Keheliya says SLMC’s request will pave the way for another ethnic problem

Keheliya says SLMC’s request will pave the way for another ethnic problem

Written by Bella Dalima

05 Nov, 2014 | 8:47 pm

Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says that the request made by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress for a separate administrative district in the Eastern Province, will pave the way for the creation of another ethnic problem.

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress had passed this proposal at its annual convention.

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress had requested the government to establish a separate administrative district in the Ampara district – by joining electorates where the majority population are Muslims.

The SLMC notes that they had forwarded six proposals including the proposal for a separate administrative district for Muslims to the General Secretary of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance, Susil Premajayantha in 2012.

Speaking to News1st, Hassan Ali who is the General Secretary of the Muslim Congress said that he had inquired about the proposal from the General Secretary of the UPFA through a letter, last week.

He further said that the request is justifiable and refrained to comment on the matter further. This was one of the topics that was touched on during Tuesday’s parliamentary session. Meanwhile, issuing a statement, the JHU vehemently condemns the proposal put forward by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress demanding a separate administrative district.

The party notes that the SLMC is attempting to divide the country and pave the way for extremism and ethnic issues to raise its head again. The statement also notes that the JHU reject the proposal of the SLMC put forward as a pre-condition to support the president at a presidential election.

The National Freedom Front meanwhile condemned the proposal made by the SLMC. The party states the proposal highlights the racist ideologies of the SLMC. The NFF urges the government not to fall prey to such traps.

The party notes that the Muslim people should with wisdom, understand the harm that is being caused to them by narrow-minded extremists who have secessionist dreams and work against unity and harmony.

Our efforts to contact the General Secretary of the United People’s Freedom Alliance Minister Susil Premajayantha on the alleged agreement signed for the establishment of a separate administrative district in Ampara proved futile.

 

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