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Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka said yesterday that he would form a ‘united opposition alliance’ in the hope of unseating the government soon. The alliance’s inaugural rally will be held in Colombo on October 18.

UNP MPs Palitha Range Bandara, Palitha Thewarapperuma, Dayasiri Jayasekara and Provincial Council members Shiral Laktilake and Maithri Gunatilake have already decided to join this opposition alliance.  Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva and eminent Buddhist monk Ven. Maduluvawe Sobhitha Thera are also in the alliance.

Mr. Fonseka told the Daily Mirror in an interview that he could not wait till another general election is declared to defeat this government.

He said the country’s economy had declined today to the lowest level and that the people had lost faith in the judicial procedures.

“We have realized today that there is a corrupt government run by a corrupt ruler.  It is like a tyrannical regime. The country’s economy is going down.  Corruption is rampant.  It has never been like that. There is no justice in the country. Likewise, education and health sectors are collapsing. The business community is complaining.  They have to give bribes and ransom to get things done. Therefore, we cannot wait till another general election is declared to unseat this government. We have to throw out the government as fast as possible,” he said.

He said he would not talk about the leader of this alliance to avoid what he called ‘unnecessary problems’.
He also said he had applied for the registration of a political party for himself. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • ProtestBuster Friday, 05 October 2012 08:13 AM

    Jathika Kalavedi Peramuna would be a good name for this, "sir".
    Go SF ! ... (to hell).

    M. GONE Friday, 05 October 2012 10:04 AM




    Cancer Friday, 05 October 2012 09:47 AM

    ballek beruwata kandhu peralaidha!! He has no followers. Only a very small section of the UNP will join him. Who's going to lead the alliance? Without Ranil and Sajith they wont be strong.

    Hal Friday, 05 October 2012 09:36 AM

    Have RW paid a hurried visit to Temple Trees for a cup of tea? It is a good time to do so are there seems to be a vacancy for him in the near future.

    Demo Friday, 05 October 2012 09:16 AM

    This shows opposition is divided. Before people to accept him as a leader he must proof the integrity of his son in law..

    Ranil Friday, 05 October 2012 09:00 AM

    again you are trying to prove that you don't have any political knowledge...sad ...end of SF

    Upali Wijewardene Friday, 05 October 2012 08:53 AM

    General Fonseka, even if you want to save your deposit, go join the UNP. Negotiate for the deputy leadership post and take Sajith and Ranil along with you to victory. You and your alliance will never succeed otherwise. UNP is the only symbol which can challenge the government.

    Blue Ribbon Lokka Friday, 05 October 2012 08:48 AM

    Try and throw out Ranil also with the Corrupt Govt.

    Ravi C Sam Friday, 05 October 2012 08:41 AM

    It is not clear why you have to unseat the government? What are the alternative solutions available for this country? Hope you would think of bringing pressure on the government to do some good work. Country needs a strong opposition.

    MA Friday, 05 October 2012 08:14 AM

    Just when we had all but forgotten you. Too bad, it was great while it lasted. I think I'll continue my nap, this must be a bad dream caused by something I ate.

    Ran Ponil Friday, 05 October 2012 10:15 AM

    No No,,we have had enough of the spinelss and toothless in Ranil..Not only the UNP, but the nation will be a byeer place wigthout such Ponticks as the leader of the opposition..

    saman Friday, 05 October 2012 08:14 AM

    I think most of us are already have.

    Junior Citizen Friday, 05 October 2012 08:10 AM

    well said DON

    willows Friday, 05 October 2012 07:37 AM

    need of the hour

    habeeb Friday, 05 October 2012 07:23 AM

    Mr. Fonee newathat anaganeeda ?

    malkanthi Friday, 05 October 2012 07:13 AM

    We are living in a time that politicos compromise their standards, cheat, selling integrity & character, becoming uncivilized. to survive in the political arena, So where are you going to find honest fellows from???

    SADS Friday, 05 October 2012 07:07 AM


    Srilankan Storm Friday, 05 October 2012 07:11 AM

    Very good move. Our blessings Sir.

    idroos Friday, 05 October 2012 07:06 AM

    Good Wish Sir I would vote for ur policies though i know very well u do not have any personal agendas all peoples of all walks of life buddhists muslims burhgers should put a stop to this corrupt regime do not accept any cross overs from UPFA or UNP its they who have failoed this country.

    Jagath Friday, 05 October 2012 03:55 PM

    This is a good news for people like us who are really looking for country without corruptions, and full of democracy. It would be really good if this party can come up with changes that should be done to Sri Lanka constitution like abolish presidency, some amendments to eliminate government corruption etc.

    John Saturday, 06 October 2012 01:54 AM

    Has any politician got any political knowledge!!

    John Saturday, 06 October 2012 01:53 AM

    Regime eke nama denna be!

    John Saturday, 06 October 2012 01:51 AM

    Canm you show any corruption of him rather than fabricated cases by the Regime.

