Conduct of Premadasa towards Party Senior Jayasuriya is Contemptible
Posted on December 21st, 2011

Dilrook Kannangara

The war for UNP leadership is over; for now. Winners and losers emerged from the secret vote. However, what doesn’t come to the public attention is the conduct of over ambitious Premadasa in totally disregarding decorum and advice of the Mahanayakas in ousting senior party stalwart Karu Jayasuriya and further disrespecting him by requesting him to move out of his UNP deputy leader office in the parliamentary complex. There was no need to urge him to do so in a hurry as it was never the custom and there was absolutely no need to vacate the office in such a mighty hurry just before the parliamentarians go for a break for the festive season. The manner in which Karu Jayasuriya accepted the verdict of fellow UNP members and even the malicious request by Premadasa is commendable. What this shows is gathering dark clouds ahead for the UNP. A party member who is not committed to his followers, seniors or the party cannot be trusted.

 Two Camps within the UNP

There are two main camps within the UNP that have been at each other for some time. The Sajith-Karu camp was the challenger while the Ranil-Ravi camp was the leader until the secret vote. Months ago, UNP membership demanded that a vote be held to elect the party leader. Many hardcore UNP members made sacrifices to make it happen. It was mostly a showdown between Ranil and Karu after Ranil reluctantly gave Karu the deputy leader post few years ago.

 At the secret vote Ranil defeated Karu 72 to 24. However, Sajith received 52 votes which is more than double the number Karu received! Why didn’t those who voted for Sajith vote for Karu?

 Backstabbing at its Worst

There were 96 voters which means a contestant needed only 49 votes to defeat the rival. Had Karu received the votes Sajith received, he would have easily won the race. But unknown to him, Sajith agreed with Ranil for support against his very own faction leader Karu. Secret voting was held for the party leader, deputy leader and national organiser posts one after the other. Results were released after all the votes.

 For supporting Ranil, Sajith was rewarded with some Ranil supporters voting for Sajith against their faction favourite Ravi for the post of deputy leader.

 The bottom line is very senior party stalwart Karu lost all posts. Now he holds no post whatsoever. In his old post (deputy leader) is Sajith! Essentially what happened was Sajith replaced his very own faction leader Karu in the post of deputy leader!

 Not only did the Premadasa faction betray their leader, but also totally disregarded the advice given by the Mahanayakas. Certain religious factions within the rebel group despite showing their solidarity with Karu, secretly defected.

 Threat to Ranil’s Life   

The three UNP members who were arrested for a vicious attack aimed at Ranil belong to the rebel faction. Ranil himself admitted to a persistent threat to his life and identified the Maharajas as the driving force behind these threats. It is a common theme that is recurring from the late 1980s and the mid-1990s when the Maharajas invested heavily on their favourite.  

 Scores of UNP stalwarts including Lionel Jayathilake were gunned down leading up to the 1988 Presidential Election allegedly by the JVP. However, no investigations were held and strangely all of them belonged to one faction that supported Lalith Athulathmudali.

 What happened in the 1980s should not be allowed to happen again. Gathering clouds in the horizon tell a very bad future for the party and the nation. Those who thought introducing a vote to select UNP leaders would be more democratic are now in total shock. After all, democracy may not necessarily follow the democratic process. Grateful party supporters and Sri Lankans thank Karu for the services he rendered to the UNP and the nation over the years. For the past 23 years, the UNP is cursed with the wrong choice of leaders. It is not likely to change for a few more decades.

22 Responses to “Conduct of Premadasa towards Party Senior Jayasuriya is Contemptible”

  1. Devinda Fernando Says:

    *** Why didn’t those who voted for Sajith vote for Karu? ***

    The answer is obvious. Sajith Premadasa is a CLASSLESS VILLAGE IDIOT. Can you ever imagine this screeching monkey at the helm of the UNP,… let alone the President of our country? Is this who we need to be able to speak intelligently to other Heads of State and World Leaders? Can the man even speak English properly? He has no savvy, no decorum, no idea of even playing politics! He is a single minded Clown who wants power and is trying to bully his way within the UNP to get it.

    It won’t happen. We need proper Statesmen who can lead, and who can reflect us to the world as a civilized society, not as a Banana Republic led by boorish vulgar legacies who have ridden on the coat tails of their father’s achievements.

