Massive people’s vote  to candidates of SLPP on 10 February,2018 was  a vote against the Government.
Posted on February 17th, 2018

By Charles .S.Perera

Dambara Amila  thero , was seated with anti Buddhist Anti Sinhala  NGO clique- Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu, Nimalka Fernando , Chameera Perera, Saman Ratnapriya and host of others demanding that the war winning Army Commander Sarath Fonseka be appointed as the  Law and Order Minister to bring long delayed  high profile investigations  against the previous regime  to a successful conclusion.

The people have rejected long time ago the Buddhist monks in politics. Dambara Amila is no exception. He accuses the Monks of the Bodu Bala Sena for being disrespectful to the teachings of the Buddha. To quote a cliché,  it is the pot calling the kettle Black ?

As Bodu Bala Sena does not promote reconciliation which is a catch phrase of the foreign financed NGOs, Gnanasara thero is more acceptable than the Dambara Amila thero representing the  NGO clique.

Sri Lanka is not Colombo, Galle, Kandy or Hambantota towns. It was the ordinary people of Sri Lanka – the heart of the country’s culture, national patriotic sensibility, and the voice of the masses which on the 10 February, 2018 rejected the Yahapalanaya Government which mismanaged the country for the past three years.

Ravi Karunanayake surrounded by some of the Colombo North Supporters said that the UNP is prepared to go forward, with the promise it gave to the people on the 8th January,2015. His people in Colombo north applaud and encourage him, but Colombo North is not the  measure of the pulse of the real people of Sri Lanka.

Karunanayaka is another crab in the same pot along with Dambara Amila. The water is beginning to get warm and they may  feel quite comfortable, but wait a little longer to understand what is in store for them when the water begins to heat up.

We saw Ratana thero and  Champika Ranawaka trying to impale the President Mahinda Rajapakse  who gave the people peace and security , which the ordinary people who really suffered under  terrorism and sacrificed their children for the victory over the terrorists will never forget.

It is still the war heroes who sacrificed their friends in the struggle, gave their blood and limbs to save the country for us to live in peace and without fear,  who stand up to defend our country against traitors of the nation like the Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera who sold the good name of Sri Lanka Armed Forces at the Geneva UN Human Rights Council asking forgiveness from Sri Lanka’s foreign enemies  for errors committed by the Sri Lanka Armed forces”   like a gutter rat before wild cats.

In contrast our war heroes do not cringe  even in foreign countries to defend our country and our Armed Forces. Against all odds our war heroes do not to allow the enemies of Sri Lanka to insult and shame the Nation,  as  it was demonstrated by the fearless war hero Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the Defence Counsellor of the Sri Lanka High Commission in UK, when the diaspora Tamils trampled on the  lion flag of Sri Lanka,  hoisting shamelessly the flag of the  LTTE Terrorist,   or  by Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara a former Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Navy  who against tremendous odds to secure time and space at the sessions of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva  presented  the case  of the Sri Lankans the victims of the LTTE terrorist Campaign  for over three decades.

Dambara Amila thero undoubtedly a beneficiary of the NGO largess , should know that as a Buddhist Priest  and a Scholar of the Jayawardhanapura University he should be with the ordinary people of the country and not with theNGO clique  who are doing their job of serving their NGO masters shamelessly betraying their own country. Dambara Amila thero  should know better that Sarath Fonseka, whom  he proposes to be the Minister of Law and order is not  a democratic politician. He is a soldier still in uniform and law and order is not his immediate concern, but to take revenge from the former President and  his Defence Secretary for no valid reason .

Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was imprisoned by a  Court-Marshall, accused for allowing a Company set up by his son-in-law to profit from the sale of Bullets to the Army. There was also a talk about him having received several bundles of Dollar notes from an unknown source.

Therefore, it appears  Sarath Fonseka  is not entirely innocent of the accusations for which he was imprisoned. Further more Sarath Fonseka despite being  in the Parliament is still in mind and heart a soldier- as I read some where- he walks like a soldier , talks like a soldier and acts like soldier. Where therefore is his talent” to be a Minister of Law and Order that Dambara Amila sees in him ?

