Sumanthiran’s federal conspiracy
Posted on January 5th, 2019

Courtesy Ceylon Today

TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran has recently announced that the hope of adopting a Federal Constitution was still alive because there were 21 SLFP parliamentarians to support it. He announced this in Tamil. In fact, this was a deliberate lie to deceive the Tamils who have been promised with a Federal Constitution by Tamil politicians for several decades. In order to realize the baselessness of this announcement we should understand the composition of Parliament.

When the ‘October Revolution’ commenced on 26.10.2018, the UNP had 107 members in Parliament including the solitary SLMC member. The UPFA, TNA, JVP and EPDP respectively had 95, 16, 6 and 1 members. Between the period from 26 October to 9 November, eight UNPers, namely, Ananda Aluthgamage, Wasantha Senanayake, Ven Athuraliye Rathana Thera, Suresh Vadivel, Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha, Dunesh Gankanda, S.B. Nawinna and Asoka Priyantha pledged their support to the UPFA. Additionally, the sole member of the EPDP and S. Viyalendran from the TNA also supported the UPFA. As a result, the membership of the UPFA parliamentary group increased to 105 decreasing the UNP’s strength to 99

Thereafter, six UPFA members, namely, A. H. M. Fowzie, Piyasena Gamage, Manusha Nanayakkara, Vijithamuni Soysa, Lakshman Seneviratne and Indika Bandaranayake crossed over to the UNP. Suresh Vadivel and Wasantha Senanayake double crossed to pledge their support to the UNP. Meanwhile, Sivasakthy Ananthan of the TNA decided to be independent and refused to support the UNP. In this backdrop, the parliamentary strength of the UPFA, UNP and TNA respectively are 97, 107 and 14 members.

Prima facie lie

The proposed Federal Constitutional Bill needs the support of at least 150 members to approve it by Parliament with a two thirds majority. According to the above figures, the UNP, TNA and JVP coalition presently has only 126 members. Obviously, the Speaker cannot exercise his vote. Hence, it needs the support of another 25 members to legally approve the Federal Constitution Bill.

Sumanthiran claims that there were 21 SLFPers to support this disastrous Bill which may lead to break Sri Lanka into nine autonomous States. This appears to be a prima facie lie uttered by Sumanthiran to attract parliamentarians from the Opposition. After offering lucrative ministerial portfolios, only 23 SLFPers supported the UNP Government in the name of a National Government. Six of them have already joined back. How is Sumanthiran so confident about it?

Sumanthiran’s statement reflects the monetary power of the TNA and its European friends. Although the majority of Sri Lankans have expressed their vehement opposition to the proposed Constitution, he is still confident of getting it approved with a two thirds majority in Parliament. How will he attract Opposition members? Obviously, not by offering portfolios, since the number of portfolios has already reached the constitutional bar. Hence, is he offering money as rumoured during crossovers?

There is another interesting question to pose. What happened to the so-called defenders of democracy? Soon after three UNPers assuming ministerial portfolios of the UPFA Government, the so-called democracy defenders came to the streets with placards and screamed Don’t sell our vote!”. Both local and international media highlighted these campaigns. The Media published stories about bribing MPs almost on a daily basis. Embassies appreciated and supported these campaigns.

Of course, votes should not be for sale. However, is democracy a one-way traffic road? Going one direction is legal and democratic but not vice-versa? Let us forget these unknown defenders for a moment. What happened to the Embassies, NGOs and the Media which yelled about democracy? Should they be motivated with a bag of dollar notes to commence their pro-democracy protests?

By now, six UPFA parliamentarians have crossed over to the UNP. According to Sumanthiran, another 21 parliamentarians were on their way to mark the largest crossover in the history of this country. However, the defenders of democracy are dead silent.

‘D Day’

Sumanthiran has repeatedly said the Constitution would be approved by Parliament before the next Independence Day, i.e. 4 February 2019. We are less than a month away from the ‘D Day’. However, we have not seen such an important Bill as yet. That may be the case with Government parliamentarians. However, being an Opposition MP, Sumanthiran knows not only the time period, but also the contents. According to Sumanthiran, neither President nor Governors have any power in respect of Provincial Councils. The Governor should always act on the advice of the Chief Minister. Further, any number of Provinces can be amalgamated to establish one Provincial Council.

After hearing a few provisions in the Constitution from Sumanthiran, it is crystal clear that the new Constitution is based on the constitutional proposals produced by the Steering Committee and Sub Committees of the Constitutional Assembly despite vehement public protest. Sumanthiran is the true leader of the Government. He decides the contents and the deadline for the new Constitution. His authority over the Government was clearly displayed in November 2018 in Parliament.

