The Sunday Leader

Travails still for the TNA?

By N. Sathiya Moorthy If someone thought that the post-LG poll travails of the ruling TNA in the North has had a happy ending, it is not to be – or, so it seems. If anything, the Provincial Council elections in the North, due later this year, could open up new wounds, and deepen the [...]

Not just for Ranil, for others too, taste of the pudding is only in the eating…

By N. Sathiya Moorthy Now that the no-trust vote is behind Parliament and nation, and the victors are savouring their achievement and losers licking the wounds that they had inflicted on themselves without much thought, it is back to the political back-tracks, the good old way. It means, sharing of the spoils among the victors [...]

Trust-Vote, TNA and the Third Option

By N. Sathiya Moorthy   If media reports are to be believed, we now have a situation in which the ‘official’ TNA Opposition in Parliament will be voting with the Government when a no-trust motion is otherwise being moved against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Council of Ministers. No one expects the Government to [...]

Trust, No-Trust!

By N Sathiya Moorthy For one more time, the Joint Opposition (JO) under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is going through the motions of a no-confidence move against Prime Minister Ranil Wikckremesinghe & Co, for ‘alleged’ failures on governance front. ‘Alleged’ it is, for the no-trust motion to get passed in Parliament, the JO will require [...]

Wooing India, the Tamil ‘Hard-liner’ way?

By N. Sathiya Moorthy The Tamil politics in the nation’s North and the East has always been as bizarre as that of the Sinhala South. The majority Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the North and the East stopped wooing the Indian neighbour long ago, but the hard-liner section from within the local Tamil community and [...]

Opening Pandora’s Box

By N Sathiya Moorthy Leave aside the political reasons, if any, behind the need for the current proclamation of Emergency across the country, it is a sad reminder that the worst may not as yet be over on the ‘ethnic’ front, close to a decade after the exit of the LTTE. Replacing the term ‘ethnic’ [...]

No window to dress up!

By N Sathiya Moorthy   The much-hyped Cabinet reshuffle, effected by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has fallen flat even before he might have conceived the specific changes. Other than delaying, if not outright denying Law & Order portfolio to controversial former Army chief, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, and Prime Minister himself retaining it, almost for the [...]

For Whom Did The ‘Bud’ Bloom?

By N Sathiya Moorthy It is sad that a veteran politician and parliamentarian in TNA’s Leader of the Opposition, R Sampanthan, should lent credence to the muted cacophony of anti-Mahinda voices in the country, by declaring that the  latter’s SLPP victory in the recent LG polls alone would cause ‘Tamil Eelam’ to bloom. That Sampanthan should [...]

A Mill-Stone Called 19-A?

By N Sathiya Moorthy President Maithiripala Sirisena should be ruing the day he failed to read the fine-print of 19-A before clearing it. Today, when he reportedly wants to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, we are told that the Constitution does not provide for the same. And hopefully it does not do so in future, too, [...]

To bell the cat, or toll the bell?

By N Sathiya Moorthy   Now that the much-maligned local government polls are behind the nations Sri Lankans can sit back, take a deeper breath than already and wait for the next round of political drama to unfold with faltering regularity and greater melodrama than during the three-plus years of the incumbent government. That way, [...]


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