The Sunday Leader

Left Parties Want The Executive Presidency Abolished

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema

The Communist Party (CP), Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) and New Left Front (NLF) are to meet tomorrow (31) for a discussion on the proposed constitutional amendments by the government and to decide on a separate set of proposals.

Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister D.E.W. Gunasekera told The Sunday Leader that the leftist parties in the governing UPFA wanted the Executive Presidency abolished and did not want an extension of the terms of office held by the current President.
He said that the Communist Party had always called for the abolishing of the Executive Presidency since its formation by former President J.R. Jayewardene, adding that an executive prime ministerial post should be created.

“Since the governing party has come up with several proposed constitutional amendments, we need to meet and decide on a separate set of proposals to be handed over to the SLFP,” Gunasekera said. He said that once the proposals were handed over to the SLFP, the leftist parties would initiate a dialogue on the matter with them.

The government however has stated that the proposed constitutional amendments were decided following a meeting of party leaders of the governing party.

17 Comments for “Left Parties Want The Executive Presidency Abolished”

  1. have you fotgotten me

    …In the wake of my death I know you will make all the usual sanctimonious noises and call upon the police to hold a swift and thorough inquiry. But like all the inquiries you have ordered in the past, nothing will come of this one, too. For truth be told, we both know who will be behind my death, but dare not call his name…”

  2. Dilshan

    Rajapaksa extremism cannot be changed: Lee Kuan Yew
    [TamilNet, Saturday, 29 May 2010, 17:17 GMT]

    Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, in a newly released book titled “Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew,’ says that Tamils have been in the island of Sri Lanka as long as the Sinhalese, and that Sri Lanka is not a happy “united” country. The present president of Sri Lanka believes he has settled the problem now that the Tamil Tigers are killed, and wants others to believe that too,” and Lee observes:”I don’t think they [Tamils] are going to be submissive or go away.” Referring to the Sri Lankan president he said: “I have read his speeches and I knew he was a Sinhala extremist. I cannot change his mind.”

    • Balasingam - Bandarawela

      Friday, May 14, 2010
      May is the another Black July for Eelam Tamils

      Tamils throughout the world, remember the victims of Black July ’83. Twenty-six years ago, the state-sponsored pogrom against Tamils in Sri Lanka resulted in the deaths of 3000 people, and property damages of over $300 million U.S. The days between July 24 and July 30, 1983, were tragic, and unforgettable, for the Tamils. The May 2009 war, which killed nearly 40,000 Tamil civilians, was record high, beating the July ‘83 holocaust. For the Sri Lankan government, it is victory, but for Tamils, it is the month to reflect and remember. Now May is, to Tamils, like February is to Black people around the world. Tamils the world over observe this occasion with rallies, vigils, and prayers.

      Tamils around the world have been organizing peaceful rallies, and other events, to reflect and remember the massacred Tamils. The Tamils were killed by the Sri Lankan armed forces, with no mercy whatsoever, even when they were given promise that they would not be killed if they sought refuge in the designated zone which was recognized as ‘safety zone’.

      Within five months, Tamils were killed day and night, up until May 19th, of 2009. After the Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, came to power in 2005, he said he would crush the LTTE, and pledged that he would set out the ‘Mahinda Chinthana,’ which would outline how his government would rule the country. After he came to power, he became wild, and ordered his armed forces to eliminate the LTTE in the eastern part of the island.

      East remains dangerous for people to live

      Mahinda’s armed forces went on a rampage in the East in 2006 with the guise of fighting the LTTE in order to gain full control of the sluice gates of the reservoir in Mavilaru. The use of ‘Operation Watershed’ to gain the control of the sluice gates of the reservoir, was successful, after the LTTE fighters denounced the war saying that they lifted the ban for access to the reservoir.

      The Mahinda administration even annulled the cease fire agreement signed by the former Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the LTTE leader, V. Pirapaharan, which came into effect in 2002. The Sri Lankan armed forces even took the lives of employees of INGOs (International Non-Governmental Organizations), as well as local employees of NGOs, academics, businessmen, journalists, etc.

