GOTA PHOBIA – Part VIII B (Pad-man accepted the 13 demands on the sly)
Posted on November 6th, 2019


The roguish pad-man has gone to Jaffna last month in the pretext of attending an Udaagama function and clandestinely met Koti-seeya Sambandan and his acolytes Sumanthiran, and Senadirajah and pledged his acceptance of the awesome 13 demands of the separatist Tamils and have agreed to keep it a secret until the end of the election.  The king of scam Ranil Wickremasinghe and the quasi Sinhalese probably Tamil blooded Mangala, Champika and Rajithe know about it and they have resolved to keep it on the sly until end of the election.  The pad-man by this treachery deceived the UNPers who extended genuine support to him without being aware that Ranil and the band of quasi-Sinhalese were using them as a cat’s-paw.

The genuine patriotic UNPers without blindly supporting this fraudulent pad-man should go through his manifesto line by line to clearly understand where they are being driven to and why he has so far publicly rejected 13 Tamil terrorist demands as it had been totally rejected by Gota-Mahinda duo and the Pohottuwa crowd.

In order to enlighten them we feel that is prudent to give them some clues:

The Sajith Premadasa manifesto pledged to strengthen institutional safeguards that could protect human rights and the rights of minorities, instead of making them subservient to the interests of the majority. This means that he accepts the fraudulent Tamil claim that they are being discriminated.  Can any sane Sri Lankan accept this?  Just have a walk in the streets of Colombo and see who owns the multi-storied flats and commercial buildings from Dehiwela bridge to Pettah and who owns the supermarkets, shops, and restaurants there?  Who owns the restaurants in the Marine Drive?  Who owns and conducts businesses in Sea Street, Main Street and other streets and Cross Roads in the commercial hub in the Pettah? Who owns business ventures that import rice and other essential food items?  Who dominate the areas of Kotahena, Pamankada and Mattakkuliya areas? To which nationality the popular business tycoons Gnanam, Aloysius, Food City owners, Maharajahs to name a few belong to?  Under these circumstances how can the pad-man Sajith Premadasa say that he would strengthen institutional safeguards that could protect human rights and the rights of minorities, instead of making them subservient to the interests of the majority?

When the minority Tamils maintain their dominance as shown above and the UNP candidate says that are discriminated and they should be institutionally strengthened id it possible for Sinhalese or Muslims to dominate at least a single lane in Jaffna or buy properties there.  Therefore it is the rights of the Sinhalese and Muslims who should be institutionally strengthened in the areas beyond Vavuniya. 

He pontificates that a strong nation requires the judiciary to be independent of government. To ensure this, the new constitution will create an independent public prosecutor, appointed by the Constitutional Council. This is not a new thing.  This was what his manifesto draftsman Sumanthiran attempted to get done and the koti-seeyha and Sumanthiran canvassed with Indians and western embassies to force the Yamapalana government to do.

Sajith says in his manifesto that his government will move the judicial interpretation of the constitution away from the Supreme Court to a new constitutional court which will also adjudicate disputes among different levels of government, among provinces and the central government, and among the provinces themselves.  This is too is a measure Sajith’s Godfather and manifester drafter attempted to get done through the government. 

By way of contrast, Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s manifesto states that “My main task would be to ensure that our motherland which is once again under threat from terrorist and extremist elements is safe and protected. National security is of paramount importance. We have to ensure that the peace that was won with much sacrifice is maintained. We must once again ensure that people of the Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, and other communities of this country are able to live together harmoniously, with honour and dignity in an undivided country, under one law. The principle that “no-one is above the law” will have to be implemented with rigour so that all citizens are treated as equals before the law. Mr.Rjapaksa has articulated in his manifesto that he has clearly understood that what the people expect from him.. Above everything else, is national security. He has assured that once they establish national security, achieving economic development will not be an insurmountable challenge. The other important task, he has said, will be to create a progressive national economy and a pluralistic society.

Political analysts assert that Sajith Premadasa’s manifesto differs from that of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s manifesto which is a well written and conceptualized document but which gives its priority to national security.  They point out that the latter manifesto is a difficult sell to separatist and reactionary and foreign servile element and NGO elements as national security is seen as primarily directed at controlling them rather than empowering them and it also does not cater to their need to be seen, and safeguarded, as constituent parts of the polity as ethnic and religious communities.   The problem of appealing to the ethnic and religious minorities is heightened by the fact that during the 10 years he was Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa had to deal with fighting a war, the final stages of the war and the immediate post-war context in which issues of human rights violations necessarily loomed largely. Dissociating from the past while analysing the present and making convincing promises for the future about what matters to each section of an ethnically and religiously polarized polity is the challenge they say confronting Mr Gotabhaya.

Victor Ivan’s Choura Rajini” who fled to England when the results of the Elpitiya local government election was announced returned on 3rd October as she was furious and was unable to digest the news from Sri Lanka predicting a massive victory for Gota.  She had come back with the intention of supporting Sajith to defeat Gota. A prominent SLFPer said that her idea of defeating Gota is an unimaginable hallucination and she is not even respected by the people in her Horagolla bungalow and that is why she could not even get 500 votes in the February 10 local government for SLFP from the Attanagalla Pradeshiya Sabha.  He also said that her days are over and very soon people will start heckling her when she stepped out from Horagolla.  Her own sister Sunethra is also reported to be working against her and has made Chandrika’s son cancel his reservation to come to Colombo. It is reported that Chandrika had planned to bring down her son Vimukthi who once said that he feels shameful to call himself as a Sri Lankan, and in the middle of this hassle to introduce this guy to politics! It is also reported that she has said that among the manifestos of presidential candidates Sajith Premadasa’s was the best perhaps because it has features of Neelan Thirchelvam’s package she attempted to forcibly impose on in the year 2000.

The pro-terrorist quasi-Sinhalese Jehan Perera, a proxy of the terrorist diaspora and who made several visits to UNHRC sessions in Geneva to speak on behalf of the terrorists and justify their atrocities against the innocent people of Sri Lanka has said that this has been the most promising elections if the number of election promises that have been made is counted. The presidential candidates, he says, seem to be determined to outdo the other when it comes to the promises they make in their election manifestos. If one promises free fertiliser for paddy production another will promise it free for all agricultural production; if one offers a salary hike to the working class, the other promises more. Even tax breaks to companies are not exempt with a race to the bottom to reduce them to the corporate sector. At the same time, direct welfare payments to those with a lower income are being promised with the money, which is sky high, to come from somewhere.

But, this terrorist proxy refrain from telling that it is the Pad-man without original vision are making these overriding promises.  It was the free pad distribution he has made as an original proposal so far.  

This terrorist proxy Jehan Perera states that in 2015, Sri Lanka voted in a government that promised to uphold human rights and good governance and improve the economic conditions of the people on that basis. However, the failure to deliver on these promises to the satisfaction of the general public is now putting into doubt the gains so far made. The allure of strong government at the cost of giving less priority to human rights and reconciliation (an elixir only applicable to the people in the Soth)seems to be high, he says.  The forthcoming presidential election will be crucial in determining the course that Sri Lanka takes in the next five years, as its outcome will heavily influence the general elections that are to follow.

This terrorist proxy admits that the government has failed to perform according to expectations in many key areas, including economic development and preventing national security breaches. The Easter Sunday attack may have been the only such breach, but it was so massive and the failure of the government leadership was so manifest, that it has discredited the government to a very high degree, he says. In these circumstances, he predicts that there is the possibility of a change of government into the hands of those who promise strong government and national security as priorities, rather than the protection of human rights and the checks and balances that come from the independence of other institutions of the state.

Referring to global situations, this terrorist proxy laments that it is not only in India, Philippines, and Sri Lanka that the liberal values of a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and pluralist society are being challenged. Even in the oldest democracies of the world, the United States included, there is an increase in nationalism and a reduction intolerance for those of different cultures. However, in both Western European countries and the United States, those who are elected to power by the majority vote and seek to undermine the human rights of others are being resisted at every level. The systems of power-sharing in the long-standing democracies are deeply rooted at every level, in local and county government, in the autonomy given to state and provincial governments and in the independence of their judiciary and media. So, we should ask from this terrorist proxy if Sri Lanka too ventures into such a form of government what is wrong in it?

