ACMC on no-faith motion against Rishad Bathiudeen: ‘We will win’



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Former ACMC Northern PC Member, P. Jayathilleke addressing the party’s press conference in Colombo. With him are ACMC lawyer, Rushdy Habib, Kurunegala organiser, Nazeer, Mohemed Faiz, Western PC Member & Chief organiser - Western Province, Secretary General, M. Subaitheen, Deputy Minister of Ports & Shipping, Abdullah Mahrooff and Dr. Yusuf Marikkar.


The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) says the party is optimistic that the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against their leader Rishad Bathiudeen can be defeated.


Clearing the air on Dr. Seigu Saafi (of the Kurunegala hospital, who was recently arrested), senior party members said that he (Saafi) had been removed from the ACMC some time back.


The political opposition is leveling false allegations against Minister Bathiudeen based on ‘an anti-ACMC agenda’, they asserted at a news conference in Colombo last week.


"Saafi is no longer an ACMC member. He left our party some time back and we removed him. Our party has only five MPs", ACMC lawyer Rushdy Habib, clarified.


Saafi contested the last parliamentary election and received a significant number of votes in Kurunegala, but as the ACMC list had only five MPs and he came sixth in line, he was removed from party membership and moved to the UNP list", the lawyer said.


"Therefore, we have no association with him now," he claimed, adding that with regard to former provincial councillor Rifkan Bathiudeen, the issue has been raised whether he, after being "arrested and questioned, was released without being produced in courts," Habib further said.


During a security operation Rifkan was also questioned, just as any other individual coming under search. He was questioned on his vehicle as well. But he was not arrested as there was nothing suspicious with him or about the vehicle. Rifkhan was only questioned during the search as in any round-up, which is the general practice, he said.


However, some media reported that Rifkhan had been "arrested and then released" but that was wrong, Habib added.


Former ACMC MP, P Jayathilleke, said: "The chief Buddhist monks of two temples in Welioya have spoken about Minister Bathudeen’s support to their temples, which were constructed with the help of the Minister. Some other Buddhist temples in the area did not even have toilet facilities for the use of venerable monks and it was Minister Bathiudeen who provided such facilities to them, as the two chief monks have confirmed.


"So far nobody has filed a complaint with the Police or gone to Courts against Minister Bathiudeen on the basis of any one of the ten accusations in the NCM.


"They are exacting political revenge as Bathiudeen did not extend his support to them during the 52-day coup in 2018. We ourselves insist that if the Minister is guilty on any of the allegations, he should be punished. But, we are against making mere allegations against him just for political gains and on an ‘anti-ACMC agenda.


"Some racist groups in former President Rajapaksa’s party are spreading racial hatred within. We urge the former President to exercise caution against these racist characters." 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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