Spokesman of the JVP `Alternate Group` (Vikalpa Kandayama) D.R.P.Premachandra, at a press conference in Kandy said that they would be supporting the UNP at the forthcoming presidential election.
Premachandra, an ex-railway worker, described himself as a former member of the `Operations Command` of the Kandy District during the 1988/89 period. Producing a membership card, he said he was in the trade union movement and that was why he held a membership card.
The press conference held at the Keppetipola Waishakaya Dhana Sangraha Samiti Hall on Thursday, was presided by the co-ordinator of the `Alternate Group` Mihira Udumulla.
Premachandra who arrived at the press conference in a bloodied state, said he could not identify his attackers and participated at the press conference despite many difficulties.
He said he would be making a complaint to the police once the conference ended. He charged that the JVP had not issued identity cards after the death of Wijeweera and party secretary Wimal Weerawansa did not hold membership in the organization.
He added that if the true path of the JVP as propounded by Wijeweera was adhered to there would be no class distinction within the party, nor would people be fighting for Ministerial posts.
In answer to a question Premachandra admitted that a case of assault was pending against him in the courts.
In that instance he had assaulted a foreman of the establishment he had been working for. He said the codes which governed the JVP, promoted confrontation and negotiations were frowned upon. He claimed his action had been governed by this mindset.
Premachandra claimed that while the late Rohana Wijeweera was not perfect, he was a man of principle. One of these principles was that position and facilities were scorned. But the present leaders of the movement had lost sight of these founding tenets.
The JVP of today is not the real JVP he said, it is a JVP cross. The utterance of Somawansa clearly reflect these deviations. The question facing the JVP is whether the correct path is the path enunciated by Wijeweera or that of Weerawansa.
He charged that the JVP had become a joke, they speak behind security glass screens, wear expensive shirts and need expensive cellular phones.
The Vikalpa Kandayama had started with only three members he said, but today it had grown into a major people`s movement.
Answering a question as to whether he was dismissed from the JVP, Premachandra denied that he had been removed from the organization.