Friday, 6 February 2015

Selling Sri Lanka in hundred days to USA, India , UK and the West.

Daily Mirror Cartoon

There was a Presidential election in Sri Lanka on the 8 January,2015.  It was to elect a President, but not to change the Government.  Therefore when Maitripala Sirisena was elected President of Sri Lanka there was already a government headed by  Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne.  Therefore , President Maitripala Sirisena should have normally continued with the existing government.  It happened in France where President Francois Mitterrand  continued  with the government of the Prime Minister  Jaques Chirac.


But Maitripala Sirisena  had two alternatives, that is either to continue with the government of the existing Prime Minister or dissolve the parliament and go for  a general election.  But he decided on ignoring the two alternatives and do the wrong thing by appointing Ranil Wickramasinghe according to a pre arranged agreement.  If the Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne had refused to step down there would have been a political crisis..


But  every thing changed  with President Maitripala Sirisena  appointing  a Prime Minister who in his opinion would command the confidence of the Parliament. But the Prime Minister he selected being the leader of the UNP he  selected MPs from the UNP and other parties that had agreed to come together with the UNP to Present a Common Presidential Candidate. 


Ranil Wickramasinghe  does not command the confidence of many MPs in the Parliament.  So when President Sirisena says he has to stand by the UNP as it is they who helped him to come to power, he also owes a debt to the Prime Minister  D.M.Jayaratne  and his Ministers of the UPFA as they did not make any objection but gracefully stepped down allowing him to have his way.


However PM Ranil Wickramsinghe’scabinet of Ministers are there for the interim period before a general election, but they are acting  as they are  going to be Ministers for the same period as the President.  Therefore, they should be made   aware that they are only  stopgap Ministers  and therefore they should stop making use of their  position for an election campaign instead of keep an Administration functioning until the dissolution of the Parliament for a General election.


The present predominantly UNP Government of Ranil Wickramasinghe makes use of their  unexpected ascent to Ministerial position to  take  arbitrary decisions  to influence the voters in their favour and against the  government of the defeated candidate which  amounts to  using Ministerial powers for election purposes in view of the forth coming election.


It is same as the accusations these 100 day UNP Ministers  make against the former President as having used  state resources for  election purposes.  Even the 2015 mini Budget was and election budget used as a veritable means to bring  disrepute to the  previous  UPFA   government, and trying to  heap credit on themselves. The Commissioner of Election should perhaps take note.


This election budget of the 100 day UNP government reducing the  price of  a few  consumer commodities, is to  win over the  voters who had been crying for  a reduction of food prices.  This budget has also helped them to cover up their anti-people activities that will be given effect to according to the  pre-election agreements  they signed with TNA,JHU,SLMC,SF and so on. 


This election budget is also to   reverse the present development process assisted by the real friends of Sri Lanka such as China , Russia, Iran etc., to implement  the 13 Amendment as a precondition to allow the Tamils in the North  to set up an Eelam State and finally to allow  the unproductive Western enemies to interfere into the internal affairs of  Sri Lanka..  


The temporary 100 day government of Ranil Wickramasinghe  is doing  all it can to diminish the importance of great development projects undertaken by the previous government, and highlight what they assume were  Corruptions of the previous government, which they find difficult to prove.. 


The 100 day government of Ranil Wickramasinghe- a misfortune for Sri Lanka,  has monopolised the media using the TV, Radio and the press to make a real  media circus of  false accusations against the Ministers of the former Government including the President and his family and the Defence Secretary, again as a election gimmick to bring the voters onto their side projecting themselves as faultless  morally clean individuals, with a clean past. 


But the people of Sri Lanka have not fallen from the last rain and know very well what UNP  stands for and how clean the UNP Ministers- including the granter of redress( of Kilinochchi for Medawachchi fame) to a people conscious only of their stomachs , are with their stinking past histories of corruption.


The Media made a big issue , going on Ravi Karunanayake’s statement, of a Rupees  8 billion account in the name of Gotabhaya Rajapakse in the BOC, but it was immediately proved wrong, and so was the information with regard to the 16 Million Dollar private aircraft supposed to have been acquired by the former President  Mahinda Rajapakse announced by the President Maitripala Sirisena himself   to defame  the President Mahinda Rajapakse.

