Anura Kumara Dissanayake says JVP Shunned the 2 November Protest held by the SJB and FSP “ because it lacked discipline, co-ordination, and a clear objective”


BY Kiara Warnasuriya

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and National People’s Power (NPP) Leader and Opposition MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that the reason why the JVP did not join the protest-march-cum-rally led by the main Parliamentary Opposition, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), and the Frontline Socialist Party on 2 November was because it lacked discipline, co-ordination, and a clear objective.

“I received many calls before this protest. People were asking me if the JVP would join the protest, and when I answered no, they asked why not. On 2 November, the answer was given by the organisers,” said Dissanayake while speaking yesterday (7) at the NPP Homagama Assembly.

“(Opposition and SJB Leader) Sajith Premadasa says that he will become President, (Sri Lanka Freedom Party General Secretary and MP) Dayasiri Jayasekara says that (SLFP Chairman and MP) Maithripala Sirisena will be President. Another says that we should break down barricades. (Samagi Vanitha Balawegaya National Organiser) Hirunika Premachandra took a bus to Colombo Fort. What is happening?” queried Dissanayake, pointing out that protests and agitations cannot proceed in this manner, but need a more holistic and united approach.

“There can’t be one protest for the economy, one for corruption, and another for theft,” stated Dissanayake, elaborating that the NPP is ready to seek answers to the people’s problems through a people’s movement with a leader.

The said protest that took place on 2 November was organised by several political parties, including the SJB, alongside civil organisations and trade unions. It fizzled out to an anti-climax, amidst protestors arguing with each other about the level of aggression and perseverance that should be employed, as well as the true intent of the MPs leading the protest.

However, claiming that the JVP and Dissanayake were politically tamed during the 2015-2019 period by then-Prime Minister and current President Ranil Wickremesinghe, and continue to be so, the SJB alleged that the JVP had sent interlopers to sabotage the 2 November anti-Government protest held in Colombo against President Ranil Wickremesinghe and the incumbent Government.

Courtesy:The Morning