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.