Muslim ministers’ resignation over recent satyagraha not ideal for country - PM | Daily News

Muslim ministers’ resignation over recent satyagraha not ideal for country - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told the MPs of the United National Party that resignations by Muslim ministers and withdrawnness of the Muslim society over Satyagraha campaigns and various communalistic actions over the weekend was not an ideal situation.

The Prime Minister made this observation with his party members at a meeting held at the Parliamentary complex.

He said he fully agrees with the declaration made in this respect by the Anunayaka Thera of the Malwatte Chapter, Ven. Niyangoda Vijitha Thera on behalf of the Mahanayaka Theras of the Three Nikayas. He said that division along ethnic or communal lines was not a good situation.

The Prime Minister said that communities in the country had banded together following the Easter Sunday attack, but a few organised groups have since been trying hard to break that unity by fanning the flames of communalism with political motives. “They must not be allowed to destroy the unity that has been created,” he said.

The Prime Minister told the UNP backbenchers that it would not be a good sign if the Muslim community should walk away from that unity.

He said to them that the Muslim ministers of the government were forced to resign from their positions as a result of the last week’s Satayagraha campaign and a number of communal agitation campaigns that broke out along with it.

He asked the backbenchers to understand the current political climate in the country and act accordingly.

He said, “A certain section just did not like it when we successfully controlled the menace of ISIS terrorism. They did not like it when we did not allow law and order to collapse.”

Referring to the incidents that took place in Kuliyapitiya, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said that the incidents were caused by those political elements that spread communalism.

“They ordered the closure of shops. Some Pradeshiya Sabha members have backed these sinister political campaigns to cause major communal unrest in the country,” he said.

He said the members of the Mahasangha did not support any such sinister political campaigns to cause communal disharmony. “These acts were carried out solely by the politicians,” he said.

“I regret that some media organisations have apparently encouraged these communalistic discourses. However, I must say that the country as a whole has outright rejected communalism,” he said.


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