      The government took decisive action against the foreign agencies, which were working in the Tamil areas, and ordered them to vacate. The government opened up a confrontation with the aid of agencies and media outlets. But, the LTTE leadership kept saying that they were sticking to the 2002 ceasefire agreement. They even announced that the Sri Lankan government was the one which unilaterally breached the agreement, but the LTTE was respecting it.

      The LTTE even took control of Sampur, in the Trincomalee district, but after mounting pressure from the international community, the LTTE had to return to their original barracks, after bringing the areas under their full control. When the Sri Lankan armed forces were launching massive military operations, the LTTE was maintaining silence and retreating from the Sri Lankan armed forces. The Tamils around the world were hoping that the LTTE leadership was tactically withdrawing for a day to come. But, the eastern military operation, instigated by the Sri Lankan armed forces, drove over 300,000 people to seek refuge. Many of them are still alive, under pathetic conditions, even after the government announced that they brought the eastern province from the LTTE. Nearly four years have passed after capturing the East, but the economic, and security, situation remain a grave concern. Unidentified men, as usual, kidnap people and they are taken to secret locations. Women are still facing difficulties, but the reports of these abuses have been kept silent.

      The eastern province has been given control of the pro-government paramilitary, the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP). The Sinhala colonization is on the rise in the aftermath of the so-called liberation of the East from the LTTE. This has predominantly taken place after chasing the inhabitants off the land, to refugee camps, making them displaced people who wander around without the right to own their own lands. Another event that is taking place is that the government is sponsoring to build Buddhist temples in the liberated areas. Other than that, there are no prospects for the people who inhabited the land.
      Eastern victory led to Northern military overtures

      Upon completion of the so-called liberation of the Eastern military operation, the Mahinda administration immediately turned their guns toward capturing the North, especially the Vanni, which was the headquarters of the LTTE. There, the LTTE was having a de facto government with police, the judicial system, custom offices, etc., similar to a parallel government, resembling the way Colombo was ruling the rest of the island.

      Tamils were hoping that the Vanni would be the graveyard for the advancing Sinhala armed forces. But, the LTTE was still maintaining the policy of retreating, except against defensive attacks. The LTTE never launched offensive attacks, even though they did have the military prowess to launch such military offences against the advanced armed forces. This shocked the Tamils. One by one, the Sri Lankan armed forces captured the areas of Vanni.

      Within the five months of military offensives, especially from January 2009, the Sri Lankan armed forces gained control of over 10,000 square kilometres of landmass of the North. Over 350,000 Tamils, who were the residents in the control of the LTTE, had no choice but to go with the flow. They were butchered like animals being hunted for meat, despite the continuous call from the international community, to put a halt to the fighting, in order to secure the release of the civilians.

      The Sri Lankan government even offered to declare a ‘safe zone’ and asked the people to move in to the region, but, the government did not respect it, saying that they had to launch shelling and aerial bombardment, since the LTTE fighters, too, sought refuge in the area, in the cover of civilians. Upon considering the massive sufferings of civilians, the LTTE leadership formally announced that they silenced their guns to safeguard the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

      Even after the LTTE silenced their guns, the Sri Lankan armed forces crushed to death thousands of Tamils, as well as LTTE fighters, who meant to surrender to the Sri Lankan armed forces with white flags. Even the LTTE’s senior political leaders were shot to death at gunpoint, after they were given promise that they could surrender with a white flag. The military operation came to a complete stop by May 19, 2009. On this day, the Sri Lankan armed forces announced that they found the dead body of the LTTE leader, Pirapaharan from the Nanthikadal lagoon in Mullaitheevu. With the end of this military operation, the Mahinda administration announced a great victory and said they defeated the LTTE, which was a calling on a military outfit in the island with conventional military power with naval, air, and land forces, as well as the ferocious ‘Black Tigers’ who sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tamil Eelam by detonating bombs in their bodies.

      Victory for Sinhalese and Grief for the Tamils

      In the final phase of Eelam War IV, the Sri Lankan government announced victory, but the war wounded the Tamils, leaving 40,000 of their beloved ones dead. Mahinda won both presidential and parliamentary elections for the second consecutive term. The Mahinda administration, so far, has not offered a political solution to the Tamils’ grievances. Rather, the government is making anti-Tamil activates, such as deploying Sinhala families, to occupy the residents and properties belonging to the Tamils, in the North, as how they do it in the East. They are building Buddhist shrines, establishing military camps, and deploying more troops in the Tamil areas. All these are taking place in the time the government is celebrating the victory over the LTTE.

