that Mahinda was a dictator is contradicted by the fact that he was ELECTED by the people of Sri Lanka twice, and perhaps a third time on August 17th.

  5. Sarath W Says:

    The simple answer is neither the president nor the people of this country. MY3 the traitor has already told India and the west want Ranil to be the PM. His recent speech is evidence that he is trying his best to make it happen. The SLFP should kick him out from the party. Who says Sri Lanka is not a dictatorship?.

  6. Independent Says:

    Supreme Court has still controlled by MR. No problem there. MS cannot do anything !

  7. Samanthi Says:

    President Sirisena did us a favour by making things clear to voters — Udaya
    The Island – July 15, 2015, 9:34 pm

    In this interview, Udaya Gammanpila, UPFA candidate for the Colombo district and leader of Pivithuru Hela Urumaya speaks to The Island staffer C. A. Chandraprema about the controversial statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena the day before yesterday. This interview was taken a couple of hours after president Sirisena made his special statement.

    Q. What do you make of President Maithripala Sirisena’s special statement on Tuesday evening?

    A. We must not forget the fact that he was elected president by a coalition led by the UNP. Therefore if he has any feelings of gratitude it will be towards the UNP and not towards the UPFA. Since he was elected by the UNP, he is under obligation to them. I am thankful to the president for displaying his true colours before the election so that the UPFA voters can make an informed decision.

    Q. You have said somewhere that with president Maithripala openly rooting for the UNP in this manner, he seems to have pushed the entire SLFP and UPFA vote onto the laps of Mahinda Rajapaksa and his loyalists.

    A. Yes. We must be thankful to the president for making his real feelings known to the world. In the past six months, there have been two factions in the SLFP, one led by Maithri and the other by Mahinda. Even though the Maithri faction did not have a presence in the villages, there were some Maithri loyalists in the provincial councils and Parliament. The argument put forward by the Maithri faction was that they respect Mahinda Rajapaksa as the former leader but now Maithripala is the party leader and therefore they had to work with Maithri and there was no need to bring back Mahinda. They also argued that Maithripala would do what was necessary to ensure that the SLFP won the next parliamentary election. By now the remnants of the Maithripala faction still left in the UPFA know that they were mistaken. From today onwards, there are no two factions in the SLFP and the UPFA. There is only one faction and one SLFP and one UPFA which looks to Mahinda for leadership. If there was even a slight impression that Maithripala Sirisena would lead the UPFA to victory and that there was no need of Mahinda Rajapaksa, all those doubts have been laid to rest now that Maithri has shown us where he stands.

    Q. With president Sirisena being forced to give nominations to Mahinda Rajapaksa, many of those identified as Maithri loyalists were forced to decamp and seek shelter under the UNP banner. But a few have remained to contest on the UPFA list. What do you think will be the position of the Maithripala loyalists who stayed back?

    A. President Maithripala has been fair by the ordinary SLFP loyalists by openly speaking his mind so that they can make an informed decision. But, at the same time, he has just about sealed the fate of his loyalists who are contesting the election on the UPFA lists. The people always suspected that once the parliamentary election was over, Sirisena might try to form a government led by the UNP along with some of his loyalists who get elected on the UPFA list. Now the people know that this was exactly what he had in mind all along – not a UPFA victory. Therefore, those thought to be Maithri loyalists on the UPFA lists run the risk of being defeated at this election. A little while ago, one prominent UPFA candidate who is identified as a Maithri loyalist told me that it would have been better for Maithri to have stuck a knife into him and finished him off once and for all instead of making such a statement while they were in the middle of an election campaign. He also said ruefully that that was the gift that Maithripala had given them for having followed him after abandoning Mahinda.

    Q. This is one of the rare instances in Sri Lankan political history where the leader of a political party is not participating in the election campaign of his own organisation. The only instance bearing any resemblance to this is that of Sirima Bandaranaike not supporting Hector Kobbekaduwa at the 1982 presidential election.

    A. You can’t compare this to what happened in 1982 because Mrs Bandaranaike never teamed up with the UNP to defeat the SLFP. There are no parallels anywhere to what is happening now. President Sirisena forcibly took over the party opposed to him and if he now wants to see that party defeated.

    Q. Six months ago, you were among those who embarked on what looked like an impossible task of getting Mahinda back into politics. Now he is back in politics. Then he was given nominations. The next thing that happened was that many of those opposed to Mahinda left the UPFA and joined the UNP leaving the SLFP and the UPFA in the hands of the Mahinda loyalists. Now, president Sirisena has publicly stated his stand and given the UPFA voter prior warning. Aren’t these great political bonanzas that have come your way one after the other.

    A. The present leaders assumed duties on the evening of Jan. 9. The following morning I said at a UPFA press conference that we would take action to defeat the new government at the next parliamentary election. On Jan. 13 I announced that we would bring back Mahinda Rajapaksa as our prime ministerial candidate. Because that campaign was built up outside the SLFP, we were able to survive the counter measures taken by the new leadership of that party to stifle the bring-back-Mahinda campaign. We are very happy that our predictions have come true.

