SLMC ready to join Govt. - Baiz
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) met a government delegation at
Temple Trees on Friday to set the agenda for talks on the SLMC-SLFP tie
SLMC National Organiser K.A. Baiz told the Sunday Observer yesterday
that the ruling SLFP and the SLMC had appointed a two-member committees
to analyse the issues to be brought up in future discussions.
"We are in a mood to join the government with certain conditions",
said Baiz. When asked what those conditions were, he said, the
government would have to give an assurance to solve the problems facing
the Muslim community.
The government delegation was led by Minister Maithripala Sirisena
and the SLMC delegation by the party's leader Rauff Hakeem.
The SLMC National Organiser denied speculation expressed in the Tamil
press that the government was trying to buy over some SLMC MPs.
"There is no need for the government to attempt to buy over any of
our parliamentarians as we are prepared to have a dialogue with them."
The other members of the government delegation were Ministers Jeyaraj
Fernandopulle, Athauda Seneviratne and Presidential Advisor Basil
Rajapaksa. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress was represented by Secretary
General of the party Hassan Ali, MP, Chairman, Basheer Shehudavud, MP,
National Organiser K.A. Baiz and several other party dignitaries.