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Muslim MPs ready to comply with Maha Sangha’s decisions – Hakeem

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Muslim Parliamentarians will comply with decisions taken by the Maha Sangha, Former Minister and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauf Hakeem said.

Hakeem made this remark following a meeting with the chief prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter, Warakagoda Gnanarathana Thero, at the Asgiriya Maha Viharaya in Kandy yesterday (11).

Muslim Ministers had made a sacrifice, said Hakeem, by resigning from their portfolios for a brief period in order to protect and promote peace in the country.

The former Minister said that the resignation of Muslim Ministers from the Government was not pre-planned.

“A wrong impression has been created in the public’s mind over our resignation. We took this decision for the sake of the country,” he said.

Hakeem added that the members of Maha Sangha and the Prime Minister too were of the view that the resignation of Muslim Ministers from the government hardly augurs well for the country and that members of the Muslim community faced harassment in some areas of the country in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks.

“They feared that the situation would be further aggravated after Parliamentarian Athuraliye Rathana Thero started a fast demanding the removal of several Muslim politicians from their positions,” said Hakeem.

He further said that his ministerial colleague Rishad Bathiudeen was being targetted as he did not support former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to gain a majority in Parliament when the latter was made Prime Minister in October, last year.