Duminda Silva’s Malabe Rally
I went yesterday evening to see it and it was one of the worst rallies I’ve ever seen simply because the singers were just terrible. I have no idea as to how many people were there but at one point some guy said, “api hithuwe mecchara wath senaga netiwei kiyala. Mecchara wath inna eka loku deyak.” At about 9, I drove home before Duminda arrived… I think R.Duminda will definitely get elected. But it was evident that people aren’t that ethusiastic about this election. I think at least 5% of those who voted in January won’t be voting this time around… Maybe Duminda will come first. He’s campaigning in all 15 seats. Thilanga Sumathipala will make it to the parliament as well. I think Susil Premjayanth and Bandula Gunawardena, even though are in trouble, will somehow make it. It’s interesting what’ll happen to Wimal Weerawansha and Co. Let’s see whether there are enough zombies to get them all elected… Patali Champika Ranawaka will get elected. But I don’t know what’ll happen to the rest of those who sold Buddhism. I don’t think Athuraliye Rathana Thero will get elected… The UNP is obviously in trouble. There’s no way they’re going to win more than 70 seats. They’ll end up somewhere between 55 and 70… I think Sujiwa Prasannarchchi, Ruwan Wijeyawardena and Rosy Senanayake have a serious chance to get elected to the parliament for the first time. Can’t say the same about Shiran Deraniyagala… It’s interesting what’ll happen to Ranil. If Duminda or some other guy gets more votes than him, he’d be really embarrassed. In 2001 he got about 430,000 votes. In 2004 it was 300,000 something. Let’s see what’ll it be this time.