  2. Kamal Says:

    Born again Sajith does not have to follow the Mahanayaka’s but his own god. That is what he has done. Now we have a baptised leader and a born again deputy. Mahanayak’s lost it. Thank god!

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    Kamal,

    Hon Sajith Premadasa (UNP MP) is Born Again Christian. So is Hon Rosy Senanayale (UNP MP) and Hon Eraj Wickramatunga (UNP MP). All 3 are in one group.

    USA-EU have Ranil and Sajith to look after Ranil.

    What has happened to the UNP?

    Both Ranil AND Sajith rejected the Buddhist monk leaders’ request. If Born Again Christian Sect of South India tells them something they will do it.

  4. jay-ran Says:

    What happen to Sarath Fonseka too has happened to Mr Karu Jayasuriya.Karu made a blunder by joining the MR Govt(Ofcourse Iiked it!!!).Then he made the biggest blunder by comming back to UNP.Karu was made a scapegoat by Sajith Rosy group and let him down at the last moment.
    Now Karu should go back to MR Govt, only salvation or retire respectable way.

  5. Leela Says:

    Of the two, I only have a guess, but not sure which one is the born Christian or born-again Christian. Now that RanilW won the leadership, and Premadasa deputy leadership, I can visualize very well that Evangelists must be hoping to ride the elephant and baptise us all Sri Lankans soon as they can.

    Evangelists of the calibre of Eran and Rosy may look and sounds as if they are in different camps. But for seventeen years since RanilW had become the leader of UNP, they and their buddies in the NGOs and media houses like Maharaja have schemed together behind the scene of Srikotha to pull the UNP through an all important paradigm shift. Over this period, Eran, Rosy and co managed to reduce the UNP to be an elitist cabal of the Colombians who worship the so-called International Community as their saviours.

    They have undermined the accepted tenet that no party could reach power in Sri Lanka without the vote of Sinhala Buddhists and prepared a sting operation to fool them. Indeed. those that formulated UNP policies since 1994 not just took Sinhala Buddhist as mere gullible but took them for a ride as well in 2001.

    Traditional Sinhala Buddhist UNP leaders were unaware that Eran, Rosy and co has been crucifying many a village based arch UNPers and shunting the rest of the UNPers to wilderness as the truth emerged by 2004. They did not know that it had set a trend. They did not know that it is the reason behind many of the UNPers joining Mahinda Rajapakse government and not bribes.

    I say, until such time the UNP becomes a true Sri Lankan nationalist party, it has no chance whatsoever of coming to power no matter who lead it.
    Leela

  6. jay-ran Says:

    Its very high truth what Leela says above:
    “until such time the UNP becomes a true Sri Lankan nationalist party, it has no chance whatsoever of coming to power no matter who lead it.”

  7. Lorenzo Says:

    Some dumbasses within the UNP have come to realize what Leela says. Too little too late.

    The Sinhala Buddhist influence around the United National Party is steadily being distanced, UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera stated adding that the party leadership was to blame for the current situation.

    He said that this situation was evident when the UNP leadership ignored the statement released by a Buddhist leader in the country before the election for the new UNP leader.

    He added that if the party had acted as the Mahanyaka Himi had advised by sharing the posts of party leader and Opposition Leader amongst Ranil Wickremasinghe and Karu Jayasuriya, the clash that took place following the election would have never occurred.”

