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What is next step of the JVP?

Rumours are spreading on JVP’s behavior on inaugural Eastern Provincial Council meeting .At present both the UPFA and the UNP are waiting the JVP’s act on this issue. The JVP said it could now play a crucial role because the UPFA and other opposition parties were tied at 17-seats each.

Leading JVP front-liner said the party believed the newly-elected council was in crisis even before it started functioning but he did not indicate the JVP would respond.

The JVP has one seat at the EPC and M.L.A.M.Hisbullah and his two followers who got seats of the EPC decided to act as independently at the EPC.On Sunday Mr. Hisbullah said another member of the UPFA agreed to support Hisbullah faction.

However JVP says it would not assist the political parties which help for separatism. Issuing a press statement the JVP Politburo told they have experience on major parties move during the EPC campaign. However during the polls Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) recorded a dismal performance in terms of the percentage of votes the party polled.

Political analysts say ex- rebel leader Mr.Pillayan has wide experience to administer the EPC and assists public to develop the region. However they said the JVP and Tamil Democratic National Alliance which have two seats at the EPC would be the key deciding factor to protect the present EPC administration. A Spokesman of the Tamil Democratic National Alliance said they would help UPFA in the eastern Provincial Council.

According to the reliable sources some leading UNPers plans to defeat UPFA administration using Hisbullah faction at the first council meeting.

The UNP, SLMC and the three member group led by Hizbullah charged that Friday’s appointment of Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, alias Pillayan as chief minister for the Eastern Province was unconstitutional since he did not command a majority in the council and that the possibility of defeating the UPFA at the first council meeting was under active consideration. However UNP Secretary General Tissa Attanayake said the UNP has so far not decided to obtain Hizbullah’s support to defeat the present administration of the EPC.