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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2704

Unconvincing Resignation Drama of Muslim Congress Will Fail to Persuade Voters in the East, Minister Ameer Ali

Minister Ameer 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 Muslim tension to win the provincial Council election. Minister Ameer 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 Muslim tension to win the provincial Council election. Colombo, 04 April, (Asiantribune.com): Minister Ameer Ali speaking to Asian Tribune said that the resignation drama staged by the Rauff Hakeem and the other two members of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress will not have any impact on the provincial council election. He said that United Peoples 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 political gain.

Ameer Ali , Minister of Disaster Relief Services said that they earlier invited Sri Lanka Muslim Congress to come forward to contest jointly with all the other Muslim groups and parties together under a common platform. A meeting was organized by the Muslim United UMMA, Muslim Ministers, Ulamas (religious leaders), scholars and other eminent persons from the Muslim community.

"When Muslim politicians and religious leaders held a meeting with the SLMC leader and party members to unite all Muslim parties under one umbrella, SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem said that 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.

Rauff Hakeem joining the UNP and abandoning the SLMC’s ‘Tree’ symbol does not augur well for them, warned Ameer Ali.

He warned that as an election ploy, stirring up of racial tension for the sake of self centered political gains might be the trick up in their sleeves to win the Muslims votes. Ameer 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.

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