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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 113

Budget: Born losers expose their ' impotency'

By Janaka Perera

Colombo, 15 December, (Asiantribune.com): Friday's voting at the third budget of the Rajapaksa Government on Dec.14 exposed to the full glare of the world two born losers in Sri Lankan politics – Ranil Wickremesinghe and Anura Bandaranaike. The event also showed the pathetic idiocy of Sri Lanka's Westernized urban elite and sections of the business community who continue to look up to Wickremesinghe as 'leader' who would protect their class interests.

His defeat this time should teach them a bitter lesson.

Right along they have been boasting among themselves that Wickremesinghe is a leader with a vision - an educated and polished politician, who can lead this country into the 21 st Century - unlike that rustic ('godaya') Rajapaksa from Medamulana, Hambantota. And during the past few days they were naively lapping up everything on the budget published in that Wickremesinghe mouthpiece – the Leader Publications.

Minister Rajitha Senaratne called the outcome of the budget voting "the biggest defeat in Ranil Wickremesinghe's political career." He accused a certain class within the UNP of trying to defeat President Rajapaksa under cover of opposing the budget.

JHU Parliamentarian Venerable Athureliye Ratana said that the voting revealed the treachery and fraudulent nature of upper class, aristocratic families - an obvious reference to Anura Bandaranaike joining the Opposition.

The fact is that Wickremesinghe's political education amounts to that of the arrogant pundit who – while crossing a river by rowing boat - was lecturing on various topics under the sun to the illiterate boatman. But when a storm broke out and the boat capsized the boatman swam to safety. But the pundit did not know to swim and all his book knowledge did not help him to save his life.

It is high time that this joker resigned from politics. But then again, President Rajapaksa would not like it because as long as he remains UNP leader and commands the loyalty of fools, it will be smooth sailing for the President.

JVP Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa attributed his party's decision to abstain from voting to the exposure of a foreign-backed sinister conspiracy behind the attempt to defeat the budget. This was revealed when SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem and Anura Bandaranaike crossed over to the Opposition, according to Weerawansa, who however said that their opposition to the budget remained unchanged as it was on November 19.

- Asian Tribune

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