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Uva Results: Defeat Of The Coalition Of Muslim Political Parties

By Aboobacker Rameez

Dr. Aboobacker Rameez

Dr. Aboobacker Rameez

This month marks the demise of Marhoom MHM Ashraff, the founder of Sri Lankan Muslim Congress (SLMC), and the establishment of the party as a political force in the history of Sri Lanka. Politicians in the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress organized various events in line with the commemoration of their late leader Ashroff in the Eastern Province, given the fact that such a resurrection of his image infinitely boosts the electoral clout.

With the announcement of Uva Provincial Council election, Muslim political parties such as SLMC headed by Minister Rauff Hakeem and All Ceylon People Congress (ACPC) headed by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen joined together under Democratic National Alliance(NUA) to contest the election in coalition on the request made by civil society organizations. This is a historical turn of events, given that the parties which are considered as an arch rival in the sphere of ethnic politics in the North East and some other parts of the country are contesting, for the first time, in unison. With the demise of Marhoom Ashraff, the SLMC suffered a serious blow with a fragmentation of the party due to various factors. Since then, an effort to unite the Muslim politicians, both in the government and opposition, under a common banner for the sake of the society resulted in an utter failure. Thus, despite a coalition of SLMC and ACPC, in the wake of Uva provincial council, is deemed as a positive gesture in the minority politics, it also raised many eyebrows and drawn suspicion and apprehension among the people. Both the SLMC and ACPC, then, mobilized their party stalwarts across the country to garner the support for the coalition in the Uva province and to ensure their party’s representation in the council. However, their mission resulted in vain with no candidate from the coalition has been selected to the council. Clearly speaking, the coalition of these political parties has been defeated overwhelmingly in the province securing only 5045 votes out of 40000 odd Muslim votes in the Uva province.

Factors that contributed to the defeat of the coalition 

There are several factors that gave rise to the overwhelming debacle of the coalition of these political parties in the Uva Provincial Council election. Firstly, it is to be noted that both the SLMC and ACPC did not have a vote base previously in the Uva province. Neither SLMC nor ACPC had elected representatives in the previously held Uva Provincial Council election. Secondly, majority of the Muslims in the province were under the impression that politicians from both SLMC and ACPC who are still cabinet ministers in the present government represented the government that turns a blind eye to the viciously strident anti-Muslim campaign whipped up by religious fanatics or extremists in the country and its wanton destruction it caused on the places of worship and properties of Muslims. Under such circumstances, Muslims were plainly irked and dejected with the government that failed to conspicuously restrain the anti-Muslim campaign. Thirdly, Muslims may have thought that voting to this coalition is tantamount to casting their votes to the government favourable to Sinhala Buddhist ideology or supermacism and thereby both SLMC and ACPC were considered playing the role of brokerage to secure the Muslim votes. Finally, a vibrant message that the Muslims in Uva election conveyed to the coalition that they are no more willing to support ethnic-based political parties and that they are prepared to extend their support to national level political parties favourable to engage minorities including Muslims and is not based on the Sinhala Buddhist ideology. Moreover, there is also conspiracy theory levelled at this coalition which lacks empirical evidence to support, that is, this coalition that was fielded by the government to prevent the anti-government votes of Muslims going to the UNP. These are the reasons, I am of the view, that contributed to the defeat of the coalition in the Uva. More importantly, the Uva election results epitomize as a stepping stone to change the status quo.

Ethnic politics in the present circumstances of the country is unhealthy and seems to be waning, given the Uva election results. Thus, parties that are based on ethnicity will have to revisit their policies as to how they can be revamped to garner the support of the minority people, while working effectively with majority political parties. I think that a broad coalition of minority parties with national level political parties beyond the ethnic and religious lines is the need of the hour in order to ensure the aspirations, security and existence of minorities in the country. Late leader Ashraff formed the National Unity Alliance (NUA) which is defunct now with the sole intention of forming a broad coalition, regardless of ethnic and religious boundaries, when he realized the fact that the ethnic politics would make matters worse in the future.

*Aboobacker Rameez who is a PhD scholar at National University of Singapore is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at South Eastern University of Sri Lanka. He can be reached at aramees2001@gmail.com.  

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    A well written article. Thank you Rameeez. SLMC will not stand a chance again in Badulla/Bandarawela. Their credibility has been shattered beyond repair.

