Monday, 2 March 2015

Patali Champika Ranawaka

Eating milk rice with President Mahinda Rajapakse  before stabbing on his back

I did not know his back ground other than that he was the General Secretary of the JHU.  He was outspoken and seemed to have a sincere and a definite political  direction  to  be with the President Mahinda Rajapakse to take Sri Lanka towards  progress and development, breaking away the shackles of  the  colonial past, the Western dependence, to assert Sinhala Buddhist values in an evolving national  political environment.  He seemed to be a political asset to the UPFA Government of the President Mahinda Rajapakse.

At a time when I wrote a serried of article on Sarath N Silva to the Sri Lanka Guardian, I had the opportunity through a good friend in UK to speak to Patali Champika Ranawaka  over the phone.   Speaking about Sarath N Silva,  he  told me that Sarath N..Silva was at the time  taking  rather reactionary  anti government judicial decisions, but he was to retire in six months and it was  best to tolerate him until then. 

He was very understanding and spoke to me encouragingly about the government of the President Mahinda Rajapakse and that he is pleased to work with him as a President taking Sri Lanka on the correct path to development.  I liked him as a progressive political figure and watched his political contribution to the government with interest.

But his political affiliations during the latter part of 2014 took  a surprising uturn.   I refused to put him in a bracket with Athuraliye Ratana thera  whose politics was a mixed  confusion.  I thought differently of Patali Champika.  Champika was so close to the President Mahinda Rajapakse, therefore his sudden change of heart with a strange 19th Amendment with 10 demands put along with Ratana Thero to the President for immediate acceptance failing which threatening to change camp to support the Common candidate,  was a shocking revelation of the man’s unpredictability.

But it is now that we see clearly that, Champika had been right along playing a role besides Athuraliye Ratana.  His action in quitting President Mahinda Rajapakse to put his weight behing Maitripala Sirisena was second only to the action taken by Maitripala Sirisena   to eat hoppers with the President at night, and declare the following day that he has accepted to be the Common Candidate of the UNP and the Opposition.  But I had naively believed  that Patali Champika was made of better stuff.

What made him take that sudden decision ? 

It could not have been a question of Corruption of the Mahinda Rajapakse and his government because if it were that  he could have quit the government long before, but why now to put   his weight besides an unknown,  untried, weak politician, without any strength of character; leaving a charismatic, strong , patriotic leader, capable of taking firm political decision knowing very well which way to take the country forward, veering away from  political obstacles  put on his path by strong  reactionary forces ?

Is he so strongly determined to highlight corruption of the former President and his government, because he has himself something to hide, therefore projecting a  pretended visage of  an  honest man fighting against dishonesty ? 

If so what is the skeleton Champika is hiding in his proverbial cupboard ?

On 11th February;2015,  Daily Mirror Reported, “…. Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka today vowed to publish a blacklist exposing all the VIPs and higher-ups who have allegedly amassed billions of rupees and dollars of ill-gotten lucre and other assets during the tenure of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. He had said  “I have credible information about their bank accounts, the amount of filthy lucre and their sources. I expect to expose all of them with their names shortly,”  adding that, “ taking legal action against them would not be a difficult task because the list would contain the necessary hard evidence.”

Apparently it is not the first time Champika makes such allegations  earlier  on 1 September, 2014 he said he looks forward to expose the fuel mafia, and then he was to expose  corruption in the CEB. 

He had said that he had in fact published a book in which he had included all cases of corruption in the CEB.   Then later, when  the  Minister Wanniaratchi exposed a fraudulent  substandard coal deal during the period the Ministry was in charge of Champika. 

He then said that he knew about it, though he did not include that in his book of corruption in the CEB.  He said that he had made a complaint to the CID, but he was ousted from the Ministry before he received the report.  However, the CID had said later  that no such complaint had been received.  That does not leave Champika entirely free of his responsibility for at least  the  fraudulent substandard coal deal.

