Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Voters all- Sinhala Tamil and Muslim 17 August is a decisive vote for Sri Lanka.

If you make a mistake in giving your vote on the 17 August, Sri Lanka is doomed to be divided, loose its freedom and peace, dominated by the Western powers, destroying our unique features of a very civilised culture. 

If you are fooled by a few relief measures, a salary increase or low price of petrol , and want  insecurity, fear and an uncertain future, communal  disunity, and bad features of a western dominance

Then the symbol you should vote for is the Elephant.

If you make an intelligent decision unswayed  by those wearing coats, ties and English trousers, hiding their pocket size Bibles, want a united Sri Lanka, assured of  security, free and peaceful, developed and progressive.

The symbol you should vote for  is the betel leaf.

It is a parliamentary election, but the  interest is around two contenders for the office of Prime Minister. One is Ranil Wickramasinghe caretaker Prime Minister and the second Mahinda Rajapakse the former President of Sri Lanka

The former RanilW,  had been in the opposition for more than 20 years and done absolutely nothing for the good or the welfare of the country. He never made any constructive criticism other than throwing mud and discrediting  the President MahindaR and his government. He was rejected by the people 29 times.

RanilW had however been  given the opportunity by a grateful President Sirisena who thinks he is President of Sri Lanka today thanks to Ranil Wicramasinghe,  to be the PM. Sirisena grateful to Ranil but ungrateful to his former boss MR,  made  Ranil W the Prime Minister the same day he became the President.

RanilW  formed a UNP government for 100 days after the people had elected Maithripala Sirisena for a change-Wenasa. Ranil and his UNP Government  stayed on for 180 days.  It is this 180 days that is being taken into account by some  to admit RanilW has done some good and others to blame him for what happened to Sri Lanka within those 180 days.

Three wheelers say he is good because  they got  petrol at a lesser price.  They cannot think much and do not seem to know the price of petrol had fallen in the world market and therefore it is easy for the RW’s government to give them petrol at a lower price.

Some like teachers think that RW’s government has increased their basic salary by Rs.10,000,00,  in reality it is only an allowance not an increase of the basic salary.  They also give credit  for RW’s government for reducing the prices of  basic commodities.  But now they do not say much about it as the prices have again increased.

Some are happy that RW’s Government has no rogues and are making all attempts to accuse  the Former President; his family and every body connected to the previous government for theft of all sorts and taking bribes and commission on development projects. RW with his experience in Batalanda appointed a police force under him FCID, to investigate thefts committed by the Former President, his family and all connected to him politically or otherwise. Ranil W has made Sri Lanka a Police State since 9th January,2015.

RanilW has his own Chief Justice, Judges and Lawyers to judge, those accused  and have them arrested and put  immediately  in  remand Jail, even if the accusations are so flimsy that there do not seem to have an iota of evidence against those put in remand. It is a mockery of Justice, but the RW is in power with his UNP Cabinet of very vociferous  Ministers who know nothing of what they have to do but full of belligerence towards every thing the Previous government has done.

RW and his cabinet were not interested in doing any work for the country within the 100 days government but  they were all out looking for thieves and thefts,  there was also JVP  handing over files to the Bribery Commission, all against previous government of  the former President Mahinda Rajapakse.  They stopped large numbers of on going  major development project started by Mahinda Rajapakse making thousands of persons working in those project unemployed.

But todate  Ranil and his investigators have not found any  evidence whatever to tarnish the good name of the previous President Mahinda R., his family or those who were connected to him and investigated for bribery and corruption.  RanilW after his experience in Batalanda has no respect for people or lives.  Otherwise he will not allow persons suspected by his police force to be detained  indefinitely in  Remand. 

RanilW  who pays lot of lip service to Good Governance appointed Ravi Karunanayake as his Finance Minister for whom a case was pending in court for money laundering..

 “ Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, quoted earlier in this article, faces court charges for alleged money laundering a few years ago, violating Sri Lanka's Central bank regulations and the Exchange Control Act. He is accused of facilitating the transfer of Rs.390 million (USD 3 million) to Sri Lanka by Raj Rajaratnam, the infamous Tamil Sri Lankan American, billionaire and founder of Galleon Group hedge fund. Rajaratnam, who was "convicted of conspiracy and securities fraud in one of the biggest insider-trading cases in the history of Wall Street" is currently serving an eleven year prison sentence in the U.S.A. A report by David Rose entitled "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Raj" published in Vanity Fair in 2011 revealed that Rajaratnam had links to the LTTE and provided funds to the terrorist organization.  “ (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/asoka-bandarage/good-governance-in-sri-lanka_b_7087768.html )

The case ended in very mysterious circumstances with the Judge, retiring and going abroad immediately after the case.

