|Moves to topple govt.
Somawansa, Ranil to hold crucial
A meeting between UNP leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe and JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe is on the
cards after the scheduled visit of Wickremesinghe to Australia
Spadework for this meeting is being done by UNP MPs T.
Maheswaran, Vajira Abeywardana and Mahinda Wijesekera. UNP
Matara District MP Mahinda Wijesekera stepped in after Badula
Gunawardane distanced himself from the committee appointed by
UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to talk to the JVP.
The scope of the committee had been broadened to talk to all
opposition parties including the JHU and the TNA as well after
several UNP MPs opposed the move by Wickremesinghe to initiate a
dialogue with the JVP.
It has now been given a new definition that the talks are mainly
to discuss the implementation of the 17th amendment and to setup
oversight committees in line with the American constitution. T.
Maheswaran had already spoken to JVP MPs Wimal Weerawansa, Anura
Kumara Dissanayake, K.D.Lalkantha and Vijitha Herath and the
response had been very positive, political sources said.
Although the UNP-JVP dialogue had been mooted under the guise of
forming a broad opposition alliance, the main aim of the move is
to topple the existing government at the budget vote.
The JVP feels that the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration is only
trying to use them to get to its own objectives and not
interested in nation building.
The JVP thinking is that they should get into the government and
actively engage in the administration. The JVP has pointed out
to the UNP members talking to them that to get back the four
ministries and the four Deputy Minister posts held by them
earlier, President Mahinda Rajapaksa will have to remove 22
Ministers and deputies who are holding positions in the present
government. They say that the four Ministries held by them had
been distributed among a large number of ministers and that
there are over 75 ministers in the government.
The JVP is to put forward their conditions for an alliance with
the UNP and they are of the view that there are common areas the
UNP could work together with the JVP.
After learning of UNP-JVP talks President Mahinda Rajapaksa
visited parliament last week to talk to various Ministers and
sort out matters.
However a section of the UNP feels that Wickremesinghe’s
initiative to talk to the JVP is mainly to scuttle the ongoing
talks between the government and the UNP. They feel that the UNP
is sending wrong signals to the government. UNP sources said
that even if the UNP agrees for a national government or not
there is a group within the party to crossover to the
Political observers are of the view that the JVP wants to send a
strong signal to the President to force him to accept their 20
point program. In any case they are of the view that if the
UNP-JVP alliance clicks it will push President Mahinda Rajapaksa
to dissolve parliament.