Is Dambara Amila thero with the NGO clique,  in like company supporting Sarath Fonseka  to be the Minister of Law and Order or does it mean that Dambara Amila thero has still not grown up to understand  the gravity of  his spurious statements.

All these NGO activists have become President Maithripala Sirisena’s  close advisors. Three of them in a previous Derana TV debate Aluth Parliamenthuwak” were dribbling profusely trying to defend the stand they propose the President to take against the massive support received by his opponent the former President Mahinda Rajapakse.

One can of course say that  the people voted to elect their representative to the Provincial Councils and therefore,  it has no bearing on the unity government- the Yahapalanaya.

The crowds at elections meetings do not indicate the popularity of  one party or another and that the crowds of people at any meeting  would vote for the candidates presented by that party.

But when the Government in place has failed to contribute to the welfare of the people or reduced the cost of living to allow them to live a comfortable life, how can the people show their disapproval ?

The only way  the people had,  was to attend in large numbers the meetings opposing the Yahapalanaya  Government, as there had been no elections to show their opposition to the government by their vote.

Hence,  in the case of this unpopular Yahapalanaya Government, when the people after three years of waiting, got the only chance of showing their opposition to the continuation of the Yahapalanaya  by casting their vote,  was at the Local government elections of the 10 February, 2018.  They did that by giving a massive vote for the candidates put forward by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna which opposed the Yahapalanaya Government.

Therefore,  the massive vote of the people should not be underestimated  by the  defeated political parties the UNP, the SLFP and the JVP , by playing with numbers and percentages to to show that the people’s vote was not against the Government , but only to elect their local representatives.

When  JVP won no local authority , SLFP has won  only 11 , TNA only 38 , the UNP only 42 and SLPP 249. They still without accepting the lower number of LGs they have won  go on arguing that the 249 LGs SLPP won are less than the actual number as 162 LGs will have problems electing a SLPP candidate as the Chairman, and those LGs may have to elect a Chairman from UNP, or SLFP. But that is an argument of fools,  as still the largest number of LGs have been won by the SLPP .

Therefore,  there is no doubt that the 10th February,2018 vote of the people for LG elections was a vote by the people against the Government and the Government has no moral right any further to continue to be in place.

Both the President and the Prime Minister should therefore resign in the name of Democracy, if they still, respect it, and allow the people to elect another President and another Prime Minister.

That is the only thing to do if there is no provision in the Constitution for the President to dismiss the Prime Minister.

7 Responses to “Massive people’s vote  to candidates of SLPP on 10 February,2018 was  a vote against the Government.”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    Bravo Charles! JAYAWEWA!

    The SPIN by ECONOMYNEXT in the article below that SLFP/UPFA’s move to form a Govt has run into Constitutional Barriers is JUST THAT: A SPIN!

    As I had stated above, the 19A DOES ALLOW the whole Cabinet to be DIS<MISSED together with its first member the PRIME MINISTER.

    There is also another report the PM has rallied his dissenting troops. That IS toubling, because a SLFP/UPFA Govt will need as many as 11 defecting UNP MPs.

    EVEN MORE TROUB:LING, is a PERPLEXING TURNAROUND by the Mahanayake's of the Malwatta and Asgiriya Chapters at this CRITICAL time in their REPORTED but unverified release advocating the continuation of the Unity Govt! See my post of the article below.

    COME ON Hamuduruweni ….. WHERE is YOUR SPINE? STICK to your GUNS that you had FIRED EARLIER in DEFENCE of our Motherland!

    Sri Lanka President-backed putsch fails as PM rallies dissidents
    Sat, Feb 17, 2018, 09:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    Feb 17 (ECONOMYNEXT) A last ditch attempt by President Maithripala Sirisena to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has failed due to a constitutional hurdle and more significantly the lack of parliamentary support, sources close to both sides said.

    President Sirisena had agreed to continue working with Wickremesinghe, but had a sudden change of heart on Thursday after meeting with his United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) seniors.

    The two general secretaries of the parties, ministers Mahinda Amaraweera and Susil Premajayantha told reporters that neither of them could work under Wickremesinghe and insisted that they would not be in a cabinet with him.

