JVP leaves Govt with regret
JANATHA VIMUKTHI PERAMUNA (JVP) Leader Somawansa Amarasinghe
yesterday declared that it was with regret that his party decided to
leave the Alliance Government but added that the parties could yet come
to an understanding. The JVP will sit in Parliament as an Independent
group, he said.
"We are leaving at time when most of our work programme is yet to see
fruition," Amarasinghe told a media briefing at the Public Library
Service Auditorium. Amarasinghe said: "This is not the first Alliance
nor would it be the last between PA and JVP. There can be understanding
between the two parties even after this," he explained.
Amarasinghe said that their action was prompted by President
Kumaratunga's unwillingness to withdraw the proposed Tsunami Relief
Council despite their request to stall the process by midnight of June
JVP Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa said the JVP was not a
party to take decisions carried away by emotion. "We take decisions
following deliberations on what is best for the country," he said.
Speaking on the JVP's immediate plans, Amarawansa said they would
remain in Parliament as an independent group.
He noted that the Government will have to face the consequences of
our being not present in the coalition when they sit with the Opposition
in Parliament and in Provincial Councils from now on.
Asked if the JVP was prepared to take the responsibility of making
the country unstable at a time the Government was making an important
move for its forward march, Amarawansa said there should be a country
even to have it unstable.
"The JVP is not prepared to negotiate the country's sovereignty
,integrity and independence," he said.
He said that the JVP was taking steps to form a new coalition with
the participation of other political parties. Asked if their decision to
leave the Government had paved the way for the UNP to come into power,
Amarawansa said that the political fabric of the country had changed so
much so that UNP cannot force its way into political power.
The so-called structure of regional committees consisting LTTE
members, has given the upper hand to the LTTE, and this can adversely
affect the system.
JVP General Secretary Tylvin Silva, Nandana Gunatilleke, and K.D.
Lalkantha also spoke.