www.dailymirror.lk https://www.dailymirror.lk/RSS_Feeds/political_gossip The only Sri Lankan newspaper with round the clock news updates - Dailymirror Online Edition en-us [email protected] Copyright 2024 Is a split in the Blue party in the offing? https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/Is-a-split-in-the-Blue-party-in-the-offing-/261-275329 https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/Is-a-split-in-the-Blue-party-in-the-offing-/261-275329

A group from the Blue party is said to be set to team up with the Telephone party and their plan is to persuade the party chief to go into an alliance with that party.

However, the Blue party chief is not willing to have to any truck with any other party as he himself is keen on running for Number One. However, the dissident group insists that the party should enter into an alliance to ensure the victory of a common candidate!

The dissident Blue party group is said to have decided to throw in their lot with the Telephone party after joining the recently founded organization dedicated to protecting the Blue party and the ‘Lion’ of Kalutara too is happily backing this move.

However, ‘Loku Madam’ is expected to advise the dissident group not to quit the party. Now all interested sections of the Blue party are said to be anxiously awaiting further developments in the situation, they say.

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A group from the Blue party is said to be set to team up with the Telephone party and their plan is to persuade the party chief to go into an alliance with that party.

However, the Blue party chief is not willing to have to any truck with any other party as he himself is keen on running for Number One. However, the dissident group insists that the party should enter into an alliance to ensure the victory of a common candidate!

The dissident Blue party group is said to have decided to throw in their lot with the Telephone party after joining the recently founded organization dedicated to protecting the Blue party and the ‘Lion’ of Kalutara too is happily backing this move.

However, ‘Loku Madam’ is expected to advise the dissident group not to quit the party. Now all interested sections of the Blue party are said to be anxiously awaiting further developments in the situation, they say.

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Will the troika quit the Balavegaya? https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/Will-the-troika-quit-the-Balavegaya-/261-275328 https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/Will-the-troika-quit-the-Balavegaya-/261-275328

There is a troika formed in a certain political Balavegaya that stands for unity, they say.

This troika comprises three party frontliners who often speak on economic issues. They are also known as seniors of the party who have worked hard to build it up, they say.

The troika is said to be dead against high posts of the party being given to the newcomers and they are also unhappy that an eminent scholar among them has become a target of criticism by some party members! Meanwhile, a heavyweight of the government is said to be making an effort to lure the troika into his camp by taking advantage of their unhappy mood!

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There is a troika formed in a certain political Balavegaya that stands for unity, they say.

This troika comprises three party frontliners who often speak on economic issues. They are also known as seniors of the party who have worked hard to build it up, they say.

The troika is said to be dead against high posts of the party being given to the newcomers and they are also unhappy that an eminent scholar among them has become a target of criticism by some party members! Meanwhile, a heavyweight of the government is said to be making an effort to lure the troika into his camp by taking advantage of their unhappy mood!

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The tale of Bill passed in a hurry! https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/The-tale-of-Bill-passed-in-a-hurry-/261-273620 https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/The-tale-of-Bill-passed-in-a-hurry-/261-273620 The debate on the VAT (Amendment) Bill had to be postponed on the day it was taken up due to lack of a quorum. In fact, some government bigwigs as well as many opposition members were absent on that day.

However, the government decided to pass the bill the following day itself after a debate.

The opposition reacted to this decision with a strong protest. But some government bigwigs were adamant that they should act according to the decision already made. In fact, the government bigwig from Gampaha took up the position that they should stick to the decision to pass the Bill that day itself by way of tit for tat for the opposition’s recalcitrance in causing a lack of a quorum the previous day.

However, even a top team member holding a high position in the council had taken up the stand that it was undemocratic for them to deny the opposition sufficient time for a debate given the importance of the Bill. Nevertheless, this Top Team member had to give in following an order from a top government authority, they say. So finally, the Bill was passed without giving the opposition an adequate debate it called for, they say.

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The debate on the VAT (Amendment) Bill had to be postponed on the day it was taken up due to lack of a quorum. In fact, some government bigwigs as well as many opposition members were absent on that day.

However, the government decided to pass the bill the following day itself after a debate.

The opposition reacted to this decision with a strong protest. But some government bigwigs were adamant that they should act according to the decision already made. In fact, the government bigwig from Gampaha took up the position that they should stick to the decision to pass the Bill that day itself by way of tit for tat for the opposition’s recalcitrance in causing a lack of a quorum the previous day.