 It   rebounded on President Maitriplala Sirisena  making him a liar , as there had never been such a command to acquire a private  aircraft. It had been only a publicity for a VIP kit that could be bought along with the purchase of an Air craft.


This President Maitripala Sirisena of back stabbing fame has not stopped after defamation of Mahinda Rajapakse with false stories of corruption but gone further  informing the people in Polonnaruwa that if he had  lost the election he would have been in a grave  in an unknown Cemetery. 


But the people of Sri Lanka  loves Mahinda Rajapakse  and knows  that he  would have never stooped to assassinate his rival  not to speak of  back stabbing some one who placed his trust on him, to take his place.  The President Mahinda Rajapakse had been brought up with  great Buddhist moral values.


People would respect  the President Maitripala Sirisen if he would stop the vendetta against  the former President Mahinda Rajapakse, and if he, his political adviser Chandrika, his Prime Minister , his Ministers and the JVP hangers on, would leave  his  wife and his children out of his campaign  of vengeance against the former President.


Why is this President Maitripala Sirisena so naïve to standby while Ranil Wickramasinghe  makes statements that put  Sri Lanka seriously in danger of a territorial separation ? 

Ranil Wickramasinghe is still  acting the way he did when he was the Prime Minister of Chandrika Kumratunga  signing the CFA giving control of the North to the terrorists, just taking  the Norwegian Eric Solheim to trust.  If Ranil  has to please a white man he will give him even should be taken seriously.


Maitripala Sirisena is a weak President allowing Ranil, Madam Chandrika, Mangala Samaraweera and Rajita Senaratne  say and do things without paying attention to his views as the President.   Maitripala Sirisena who is now the Prersident of Sri Lanka should be able to assert his leadership without being pitifully grateful to those who brought him to power.  That is the past. He is  now  in power and he has to be in the position of a commander,  but he vacillates showing his weakness as a leader.  Ranil Wickramasinghe and Chandrika profit from this. 


President Sirisena  says, “ I cannot forget the UNP voters who made me the President of Sri Lanka. At the same time, can’t do away with the SLFP voters who now consider me as their leader. So, I have to act very carefully and patiently. This will open an avenue to create a new political culture in Sri Lanka ,”  It is he who has to shape the new political culture and put his imprint on it. He should not let Ranil, Chandrika and JVP to shape that political culture.  

For that he has not got to cringe showing his gratitude to Ranil or Chandrika or Rajitha or any one else  saying that it is they who made him the President.  He has to give the lead  for other to follow him.


The people of this country will like Maitripala Sirisena if  he can only change his attitude towards  the former President Mahinda Rajapakse.  Maitripala Sirisena surely knows him better than Ranil or Chandrika. Rajitha was  a UNP man who turned his coat to join the government of Mahinda Rajapakse.  Mangala Samaraweera  has an axe to grind having had been sacked from the Cabinet of the former President.


Maitripala Sirisena once said that he knew there was a plan for his life and for his wife and children if he had lost the election.  He surely knows that he is not speaking the truth.  He knew Rajapakse better.  That is  an attitude of  a paranoia of  one who knows that he had wronged Mahinda Rajapakse in accepting to be the common candidate.


Ranil Wickramasinghe and Chandrika Kumaratunga are misleading the President Maitripala Sirisena.   How was it and under whose direction was   a National Advisory Committee came to be elected ? Is there provisions in  the Constitution of Sri Lanka for such a Committee. ? It has now become a liability with JVP setting up its own office of public complaints against the Previous Government of the President Mahinda Rajapakse. 


Please wake up President Maitripala Sirisena , please  make the atmosphere in Sri Lanka after your election  peaceful, cordial, and compassionate.


The JVP a political party of rabble rousers  should not be in such a committee(NAC),  as  the JVP was not even a party to the group of  Political Parties that joined the UNP to put forward a Common Presidential Candidate.


Today Anura Kumara Dissanayake is acting like the Chief of Gestapo. Is this a democratic government that President Maitripala Sirisena has set up ?


Ranil Wicramasinghe  the Prime Minister and his Cabinet of Ministers are all out to investigate any body having even a distant connection to the previous government  for bribery and corruption. 


