Sri Lanka: Election Decisions

Election frenzy is picking up – Muddleland on why the votes goes to Ranil.


  • UNP Vows to Uphold Sri Lanka’s Sovereignty with a Federal Solution

    “Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit” ~ Ronald Reagan

    I suggest that a coherent classical liberal must be generally supportive of federal political structures, because any division of authority must, necessarily, tend to limit the potential range of political coercion. Those persons and groups who oppose the devolution of authority from the government are placing other values above those of the liberty and sovereignty of individuals.

    The incoherence in values that such anti-federalist ambivalence reflects is not widely acknowledged. The relationships between federalist political structure and the sovereignty of the individual must be carefully examined.

    Prof. G.L. Peiris is an outstanding intellectual and along with the next President Ranil Wickremesinghe will work out the best federal solution that will uphold the sovereignty of Sri lanka.

  • Who is Mahinda? He is one big pattapal boru who says his best friend Buddhika Kurukularatne :

    This open letter was emailed today

    Begin forwarded message:

    Subject: Men and Memories An open letter to Mahinda Rajapaksa by Buddhika Kurukularatne

    Men and Memories
    An open letter to Mahinda Rajapaksa
    by Buddhika Kurukularatne

    My dear Mahinda,

    I have always wished you well — although we were poles apart in
    politics. But I consider you a better friend of mine than Ranil. These
    are not empty words and I said so to Ranil’s mother in the presence of
    Ilika Karunaratne and Janaka Edirisinghe — the latter of Edirisinghe
    Opticians fame. The following day I repeated this to my one time boss
    Mr. Ranjith Wijewardene — Ranil’s uncle.
    When you rang me to solicit my support emphasizing the fact that both
    of us were southerners, I told you if you were to join the UNP and
    contest Ranil for the leadership of the party, I would support you
    wholeheartedly — and I meant it.
    Mahinda, you were such a charming chap, oozing with P.R. that many
    UNPers — some of them who had held cabinet rank wanted to support you.
    In fact this position was known to Chamal and ‘Vasu’ (Vasudewa
    But then you spoilt everything by aligning yourself with the JVP. Was
    it your over-enthusiasm for political power that made you to team up
    with the very elements who you wanted wipe out as they were operating
    from your Meda Mulana House? I was with Ranjan Wijeratne when you
    begged of him to at least get foreign troops to wipe out these
    b……s My friend ‘Vasu’ who also has joined the Mahinda-JVP band
    wagon used to come to parliament in a modified vehicle which looked
    more like a battle tank in those days.
    No doubt you displayed guts and courage in your political activities.
    You will remember I always compared you and Chamal to the baby parrots
    blown off from the nest due to heavy storm. One baby parrot landed in
    a hermitage and the other in a den of thieves. The parrot who grew up
    amongst the hermits was very gentle and courteous whilst its sibling
    who grew up with the thieves was rude and impolite. I used to tease
    you that while Chamal was the former you were the latter!
    You were a fighter from your childhood. Chamal was present he said
    when you hit Sir John with a mango at the latters Kandawala Estate
    when the then Prime Minister teasingly asked you who gave you
    permission to pluck his mangos. Daya Fernando, retired director of
    education who was a Richmondite much senior to you, relished narrating
    the schoolboy pranks of yours-once climbing a signal post by the
    Richmond Hill railway station in protest against the older boys who
    were playing cricket not giving you a ‘batting chance’. Again Chamal
    said how you climbed the top most branch of a ‘kadju’ tree and
    threatened to jump down. when your father came after you with the cane
    to punish you for some mischievous act of yours. You were totally
    unpredictable even as a kid and once threatened to give a kick to a
    tethered elephant to ‘kill it’. You seemed to have been suffering from
    ‘elephant-phobia’ from a very young age.
    My friend G. L. M. de Silva, retired High Court Judge, mentioned to me
    as to how you took a manna knife and chased another boy much older —
    Ranjith Wijewansa (son of former Matara Rahula College Principal Mr.
    Gallage William de Silva).
    Lest you had forgotten this episode this was when you were about 13 or
    14-years-old and was attending Thurstan. G. L. M. was boarded in a
    house next door to J.R.’s ‘Bremar’ at Ward Place. G. L. M. who
    incidentally has sentenced 55 accused to death was at that time, a
    tutor at Aquinas University College and was occupying the front room
    of this boarding.
    Your father, Morris (G.L.M.) recalls asked him to have an eye on you.