However, even a top team member holding a high position in the council had taken up the stand that it was undemocratic for them to deny the opposition sufficient time for a debate given the importance of the Bill. Nevertheless, this Top Team member had to give in following an order from a top government authority, they say. So finally, the Bill was passed without giving the opposition an adequate debate it called for, they say.

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Becoming a laughingstock by trying to look very clever! https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/Becoming-a-laughingstock-by-trying-to-look-very-clever-/261-273619 https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/Becoming-a-laughingstock-by-trying-to-look-very-clever-/261-273619

There are wonderful characters among the Diyawanna council members. Some of them possess the wonderful forte to hold up truth as falsehood or vice versa, they say.

By the way, there is a Diyawanna member from Uva who very often gets involved in heated arguments.

As of late, apparently in a bid to cut a figure, he had begun interrupting fellow members when addressing the council, saying that they were violating a particular standing order which he would readily cite!

When this member made it a habit of interrupting members on their feet pointing out very often wrongly they are going against some standing order or the other, the senior Diyawanna politicos who happen to know these orders by heart would correct the member pointing out that he was misinterpreting the particular standing order.

However, when the member from Uva had continued the practice of interrupting fellow members to point out to them that they were violating the standing orders, some government politicos had begun to treat it as a joke! Thereafter, whenever, the member from Uva stands up with the book on standing orders in his hand, some mischievous members would call out, “ Is it 91?” raising general laughter!

Realizing that he had become a laughingstock, the member from Uva later stopped the practice of citing the standing orders. Meanwhile, another member from Kelaniya bridge area too has begun citing the standing orders and he too has now become a target for ridicule due to his being found often misquoting these orders, they say.

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There are wonderful characters among the Diyawanna council members. Some of them possess the wonderful forte to hold up truth as falsehood or vice versa, they say.

By the way, there is a Diyawanna member from Uva who very often gets involved in heated arguments.

As of late, apparently in a bid to cut a figure, he had begun interrupting fellow members when addressing the council, saying that they were violating a particular standing order which he would readily cite!

When this member made it a habit of interrupting members on their feet pointing out very often wrongly they are going against some standing order or the other, the senior Diyawanna politicos who happen to know these orders by heart would correct the member pointing out that he was misinterpreting the particular standing order.

However, when the member from Uva had continued the practice of interrupting fellow members to point out to them that they were violating the standing orders, some government politicos had begun to treat it as a joke! Thereafter, whenever, the member from Uva stands up with the book on standing orders in his hand, some mischievous members would call out, “ Is it 91?” raising general laughter!

Realizing that he had become a laughingstock, the member from Uva later stopped the practice of citing the standing orders. Meanwhile, another member from Kelaniya bridge area too has begun citing the standing orders and he too has now become a target for ridicule due to his being found often misquoting these orders, they say.

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Ambitious advisor incurs the antipathy of party members! https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/Ambitious-advisor-incurs-the-antipathy-of-party-members-/261-273618 https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/Ambitious-advisor-incurs-the-antipathy-of-party-members-/261-273618 Some Telephone party members are said to be disenchanted with the party these days mainly due to wrong advice being proffered to the party chief by a certain party heavyweight!

The advice being given by this heavyweight is making both the party chief and the party unpopular according to these disgruntled members.

This advisor, a politico from the upcountry who has entertained high hopes of becoming the second-incommand in the country in the near future thanks to a very auspicious yoga in his wife’s horoscope, is said to be misleading the party chief.

None in the party is able to offer any advice to the party chief for he acts only on the advice of the upcountry advisor and as a result, the party affairs have begun running into a mess, they say. Meanwhile, a group of party’s young Diyawanna members have reportedly vowed to take to task this advisor at a party meeting

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Some Telephone party members are said to be disenchanted with the party these days mainly due to wrong advice being proffered to the party chief by a certain party heavyweight!

The advice being given by this heavyweight is making both the party chief and the party unpopular according to these disgruntled members.

This advisor, a politico from the upcountry who has entertained high hopes of becoming the second-incommand in the country in the near future thanks to a very auspicious yoga in his wife’s horoscope, is said to be misleading the party chief.

