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Politics


 

JVP turns down Mangala’s invite

Dashing Mangala Samaraweera’s hopes of the JVP joining him in forming a grand alliance were dashed when JVP Leader Somawansa Amarasinghe stated that the JVP would not have anything to do with a group that was negotiating with the UNP to form a grand coalition.

The JVP had apparently sent negative signals to Samaraweera, who sent the JVP an invitation for a discussion with the intention of forming a grand alliance to topple the incumbent government.
A senior JVP member who spoke to this column stated that JVP had warned the government that it had taken on a wrong and destructive path.

“If the present trend continues, this government should come to an end. However, it is not our intention to end this regime and bring in a worse regime. Therefore, we do not place any credence in a coalition with the UNP,” the member emphasised.
In the event the Rajapaksa administration is toppled, what should emerge is an alternative government that could do better, not worse, he said, adding it would definitely be a turn for the worse if the UNP were the main coalition party in the envisaged grand alliance.