JVP defectors in
secret talks for return
The JVP is in secret talks with several
members of Wimal Weerawansa's National
Freedom Front (NFF) for their return to
the party fold The Sunday Leader learns.
It is learned two rounds of talks have
been held between the JVP leadership and
the disgruntled NFF members on the
timing of their return to the party.
Informed sources said the NFF members
decided to open negotiations with the
JVP after Weerawansa failed to deliver
on the promises made with regard to
public office and other benefits
allegedly promised by the government.
It is learned Weerawansa's failure to
get the deputy speaker's post and
chairmanship of the Committee on Public
Enterprises (COPE) for NFF nominees from
the government were central to their
It is learned some members may return to
the JVP before the provincial polls
scheduled for August 23 if the
negotiations are successful.