None in the party is able to offer any advice to the party chief for he acts only on the advice of the upcountry advisor and as a result, the party affairs have begun running into a mess, they say. Meanwhile, a group of party’s young Diyawanna members have reportedly vowed to take to task this advisor at a party meeting

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She is active in Pohottuwa again! https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/She-is-active-in-Pohottuwa-again-/261-273616 https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/She-is-active-in-Pohottuwa-again-/261-273616 An actress turned Diyawanna member from the South who had fallen out with her party Pohottuwa in the recent past has now decided to return to the fold, they say.

She had been seriously thinking of returning to the party fold despite her previous decision to quit it due to certain injustices she had to suffer, as she had failed to receive any redress from Number One either! Meanwhile, Pohottuwa chief who had correctly gauged her mood had completely won her over having humoured her with friendly jokes and entrusted her with the task of organizing a fraternity of the country’s artistes. She has already embarked on this task, they say.

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An actress turned Diyawanna member from the South who had fallen out with her party Pohottuwa in the recent past has now decided to return to the fold, they say.

She had been seriously thinking of returning to the party fold despite her previous decision to quit it due to certain injustices she had to suffer, as she had failed to receive any redress from Number One either! Meanwhile, Pohottuwa chief who had correctly gauged her mood had completely won her over having humoured her with friendly jokes and entrusted her with the task of organizing a fraternity of the country’s artistes. She has already embarked on this task, they say.

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The large delegation to Dubai conference comes under fire! https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/The-large-delegation-to-Dubai-conference-comes-under-fire-/261-272688 https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/The-large-delegation-to-Dubai-conference-comes-under-fire-/261-272688

The main opposition has raised a cry of protest that an unusually large entourage has accompanied Number One on his visit to the Dubai conference.

Certain parties who claim to have made inquiries to find the ulterior motive of those crying foul maintain that Diyawanna members from some political groupings account for a sizable section of this large delegation and some of these members have been maintaining a close rapport with the opposition. And these members accompanying Number One on the foreign visit is not to their liking given the possible unwelcome change in the political equation.

The opposition highups have also heard whispers that four or five of these members have already planned to throw in their lot with Number One soon after returning from the Dubai visit.

So some government members say that that the opposition’s protest is motivated by selfinterest and not for any other reason.

Nevertheless, many people who have no political affiliations subscribe to the opinion that an 80-member delegation to a world conference from a poor country like ours is definitely too large and cannot be condoned under any circumstances, they say.

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The main opposition has raised a cry of protest that an unusually large entourage has accompanied Number One on his visit to the Dubai conference.

Certain parties who claim to have made inquiries to find the ulterior motive of those crying foul maintain that Diyawanna members from some political groupings account for a sizable section of this large delegation and some of these members have been maintaining a close rapport with the opposition. And these members accompanying Number One on the foreign visit is not to their liking given the possible unwelcome change in the political equation.

The opposition highups have also heard whispers that four or five of these members have already planned to throw in their lot with Number One soon after returning from the Dubai visit.

So some government members say that that the opposition’s protest is motivated by selfinterest and not for any other reason.

Nevertheless, many people who have no political affiliations subscribe to the opinion that an 80-member delegation to a world conference from a poor country like ours is definitely too large and cannot be condoned under any circumstances, they say.

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Has he turned a new leaf or is marking time? https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/Has-he-turned-a-new-leaf-or-is-marking-time-/261-272226 https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/Has-he-turned-a-new-leaf-or-is-marking-time-/261-272226 A heavyweight of the Telephone party who had been carrying on a selfcentered lonely campaign disregarding party discipline in the recent past has now decided to behave himself, they say.

He has resolved to bridle his tongue and stop all political antics realizing that he had antagonized the party leadership and a large section of the party membership to such an extent he is now on the verge of losing his high post and all other political prospects.

In fact, the party had recently decided to take deterrent action against him mainly for announcing on his own that he would run for Number One office and also criticizing the party in public.

This heavyweight, who now seems to have turned a new leaf, has also decided to work for the party’s advancement with dedication and take a very keen in all party activity including participating in media briefings, they say.

Nevertheless, many party members are said to be skeptical that his good behavior will last long and they believe that he is only biding his time!

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A heavyweight of the Telephone party who had been carrying on a selfcentered lonely campaign disregarding party discipline in the recent past has now decided to behave himself, they say.

He has resolved to bridle his tongue and stop all political antics realizing that he had antagonized the party leadership and a large section of the party membership to such an extent he is now on the verge of losing his high post and all other political prospects.

In fact, the party had recently decided to take deterrent action against him mainly for announcing on his own that he would run for Number One office and also criticizing the party in public.

