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Ranil is not a crafty man as claimed: Anura Kumara

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Kurunegala, Feb. 18 (Daily Mirror)- Claiming that President Ranil Wickremesinghe is not a crafty man as claimed, NPP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today he will have to go home even before the end of his scheduled term, if he attempts to evade the Presidential election by any means.

Speaking at the Kurunegala District Women's convention, he said a new discussion had arisen on the need to scrap the Executive Presidency and said it was an age-old slogan.

"Some people say Ranil is a crafty man. He became the President with a single seat in Parliament. He will do something to evade the Presidential election as well. Ranil is not a crafty man as claimed. He will have to go home even before his term of office, if he attempts to evade the Presidential election. Ranil was able to become the President just because Sajith Premadasa refused Gotabaya Rajapaksa's request to take up the Presidency. Otherwise, Ranil would be just an MP now. Gotabaya first requested Sajith and then Sarath Fonseka to take up the Presidency. Fonseka wanted three days to make a decision and Gotabaya was not in a position to delay it by three days. As the third option, he requested Ranil. He took it up as he had nothing to lose," Dissanayake said.

Dissanayake said Ranil was not a hero to take up the Presidency, but he should be ashamed of becoming the President with the votes of the MPs who were elected with a promise to jail Ranil for the Central Bank bond scam.

He said women will be a decisive factor in the upcoming elections and said they make up 56 percent of the votes in Sri Lanka.


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  • Ranil's time is run now, future is the NPPs Sunday, 18 February 2024 10:08 PM

    Ranil is showing his hopelessness as time goes on. Any other competent person would do similarly to him, so Ranil has not done anything incredible. Only fools who voted for Gota would vote for Ranil, while all sensible persons would consider to vote for NPP.

    Dee Sunday, 18 February 2024 10:14 PM

    Women being decisive in votes - 100% . In 2019 they voted to save the country, won and made the whole country starve in 2022. In 2024 they will vote for subversives and even god won’t know what would happen to Sri Lanka! RIP!

    Bee Monday, 19 February 2024 11:11 AM

    That's gender discrimination buddy! you have a better candidate in mind than the NPP Pres candidate?

    Patcitz Sunday, 18 February 2024 10:52 PM

    How could Ranil be holding schedule-term? who gave him a term? Anura should clear those doubtful questions that the general public always asks, mind it either of you has no votes from the intelligent people.

    johan Monday, 19 February 2024 12:32 PM

    Actually Interim President should be only for six months after that Election Commission must hold Presidential Election. That is the constitution.Citing No funds etc. lame excuse.All party Govt. means not all defectors get together and support Interim Govt.for perks privileges and ministerial posts.Constitution is not clay to mold according to politicians whims and fancies

    Hadam Monday, 19 February 2024 01:54 PM

    My friends, I don't know anyone noticed. Anura's tone of voice suddenly changed since his trip to India. Must have had a good deal. All these guys are the same fermented dirt in one compost bin

    Ruben Huling Sunday, 18 February 2024 10:59 PM

    What do you know when you are in league with him. Those who live in a "PEA SOUP" together, feeding each other don't see what other fellow's intentions and what he does. Dream on.

    Tissa Fernando Sunday, 18 February 2024 11:05 PM

    Ranil made you go to India do he could sell assets to India and in the meantime you are shut off. Are you not protesting against the Airport deal. You are all friends Malli. Wonder what would have happened if Sajith or Sarath Fonseka became the President.

    Tak Tik Tuk Monday, 19 February 2024 11:15 AM

    But Ranja aiya said, SLPP, SJB and UNP all are friends except NPP

    Jude Sunday, 18 February 2024 11:42 PM

    Only reason why RANIL became president Coz he got the support of SLPP MP's on the basis of that Rajapaksa clan will not be prosecuted for corruption, yeah.

    Jude Sunday, 18 February 2024 11:43 PM

    RANIL has done More damaged than Prabha. Yeah.

    Nobody Monday, 19 February 2024 01:05 PM

    Have you forgotten what JVP did.. setting fire to buses .. killing people… setting fire to houses!!.. this bunch of jokers can’t run a village shop let alone the country… what they can do though is protest and create chaos..

    Jude Sunday, 18 February 2024 11:51 PM

    RANIL was never popular with rural folks he contested biyagama And from Colombo District and he will never win elections again in SL. His party was reduced to one seat in the parliament. Just to give you an idea how much people in SL rejected him and his party well last general Elections in 2020 UNP received only 249,435 votes out of 16.2 million eligible voters That indicates how much people have rejected Ranil and UNP.

    Jude Monday, 19 February 2024 12:14 AM

    RANIL is president Coz he assured MR that he and his family will NOT be Prosecuted for the colossal corruption that lead to country going BANKRUPT!! Plain and simple that's why he's the president. NPP government must prosecute MR and RANIL in the first hundred days of forming the new government.

