When this group left the government, their intention was to sit in the opposition as the SLFP and bring in former President, Kurunegala MP Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister.
However, their plan to bring in Mahinda as Prime Minister was destroyed when they joined the Joint Opposition.
It is said that the group of 16 plan to sit as a separate group in the opposition was destroyed by Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, John Seneviratne, Tharanath Basnayake, Sumedha G. Jayasena and Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena.
It is alleged that this group had done this with the petty motive of gaining positions for their brothers, in-laws, sons and fathers at the LG elections.
However, Dayasiri Jayasekara and the other group had criticised this group heavily.
It is said that although he had attended the SLFP meeting headed by President Maithripala Sirisena on July 02 afternoon, he had not attended the JO members meeting the same day, due to his disgruntlement with the above group.