Posted on October 10th, 2014

Nalin de Silva

The opposition is not attempting to win the Presidential elections, for the simple reason that there is no common opposition and hence it is not capable of doing so. The talk of common candidate is now history, with only Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera and the supporters talking of good governance according to Western statecraft and not according to Dasharaja Dharma. Most of the supporters are from the old left or the left out of the left and they would not have heard of the Dasharaja Dharma.

In any event for them Dasharaja Dharma is outdated unlike the so called modern concepts on good governance and the Thera has no way of even dreaming of the Dasharaja Dharma. It appears that even if the Thera contests he will be the common candidate of the supporters who meet at Nagavihara Kotte and not of the so called common opposition. There is no common opposition as such and there are only oppositions that cannot come together to field a common candidate. There are so many oppositions that even the Peratugami Party, the breakaway group from the JVP, is to contest the Presidential elections and it appears that Mudalige alias Kumar Mahaththaya will be the common candidate of the Peratugami Party. If he contests the Presidential elections he would not be poll even 0.5 per cent of the valid vote but will spend a substantial amount of money on the election campaign. Only the Peratugamins would know who has the money to spend on the campaign. The JVP is telling us a new story. They are apparently not contesting not because they cannot win after spending money collected using the students and others but because it is illegal for Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest a third time! They have bought Sarath Silva’s argument but are not going to courts to challenge the legality of Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting a third time.

Supreme Court

Sarath Silva is not Divine and he is only an ex Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. Only those who gathered around Shirani Bandaranayake know which CJ he was in numerical order and how many CJs are there to be contacted if necessary. The ex CJs, the other Judges and lawyers have different opinions and though the final decision is also made by individuals it would be official as it would be by the present CJ and Judges.

What the government has to do is to get an interpretation of the Supreme Court without waiting any longer on the question of a person contesting a third time, (there are two such candidates namely Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chandrika Kumaratunga) in general — without waiting till Mahinda Rajapaksa is nominated by a political party.

It is unfortunate that people of the calibre of H L de Silva are no longer among the lawyers advising the SLFP and some are not prepared to listen to non lawyers. The non lawyers may be goda perakadoruwas but not all perakadoruwas are eminent lawyers.

The JVP would probably go before the Supreme Court once Mahinda Rajapaksa is nominated by the UPFA and if the decision goes against them, that is if the Supreme Court decides that Mahinda Rajapaksa could contest a third time it is very likely that the JVP would boycott the elections. In effect they would be saying that they would not accept the verdict of the Supreme Court and would be thinking of an Aluthkade Spring. As two former CJs Sarath Silva and Shirani Bandaranayake would also most probably support the JVP they would claim that they have the moral high ground though they would not have any ground at all.

Western governmental organizations

It appears that the strategy of the JVP is to challenge the decision of the people to elect Mahinda Rajapaksa as the President. However, they would be careful to say that it is not the decision of the people that they challenge but the legality question that would have been determined by the Supreme Court by that time. They would resort to slogans such as good governance, probably with the support of Ven. Sobhitha Thera a candidate lost by that time and the TNA as well. They would be supported by the usual pundits in the Western governmental organizations or so called non governmental organizations and the media would give publicity out of proportion.

If the JVP thinks that they could gather people around them they are sadly mistaken, even if the West would most probably support them. As far as the West is concerned they are not bothered whether it is the JVP that they would have to support, if it is a question of defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa who did not listen to them to allow Prabhakaran to escape.

At a Presidential election the JVP would not be able to poll more than 3 per cent of the valid vote, but which is hardly adequate to defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa, though they would poll about six times that polled by the Peratugamins. On top of the JVP it is likely that Sarath Fonseka would also contest the Presidential election as he is not interested in becoming a star by supporting Ranil Wickremesinghe. He wants his Party to be the star and thinks that it could be achieved only by contesting the Presidential elections as the common candidate of his party.

A plethora of common candidates

The UNP will field Ranil Wickremesinghe as its common candidate and we will have a plethora of common candidates at the next Presidential elections. However, none of the commoners would contest with the hope of defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa, a fact that they have already accepted and their only hope is depriving Mahinda Rajapaksa the 50 per cent plus one of the valid vote. They want to go for the so called second preference thus accepting defeat in the first round of the Presidential elections.

The UNP though somewhat different from JVP, is also thinking of taking to the streets for some kind of a spring soon after the first round. They know that even if they could force the count of second preference still Mahinda Rajapaksa would win. People are not going to give their second preference to Ranil after giving the first preference to Sarath Fonseka or Kumar Mahaththaya or even Sobhitha Thera.