    Q. Dayan Jayatilleke, Sarath N. Silva and Wasantha Karannagoda were dropped from the UPFA National List at the last moment. These three people would have pulled in votes for the UPFA. In hindsight this too appears to be a part of president Sirisena’s plan to undermine the UPFA?

    A. President Sirisena has been working for the benefit of the UNP. He tried several tricks after agreeing under pressure to give nominations to Mahinda Rajapaksa. He tried to block nominations for Prasanna Ranatunga and me. President Rajapaksa had to personally intervene to ensure our nomination. Then they refused to give nominations to Samamalee Sakalasuriya, Saman Lal Fernando and Sampath Atukorale. All that was done firstly to weaken the UPFA list and to undermine the Mahinda Rajapaksa camp. But, because we understood what they were aiming at, they have failed in creating disunity in the MR camp. They have failed in disheartening our activists. However, they have succeeded in weakening the list to some extent.

    Q. Do you think the UPFA campaign will be affected by the president remaining neutral?

    A. Absolutely not! The bring-back-Mahinda campaign which we started immediately after the presidential election was a campaign against both Maithripala Sirisena and the government. It was a campaign centred on Mahinda. We were campaigning to defeat the present government. If the government was doing anything wrong, the first person who bears responsibility for that is the head of the government and the Cabinet, who is President Sirisena.

    Q. President Sirisena stated very clearly that he had dissolved parliament to prevent the UNP government from being defeated through a no-confidence motion against the prime minister. Then again he said that the UPFA group in Parliament was conspiring to defeat the UNP government through a no confidence motion and appoint Mahinda to Parliament on the National List to head a UPFA government.

    A. Yes we did want to defeat the UNP government. But we never wanted appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa on the National List and form a government. We wanted to form a government after an election with a clear mandate from the people.

    Q. President Sirisena also said that in the event of a UPFA victory there were several party seniors fit to be prime minister. But the president is bound to appoint as PM not those whom likes, but he who commands the confidence of the majority of MPs in parliament. Your comments.

    A. We see that president Sirisena, too, has indirectly predicted a victory for the UPFA. The president does not have discretion in appointing the prime minister. He is constitutionally bound to appoint as PM the person who commands the confidence of the majority of MPs in parliament. In 1994, president D. B. Wijetunga had to appoint Chandrika Kumaratunga as the prime minister and Chandrika Kumaratunga in turn was compelled to appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as PM in 2001 for that reason. That’s what’s going to happen this time as well.

    Q. How do you view the role played by Susil Premajayantha and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa in thwarting the attempt to force Mahinda to go his own way and ensuring that the SLFP and UPFA remained in one piece at this election?

    A. What should happen in any democratic party is that the will of the majority of its members should prevail rather than the personal preferences and prejudices of individual leaders. Over the past six months we have held rallies in various places to convince the party leaders that the vast majority of our people want Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister. We must commend Mr Susil Premajayantha and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa for demonstrating to the entire word that the UPFA and the SLFP are political entities that uphold the will of the majority.

    Q. What happened to the Jathika Hela Urumaya?

    A. The JHU was not just another political party. It arose to fill a certain political vacuum. But because of the MOU signed on Dec. 01, 2014, the JHU started co-habiting with separatists, terrorists and federalists. With that they deviated from the founding principles of the party. That is why we had to form the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya. The JHU died on Dec. 01 2014 and was buried in July 2015 when they joined the UNP bandwagon.

    Q. We see that political parties like the TNA, the JVP, the UPFA and the UNP are contesting this election while maintaining their distinctive identities. Parties like the Communist Party would not form a coalition with the UNP even if their lives depended upon it. The JHU however does not seem to have an identity like that. Is it the case that the JHU was never a real political party but just a group of people around Champika Ranawaka?

    A. The fact is that the JHU has been turned into a group of political vagrants. In December they were with the Swan. In January they were with the betel leaf, in June they were with the diamond. By July they had gone over to the Elephant. The day after Parliament was dissolved, Ranawaka said that the Central Bank bond issue was a massive fraud and that it was Ranil Wickremesinghe who was responsible and that parliament had been dissolved to prevent the report of the COPE inquiry into the bond scam from being tabled in parliament. They have now got together with the very people they described as rogues! Today, the JHU has become a movement centred around an individual rather than principles. They have only one aim – to make Ranawaka the president of the country. They are willing to give up any principle to achieve that aim. I know Champika well. If Hitler and Champika contested for the presidency in 2020, I would support Hitler!

  8. Lorenzo Says:

    MB,

    Apart from INTERNET sources in BLACK AND WHITE I have no knowledge on the matter.

    But in common sense, NO COURT can ever challenge a man’s OPINION. Supreme court judges and CJ are all manipulated by the present dictatorship.