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      Aboobacker Rameez

      “Thus, despite a coalition of SLMC and ACPC, in the wake of Uva provincial council, is deemed as a positive gesture in the minority politics, it also raised many eyebrows and drawn suspicion and apprehension among the people. Both the SLMC and ACPC, then, mobilized their party stalwarts across the country to garner the support for the coalition in the Uva province and to ensure their party’s representation in the council. However, their mission resulted in vain with no candidate from the coalition has been selected to the council. Clearly speaking, the coalition of these political parties has been defeated overwhelmingly in the province securing only 5045 votes out of 40000 odd Muslim votes in the Uva province.”

      1. So, 7/8 or 87&% of the Muslims have rejected the Rajapaksa and their cronies. They will perhaps drift to the United NATIONAL Party or JVP as these parties will be considered National parities with Ethics, and not exclusively Sinhala “Buddhist” Parties.

      2. So, SWRD Bandaranaika’s SLFP went from a Party for the Common man and Reforms to correct the Colonial heritage, to a Party for the the Sinhala “Buddhist”, irrespective of Buddha taught.

      3. The question is will the United NATIONAL Party be a United National Party as claimed before and after independence and be exclusive of all the Nationals, or will it be a party exclusively for the Sinhala “Buddhists” in the Land of native Veddah Aethho? Will the UNP create an Egalitarian society as opposed to a Sinhala “Buddhist” Society?

      The Vedda Tribe

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

      4. Read, the Common Sense Pamphlet , by Thomas Paine, that inspired the American Revolution along with the other events.

      Common Sense (pamphlet)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Sense_(pamphlet)

      5. Produce a Commons sense Phampley for Sri Lanka and say why it is in the best interest of the people of Sri Lanka to remove the King, aka Rajapaksa Dynasty from power and let the Republic be a republic and Not a dynasty.

      This Pamphlet, in Sinhala, Tamil and English, need to be sent to each and every Sri Lankan Citozen, just like Thomas Paine Common sense pamphlet.

      Common Sense[1] is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. In clear, simple language it explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. Washington had it read to all his troops, which at the time had surrounded the British army in Boston. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history.[2]

      Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of whether or not to seek independence was the central issue of the day. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood. Forgoing the philosophical and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, he structured Common Sense as if it were a sermon, and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people.[3] He connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity.[4] Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era”.[5]

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    But Azwer will go on eating or licking bones of Rajapakshes for ever.

    You guys in muslim community should finally chase away Azwer – he is absolutely stinky politician of today s politics.

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      If MR can pay VP to prevent a whole community from voting its not farfetched to think all these politicians are on MR’s payroll. Most probably they went on their own to split the opposition vote and it did not work, it only brought disgrace to the party.

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        Do you rally think that VP did what ever some one asked because he was given some money?
        VP had his own reasons for sabotaging Ranil and if VP got money from MR (a dubious hypothesis), then he was taking that money as a take away bonus and not as money for complying.
        However, Abbobakar Ramaesh is correct in his plea for politics which is NOT based on ethnic narrowness. As a tamil I have to say that if you want to defeat the Rajapaksa’s you need to first get rid of the TNA which is the party with the most evident narrow-ethnic facade.

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          Manoharan

          Just like you VP also had muddled and perverted thinking about the entire universe.

          He wanted gung ho MR to be in the driving seat. VP hoped that MR would go for all out war against Tamils which could be a proof that was urgently needed to convince the international community that no Sinhala leadership would accept a political settlement with Tamils hence a Tamil Eelam was the only solution.

          In that process VP thought he was avenging Ranil who had already started on his international safety net.

          The money transferred to him by MR was his master stroke, his supporters thought, pinnacle of his diplomatic manoeuvres. Enemy pays them to hit them back.

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          You cannot take out a political party against the will of the people. Not with military, not with money UPLF tried it at the NPC election. Some people could be bought not all.
          Keep dreaming.

  • 8
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    Well thinking out and brief article which reflecting reality of the belief of Muslim minority in Uva. Author is correctly identifying the factors behind the loss of Muslim collation.

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    Well thinking out and brief article which reflecting reality of the belief of Muslim minority in Uva. Author is correctly identifying the factors behind the loss of Muslim coalition.

