SLMC MPs' resignation: No impact on EP poll - Minister Ali
Muslims and Tamils should be on the watch out and should not fall
into the trap of rabble rousers who are planning to stir Tamil and
Muslim tension to win the Provincial Council election, Minister Ameer
Ali told Asian Tribune.
The resignation drama staged by Rauff Hakeem and the other two
members of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) will not have any impact
on the Provincial Council election.
He said the United People's Freedom Alliance would win convincingly
despite the unconvincing drama staged by the SLMC leadership.
He cautioned the Muslims and Tamils not to fall headlong into the
traps of the UNP-SLMC combine, who might arouse racial tensions for
Ali, Minister of Disaster Relief Services said they earlier invited
the SLMC to come forward to contest jointly with all the other Muslim
groups and parties together under a common platform.
A meeting was organised by the Muslim United UMMA, Muslim Ministers,
Ulamas (religious leaders), scholars and other eminent persons from the
"When Muslim politicians and religious leaders held a meeting with
the SLMC leader and party members to unite all Muslim parties under one
umbrella, Hakeem said the SLMC would contest only under its 'Tree
symbol'". Hakeem also rejected the Government's invitation to the SLMC
to contest jointly with the Government.
"He insisted on contesting under the 'Tree' symbol. The SLMC leader
had since decided to forge an alliance with the UNP to contest under the
Elephant symbol after the latter refused to contest under his 'Tree'
symbol," Ali said.
Hakeem joining the UNP and abandoning the SLMC's 'Tree' symbol does
not augur well for them, warned Ali.
He warned that as an election ploy, stirring up of racial tension for
the sake of self centred political gains might be the trick up in their
sleeves to win the Muslims votes.
Ali added that Muslims and Tamils should be on the watch out and
should not fall into the trap of rabble rousers who are planning to stir
Tamil Muslim tension to win the provincial Council election.