    SL was NOT a dictatorship until January (that was why the govt. changed!!!).

    AFTER January SL IS A FULL FLEDGED DICTATORSHIP.

    1. The ruling GANG does NOT allow people’s choice. They INSIST RW will be the PM even if UNP loses the election. With just 60 seats out of 225 RW was made the PM!! It is certainly NOT a democracy anymore.

    2. GESTAPO FCID operates ABOVE the law and violates MPs’ rights!!

    3. Opposition politicians, their wives and even sons and daughters are NOT SAFE!!

    4. Meditating devotees are UNSAFE as RW’s SS invades meditation centres!!

    5. Even the CHIEF JUSTICE was UNSAFE as he was sacked from office for no reason!!

    6. IF anyone opens his mouth to EXPOSE TOP CROOKS like ARALIYA CROOKS, they get killed!!

    IF present SL is NOT a dictatorship, I don’t know any dictatorship.

  9. LANKAPUTHRA Says:

    Lorenzo, do not confuse the current confused situation. Lets start with you stating an age old disinformation. Late JRJ created a constitution to fit the situation at that time where Northern and Eastern provinces ware not governed by the Sri Lanka constitution or the government. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THIS? India using a third party managed it and controlled it. Do you agree or NOT? JR’s Constitution NOT based on LOGIC? Then what was it based on? Explain. Please do not bring the past to the present and compare. One example is the Rail system. Can you compare the one you have today and one that you had then? The simple answer is NO. Similarly the Constitution was created to address issues that existed at that time. Is there a war today, NO. Was their a war then? Yes. Next is every clown repeat this thinking, to distract real issues today “PRESIDENT HAVE ALL THE POWER TO DO EVERY THING EXCPT TURN A MAN TO A WOMAN AND WOMAN TO A MAN. GIVE US SOME PROOF. Where did he say this, in what meeting and where was it published. Was it published in the Daily News? HE NEVER SAID IT ASK HIS SON and see what the reply is. Appusamy’ news paper may be.

  10. Lorenzo Says:

    Kithsiri,

    MOST people AGREE JR’s con-stitution is a DISASTER. His NEPHEW Run-nil is no better. Endian leader Thondaman first became a minister under JR!! Endian 13 amendment was passed by JR!! JR signed the INDO SL agreement!!

    We need a new constitution.

  11. Metteyya_Brahmana Says:

    Lorenzo,

    You should READ Gammanpila’s interview posted by Samanthi above, especially this part:

    Q. President Sirisena also said that in the event of a UPFA victory there were several party seniors fit to be prime minister. But the president is bound to appoint as PM not those whom likes, but he who commands the confidence of the majority of MPs in parliament. Your comments.

    A. We see that president Sirisena, too, has indirectly predicted a victory for the UPFA. The president does not have discretion in appointing the prime minister. He is constitutionally bound to appoint as PM the person who commands the confidence of the majority of MPs in parliament. In 1994, president D. B. Wijetunga had to appoint Chandrika Kumaratunga as the prime minister and Chandrika Kumaratunga in turn was compelled to appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as PM in 2001 for that reason. That’s what’s going to happen this time as well.

    Many of words in the Constitution, including the word ‘opinion’ are legal terms of art that have decades of case-law interpretation by the courts, including the Supreme Court. Maithripala can’t just disregard all this and apply the common usage of the term ‘opinion’ without violating the Constitution. The opinion is based on something OBJECTIVE (i.e., who has a majority of MPs supporting him, or who was the campaign leader and PM candidate of the party with majority support in the general election), not the subjective whim of Maithripala.

  12. Techno Says:

    Trust Lorenzo to engage in his psychological warfare. The continued “theme” of his posts is that “there is no hope”, and that there is no way to get rid of/undermine the ugly and vicious rule of the Puppet. His actions are to demoralize others into giving up.

    As i said before about Lorenzo: ” is the person who also called himself Moshe Dyan/Kumar Moses. He has been spreading lies against MR since the PE was called in November 2014 and actively boasted you made up 27 Facebook accounts and were one of the “sources” of the bogus Lamborghini/Aston Martin and golden horses propaganda crap where you spread photoshoped images on Facebook which was used by the Puppet’s campaign team to destroy MRs credibility. The national security threat we face NOW is directly correlated to your (and others) involvement in spreading lies against MR and bringing to power this UNP Puppet. Were YOU thinking about national security during the last election when you paved the way for the UNPs puppet to illegally seize control of Sri Lanka and sell the country out (first of course taking it back to 2001?).