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    Dear Dr R.Aboobar.
    ethnic politics is not good for Lankan Muslims at all.
    It may be good for some Tamils in Jaffna.
    it may be good for some Muslims in Kalmunai.
    But it is not good for the rest of Tamils and Muslims who live outside the north and East.
    It is like poltical suicidal for the Muslims
    it is not good for the country as well.
    progress and development can be sustainable and long lasting in a peaceful country
    idiots of our community leaders do not see like this. Unfortunately people in the north and east do not see like this.
    it is Muslim and Tamils who live in the South suffer a lot.
    I strongly believe that Muslims would have grained more we did not have ethnic politics.

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      I agree completely. By engaging in ethnic politics, by necessity Muslim politicians have to align themselves with this or other Sinhala political party. This reduces the value of the general Muslim populace. The burden shifts from the Sinhala Political Parties to always demostrate in what way they are benefitting (a.k.a. desisting from harming Muslim interests) to the Muslim Political parties to demonstrate what they are doing for the benefit of the muslim population. The last few years have demonstrated in no uncertain manner that Muslim Parties / politicians have done sweet balls except that Muslim politicians have only feathered their own personal nests.

      Muslims should demand that all Muslim parties be disbanded. Alternatively cast not a single vote in favour of the Muslim Political parties. It is gratifying to note a good start has been made in UVA.

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        Very correct Muslims should not ever vote for any politician contesting from Muslim political Party s

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        Dear Indra.
        When I say ethnic politics I mean all communities should not engage in ethnic politics . It means Sinhalse too should not Engange in ethnic politics and yet since the independence we have been engaging in ethnic politics: Tamil/ Mulsim/ Sinhalse all have been doing politics in line of thier communal interest over national interest: do you think this is the case in Singapore or any western countries today ? We downfall began since then, what happened is Tamils lost faith in Sinhalse political leaders because of this ethnic politics: rather than looking for talents and hardworking of Tamils students, university admission system was introduced to suppres them in education due to narrow minded ethnic politics of Sinhalses leadership. Even today, Sinhalse poltical Leanders do not have a system to use talents of Tamil student community for the benefit of national interest in this global village of knowledge based economic world. Ethni politics of Sinhalse done more harm to nation than any other community. Why billions of dollars were wasted in 30 years of war with Tamil. It is because of ethnic politics of Sinhalse.
        I could give many examples this nature.
        Sinhalse people live in the four walls of their narrow world of well. They should open their eyes and see what is happened around them in the world in politics. You need to respect all other communities in the country to Build the country and yet some racist Sinhalse polticlans create mayhem in Sri Lanka

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    ‘Waasi Pathatta Hooya’ ( Hurrah to the winning side), has been the slogan of Muslim politicians from the time of the likes of Sir.Razeek Fareed! This unprincipled attitude is displayed now in full measure by Rauf Hakkim.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      ‘Waasi Pathatta Hooya’ ( Hurrah to the winning side),

      You forgot to mention

      Thondaman, Douglas Devananda, Rajadurai, Thiyagarajah, Arulampalam, most of the SLFP MP who had already crossed over to the ruling party, G L Pieris, Rajiva, Anandasangaree, …

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        Dear Native Vedda,

        Except for Saumyamoorthy Thondaman, none of the other Tamils have done anything to make life better for their people. In fact the Tamils in the north and east rejected these individuals in subsequent elections. Douglas has proved resilient, despite not being accepted by the people in general. I hope he will explain his secret one day.

        Among the Sinhalese those who crossed over to the UPFA from the UNP will pay the price at the next national elections. Many of the grievous wrongs this government has done, is with the backing and votes of these me, GLP is a new phenomenon in SL politics-a highly qualified chameleon .

        Dr.RN

  • 5
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    Mr Rauf Hakeem you won when you are contesting with UNP, now time for you to join with UNP but don’t demand many things. Show your colors. Sir.

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    Muslims living out side the Eastern province want to align with major political parties like UPFA and UNP.

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      Dr M.L.Najimudeen

      “Muslims living out side the Eastern province want to align with major political parties like UPFA and UNP.”

      And block any meaningful devolution.

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        …and vote for antidemocratic constitutional amendments in order to stay as ministers and enjoy the perks.

        They make only feeble noises when their community is attacked and killed and then expect the muslim community to vote for them. They learnt a lesson in the Uva elections.

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    Rauf Hakeem’s ball are at Gotabaya’s house. Rauf Hakeem’s business files are at Basil’s house. Rauf Hakeem is NOT at his house.

    We know about Azwer’s arse-kissing tendencies.

    We know about Abdul Cader’s rackets.

    We know about Rishard Badiuddin’s deals.

