SLMC to oppose 19 A

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is to oppose the implementation of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
SLMC General Secretary Hassan Ali said that under the 19th Amendment land and police powers proposed under the 13th Amendment will be removed.
He insisted that removing land and police powers is unfair and should remain as far as his party is concerned.
Hassan Ali said that the SLMC is willing to discuss the issue with the government but will not agree to the implementation of the 19th Amendment.
He also said that the SLMC will contest the Northern Provincial Council elections independently and not under the government ticket.
Hassan Ali also said that Muslims had lodged complaints with the police regarding issues they faced at the hands of some extremist groups.
However he said the police have not yet acted on those complaints.
He called on the IGP to investigate the complaints and take legal action against those responsible.
Meanwhile last week the SLMC met and decided to seek a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss issues faced by the Muslims in the East.
Hassan Ali said that the SLMC leadership will first meet with the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province to gather information on Muslim related issues in the area.
He said that once the information is collected the SLMC leadership will seek a meeting with the President to discuss solutions to the issues.
Ali however rejected the idea that the SLMC may withdraw from the government if proper solutions are not put forward to the issues faced by Muslims in the East.
Report by Indika Sri Aravinda