Basil Rajapaksa, founder of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), has urged his party MPs to refrain from relentlessly attacking ministers Rauff Hakeem and Rishad Badurdeen during the presidential election campaign, sources said.
He has pointed out that even though they are criticized as government ministers, they have to be careful when making terrorist allegations.
Despite the victory of Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the presidential election, Basil Rajapaksa has said that the struggle to form a government with the majority of the parliament will commence on November 18 and therefore Muslim MPs, the most decisive factor, should not be lost, sources further said.
He added that it is compulsory to seek the support of Hakeem and Badurdeen and their 12 seats, a coalition between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and SLPP would not be enough to form a government.
Basil Rajapaksa therefore has advised them to avoid making serious allegations of terrorism against the Muslim MPs despite political criticism, according to sources.