A synopsis of the campaign situation by some journalists and political analysts

Looking at the campaigns Minister Harin Fernando has said that they are 11% behind. Navin Dissanayake has said that it’s a very difficult one to win. Ranil gets hooted by his own people. Akila organized a meeting of the teachers, and since the venue was empty he walked out without joining the meeting. A similar fate befell a meeting of fishermen a few days ago. A young boy gets hammered at a UNP meeting. Many Muslims are coming out in support of Gota. Rauff Hakeem is being exposed by the Muslims themselves and he is in damage control. Due to bad weather planes are diverted to Mattala and the issue about Mattala being used for paddy storage has re-surfaced. All the leading monks are behind Gota, the majority of Christian clergy is behind Gota. TNA and other pro-LTTE groups have come with a list of demands, which is also helping the Gota’s campaign. The people attending Gota and SLPP meetings far outnumber people attending Sajith meetings.

The negative side of Sajith’s equation that, despite the massive resource-inputs into his campaign, the attendance at his ‘provincial’ meetings is much smaller than that of Gotabaya’s. Some of his meetings are doleful lacklustre affairs; and more important than all else, the image he projects and the pronouncements he makes are certainly not ‘presidential’ in both substance as well as style.

Gotabaya is likely to get more votes from the Muslim segment of the electorate than Mahinda did in 2015. That support, needless to say, is quite brittle and could vanish in the aftermath of an anti-Muslim riot engineered as it happened in the Digana area in February this year. Yet, there are indications that the SLMC leader Hakeem is losing his electoral grip in some of the larger Muslim settlements, such as those around Kandy and in the Eastern Province. Under these circumstances, Muslims for the next q10 days should be very cautious that the power-hungry Hakeem could trigger some Sinhala-Muslim confrontation probably in the Kandy district to turn the Muslims against Gota. This Hakeem knows that his political life will be over from 17th November and could land in jail in connection with Easter Sunday carnage.     The support Gotabaya will get in the Christian belt of the western littoral is probably more assured.

The UNF support for its candidate also appears so wayward that there is room for a nagging suspicion that his nomination itself was intended to make him a sacrificial lamb in a lost cause. More ominously, if anything disastrous were to happen to him before the elections the only person who could substitute him would be Ranil, electorally rejuvenated by a ‘sympathy vote’.

Gota pledges to take Tamils in N-E to the future

Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa has pledged to take the Tamil community in the North and East to the future from the past to which they have been confined.

Addressing an election rally in Vavuniya, he has said that he is ready to show you the future and he has an action plan to do that through employment and educational opportunities.

Commenting on the issue of poverty in the North, he has said he had a programme to provide government jobs to at least one member in each poverty-stricken family and has pointed out that it was they who created an environment for them to live in peace and harmony and they were not the ones who disrupted peace. Speaking further he has said that they have made plans to invest more to scout skilled youth who may not have adequate educational qualifications and has said that they carried out a number of development projects countrywide, but the incumbent government has failed to keep up the momentum. Mr. Rajapaksa has said the writing off of farmer loans and free fertilizer would immensely benefit people in the North and East and he invited the northerners not to fall prey to rumors.

Elaborating further Mr Gotabhaya has said that our country is Sri Lanka and all of us should think like Sri Lankans. He has assured a peaceful country where everyone can live in harmony. Some spread false rumours among the Muslim and Tamil communities. That was one reason why President Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the election. Therefore, don’t fall prey to false reports. We are capable of ensuring development just like we did in the past. It is through development that we can solve the issues related to education, life and employment. He has requested the people of the North to place their faith in the SLPP/SLFP coalition.

Meanwhile, a veteran politician and former civil servant Dr. Sarath Amunugama addressing a meeting in Kandy has said that unity between the country’s President and the Prime minister was vital for achieving national progress, and if Sajith Premadasa was elected President, there would be no unity between him and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.  He has said that disagreement between the two UNP leaders had come to light at the launch of Sajith Premadasa’s policy statement at Queen’s Hotel on October 31, and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was not given an opportunity to speak on the occasion although he was scheduled to address the meeting. Dr Amunugama has said that initially there were to be three speakers, Ministers Lakshman Kiriella, Sajith Premadasa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and this was not the only occasion when a disagreement between the two became clear. Wickremasinghe declared that he would continue to be the Prime Minister if Sajith was elected President. Sajith Premadasa’s allies contradicted that by saying that Sajith would decide who the PM would be.

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