Thursday, 24th June 2021

Less Muslim ministers in new govt: No issues with Muslim party leaders

Colombo, Dec 07 (BAN/ AD): In a press briefing on Thursday Rishad Bathiudeen All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) leader has said he has no issue with the lack of Muslim ministers in the current government under President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the new government takes all people as “Sri Lankans”.

He said “They won with a majority. They can appoint the Cabinet as they want-that’s their right. If they see us too as Sri Lankans and if they treat us equally, that is enough for us.”

Rishad Bathiudeen added “They used terrorist leader Sahran’s incident to create anti-Muslim fear among the voters of the majority community and won the Presidential election. They cannot politically market Sahran again in the forthcoming general elections. Therefore they need a new target. That is us, Muslim leaders-mainly I and leader of SLMC Rauff Hakeem. However, this is very wrong. Both I and Hakeem are democratically elected Muslim political leaders and not in any way similar to Sahran.”

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