    The duo raised Sirisena’s hopes of forming a SLFP/UPFA government with Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva as Prime Minister. Sirisena’s

    dream of being the leader of an unadulterated UPFA/SLFP cabinet was reinforced by his nemesis Mahinda Rajapaksa pledging conditional support.

    The charismatic former president controls at least 56 members of parliament out of the 96 elected under the UPFA ticket, but even together they do not have an absolute majority of 113 seats required to constitutionally topple Wickremesinghe.

    A senior official close to Sirisena said the president had been misguided by a senior lawyer who had advised him that he had the power to sack Wickremesinghe the same way he unceremoniously dismissed D. M. Jayaratne in January 2015.

    However, he was told that the President’s power to dismiss the Prime Minister was taken away by the 19th amendment to the constitution. Some have argued that the president could sack the entire cabinet and thus the PM too would lose his job, but there is no provision to under Articles 48 (as specified in the 19th amendment) to remove the cabinet in toto.

    Aides have argued that Sirisena could have pressed ahead ignoring constitutional provisions if he had an absolute majority as in the case of Mahinda Rajapaksa who used his executive power and the huge parliamentary majority to impeach chief justice Shirani Bandarayanake in 2013 using highly questionable means. In less than three weeks into office, Sirisena’s administration in January 2015 overturned the impeachment of Bandaranayake using equally controversial means, but thanks to a steamroll majority in the House.

    Realising both the legal impediments and the lack of a parliamentary majority, the once gung-ho UPFA ministers went silent over the weekend with their efforts at a constitutional putsch backfiring and raising questions about their tenure in the National Unity government.

    UPFA general secretary and minister Amaraweera had told the president in writing that no SLFP/UPFA member, himself included, could be in a cabinet with Wickremesinghe, a sentiment articulated over national television by Premajayantha.

    While President Sirisena cancelled his meeting with senior editors on Friday, Wickremesinghe hosted senior journalists to tea at Temple Trees after a no-holds-barred press conference where he categorically declared that he will remain but with changes in his party and the cabinet.

    In sharp contrast to the president’s camp, Wickremesinghe was careful not to criticize the president or his SLFP ministers. When asked how he could have Messers Premajayantha and Amaraweera in a future cabinet, Wickremesinghe said: “It is coalition politics. We have to get used to it. It was a little difficult for everyone at the beginning, but not anymore.”

    He said the president had told him that he was spending the weekend at his home constituency of Polonnaruwa and they would discuss the composition of the new cabinet in the coming week. He expected the process of finalizing a new cabinet of ministers to take over a week.

    Parliament meets on Tuesday for the first time after the February 10 local government elections and should the UPFA and the SLFP have sufficient numbers to oust Wickremesinghe they have no impediment to submiting a no-trust resolution against the premier.

    Despite UPFA attempts to push Nimal Siripala de Silva as a successor to Wickremesinghe, the somnolent transport minister made no public comments about accepting high office. Instead, he was attending temple ceremonies and offering poojas for good luck, a source close to him said.

    Dissent within

    Shortly after the local government election results showed that Wickremesinghe’s UNP had suffered a drubbing, the premier was under pressure from within the party to step down.

    However, the final results were not as bad as initially feared and Wickremesinghe was slowly able to rally support and keep disgruntled elements under check. A party senior said he also earned sympathy from the rank and file after a private media channel went out on a limb to personally attack him.

    “The media campaign against Ranil was an overkill and many people who saw the live coverage ended up feeling that he was unfairly targeted and began to rally behind him,” the source said.

    Wickremesinghe himself told reporters on Friday that he accepted responsibility for the electoral humiliation and was carrying out a restructuring of the party. He said the leadership was in “transition without disruption” and wanted younger members to take a leading role.

    He also admitted that the fallout from the bond scandal and his government’s failure to prosecute high profile members of the previous regime accused of corruption were key factors.

    He said he had taken on board the powerful warning from the electorate and was on a course correction to swiftly deliver on electoral promises made three years ago to bring to justice those responsible for killings and corruption.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    AIYO Hamuduruweni … dan KANAPITA GAHANNA EPA! Apey MAUBIMEY Sinhala Bauddhayan aaraksha karanna nagapu wedikawa athahara yanna EPO!