    When the “bring back Mahinda” campaign gained huge traction (as many people realised they had been tricked) from March onward and the rally’s drew in tens of thousands YOU went around saying not to bother with MR, as MR has “lost” all credibility. The REALITY was that MRs credibility had not just returned but skyrocketed and your Puppet was firmly exposed as the fraud he is and HIS credibility was what was not just lost but completely destroyed. I’ve also noted everytime your puppet does something you deem good (relations with China, appointment of Jagath Dias to a key position) you try to scream and deafen us over such moves to show the “importance” of the Puppet and how he is a good thing. While i do not doubt the importance of such moves IT DOES NOT vindicate your Puppet nor make him a good thing. He is a disgusting puppet and a threat.”

  13. Techno Says:

    Lorenzo barked earlier how “national security” was being sacrificed for an election with him lambasting everyone for not supporting the removal of 13A at this moment. Was he thinking about national security when he worked hard to bring this Puppet and the UNP into power and boasted loudly here of this achievement.

    As of now the useless Provincial Councils are important. From my earlier comment regarding this issue of the PCs and 13A: It is these people who do election work and function as the “national organisers” who interact with the grass roots. It is these people (no matter how much they are detested for their underhand activities and their existence due to the ugly Indian imposed 13A) that have been supporting MR since his defeat in January. It is these bodies that make up the SLFP as a whole and it is because of them the SLFP as a party has been 95% with MR. Talking about getting rid of them will completely undermine MRs position within the SLFP and his electoral prospects. Any talk of scraping them now will torpedo MRs position. Once MR is established can we return to dealing with the PCs/13A and scrapping the whole lot. For now they are needed.

  14. SA Kumar Says:

    The opinion is based on something OBJECTIVE That’s what’s going to happen this time as well- well said.
    MR will be next president of Mother Lanka !!!

  15. SA Kumar Says:

    Hello our PM sorry CM Viggie 100 days honey moon is finised now let’s go back to our 2,000 years old (Elara to VP) our day dream !
    Naalai pirakkum TE (Tomorrow we will get TE – Not today repeat every day) !!!

  16. Independent Says:

    Technology Man from USA,
    Lorenzo’s trick is he always write things that makes sense. If puppet is doing good thing he praises him.

    So, what is your problem ?
    Now he is supporting your man fully and whole heartedly. So, don’t go after him like a fool now. Let him praise your God.
    Are you jealous when people talk with him ? You are either mentally sick or a bloody fool.

    What I am saying is he a LTTE man and whatever he says, do the opposite taking his own advice.

  17. Ratanapala Says:

    Aiyo Sirisena has already done the foul deed once on 9 Jan appointing Don Juan Ranil the traitor as the Prime Minister not even giving a few minutes to the walking mummy D M Jayaratne to resign. Therefore the Traitor and Turncoat Sirisena can do it again as Lorenzo says. I don’t know how but he is capable of engineering in cahoots with Don Juan and Choura Ragina.

    The forces working against MR are vast and very powerful – RAW and CIA

  18. Independent Says:

    “I feel so sorry for the dead people. They passed. Every time I recall them, I have a responsibility to tell their grief, their strong feelings against war. Through me, I need to tell as many people as possible.

    “Every day so many times I think, why do human beings not pay attention about how precious life is? Every day until now, so many years, I have been thinking and I cannot understand. I can’t believe some of the people. Human beings are so greedy and think about only themselves and their desires. They are so greedy.

    “I do not have a hatred toward American people. But still I want the leader of America to say sorry and it was wrong to drop the bomb. I want them to apologise. What I really want to have, I want to work with them for peace. I want to persuade them and tell them how to change their mind. I do not have a feeling of revenge or hatred. I have a fear that some Japanese leaders didn’t learn from the past. They might want war again. I am worrying very much.

    “Even though I tell my story, nobody can really understand my fear, my sorrow and my experience. So some of them think it is better to keep silent. They have a dream, they want to tell, but there is no way. They cannot forget. It is a dilemma everybody has.

    “Each survivor’s feelings are very complicated. They want to forget those days but they can’t. I recall those days and for instance, when I eat some sweets I recall my classmates, how much they wanted to eat something sweet. How badly they wanted to eat such a thing. It is sometimes hard for me to eat sweets, when I am recalling them. That happens always, even now.

    “Everybody says fireworks are beautiful but I do not like to see them. Fireworks, the flash instantly switches my mind to the flash of the bomb and the smell, the burning smell, I recall those days instantly. I do not like fireworks.

    “During the war, sometimes we had to get out of the house immediately because of air raids. Even now, every night I carefully fold my clothes to wear by the bedside. Always the clothes are ready, so whatever might happen, I am ready, I can get out of the house. It is a habit I have been keeping for a long time.

    “Before I started telling my story, I felt like I had a heavy burden on my back – very heavy and a feeling of pressure. But more and more as I talked the burden became lighter and lighter. Children give me the power to continue this work.

    “I want to hand it down to the younger generations, so they will create world peace after hearing my story. My painful experience is a kind of power. Let them understand the misery of war. It is their turn to do something for the world. I pray for that. My dream is a peaceful world.”

