Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Muslim party and government ally Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has decided to remove the party's chairman Minister of Productivity Promotion Basheer Segu Dawood, party sources said.
According to SLMC National Organizer, Rafeek Rajabdeen, the SLMC has decided to expel the chairman at the party convention scheduled for next month.
The Minister is accused of compelling the party members to go against the SLMC decision to contest the provincial council election independent of the alliances. He is also accused of accepting a cabinet portfolio without the prior approval of the party.
Rajabdeen has said that the Segu Dawood has accepted the government's minister portfolio and become a government supporter. He accused the government of using the party chairman to split the SLMC.
"What is important is not to safeguard the interests of the government, but rather he must contribute towards building the Party by increasing the strength and the number of supporters of the Party," Ceylon Today quoted Rajabdeen as saying.
The SLMC organizer has said that Segu Dawood must resign from all government portfolios if he were to participate in the Party election campaign.
The Muslim party which is a coalition partner of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has already sacked five party activists for disobeying party decisions to contest the Northern, Central and North Western provincial council elections independently.
The five members of the SLMC executive committee have rebelled against the party's decision to contest the elections separately and they have filed nominations with the ruling alliance.