Dec 06, 2017

JO affiliate party leaders are worried! Featured

Leaders of joint opposition affiliate parties Dinesh Gunawardena, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila are worried by the failure of talks with the SLFP that were aimed at contesting the local government election as a common front, say JO sources.

They are strongly critical of the ‘Carlton Montessori gang’ consisting of Basil and Namal Rajapaksa and Prasanna Ranatunga for having sabotaged the discussions.

The collapse of the talks has led to disputes within the JO leaders, with some threatening to leave and they were absent at the recent Badulla rally chaired by ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Gunawardena was a notable participant at the UPFA executive committee that met after a long time at President’s House yesterday (05) presided by president Maithripala Sirisena.

The committee permitted a request by the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, Sri Lanka Mahajana Party and Desha Vimukthi Janatha Party to contest the LG polls on their own.

Gunawardena said their proposal in that regard was passed unanimously.