In the mean time RanilW’s government engaged in finding thieves in the previous Rajapakse regime were themselves preparing for the biggest theft of the century.

Sri Lanka does not have a shortage of qualified, experienced individuals with exemplary records who can fill important positions. However, individuals facing charges of serious financial and legal irregularities have been appointed to some of the highest offices by Prime Minister Wickramasinghe. These appointments and subsequent outcomes have raised public concern over good governance and anti-corruption.”
(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/asoka-bandarage/good-governance-in-sri-lanka_b_7087768.html )

RW  likes to work with foreigners and does not look for efficient men in Sri Lanka. RanilW appointed a foreigner Arjun Mahendran,  a Tamil Christian  a citizen of Singapore as  the Governor of the Central Bank, whose antecedents are not very clear ,being a friend of  Raja Rajaratnam a  billionaire crook who financed the terrorists and now in American Jail.

Even more serious charges of legal and financial irregularity are involved in the appointment of Arjuna Mahendran as Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Mahendran a Sri Lankan born Tamil and a citizen of Singapore, was given Sri Lankan permanent residency within 24 hours of his appointment, a privilege not available to many others awaiting Sri Lankan residency and dual citizenship. Mahendran is also a close friend of Raj Rajaratnam. Indeed, many Sri Lankans are asking if Wickramasinghe's nomination of his friend Mahendran as the Governor of the Central Bank represents good governance or cronyism?”
(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/asoka-bandarage/good-governance-in-sri-lanka_b_7087768.html )

Lets leave Hiuffington Post to conclude on good governance of  RanilW with his gang of UNP Ministers.

“Human rights, corruption and other charges against the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime have received extensive international media coverage. Yet, there is hardly a word about the massive allegations against the current regime, even the Mahendran affair, despite their seriousness and international linkages. All governments everywhere must be held accountable to the same principles of good governance. There cannot be double standards on voice and accountability, political stability and absence of violence, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law and control of corruption “

Ranil W and his friend Arjun Mahendran have committed the  biggest theft of all times running nearly to   Billion of dollars. The foreign countries have lost their confidence in Sri Lanka.  Huffington Post states 

“Recently, the government of  Singapore refused to accept the Sri Lankan government's request to obtain a foreign loan of USD 1 .5 billion through the Singapore stock market on grounds that it cannot honor a Sri Lankan government document signed by two individuals facing charges of financial corruption, namely Sri Lanka's Finance Minister
 Karunanayake and Governor of Sri Lanka's Central Bank, Mahendra 

Ranil W appointed a Committee to investigate into the Bond affair and according to its finding exonerated the Governor of the Central Bank. The Ground View  states with regard to the committee appointed by RanilW,

However, we noted that the three members appointed, who have legal backgrounds, did not have any known formal technical qualifications, professional experience or competencies in economics, banking, finance or central banking to make the inquiry that was needed. Moreover, we, as well as others, questioned the credibility of a committee that consisted of individuals who at one time or another were closely associated with the ruling United National Party.”

This is about the first contender for the office of Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe , about whom the people have to decide whether he is suitable to be a Prime Minister of Sri Lanka or not on the 17 August,2015.

Within 180 days Ranil Wickramasinghe has not only utterly failed to conduct the affairs of the country well, but has also allowed the worst bank bond theft of the century . He has failed to dismiss the fraudster, making his culpability in the affair more evident.  He is on the above evidence against him not suitable to be the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

Now the Second contender to the office of  Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse .  It is impossible to speak  of a unitary Sri Lanka without the fear of a resurgence of terrorism without speaking of Mahinda Rajapakse.  He gave to Sri Lanka and to all its people no one else since the independence of Sri Lanka had even dreamt of giving. 

Mahinda Rajapakse blew a breath of life to a people living in fear of death from bombs and being hacked to death with the heads of children smashed on trees.

It is that past under terrorism that Mahinda Rajapakse eliminated that has now given Ranil, Chandrika and all their cohorts the freedom to speak without fear to even accuse the Mahinda Rajapakse their saviour as well.

Chandrika  Kumaratunga dare say yesterday at a meeting that Mahinda Rajapakse  cannot take credit for himself for the elimination of terrorism, as Chandrika and the UNP too contributed to it.  People have not forgotten the past Chandrik seems to have forgotten. It was Chandrika having had no idea what to do with terrorism offered Prabhakaran the North for ten years to rule it as he wants without any election.  Ranil of UNP said that Toppigala is a rock and that there were no terrorists.