Even the Litro Gaz , is under investigation, despite its Managing Director Kuda Balage had been extremely efficient to make Litro Gaz a profit making enterprise.  Now he is being investigated all because ex-employees of Litro gaz made a complaint. One wonder to what extent the former director Nishad deldeniya could be trusted. Perhaps he is trying to take an old grudge against Kuda Balage.  Milco Land deal is also being investigated  despite the fact that Soft Logic  had said that it had not signed any contract to purchase land belonging to Milco.  


This government has nothing to be proud of other than being investigators of past corruptions, mud slinging, accusing persons for imagined bribery and corruption.  The former President Mahinda Rajapakse never indulged in those dirty,  mean political gimmicks though there were many in the UNP and the JVP who should have been investigated not only for bribery and corruption, but also for torture and crimes.

The 100 day Minster of Justice Wijedasa Rajapakse of the Yahapalana Regime of Maitripala Sirisena  says they will not arrest anyone at will, the way the previous Rajapaksa regime did without ascertaining the legitimacy of the case and with utter disregard to people's fundamental rights.  But the Government of hundred days and their supporting political groups the JHU, JVP and the TNA have become a law unto themselves, making Complaints to Bribery and Corruption Commission without acceptable evidence of  corruption.
Vendetta, revenge, mudslinging, raking all dirty garbage in search of evidence to inculpate the former president, his government his family or any one closely or distantly connected to  him . Only close connection to the previous government  is good enough for them to be arbitrarily accuse any one  without any evidence , and that too in a mighty  hurry before the 100 days run out.  

But contrary to what the  100 day Minister of Justice proudly asserts , Tissa Attanayake the former Minister of Health  had been arbitrarily arrested and taken handcuffed like a criminal .   “Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva said the Speaker should be informed of the arrest of MPs in terms of the Parliamentary Privileges Act”. Mr. Attanayake was arrested  in terms of the prevalent   Maithri Palanaya.

Bravo Justice Minister  Wijedasa Rajapakse and your yahapalanaya. 

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said, that it needs to convince the world that it has a judiciary that is competent, independent and impartial which can rank among the best anywhere in the world. Is Samaraweera speaking through his mouth or else where?  
The 100 day government has turned out to be utterly dictatorial without any respect to law and justice.   It  treated the Chief Justice Mohan Pieris,  the way  a respectable democratic law abiding government  would have never treated  the country’s Chief Justice. 
Where is the justice Mangala Samaraweera is   speaking about  when the President of Sri Lanka on the advice of his Prime Minister  re instated a legally impeached ex Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayke, sacked without even consulting the Parliament the legally appointed Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, and appointed a citizen of Singapore K.Siripavan as the Chief Justice. 
Is this the Justice practiced in Sri Lanka today?    
In reality the Judge K.Siripavan who is said to be a citizen of Singapore named by the President Maitripala Sirisena  may not have the right to be the  Chief Justice of  Sri Lanka.
Despite this legal comedy enacted by the BASL, Ranil Wicramasinghe and President Maitripala  Sirisena, according to the existing law of Sri Lanka there is still one Chief Justice in Sri Lanka and he  is CJ Mohan Pieris.
Mangala Samaraweera  has said , “the challenge today is to ensure that Sri Lanka is able to effectively enjoy the rights, privileges and benefits of re-entering the community of civilized nations and ensure that Sri Lanka, as a country, do not suffer economic sanctions, ill-dignity and a tarnished reputation because Sri Lanka fears justice or because Sri Lanka is too short sighted to be able to pursue that justice in a credible manner.”
What does Samaraweera mean , “that Sri Lanka is able to effectively enjoy ?
Does he mean that China , Russia and other Asian , African and Middle Eastern countries with which we had relations were not “civilised nations”  and only USA and the Western Countries are civilised nations?  
These 100 day Ministers  are really a set of Western “b..m suckers”

Perhaps the Western Regime Changers will agree, because what they want is a Western puppet government in place in Sri Lanka.  Barack Obama the President of USA has “ hailed Sri Lanka’s  new hopes for democracy in passing remarks  about India’s  role  in helping countries  in the region  forge a bright future….”(Daily FT)
India is already paving the way for the yahapalanaya of Maitripala Sirisena to see the end of any trace of  Mahinda Rajapakse and his ten year rule, in Sri Lanka.

