Monday, 24 February 2020 16:33

Sri Lanka’s leading minority parties find a way to stay afloat

Sri Lanka’s three leading minority parties are to find a way to form a powerful alliance for the first time in the country’s history to become a force to reckon in the upcoming general election.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) are currently discussing ways and means to forma broad alliance with all other small minority parties, as well as civil organizations.

Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) MP Rauff Hakeem.told a gathering at the 29th National Representatives Conference of SLMC that preliminary discussions in this regard already been conducted and that this will be made into a greater force in the near future.

If any force tries to eliminate the minority or minority parties, the SLMC will always come forward to fight against it, he said.

This new alliance will become a part of the Sri Lankan mainstream by promoting cooperation and understanding between the Sinhalese, Muslim, Tamil and Indian-origin Tamil communities, he emphasised.

Mr. Hakeem noted that t plans are already underway to form broad alliance with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and civil organizations that agree with their policies.

The bright hopes of the government’s initial months were increasingly tarnished by ever increasing cost of living, high prices of rice, vegetables and essential commodities unclear, ad hoc policies, frequently contradictory policy statements and missed deadlines for pledged goodies for the people.

The formation of minority party alliance will give signal to local and international community that the present president and the government are hell bent to marginalize minorities including Tamils and Muslims along with poorest of the poor Sinhalese represented by the JVP, political analysts said.

Explaining the reasons for the forming of the new alliance, Mr. Hakeem said that the they were keen to be part of the Sri Lankan mainstream by promoting cooperation and understanding between the Sinhalese, Muslim, Tamil and Indian-origin Tamil communities

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