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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

Muslim congress is now with the opposition

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 12 December, ( Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Rauf Hakeem and another three SLMC MPs resigned from their ministerial portfolios and crossed over to the opposition benches in parliament today.

The three MPs were Hassan Ali, Bazeer Segudawood and Faizer Cassim. Meanwhile, the government says it still has the support of a majority of SLMC MPs.

Ten members of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress were elected to parliament at the last general elections held on April 2004, and of them only four MPs remained with the SLMC and those four MPs including its leader Rauff Hakeem crossed over to opposition today.

Speaking to media minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said despite this cross over by the SLMC leader the government will definitely pass the 3rd reading of the budget in parliament on Friday.

The minister said the genuine reason for this move of Mr. Hakeem is that he did not receive benefits as demanded from the government. The government has done a great amount of work for the benefit of the Muslim community. It has also taken all measures to protect the rights of Muslims living in the north and east. Minister de Silva reminded that the government allocated a record amount of funds for the eastern development in 2008 budget.

Therefore, he said allegations made by MP Rauf Hakeem are totally baseless.

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