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Foreign visits by Hakeem, Rishad fuel speculation

9 November 2018 08:26 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The decision by Leaders of both the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) Rauff Hakeem and Rishad Bathiudeen respectively to leave the country in a hurry on Tuesday night had invited much speculation and tongue wagging in local circles.

The reasons for this sudden departure had many persons in political circles wondering whether this was a precursor to them leaving the Ranil faction and going over to the Mahinda faction. This line of thinking was given even more weight as the duo was seen going in for a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena prior to departure from the island.

When inquiries were made from a spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress about the sudden foreign visit by former minister Hakeem, he had replied that the leader had gone abroad for personal reasons and that he would be back soon. (Sujith Hewajulige)


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  Comments - 8

  • Mukbilsinan Friday, 09 November 2018 11:48 AM

    He don't want to see his parliamentarians are put on auction for highest bid. Thats why he took all 6 mps along with him.

    Guest Friday, 09 November 2018 03:55 PM

    Nice strategy. Whoever rule the country, ministerial posts are guaranteed

    Mevan Friday, 09 November 2018 07:14 PM

    Whatever the speculations are Muslim people and politicians in this country should never forget about Aluthgama and Kandy incidents and about BBS when voting in parliament.

    Wise Donkey Friday, 09 November 2018 07:35 PM

    'Political pilgrimage'

    Banda Friday, 09 November 2018 08:39 PM

    Given the mess in Sri Lanka. Seeking divine intervention to protect them is a reasonable and logical step. "To be or not to be" is not that simple.

    dickie bird Friday, 09 November 2018 08:56 PM

    Do these muslim representatives really love the country or they are there to serve their self interest?

    shukrimim Saturday, 10 November 2018 11:27 AM

    There is a speculation that Sri Lankan Muslim community not consider these SLMC and ACMC as their Leader or political parties.

    GH Saturday, 10 November 2018 11:24 PM

    Hakeem and Rishard's personal reasons might bring millions of dollar and rupee rewards.

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