SJB a cat’s paw of communal political parties-PM

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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today requested all voters to give them an overwhelming mandate exceeding even that of the presidential election of 2019, in order to put an end to narrow minded communalism in the politics of this country. 
Issuing a statement the Prime Minister said;
The leader of the newly formed Samagi Jana Balawegaya was the UNP presidential candidate in 2019. The manifesto that Sajith Premadasa issued for the presidential election titled in Sinhala ‘Sri Lankawe idirigamanata seemawak netha, ekwa gamana yamu’ had a chapter titled ‘Janathawage Vyawasthawa’ on pages 15-16 which contained the following proposals.  
 
Replacing the word ‘unitary’ with the formulation ‘undivided and indivisible’ in describing the Sri Lankan state.
Devolving the powers of the central government to the provinces to the maximum extent possible.
Creating a second chamber of Parliament made up of provincial council representatives to further limit the powers of the central legislature.
Abolishing the exclusive financial powers of Parliament and allowing provincial councils to raise funds independently.
Placing the district secretaries and divisional secretaries under the purview of the provincial councils.
Setting up a separate constitutional court to adjudicate in disputes between the central government and the provincial councils.
 
The constitutional proposals in Sajith Premadasa’s manifesto are identical to the proposals in the draft constitution tabled in Parliament by UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe in early 2019. An essential precondition to the division of this country is to remove from our Constitution the phrase ‘unitary state’ which has a special technical meaning. The international community can then take note of the fact and act accordingly. 
 
The inclusion of constitutional proposals aimed at the division of the country in the manifesto of a major political party, is a cause for grave concern. This document was presented to the Most Venerable Mahanayake Theras and Anunayaka Theras with a great deal of publicity without however giving them any prior warning about its contents. If they had won the last presidential election, these proposals would have been implemented on the claim that it had received a mandate from the people and the blessings of the Maha Sangha.
 
The political ‘mara-senawa’ that came together to capture power through the presidency and to divide the country after trampling underfoot the majority community, was made up of the same elements in 2010, 2015 and 2019. These political parties which were earlier with the UNP, have now shifted their allegiance to the Samagi Jana Balawegaya on the grounds that Ranil is incapable of winning the required number of Sinhala votes whereas Sajith is better positioned to do so. We see the Samagi Jana Balawegaya trying to fulfil their side of this bargain by giving election pledges such as an allowance of Rs. 20,000 for every family. They tried to win the presidential election also with promises of various handouts.
 
A political party that caters to a single ethnic or religious community only looks after the narrow interests of that group and considers other communities to be outsiders or even enemies. Our most recent experience of the dangerous consequences of this brand of politics was the Easter Sunday terrorist attack. When a given political party restricts itself to just one ethnic or religious group, they too become prisoners of circumstances.
 
When the extremist preacher Zaharan Hashim built himself a small following in the East, communal political parties had to compete for the votes of that group. That enabled this extremist to summon all communal candidates for election in that district and even impose conditions on them. Though this process, extremists controlled the communal political parties and the communal political parties in turn controlled the national political party running the government. Ultimately the extremists indirectly controlled the government. The yahapalana government was not able to prevent the Easter Sunday bombings because they had fallen victim to this brand of politics. 
 
G.G.Ponnamabalam was a minister in Sri Lanka’s first post independence government. Even though he was not a member of the UNP, he was a lifelong political ally of the Senanayakes. Until 1975, Alfred Duriappah was a pillar of the SLFP in Jaffna. There were figures like A.C.S.Hameed and M.H.Mohamed in the UNP and Badiuddin Mohamed and Alavi Moulana in the SLFP. All of them represented the Tamil or Muslim communities and were stalwarts of either the UNP or the SLFP. The politics of trampling the majority community underfoot and obtaining privileges for one’s own community through political extortion never existed at that time. The reason why this poisonous political culture has flourished up to this point is because those engaged in such politics have benefitted enormously from it.
 