    Suren Saturday, 06 October 2012 01:44 AM

    "would not talk about the leader " ... to avoid what he called ‘unnecessary problems’.... like a ship without a captain ... :) iooo foni

    Devaka Saturday, 06 October 2012 01:06 AM

    Do you have no shame after voters rejected you by over 4 million votes?

    Nishantha Rajapaksa Saturday, 06 October 2012 12:32 AM

    ane saman.... mala samayan

    Senaka Friday, 05 October 2012 11:52 PM

    Too harsh but facts are correct Leslie !

    Lakwesiya Friday, 05 October 2012 11:04 PM

    Chase away the bunch of thieves.

    All the blessing to you............................

    Leslie Friday, 05 October 2012 05:49 PM

    This bloody donkey is out of place and out of mind. He should have been kept in prison till he fell dead for the dogs to feast on his corpse!!!

    neil john Friday, 05 October 2012 06:57 AM

    This will divide the opposition further and ultimately incumbents will be the beneficiaries.

    Curious Friday, 05 October 2012 02:13 PM

    Probably he forgot he was behind bars and it was Mr. President who pardon him. Now he is back again with his games.

    Janaki Kalansuriya Friday, 05 October 2012 01:47 PM

    We were waiting for a leadership to emerge. Everyone in the opposition have been neutered. Be careful in your selection of trusted lieutenants, sublieutenants and foot soldiers to cover your back. Leave opportunists and usurpers like Sajith out completely. Not too sure of this Dayasiri chappy.
    But, the masses are waiting for you, Sir!

    rajiv Friday, 05 October 2012 12:53 PM

    He has started many Alliance but nothing went in front of MR's Force, Now all the jobless hv joined, hope they get some jobs too.

    kabba Friday, 05 October 2012 12:49 PM

    there is no much impact to the political history Fonseka forming a party. Only it can may effect UNPs only.

    Nishantha Friday, 05 October 2012 12:44 PM

    God bless you Sir....! Good Luck.

    Noneed minorities Friday, 05 October 2012 11:27 AM

    who cares you and your party. We still can remeber you well

    asanka Friday, 05 October 2012 10:34 AM

    please make the alliance without RW (most useless opposition leader SriLanka ever had )otherwise he will destroy it too.

    Citizen Perera Friday, 05 October 2012 10:20 AM

    Political arena in this country is highly volatile.Gen Fonseka should take extreme care when selecting his office bearers and alliance members. There are wolves in sheep cloths.

    shiham Friday, 05 October 2012 03:24 AM

    One alliance enough for this country and it's missiles for country people's poor stomach,no need another missile.

    Ranjith Silva Friday, 05 October 2012 03:33 AM

    Good for nothing.

    warElephant Friday, 05 October 2012 03:37 AM

    I hope dayasiri won't join SF....

    Dinesh Friday, 05 October 2012 03:33 AM

    Please don't include Ranil for the country's sake.

    Junior Citizen Friday, 05 October 2012 03:27 AM

    Quite true, Sumithi, but who are these charactors? All political rejects- We need new faces new organisations. you cannot do it in a hurry-the religious and non political forces must lead-leaving out disgruntled lot.- these guys spoilt FUTA's chances as well

    Thomas Ranger Friday, 05 October 2012 03:26 AM

    Being sick of all the rhetoric drummed out day in day out by both factions of the UNP, ans JVP, it would now appear that a silver lining can soon be seen on a dark cloud. Best of luck and wisdom to those who shall be joining the General.

    nalin Friday, 05 October 2012 03:25 AM

    Arev you going to keep corrupted politician out from this aliance???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    lankan Friday, 05 October 2012 03:23 AM

    Well , Can this be a beginning of an end !..

    Ediri Friday, 05 October 2012 03:26 AM

    We know this man's track record in Army in personal management and also his failure, inefficiency and ineffectiveness in politics.

    ind Friday, 05 October 2012 03:21 AM

    He is trying to show that he is still in political arena. Otherwise people would forget him very soon.

    Siri Friday, 05 October 2012 03:50 AM

    see the members of alliance?can they get the faith of majority,again somebody misleading you sir.

    Achari Friday, 05 October 2012 03:18 AM

    Very good move. Our blessings Sir.

    Hal Friday, 05 October 2012 03:15 AM

    Well done sir. I hope this move will be the end of RW and the UNP. I will be there at your rally roaring to go. You need to pick on the educated and civilized

    willows Friday, 05 October 2012 03:18 AM

    We are with you sir, we need a clean person like you Sir to be our next leader and resurrect the country???

    Dulan de Silva Friday, 05 October 2012 03:05 AM

    Sri Lankan people deserve a decent opposition. People do not see any difference in UNP as Mervin, Duminda ,SB, Bandual were all ex-UNP's.This shows that UNP too do not have any principles.

    rufus Friday, 05 October 2012 03:02 AM

    Mr.Fonseka , everything said and done is fine , you need to change the corrupt government , then what about the other parties who are ALSO CORRUPT and waiting for an HERO like you to sacrifice your life and your CIVIL Rights waiting to practice the said corrupt process without any notice ? What steps are you going to IMPLY on them ? DO YOU THINK THAT THE POLITICIANS WILL PRACTICE A GOOD GOVERNANCE AND THE ETHICAL CODE ?

