Sri Lanka’s October Revolution –  Part I
Posted on November 8th, 2018

By :     A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA.

All these years when we talk about October Revolution” there was no parallel for the great October revolution launched by the great Russian legendary Bolshevik Leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin in which the tyrant Emperor Tsar of Russia who was also known as Nicholas the Bloody and who ruled Russia from 1894 to 1917 was deposed by what is called in Soviet literature as the Great October Socialist Revolution and created the world’s first people’s government.

We, Sri Lankans also became claimants for Sri Lanka’s October Revolution on 26th October this year by ousting a tyrant who is branded by some people as a reincarnated Portuguese whose main objective was foreignization of county’s national assets and natural resources including water in our centuries old tanks and reservoirs, discourage paddy cultivation saying that it is cheaper to import it, make the country a neo liberal State, bowing down to all requests by westerners including castigating our war heroes who liberated this country from 30 years terrorist scourge, to enact a federal and secular constitution and divide this country to nine or eight separate entities etc.

The people received the announcement of his dismissal by President Maithripala Sirisena and inducting the former President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister with very much joy and jubilation like how they reacted for the news of killing the terrorist megalomaniac Prabhakaran.  It was to pay gratitude to the President and welcome the new Prime Minister that people despite continuous heavy rains assembled in the Parliament area and its access routes on 5th November in the Janabala Meheyuma.

President Maithripala Sirisena made a very significant speech addressing this mammoth crowd and as only certain parts of the speech appeared in English newspapers hence, we give below the full translation of this historical speech: reported in the Mawbima newspaper

This unity cannot be broken by anyone through carrying tales.  No one should suspect about the 113.

Do not think about 113.  We have already made 113.  President Maithripala Sirisena said that he is requesting Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe to allow them to strengthen the Parliament and carry forward the administration of the country within their political vision.

The President categorically stated that regardless of any force that may come, despite whatever threats and whatever form of pressures that may applied he would march forward with the decision taken by him and would never take a step back.

The President said that in the deposed government   all decisions were taken by the butterfly clan headed by Ranil Wickremasinghe.  The President said that Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe instead of taking decisions needed to solve the problems faced by the country entered a butterfly life.

I am happy that after a lapse of 4 years I was able to get on to a same stage in my country with Prime Minister Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa.  This month of November is a peculiar month.  It was on 21st November 2014 I got separated from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party government.  After a period of 4 years we have come together on to the same stage.

What was the reason for constitutionally ousting Ranil Wickremasinghe who was ruling as the Prime Minister of this country and instead making the former President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister? It was not two bodies that were changed to this chair.  It was not two human parts pr two individuals that were changed.

What was ousted from this chair was the leadership with the vision that was not suitable for this country, that was not conducive for this country, that did not comprehend the indigenous values of t things in his country and that functions according to foreign political agenda. Instead, I appoined to this chair a leader who is fritting for our country, a leader who understands our culture and indigenous values, and who rejects foreign political agendas. What I did was placing on the Prime Minister’s chair was rather than changing personalities installing a wide political vision and a positive political value.  It was placing in the chair the suitable political vision by removing the unsuitable political vision.

You who are here at this moment is not a UNPer.  I am talking to those who love the UNP similar to the love they have for their life.  You are asking why Ranil Wickremasinghe.

was ousted and replaced with Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa. This question was asked from me, 4 days ago, by the Speaker Mr. Karu Jayasuriya as well.  I spoke to him for one whole hour and explained the reason for my change.  People may be asking that whether I who came to power with the dedicated cooperation of UNPers had no other alternative than appointing Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister. I spoke to Karu Jayasuriya for one hour and reminded him that I offered that alternative to him.  After the No Confidence Motion against Ranil Wickremasinghe I told Karu Jayasuriya that Ranil’s policies are not compatible with my policies and appealed for him to take up the Prime Minister post.

I only did not prostrate before him.  He told me that he would agree to my request and on the following day evening he came to my official residence accompanied by Ranil Wickremasinghe and with shivering lips he apologized to me saying that he cannot go against his Prime Minister.  That day Karu Jayasuriya put me in trouble.

I did not cease my exercise with that.  Two months ago, I called the Deputy Leader of the UNP Sajith Premadasa to my residence and told him that Ranil does not suit for this country and hence I cannot work with your leader and suggested to remove him and I also requested him to take up the post of Prime Minister.  Like Karu Jayasuriya Sajith also told me that he cannot confront the Leader. Therefore, I decided to take a decision about a leader who suits our country.  I searched then for a person compatible to me and who loves the indigenous nature of this country and who can march together with me to go on a democratic journey.  Karu said he cannot and Sajith also said that he too cannot.  Then I appointed a person not only he can confront Ranil but who can also walk over Ranil knocking him down.

Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe entered a butterfly life. It was not the President and the Ministers that took government decisions. It was Ranil Wickremasinghe and his butterfly clan that took decisions.  Now he is worshiping in front Embassy and High Commission offices.    The new Prime Minister Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa has visited the Maha Nayake Theros of Tri Nikayas, worshipped at Sri Maha Bodhi, and has visited Cardinal Dr. Malcolm Ranjith Has Ranil Wickremasinghe visited the Maha Nayaka Theros? Did he worshipped at Sri Maha Bodhi? But he is genuflecting in front Embassy and High Commission offices I have a political life of 51 years.  I have not taken decisions during this period without consulting experts in the relevant fields and such decisions have always been taken in accordance with constitutional providence and respecting the law of the country.  This country has a commendable legal framework to seek impartial solutions for any legal problem.  Do not have any suspicion about 113.  We have finished forming 113.  Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe, kindly allow us to strengthen the parliament and let us go ahead with our political vision.

Taxes were imposed even to King Coconut vendors. Taxes were imposed on lottery sellers and even on vendors of fruits at5 the road side.  I fought against these measures for more than three years.   Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe’s only attempt during this period was to provide misinformation to the international community. Our greatest strength is that despite that we have taken all decisions constitutionally, legally, and infallibly.  Like that it is very clear that most of the people in this country, 80% of them stand with us with this decision we have taken. Therefore, do not play with the People’s Power.  Therefore, I ask Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe and his colleagues to understand the people’s appreciations, and their consciousness and work accordingly

In future we would clearly make the changes that need to be done.  I must also clearly state that together with Prime Minister Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa we would solve the economic problems prevailing in the country and we would fully commit ourselves to solve the problems prevailing in the North.

The Ministers fought with each other to claim for the ownership of the 50,000 Housing Units project envisaged for the innocent people of the North.  Not a single housing unit was constructed.  Other projects however were implemented. Large amount of funds was received for this 50,000 Housing Units project. Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe submitted a Cabinet paper to get these funds. Mr. Ravi Karunanayake also as the Minister of Finance submitted a Cabinet memo to get these funds.

The Secretary General to the United Nations talked to me about a programme acceptable to the country and a programme acceptable to the International Community. I explained to him about the new appointment I made.  He told that they would clearly support me about the decisions being taken by me to strengthen the democracy and there is no question in them about it. I appreciate very much that expression of support extended to us as a member of the UN organization and a friendly country of the United Nations.

Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe and his team are carrying out a malicious propaganda programme to distance us from our neighbour India which is a very friendly country with a cordial relationship extending to several centuries. Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe and his team acted melancholy to distort to the media what I revealed to the Cabinet about the information received on the investigation activities of the plot to assassinate me and they attempted to impair our relations with India.

I clearly state that we got our Buddhist philosophy from India.  We have several thousand years of economic and cultural friendship with India.  I clearly state at this moment I always endeavour to further strengthen our relations with India our Non-Aligned foreign policy under which we endeavour to have cordial relationship with all countries.

Let us all get together and build a better country.  Let us together go on a better journey.  Let us rectify our mistakes and shortcomings.  Let us be on the right path.  Let us fulfil the anticipations of poor and innocent people of this country.   Let us build a prosperous economy. Let us all dedicate ourselves to ensure peace in the country patiently, strengthening peace, protecting public property, national resources and by pacifying the political uncertainty and rivalry. Do not inconvenience anyone. Do not resort to any form of confrontations.

Protect public property. . Protect national resources.  Talk to political extremists and chauvinists kindly and passionately.  Explain them the true facts. With all these things let us bui8ld a better country.  Let all of us together with Hon. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the new Minister and in accordance with the advice and guidance of the Maha Sanga and other honourable religious leader’s rand giving prominence to our heritage and considering our culture and traditions as our own build our beloved motherland, strengthen it and march forward.

In conclusion I must say something to the Speaker Mr. Karu Jayasuriya.  Hon. Gentleman, you are a good Sinhala Buddhist leader. You are a person who closely associates with the honourable Buddhist monks.  You are a person who is having an honourable life.  Therefore, take advice and guidance from our Mahanayake Theros. By safeguarding peace and harmony and by providing cooperation to actions taken by me legally and constitutionally and as a democratic leader without creating conflicts among the peoples let us work together in unison to build the motherland of yours as well as mine.

(To be continued)


2 Responses to “Sri Lanka’s October Revolution –  Part I”

  1. Christie Says:

    Do not rush in to conclusions.

    We do not know yet whether Sirisena is genuine or acted alone without being directed by India and Indian Parasites.

  2. Hiranthe Says:

    I totally agree with Christie.

    Sirisena is hard to trust.

    We still don’t know whom he is taking directions from. There must be a powerful hand behind him for such a weak man to act as a lion.

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