Lanka’s JVP purges central committee of radicals
(PTI) Sri Lanka”s third largest political party, JVP, sacked nine dissidents from its policy making central committee today, virtually completing the split in the party.
The development came after the breakaway members of the People”s Liberation Front failed in their legal bid to prevent a special convention of the Marxist force.
The party held its special convention in the southern town of Tissamaharama, the first since the radicals decided to break away and form their own group.
The sacked nine central committee members include a member of parliament and a provincial council member.
The radicals failed in their bid to curtail the convention by way of a legal injunction.
The JVP, once the kingmakers in local politics, have recently found their electoral fortunes nose diving, particularly after they withdrew support to the ruling coalition of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.