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The Sick Relationship Between Mahinda And Ranil

Sunday, 8 August 2010 - 1:45 AM SL Time

Kissing Politicians, photo taken in 2006 by Indi Samarajiva
What is going on with the UNP? Ranil Wickremesinghe has lost every recent election for the party and wasn`t even confident enough to run in the last Presidential, making it the first election in history that the UNP hasn`t contested. Still, he clings to power and is even negotiating with the government on one side while more MPs flee the party on the other. While he got Mangala Samaraweera to abandon his party of one and join the UNP, he simultaneously lost two Tamil MPs. Indeed, many of the heavy hitters in the current government from GL Peiris to Keheliya Rambukwella are former UNPers (tho they crossed at different times). One wonders how Ranil has the gall to negotiate with the government when he can`t even control his own party.

The Sunday Leader has been hitting Ranil for alleged corruption, which I think is not the main point. Ranil may have misallocated party funds, but the bigger issue is that his policies have failed and he doesn`t win elections. This alone is enough to call for his ouster. I supported his cease-fire and the following development that came, but in hindsight the LTTE did use the cease-fire to re-arm and the development was largely limited to Colombo. I opposed Mahinda`s war but it worked whereas Ranil`s approach A) didn`t work and B) probably would have left Prabhakaran with a de facto state, one that he proved ready to die for.

On a purely practical level, Ranil can`t win elections. Last Parliamentary, the UNP lost in almost every district. It is losing party members in droves, it can`t raise money and it can`t even serve as a viable opposition because it is so weak. In any other democracy party and parliamentary pressures would force him out, but the UNP is not a democratic party and the government must actually like having him there. With Fonseka in jail and Ranil as opposition leader, any opposition is effectively neutered. This is bad for the country because we dearly need an opposition to keep the government honest.

Ranil has a cosy relationship with the government which seems to serve him alright, but it`s at the expense of party and country. There`s a news buzz about whether the UNP will pull out of talks with the government or not, I don`t know. What I don`t get is why Ranil has the gall to talk to the government at all. He should first listen to the voters, his own party, his own conscience and then get out.

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alwaysalion
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I love the picture.
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LK Information  7 Aug 2010 23:54:49 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Rajapske brothers are a formidable team. UNP needs a similar team to form an effective opposition. Ranil for diplomacy, Sajith grass roots, SF defence and law-n-order, Mangala electioneering etc. Someone credible for economic development, not sure who will be suitable.
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LK Information  8 Aug 2010 00:02:18 GMT  Report for Abuse  
UNP needs a similar team to form an effective opposition. Ranil for diplomacy, Sajith grass roots, SF defence and law-n-order, Mangala electioneering etc. Someone credible for economic development, not sure who will be suitable.

you missed a key point. UNP needs a leader who can have a vision, a strategy to win. Ranil walks into MRs trap every time MR invites him for reconciliation talks.
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Ranil walks into MRs trap every time MR invites him for reconciliation talks.


Reason : Utter desperation!
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LK Information  8 Aug 2010 01:02:30 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Ranil walks into MRs trap every time


Not only Ranil anyone dealt with Mahinda suffered the same fate. Earlier when Mahinda conned LTTE or anyone trying to stop the war it was considered 'good strategy'. It was cute because it was considered to be in the nations interest.

The smart people knew after LTTE is gone Mahinda will continue to con. The con artist generally don't know when to stop. He is now resorting to con people who even voted for him. He invites UNP to develop the constitution. Then takes advantage of good will offered. He is working against nations interest. Even the dumbest of gorakaya will eventually realise this cant be good for him or the nation. The oppositin should ideally keep highlighting this to people.

I am betting the modaya s who voted for Rajapaske will eventually realise their folly. Even the dumbest would not need 6 years to realise this wisdom.
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I am betting the modaya s who voted for Rajapaske will eventually realise their folly. Even the dumbest would not need 6 years to realise this wisdom.


Kana Kapana Traitor Saraaaas F is better...

I agree with you...
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LK Information  8 Aug 2010 05:39:33 GMT  Report for Abuse  
Each time Ranil goes for talking, one or two elephants go missing.......
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