Monday, 03 February 2014 - 12:39
What should be changed is party policies : say JVP defectors
The JVP unanimously elected MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake as its new leader during the party’s 7th National Convention held in Colombo yesterday.
After JVP founder leader Rohana Wijeweera, Somawansa Amarasinghe was elected to run the party.
The party faced various challenges and hurdles during its 4 decades journey and several of its front liners deserted the party especially during the 88-89 period of terror.
One time JVP presidential candidate Nandana Gunatilaka who left the party in 2006 expressed his views about the new leadership.
He stated that by changing chairs it will not help to change the mentality of the party.
Former JVP Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa also left the party with 11 MPs and 2 members of the Central Political Bureau to form the National Freedom Front.
Another group of JVP called themselves as Peoples Struggle Movement left the party in 2011 and formed a new party called the Frontline Socialists Party.