    PKR Friday, 05 October 2012 02:54 AM

    SF and drop outs and back stabbers of UNP is trying to oust Gentleman politician Ranil. This alliance is not to out Mahinda or this government. These people stand no chance. But these group is trying to chase Mr Ranil Wickramesinghe. Ranil does not wish to change governments undemocratically. But these goons will do any damn thing to grab power. Surely this time too these people will fail. It is time for UNP to chase out these betrayors from party.

    Chryshan K Friday, 05 October 2012 02:53 AM

    Wow thats great news. We need a strong opposition with backbone at least to come out with what all wrong doing of Govt. Only you are not scared to talk against any mafia or thuggery politicians. Select the best in your alliance with good educational background.

    Ronnie Wade Friday, 05 October 2012 02:44 AM

    Even our not so friendly Western Govts admit that the Srilankan Economy will grow atleast 6.5 percent this year.

    Mr Fonseka says the Economy is going down.

    He has to come up with better oneliners than those listed here,, if he wants the average punters to rally around him to roll Rajapaksa.

    Wara Friday, 05 October 2012 05:03 AM

    He was a good worrier but surely not a political leader.

    CeeDee Friday, 05 October 2012 06:37 AM

    It all sums up in the last sentence.. "He also said he had applied for the registration of a political party for himself" That is what SF is all about, he's thinking he can do all by himself. This was also what paved for the downfall of this one time great warrior we all highly respected. So pity!

    don Friday, 05 October 2012 06:21 AM

    How long can the others stick with you? and also how are you planning to get rid of the economic crisis ? if you dish out a proper plan for that, then I will vote for you. Sorry to say, every one including you are corrupted, so no point talking about corruption over and over again.

    Mason Friday, 05 October 2012 06:10 AM

    General Sir, you are fulfilling a much needed deed. Our country is degenerating in leaps and bounds with corrupt politicians and racketeers in positions of power. Cleansing here is necessary as you did with the terrorists in the North.
    We are for you. Wishing the endeavour success.

    Nirmal Friday, 05 October 2012 05:45 AM

    1stly how could you throw out a democratically elected govt by force. 2ndly where was the so called fair and equal Justice when you were the Commander of the Army? How many HR cases were against you when you were the Commander for the Army? Lastly before you talk about fair justice where is your son in law who is evading the court of law of this country? And this Tyrant and the Traitor is calling to over throw a govt by force even before a General Election is held! Get a life loser!

    rohan jurangpaqthy Friday, 05 October 2012 05:33 AM

    go ahead Sir i am joining u i am strong UNP and our family concepts have to change - when there were so many nominated dignataries to hand over the the man of the match to Mhahela Y namal

    nicky karunarathna Friday, 05 October 2012 05:37 AM

    Will this joker ever give up his utopia? He even cant muster his own few comrades fall in line and he is talking about big things like, as Sinhala adage says: before seeing sea, he is preparing his loin cloth!

    Thomas Friday, 05 October 2012 05:31 AM

    Bring in all like minded party into the alliance. to make the alliance Strong. Don't under estimate MR ?

    Augustin Torrez Friday, 05 October 2012 05:16 AM


    sumithi Friday, 05 October 2012 02:35 AM

    An Alliance could help to point out the inefficiencies and corruptions. Hope every one with similar views get together and make their voices to be united as one. The pity party politics can be taken at an election time. Till then unite for a one voice or it will be Noise among opposition...

    ind Friday, 05 October 2012 04:54 AM

    How many beginnings !

    Kondebendapucheena Friday, 05 October 2012 04:45 AM

    This is also just another Alliance with out Unity at the end,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Priyantha Friday, 05 October 2012 04:37 AM

    lets Unite and Go for it ...

    Manik Friday, 05 October 2012 04:23 AM

    I am sure this alliance will be much better than the UNP led by an impotent leader.

    ase Friday, 05 October 2012 04:19 AM

    well genarel, if then form with those who are really keen for the country, as i wrote once i saw in a rally there are corrupted & politically bankrapped eliments round you, any way all the best, pls. be cautious.

    Padma Friday, 05 October 2012 04:08 AM

    Indeed action this will be helped to fulfill people’s aspiration.
    Eventually the evil can’t thrive for ever

    But there are facts
    • slow and steady wins the race
    • So many men so many minds
    • Too many cooks spoil the broth
    • two of a trade seldom agree

    if the begining is good the end must be perfect

    Prasannajit Friday, 05 October 2012 04:11 AM

    This is what was expected by many. As Ranil is doing nothing all others should get together to remove this corrupt govt. SF is capable in giving leadership to this movement.

    Hal Friday, 05 October 2012 03:58 AM

    For sure, he will be a liability.

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