A Buddhist Monk’s fast has stoked fire in Sri Lanka, again.
Islamic State terrorist attack that was aided by some radical locals on Easter Day has created problems for the 10% Muslim minority of Sri Lanka.
A Sri Lankan Monk and parliamentarian Athuraliye Rathana Thera sat on fast unto death in front of Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy demanding the removal of three Muslim politicians from their posts. He was joined by thousands of Sinhalese Buddhists who believed in his campaign.
As the campaign gained momentum, now, nine Muslim government legislators, including several cabinet ministers, have resigned, while the Monk has been taken away for medical treatment.
The Muslim ministers are being seen with suspicions of abetting Easter Day terrorist attack that saw scores slaughtered.
After the attacks, both the Christians and the Buddhists are at loggerhead with the Muslim Sri Lankans.
Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had also extended his support to the Buddhist Monk.
Such is the intensity of the protests that even close allies of President Maithripala Sirisena, Western Province Governor Azath Salley, and Eastern Province Governor MALM Hisbullah, had to resign unceremoniously today evening.
The Buddhist Monk and his supporters allege that there are some Muslim leaders who are supporting Islamic extremists linked to the Easter terrorist attacks.
ISIS backed local Sri Lankan Islamist group National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ) has been behind this deadly suicide attacks against Christians.
Black flags, chants against Muslims and demands to sack the Muslims in leadership positions have further alienated the Muslims of Sri Lanka but there is no hope for a peaceful resolution.
Meanwhile, Indian PM Narendra Modi has chosen Sri Lanka as the choice of his visit after the Maldives without bothering about the international criticism against Sri Lanka’s handling of the crisis.