India will help Sri Lanka set up a finance intelligence unit (FIU)-like entity in the island nation at Colombo's request to trace more than $5 billion allegedly stashed overseas by the erstwhile Rajapaksa regime.
President Maithripala Sirisena is moving to fulfill electoral promises to check corruption and repatriate money allegedly siphoned off abroad by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who ruled Sri Lanka for a decade, and members of his family, government s “

With proposed  diminishing the  Chinese participation in development projects, USA is already coming forward to replace China. US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Mrs. Nisha Biswal, called on President Maithripala Sirisena Monday (02) afternoon at the Presidential Secretariat.

 “……….She ….said that Sri Lanka can count on the United States to be a partner and a friend in the way forward. Whether it is on rebuilding the economy, on preventing corruption and advancing good governance, and ensuring human rights and democratic participation for all of its citizens.  US look forward to growing and deepening the partnership between the two countries, to advancing trade and investment, she added.”

Washington post reported— “The surprise defeat of Sri Lanka's authoritarian leader and the new government's early steps to end repression have stirred U.S. hopes that the South Asian island nation can revive ties with Washington and distance itself to some degree from China.”

A tap on the back for regime change without any effort on the part of USA with NATO Forces ?

Ranil Wickramasinghe and his UNP Ministers are in a mighty hurry to ruin the reputation of the former President, his government and his entourage  in order to get credit for themselves and score points to win  at the General election with a majority.   In their frenzy they accuse every thing and every one

President Maitripala Sirisena says openly that Sri Lanka will follow a middle path foreign policy but behind scene turns his back to China and Russia courting  USA , the West and India.
Reuter reports that, “……..Sirisena's administration has ordered a review of all Chinese infrastructure projects awarded under Rajapaksa, a move expected to sit well with India and Western nations concerned about Beijing's growing influence and military presence in the region……...”
In the mean time UK is back in Sri Lanka giving support to the regime that saw an end to Rajapakse Regime.
Hugo Swire UK Foreign Minister hastened to visit the new Pro West Government of President Maitripala Sirisena.  They are now quite at home in Sri Lanka.  Swire had said:
"It is also heartening to see such a renewed desire to reconcile communities and seek a long-term peace for Sri Lanka," Mr. Swire said calling for Sri Lanka to reach a political settlement to the Tamil issue and address the accountability issues.
"This will need to include the establishment of a long-term political settlement in the North, and credible processes for reconciliation and accountability to tackle the issues that remain following Sri Lanka's long conflict."
Minister Swire expressed hope that the new government would cooperate with the United Nations investigation on alleged war crimes during the three-decade long war.
"As part of this, we hope that the new Sri Lankan Government will work together with the international community at the UN Human Rights Council, and will co-operate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights' investigation into alleged war crimes during the final stage of the Sri Lankan conflict," Mr. Swire said.
In the mean John Blaird the Canadian Foreign Minister  a great critic of the President Mahinda Rajapakse, whose country boycotted the CHOGM has said:
“Following the successful elections earlier this month, it is our hope that President Maithripala Sirisena fulfills the mandate given to him by the people of Sri Lanka to foster a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government. Canada will continue to encourage progress in the devolution of power, accountability and genuine reconciliation,” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said. 
Mr. Baird said they also welcomed the recent appointment of a civilian, H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, to replace a retiring senior military commander as governor of the predominantly Tamil Northern Province. ….”

As a further  addition to this long political comedy, Sajith Premadasa has engaged  an English Audit Firm  to investigate bribery and corruption In the Ministry of Housing and Samurdhi.  with a view to inculpate both Wimal Weerawansa and Basil Rajapakse.  It will also be another fizzling out bomb (pus bombe) like all the rest of allegations of corruption and bribery to date.

 People are getting tired of  the 100 day government and its Minister Policemen hunting for bribe takers  and  corrupt Ministers , officials and company directors.

When is this Media  Comedy going to end ? 

Will this government ever sit down to do some honest work?

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