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The negative campaign against Sarath Fonseka is really stepping up. Aside from the postering insinuating that he’ll become a bloody military dictator, there are also assorted rumors in the grapevine. I have heard some weird things. I think Sarath has a rough and mean past, but I think these rumors are nonsense. I reproduce a few I’ve heard for entertainment’s sake. If you’ve heard anything please ad.
I’ve heard that while Sarath was driving, his driver swerved to avoid something, making the General hit his head. He was so enraged that he thrashed the man with a baton.
I also heard that while getting a shave, the barber slipped and cut General Fonseka. He was so enraged that he cut off the barber’s ear.
I also heard that he boiled someone alive in a vat of purippu. Why someone would take the problem to get (and waste) so much purippu is beyond me.
I think all of these rumors are false and they seem constructed around a narrative that the General can’t control his temper. In this campaign, however, he has been relatively composed, except for mud involving his daughters.
I don’t think he’s a very nice man and I think he’s got a tough past. I don’t think he’d be cutting off his barber’s ear however, or unleashing bloodshed like the JVP years. One wonders if this is driving up his negatives, however. Though the facts may be wrong, sometimes the narrative sticks.