SLMC rank and file in disarray following cross over

[TamilNet, Friday, 20 February 2004, 18:18 GMT]
The rank and file of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is in disarray following the formation of a new political party, Muslim National Front (MNF) and three former SLMC parliamentarians joining it, political sources said.

The leader of the MNF, Mr. A.L.M.Athaullah, said Friday that he and others of the new party would contest on the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), a political alliance formed by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in the forthcoming general election as he could not register the new party with the Election Commission at short notice, sources said.

All three former SLMC MPs, H.M.Harris, Anver Ismail and A.Azeez, represented the Amparai electoral district in the dissolved parliament have joined the new party and are to contest the forthcoming general election in the Amparai district.

Mr. Harris, Mr.Anwer Ismail and Mr.Azeez signed the nomination papers in the presence of President Ms Chandrika Kumaratunge to contest on the UPFA ticket, Presidential secretariat in a press release said Friday.

With the cross over of his one time close associates, the SLMC leader Mr.Rauff Hakim has been forced to select alternate candidates to contest the Amparai electoral district on SLMC ticket, political sources said.

Mr.Athaullah of MNF said at a press briefing that his new party would contest Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts on the UPFA ticket, media sources said.

 

Latest 15 Reports
24.09.16 16:10   Photo
15,000 Tamils attend historic uprising in Jaffna, reject Unitary Constitution, ITAK draws flak
23.09.16 23:35  
Tamil POWs denounce Colombo's latest announcement, continue fast
22.09.16 22:26  
Mobilisation towards ‘Ezhuka Thamizh’ uprising in Jaffna gains momentum
21.09.16 18:56  
Sinhala colonists step up assaults on Tamil cattle herders in Batticaloa
20.09.16 22:55  
‘Reconciliation prospects’ look as grim as ever: Rev Fr Mangalarajah
19.09.16 23:02  
Tamil POWs relaunch hunger-strike, urge cases to be heard at Jaffna, Vavuniyaa
18.09.16 19:42  
Colombo deploys discrimination in housing assistance to Peasaalai war-affected families
17.09.16 22:18  
SL Intelligence sabotages NPC-organised medical inspections on ex-LTTE members
16.09.16 23:16   Photo
Catholic Peace Mission in Jaffna challenges Colombo’s propaganda on ‘reconciliation’
15.09.16 22:06   Photo
Maharaja TV promotes genocidal military culture through ‘welfare’ projects in North-East
14.09.16 23:42   Photo
Sinhala colonists advance 3 km further into Batticaloa, erect 2nd Buddhist temple in 1 year
13.09.16 17:19  
Sirisena's Forest Department escalates appropriations of lands from Tamils in Vanni
12.09.16 07:12  
Colombo's desecration of Tamil Heroes Cemetery comes to light as SLA vacates Kanakapuram
11.09.16 23:46  
Lawyers demand UN action into allegations of Colombo deploying chemical substances on POWs
10.09.16 09:20  
Colombo’s Fishing Ministry accelerates structural genocide with EU ‘certificate’
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=11282