Rift within the SLMC?
The unexplained absence of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Secretary,
M.T. Hassan Ali, has led to speculation of an internal rift within the
party, which may lead to the expulsion of the Secretary and Segu Dawood.
Former Muslim Congress Colombo District Parliamentarian Shafeek
Rajabdeen told the Sunday Observer that an explanation would be called
from party secretary for his noticeable absence at the SLMC 19th
National Convention which was held in Ampara on yesterday, March 19.
Rajabdeen dismissed speculation that the individuals were to be
expelled from the party. "We are concerned about the absence of Hassan
Ali and would like to see what happens at the next high command
Hassan Ali and Segu Dawood have drawn the flak from members of the
SLMC and the public after the latter publicly called for a separate
province for Muslims. Later Hassan Ali defended Segu Dawood saying that
he had never talked of a separate State but only about a separate
Province with a Muslim majority centered round the Ampara District.