Muslim Congress not to have any tuck with TNA: Considering contesting with the UPFA in the Provincial Council
The high command of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress discussed the offer made by the Tamil National Alliance for an alliance to contest in the forthcoming provincial council election in the Eastern province and almost ninety percent of the members were not in favour of such an alliance.
The party spokesman told Asian Tribune that the High-Command members of the party were of the opinion that having an election alliance with the Tamil National Alliance might lead to so many other complications.
This decision was reached at the High-Command meeting of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, which met on Tuesday evening under the chairmanship of its leader Minister Rauf Hakeem, at the a Muslim Congress headquarters, located at Slave, Colombo.
The High-Command of the party met on Tuesday evening to generally decide about the forthcoming Eastern Provincial Council election.
According to the party spokesman, diverse views were expressed at the meeting.
It is learnt that majority of the members were in favour of contesting with the Government, however some concerns were expressed about matters such as resource allocations, administration and so on.
Minister Rauf Hakeem, leader of the Party was given the mandate to sort out things with the UPFA leadership and with President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The High-Command of the party consists of all the elected representatives of the party, such as Members of Parliament, Provincial Councillors, local authority Chairmen and so on. A total of 75 members consist of the Party High-Command and that was almost the decision making body of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress.
When asked whether there was any decision about Minister Rauf Hakeem contesting in the Provincial Council elections like last time, the spokesman who wishes to remain anonymous said that,” it all depends.”
Asian Tribune learnt that this matter was not taken up in the last meeting.
In that last meeting the Party was dealing with the initial issues such as seat allocations and so on. The issue of Minister Rauff Hakeem contesting in the provincial council election was not taken up, but the spokesman said that “the minister is also open to that too.” He said it depends on the situation and it cannot be ruled out.
At the last meeting of the High-Command, majority decision was to contest as a constituent UPFA partner and contest in the UPFA ticket and Minister Rauff Hakeem has been given the mandate to finalize the modalities and to finalize all connected matters with UPFA Leader President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress is expected to finalize its position by Friday, when Minister Rauff Hakeem briefs the High Command on the decision he has arrived at with President Mahinda Rajapaksa .
- Asian Tribune –