The people defeated that brand of politics at the 2019 presidential election. If we are to see the kind of frienship and cooperation that existed between the various communities in this country in times past, we have to ensure that those who engage in narrow minded communal politics are not able to benefit from it. It’s only then that a new generation of Ponnambalams, Duriappahs, Hameeds and Moulanas will emerge from among the younger generation. I request all voters to give us an overwhelming mandate exceeding even that of the presidential election of 2019, in order to put an end to narrow minded communalism in the politics of this country. 
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  • Sokrates Sunday, 05 July 2020 06:07 PM

    The correct word for narrow minded communalism is democracy you murderous criminal.

    ranjit Sunday, 05 July 2020 06:07 PM

    wolf in sheep's clothing speaking to come to power and swindle the country again

    Sambo Sunday, 05 July 2020 06:45 PM

    yes all the public should vote for the Prime minister on his request. They have all done a great job in developing this country and the new results show we have been to Lower Middle Income Country and the next step will be a poor country. Congratulations to all our politicians for this great achievement.

    ravin Sunday, 05 July 2020 06:50 PM

    There again. Security aparatas were successfully rounding up druggies and politicas now giving all sort of instructions. And.............. we expecting end of good work of our security heros.

    Imtiaz Muhsin Sunday, 05 July 2020 07:16 PM

    So then, why was Aluthgamam attacked when you were President?

    BigEars Sunday, 05 July 2020 07:21 PM

    Uncle, the Kitty is out of the bag. Now you are faulting Sajith as you know Ranil is on your side. Why did the police go to Ranil's residence to get a statement? It is a decades old deal starting from sudden carpeting of a road in from of a party headquarters.

    Johan Sunday, 05 July 2020 07:22 PM

    Please give a brief proposal of your future Developments,Poverty alliiviation and eradication of unemployment etc.Because we are fed up hearing always, Unitary,Dividing the country and Bomb blast etc

    friend friend Sunday, 05 July 2020 07:47 PM

    You and your brothers are the champions of Sinhala communal politics! No Tamil or Muslim will vote for you.

    Shahani Sunday, 05 July 2020 07:48 PM

    Even in your final years of your politics you show that you are a Racist.

    Gahgy Sunday, 05 July 2020 07:59 PM

    Don’t use the communal card to cheat the public and poor voters.

    BuffaloaCitizen Sunday, 05 July 2020 08:00 PM

    But all you mainstream Sinhalese Political Party's since independence cannot run a campaign without racism and religious intolerance. Further you yourself took this to a new dimension when openly using the State apparatus to support notorious thugs of JHU and BBS.

    FF Sunday, 05 July 2020 08:06 PM

    MAHINDA HAS FORGOTTEN THAT HE IS A LEADING POLITICIAN WITH OVER 50 YEARS IN THE FIELD OF POLITICS. HE IS THE LEADER OF "NARROW MINDED COMMUNAL POLITICS" FOR HIS OWN ADVANTAGE

    Sarath Sunday, 05 July 2020 08:24 PM

    MR you are trying to propagate your majorities and hate based politics again. Please retire

    Buddhist Sunday, 05 July 2020 09:09 PM

    What ever said and done the rule of Sajith will be much balanced for all communities and racism will be much lower than Mahinda's rule. Less bribe and corruption in Sajith's team as all the crooks are now with Mahinda and Ranil.

    MN Sunday, 05 July 2020 09:57 PM

    You seem ready give anything to be voted, UNP challenging you can't give out 20000/=according to the accountant Ravi,but if you announced that ,you will terminate the allowance called as pension for parliamentarians and divert that amount to support poor ,you can catch flying votes and other hand you can quiet your opponents, who are not brave enough to tell so

    Ruawn Sunday, 05 July 2020 10:11 PM

    " I request all voters to give us an overwhelming mandate exceeding " What a joke, when you enjoyed more than two-third majority, you ignored the people and focused on family concentric corrupt rule. Simple majority with hung parliament is the best right now.

    Bad Boy Sunday, 05 July 2020 10:34 PM

    You need a 2/3 majority to get power to change the Constitution and repeal the 19A, so you can sell the country to India

    Elephant Never Forgets Sunday, 05 July 2020 10:59 PM

    Were not the Ponnambalams.....replaced by the Douglases, Karunas, Pillaiyans, Siddharthans? DS bought GG Sr who even voted to disenfranchise Tamils whose toils in plantations left DS with an enviable coffer when he exploited personal weaknesses of Soulbury to craftily draft the constitution with the bluff called Section 29. By the way, wasn’t VP himself supposed to have been bought in 2005?

    vince Sunday, 05 July 2020 11:10 PM

    look who is talking about communalism. He is the epitome of everything that is bad in this country. Releasing drug baron last time he was in power comes to mind.

    The Saint! Monday, 06 July 2020 10:08 AM

    The full Tamil diaspora are out commenting. Lol.


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