SLMC to contest on Government list

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 02 December 1998, 14:46 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), the powerful partner of the Sri Lanka's ruling PA, said today that it will contest the forthcoming polls to the North-western Provincial Council on a common list, contrary to its earlier decision to go it alone at all future elections.

m_h_m_ashraff_1-p.jpgThe President convened a meeting with all the constituent parties of the People's Alliance last night at the Temple Trees, her official residence to mainly discuss the crisis following the SLMC's announcement last Saturday that it will not contest future elections under the PA flag.

The leader of the SLMC was persuaded by the President last night to change his mind, said PA sources this morning.

An SLMC spokesman said this afternoon that the party leader Mr.M.H.M Ashraff, Minister of Ports, Shipping and Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, had acceded to the President's request to reverse the decision. The Politburo of the party will meet tonight to formally adopt the decision.

The General Secretary of the party, Rauf Hakeem told the The Sunday Leader, an independent English weekly paper, that the party decision to contest all future elections was final and that Mr.Ashraff had informed the President about it on Wednesday November 25.

He also told the paper that the chances for wining were better when the SLMC contested elections on its own. "This is not all we receive complaints from the district organisers that it is difficult to work with the SLFPers. So the politburo thought it was best to go solo in the future.

Informed political analysts in Colombo said that the SLMC leader had used the situation to further strengthen his bargaining power vis-ŕ-vis the Sri Lankan President.

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.10.17 21:46  
Unitary constitution imposing choice irrelevant to fundamentals needs rejection by Tamils
20.10.17 07:02  
Jaffna University students boycott classes against manipulative justice of genocidal Sri Lanka
19.10.17 17:11   Photo
Sirisena disappoints student leaders, Cooray humiliates families of hunger-striking prisoners
18.10.17 23:45  
Eastern Provincial Land authority discriminates Tamils
17.10.17 18:46   Photo
Paramilitary operative employed at Cooray's secretariat in Jaffna harasses public servants
16.10.17 07:15   Photo
UN Refugee agency ignorant of stranded Tamil refugees in Indonesia
15.10.17 19:12  
Tamil fisherman rammed by intruding Sinhala fishermens’ boat, fishing disputes escalate in Jaffna
14.10.17 07:34   Photo
Tamil protesters confront Maithiripala Sirisena in Jaffna
13.10.17 17:40   Photo
North at standstill, Sampanthan not to accompany Sirisena to Jaffna
12.10.17 23:35  
SL military postpones land release for 2 years as UN awarded Colombo with 2 more years in Geneva
11.10.17 23:48   Photo
20 Tamil organisations to lay siege to SL Governor's office on Friday
10.10.17 22:05   Photo
SL ‘Manipulative Justice’ exposed once again in Tamil political prisoners’ case: Sivapalan
09.10.17 22:09  
Protests gain momentum as hunger-striking political prisoners’ health deteriorates
08.10.17 23:00   Photo
SL constitutional discourse seen coupled with ‘Vision 2025’ policy of genocidal Sri Lanka
07.10.17 23:21  
Colombo brings Sinhala private partnerships to wage structural genocide in Vanni
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=2413