    -Hiroshima bombing survivor Tomiko Matsumoto: a message of peace from a survivor of hell

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-15/hiroshima-bomb-survivor-tomiko-matsumoto/5486678

  19. Ananda-USA Says:

    Bravo Techno!

    Finally there is another person blogging at LankaWeb taking Facebook Lorenzo to task for all the LIES and MISLEADING DRIVEL that he has been unleashing at LankaWeb to DESTROY the Patriotic Forces of Sri Lanka!

    Thank you! Let us HOLD THIS TREACHEROUS BACKSTABBER ACCOUNTABLE! Don’t let him Comment here without a challenge!

    BTW, you are CORRECT about his Identity; at least his former aliases at LankaWEb and elsewhere! There are even more … he creates fake bloggers to support him whenever he feels threatened!

  20. Metteyya_Brahmana Says:

    Lorenzo,

    I agree with what Techno says above and therefore share his skepticism that you really want MR to win this time around.

    But I am going to give you a chance to redeem yourself. If you post the following EXACTLY as is from all of your Facebook accounts in all of the relevant places on Facebook so that it is EVERYWHERE on Facebook, then I will re-consider whether you are supporting Mahinda.

    Here is what I want you to post:

    This is the full interim report by the COPE committee in the Sri Lanka Parliament that was investigating bond fraud by Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, and found Mahendran did in fact have direct involvement with the acceptance of this nephew’s bid. This report includes testimony by Central Bank staff that indicates Mahendran came into the bond trading room, demanded to see the bidding list, and then directed the Central Bank staff over their objections to accept bids to the ‘exact’ amount of his nephew’s bid. This report also supports the fact that Ranil Wickramasinghe tried to cover-up this serious crime with his so-called ‘independent’ committee of UNP loyalists who found that Mahendran had no direct involvement with the issuance of the bonds, which is completely at odds with the testimony in this report of the Central Bank staff. You can read the COPE report for yourself, here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/271728734/Cope-Report-on-Bond-Fraud-in-Sri-Lanka

  21. Independent Says:

    Ayubown Mr. USA,

    How are you friend ?

    This Lorenzo bugger is an LTTEer ( I suspected 4-5 years ago when he came to Lankaweb).

    But since he is supporting your God now why hammer him ?

    Hammer me man. I am still against your God. I want to give Runil bugger a proper (not pick pocket) government and se how he goes. If he starts really selling the country will be against him too.

    Only thing I cannot reply you easily, Mr. Moderator is strangling me, you have to wait 6 hours for the reply.

  22. Metteyya_Brahmana Says:

    Lorenzo,

    I agree with what Techno says above and therefore share his skepticism that you really want MR to win this time around.

    But I am going to give you a chance to redeem yourself. If you post the following EXACTLY as is from all of your Facebook accounts in all of the relevant places on Facebook so that it is EVERYWHERE on Facebook, then I will re-consider whether you are supporting Mahinda.

    Here is what I want you to post:

    This is the full interim report by the COPE committee in the Sri Lanka Parliament that was investigating bond fraud by Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, and found Mahendran did in fact have direct involvement with the acceptance of this nephew’s bid. On page 8 of this report, there is testimony by Central Bank staff that indicates Mahendran came into the bond trading room, demanded to see the bidding list, and then directed the Central Bank staff over their objections to accept bids to the ‘exact’ amount of his nephew’s bid (see page 8). This report also supports the fact that Ranil Wickramasinghe tried to cover-up this serious crime with his so-called ‘independent’ committee of UNP loyalists who found that Mahendran had no direct involvement with the issuance of the bonds, which is completely at odds with the testimony in this report of the Central Bank staff. You can read the COPE report for yourself, here: “https://www.scribd.com/doc/271728734/Cope-Report-on-Bond-Fraud-in-Sri-Lanka”

    Please remove the quotes at the beginning and end of the hyperlink when you post on Facebook so it is a ‘live’ link.

  23. Lorenzo Says:

    Amanda-USA and avatars,

    When people discuss serious issues here you only discuss about people (real and imaginary).

    “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

    Eleanor Roosevelt

  24. Lorenzo Says:

    MB,

    I want MR to win. But you are entitled to your opinion.

    That is why I don’t want people to be FOOLED by DISTRACTIONS and EMOTIONS.

    1. My3 has a mind of a woman. He changes so often. But we need to remain in his GOOD BOOKS until the election is over.

    e.g. Imagine a mad idiot has the key to a car and you need it to escape from somewhere. You have to take the idiot carefully without FURETHER hurting him.

    2. Trusting My3 will give the PM post to MR is naïve. This is CROOKED MAN worse than DBW and CBK. He will do everything to AVOID giving it to MR. Then there should be a PLAN B.

    I post only CATCHY stuff on facebook pages. Not text. Will send the snippets to Lankaweb too when developed. I have hired a “mans” with good Singhala to do them up. MR’s campaign has not yet kicked off. Scheduled for the 17th.

