In a facebook posting, Vitarana thanks all those who have supported him.
Weerawansa’s lankacnews website claims the secretary has informed the party that his resignation was due to personal and health reasons.
Clash of opinion
However, NFF sources say his decision follows a clash of opinion at the party’s politburo meeting yesterday (21).
Vitarana has objected to a proposal by Weerawansa to expel NFF strongmen Piyasiri Wijenayake and Kelum Jayasumana, who have criticized the leader, and to inform the elections commissioner about same.
Noting that his conscience would not allow him to sign such a letter, Vitarana charged the party was now in the grips of Weerawansa’s wife.
Divided over how to contest
The NFF is also divided on how to contest the upcoming elections for local government bodies.
Some insist that they should ally with the SLFP and the joint opposition.
Another reason for the internal conflict is the revelation that Weerawansa has had a secret meeting with a UNP bigwig and a close associate of the leader of that party inside a car near Independence Square in Colombo a few weeks ago.