This heavyweight, who now seems to have turned a new leaf, has also decided to work for the party’s advancement with dedication and take a very keen in all party activity including participating in media briefings, they say.

Nevertheless, many party members are said to be skeptical that his good behavior will last long and they believe that he is only biding his time!

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Court judgment had made him uneasy! https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/Court-judgment-had-made-him-uneasy-/261-270364 https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/Court-judgment-had-made-him-uneasy-/261-270364 Quite recently the Pohottuwa chief secretarial one met a Diyawanna member of that party from the Galle district at the council canteen.

This Pohottuwa member no longer in the party has reportedly got close to the Telephone party.

Highly worried about the recent judgment sealing the fate of Diyawanna members crossing over to another political party, the Pohottuwa Diyawanna member had asked from the party’s secretarial one whether they were going to expel the members who had defected.

“Yes,” the secretarial one had replied. “It is the party’s decision not mine. I have to implement the decisions taken by the party…!”

At this stage, the Pohottuwa leader had walked in there, and the Galle district Diyawanna member had immediately gone up to the Pohottuwa leader and addressed him, “ Sir, has the party delegated powers to the secretarial one to expel me…?

That is what he was just telling me…!”

The Pohottuwa leader who had guffawed had replied: “ The secretarial one has now been empowered to expel party’s Diyawanna members shifting to other parties. So he will pursue necessary action to expel all party defectors…!”

Thereafter, the crestfallen Galle district Diyawanna member quietly walked away, they say.

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Quite recently the Pohottuwa chief secretarial one met a Diyawanna member of that party from the Galle district at the council canteen.

This Pohottuwa member no longer in the party has reportedly got close to the Telephone party.

Highly worried about the recent judgment sealing the fate of Diyawanna members crossing over to another political party, the Pohottuwa Diyawanna member had asked from the party’s secretarial one whether they were going to expel the members who had defected.

“Yes,” the secretarial one had replied. “It is the party’s decision not mine. I have to implement the decisions taken by the party…!”

At this stage, the Pohottuwa leader had walked in there, and the Galle district Diyawanna member had immediately gone up to the Pohottuwa leader and addressed him, “ Sir, has the party delegated powers to the secretarial one to expel me…?

That is what he was just telling me…!”

The Pohottuwa leader who had guffawed had replied: “ The secretarial one has now been empowered to expel party’s Diyawanna members shifting to other parties. So he will pursue necessary action to expel all party defectors…!”

Thereafter, the crestfallen Galle district Diyawanna member quietly walked away, they say.

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The top contender for high office balked again! https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/The-top-contender-for-high-office-balked-again-/261-269880 https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/The-top-contender-for-high-office-balked-again-/261-269880 There is a certain high-up who made an effort to secure the main chair of the Khaki department whenever it was about to fall vacant. Just before the third service extension was granted to the incumbent, this ambitious contender had approached two Buddhist monks who are well- known as power brokers often taking a hand in the matter of making political appointments to high posts.

He had told the two monks, “You know that I am a person with a great love for my country and the nation.Please help me to secure the main office in my department…”

The two monks had then asked the khaki highup how they should go about it. He had replied: “Please call on the chief dignitaries of the two main temples in Kandy and impress on them the need to appoint me to the high post…That will produce the expected result…!”

However, the two monks, instead of meeting the two dignitaries in Kandy had met a bigwig at the main government office and sought his advice about the help that the khaki high-up had sought from them.

The bigwig did proffer his advice which made the two monks to completely wash their hands of the matter, they say.

Meanwhile, yet another khaki high-up of ‘Jaya…’ famehad been so sure that he would get the highest post in the department, he had even thrown a grand party to celebrate the expected promotion! However, the government granted another short service extension to the incumbent dashing the high hopes of both contenders!

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There is a certain high-up who made an effort to secure the main chair of the Khaki department whenever it was about to fall vacant. Just before the third service extension was granted to the incumbent, this ambitious contender had approached two Buddhist monks who are well- known as power brokers often taking a hand in the matter of making political appointments to high posts.

He had told the two monks, “You know that I am a person with a great love for my country and the nation.Please help me to secure the main office in my department…”

The two monks had then asked the khaki highup how they should go about it. He had replied: “Please call on the chief dignitaries of the two main temples in Kandy and impress on them the need to appoint me to the high post…That will produce the expected result…!”

