Ha­keem crit­i­cises ST sources

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

At the United Na­tional Front (UNF) par­lia­men­tary group meet­ing on Mon­day, Sri Lanka Mus­lim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Ha­keem re­ferred to a re­port in these columns last week.

It was about Harin Fer­nando, the for­mer Min­is­ter, crit­i­cis­ing UNP leader Ranil Wick­remesinghe at a pub- lic meet­ing in Badulla. He said Sa­jith Pre­madasa should be the leader of the party.

Un­der pres­sure, Mr. Fer­nando de­nied the crit­i­cism and said it was a 43 minute speech. How­ever, a tele­vi­sion sta­tion aired the whole speech where he did make those state­ments.

Mr. Ha­keem said it was wrong for those re­sponsi- ble to give such sto­ries to the Sun­day Times. Mr. Fer­nando, he said, was a young party leader who was work­ing tire­lessly for the UNP.

UNP leader, ousted Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe, said he was un­aware how the story came about. “They even crit­i­cise me,” he de­clared.

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