The JVP is under heavy pressure to reverse its decision to contest the forthcoming local government polls on its own.
The JVP is expected this week to summon a Central Committee meeting to discuss the issue. This comes in the backdrop of a meeting at Temple Trees where senior JVP and ruling party representatives discussed the issue.
SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena, UPFA General Secretary Susil Premjayanth, JVP parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawansa and General Secretary Tilvin Silva were involved in the discussion, political sources said.
The Island learns that government representatives emphasized the need to contest together to prevent the UNP from taking advantage. The JVP too acknowledged this, the sources said, adding that the Marxist party subsequently agreed to review its earlier decision.
The UNP expects substantial gains in the absence of an electoral pact between the SLFP-led PA and the JVP.
The two parties contested the last parliamentary and provincial councils together. `A division now would be advantageous to the UNP,` a ministerial source said.
President Mahinda Rajapakse is keen to secure an agreement with the JVP on the crucial polls scheduled to take place in March/April.
UNP officials close to Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed belief that the party could really do well if the envisaged PA, JVP tie-up did not materialise. `A good show would strengthen Wickremesinghe`s hands,` a Wickremesinghe loyalist said. The leader was confident that this would neutralise some of his critics, he said.