SLMC MPs resigning indication of Govt’s success in East
Senior Presidential advisor and Member of Parliament Basil Rajapaksa
told Asian Tribune that Rauff Hakeem, Basheer Cegu Dawood and Hassan Ali
from the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) by resigning their
Parliamentary seats and coming forward to contest in the Provincial
Council elections has vindicated the position of the Government.
He added that this shows that the liberation of the East is now
working in the way the Government expected and democracy has dawned in
That is why Hakeem and his other two party members resigned the
Parliamentary position and came forward to contest in the Provincial
Council elections, he said.
Rajapaksa pointed out that this shows that the people believe that
Provincial Council has real powers and that to be a member of the
Provincial Council seems more powerful than to be a Member of
He said that was a good sign and these leaders are confident of what
the Government is doing to bring peace and stability in the country,
“Those who downplayed the liberation of the East from the LTTE are
now assured that democracy is taking root in the East,” he added.
Asked on what ticket the SLMC leaders are contesting, Rajapaksa said
they are contesting in the UNP ticket and in the Aliya (Elephant)
He said until now, the SLMC spoke about the Muslims in the East.
The SLMC is a Muslim Party and “Tree” was the party symbol, Rajapaksa
“It is a pity that Hakeem has let down the Muslims and the Tree
symbol, in the heart of the Muslims in the East,” Rajapaksa said.
He said: “Unfortunately the SLMC leader has cut down their Tree
symbol in the Eastern province.
“Many say that it was a great let-down of the Muslim people in the
East,” Rajapaksa said
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