    Morris would have had to keep not one but both eyes on you to keep you
    away from trouble. The boarders were chatting about this and that when
    Ranjith had inadvertently said something which offended you. you ran
    to the kitchen, grabbed a manna knife and chased after Ranjith. Morris
    tells me that Ranjith who was his best man at his wedding asked him
    whether it was not the same fellow who ran after me with a knife, to
    kill me who is now the P.M.
    You fought the might of the Premadasa government by organising Pada
    Yatras and Jana Ghoshas. I have it from a very reliable SLFP source
    that at Matara when Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga with whom you
    were even then having a running battle arrived there you ordered her
    out of the stage addressing her in some harsh, vulgar and unprintable
    words. I am no admirer of President Kumaratunga but in all fairness to
    her, it must be stated that she made you a leader of the opposition,
    minister and now a presidential candidate.
    I remember the occasion when I had to see the then DIG Premadasa
    Udugampola as my friend the then Vice Chancellor of the Moratuwa,
    University G. T. F. (Francis) de Silva wanted some of the jackpot
    machines’ confiscated by Udugampola during his notorious ‘raids’ on
    ‘night spots’. When I went to Udugampola’s office then off
    Malalasekera Mawatha, I found SLFP MP Mahinda Wijesekera with the DIG.
    Udugampola, though hailing from Baddegama is the same district I
    represented did not know me and Mahinda ‘malli’introduced me to
    Udugampola, whose entire family had been wiped out by the JVP. His
    ancestral house too I was told, was let on fire. Whilst we were
    talking the telephone rang and someone was giving some information to
    Udugampola whon the JVP called ‘Ukussa’ (‘hawk’) for his alleged
    notoriety in snatching JVP prey! Udugampola was taking down names
    given by his caller and after he finished he told us, that was Mahinda
    — giving me names of the JVP leaders! ‘Udugampola also said that he
    did a stint at Law College at the time that Mahinda was also a law
    student and that was how the two of us became friends.
    Now you are the champion of the very murderer who slayed innocent
    people at will and made your Meda Mulana House in Weeraketiya their
    Politics make strange bed-fellows indeed!
    You remember that unfortunate incident in my parliamentary career
    where I inadvertently proxies for an absent colleague who was not even
    in the island. At your group meeting you had told Mrs. Bandaranaike
    who presided that you (SLFP) could feed on this (incident) like a
    roasted leg of chicken! Even before your group meeting adjourned a
    senior cabinet minister during that time ‘leaked’ this information to
    me. Ironically it was another lawyer — (a national list member) who
    had wanted the issue taken before international fora!
    Mrs. Bandaranaike literally hit the ceiling when a leading SLFPer (now
    a very senior cabinet minister) told her that he did it every day
    without getting caught — but from all reports they have had Buddhika
    was one person who fought a clean election. Vasudeva who smashed the
    books on the floor of house and staged a ‘walk out’ had according to
    A. H. M. Azwer, told the speaker (M. H. Mohamed) that ‘Buddhika would
    never have done it intentionally’.
    During the 1989 General Election, I canvassed the votes of a relation
    of yours in the Galle Fort. When you had visited this relation a lady
    — you had been told that I was the only candidate who went to the
    kitchen and canvassed the ‘kussi amme’s vote and that the domestic
    help was also voting for me. She had also stated that she had even
    contributed a scholarship to be awarded by the Ambalangoda Deshapremi
    Sanvidhanaya. Hearing this, you are reported to have told her ‘why did
    you do that? All those scholarships are given only to karawas’.
    When I came to know of this from the lady friend who introduced me to
    your relation all what I did was to invite you for several of the
    functions of the Ambalangoda Deshapremi Sanvidhanaya and ‘you came’
    and ‘you saw’. You were so happy that it was sans any race, caste or
    religious considerations, you requested me to spend a weekend at
    ‘Carlton’ — your residence in Tangalle to organize the Isira
    Scholarship Scheme in memory of your father.
    I stayed two nights at Carlton and became perhaps the only exUNPer to
    have been hosted at Botale, Mahawelatenna, Horagolla, Richmond Hill
    and Carlton — the abodes of Prime Ministers of the UNP, SLFP and the
    In 1989 we saw the General Elections being contested for the first
    time on the district PR system. The 1989 General Election was marked
    by violence, murder and bloodshed. There was a very low ‘poll’ due to
    the JVP curfew.
    You, the fighter you were did not want to give in to the JVP. The mild
    and charming Dr. Ranjith Atapattu who was of the same view. Dr.