      As their future becomes futile, Tamils feel that they are insecure in their traditional homeland. Anti-Tamil cultural events are on the rise in the Tamil homeland. Young people have been given drugs in order to ruin their future, and many other anti-social events have taken place with the support of the Sri Lankan armed forces. The Tamil paramilitaries, which are supporting the government, help these anti-social activities. Kidnappings, raping, and killings are back to normal in the Tamil areas. In the recent past that was common during the war time. This is the ground reality, in the Tamil areas, and Tamils are still facing a security threat in Colombo and other Sinhala areas.

      During this grave environment, the Mahinda administration is planning widespread celebrations to mark the first anniversary of the end of the Eelam War IV. The government announced a week of celebrations to honour soldiers, starting May 12, including a victory parade in Colombo, the capital, on May 20. The government said that, during war heroes’ week, the army also planned to hold religious ceremonies and raise funds to help disabled soldiers.

      In the meantime, Tamils, who fell victims to the State-sponsored terrorism, have already started peaceful rallies and prayers to reflect and remember the people who died. Tamils around the world, have started rallies and other forms of gatherings from May 1st. Many Tamil organizations are announcing and holding week-long rallies, vigils, and prayers for the dead people, and they will continue until May 19th.

      Tamils who live around the world, including Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Germany, France, India, Norway and the U.S., are wearing black clothes to mourn the people killed by the Sri Lankan army, as a remembrance. They are also seen wearing red ribbons to symbolize the innocent blood spilled in the war crimes against Tamil people. The protesting Tamils urge that the international community should not maintain silence. As the first anniversary of the war comes to an end, Tamils around the world are united in their grief for those innocents who became victims of war crimes, and they urge the international community not to forget the war crimes committed by Sri Lanka, and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

      The Tamil National Alliance, which is the largest Tamil political party, urged the Tamil people to mourn and hold silent prayers, on May 17, to mark what it called a day of “catastrophe.” The TNA said: “During the height of the war several thousand Tamil people were killed and hundreds of thousand others suffered heavy losses and were forced to flee their homes…This catastrophe is one of the worst in world history.”

      Tamils were describing the July ‘83 holocaust as the worst they had seen in their history, but the Tamils came up with no words to describe the war of 2009, and tens of thousands of people were butchered all alone in the month of May, 2009, which broke the previous record catastrophe of July’83. Sri Lanka is celebrating the death of Tamils, with a large Sinhala crowd, as a military victory, but for Tamils it is the month to reflect and remember. This is the month for them to unite and foster their support in obtaining their freedom. It is the time to make a vow to put pressure upon the international community to investigate the genocide of the war, conducted by Sri Lanka, and to punish the perpetrators, in the same way Slobodan Milosevic was punished by the International Court of Justice. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SHOULD NOT ALLOW WAR CRIMMINALS LIKE MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE, GOTHABAYA RAJAPAKSE AND GENERAL SARATH FONSEKA SCOT FREE AFTER KILLING MORE THAN 40,000 INNOCENT TAMIL CIVILIANS DURING THE FINAL DAYS OF THE WAR.

  3. Citizen Hambantota

    I will cut my “Nose” if Rajapaksa abolished presidency,he every morning and night pray for “JR” for letting him to have his” Luxery Life’ as the President of this poor country with out proper education but mis useing uneducated foolish poor villager`s. “Votes”.

  4. These futle and phony ”Leftists” are trying again to divert the real hetred of working people towards this dictatorship Rajapakshe government that seeking another term to fulfil auteriry mesures of the IMF and international financial firms demading. Amid growing angry of working class against government anti-dimocratic attacks and amid imerging the fear of bankrupt Colombo ruling elites towards independent working class movement, these ”leftists” who bowed the knee to the bourgeios system are now trying to protect the Rajapakshe regime shamelessly!

  5. Ari

    Communist party? LSSP?
    Who are they?

