SLMC to decide tomorrow
A crucial meeting will take place tomorrow between the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) representatives and leaders of other opposition parties that will determine whether the SLMC would join the United National Alliance.
SLMC General Secretary Hasan Ali told The Nation that the final decision will be announced on November 3, the day the official signing of the agreement is to take place.
“We had a high command meeting and the members felt that there were still some issues that needed to be clarified. Since we are a minority party we must think about specific issues faced by the Muslims. Therefore, we will meet the leaders of the other parties in the alliance on Monday and take a final decision,” he said. “Definitely, the announcement will be made on 3,” he added.
Commenting on the media reports that the SLMC might join the government or form an alliance with other minority parties, the party’s general secretary said that they have yet to decide on what cause of action to take.
“As a minority party we are always trying our hardest to resolve the specific issues faced by the community. And I must admit that the idea of an alliance between the minority political parties is also gathering momentum, but we are with an open mind and have not decided on anything. We hope that we will be able to clarify the issues we have during our meeting tomorrow,” he said.
Meanwhile, United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told The Nation that some of the parties will sign the agreement on Tuesday (3) while some other parties will join later.
“We have spoken to over 20 political parties and organisations, and some discussions are still going on,” he said.
SLMC To Do A Vettu?
By Munza Mushtaq of The Sunday Leader
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is likely to reconsider its decision to support the opposition in the event of a presidential election, The Sunday Leader learns. “In a parliamentary election we will most likely go with the opposition, however we will keep our options open in the event of a presidential election,” the party’s Deputy Secretary General Nizam Kariapper told The Sunday Leader.
He pointed out that when it came to a general election there were advantages in sticking with the opposition but there maybe disadvantages supporting the opposition in the event of a presidential election.
“For the SLMC, the strength lies in sticking with the opposition in a parliamentary poll, but the grassroot levels are not comfortable with the party supporting the opposition in the event of a presidential election, because they see disadvantages,” Kariapper said.