    Atapattu was the leader of the UNP group.
    Rumour had it, a very reliable rumour at that, that Ranjith Atapattu
    who was the caretaker Minister of Health at the time used to visit the
    polling booths and inquire from the presiding officer as to how the
    poll went. When told that there was no show he had said, no point in
    taking these ballot papers back. Give me 10 books! The presiding
    officers it was said willingly obliged. A short while later you would
    arrive at the booths visited by Ranjith and ask the presiding officer
    as to how many books were given to the ‘amathithuma’. Upon being told
    that Ranjith was given 10, you were gentlemently enough not to ask for
    the same number, but only ask for 5 ballot books!
    I believe you wanted to show the JVP that you too had a few cards up
    your sleeve and what was cause for the goose was sauce for the gander.
    At the time you were organizing the padha yatras, AB (mallow) and
    Hemakumara Nanayakkara were your best friends. I had gone to
    Hemakumara’s Unawatuna house with my wife one evening and in order not
    to ‘expose’ myself or Hema (who at that time was a fire brand SLFPer)
    I had parked my vehicle towards the rear of the house and entered the
    house through a side entrance. Just then I saw the headlights of an
    approaching vehicle and I took refuge in the kitchen. But my seclusion
    was short lived for you, having seen Hema’s wife Nedra and my wife —
    who you did not know then, having a tete a tete in the living room,
    dragging the hapless Hema by his hand walked into the kitchen! You
    were started at seeing me in the kitchen of your friend. You asked me,
    ‘what are you doing here’. I replied that ‘Game Ralahamy can be on the
    bed or under the bed’ without anyone’s permission’. Sensing that you
    had confidential matters to discuss, I walked away.
    Mahinda, do you remember the case in the Matara High Court where you
    were the virtual complainant in a murder case? Mr. Eardley Perera, our
    mutual senior was appearing for the defense and the Matara jury
    disbelieved you and acquitted all the accused who were UNP activists.
    When I used to tease you about the fact that even the Matara jurors
    disbelieved you, you used to retort that it was purely Eardley
    Perera’s brilliance that got the accused out. You were gentlemanly
    enough to go to Mr. Eardley Perera’s house to congratulate him on his
    victory though it was at your expense. Mahinda! Why didn’t you attend
    Eardley’s funeral? The family was talking about it even the other day!
    You remember visiting my wife’s office unannounced after a function at
    the Bellanwila Temple in the company of our mutual friend Samson Silva
    to whom it was alleged that you promised the Ministry of Industries?
    You had unsuccessfully tried to bait Bandula Amawardena too by
    offering him the Finance Ministry. What are you going to do with
    Amunugama then?
    My wife was so taken up with your simplicity and openness lamented that
    our man (meaning-Ranil) should take private tuition from you in P.R.
    But Mahinda, although you have excellent P.R. you cannot run a country
    only with P.R. See your ‘Chinthanaya’! It is not worth the paper it is
    written on. It has been brought to naught by Amunugama who had
    completely ignored the Chinthanaya proposals (do I see a gentle hand
    behind this?’)
    Mahinda when I started writing, about the Rajapaksa’s of Giruwapattuwa
    to the ‘Men and Memories’, column some thought that I was going to do
    a ‘Rohita Bogollagama’. Most of the information to my articles came
    from your first cousin Kamala Wickramasuriya — now Bhikkuni Kamala.
    Even she told me that some of her friends had told her that he is
    (refering to me) contemplating a ‘jump’.
    Even my Dharmasoka friends who are aware of my friendship with you
    were wondering whether I would cross-over. They remember with
    gratitude how you at my request arranged lunch for a bus load of old
    Sokians at Tissamaharama. You were informed of our request at Matara
    by phone via Mohottala of your office cum residence at Tangalle. You
    were in Kandy but still you arranged with a mill-owner — Somapala and
    we had a good ‘picnic-mill’ lunch.
    As this was on the eve of the New Year, I wanted to thank you
    personally. When Malini my wife learnt that I was going to see you on
    that day she said you don’t go to see people empty handed for the New
    Year’ and gave me a parcel to be given to you.
    It was a bottle of Chivas Regal — the finest Scotch Whisky.
    I reprimanded her that what I don’t consume, I shall not give others
    and she thereupon made a basket of fruits. When I told you that I
    deprived you of a bottle of whiskey you said that you have given up
    taking hard drink.
    In my house not only do I not drink, but also do not offer drinks to anyone.
    If you do not drink then why ‘open bar’ at Temple Trees?
