The JVP yesterday said it would not be a party to any alliance which included the Tamil National Alliance as the TNA had recognized the LTTE as the sole representative of the Tamil speaking people.
The JVP dismissed reports and speculation that it would join an alliance which would include the TNA and the UNP.
Speculation was rising that the JVP, UNP and the TNA were going to form an alliance to take over the opposition in the Parliament. Former Agriculture Minister and JVP Politburo member, Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake had met the former Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Monday night and discussed the forming of an alliance.
The JVP denied that Dissanayake and Samaraweera had discussed an alliance. Dissanayake had admitted to meeting Samaraweera after his return on Sunday night. He said they had discussed the present political situation, party sources said.
JVP Parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawansa however said that they would lead the opposition in the Parliament if the number of UNP Parliamentarians go drop below 38. `There would no alliance. We are no in a hurry to take over the Opposition as we have already had to lead the Opposition while other Opposition parties have remained silent on key issues. However, there are some debatable issues where the JVP will officially lead the opposition,` Weerawansa told The Island.
Meanwhile, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), which joined the Rajapakse Government, is making a bid to have Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathy Sooriyarachchi taken back into the government fold, leaving out Anura Bandaranaike. The JHU said the problem could be solved through discussions disregarding personal political agendas.
General Secretary of the (JHU) Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thera said the current political dilemma is an internal problem of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and both groups would do well to immediately solve their problem because it would effect the current efforts to eradicate terrorism.
`Former Ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Sripathy Sooriyarachchi played massive roles in President Rajapakse`s victory in 2005. They also did a lot to strengthen the Mahinda Chinthanaya policy. Bandaranaike did not work for Rajapakse`s victory but was with the retrograde forces which tried to defeat Rajapakse,` he said.