  6. M.H.Sheriff

    Now only Poor Dew Gunasekera has opened his eyes , he didnt
    know the bull was turning to eat the Hay.

  7. Regular guy

    Why make these noises outside the parliament. You guys can introduce a bill in the parliament on this matter (With the help of the opposition), and see how many favor the idea. Before the Presidential and the general election, almost every politician except the GENERAL, favored getting rid of the executive presidency. People believed them and voted accordingly. Why don’t we check whether these politicians still subscribe to the same belief. Instead of sticking to the promises, now MR wants extend his presence for another six years. Did Mr Gunasekera oppose this proposition at the cabinet meetings.

    • M.H.Sheriff

      To Regular guy
      Your mistaken ,it was the party of General The DNA stood for the
      abolition of Executive Presidency,later followed by UNP.

  8. Sri

    Don’t be cheated. There is no leftist party politics in Sri Lanka. They get into the same boat when come to power.

  9. drbd

    tHE PRESIDENCY,WAS ALWAYS HATED BY ALL POLITICIANS,
    CANNOT RECALL ANYONE,EVER, OPPOSING IT, WHEN JR PROPOSED,COUNTRY WAS FORCED, TO ACCEPT.PERIOD.
    THEN WE SAW THE DRAMA OF THE HATE IT LOVE IT RELATIONSHIP,
    MOST PROMINENTLY BY THE CBK REGIME.
    ITS NOT ANY DIFERENT.
    WHAT ABOUT THE EXECUTIVE PM?
    WILL IT CONTAIN THE SAME ,ABSOLUTE POWERS AS THE PRESIDENT WAS
    CROWNED WITH,
    OR WILL DEMOCRACY, S IT WAS INTENDED, EVER RETURN?
    PROMISES ARE MEANT TO BE BROKEN,
    APPEARS TO BE THE UNDERLYING SLOGAN OF ALL POLITICIANS.
    THEY HAVE TO SUPPORT THIS,
    TO MAINTAIN THE MINISTRIES, CARS, SALARY HIKES,
    AND ALL THE PERKS[AKA BRIBES]
    TAMILS IN SINGAPORE ARE SUPPORTING THE TAMIL TERRORIST VERSION, OF TAMIL NET, THAT TERRORISTS ARE UNHAPPY.
    SURE THEY ARE.
    THEY SHOULD BE.
    WHO IS HAPPY ABOUT TOTAL ANNIHILATION,
    TOTAL LOSS OF POWER, OF ANY DIGNITY[EVEN AS LYING TERRORISTS?]
    THE WRITER FROM SINGAPORE, IN SUPPORT OF TERRORISTS, HAS THE RIGHT TO EXPRESSS HIS OPINION,
    IT IS JUST THAT.
    TAMIL TERRORISM IS OVER, ANNIHILATED, KAPUT.
    LET IT BE FIRMLY CEMENTED.
    MAYBE EXTENSION OF PRESIDENCY, IS ONE WAY OUT.
    ALSO POSSIBLE THAT THE REMEDY IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE CURE?

    THE LEFT, AS ONE READER QUESTIONED CEASED TO EXIST, SINCE THEY BARTERED DIGNITY FOR POWER IN CABINET, PARLIAMENT,
    AND THE PROCESS OF THEIR ANNNIHILATION STARTED WITH THE
    ACCHARU GOVERNMENTS,
    THAT ABSORBED THE NON MAIN STRAM PARTIES,
    AND EVENTUALLY CHANGED THEIR POLICIES[OR WHATEVER THEY WERE CALLED]
    AND ONLY A REMNANT OF THE OLD UNP S LEFT.
    ALL OTHER PARTIES KEEP EVOLVING,
    LEAVING NO TRACE OF THE OLD,
    MANY ARE EVEN NOT PROUD OFTHE NAME SLFP, THAT SWRD USED,
    JUST TO JUMP START HIS POWER STRUGGLE,
    AS HE FELT, THAT WITHIN THE UNP,
    HE STOOD NO CHANCE,
    AND WAS DESPARATE,
    ,SO EMERGED THE SLFP,
    THAT GAVE INSTANT SINHALA,INSTANT NO RELIGION,
    INSTANT BUDDIHISM[THAT MANY FORGOT WAS THERE FOR 2500 YRS AND WAS DEEPLY EMBEDDED IN ALL MODERN RELIGIONS[WHICH IS A DARK SECRET, KEPT FROM ALL, SO THAT A DIFFERENT GOD CAN PRERESENT A DIFFERENT TEMPLE,CHURCH, CULT, MOSQUE, KOVIL OR ANY PLACE OF WORSHIP, THAT PURELY EXISTS TO COLLECT MONEY,AT EVERY POSSIBLE CORNER, JUNCTION, ROAD, BRIDGE,, AND WE STOP THE VEHICLES AND PAY THE TOLL,
    TO THE PARTICULAR GOD, OR POWER OR DEVIL OR ANYTHING THAT OUR ANCESTORS WERE AFRAID OF,.WE JUST FOLLOW THESE LEADERS,
    HOWEVER MISLEADING THEY WERE OR ARE]