    Several years ago, when you were the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic
    Resources I offered a ‘pooja’ to mark your birthday on the 18th of
    November (unfortunately you are destined to celebrate a black birthday
    this Nov. 18 all due to your follies.) I offered 18 water containers
    to the Nimalawa Hermitage for the cave dwelling monks to store water
    during times of drought. Nimalawa is in the Yala National Park in your
    home district and as you were busy electioneering at Baddegama you
    asked me to accompany Aiya’ and it was with Chamal that I attended
    this ‘Pooja’.
    When you attended a function at Ambalangoda as the Minister of
    Fisheries, you spotted me in the crowd and invited me on to the stage
    to the applause of the people (your supporters — not mine!) The then
    SLFP UC Chairman, Aruna Pradeep who hosted you invited me to lunch and
    after which you yourself dropped me at my abode. People were really
    surprised to see a SLFP cabinet minister bringing home an ex UNP MP
    complete with motorcycle escort riders.
    It was indeed very enjoyable to spend time in your company. I remember
    when you overheard me saying that I would very much like to attend the
    funeral of SLFP stalwart Mr. Edwin Wickremaratna (former MP for
    Mahiyangana) in Badulla, you offered to give me a lift provided I was
    agreeable to attend the function at the Horagolla Samadhiya — for it
    was a 26th of September — Bandaranaike Commemoration Day. Anura who
    was yet an UNP MP hugged me and told his ‘hangers on’ that they must
    run me as the SLFP candidate for Ambalangoda. This was the first
    intimation I got that AB was about to go ‘home’ earliear I had told AB
    that as his mother was confined to a wheel chair he must get back to
    his mother. (You will recollect that I was the first UNP MP to welcome
    AB into the UNP) Anura’s response was, ‘Buddhika, if I do that people
    will lose all confidence in me!
    Mahinda I am indeed a grateful to you and to your secretary the
    affable Lalith Weeratunga for collecting Rs. 300,000 in advertisements
    for the souvenir of the Ambalangoda Deshapremi Sanvidhanaya.
    Once I rang up Lalith to remind him about the money that was due on
    the advertisement and I found he had gone overseas. His P.A. Mr.
    Uduwana when told of my reason for asking for Weeratunga said that on
    a matter of principle, the Prime Minister does not get involved in
    securing advertisements and even to the ministers he had declined to
    give advertisements.
    I told Mr. Uduwana, that I was extremely happy that the Prime Minister
    was respecting my request even though ministerial requests were turned
    Mahinda, when the campaign got off the ground you were clearly in the
    lead. A fair section of the UNP had decided not to take part in the
    UNPs presidential campaign whilst a few were to cross-over. But all
    that changed with the boorish remarks of the likes of Somawansa and
    Samaraweera. Somawansa hit out at the armed forces whilst you were on
    stage; and you did not prevent it. Samaraweera has a knack of saying
    or doing the wrong thing at the wrong time.
    Mahinda, with friends like Somawansa and Samaraweera you need not have enemies!
    Mahinda, I am sorry I cannot wish you well for the presidential
    election. For the country to prosper you must lose. You make promises
    on the print and the electronic media and one wonders whether you are
    the leader of the opposition. You are the Prime Minister. Why then is
    God’s name don’t you implement the promises that have been pledged
    over and over again by you (and broken over and over again as well.)?
    You did not take up Ranil’s challenge for a debate until the last
    moment. Knowing you, you will dodge this debate. I am no great admirer
    of Ranil myself — but you must give the devil his due. He is streets
    ahead of you in the presidential race. People have come to the
    irresistible conclusion that you utter his — pattapal boru — whereas
    Ranil promises what he can and doesn’t promise the sun and moon like
    those in your camp.
    Let’s face it. Ranil is brains. You are brawn. You are like chalk and
    Ranil is like cheese. Before attending the walkabouts I thought that
    the whole exercise was ‘declared’ — but at Giritale I found out that
    he answered off the cuff the questions that were fired at him on
    various topics. He gave the impression of a Sachin Tendulkar, batting
    all round the wicket.
    Mahinda it is obvious that your own comrades are pulling the rug under
    your feet.
    Mahinda, I hate to say this. Your ‘chintanaya’ is nothing more than a
    fragment of your imagination. And from the look of it even your
    imagination is not fertile. It is as barren as your policies.
    So the best bet is for you to join Ranil in the all party government
    he is set to form on your 60th birthday!
    May the noble Triple Gem Bless You.

