As stated in these columns earlier the Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP)’s solitary Muslim provincial councillor Najeeb Abdul Majeed elected on the United Peoples Freedom Alliance(UPFA)ticket from Trincomalee district will be the first Muslim Chief minister of the Eastern Province.
Najib will be both the first Muslim Chief minister of the East as well as the first ever Muslim Chief Minister in Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile United People Freedom Alliance decided to grant two ministries for SriLanka Muslim Congress which supports the UPFA to hold governance in the eastern province.
Former Eastern Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan and the Wimalaweera Dissanayake would be appointed as provincial ministers.
The National Congress(NC) and All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC)led by cabinet ministers AHM Athaullah and Rishad Badiutheen will not be given any ministerial posts. Instead the Provincial council chairman and deputy chairman posts will be given to them.
However party sources stated SLMC among the Ampara district candidates M.Mansoor, A.M.Jameel and the Batticaloa district member Habiz Nazeer Ahamad two of them would be name as the provincial council ministers.
SriLanka Muslim Congress opposed to appoint Chief Minister from the National Congress and All Island Muslim Congress.