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I think its the entertainment time, so here’s a question.

A lot of media reports question about the possibility of Sarath Fonseka contesting with the JVP getting more preferential votes than Ranil Wickramasinghe.

What many of these reports don’t seem to consider is that preferential votes come out of actual party votes.

Here are the Colombo district Presidential election results:

Mahinda Rajapaksha 614,740 52.93%
Sarath Fonseka 533,022 45.90%

Ranil got 329,524 preferential votes out of the 441,841 votes for UNP (75%)  in 2004 General election. That was with 1,057,966valid votes in the district.

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The JVP and UNP are contesting separately, it seems. UNP will contest as the old UNF, under elephant symbol, while JVP with some other name boards and Sarath Fonseka will contest under the Democratic National Alliance, under Trophy symbol, oh irony.


The Loser's Trophy

So far, UNP seems to have washed its hands off the Fonseka Farce. Even the token protest in front of the Sirikotha with the convenience of party headquarters behind them and Kanora bakeshop in front of them has stopped. They say that the UNP is still not closing their nominations in case Fonseka wants to contest under them, but this just seems to be a token gesture. After all, Anoma Fonseka meets her husband twice daily, and it seems that UNP has no trouble contacting her.

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So Sarath Fonseka is arrested.

Those who went on all sorts of apologia for the Fonseka-Mangala-JVP-TNA-UNP-SLMC dirty election alliance are now crying about the loss of democrasy.

This author doesn’t think that government was very reasonable or tactical in arresting Sarath Fonseka. Fonseka was a loser, and a political tar baby with UNP (quite rightly) washing their hands off the alliance and showed signs of going back to basics. Which was a good thing. Those who were left with Fonseka were JVP/Mangala/Tiran Alles and the likes, who wanted MR out just because they hated him and just because they had no future with him. Those had no political acceptance, let alone popularity. With Fonseka’s repeated demonstrations of what kind of a ‘politician’ he is, it would have been a matter of time that the ‘rest of the alliance’ ends up in embarrasment.

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In the English I know, democracy means people electing their representatives to govern them. Such an exercise was just finished in SL; people voted for a president, and there was a rather high voter turn out that was even commended by the Unites States, elections were largely peaceful, and Mahinda Rajapakse was re-elected with a clear majority that would rule out any winning due to malpractices and vote rigging. That is, at least for a realistic observer who hopes that ideally there should not be any malpractices, but not suffering from amnesiato think that this isn’t the only election conducted in Sri Lanka with more than zero malpractices. This writer accepts that there have been malpractices, but this isn’t the first time that there were any in Sri Lanka. Taboo Subjects’ this lament makes one wonder if there really are people who are born yesterday.

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no need to explain.

At 2005 Prez election, Ranil could get more votes than Sarath Fonseka managed to garner, in almost all electorates where SF was expected to be stronger, including JVP-(allegedly)-dominated Tissamaharama (all while having JVP supporting the opposing candidate) and, alas, Fonseka’s own hometown Ambalangoda and neighboring Balapitiya.

I figure there’s a smirk on Ranil’s face right now.

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Bravo Ranil. This time, you were more honest than the average UNPer and closet UNPers who don Wickramabahu etc skins.

Or were you? There are only three possibilities. Ranil is:

  • either undermining Fonseka campaign (as we expected), because he’s only second to Mahinda Rajapaksa in not wanting to see Fonseka wins.
  • or thinking that he can have double talk and say whatever in front of Tamils, thinking it won’t be reported back to SL. His earlier interview with PTI was similar. And this is the guy who went to north and called Mahinda “poda” and described him as a “hero of Sinhalese”.
  • The whole SF camp thinks that they can have double talk to cheat both Tamils and Sinhalese.

In an interview to Global Tamil Vision, UNP Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe claimed that “once the government gave the order, the service commanders have to go ahead and execute it”.

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රජයට එරෙහිව ඇති දූෂන චෝදනා සහිත ඊමේල් මේ දින වල සංසරණය වෙයි. මේ, එම චෝදනා වලින් සමහරක් පිලිබඳව සී. ඒ. චන්ද්‍රප්‍රේම විසින් මහ බැංකු අධිපති අජිත් නිවාඩ් කබ්රාල් මහතා සමග කළ සාකච්ඡාවක් දිවයිනේ සහ දි අයිලන්ඩ් පුවත්පත් වල පළ විය. මේ එහි උපුටා දැක්වීමකි; ඇතැම් යතුරු ලියන දෝෂ දි අයිලන්ඩ් පුවත් පතේ පිටපතට අනුව නිවැරදි කරන ලදී.

කබ්රාල්  මහතා ගේ දත්ත නිවැරදි නම් (එසේ නොවීමට හේතුවක් ඇතැයි මට නොසිතෙන්නේ බොහොමයක් මඩ නිර්නාමිකව කිසිම වගකීමකින් තොරව බෙදා හැරෙන බැවිනි) ආණ්ඩුවට එරෙහිව එල්ල වල ඊනියා දූෂන චෝදනා බහුතරය බොරු හෝ අතිශයෝක්තීන් ය. තත්ත්වය කබ්රාල් කියන තරන් ම හොඳ නැති වුවත්, අඩු ගණනේ ඔහු කියන දෙයින් බාගයක් ඇත්ත නම් එයිනුදු පෙනෙන්නේ එල්ල වන තරම් දූෂන චෝදනා සත්‍ය නොවන බවයි.

අනෙක, ඇතැම් කරුණු එලිපිටම සත්‍ය වන දෑය: උදාහරණයක් හැටියට, හෙජින් ගනු දෙනුව වෙනුවෙන් (මොන ගොං කමක් කරත්) ආණ්ඩුවට ඇත්තටම බිලියන ගණනක් මුදල් අහිමි වූයේ නැත; එහෙයින් එතැන අමුතුවෙන්  “ඉතුරු කරන්නට” ඇති කෙංගෙඩියක් නැත. ෆොන්සේකාට කඩේ යන ඊනියා ආර්තික විශේෂඥයන් මේ පිලිබඳ නිහඬ වතක් අනුගමණය කරන බව පෙනේ. අනෙක,  ෆොන්සේකා මහතාගේ බොහොමයක් පොරොන්දු පුණරාවර්තන වියදම් වන අතර, වසර හතරක දූෂන වියදම එකතු කර, එයින් එක් වසරක පොරොන්දු ඉටු කිරීමට සෑහෙන බව ප්‍රකාශ කරන්නේ කවුරුන් රැවැට්ටීමට දැයි නොතේරේ. ඉතුරු අවුරුදු දුවන හැටිත් කීවේ නම් ඔය පොරොන්දු වන වෙනස කියන ආකාරයේ විශ්වාසනීය එකක් හැටියට හිතන්නට සලකා බලන්නට වත් තිබිණි.

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