    Mokada obawahanselata WUNEY kapapita gahanna? CHIKAY … KATHAI!

    Sri Lanka’s Chief Prelates call on leaders to continue unity government and fulfill promises made to people
    Sat, Feb 17, 2018, 09:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    Feb 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s influential Mahanayake Theras (Chief Prelates) of the Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters have urged President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to promptly resolve the political crisis emerged after the local government elections without allowing the nation to be destabilized.

    The two Chief Prelates have pointed out that the government should work unitedly to take the country forward to fulfill the promises they made.

    The Mahanayake of Malwathu Chapter Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera says that the Government has a responsibility to rule the country without creating confusions.

    In a letter to the President and the Prime Minister, the Chief Prelate said if the confusion resulted after the Local Government elections continued further, collapse of state administration and economic downturn are inevitable and all the parties should work unitedly to avoid such an outcome and to fulfill the promises they made to the people at the last elections.

    The Chief Prelate noted that with the outcome of the election results, the confusing, unstable, and uncertain situation emerging in the country is an obstruction to the people’s progress and well-being, as well as to unity, peace and harmony.

    The Mahanayake Thera also said that it is important to pay special attention to this situation and now it is necessary to act diligently to fulfill the promises given to the public in 2015 and at the general election. It is important to resolve the livelihood problems of the working class and the middle-class people, he emphasized.

    The Chief Prelate said the main emphasis should be on making national, religious, cultural and economic progress, as well as building peace and unity.

    Registrar of Asgiri Chapter Venerable Dr. Medagama Dhammananda Thera in a statement said that they hoped for the stability, betterment of people and security of the country.

    He requested all political party leaders and groups to refrain from acting in a manner that is detrimental to the country’s stability, the economy and the country’s security.

    The Venerable Thera noted that even though more than a week has elapsed since the conclusion of the Local Authority Election there has been no change in the current political environment. He hoped that the politicians will not abuse the mandate of the people by crossovers.

    He said that President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa should be responsible in handling the current situation of the country and they have the responsibility to maintain stability in the country.

    Venerable Dammanada Thera requested the political leaders to ensure the country’s security and work towards ensuring stability.

  3. Charles Says:

    Ananda I do not think the ordinary people take the Malwatta Asgiriya , specially the Malwatta seriously. Malwatte Chapter had always been aUNP stronghold. It is only the other Nikayas that are progressive and matter more to the people.

  4. Dilrook Says:

    Yes; it is a complete waste of time talking about Malwatta Chapter which is a UNP branch at the top. Others must be addressed.

    It is very interesting to get a breakdown of SLPP winners by part (NFF, MEP, etc.). These are not published yet.

  5. Charles Says:

    From what I have Malvatta Chapter of Siyam Nikaya has un Buddhist Practices. They ordain Children from Goviya Caste Kandyyan families. Children from lower castes are not accepted. They do not like low Country Sinhalese prefering the upper class Kandyans. That may be one reason why they prefer Sirisena to a Rajapakse. If you are UNP it is different they are for UNP.

  6. L Perera Says:

    “Western leaders are concerned about the return of Mahinda Rajapakse” so says the Leader Newspaper.
    The term GUTTER PRESS was coined for the likes of this kind of jounalism. They have undermined and insulted the intelligence of the millions who voted for the SLPP on Feb 10.

  7. ranjit Says:

    Charles as long as Dambala amila and the treacherous traitors gets green bucks in to their pockets they will keep on barking against Mahinda Rajapaksa and his movement podujana peramuna. They said throw pohottuwa in to garbage because it will never bloom but see what happened, pohottuwa bloomed and the traitors to our Motherland were rejected and humiliated by the people in this country. We should forget Jan 8th 2015 completely because no value at all on that date of darkness. Patriots must get united to send these uneducated yamaballo to hell and beyond for cheating and looting the public money for last three years starting with the central bank. Sinhala buddhist population must unite under Mahinda Rajapaksa and his new party Pohottuwa to save Motherland from evil conspirators within and abroad. Dambala amila and his gang has to find a place to hide when the day of hope and victory arrives pretty soon. We are all anxiously waiting for that day to arrive. JAYAWEWA.

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