When Lakshman Kiriella, the Leader of the House, acted against Sumanthiran’s wishes, he shouted at the Leader of the House having PM Wickremasinghe helplessly looking on at the incident. On 19th December, when I entered the Parliament Complex with President Rajapaksa, MP Vijithamuni De Soysa was on his way out. After exchanging pleasantries, President Rajapaksa said I have no grudge about your crossover. But I have an appeal to make. Please do not commit the sin of supporting the disastrous Federal Constitution”.

I have the same appeal. It is not only for the ones who have crossed over and those to crossover, but also to UNPers. Please do not commit the sin of dividing our beloved motherland by supporting the Federal Constitution!

3 Responses to “Sumanthiran’s federal conspiracy”

  1. Christie Says:

    Aim of Indian have been to get control of Trincomalee long before the Second World War.

    Indian Colonial Parasites here are to help India.

  2. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Church acolyte traitor sumanthiran wants to get the drealam which its church acolyte buddy hitler mala
    paharan couldn’t do with the bullet thanks to MR. Church acolyte knows, another church acolyte traitor chief
    die hard catholic token Buddhist bay gal karaya mega thief mega thakkadiya walking crime bomb (to Sinhalese
    Buddhists, Buddhism and Sri Lanka only) Batalande Wa(n)dakaya Pol Pot [email protected]_leech wickrama Sinhala killer
    will deliver it on a plate just like it did to hitler mala paharan in 2005 with the CFA. With tamils endemic caste
    system are they going to be living happly ever after in their exclusively tamils only drealam? No no no, we
    want our exclusively tamils only drealam plus Colombo etc. etc as well.

    Now these traitors must be amassing funds (since CB day light robbery money is running out) to buy
    manthrihorun, amathihorun in the thieves den aka the parilaiment. With so many traitors in the thieves den, you can’t bet against these church acolytes. But what is going to happen to tamils and mussies in Colombo and outside the dralam, once these traitor foreigners dismember Mother Lanka thanks to traitor anti Sinhalese, anti Buddhist, anti Sri Lanka UNPatriotic_rats party? Are they going to leave in droves to their exclusively tamils only drealam?

    Destruction of the Sinhalese race started in 1505 with the parangi invasion who converted a lot of Sinhalese
    traitors to their religion of convenience for favours etc. Today all these followers have no allegiance to the
    Sinhalese race or Sri Lanka and hell bent on destroying the only true religion (no mythical gods in this scientific
    era) in the world. Destruction 25%.

    Then bandesis replaced parangis and brought tamils to work in tobacco plantations in the north and the east.
    Today they all are natives with 1000s of years history (no ancient tamils brick older than 500 years to
    substantiate the claim )and hell bent on destroying Sinhalese race, Buddhism and want to dismember Mother
    Lanka to create another tn where their hearts and minds are (murali and kathir are the only exception).
    Destruction 25%.

    Then british replaced the bandesis and brought tamils from tn to work in tea plantations. They don’t have histories
    of 1000s of years but aspire to have a greater drealam and none of them are fans of Sinhalese race, Buddhism
    or Mother Lanka since their hearts and minds are also in tn. Destruction 25%.

    Then traitor alugosuwa thambi mudiyanselage [email protected] implemented 13, 13A to have separate governments every
    50 miles to please india, tamils, mussies, catholics and the west. Today there are more manthrihorun and amathi
    horun than ordinary citizens whose only job is to plunder, plunder, thieve, thieve, lies and lies. Then thambi
    mudiyanselage [email protected] put its nephew traitor alugosuwa (to Sinhalese Buddhists, Sri Lanka and Buddhism only)
    traitor chief die hard catholic token Buddhist bay gal karaya mega thief mega thakkadiya walking crime bomb
    (to Sinhalese Buddhists, Sri Lanka and Buddhism only) Batalande wa(n)dakaya pol pol [email protected]_leech wickrama
    Sinhalese killer. Now Batalande wandakaya has planted fellow portuguese natioanals in judiciary, police etc.
    etc. and the destruction has gathered pace with the support from Sinhala dhrohiyas of course tamils, mussies,
    catholics, india and the west. If MY3 does anything constitutional wa(n)dakaya and co can go the judiciary get
    it turned over in their favours since wa(n)dakaya has planted fellow portuguese nationals in it. What’s more
    traitor UNPatritoic_rats have divided the Sinhalese and made the minorities king makers and Sinhalese voiceless
    in their own land. Destruction 25%

    Sum up the destruction:
    parangis 25%
    bandesis 25%
    british 25%
    traitor UNPatritoic_rats 25%
    Total 100%.

  3. Dilrook Says:

    So what is the executive president doing about it? Obviously attempts to introduce a new constitution is done with the EP’s approval. This is not the first time. It has been happening since 1995.

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