    TERRORISTS WILL TRY TO KEP THE DREAM IGNITED,
    PARTIES WILL CLING TO OLD MEMORIES,
    ALL PROMISES ARE MADE ,BUT TO BE BROKEN,
    AND PEOPLE FORGET THESE, SOON AFTER EACH ELECTION.
    NEW PEOPLE WILL EMERGE, WITH A DIFFERENT POWER STRUGGLE.
    THEREE WILL BE MORE SPLITS,
    AS ALL ACHCHARU PARTIES HAD ONE, COMMON, PREDESTINED FATE.
    THEY DIE OR ARE SELF DESTRUCTIVE,
    OFTEN WITHINN A VERY SHORT PERIOD.
    HOW MANY ORIGINAL SLFP OR LEFT OR UNP MEMBERS ARE IN THE PRESENT MAJORITY/
    WHAT PLANS ARE UNDER WAY,
    TO SHIFT THE BALANCE OF POWER?
    HISTORY CLEARS DIRECTS ALL OF US, IN ONE DIRECTION.

    THERE IS NO PERMANENCY.
    ALL POWERS ARE TRANSIENT.
    ALL ARE SUBJECT TO THE LAWS OF ETERNAL CHANGE,
    AND THE
    FACT THT NO GOVERNMENT ,HOWEVER STRONG,
    CAN SUSTAIN, ,WITHOUT MAJOR CHANGES.
    LOOK AT OUR SHORT HISTORY FROM 1948
    AND THEN THE DIVISION UNDER THE 3 INVADERS,WHERE MINORITIES,
    WHO BETRAYED THE MAJORITY,
    ALLOWED, PARTIAL CONTROL OF THE COUNTRY,
    AND EACH GROUP WAS DESTINED TO GO THE SAME WAY.
    WHETHER THIS GOVERNMENT CAN SURVIVE OR NOT, IS DEPENDANT ON THE WILL OF THE LEADERS,
    AND SOON, MANY WILL EMERGE,
    WITH POWER HUNGER,
    AND TRY TO BETRAY THE CURRENT LEADERS.
    PARANOIA ,THAT PREVAILS NOW, WILL INTENSIFY.
    THERE IS A DANGER,
    IN THIS ELEMENTS LIKE TAMIL TERRORISTS, CAN TRY TO GAIN A FOOT HOLD,
    WILLL HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH TAMILS[THERE ARE NO MORE TAMILS FOR THEM TO KILL TO CONTROL POWER] ALL EDUCATED TAMILS ARE OUT SIDE, COURTESY OF SO MANY FRIENDLY GOVENMENTS,THAT GRANTED THEM POLITICAL ASYLUM FROM THEMSELVES,
    AND IN THE COURSE OF DUTY,
    DEPOSITED THE DONATION[AKA, ILLEGAL BRIBES] AND SPOKE ON THIER BEHALF, SUPPORTED TERRORISM, AGAINST THE LAWS OF THEIR OWN COUNTRIES,
    AND THE SHOW GOES ON.
    MANY FOREIGNERS DO NOT KNOW, HOW TO RECOGNIZE A TAMIL OR A TERRORIST[JUST CHECK THIS OUT]
    MANY TAMIL TERRORISTS ARE HIDING THE MONEY THEY COLLECTED FOR VP AND TAMIL TERRORISM.
    THEY DO NOT WANT THIS DISCLOSED,
    ALL INVESTMENTS ARE NOW FIRMLY UNDER THEIR PERSONAL NAMES,
    AND SOME CAN BE USED TO BRIBE THE NEXT WEAK,CASH HUNGRY LAWMAKERS.
    AND THERE ARE MANY SUCH PEOPLE,
    AS WE HAVEOBSERVED IN USA,CANADA,UK,NORWAY, SWEDEN, FRNCE, GERMANY, AUSTRALIA ,TAMIL NADU[CAN EVEN GET THE LWYERS TO RIOT,IN FAVOUR OF TERRORISTS]