    From adaderana.lk

  8. Kit Athul Says:

    Dilrook, thanks for bringing Late Lalith Athulathmudali’s assassination into the forefront. Largely a forgotten event. Lalith openly said “Mame Maharaja Compayniye ekenekuta Atata Atha Deela natha” (I have not shaken hands with any one at Mahraja Company. He said this in very many political meetings) Don’t forget how Parmadase forced Gamine Dissanayake out of the country. How Pramadase killed any one who oppose him when he was the deputy Mayor of the Colombo Municipality. (I think one of them was Mallama Arachchi) Pramadase’s son who studied at an elementary school in North London, did not get his GCE (Ordinary Level), can and have the support of the Criminal Gangs his father controlled. Pramadase’s son, now can go to any UN committee and request an inquiry into Rajapakse Administration’s handling of the last stages of the war. He will wait untill an opportune time to react. What the focus of investigative writers should be his mother, Pramadase’s wife. She has the funding, Tamil Sangham all over the world will fund her. Has any one read any thing written but praise for Pramadase by Tamil comment writers using sinhala names? No, why because Pramadase gave militery equipment to Prabhakeran when he did not have any. Arnthalawa and Kithultuduwa massacres would have never happend if this equipment was not there. Pramadase who had no athority to order police, yet orderd the police to surrender and give all the weapons to Prabhakeran. Then what happend? He killed them. Does any one know who funds Pramadase’s son? a NGO. A Swedish Muslim who’s family owns large tea estates in SL. Pramadase’s son and his wife having a say inside the Parliament is extremely dangerous. Another danger is Srisena Coory’s son joining them, Today he is an elected member of the Colombo Municipality from the ruling party. How did Pramadase’s son go to Hambantotta from Sucharitha Mudukkuwa in Colombo and get elected? Because, Indian RAW, US State Department and the Canadian Government did not want the development of a new Ariport, Harbor and the Freeway. Fortunately average Sinhala can understand how these people operate.

    This is why no one can resurrect the UNP or the SLFP! How much President Rajakakse wants to have a strong opposition, it will not happen with OLD CRONIES. UNP, SLFP, LSSP, CP, JVP, they are all gone. It is the natural law of change, which His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse started.

  9. ranjit Says:

    To me Sajit is a thief and his father was a traitor to the Motherland because he was the man who said Prabakaran was his brother and gave all the support to kill our own people. So both were criminals in my eyes. Ranil is just a clown and Karu is an Idiot same as Sarath Ponnaseka because they were both power hungry and took wrong decisions in their lives. Anyhow UNP cannot be same again those days are gone it’s pathetic to see their fall from a strong party to a weak one under the leadership of their western backed clown Ranil the gay boy. Why didnt they appoint Magalaya for any post? Do they have anyone with leadership qualities who can be our President one day? NO and NEVER. UNP and JVP both are finished in the eys of the public.How much they cry for help no one will listen to them now, so stop jabbering and join the Government and help to rebuild the nation thats my advise to them.

    How can these people govern a country when they cannot even control their party? UNP Idiots and JVP criminals must understand that their game is over and accept the verdict of the people in all elections in the past and support the current Government in their effort to develop the country. Those who destroy property and those who break the peace in the country with unwanted,unneccessary protests should be punished and put them behind bars for good. Murderers should be hanged, Drug Lords should be put behind bars for life. Traitors to the homeland should be given 20-30 years in prison,for corruption the same should be given like any other country in the world. We need to clean up the whole place without delay if we need to be the wonder of ASIA.

  10. aravinda Says:

    UNP need new leaders. Just look at this sorry lot.

    Ranil – low IQ traitor, got the job thanks to family connections
    Sajith – a untested man never done a days work in his life
    Ravi – Madawachchiya, who denigrated Sri Lankan Army
    Karu – Inside UNP known as Karumakkaraya

  11. cassandra Says:

    Leela writes, “I can visualize very well that Evangelists must be hoping to ride the elephant and baptise us all Sri Lankans soon as they can.” I am trying to visualize the scenario – riding an elephant and baptizing people. The mind boggles.

  12. Christie Says:

    Again it is sad to read most of the comments with personal attcks on individuals. The leaders who ever they are a reflection of the society that supports them.
    It is the Sinhalese that are fighting among themselves with some absurd concepts.
    In a democracy you dont need a strong opposition. If all the people vote for one party the can one say that is not democracy?
    Most of the people who have been criticised as bad leadres wrer killed by Tamil terrorists.

    One of the well known born again Chritian cleric is a Tamil from Ceylon and is the head of a sect known as “Catch the Fire:. this guy was forced to leave US.

    What we need in the Island is the UNITY AMONG THE MAJORITY.

  13. jimmy Says:

    I want to give my 2 cents

    I honestly do not know anything about current Politicians in Srilanka

    Ranjit

    I remember very well about Hon.R Premadasa who was the Prime Minister in early 80s.
    I was a kid but remember how popuar he was among people all over the country. I kind of like him
    he built thousands of houses all over the country for poor. He was a good man a friend to poor and needy
    I am not sure what happened later and why he became ruthless in the later years . I understnd many innocent sinhalese were killed by Premadasas squads in late 80s

    Leela
    It is my opinion people should not become self centered
    all religions teach love and compassion
    Lord Budha said “Truth is within you
    Lord Jesus said Heaven is within you
    Lord Allah said Peace is within you

    Srilanka is a great democratic country where People have the right to practise their faith unlike Middle eastern countries

  14. Ariya Says:

    Karu lost, as he is a fool, but he has his tentacles in the regime – his son in law Navin is still a minister, who didn’t come back with Karu.

