It seems likely that the JVP is preparing to join President Mahinda Rajapakse`s government shortly. Although no final decision has been taken, a section of the parliamentary group is believed to be favouring the move against the backdrop of Rajapakse increasingly seeking the Marxist party`s return to government.
The Sunday Island learns that Rajapakse recently discussed this matter with JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe and Parliamentary Group Leader Wimal Weerawansa.
The JVP quit the administration last June over the government signing a joint tsunami rehabilitation and reconstruction agreement with the LTTE.
The JVP has so far resisted Rajapakse`s call and their differences led the SLFP-led PA and the JVP to contest the recent local government elections separately, thereby allowing the UNP to secure over 35 bodies.
Political sources said that even if the JVP rejoined the government, it would not accept portfolios. Earlier it held four ministries, including fisheries and agriculture.
The JVP parliamentary group recently got reduced to 38 after a Gampaha District MP resigned due to illness. His place has been filled by an SLFP member as the two parties contested on UPFA ticket at the last parliamentary polls.
Government and JVP sources acknowledged the need to join hands amidst calls for a direct intervention by the UN triggered by recent remarks attributed to Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi.
The JVP wants the government to raise this with the Japanese government. Amarasinghe recently criticised Akashi`s call when he received the Japanese envoy at their party headquarters at Pelawatte.
The JVP intends to launch a series of meetings against the call for the deployment of foreign forces, thereby leading to the Cyprus-type division of the country. The first meeting is scheduled to be held on June 7.
JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva, Wimal Weerawansa, Anura Kumara Dissanayake and K.D. Lal Kantha are expected to lead the campaign.
The JVP also opposes the overseas deployment of Sri Lankan forces under UN banner. About 1,000 Lankan troops are deployed in the Caribbean island of Haiti with the Brazilian-led UN forces tasked with protecting the US backed administration.
The Sunday Island learns that Rajapakse remains confident of reaching an agreement with the JVP regarding ongoing efforts to resolve the crisis on the basis of a federal solution. Although the JVP vehemently rejected recent reports that it was ready to accept a federal model, the UNP reiterated that the JVP was secretly negotiating with the LTTE.
Political sources said that the return of the JVP into the government would help Rajapakse to reach a consensus with his Marxist ally who contributed substantially to his election last November.