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TPA, SLMC undecided

By Randev Jayasinha

The Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) are yet to decide if they will sign the agreement with the United National Party (UNP) to work together at the next election.

The UNP is to sign an agreement with political parties it hopes to work with at the next election.

TPA Leader and Minister of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress, and Hindu Religious Affairs Mano Ganesan told The Sunday Morning that the TPA would sign the agreement only if a consensus is reached on several issues.

TPA Leader and Minister of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress, and Hindu Religious Affairs Mano Ganesan told The Sunday Morning that the TPA would sign the agreement only if a consensus is reached on several issues. “We are presently in discussions with the UNP with regard to several matters which include the constitution of the new alliance, the common presidential candidate of the alliance, the incomplete constitutional process, basic issues of the 200,000 under-developed plantation workers,” he said.

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) said that it had also not yet decided if it would sign the agreement with the UNP. General Secretary of the SLMC Nizam Kariapper said the SLMC was yet to receive any form of formal invitation to sign the agreement.

“To my knowledge as the Secretary of the SLMC, we haven’t still been given any formal notice or invitation on the signing of the alliance agreement. However, once it has been received, our party leaders would have discussions within the party as well as with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and come to a decision in due time,” Kariapper said.