    Buddhika Kurukularatne

  • Sri Lanka Politics projects that Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe will win the presidential election by a clear majority with over 53%

    Ranil will win 15 out of the 22 districts according to our information.

    The districts we project for Ranil are the following:

    Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Kurunnegala, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Galle, Hambantota, Digamadulla, Puttalam, Jaffna, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Monaragala and Wanni are clear projected wins for Ranil.

  • Sri Lanka Politics Endorsement of Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe for President

    If it isn’t blindingly obvious to my faithful readers, I’m fairly liberal in my political leanings. It should come as no surprise, then, that I endorse Ranil Wickremesinghe for President. Now it’s on record.

    Ranil you the definite winner in tomorrow’s presidential election and in the upcoming years, I will try and be a fair observer of your performance, and judge you no more or less harshly than I have Mahinda. I want you, my readers, to help keep me honest. I thank you all for supporting my opinions in the past few weeks that this blog has been operational.

    I also take this opportunity to thank Harvard University’s esteemed Global Voices online, Google, MSN, Yahoo, Technorati, Bloglines,, and for extending there fullest cooperation in many ways to make my blogging experience a success.

    That said, when I started this blog, I didn’t mean for it to be entirely Presidential politics. That’s just been the main issue on my mind for months, so it’s been mainly what I’ve been posting about. From here on out, I’ll try harder to shift my mind into more burning issues of the Sri Lankan political and economic culture and other topics occasionally, and make thoughtful and educational posts about them.

    I take this opportunity to wish you the very best take it cool listen to some great jazz music and jazz your way to the presidency. Good luck!

    Ray Grairo

  • Report – 3

    Sri Lanka Politics projects that Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe will win the presidential election by a clear majority with over 54.76%

    Ranil will win 18 out of the 22 districts according to our information.
    The districts we project for Ranil are the following:

    COLOMBO, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Kurunnegala, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Galle, Hambantota, Digamadulla, Puttalam, Jaffna, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Monaragala, Kalutara, Gampaha and Wanni are clear projected wins for Ranil.

    Victor Hettigoda is taking chunk out of Mahind’s vote
    JVP vote split heading Ranil’s direction
    JHU 0ver 80% voting for Ranil
    NEW VOTES over 60% for Ranil
    OLD UNP BASE who have not voted in past 10 years voting full strength for Ranil
    SLFP vote split over 30% voting for Ranil
    TAMIL VOTE over 90% for Ranil
    MUSLIM VOTE over 90% for Ranil
    TSUNAMI affected people vote over 80% for Ranil


  • Ranil Wickremesinghe would be the Abraham Lincoln of Sri Lanka

    Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, guided his country through the most devastating experience in its national history–the CIVIL WAR. He is considered by many historians to have been the greatest American president.

    “Stand with anybody that stands RIGHT. Stand with him while he is right and PART with him when he goes wrong.” The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume II, “Speech at Peoria, Illinois” (October 16, 1854), p. 273.

    Our Ranil Wickremesinghe would be the Abraham Lincoln of Sri Lanka on Nov 18 President Designate Ranil Wickremesinghe will change the course of history in Sri Lanka and shepherd us to new political culture and equality to all irrespective cast creed and status he will restore a new beginning with everlasting Pease to Mother Lanka the Paradise on earth. Wow what a great feeling to be a Sri Lankan. I quote from Abraham Lincoln “I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal.” The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume II, “Speech at Chicago, Illinois” (July 10, 1858), p. 502. Ranil I wish you the very best.

  • Sri Lanka has a new president Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe and it is our duty as Sri Lankans to unite for peace and prosperity and extend our fullest cooperation to Mahinda’s presidency, folks Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe will think the same way, the gentleman we all respect.

    In life we have to take responsibility, just because Ranil lost the presidency it’s not the end of the world, Ranil understands this as he is a high caliber politician, it’s a way of life, so do what is best unite as one nation for the greater prosperity of Sri Lanka.

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