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Tamil-speaking Muslims demands Deputy Mayorship of Jaffna

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The All Ceylon Muslim Congress which contested the last Jaffna Municipal election, as one of the constituent parties of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance, demands the Deputy Mayor slot to one of their candidates.

Jaffna Municipal election, held on last 8th August, UPFA won 13 seats and out of those, 4 seats belong to All Ceylon Muslim Congress.

Speaking to Asian Tribune, Y.L.S. Hameed , Secretary General of the All Ceylon Muslim Congress said as Tamil speaking Muslims, the Deputy Mayor position has to be allotted to us. He said that they were only allotted with 4 candidates to contest in the Municipal election and all their candidates won handsomely.

He added that there were earlier numerous instances where Muslims were Mayor as well as Deputy Mayors of the Jaffna Municipality.

He said, in fact if the Tamils wish to embrace the Tamil speaking Muslims, then they have to seriously consider our genuine aspiration.

It was in 1990 October, Muslims of the Jaffna were driven out of the district on the diktat of terrorists’ leader Prabhakaran. A total of more than 100,000 Muslims were driven out of the Northern Province and all of us are still languishing as refugees in the Puttalam districts, Hameed said.

Hameed further emphasized that majority of the Muslims were earlier resident in the Jaffna Municipal area.

“We had our own Muslim Maha Vidyalaya, mosques and other Muslim cultural centers within the Jaffna Municipal limits. Therefore, we Muslims have to return with honor and dignity. This will be only possible in case the Tamils of Jaffna come forward to offer the Muslims the position of the deputy mayor and display friendship and brotherly affections towards the Muslims, Hameed pointed out.

Secretary General of the All Ceylon Muslim Congress told Asian Tribune that already they have made representation regarding the position of the Deputy Mayor with the EPDP leader Minister Douglas Devananda, Sri Lanka President’s Senior Advisor Basil Rajapaksa MP and also to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and awaiting for their responses.

– Asian Tribune –

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Written by lankamuslim.com

August 31, 2009 at 6:02 am

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