Ranil urged to increase Muslim candidates

ranil-unpUnited National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has been urged to increase the number of Muslim candidates contesting the upcoming Parliament election from the United National Party (UNP).

In a letter to the UNP leader, the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka noted that the Muslim communities have been loyal supporters and have been voting the United National Party overwhelmingly for decades.

“There is much concern amongst the community that their representation within the UNP has been reduced. This is mainly because the UNP is supposed to have made a decision to field only two Muslim candidates in predominantly Muslim dominated areas. Sir, you are well aware, the Muslim representation has been higher in the districts of
Kandy, Colombo in previous governments. We are concerned that independent groups may come forward from the Muslim community and the Muslim vote could get further fragmented, thereby reducing the chances of even two members being elected from these districts,” the Muslim Council added.

The Muslim Council urged Wickremesinghe to nominate at least three candidates to the districts of Kandy and Colombo, Two each for the districts of Kalutara, Kurunegala, Puttalam, etc.

The Muslim Council says this will ensure that the majority of the Muslim votes in these areas will be cast in favour of the United National Party. (Colombo Gazette)

7 COMMENTS

  1. Ranil, you need to sign your pension papers if you haven’t done yet. It is very likely there will be a contest for leadership and you are not the favorite.

  2. My earnest request is that Mr Azath Salley should be given nomination to contest in the Kandy district. He always put the community and fellow human beings first before the self interest
    Dr M.L.Najimudeen

  3. Ranil, Please don’t create another Iraq in Sri Lanka. You must think of suitable people not base on ethnic back ground. I wish people will reject your cheap political agenda to grab the power.

  4. Muslims have been so ignorant in the past decades to overwhelmingly vote for the UNP because the UNP cheated them with their GREENColour, Muslim colour, during JRJ’s, Kotalawala DS ‘s time.Ranil Wick is ignorant to be under the false belief that the Muslim votes are in his pocket as his predecessors believed .
    Muslims will recall that Ranil wrote a book in about 10 years ago which and a celebration was made at the BMICH on the day the book to mark his publication. It was a book about all the religions in prevalent in Asian subcontinent and he preached in the book that Islam was used by the sword in the Indian subcontinent and he claimed he was misquoted.

    It appears Ranil has all other minorities particularly the Tamils and the readers will recall he had made several trips to the north and went out of his way to remove the military camps there and so on.

    Muslims supported Ranil during the presidential election but they must now re-consider their position whether Or not Ranil has any concern for the Muslim community at all.

  5. Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe, you are neither a Sinhala or a Buddhist. That is why the majority of the voters rejected you and the UNP over twenty five elections.
    If you were not aware before, take it from me that the majority of the voters are Sinhala Buddhists in Sri Lanka

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