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Politics


 

SB takes on Mangala

One-time cabinet colleagues and thick pals, S.B. Dissanayake and Mangala Samaraweera worked hand-in-glove during the Chandrika Kumaratunga regime. As time passes and loyalties change, such friendships rarely stand the test of time.
One fine example of this was when Dissanayake, the UNP’s Chief All-Island Organiser, expressed his disdain for Samaraweera last week, dismissing him as a man who was good for only one thing – fashion designing.

He charged that Samaraweera, by trying to bring Kumaratunga back to the political arena, was attempting to give life to a corpse.
Claiming that Samaraweera was flogging a dead horse, Dissanayake expressed the opinion that, in doing so, Samaraweera may well be digging his own grave. “He will perish with her,” asserted Dissanayake.
He went on to say that Samaraweera crossed over to the opposition only because he was not given the portfolio he desired. “If he had been given what he wanted, he would immediately change his tune and say that Mahinda Rajapaksa would achieve even enlightenment,” charged Dissanayake.

Having walked out on the government, Dissanayake highlighted that Samaraweera’s top priorities at present revolved around just one goal – bringing Kumaratunga back and forming an alliance with the JVP under her leadership.
Dissanayake was of the opinion that Samaraweera was looking to the UNP for help only in order to overcome certain obstacles in his path and that the UNP should, while welcoming Samaraweera, keep him in the “proper place.”
He further said that Samaraweera’s middle path (meda pilivetha) economy theory had disappeared from the world in the late ’80s, and questioned what Samaraweera knew about politics, finance and the economy, adding, “But he is a good fashion designer!”

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