The Nation Sunday Print Edition - page 1

Sunday, November 23, 2014 | LKR 40.00 | 6 Sections | Volume 9 No 25
Following the cross over of former SLFP
General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena and
several other ruling party parliamentarians to
the opposition, a lot of horse-trading is being
done at the provincial council level to seize
the power of at least three provincial councils
before the next presidential election.
Highly placed political sources told
The
Nation
that three provincial councils – namely
Uva, Western and Central – are vulnerable to
an unexpected development of that nature.
In some Provincial Councils, the opposition
had expressed willingness to offer cash
prices standing at Rs 10 million to Provincial
Councillors who are ready to cross over.
However, in an interesting turn of events,
some PC members had indicated to the
opposition that they were willing to make a
move for “cash prices” above Rs. 25 million.
“Because of their high demands, the parties
who are negotiating with them are now faced
with budgetary constraints, “ a spokesman
of the opposition who wished to remain
anonymous quipped while speaking to
The
Nation
on Saturday.
Meanwhile, there is another group of
provincial councillors in all three provinces who
are ready to cross over mainly due to political
reasons. They are the ones who are supportive
of Parliamentarians who have already extended
their support to the common opposition.
See Page 3
Three Provincial Councils
Up For Grabs
Ranil
the early
winner
Page 12
The new
‘100-day
Hero’
Page 5
Sandun Jayawardana
‘It’s nothing more than a mega
teledrama,’ was how the Sri Lanka
Freedom Party (SLFP) described
the move to field its former General
Secretary Maithripala Sirisena as the
opposition’s ‘Common Candidate’.
Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills
Development and SLFP Treasurer
Dullas Alahapperuma made the
above observation at a press briefing
held at the SLFP headquarters on
Saturday also attended by SLFP
heavyweights Nimal Siripala De
Silva, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa,
A.H.M. Fowzie, Susil Premajayantha
and W.D.J. Seneviratne.
Alahapperuma said that the title
of this ‘teledrama’ could be ‘Her
Rage’
(Ege Vairaya)
, referring to a
film by the same name.
‘The producers are thousands
of miles away from the Indian
Ocean. The Script is by Ranil
Wickremesinghe, while former
President Chandrika Kumaratunga is
the director. The Janatha Vimukthi
Peramuna (JVP) and pro-LTTE
elements of the Tamil Diaspora are
no doubt also playing their parts
behind the scenes. Maithripala
Sirisena is merely the lead actor
and Friday’s event was just the
first episode. Sirisena also has no
idea what his next script will be
as these are being handed to him
slowly. However, we have no doubt
he will soon realize that this drama
would not have a happy ending,’
Alahapperuma added.
Speaking further, Alahapperuma
said “This drama still has no name.
However, I would like to propose
‘Her Rage’
(Ege Vairaya)
as a
suitable one.”
Alahapperuma said he respected
Sirisena’s past, was dismayed by his
present and saddened at the future
awaiting the party’s former general
secretary.
See Page 3
SLFP responds to Common Candidate
Maithri playing lead
role in ‘Her Rage’
Market rate for councillors Rs 25-35 m
JHU as
Game-
Changer
Page 4
National Movement for Social
Justice (NMSJ) Head Ven
Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera who
campaigned for the abolishment
of the Executive Presidency told
The Nation yesterday that the
first phase of their struggle has
been successful, as the common
opposition candidate has already
agreed to abolish the executive
presidency.
Ven Sobhitha Thera said that
the NMSJ wanted it to be repelled
within a six months period after the
new president takes office.
See Page 3
First stage of struggle
successful-Sobitha Thera
The Tamil National Alliance
(TNA) will decide early this
week whether or not to back
the common candidate, TNA
Jaffna district MP Suresh
Premachandran said.
The alliance had earlier stated
that it would consider backing
a common candidate at the
upcoming presidential polls, if he
or she meets requirements and
conditions put forward by the
TNA. Premachandran stated that
the party hierarchy would meet
during the early part of the week
and decide on its position over
the common candidate.
See Page 3
TNA’s stand
next week
FACES
AND
PHASES
Home vs Home. Friends
and Foes. Nothing is
Permanent. One Party
Rule -- Sri Lanka Style.
There are many possible
tags that describe the
current political moment.
At the end of the day,
someone will win.
Someone will lose. What
of the voter though, once
the cheers and jeers are
done?
Changing economic
strategies most vital
LENS
FINE
Unclear about nuclear?
GAIN
Coal-gasification
on the cards?
ICC’s no. 1 and 2 ranked
bowlers are chuckers
SPORT
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna
(JVP) Leader Anura Kumara
Dissanayake said that his
party’s aim at the forthcoming
presidential election will not
be limited to working to defeat
President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Speaking at a political TV talk
show yesterday evening he said
that the JVP will be capitalizing
on this opportunity to form a new
mass movement which will defeat
the president and then act as a
pressure group, urging the new
leader to abolish the Executive
Presidency.
Dissanayake described
President Rajapaksa’s rule
as a ‘hateful dictatorship,’ a
much stronger term than the
‘benevolent dictatorship’ used by
‘Common Candidate’ Maithripala
Sirisena.
See Page 3
JVP still tight-lipped
over support for
Maithripala
Common Candidate
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