The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), which is part of the Government, today announced the formation of the new political alliance.
“This is a turning point in Sri Lanka’s Muslim political history. The ACMC led by me and the United Peace Alliance led by Basheer Segu Dawood are joining to form the United People’s Alliance (UPA). The UPA we are creating today will first contest in Eastern Province where a Muslim majority exists. UPA will therefore enter local politics in Ampara District in the forthcoming LG polls. The symbol of UPA is the peacock and its Chairperson is M.T. Hassan Ali, former Secretary General of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress SLMC and the present Secretary of United Peace Alliance. Hassan Ali, being a former Parliamentarian and a State Minister is well positioned to start off UPA’s journey. As the leader of ACMC, my role in the UPA is to be decided later,” ACMC Leader and Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.
The Minister Bathiudeen was addressing a special media briefing to announce the launch of the UPA at the Renuka Hotel in today.
“I praise Minister Bathiudeen for his open, honest approach to form this alliance and prioritising the Muslim community’s betterment rather than his own. For example he could have declared himself the leader of this alliance but instead he gave me the leadership of this alliance. We praise Minister Bathiudeen for his concern towards the Muslim community” Hassan Ali said. (Colombo Gazette)