Does that and his removal from the Power and Energy Ministry have something to do with is u-turn to support Maitripala Sirisena ?  

If not what is the reason for  his deep seated vengeance against the President Mahinda Rajapakse ?   Could it be that he nurtured a secret desire to take his place ?

The Daily Mirror further reported, “Commenting on the corruption and mismanagement under the Rajapaksa regime at the Lanka Electricity Company Ltd. (LECO), the minister said when institutions of law and justice and law like the judiciary and the Attorney General’s Department work hand in glove with protect corrupt politicians and officials, the prevention of corruption was extremely difficult.” 

Champika was the Minister in Charge of  Power and Energy , therefore can he wash his hands from his own responsibility as the Minister in  Charge of the Ministry  for corruption and mismanagement at the Lank  Electricity Company Ltd.(LECO) by putting it under Rajapakse Regime ?

There is some thing fishy about it ? 

Champika you do not seem to be that clean as you pretend to be.

It was on the 11 February, 2015, that Patali Champika Ranawaka vowed to publish the blacklist  exposing all the VIPs and higher-ups who have allegedly amassed billions of rupees and dollars of ill-gotten lucre and other assets during the tenure of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regim ?    It is overdue.  People are awaiting, stop the bluff and come out  clean.

It is recently  that I happened to come across the video where Professor Nalin de Silava, who had known Patali Champika Ranawaka from his student days exposed what Champika had been  and  the reason why he is with people we thought were completely outside his professed political principles as the Secretary of the JHU. 

But from what we gather from what he had been,  as Professor Nalin de Silva  who knew him before 1987, that is  well before he became the Secretary of JHU, we can now understand that he is  after all with like minded people now and that his patriotism and his pontifications about corruption and filthy lucre and their sources are also bogus pretensions to cover his search for his personal political power, caring less for the well being of Sri Lanka . 

Patali Champika  had been  jumping from, ‘ one political pillar to another political post’, in search of political power  to  some day assume the leadership of  a political party.
Nalin de Silva however exposes his political hypocrisy in   a video :


In this he says that Ravaya has credited Champika  with the Jathika Chinthanaya, which he never was and Ravaya has no right to credit Champika as the initiator of Jathika Chinthanaya.  Champika had never been  a patriotic nationalist. 

Though Champika has joined hands now with Ranil Wickramasinghe, it was Champika who had taken the students on to the road to manifest against Ranil’s white paper.

In Horana Champika was the JVP student organiser. He was a JVP activist when he joined the Moratuwa University. He was expecting right along to be the leader of the JVP.  He left when he knew JVP will never have him as its leader.

 He refused to be a patriotic nationalist saying that Nationalism is a dead carcass which he does not want to carry. 

When he left JVP he  joined Mangala Samaraweera  to form the Ratavesi Peramuna, and worked for Mangala Samaraweera in 1994.

Then along with Mangala Samaweera he joined Chandrika Kumaratunga  and supported her  infamous package to the terrorists.  Champika  who along with Ratana  thera claims to have worked to defeat the terrorists seems to be a another false boast.

Nalin de Silva says  Champika carried out a poster campaign against war-against terrorists .  He jumped from being a Marxist to become a Nationalist, and even supported Tamil racism.

Nalin de Silva says that Champika would ride on the shoulder of any one to realise his dream of taking over power,  and finally joined JHU having chased S.L.Gunasekara. 

Then Champika  was for a time with the President  Mahinda Rajapakse. Now he has joined with Maithripala, Ranil and Chandrika to condemn Mahinda Rajapakse.  He does not  even give credit to the President Mahinda Rajapakse for the elimination of terrorism and the tremendous development he undertook completing 72 percent of the total projects under taken by the for mer President  Mahinda Rajapakse as shown in the  report Develo├╣ment Performance 2014  (http://www.pmm.gov.lk/resources/Development_Performance_2014.pdf


Champika is a great fraud.  His past should also be investigated for  corruption.


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