Hakeem fires another salvo at BBS


By Lal Gunesekera

SLMC Leader and Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem has once again come out strongly against the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS) which he says is ruining the country.

He made these comments, addressing his party candidates contesting the WPC elections on March 29 from the Kalutara district at Veyangalla in Agalawatte.

Minister Hakeem accused the Secretary of the BBS Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera of making derogatory statements and said that he felt sorry for the prelate who did not practise and preach 'ahimsa' in keeping with the tenets of Buddhism.

Minister Hakeem said that he always respected the Buddhist clergy but he was duty bound to speak for the Muslim community and take up their problems.Just because he had made statements to the international community regarding the issues facing the Muslims in the country, he had not acted against the interests of the country, the SLMC leader said.

The SLMC would never bow down to extremists, he said.

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