09 April, 2008 - Published 11:40 GMT

Wimal the conspirator - JVP

President Mahinda Rajapaksa's political ally, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), has categorically denied conspiracy charges levelled against them by a breakaway faction.

The faction lead by JVP parliamentary group leader, Wimal Weerawansa, said there was an "international conspiracy" to drag the party towards imperialist forces.

Representing Mr. Weerawansa in a press briefing, Kalutara district MP Piyasiri Wijenayake on Tuesday said the JVP is gradually moving away from the party's supporters.

International conspiracy

However, senior leader Lal Kantha, MP, told BBC Sandeshaya that Mr. Weerawansa proved to the country who the real conspirator was.

The parliamentary leader who is also the Propaganda Secretary is accused of many irregularities including publicly opposing party policy, Lal Kantha, MP, added.

In a statement to the parliament, Mr. Weerawansa said the JVP had "shot him from the back" and he no longer holds any position in the party.

But Mr. Lal Kantha says the Propaganda Secretary's accusations are "completely false" and "utter nonsense".

Wimal Weerawansa's public comments over disarming the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP) led by Pillayan went completely against the JVP policy, he added.

"There are many other accusations against him. But no decision was taken against comrade Weerawansa by the Central Committee," Lal Kantha, MP, told

UNP denies 'conspiracy'

Calling the split as an historic decision, MP Piyasiri Wijenayake accused the main opposition, United National Party (UNP), of involved in the conspiracy to destroy the JVP.

Parliamentarians Mohamed Musammil, Udayashantha Gunasekara, Samansiri Herath, Weerakumara Dissanayake, Ranaweera Pathirana, Jayantha Samaraweera, Deepal Gunasekara, Nimal Premawansa, Achala Suranga Jagoda and Sujatha Alahakoon attended the press briefing on Tuesday.

But the UNP denied any involvement.

Ravi Karunanayake, MP, whose name was mentioned as the "main conspirator", categorically denied organising a meeting in his house with senior JVP leaders.

SLFP 'regrets' split

The accusations have, Mr. Karunanayake told BBC Sandeshaya, proved the seriousness of the crisis in the JVP.

The MP added that he has already advised his lawyers to take legal action against the newspapers that published "false information".

The ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), meanwhile, expressed concern over the creation of a split in the JVP.

SLFP General Secretary, Minister Maitheepala Sirisena, told BBC Sandeshaya that he regrets the split in the JVP whose support is very important to the government.

He also accused the UNP of conspiring to divide the JVP.