In any event all those candidates would not poll more than 5 per cent of the valid vote and Ranil Wickremesinghe would have even an outside chance of becoming the President of the country only if the difference between him and Mahinda Rajapaksa is less than 5 per cent of the vote and most of the second preferences would be for him.

It is a most unlikely event and my estimate going by the results of the Provincial Council elections and moreover the caliber the skills etc., of the two main candidates Mahinda Rajapaksa would poll about 55 per cent of the valid vote, with Ranil getting less than 40 per cent of the vote. However, the UNP like the JVP has given up all hopes of winning the elections and their strategy is to hope that Mahinda Rajapaksa would not get the necessary 50 per cent plus one vote at the elections.

The UNP would then be able to agitate for a counting of second preferences and in the meantime with the support of the western forces would think of drawing the people to streets for some kind of “Arab spring”. The JVP, TNA, SLMC all would join hands with UNP and they would all want to oust Mahinda Rajapaksa and send him before a so called international judiciary. The JVP will rally round the UNP giving up its own spring.

However, this is Sri Lanka and Mahinda Rajapaksa would poll around 55 per cent of the valid vote and defeat all the plans of the JVP, UNP and the west, the WGOs, and of course the TNA, SLMC and the rest. In the end the common candidates would find that they have common features of day dreaming and losing elections.


  1. Nanda Says:

    There is no Buddhist opposition. If there was an honest Buddhist opposition they will surely win the election in Buddhaland.
    But unfortunately, there is no Buddhist government too. Some bugger will win the election and loose his thousands of lives and suffer in hell.
    Mahinda Rajapaksa would poll around 50.5% but unless he quickly become a proper Buddhist he will loose in Samsaara.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Ah, here pontificates Nanda, that newly converted Buddhist, steeped in the Panchaseela since yesterday, waxing eloquent on the absence of a Buddhist government in Sri Lanka.

    More of his INCREASINGLY FRANTIC opposition to MR/UPFA on the eve of the Presidential Elections … me thinks!Ha! Ha!

  3. Raj Says:

    The editor of Lankaweb must consider banning the commenters using indecent words here. ‘Bugger’ is a man who has sexual intercourse with an animal. Also Sri Lanka is a country with many religions. A president has an obligation to protect all citizens irrespective of their beliefs. Armchair ‘politicians’ can pontificate because they don’t have to face the country. Mad man or woman.

  4. Nanda Says:

    Finally MR distributing deeds to Sinhalese in the North ? – Well done Sir, we are with you.

    Oct 11, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will present land deeds to 20,000 people in the war-ravaged Northern Province.
    The ceremonial presentation will take place under the patronage of the President on Sunday at the Kilinochchi Central College grounds.
    The people of the North who lost their lands due to the terrorist activities will be given their lands again under a programme to implement the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the government said.
    According to a communiqué from the Chief Minister of Northern Province AC. V. Wigneswaran, 3,886 persons in Kilinochchi district will receive land deeds from the President. Another 3,642 persons from Mullaitivu district, 7,202 from Mannar, 4,228 from Vavuniya and 1,001 from Jaffna will also receive land deeds

  5. Senevirath Says:

    how many Sinhalese getting lands

  6. Nanda Says:

    Not a single Sinhalese my friend.

    Are we to support your Maa-Hinda still ?

  7. Nanda Says:


    Above deeds for Tamils.
    Below houses for Muslims. Nil for Sinhalese displace in the North. Ananda USA shouts ” Heil MR ! “.
    Is there an election ? Is this the way to win elections ?

    The ground-breaking ceremony of Pakistan Housing Project for the rehabilitation of war affected homeless people of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province was held in Puthukudiyiruppu village of Mannar District .
    Pakistan has provided US$ 1 million to build 230 houses for the homeless people in the villages of Puthukudiyiruppu, Narikkadu and Moddaikadai in Mannar District.
    The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj. Gen. (R) Qasim Qureshi, Minister for Economic Affairs Basil Rajapaksa, Minister for Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen and Governor Northern Province Maj. Gen. (R) G.A. Chandrasiri, laid the foundation stone for the Housing Project.
    The cost of houses will be borne by the Government of Pakistan while roads, electricity and other external facilities will be contributed by the Government of Sri Lanka.
    On this occasion, Minister Rajapaksa announced a matching grant by Sri Lankan Government for construction of additional 230 houses for the homeless families.
    Last week the Pakistan High Commissioner handed over the cheque for US$ 1 million to Minister Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees in the presence of Minister Bathiudeen for commencement of the project.

  8. Lorenzo Says:

    Almost ALL deeds went to Tamils handpicked by Viggie and Douglas.

    LTTE families were given priority!!! As with everything.

    A VERY FEW Muslims and Sinhalese were given some land just to make it “inclusive”.

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