  25. Metteyya_Brahmana Says:

    Lorenzo,

    I won the bet with my wife! I said if Lorenzo is really a Maithripala plant here he will find some excuse not to post the biggest bombshell in ANY campaign that will assure Mahinda’s victory in August.

  26. Fran Diaz Says:

    Whilst the intelligent folk argue points, who is in charge of the Country till Elections take place ?

    Is it only President Sirisena ? Is the mainly Catholic/Christian Cabinet with an Actg PM (Ranil) also included, and in charge ?

    As far as we know, only the Parliament was dissolved, wasn’t it ?

    This is a VULNERABLE TIME for Lanka. Actg PM Ranil is determined to keep the Central Bank under Arjun Mahendran. He has gone to great lengths to keep it so and hide Mahendran breaking the rules of the C’Bank. Why is the President quiet ? Do they want to crash the country financially and pretend that it is not happening ?

  27. Fran Diaz Says:

    Why is the President NOT taking FIRM ACTION to remove Arjun Mahendran from the Central Bank Governor’s post ?

    The President has, at present, merely told Ranil to remove Mahendran from the CB, which is totally inadequate as Ranil doesn’t appear to respect Sirisena. In fact, Ranil has gone to great lengths to cover up the Central Bank scam and Mahendran’s part in it. The latest is a court order coming from Ranil as Actg PM (presumably that is how he got the power to issue the Crt Order on the COPE Report), ordering not to disclose the COPE Report on the CB scam. Why is he so intent on hiding the COPE Report if there is nothing to hide ?

    Comments welcome.

  28. SA Kumar Says:

    Metteyya_Brahmana
    I won the bet with my wife!- You are very clever you bet with your wife so whether win or loose money want go to others (:-)

  29. LANKAPUTHRA Says:

    esThank you comment writers, now I know who Lorenzo is! “My3 has a mind of a woman He changes so often”. Please may I correct this. Please don’t offend women. I know many who does not change unless the environment round her changes.
    Ratnapala, Ranil was an adopted son he has no connection JRJ family! Walking Mummy DMJ has to get Mouth exercise three time a day so he can utter few words. (Like “RENDA BARROW) Tax payer pays for it.

    Now for Todays news. MSNBC July 16th 2015. Mayor of Air Ways Heights, Patrick Rushing called Obama Monkey man and Michelle Obama Gorilla Face. He said he will not apologize. 10.45 a.m. Eastern time USA.

  30. Metteyya_Brahmana Says:

    Franz,

    Read page EIGHT of the COPE report at the link in my above post! It actually PROVES Ranil tried to cover up the bond fraud with a phony ‘independent’ committee of UNP loyalists that found no ‘direct’ involvement of Mahendran, and he obviously can’t win an election on ‘good governance’ if this is widely known to the public.

  31. Independent Says:

    I think MY3 just want to be a William Goapllaawa and enjoy life at the highest level. Why not ? සංතුට්ඨි පරමං ධනං. He does not want to get involved with the government as far as possible. He would like to check on MR and national security.
    If MR can win 2/3 majority, they will send him to retirement, which he does not mind too. I like him for his simplicity, uncomplicated way. He is paying his gratitude to Ranil , which he should.

    Win 2/3 majority ? when most people know MR= MR , simplest equation I have ever learnt.

  32. Fran Diaz Says:

    @Metteyya B.,

    Thank you very much for the information. Yes, I too was aware of Ranil’s phoney Report on the C’Bank scam. He chose three of his college buddies to do the needful for him ! The Press reports of that time confirmed all that.

    ———————-

    I have yet to come across another country like Lanka. In Lanka, the voters allow a FRAUDULENT election to take place and an ever vacillating President gets to be the leader of the country. This President then elects another vastly unsuitable Executive PM who in turn elects a set of crooks (Mahendran as Governor C’Bank & Paskaralingam as Chief of the Treasury) to run the Economy of the country. They have already successfully partially crashed the Economy through a Bond scam. Readers may recall that earlier the LTTE crashed a suicide lorry loaded with explosives into the Central Bank building, nearly collapsing the entire building and damaging the building so much it required a costly repair, in additon to damaging all the buildings in the surrounding area. You can see that the Tamil people have been encouraged to vent their Caste based fury from Tamil Nadu on Lanka. It is Lanka that gives them FREE Education & Health Care and a jump place to go abroad. Why is this allowed to go on ? Tamils have to solve their Caste Problem in Tamil Nadu, the birth place of the Caste Problem. Encourage their leaders their to print brith certificates sans caste declarations.

    People of Lanka, choose wisely at the next Election. Do not allow this absurd, self annihilation to go on. Choose the tried and tested leaders from earlier times, choose the MR coalition.

    It is only when we succeed in self preservation that foreign countries will respect us. Otherwise, we are just another piece of meat in food chain and who can blame them for such an attitude when the facts are obvious now.

