May 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen says he will not only resign from the Ministerial portfolio but also will retire from politics if he is found guilty by the parliamentary select committee appointed to investigate him.
Speaking to the ITN News Morning program over the phone, the Minister said the allegations against him is a political conspiracy and if a single allegation against him is proven he will step down from his post as minister and from politics as well.
The Minister said when the Muslim society, Muslim religious leaders and Muslim politicians in one stage denounced and urged to completely eradicate Muslim terrorism leveling false allegations against him is an effort to raise communal violence between the Sinhala and Muslim communities and a conspiracy to form a government.
The Minister said the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities should get together and defeat this conspiracy and appealed to all political leaders to support the ruling party's request to form the parliamentary select committee to investigate him.
Meanwhile, Minister Naveen Dissanayake said nothing has found to substantiate the allegations against Minister Bathiudeen and it is not just to take action against the Minister without proper investigation. If there are evidence against the minister that should be provided to the police and a proper investigation should be conducted, Minister Dissanayake added.
The Joint Opposition has submitted a no-confidence motion, with the signatures of 64 MPs against the Minister of Industry & Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Co-operative Development and Vocational Training & Skills Development Rishad Bathiudeen.