    THIS IS A PHENOMENON THAT CAN BE REPEATED,
    THE STRUCTURE IS IN PLACE.
    THE OLD TERRORIST MONEY IS CONCEALED FAIRLY WELL,
    MADE NEED EXTRAORDIANRY MEASURES, TO BE TAKEN,
    TO COLLECT.
    THEN OF COURSE THE COLLECTOR CAN, SHALL, WILL BE BRIBED,
    AND MOST OF THE MONEY ,IF NOT ALL, WILL DISSAPEAR.
    THE 6000 ACCOUNTS WILL DISSAPEAR SOON.
    CEYLINCO/KOTALAWALA, WILL BE SAINT AGAIN,
    sAKVITHI, DANDUWAM, AND OTHERS,EVEN PRAMUKA,
    WILL BE KNIGHTED OR CONVERTED INTO SAINTS[DEPENDS ON WHICH GOD, FAITH OR CULT ,THEY GREASE]
    THE THUGS WILL GET VISAS,VEN DIPLOMATIC VISAS OR POLITICAL ASYLUM[DEPENDS ON THE BRIBE, LIKE WHAT USA, CANADIAN UK EMBASSIES TOOK, AND GOT AWAY WITH NO INVESTIGATION]
    MANY WILL SCAPE SCRUITINY.
    COUNTRY TOO DEEPLY INVOLVED WITH THE ECONOMY, RELIGION[USA WITH ABORTION, WHICH ALWAYSSURFACES WHEN THE VOTES ARE SLIM]
    AND EACH CONTRY ,HAS ITS UNIQUE WAY, OF IGNORING OR DEFLECTING PUBLIC OPINION,
    WHICH REALLY DOES NOT MATTER, AS THEY KNOW HOW TO CIRCUMVENT OPPOSITION, DIPLOMATICALLY,
    AN WITH WELL PLACED BRIBES, SANTHOSAM[TOO WIDESPREAD TO INVESTIGATE, AND PEOPLE TOO ILLITERATE TO COMPREHEND, UNDERSTAND OR TO REMEBER, AS OTHER PRIORITIES TAKE PRECEDENCE]

    SO MY DEAR RIENDS,
    WHERE ARE WE HEADING.
    AT LEAST THE TERRORISTS ARE GONE.
    FOCUS ON THAT.
    OTHER BATTLES MAYBE LOST, EVEN BEFORE THEY ARE BEGUN.

    WE HAVE SEEN THAT IN THE PAST 60 YRS,
    SEE IT CLEARLY IN LANKAN, cEYLONESE AND WORLD HISTORY,
    IT IS THE WAY OF LIFE.
    THE WINNER DICTATES THE WRITTEN HISTORY,
    THE OSER OCCASIONALLY GETS HIS/HER PONT ACROSS,
    BUT ITS OFTEN LOST IN DETAIL,
    IT BLOWS IN THE WIND, AND THAT MAYBE ALL THE POWER IT HAS.
    TRUTH SOMETIMES PREVAIL,
    BUT ITS THE WINERS VERSION OR THE POWERFUL WRITERS VERSION,
    BEYOND THAT
    THRUTH GETS SLAUGHTERED.
    DRBD

  10. gunathilaka

    This is the best and the last chance of abolition of executive precidency which is th emain obstacle for the democracy of Sri lanka and people have been clamouring for .But Old LEFT is a dead party which has no voice any more and lost the credibillity of people for they have become puppet of the ruling party.Man from Hambantota would not care a damn what those people say as so as the people.

