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MR would have still captained SLC: Arjuna

6 August 2015 02:45 pm - 22     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

Fortunately the Kurunegala District UPFA candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa had not played cricket. Had he played and won the limited over cricket World Cup in 1996, he would have still been the captain of the Sri Lanka team, Gampaha District UPFA candidate Arjuna Ranatunga said today.

He made these remarks when he addressed a large gathering of supporters, when former President Chandrika Kumaratunga visited the main election propaganda office in Gampaha.

“I was able to lead a fantastic cricket team wherein all members were a dedicated, extremely talented and patriotic lot. We also produced a second rung of players from up and coming young cricketers, who were ready to replace seniors when they retire.

“But President Rajapaksa failed to build up a second ring of political leaders from among young and skilful politicians in the SLFP but concentrated on keeping power among himself and his family.

“That is why I told you that if he won the World Cup in 1996, he would have never given up the captaincy of the team,” Minister Ranatunga charged.

Minister Ranatunga said former President Kumaratunga worked hard to bring President Maithripala Sirisena and the Yahapalana Government to power as she loved the country.

“She has worked hard to strengthen the concept of good governance, prevent corrupt politicians being elected to Parliament and to protect the January 8 Silent Revolution,” he said.

“The August 17 election is a contest between the good and bad, evil and justice and law and lawlessness or a fight against the UNP and the UFPA that represent the good and the bad respectively.

“The voters of this country deserve to be represented by decent, corrupt free and educated members in Parliament. They can find respectable and intelligent candidates only from among UNP candidates in each and every district. Therefore it is up to the voters to elect a member they can call their Manthrithuma with pride,” he stressed.

Minister Ranatunga said Mrs. Kumaratunga was deeply disappointed and heartbroken over the fate of the SLFP today, which was established by her illustrious father, late Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike.

“She is determined to bring the SLFP to its former glory after August 17 poll and that is why she wants a government with clean and honourable politicians,” he said.

Commenting on the plight of war heroes, Minister Ranatunga lamented that under the Rajapaksa regime, Ranawiruwo used to sing with grief but not with a feeling of victory and added the UNFGG government to be formed after August 17 would not let anyone to belittle war heroes.

“It was sad to witness how the Rajapaksa regime deployed ex-war heroes on menial duties like to water flower beds excavate and clean drains forgetting that they were the warriors who saved the country from terrorism. Some politicians may not have resorted to corruptions and misdeeds if those war heroes did not do that. The corrupt politicians have exploited the prevailing peaceful situation to their advantage to rob the country,” Minister Ranatunga added.

A large number of retired war heroes were present at the occasion. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

  Comments - 22

  • don Friday, 07 August 2015 03:42 AM


    Wele Vidane Friday, 07 August 2015 05:43 AM

    If you had a physical fitness?

    ferdy Friday, 07 August 2015 06:21 AM

    So according to your judgement and that of your champion Arjuna, is winning the cricket world cup in 1996 and saving the country from ruthless terrorist who terrorised the country for 30 years the same? So how many lost their lives and limbs to win your cricket match in 1996.....just asking!!

    Sampath Thursday, 06 August 2015 10:21 PM

    Ranil paid for his car himself unlike MR

    jith Friday, 07 August 2015 06:53 AM

    Arjuna won the world cup alright , but comparing that with a leader who won a brutal civil war that bled this country for more than 30 years, a guerrilla war that almost all of us thought un-winnable is a 3rd grade joke. besides, we are not that DDB to forget how you ran the cricket show afterwards. MR has his share of many a shortcomings but he did many things to the country that was uniquely him. He was a great leader but a poor manager. Leadership is an inborn attribute management is a skill you acquire. Its worth betting on MR to make that change and be a comeback kid. I am sure he will.

    cpw Friday, 07 August 2015 06:54 AM

    How about Ranil?

    karthi Friday, 07 August 2015 03:24 PM

    Not only MR will be still captaining but also we can see onlyRajapaksas will be playing in the team.

    Asokamala Friday, 07 August 2015 10:23 AM

    @ferdy - if Arjuna claims the credit of winning World Cup was only because his leadership, it is somewhat like MR and blind followers, giving the credit of winning the war to MR. To be fair with Arjuna at least he lead the team on the field. In that case more credit of winning the war with LTTE should go to who lead the war on the battlefield (people like Denzil K, Janaka J, Sarath F etc.) 25 years out of 30 years of war, MR was with LTTE. If you analyze clearly with statements made by Sripathy (before he was killed) and Tiran, MR IS NOT A HERO

    Hiran Gunawardena Friday, 07 August 2015 03:47 PM

    What about him???????? Being a poodle of western countries and not doing anythng to the country for last two decades

    justicia Friday, 07 August 2015 10:39 AM

    MR would have also coached Thajeudeen

    TONY Friday, 07 August 2015 10:55 AM


    Mason Friday, 07 August 2015 10:55 AM

    The UNP wants good governance for the people. UPFA wants goodies for themselves to enrich them further. The main difference between the two. Either we go forward with good governance or drag ourselves with nothing.

    roshan Friday, 07 August 2015 11:04 AM

    because he won the war he cant be allowed to plunder the country for the sake of him and his family.

    David Friday, 07 August 2015 11:27 AM

    While Arjuna ranatunga actually captained the side ad played in the field to win the World Cup in 1996 While Mahinda was never actually involved in the physical war. The man who actually won the war on the field was Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka. and look what happened to him its as if the credit for winning the world up goes firstly to the chairman of the team select committee rather than the team captain via DM iOS App

    Asokamala Friday, 07 August 2015 11:25 AM

    It is true that you can’t compare the 30 year brutal war with winning the world cup. After all MR and Arjuna both did not win them by themselves. There are a lot of other factors and contributors involved in the win. At least Arjuna won it on the battlefield. A test match may be won on the fifth day. There are many positive and negative contributions throughout the duration of the game. Likewise during the 30 years there were ups and downs. Narrow minded people always remember the person who hit the winning run as the hero. 25 years out of 30, MR was supporting LTTE – there are enough proof – protesting with LTTE in front of UN, late Sripathy’s and Tiran’s disclosures, RADA revelations,..

    sikuru Thursday, 06 August 2015 08:21 PM

    This shows us the difference between two people MR is still clinging to the war to be in Rule while Arjuna who won the World Cup gave up the captaincy of the team when time came

    Sapu Thursday, 06 August 2015 08:21 PM

    Arjuna Ranathunga is up for a great victory in Gampaha

    sss Thursday, 06 August 2015 08:34 PM

    as per news reports Yahapalanaya candidates are also using public resources for campaigning. The ones who are serious about yahapalanaya should intervene

    chandler Friday, 07 August 2015 02:02 AM

    Day dreaming

    Sorinis Friday, 07 August 2015 06:33 PM

    Now cling onto the saree pallu.

    Philip Thursday, 06 August 2015 08:41 PM

    If so Mahinda would wanted to captain the Sri Lanka rugger team as well, because he won the cricket world cup.

    Ashoke Thursday, 06 August 2015 08:54 PM

    Remember 1999 WORLD cup ? and after playing under SANA ? :D

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