    Cheers Monday, 19 February 2024 12:21 AM

    AKD if you have any presidential dreams please check your brain or go to Angoda. All your supporters are roadies, jobless youth who are idiots which aragalaya proved and Gora was too good not using his powers and if he did most of you would have been in jail especially you

    Jude Monday, 19 February 2024 01:05 AM

    RANIL never cared about lankans he cared about his cronies MR, Mahendran who looted the country.

    Democrat Monday, 19 February 2024 01:58 AM

    Well said Anura, Rainl is a failed character who relies on fake statics which shows that the country is heading for economic recovery while people are struggling to get their ends meet. Hope he will not pave the way for a blood bath in this country without adopting tactic to delay the on coming presidential election.

    Ganesh Monday, 19 February 2024 02:01 AM

    Similarly you guys aren’t very smart either. How can we trust a bunch of academics to lead us into the future.

    Gajang Malli Monday, 19 February 2024 11:19 AM

    Because they have the qualifications and the correct educational backgrounds for the job.

    Dulanjoli Premadosa Monday, 19 February 2024 02:23 AM

    Never trust a man who wears branded clothing with other peoples money.

    SenPera Monday, 19 February 2024 03:07 AM

    And Anura Kumara has the dullest mind in parliament

    Jude Monday, 19 February 2024 04:55 AM

    After the bankruptcy we could have A/L student as finance minister to run the country, remember after bankruptcy SL not paying back the debt yeah the bondholders still negotiating with government.

    Adwani Monday, 19 February 2024 07:17 AM

    Whats wrong with you??? If you are crafty person you should have taenover from Gota.

    johan Monday, 19 February 2024 12:33 PM

    He was not invited to take leadership

    Be Fair Monday, 19 February 2024 07:42 AM

    Not that RW is the best, but I think he did the best for the country given the circumstances at the time. That cant be taken away from him I reckon

    Ah Monday, 19 February 2024 03:08 PM

    No one else is capable other than RANIL WICKREMASINGHE. PERIOD. NO ROCKET SCIENCE AND NO BRAINS NEEDED. Only the corroded minds will think of another

    Jeanne Monday, 19 February 2024 05:01 PM

    @Be Fair: That's so true. The country was drowning in debt and misery - I mean, you couldn't even get gas or petrol ... we were at rock bottom and RW gave us a lifeline. So all those haters out there, I say it's better the devil you know.

    Rishan Tuesday, 20 February 2024 06:36 AM

    Sri Lankans remember only 2 weeks , then they forget.....

    Dakshina Dissanayake Monday, 19 February 2024 07:48 AM

    Typical political propaganda to accrue credit.

    Eshan Monday, 19 February 2024 07:56 AM

    Whatever said Ranil is a far better leader in this time of crisis than this joker can even ever dream of.

    sam silva2 Monday, 19 February 2024 08:05 AM

    yes he is an over rated politician and just a PAPADAMAA!!!

    Nobody Monday, 19 February 2024 01:14 PM

    Have you at least been to a uni in Sri Lanka? Or have you read as many books as him? Can you talk about 2nd world war? Can you tell us about Sri Lankan history? Or how about green economy with details? If you can’t I suggest you keep your mouth shut and not insult educated people.. btw do you know the constitution of Sri Lanka by heart?.. probably not.. so I guess if he is a pappdam then let’s not talk what you are

    sam silva2 Monday, 19 February 2024 03:10 PM

    Nobody - sam silva2 Monday, 19 February 2024 08:05 AM yes he is an over rated politician and just a PAPADAMAA!!! 64x64 Nobody Monday, 19 February 2024 01:14 PM Have you at least been to a uni in Sri Lanka? YES Or have you read as many books as him? CAN YOU FIND OUT HOW MANY HE HAS READ? Can you talk about 2nd world war? I WAS JUST FEW YEARS OLD Can you tell us about Sri Lankan history? YES AND PRE-HISTORY how about green economy with details? CARBON FOOT PRINT YOU MEAN? If you can’t I suggest you keep your mouth shut and not insult educated people. I CAN KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT EXCEPT AT EATING TIME. CAN YOU ASK HIM TOO? I DO INSULT DUMBOS. btw do you know the constitution of Sri Lanka by heart?.READ 24 PARAS AND GOT SICK OF IT! BUT PARTICIPATED IN SUBMITTING NEW IDEAS FOR A BRAND NEW CONSTITUTION COUNCIL FEW YEARS AGO WHEN GOTA DUMBO WAS PRESIDENT. probably not.. so I guess if he is a pappdam then let’s not talk what you are YOU MAY! AND JOIN HIS CLASS

    Miasi Monday, 19 February 2024 08:17 AM

    You know him better than us. You coupled with him during the yahapalanaya and held some key posts in the so called "catch the robbers" committees. So are we to take what you say now or what you said during your honeymoon with Ranil?

    Ranil! You are our hero. Monday, 19 February 2024 08:51 AM

    Anura said, "Ranil was not a hero to take up the Presidency!" You are wrong Anura. Ranil IS A HERO for us ordinary voters. Ranil helped us and the nation to survive even with a single meal a day all these days. We should have a nation to boast, and we still have a nation. We thank you Ranil.

