by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
The Central bank Governor crisis has been dominating the political landscape at a national level for the past few weeks. However other issues too have surfaced at sub – national level. For instance the question of Muslim political leadership has been causing much controversy at a regional level in the Eastern province. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress(SLMC) is the acknowledged premier political party of the Eastern Muslims. Rauff Hakeem – minister of City planning and water supply – is the accredited leader of the Muslim Congress. In recent times fresh political challenges have emerged in the East against the Muslim Congress chief’s leadership.
Political challenges to his leadership are nothing new to Rauff Hakeem. He has had to face much treachery and many conspiracies from the time he donned the mantle of Muslim Congress leadership after the untimely demise of SLMC co-founder and leader the charismatic MHM Ashraff in 2000. Hakeem has successfully weathered such revolts and intrigues in the past and ultimately triumphed. A significant difference this time is the fact that Hakeem is without two of his most trustworthy and dependable lieutenants at the present juncture. Furthermore a substantial portion of the present problems faced by the Muslim congress chief have been directly or indirectly caused by these two SLMC stalwarts who were at one time devoted Hakeem loyalists.
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