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Hasan urges all to remain alert about communal instigators

The minister alleged that few political parties are capitalizing on communalism

Update : 19 Aug 2022, 08:53 PM

Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud has urged the people of walks of life to always remain vigilant about the communal instigators so that none can destroy the country’s communal harmony.

“Bangladesh was born as a non-communal state with the bloodshed of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians under the leadership of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” he said.

Minister Hasan said Bangladesh was born to create a non-communal state coming out of the communal state system of Pakistan.

He said these as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of a colourful procession of a five-day Sree Sree Jamnastami Utsab, one of the major festivals of the Hindu community, at the city’s Andarkillah crossing Friday morning.  

“There are a few political parties in Bangladesh who do politics by capitalizing on communalism,” said the minister. 

“They give communal slogans during elections, saying Awami League is the party of Hindus. Bangladesh Awami League is the party of all people including Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians,” he added.

Former Mayor and General Secretary of Chittagong city Awami League AJM Nasir Uddin inaugurated the function.

Mikel Dey, convenor of Janmastami Udjapan Parishad Chittagong, presided over the function while Commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Krisnopada Roy, Sree Sree Janmashtami Udjapan Parishad Bangladesh (SSJUPB) Central President Sukumar Chowdhury, it’s Central General Secretary Prabir Kumar Sen and different religious organizations, professional bodies and public representatives attended the function.

Sree Sree Janmashtami Udjapan Parishad Bangladesh (SSJUPB) brought out a colourful rally that paraded different important streets.

Thousands of Hindu devotees irrespective of genders and ages including theologians, hermits, and hundreds of students from different educational institutions joined the procession witnessed by onlookers and passers-by from either side of city streets.

Hasan Mahmud said whenever communal incitements were carried out, the government always cracked down on the troublemakers.

“You know those who chant communal slogans, who try to create communalism but they utter sweet words during elections. So I request you to remain careful about them when the election comes” he said.

Minister Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary, recalled heinous incidents that took place in Comilla and different parts during the Durga Puja last.

“I spent a sleepless night. I myself rushed to Rangpur. Because I am in-charge of the Rangpur area from Awami League,” he added.

Pointing to religious minorities, the minister remarked: “This country is of yours, none of you should suffer from inferiority complex. You are born on this soil. You will resist if someone hurts you.” 

“We always stay beside you. The Awami League will be on your side, the government remains on your side,” he added.

He said Janmashtami celebrations along with processions are held in Chittagong in a befitting manner with pomp and décor.

“I have also been a participant in this festival since my childhood.”

“Apart from Chittagong, this festival is held in many places in the country, but nowhere such a colorful festival takes place likewise Chittagong. So this event in Chittagong is definitely a national event,” he said.

He said that PM Sheikh Hasina joined virtually here too on the occasion of Janmashtami on Thursday.

Minister Hasan said when the Duga Puja is held in Chittagong, someone who comes by plane or bus here can realise a massive festival is going on in this city.

Later, the minister spoke as the chief guest in a discussion on the formulation of a master plan for the implementation of various development projects in special areas of Jangal Salimpur and adjacent mauzas in the district in the conference room of Chittagong Circuit House.

At the end of the discussion, he distributed cheques of financial assistance of Tk50,000 each to 320 patients suffering from cancer, kidney, liver-cirrhosis, cardiac and neurological disorder and thalassemia under the initiative of the Ministry of Social Welfare.

Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Mohammad Mominur Rahman presided over the function while Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Lawmaker Didarul Alam, Chittagong city Awami League General Secretary and Former Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin, among others, attended the function.

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