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Wimal to register new party this month

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema

JVP dissident, Propaganda Secretary, Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa, and former JVP politburo member and Parliamentarian Nandana Gunathileka are to launch a new political movement this month.

The new party is expected to be registered with the Elections Commissioner after the conclusion of the Eastern Provincial Council election on May 10.

Weerawansa and Gunathileka held talks on forming the new alliance on May 1 after Weerawansa's deadline to the party on holding talks to reconcile differences ended at midnight on April 30.

JVP defector and parliamentarian Piyasiri Wijenayake told The Sunday Leader that during the discussion held between Weerawansa, his supportive group of JVPers, Gunathileka, Kamal Deshapriya (Comrade Senevi) and several other forces on May 1, it was unanimously decided to launch a new political movement this month.

"We all agreed to form a new political movement and we will launch it this month and we will register it this month," he said.

Wijenayake said that they were currently in the process of drafting the constitution and related issues for the new movement. However, he said that a name for the movement is yet to be decided on.

Weerawansa gave a May 1 deadline to the JVP to initiate a dialogue with him to resolve the existing crisis within the party.

He said that if the JVP failed to respond by the May 1 deadline, he together with the other JVP defectors would form a new political front.

He had also said that members of the JVP who have left the party in recent times, including former politburo member and parliamentarian Nandana Gunathileka would join the new political front initiated by Weerawansa.

According to Weerawansa, other disgruntled politicians from the two main political parties in the country, the UNP and the SLFP, too could join the new political front in the making.

The following day, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva made known the party's response by saying Weerawansa was free to speak to the party leadership and that if he formed a separate party he would lose his positions held in the party.

Meanwhile, the JVP too is to embark on a new political journey this month. Party Secretary Silva has said that it would be aimed at taking the country in the correct direction.

Addressing the media last week Silva accused the Mahinda Rajapakse regime of being interested only in remaining in power disregarding public welfare.

According him, the country cannot progress forward under Rajapakse and the party would form a new political alliance after May 1 to target the next general election.

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