SLMC to demand EPC CM post

asraffBy Rathindra Kuruwita

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) will demand that the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) hand over the chief ministerial position, of the Eastern Provincial Council to the SLMC as agreed prior to the election. 

SLMC General Secretary Hassan Ali said, the UPFA leaders agreed to hand over the position to the SLMC after two and a half years. Thus, the position needs to change hands by 2015. The SLMC won seven seats at the election held in September 2012; UPFA won 22 seats including the SLMC seats. The Opposition has 15 seats making SLMC the determining factor in forming a government in the Eastern Provincial Council. 

The SLMC General Secretary added that the demand has nothing to do with alleged recent issues, between the SLMC and the government, arising from the clashes in Aluthgama. However, the SLMC has decided to contest alone at the upcoming Uva PC election.