Neither Chandrika nor Ranil did any thing by way of eliminating terrorism in Sri Lanka.  They only contributed to make it worse one with her famous P-Tom and the other with his CFA. Sarath Fonseka was there before Mahinda Rajapakse engaged in the war with the terrorists, but he could not eliminate terrorism all that time, until Mahinda Rajapakse came into the scene as the President of Sri Lanka in 2005.

The elimination of terrorism and ending the thirty years of terrorism is itself reason enough to bring back Mahinda Rajapakse as the Prime Minister , to complete the work he had commenced in 2005, by his cutting short the period of his executive Presidency  to go for a Presidential Election on the 8th January,2015.

Mahinda Rajapakse since his election as the President had so much to do that no one, beginning from JR Jayawardhana , R.Premadasa, Chandrika Kumaratunga and Ranil Wicrmasinghe had ever thought of doing. Even if  they had thought what to do they did not know how to do, and did not know how well to do what they begin to do.

Mahinda Rajapakse when he became the President he knew what he had to do .  It was first to eliminate terrorism, what ever Chandrika, Ranil or even TNA say now , Mahinda Rajapakse  was determined to complete what he was beginning to do- the elimination of terrorism what ever be the difficulties he would have to face.

The world’s greatest violator of Human Rights USA and its followers, UK, and the rest of the Western world were ready to pounce upon Mahinda Rajapakse to thwart his determination,  to protect the Sri Lanka terrorist who were not a threat to them. Mahind Rajapakse’s determination  and his political leadership were greater than the collective western threat.

Whoever now comes to claim credit for the elimination of terrorists, knows beyond any doubt  that the elimination of terrorism  was the determined effort of Mahinda Rajapakse.  That alone is  reason  why Mahinda Rajapakse  should remain  the leader of Sri Lanka as long as he lives , and after that build lasting monuments to remember his greatness, in our hearts and hearts of generations of grateful Sri Lankans.

He did not stop at elimination of terrorists, he built the country faster, and better than any political leader before him. He built roads, massive bridges, built power houses with electrical generators, laid pipeline for water, he built Hotels, Hospitals, schools, harbours, airports, laid railway lines, brought IT to villages, built boat building yards, established industrial zones, high security zones, and modernised Sri Lanka every way in a very short period of time i.e from 2009 to 2014.

Ranil Wickramasinghe and UNP may also say that they also have mega projects to their credit.  Yes of course under D .S.Senanayake there was the Yoda Ela project and settlements for Sinhala villages, There was the Laksapana Dam and power houses, Mahaveli project was the work of Gamini Dissanayake. Or even R.Premadasa’s Gam Udawa and heritage projects.  

But that was the UNP’s past. Even  R.Premadasa’s  few progressive projects were marred by his later acts of cruelty against the JVP uprising where Ranil Wickramasinghe took a prominent role in setting up torture camps in Batalanda, Matale etc.

UNP under Ranil Wickramasinghe has done nothing progressive , except setting up a police State with a FCID directly under himWickramasinghe, Chandrika, Rajitha Senaratne, Mangala Samaraweera, Ravi Karunanayake, Kabir Hachim, Laksman Kiriella, Ajith Perera,  Harin Fernando,  cannot contribute to Sri Lanka  any thing constructive  or memorable like those great projects of Mahinda Rajapakse that pushed Sri Lanka to modernity and to be a middle income state..

Temple Trees under Mahinda Rajapakse  was a place from where pervaded cool winds carrying sounds of the sublime  teachings of the Compassionate Buddha, as it should be from the highest abode of the land where a Sinhala Buddhist leader stretches his rule  through out the country without discrimination against other races or religions.

But today from Temple Trees under Ranil Wickramasinghe  pervades  fires of jealousy, hatred, anger, revenge as it was from the abode of Kalinga Magah the cruel invader who set up his kingdom in Rajarata.

Those who are opposed to Mahinda Rajapakse ask why he failed to do what he now proposes in his election manifesto.  It was because he failed to continue his full period of office of President, and called for an election on the 8th January, 2015. 

We know Mahinda Rajapakse is a man with a determination to do what many thinks is impossible, and unfortunately the Sinhala Buddhists failed to unite to vote to bring him back as the President on the 8th January.

We can trust Mahinda Rajapakse to rebuild Sri Lanka  which had been devated in 180 days by Ranil Wickramasinghe and his hostile Cabinet of UNP Ministers, and give the people the reliefs he promises to give in his Election  Manifesto.

Mahinda Rajapakse raised the standard of living of the people ever since he was elected President in 2005.  That was also reason for the high cost of living, which only Mahinda Rajapakse wil be able to bring down by a real people friendly Budget.  He had done what he had promised before and surely will do what he promises to give the people when he is back as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on the 18 August,2015.

Please vote without hesitation to Mahinda Rajapakse and all those who contest under the Betel Leaf.

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