can win with good strategies
It is the consensus of opinion among educated people that Ranil
Wickremesinghe can pull off a victory from the jaws of defeat provided
he is guided by some highly intelligent advisors. A candidate must
have independent straight-talking advisors who will tell him the
present advisors have failed to assess what can bring Ranil more
votes. Unless he, even at this late stage, is able to eat into the
sizable Sinhala Buddhist vote, his whole campaign is doomed to fail.
following strategies should be adopted to capture more votes for
Ranil. It must be remembered that since the last election, there
are 400,000 more young votes that must be tapped.
the JVP insurrection of 1987-1988 some of these new voters would
have been in their cradles. These young voters do not know what
violence the JVP perpetrated in the country.
following strategies must be adopted even at this late stage:
* Show on TV at least three times a day the atrocities committed
by the JVP
* Telecast scenes from cassettes showing murders of innocent Sinhala
people during the 87-88 JVP insurrection. The murders of Vijaya
Kumaratunga, Prof. Stanley Wijesundara, - Vice Chancellor, Prof
Patuwatavitharne of the Moratuwa campus, planters Priya Ratwatte
of Kandy and Senaka Gunawardena of Deniyaya, well known radio artiste
Premakeerthi de Alwis, Director Radio Ceylon Thevis Guruge, Dr.
Mrs. Gladys Jayewardene, Chairman, State Pharma-ceuticals Corporation
for importing medicines from India and hundreds of other innocent
Stress that the JVP was responsible for bank robberies, house-breaking
and thefts amounting to millions of rupees, some of which they are
alleged to be spending on the present elections.
Point out that not a single JVP bigwig has voluntarily joined the
army to fight the LTTE. Not a single Tamil Tiger was killed by the
JVP, although they are talking big about decimating the LTTE.
Remind the voters of the JVP killings of policemen, army officers
etc. and the threats issued to families of armed forces personnel.
* The curfews the JVP declared to close hospitals as a result of
which hundreds of patients died. The closure of govt. offices due
to the curfews declared according to their whims and fancies, thus
preventing daily wage-earners like labourers, masons, carpenters
from eking out an existence.
JVP has very successfully bluffed the unintelligent voters. Ask
yourselves the questions: 'Why is the JVP supporting Mahinda Rajapakse
and why is it spending enormous amounts of money on his campaign?'
The answer is simple. If Mahinda wins, there will be no general
elections, but if Ranil wins, there has to be a general election,
which the JVP dreads. If there is a general election the JVP knows
that its strength will come down from the present 39 seats to at
most eight seats, and the JHU from nine seats to about two seats.
The UNP advisors have not brought out into the open that Ranil Wickremesinghe
successfully negotiated a loan of US $ 4.5 billion.
Ranil is elected he can get this stupendous largesse which will
not only bring down the cost of living but give employment to thousands
There will certainly be no international assistance for the JVP-backed
government of Mahinda. Was the UPFA govt. able to get this money
while the JVP was in the government for more than one year? International
donors will not touch the JVP with a barge pole.
is not late even now to rectify this situation. There are two weeks
to turn the voters to back Ranil.
Dr. D.L. Tammita
of Ven. Soma Thera: The unanswered questions
After the release of a Presidential Commission report on the death
of popular Buddhist monk Ven. Soma Thera in Russia, I am disappointed
to note that there are lapses in the investigation.
At least the final facts based on evidence should have been highlighted
in the print and electronic media. Going by media reports published
after the death of Ven. Soma Thera, he had written a book on 'The
Stupas' which had somehow, (without being locally published and
released) been accepted by a an orthodox Christian university in
St. Petersburg to confer a doctorate on the Thera.
He had been en route to Russia to accept the doctorate when he had
suffered a heart attack in Moscow.
was the Buddha Sasana Ministry not aware of this? Was money actually
sent to Moscow from Sri Lanka for his medical expenses? Can we know
as to who are responsible for the Ven. Thera's demise? Why should
a Christian university confer a doctorate on stupas?
should be within unitary state
During the coalition government of 1970, Finance Minister Dr. N.M.
Perera made a profound statement in the House of Representatives
when he said, “Whatever problems the minorities may have,
they must be solved within the framework of a unitary state”.
The UNP MP for Ja-ela Paris Perera not only supported this opinion
but even got Dr. N.M. Perera to elaborate on it. Being in the gallery
of the House, I remember that statement. Subsequently when the new
constitution of Sri Lanka was drawn up, there was unanimous approval
for a unitary state.
Dr. N.M. Perera, Dr. Colvin R. de Silva, Sirimavo Bandaranaike and
her government as well as the opposition would have taken into consideration
all the relevant aspects of taking this decision. Therefore one
is compelled to ask why others particularly the LSSP is harping
on a federal constitution now though we are not surprised with the
views of the present UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Dr. N.M. Perera was a constitutional expert and spoke from the well
of the House which was a sacred forum as far as he was concerned.
Our leading exponent on constitutional affairs today H.L de Silva,
P.C. has consistently supported a unitary structure for the country.
It is always possible to delegate as much power as is feasible to
a suitable unit while not tampering with the unitary status of the
country and that should be a primary objective in the present context
without further prevarication and debate.
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