    Ranjith Monday, 19 February 2024 08:52 AM

    Ranil is Trader not a high caliber politicians borrowing and selling Assets Country is heading for disaster

    Mizaru Monday, 19 February 2024 09:53 AM

    Ranil is a con man.

    Lakshman maddumahewa Monday, 19 February 2024 10:08 AM

    I spent 6hr to get one petrol liter and 2 to 3 days for gas cylinder during miserabletime your own party orchesred.the crafty man now you said alleviated all this within a short periods. Dear anura please highlights what your programs for solving present economic problems other than speking emotions mostly to grabs votes.

    Thimothy Monday, 19 February 2024 10:14 AM

    In 2002 when it was taken over from Chandrika (Only the Government not the executive) the country saw huge change. USD rate dropped, Democrazry was reinstated, Peace Accord was signed , we were able to Visit North for the first time, Regaining Sri Lanka programme was accepted by Work Bank and they came forward to support us .. a Lot of possitive things were hapenning. And then these so called Rascals striked a deal with Chandrika and abolished the elected government.. And we went 30 yaesr behind.. And the same Rascals who are responsible for it, now TALKING ..

    Jagath Monday, 19 February 2024 10:34 AM

    We know this he is just a washed up old fart struggling with reality.

    Ranjith Monday, 19 February 2024 10:38 AM

    Ranil is a filthy politician he has no values and no principles power hungry politician not a down to earth man

    Nobody Monday, 19 February 2024 01:09 PM

    What qualities do you have? Are you saying you are good? And what filthy things have Ranil done?

    Nodaking kalakanni Monday, 19 February 2024 10:39 AM

    If he was not born with entitlements he would have ended up a used car salesman.

    shanaka Monday, 19 February 2024 10:47 AM

    what we know is you are all cronnie craftsmen that help out each other, act on stage to throw mud at each other, then get together for a drink at night and discuss how to screw up the general public, we idiots keep voting again and again with no changes or benifits for our country other than fullfulling your personal gains, not so sure about AKD but this is the general idea, prove me wrong

    Edward Dissa Monday, 19 February 2024 11:23 AM

    AKD Must correct his statement! Gota never asked Sajith or Sarath Fonseka to take up the 'Presidency'. It was to take up the Prime Minister post as Mahinda stepped down. The selection of a person for the presidency in the Parliament after Gota left would have been a different story even if Sajith Or Sarath took up the PM post.

    shelliah Monday, 19 February 2024 01:45 PM

    need change the old political sysytem, our mentality always talking old dialog its not worth it in modern world. world chang lot we have to change also. hope comes true.

    ANNECUNT Monday, 19 February 2024 02:06 PM

    do not even look at MAHINDA and NAMAL ,they will distroy sri-lanka, BASIL wants 20% commission now

    HS David Monday, 19 February 2024 02:31 PM

    Yes RW has one seat You have 3 seats whats the difference. You contested the same pin Janadipathi seat. You Lost RW won. You and your clan somehow against RW whatever he does. Without uttering nonesense submit your future programe.

    Rohan Monday, 19 February 2024 04:26 PM

    AKD will be a great President for the country to eliminate poverty and bring prosperity.

    Jeanne Tuesday, 20 February 2024 02:12 AM

    @Rohan : You need to get your head examined.

    Dee Monday, 19 February 2024 05:29 PM

    Crafty people 1000 times better than terrorists!

    Rohini Wijetilleke Monday, 19 February 2024 06:25 PM

    Ranil has proved himself beyond reasonable doubt ,over the years of his political career

    Jeanne Tuesday, 20 February 2024 02:19 AM

    @samSilva2 : If this is the response of an educated man, then I dread to imagine what the response of an uneducated man would be. It's easy for people like you to go off on a tangent when you actually don't run the country. From one meal per day to 3 meals per day - that's what the ordinary citizen wants, and that's what Ranil is giving us today. So yes, I would agree with Nobody that you keep your mouth shut.

    Jeanne Tuesday, 20 February 2024 02:25 AM

    @Jude : Aside from Dudley Senanayake, I can't think of a single leader in this country post independence, that was able to engage with and be popular with both the rural folks and the Colombo folks with the same compassion and fairness. It's just not possible. Also, your reference to 2020 elections is irrelevant and quite honestly, stupid. It was a different era then. This is 2024 and people are different today. Put your personal prejudices aside and vote for who is good for the country - not necessarily for whom you personally like or dislike for whatever petty reason.

    Citizens Tuesday, 20 February 2024 10:42 AM

    Oh my my! What a change of attitude! After just one trip.to India only!!

    Adwani Tuesday, 20 February 2024 10:53 AM

    @Johan - Anura has failed to use his craftmanship at least to attract the invitation from Gota.

    DOT Tuesday, 20 February 2024 02:39 PM

    Don't count your chick before they get hacked!

    Kelawathie Palangedara Tuesday, 20 February 2024 04:28 PM

    Anura: Craft man must be a male - But he is not a man - A Napunsaka!! Ignore this Pin Gona!


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