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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2908

Muslims urged to join Gota's imminent victory

Colombo, 29 October, (Asiantribune.com):

Western Province Governor A.J.M.Muzammil called upon the members of the Muslim community to become partners in the victory of the presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the upcoming polls on Nov.16.

Muzammil was speaking at a press conference held during the weekend in Kalmunai as part of the election campaign in support of Rajapaksa.

Speaking further, Muzammil said: “Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be elected president following the polls and Muslims should be partners in his prosperity.”

Describing Gotabaya as a fair-minded person who could serve all communities without any discrimination, Muzammil said that a country needs a person of his caliber to run the government because it needs stability, security and an independent governance without any foreign influences.

“We want all communities in the country to live in peace and unity,” Muzammil said, lamenting that politicians such as Minister Patali Champika Ranawake was trying to create a wedge between Muslims and Sinhalese by giving distorted versions of the holy Quran. The present government is responsible for such racism which had raised its ugly head during the Yahapalanaya government.

He recalled that no Muslim leader was given an opportunity to be on the stage at the maiden meeting of Sajith Premadasa, who launched his campaign from the Galle Face Green. “There was no Rauf Hakeem, Rishath Bathiudeen, Mujibur Rahman during the launch of Sajith Premadasa’s campaign fearing that he would lose votes from the majority community because of their presence,” he stressed.

On the contrary, he said, during the first meeting of Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Anuradhapura, former minister Athaullah was given an opportunity to speak from the platform although there was no Muslim audience among the crowd.

The governor also pointed out that merely building a few houses is no qualification to contest for presidency. He added that Sajith Premadasa is being backed by a person such as Mangala Samaraweera, who celebrated the death of his father, late President Ranasinghe Premadasa by distributing Kiribath in his village in Matara.

No constructive efforts were made during the four- year of UNP which did nothing for the benefit of the people. “ The time has come for the people to register their support for a new leader, who has his own vision for the development of the nation,” he said, urging Muslims to rally round Gotabaya to take Sri Lanka to new heights.

- Asian Tribune -

Western Province Governor A.J.M.Muzammil  associated with Mazoor Moulana at the press conference
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