  11. N.C.Wijeratne

    Infact we have too many Presidents-Father -Son-Brother-and some -in -Laws-Soon there will be nephews and duahters-in-law etc.This country will be infested with Pressidential bogeys- some of them playing Crciket-some economics and Cricket and some others defence and forweign employment-real Achcharu-Ministers are warming up their chairs and wasting fuel going around with Security Personnel nothing to do-
    High time we did away with this monstrous Presidential outfit!

  12. N.C.Wijeratne

    This Constituional man and that other All party conference man have taken the Sri Lankans for a ride through the wilderness several times.They will say this till they go to the grave-and after that their Ghosts will haunt the Sri Lankans with constitutional reforms and all party conference originating from Limbo!

  13. Dilshan

    Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2010 06:16:08 +1200
    Subject: Mrs. Amir happy with President Mahinda Rajapaksa ending the war

    Mrs. Mangayarkkarasi Amirthalingam (76), widow of slain Opposition Leader Appapillai Amirthalingam, visited his bodyguard T.A. Nissanka who shot dead three LTTE assassins on July 13, 1989.

    She was accompanied by her son Dr. Bahirathan Amirthalingam (51). The family was brought to Colombo by the BBC for a radio documentary. The mother and the son had come for a holiday to Sri Lanka last Thursday and had met Nissanka after 21 years.

    The visit to the house at Ambalapitiya in Kegalle last Saturday by Mrs. Amirthalingam and her son was a heartbreaking scene and those who were present could not hold back the tears.

    As Mrs. Amirthalingam saw Nissanka, she had embraced him and had started crying as if meeting a child after a long lone time. Dr. Amirthlingam too had embraced and hugged as if two brothers had met after a long time.

    Nissanka’s wife Mrs. T.A. Shyamila Pramila Kumari had welcomed both visitors who had come to pay gratitude to her husband and had warmly welcomed them.
    On July 13, 1989 under the guise of coming for a discussion with Mr. Amirthalingam three armed members of the LTTE entered the two storied house at Bullers road, Colombo the temporary residence of TULF members and had shot Mr. Amirthalingam and the Jaffna District parliamentarian Vettivelu Yogeswaran.

    The bodyguard of Mr. Amirthalingam, Nissanka who had been on duty at that time had shot and killed all the three assassins with both revolvers he had had in his hands.

    Nissanka who had served as a Security officer of Mr. Gamini Dissanayake when he was the Minister of Mahaweli development had subsequently joined the team of bodyguards of Mr. Amirthalignam, who had had full confidence on him.

    Mother and son having had lunch on 29th at Nissanka’s house and spent a couple of hours with the family, had left for Colombo promising to visit them at the beginning of next year when they would be back in Sri Lanka, hoping to help the family.
    T
    o the media personnel who were in that house on the invitation of Nissanka Mrs. Amirthalingam said though she loves to come back to the beautiful Island Sri Lanka she is unable to do as her children and grandchildren now settled down England.

    Mrs. Amirthalingam also stated that she was happy of the ability of President Mahinda Rajapakse to end the war and create a peaceful atmosphere but a lot has to be done to promote peace among the various ethnic groups. For that the President is capable of, she said. As she is quite old, she said that she is not interested in politics and because of politics the family has suffered endlessly.

    When the media asked Dr. Amirthalignam whether he had any future plans of coming back to Sri Lanka and engage in politics, he had stated if one wanted to serve the people it was not necessary to do politics. By profession as he is a psychiatrist he could help people while being engaged in his profession. As all the family members were now citizens of England, he said he had no intention of doing politics in Sri Lanka.

    They are scheduled to leave on 1st June.

    • Appuhamy

      Mrs Amirthalingam made a statement at a rally in Jaffna some time ago saying that “she wanted to bathe in the blood of Sinhalese”. All these people are racists and they only propagated racism amongst the Tamil people that led to the creation of the world’s most ruthless and deadliest terrorist outfit – the Tamil Tigers, eventually.

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