JVP dissidents to take A’singhe faction to Court

Media unit closed, propagandists thrown out


By Saman Indrajith

JVP dissidents have decided to institute legal action against the current party leadership for remaining in office in contravention of the party constitution and its refusal to hold a national convention to elect new leaders.

A former Central Committee Member of the JVP told The Island that the dissidents were planning to send the party leaders a letter of demand today. He said that JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe, General Secretary Tilvin Silva, MPs Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Sunil Handunetti, Vijitha Herath, former MP K. D. Lalkantha and several other leaders of the party would be named respondents.

The dissident group had challenged the removal of (Ms) Dimuthu Attygala (Politburo member and leader of the Women’s Wing), Pubudu Jagoda (Politburo member cum chief of the Education Wing) and Waruna Rajapaksa (Central Committee member) from the party’s Central Committee without a disciplinary inquiry, he said. "The party constitution does not provide for such arbitrary action," he added.

"More than one half of the 23-member Central Committee has joined us and the rank and file, too, have pledged solidarity with us; we will expose all malpractices by the incumbent leadership," the former Central Committee member said.

Sources close to JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe said they were ready to meet the dissidents in Court.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up at the JVP head office in Pelawatte.

The JVP Headquarters Operational Committee was informed on Tuesday night by the party leadership that changes would be effected to the administrative system. The media unit was closed and members serving there were forcibly removed from the premises by the party’s security wing. 

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