  15. Kit Athul Says:

    Jimmy, your comments are lot more worth than 2 cents. This is because I can prove what Pramadasa portraied to the outside world is totally different from who he was. I lived in Maradana, Colombo 10 when Pramadase was a deputy Mayor of the Colombo Municipalty. He killed any one who opposed him. As soon as he became the Prime Minister, he told the world that he will become a Buddhist Monk after serving 4 years. He was a gold smuggler. He smuggled gold from India. His courier was Hadigalle Paynathissa, head of the Maha Bodhi Temple in India. Pramadasa gave him a deplomatic passport. Indian Customs supcted him because every month he was travelling back and forth from India to Sri Lanka. One day they searched him and found half a millon dollars worth of gold. The Sri Lanken High Commissioner was at the gate to say good by to him by the orders of Pramadase. Indian government confiscated the gold and cancelled his diplomatic passport. Hadigalle priest lived in a mansion, some where near Thun Mulla junction. I think it was near Reid Avenue, given by Pramadesa. Pramadase wanted to take him the Indira Gandhi funereal, but Indian Government refused entry. Jimmy, I can go on and on but this is enough for you to have second thoughts. Again your comments are lot more worth than 2 cents

  16. jimmy Says:

    got it Kit
    I remember he was a minister of housing from 1977-1983 and built many houses. He may be a bad person but I still think he developed the Country
    I hope you agree my friend Premadasa built thousands of houses for poor all over the country
    please agree with me . This is a remarkable achivement ( I give him A+ for this).He worked tirelessly for poor
    I am a Tamil and still remember the big housing scheme in Navatkuli south of Jaffna where many houses were built for poor and needy
    I am very uncomfortable when People do bad things. My sinhala brothers told me thousands of innocent sinhalese were killed by UNP squads and JVP in late 80s
    How could this happen? why no one spoke against these attrocities?
    I conceived a bad opinion about a man I admired when I was a kid

  17. Kit Athul Says:

    Jimmy, I do not clasify people, Tamil and Sinhala, I call them Sri Lankans. But I clasify Tamil Nadu Tamils as foreigners that has nothing to do with Jaffna Tamils. Lets take the name Rajarathnam that is Tamil, when it is Rajarathna, that is Sinhala. I can give half a dozen Tamil names that are not found in Tamil Nadu. I did not know that Pramadase built houses in jaffna until you gave me that info. I hope I will not hurt your feelings about Pranadasa. World Bank Loan was given to JR administration and conditions were laid down that where equal number of houses to be built in Tamil Speaking ares and Sinhala speaking areas. Pramadasa managed it and Srisena Coory implemented it; they collected millions from building contractors regardless Tamil or Sinhala. I do not support Mahinda Rajapaksa blindly, but do you agree that MR is doing a good job of getting INDIANS to fund housing in Northern Province? Now let me see whether I can put this through. The Vellalan cast is the upper class Tamils in Jaffna. This cast is not found in Tamil Nadu. Why is that? that is because they were Sinhala who lived there since king Dutugamunu. They spoke Tamil so the British called them Tamils.

  18. Dilrook Says:

    Kit Athul

    There were no Vellalas in the island until the 17th century.

    All Vellahlas ascribe to the Thesawalamei Law. By definition it is applicable to Malabar Tamils. That is South Indians who migrated to the island from the Malabar coast during Portuguese and Dutch times. The Dutch maintained detailed records of them which can be found even today. That is why the only local Tamil historical account – Yalpana Vaipava Malai which is merely a collection of poems than history – was written only in 1736 commissioned by the Dutch. The Holy Bible has an older history in Sri Lanka.

    According to Tamil historians the only manuscript of Yalpana Vaipava Malai itself was destroyed in May 1981 with the burning of the Jaffna library. However, there is no evidence it actually was there in 1981. Even if we believe them, this “historical account” only lasted for just 245 years (1981 – 1736). The rest is mythical. No stone inscriptions ever existed of any Tamil presence in the island other than what was left behind by foreign invaders including the Cholas.