    Does anyone need more clarity to chase the rascals away?
    Playing the deaf, dumb, blind monkey is not going to cut it anymore.

    Muslims profess a faith that puts emphasis on Niyath (intention). Is any Muslim out there still confused about the intentions of the above mentioned to want to still tolerate these imbeciles?

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      I thought, Rajapakshes have stolen his and Vasu s balls to turn them what they are to date.

      Vasu, Dinesh and the like bunch have been tamed by MR tactics for their surviival. This the nation have not grasped it yet.

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    Except for a handful, Sri lankan muslims take always very wise decisions.

    Both Bathiuddian and Rauf Hakeem tried to promote fanaticism and win the election.

    But, people were careful.

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    What choice do they have?

    SLMC should demand Sharia Law for Muslims or resign from all coalitions. Have some backbone.

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      Fathima Fukushima aka Lorenzo et al and Avtars

      “SLMC should demand Sharia Law for Muslims “

      SLMC should demand Sharia Law for Devil, Satan following Wahhabis and their Clones, and keep ALL non-Wahhabis out of Sharia Law.

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        [Edited out] Kollo, [Edited out] Keep out of matters that do not concern you.

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    Rauf Hakeem is not racial. His [Edited out] was a Sinhalese.

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      His sister is married to a Sinhalese.

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    Sri Lanka primarily belongs to Sinhalese (74% of the population) who are living in that land for well over 5,000 years (2,500 buddhist era) and they are not racists but the care takers of the land given to them by GOD. Like wise Germans, Italians, British, French etc cannot be called racist just because they are protecting their land. However, the Tamils who are living in Sri Lanka are the racists, because they do not allow Sinhalese to establsih themselves in Jaffna like they have established their business in other provinces of Sri Lanka. Racism is when the originals (here the Sinhalese, the Germans, Italians, Indians etc) does not allow others nationals to live in peace and earn their living legitimately (70% Tamils in Sri Lanka not living in Jaffna but in other provinces) . What TNA should realize is even in India they cannot have anything more than what the government is willing to oblige. So, the Tamils in Sri Lanka also cannot have all what they demand because the Land Sri Lanka belongs primarily to Sinhalese, but others can live peacefully by towing the line, if not happy, the TNA fellows should take all the Tamils and cross the Palk Straight to India or to any other country in their list like MOSES took all the JEWS and crossed the Red Sea to Israel from Egypt. However, Sri Lankan Government cannot be judged by others just for defeating the Ruthless Tamil Terrorists by killing them at the final stage of the battle. If not Tamil Terrorist gang would have killed all the Sri Lankan soldiers who were protecting their GOD given country at point blank range without giving a damm to human rights / war crimes. Additionally it is high time that the Sri Lankan Government pay attention to traitorism practised by the TNA and be prepared before it is too late.

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      Bebon:

      The whole of Sri Lanka doesn’t belong to Sinhalese. The North & East belongs to us Tamils and the rest is yours.
      The Sinhalese are racists and it is in their gene whether you like it or not.

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        Before 1815 no North & East.. in 1833 North & East created.. your claim wrong

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      Bebon

      “Sri Lanka primarily belongs to Sinhalese (74% of the population)”

      Where does it say this island belongs to the descendants of Kallathonies. Could I see the deed please.

      “who are living in that land for well over 5,000 years (2,500 buddhist era)”

      Please supply evidence.

      “and they are not racists but the care takers of the land given to them by GOD.”

      Could you name the GOD.

      Shiva, Allah, Almighty father, Natha, Pattini, sakka, Saman, Dadimunda, Huniyan Deviyo, Upulvan, …… Tara, …..

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      “Sri Lanka primarily belongs to Sinhalese (74% of the population) who are living in that land for well over 5,000 years (2,500 buddhist era) and they are not racists but the care takers of the land given to them by GOD.”

      Bebon, you may be right. The above GOD taught the LION 5000 years ago how to fornicate with Sinhala widows, after he devoured all the Sinhala males.

      Beware, history repeating itself. Prakaran may still be resurrected, he may kill all of today’s Sinhala males and fornicate with their widows.

      Voila, Sinhala nation is replaced with a Tamil Nation.

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    US air strikes on Syria has killed over 1,000 Sunni Muslim men. Massive tomahawk missiles rained down on Al Raqqa killing thousands of Sunni Muslims.

    At last the world will be a peaceful place.

    We Sri Lankans fully support US action.

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