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BBS, Ravana Balaya have spun out of control, says Hakeem

 

Addressing a rally in Matara, Minister Hakeem said that the law should apply to all and sundry and containing those extremist groups would help stop attacks on places of religious worship.

BBS, Ravana Balaya have spun out of control, says Hakeem
SLMC Leader and Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem said yesterday that extremist groups like the Bodu Bala Sena, Ravana Balaya and Sinhala Ravaya had spun out of control and they should be kept on a tight leash by the government.

Addressing a rally in Matara, Minister Hakeem said that the law should apply to all and sundry and containing those extremist groups would help stop attacks on places of religious worship.

Minister Hakeem said that the SLMC was a democratic party and that the Muslim community expected it to stand up for their rights.

The party was attempting to reform the government from within and it had a responsibility towards their community. President Mahinda Rajapaksa should put a stop to those extremist elements who were backed by some government allies, he said.

The Justice Minister said that the SLMC was not attempting to destabilise the government and it was not a puppet of the international community or NGOs, contrary to claims made in some quarters. He said that he had not conspired against the President or the government and that his conscience was clear on that matter.

The government should protect all sections of the populace and that would make the government stronger than ever, Minister Hakeem said.

He said that though the SLMC had been left out of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on the ethnic issue, it had chosen to remain in the government while the main opposition parties like the UNP, TNA and JVP were boycotting it.

- Island.lk
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