However, the two monks, instead of meeting the two dignitaries in Kandy had met a bigwig at the main government office and sought his advice about the help that the khaki high-up had sought from them.

The bigwig did proffer his advice which made the two monks to completely wash their hands of the matter, they say.

Meanwhile, yet another khaki high-up of ‘Jaya…’ famehad been so sure that he would get the highest post in the department, he had even thrown a grand party to celebrate the expected promotion! However, the government granted another short service extension to the incumbent dashing the high hopes of both contenders!

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A corrupt mandarin vying for a lucrative high post! https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/A-corrupt-mandarin-vying-for-a-lucrative-high-post-/261-269156 https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/A-corrupt-mandarin-vying-for-a-lucrative-high-post-/261-269156 Following the recent ‘expulsion’ of the state purohita caught smuggling gold and some other valuable items on his return from abroad, covetous eyes are on the top post of a statutory body that comes under the purview of this state ministry.
It is common knowledge that the head of that statutory body is appointed by the state purohita concerned and now that he is gone and a new head for that body is likely to be appointed by his successor, it is said that an ambitious contender has already started pulling strings to secure this lucrative high post!
This contender is said to be a secretarial one of a Pohottuwa strongman currently functioning as the head of a state establishment. He has already approached an influential advisor of Number One, they say.     


This character with an infamous record of corruption and malpractices was removed from his earlier position by the former Number One on finding his culpability for a malpractice related to a mining project, they say. 
Meanwhile, the incumbent head of the statutory body the ambitious character is eyeing, despite his days are numbered, is said to be busy making new appointments, absorbing employees on contract into permanent cadre and signing new deals!

 

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Following the recent ‘expulsion’ of the state purohita caught smuggling gold and some other valuable items on his return from abroad, covetous eyes are on the top post of a statutory body that comes under the purview of this state ministry.
It is common knowledge that the head of that statutory body is appointed by the state purohita concerned and now that he is gone and a new head for that body is likely to be appointed by his successor, it is said that an ambitious contender has already started pulling strings to secure this lucrative high post!
This contender is said to be a secretarial one of a Pohottuwa strongman currently functioning as the head of a state establishment. He has already approached an influential advisor of Number One, they say.     


This character with an infamous record of corruption and malpractices was removed from his earlier position by the former Number One on finding his culpability for a malpractice related to a mining project, they say. 
Meanwhile, the incumbent head of the statutory body the ambitious character is eyeing, despite his days are numbered, is said to be busy making new appointments, absorbing employees on contract into permanent cadre and signing new deals!

 

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“ We will have our day…!” https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/“-We-will-have-our-day…-”/261-267621 https://www.dailymirror.lk/political_gossip/“-We-will-have-our-day…-”/261-267621

A group of young government Diyawanna members had gathered at the council lobby for a chat on the day the no confidence motion against the Top team Member for Health was taken up for debate.

While discussing the no confidence motions in general, a state purohita representing the district in the Western province addressing his colleagues said: “ This no confidence motion is going to be defeated thanks to Number One’s intervention! But if a no confidence  motion is moved against so and so in the Top Team, that will spell his doom!”
A Diyawanna member from Wayamba who readily agreed with the state purohita, mentioned the names of several Top Team members adding: “ Should they happen to face no confidence motions, we will not be there to support them!” 
While most of them had made comments endorsing the Wayamba  colleague’s statement, they had also discussed some matters relating to Defense, schools, and courts as well.
The conversation, they say, had concluded with a gabby Diyawanna member saying, “We will have our day. Let us wait for it!” 

 

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A group of young government Diyawanna members had gathered at the council lobby for a chat on the day the no confidence motion against the Top team Member for Health was taken up for debate.

While discussing the no confidence motions in general, a state purohita representing the district in the Western province addressing his colleagues said: “ This no confidence motion is going to be defeated thanks to Number One’s intervention! But if a no confidence  motion is moved against so and so in the Top Team, that will spell his doom!”
A Diyawanna member from Wayamba who readily agreed with the state purohita, mentioned the names of several Top Team members adding: “ Should they happen to face no confidence motions, we will not be there to support them!” 
While most of them had made comments endorsing the Wayamba  colleague’s statement, they had also discussed some matters relating to Defense, schools, and courts as well.
The conversation, they say, had concluded with a gabby Diyawanna member saying, “We will have our day. Let us wait for it!” 

 

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