  33. Lorenzo Says:

    MB,

    Betting is a sinful game according to Buddhism. You will eventually lose.

  34. Lorenzo Says:

    UNP should be destroyed by showing (in CATCHY PICTURES and snippets)

    1. its FRAUDS including the bond FRAUD.
    2. FCID GESTAPO
    3. Batalanda
    4. 1983 WELIKADE prison massacre by Runil’s bedfellow
    5. Ravi’s involvement in RAJ RAJARATNAM’s frauds
    6. UNP-LTTE OPEN MOU which is still working
    7. Other UNP CROOKS identified in MANY COPE reports since 2007
    8. UNP-RAW-CIA network
    9. UNP’s promise to DIVIDE SL
    10. Crimes by individual UNP candidates
    etc.

    AND

    How MR’s team is better.

    UNP is using CHEAP election tricks like PRICE REDUCTION of gas, fuel prices. These WILL win votes. UPFA MUST counter them with EQUALLY POWERFUL SLOGANS. I hope at some point MR will bring the scrapping 13 amendment to the discussion because that is the BEST way to GALVANIZE the voters for one purpose.

    BUST UNP’s PC game plan for October

    Maru Sira with Run-nil plans to DISSOLVE ALL PCs in October and hold elections on a single day. Thereafter only his men will rule in PCs. He knows he will LOSE the parliament so he wants a powerbase in PCs and do FULL DEVOLUTION. ALL popular UPFA PC members will be in parliament unable to contest AGAIN in 2 months.

    ALL popular pro-MR PC members will be in parliament by August 17th. PCs offer nothing good after that (not that they offered much anyway). Manipulated by Maru Sira, CBK and UNP goons, PCs with FULL DEVOLUTION will work against the parliament. UNP also plans to BRIBE TNA in parliament and join them by giving FULL DEVOLUTION to VIGGIE. SCRAP them before that.

  35. Techno Says:

    Lorenzo,

    That is all the more reason to campaign strongly to bring MR & the UPFA into power and get as close to 2/3rd majority.
    It is also why campaigning against the PCs must happen after the GE. The PCs members are doing all the ground work for MR. MR/UPFA needs all the support it can get. You cannot throw out this important power base by telling them that they will be out of a job (if MR were to take the abolish 13A route as a slogan). The reason MR even got a nomination and that 99% of the SLFP is with MR (as admitted by Puppet himself) is because of the PCs and other strata of the party back support MR. All the MR ralley’s -who organised them? -Who provided funding? The PCs.

    What can be done is use the full devolution to TNA/Northern PC as a POWERFUL election slogan to underline the threat Puppet and the UNP pose. The Northern PC must be painted as EVIL, while the other PCs as “ok” things. USE THEM to the max.
    The removal of the 13A can start SMALL rotating around just scrapping Northern PC racist junk because they want to use it to undermine the war victory and create their racist separate state and that is the plan of Puppet & UNP. Toss in what they did in 2001 to help emphasis the point. Jumping to full removal of 13A (a right thing to do) now will be suicide for the MR campaign for reasons i have outlined above. If a small fire is set regarding the PCs/13A BUT based purely on the Northern PC and the racist Viggie ONLY it will get HUGE votes for MR. Then after the election it can be expanded for the whole lot. For NOW the PCs are needed. By asking MR/UPFA to launch their campaign on scrapping the PCs/13A now will be suicide.

  36. Metteyya_Brahmana Says:

    Lorenzo,

    The ‘bet’ with my wife was if she lost she would bake me my favorite chocolate cake.

    I really enjoyed eating the cake at your expense!

  37. Fran Diaz Says:

    The UNP was, in earlier and happier times, the political party of the Nationalists, the people who followed ‘noblesse oblige’, the just & fair minded folk. It was the Party that fought for Lanka’s freedom from colonisation. What has happened to this Party from the time of Independence in 1948 up to the end JRJ era ?

    It all started in the Cold War times (1970s) when JRJ was in power. The UNP declined with India’s regional loyalty to the USSR. Whilst Tamil leaders kept on their demand for 50-50, Federal state, etc., JRJ going ultra West was a disturbing phenomenon to pro-Russian India. India trained the LTTE in the Tamil Nadu area – this was done presumably to keep the JRJ govt at bay. By the end of the JRJ era, the UNP had lost a number of their Party stalwarts in the Party to LTTE killers and forced to take the 13-A into the Constitution of Lanka. Pres Premadasa took over the UNP but was not allowed to govern the country due to LTTE interference and arrival of the IPKF to the North. After Pres Premadasa was assassinated by the LTTE, the Party went spiralling downward and has now become mainly the Party that represents Tamills and other minoriites of Lanka, and some of the old time business sector/plantation owners.