    Tamils did come to Sri Lanka in the past but they soon became Sinhalese.

  19. jimmy Says:

    Dirlook/Kitul
    I am a Srilankan . There is nothing wrong saying I am a Srilankan Tamil
    Look I was a kid in 80s but remember well Hon.Mr Premadasa was known as a champion for poor in 80s by both Sinhalese and Tamils .I have not heard of any corruption or anything . I care less of all these
    Bottom line is I respect people who cares poor and Needy
    I hear there are lots of developments in Northern province accomplished by His Excellancy the President. I respect the great work he does for all Srilankans. God bless him and his family

    I respect every one regardless of the race or skin of the color or religion they believed in
    I am proud of my family and my teachers who taught me to love and respect every one regardless of race or religion
    I disrespect morons who enjoy in bullying or hurt others by their writings and speeches
    we are living in the 21st century but some morons are still talking 17th century 18th century.10th century instead of talking about the present and beautiful future we all can live as family
    I strongly suggest what is needed for Srilankans both in Srilanka and Abroad is Psychiatric help
    There is so much anger and racisim among Srilankans. Budhisim says Truth is within you
    Accept the truth that the disease racisim among Srilankans and it is hurting us everyday
    I also encourage people to do Meditation everyday which will help to release evil bad sick thoughts
    when a person think other person is inferior that person becomes a racist . You do not have to speak or write to express your racisim
    examine your thoughts .The thought, the thought the thought
    I am not a racist because I never ever allow anythoughts which hurt another human being . i am proud of my self
    I pray for unity among all Srilankans
    i am sure Todays younger generation will unite the country the old farts ( yesterdays younger generation) could not do

  20. jimmy Says:

    This is for Dirlook and people like Dirlook who do not like Unity amog races

    Check this out . What a great Srilankan this speaker is from you tube below . Thank God there are many many thousands like this guy all over Srilanka and all over the world unlike Dirlook fellow who is a true racist
    Dirlook might be a good man but have hatred for other races
    I am sure the older farts like Dirlook should stop writing and speaking because it does not help unity among races

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx7EkDk6VB8&feature=related

  21. jimmy Says:

    It is better to create an island in the world for RACISITS
    let us call this Island as KKK

    People like Lorenzo ,Dirlook, Christe and Even great Mahindapala ( who suffer from homophobia) to live in this Island with other racists around the World
    There are tamil racisits who still think a pipe dream of EE LAM . They should be deported to the KKK island along with Lorenzo Dirllok and company
    We have KKKlans in North America who hates any one other than whites .Send these scunmbags to this KKK island also
    Take the racists from counttries like Rwanda and Somalia and other African countries also to this island
    Again There are horrible Islamic terrorists . Put them also in this KKK island

    They can not leave the island at any cost . Stay there . Pee, Poo, breed with one another
    heavens sake do not leave the island . They should not be allowed outside this island . Make sure they do not have access to Internet also
    Let them live there and die . After that they could go to hell straight

    LEAVE THE PEACE LOVING FOLKS ALONE. WE WANT TO LIVE IN PEACE.
    I am not going to come to this site any more because some of you scums are horrible . You need to be deported to this KKK island

  22. jimmy Says:

    It is better to create an island in the world for RACISTS
    let us call this Island as KKK

    People like Lorenzo ,Dirlook, Christe and Even great Mahindapala ( who suffer from homophobia) 20% to live in this Island with other racists around the World
    There are tamil racists(20%) who still think a pipe dream of EE LAM . They should be deported to the KKK island along with Lorenzo Dirllok and company
    We have KKKlans in North America ( 1%) who hates any one other than whites .Send these scunmbags to this KKK island also
    Take the racists from counttries like Rwanda and Somalia and other African countries also to this island
    Again There are horrible Islamic terrorists -30% . Put them also in this KKK island

    They can not leave the island at any cost . Stay there . Pee, Poo, breed with one another
    heavens sake do not leave the island . They should not be allowed outside this island . Make sure they do not have access to Internet also
    Let them live there and die . After that they could go to hell straight

    LEAVE THE PEACE LOVING FOLKS ALONE. WE WANT TO LIVE IN PEACE.
    I am not going to come to this site any more because some of you scums are horrible . You need to be deported to this KKK island

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