Behind Closed Doors
Tyrant de-listed while one-time 'Bring Backers' now back out!
Alas, poor Tyran!
It is common knowledge that Ty Ran Alas, a close ally of the former
big boss, is now in hot water due to investigations on the
anti-corruption front. Despite ongoing investigations, he managed to
find his way into the UPFA national list at last week’s elections due to
his strong connections with the Family.
But all is not going sweetly for this ambitious entrepreneur known
for his tyranny inside his companies. When the final UPFA national list
was announced on Friday afternoon, Alas’ name had been axed. But, there
were frantic attempts until the very last moment to keep his name in the
UPFA national list.
According to whispers behind closed doors, even some close allies of
the President were involved in the attempt to include Alas’s name in the
national list. This last-ditch attempt to include his name demonstrated
the manner in which Alas had placed his ‘moles’ in different camps, for
his own benefit.
However, the party high command who handled national list
appointments was un-bending. Poor Alas could not be accommodated, they
pointed out to his emissaries, because his dealings with top echelons of
the previous regime were “questionable”.
‘Patriots’ woo the federalists
Politics, in this part of the world, knows no shame and political
parties are willing to stoop to any low to grab power. The pro-Rajapaksa
group, throughout its election campaign, vehemently criticized the
conduct of the TNA and their leanings towards federalism. In their bid
to grab power, those wayward Blue leaders were not hesitant to pander to
communal chauvinistic sentiments among the electorate as they thought
that was a certain way of securing an overwhelming majority in the
The election results on Tuesday clearly demonstrated that their
strategy had not produced the desired results as the UPFA failed to sure
a resounding majority from the South.
However, the buzz in the corridors was that immediately after the
election results were released, some strategists of the pro-Rajapaksa camp had made overtures to the TNA to know whether they were willing
to enter into an agreement with the UPFA to form a government.
Startled and amused by the unashamed 180 degree turn by the Rajapaksa
camp immediately after the election, intermediaries close to the TNA had
informed the Abhayaramaya cabal that the party did not wish to do any
'deals' with the former President and his team.
With the TNA's outright rejection, the Abhayaramaya cabal had no
choice but to accept the defeat.
'Bring Back' loyalists missing!
Two days after the election, former big boss Rajapaksa convened a
meeting of all UPFA MPs at the Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna
Ranatunga's house. Although the meeting was attended by minor party
members of the UPFA, a sizable proportion of SLFP MPs was missing!
Even Susil Premajayantha, the General Secretary who was instrumental
in securing nomination for the former President, was not present at the
Upon further inquiries, they found that the SLFP MPs, including
Premajayantha, were holding a meeting with President Sirisena at the
Presidential Secretariat. The Abayaramaya cabal was livid at the fact
that the SLFP MPs did not even have the courtesy to inform Rajapaksa
about the meeting.
"They are the ones who sleep with Mahinda and wake up with Maithri" (Mung
thamayi Mahinda ekka nidaagena Maithri ekka nagitinney), one angry
Abhayarama member was heard muttering in a dejected voice.
"The 'Bring back' campaigners are backing out!" a veteran political
Great Power support
A high emissary of a Great Power who quietly landed here in the
weekend, did so without much fanfare. The emissary represents a power
that had raised 'rights concerns' in an earlier era when Colombo was
looking East and blundering on regardless of other concerns.
Now that great power is conciliatory after Colombo began to revert to
a more 'all-round' policy in foreign relations.
The UN meeting on 'rights' is due shortly and the support of this
great power will be crucial, goes the whisper in the corridors.
Already, that great power is understood to have initiated moves to
lighten the burden on the country in the face of the many war crimes