SLMC and ACMC likely crossovers

SLMC and ACMC likely crossovers

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC) are likely to cross over to support the common candidate of the Opposition at the forthcoming Presidential Election.
The SLMC is awaiting a call from the UNP to discuss their proposals.
“If the Opposition welcomes the minority proposals, then of course we are ready,” said SLMC General Secretary, Hasan Ali.

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC) are likely to cross over to support the common candidate of the Opposition at the forthcoming Presidential Election.
The SLMC is awaiting a call from the UNP to discuss their proposals.
“If the Opposition welcomes the minority proposals, then of course we are ready,” said SLMC General Secretary, Hasan Ali.
He told Ceylon Today that SLMC was waiting for a call from the Opposition for talks on supporting the common Opposition candidate in the presidential race scheduled to be held on 8 January, 2015.
Ali said his party’s high command would meet today (Sunday) for a serious discussion before leaving the government to join the Opposition.
“We want the UNP and Maithripala Sirisena to sort out their problems and prepare a manifesto and straighten out their agendas. The Ranil Wickramesinghe-Maithri Sirisena combination has just been formed. The SLMC will table its decision in two days,” Ali Said.
However, according to SLMC, they will support the Budget 2015 as planned. “We will support the budget and then think of crossing over,” Ali added.
Ceylon Today contacted the ACMC, which is also showing keen interest in crossing over, and was told that the Party is scheduled to hold a crucial meeting, involving all its members, on 24 November, to decide on crossing over to join the Opposition.
ACMC Leader Rishard Bathiudeen, who returns from Egypt tomorrow, will be meeting all his 77 representatives tomorrow (Monday) to decide on whether to support the Opposition candidate or not.
“We are at the moment with the government and will not announce our decisions. We will be meeting tomorrow and we will decide whether to remain or cross over,” the Minister said.
Meanwhile Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader Douglas Devananda told Ceylon Today that his party will remain with the President as he is the one who brought peace to the Tamils and to the North and East. “I will not in any way cross over, Devananda stressed.

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