    Why has Lanka become so important to Tamil people ?
    Tamil people of low Caste were made to believe that crossing SEA water LOST Caste (per book “Sri Lanka through American eyes” Editor : HAI Goonetilleke). Lanka was the closest point to cross over by sea, and thus during the British colonial times, over a million Tamil folk of low Caste came to Lanka to work the British plantations of tea mainly. Illegal migration of Tamil folk from Tamil Nadu continued/continues, encouraged by the various religious bodies in Lanka. Second way to lose Caste : Change religion, lose Caste.
    Third way to lose Caste : Get FREE Education (plus free health care) in Lanka > upward mobility in status and money, and thus lose Caste.

    Also, Tamil leaders of Lanka have made Tamil folk of Lanka believe that creation of Tamil Eelam is the Dream Theme for all Tamil folk, irrespective of Caste. So in order to gain acceptance, create Tamil Eelam ….

    I am not against Tamil folk losing Caste. But it is high time facts were recognised and losing Caste should be acts done in Tamil Nadu, which is the point of birth of Caste. In Buddhism “a person is high born or low born by one’s actions only”.

    It is time Tamils of Lanka also realised that the Cold War times are over and there is no need to take West/East favor positions either. Ranil, as leader of the present day UNP is creating an artificial “Colombo for Westward Ho ! ” – utterly unecessary, in my view. He thinks he can crash the Economy of the country and ‘sell’ it off to foreign bidders ! How sad ! How inept ! What would a great politician like DS say to Ranil now ? Besides, the USA is folding up operations in Afghanistan and the Iran Nuclear Deal is through, thus moving toward a more peaceful world with less posturing.

    A good motto for Tamil folk of Lanka to follow : Be loyal to the country that nurtures you. Work with us, live with us, grow with us ! Be well and happy with us !

    I hope I haven’t offended anyone here. But permanent solutions must be found to the so called Tamil Question, without divison of Lanka and by looking at the reality of the situation, in Lanka and in the world.

    The UNP has a vital role to play in future development of Lanka for All – but play straight, play true, play trustworthy, to resurrect the Party for all times.

  38. Metteyya_Brahmana Says:

    Lorenzo,

    For a ONE MONTH campaign you need to focus on a small handful of issues based on the voters you are trying to target.

    The security, separatism, econ development stuff will help him keep the 5.8m voters he already has from January.

    The FAKE GOOD GOVERNANCE of the UNP (bond fraud, cost-of-living fraud, politicization of law enforcement by FCID and now with the courts) will get him the rest of the 2m voters he lost in January that he had in 2010 that fell for Ranil/Maithripala’s good governance election gimmick.

  39. Ananda-USA Says:

    Ayubowan Independent,

    You ask, “But since he is supporting your God now why hammer him ?”

    Any LUKEWARM support from Lorenzo’s for MR TODAY is ONLY a PRELUDE to Lorenzo STABBING him FATALLY in the back TOMORROW.

    I am not a “Politician” who lies in bed with TRAITORS for temporary advantage. Once a BACKSTABBER, Always a BACKSTABBER. I keep such people as far away from me as possible.

    The Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the seasoned politician that he is, should follow the same rules, and REMEMBER to NEVER join hands with backstabbers again.

    You FOOL me ONCE, Shame on YOU.
    You FOOL ME TWICE, Shame on ME!

    It is a person’s CHARACTER & CONSISTENT FIDELITY that determines his WORTH, not the PRAISES he whispers in your ears today, nor the grapes he brings to your table, for he will sell you like Judas for a bagful of gold tomorrow.

    Judging people correctly is the hardest thing to do; but it is the most valuable thing that I have learned in all my years.

  40. Ananda-USA Says:

    “A good motto for Tamil folk of Lanka to follow : Be loyal to the country that nurtures you. Work with us, live with us, grow with us ! Be well and happy with us ! ”

    Well said, Fran Diaz!

    As always you echo my own views, reflecting a permanent commitment to fairness and justice for ALL, irrespective of community and political expediency!

  41. SA Kumar Says:

    “A good motto for Tamil folk of Lanka to follow : Be loyal to the country that nurtures you. Work with us, live with us, grow with us ! Be well and happy with us ! -As a Hela Demila (Eelath Thamilan) We always with you as last 2,500 years (according to Mahavamsa(m)) and will be for another 2.500 years or more !!!

    eg: at our (you & me) life time history – We kicked out IPKF even though they offered NEP in gold plate why ??? because as We-Tamils are Mother lankan as always loyal to our Mother & Mother Land for our free education/Health/security etc…..

    one more thing We always loyal to Bhuddist Sinhala people also there are to us Saiva Tamils.
    eg: gave us 3 time meal for three years to us (297,000) in IDP camp .

    Our relationship live for ever in Mother Lanka that why Lord Bhudda send MR for war time & MS for peace time .

    stong beliver in Karma(m) & Tharma(m) !!!

    live & let live !!!!

  42. Fran Diaz Says:

    Hi Ananda USA,

    So good to have you write in again !
    Welcome.

    best,
    Fran

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