Crossover crisis now seem to emerge with regard to Sri Lanka’s two main Muslim parties, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC). According to informed sources, the disillusionment of both the party secretaries, the SLMC’s M.T Hassan Ali and ACMC’s, former General Secretary Y.L.S. Hameed are due to the failure of the respective party’s leadership to not consider them for nomination to Parliament via the party’s respective National List slots. While the SLMC was granted two slots for nomination by the UNP, the ACMC was granted one slot. Last week saw the resignation of SLMC’s National List nominee Dr. ARA Hafeez, the brother of Party Leader Rauff Hakeem who was originally nominated to the post temporarily with the understanding that he would quit the position when the party required him to do so. With speculations now being rife in SLMC that the vacant slot is to be filled by MS Thowfeek from Trincomalee district, Hasan Ali, the party veteran has reportedly threatened to resign as the General Secretary.
Thowfeek who was made the Deputy Minister of Internal Transport in the interim government was a defeated candidate at the General Elections and therefore SLMC’s decision to offer him the National List slot is with the intention of having representation in the district. Others vying for the slot are former MP Basheer Segu Dawood and Kalmunai Mayor Nizam Kariyapper.
Meanwhile, Hameed who was disappointed with the party after it decided to offer the National List to another losing candidate recently sought legal intervention against the party holding a convention in Kurunegala and electing a new General Secretary. However, the petition was rejected by the District Court of Colombo.