Sept 12, 2012
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) said yesterday that a majority of party seniors wanted to initiate a dialogue with the ruling UPFA with regard to the formation of the Eastern Provincial Council which remains in abeyance at the moment.

The party noted that the post of chief minister was also one out of a variety of issues concerning the Muslim Community, to be discussed when deciding on the party’s support for anyone. The support of the SLMC, which has obtained seven seats, is vigorously sought by both the government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) -- which have 14 and 11 seats respectively.

The party had a meeting of its elected members and MPs yesterday to discuss whether to support the UPFA or the TNA in establishing the provincial administration. Party leader Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem told Daily Mirror there were three schools of thought regarding the formation of the council.

“A majority of the seniors want to discuss matters with the government. There are some others who want to side with the TNA. Also, a few of them want to form a grand coalition comprising the UPFA, the SLMC and the TNA. That is an interesting idea,” he said.

Source: Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka