She says people of all faiths fought for Bangladesh's independence in 1971
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has set an example of religious harmony in the world by celebrating all the religious festivals irrespective of their religions.
"Each and every religious festival is celebrated here by everyone like brothers and sisters," she said while visiting Dhaka’s Ramakrishna Mission on the occasion of Durga Puja.
She said the government wants to build the country with everyone’s cooperation as people of all faiths fought for Bangladesh's independence in 1971, reports the UNB.
Sheikh Hasina said: "People will live here [in Bangladesh] equally enjoying all their rights irrespective of religion and creed.
“We all will perform our own religious rituals freely," the prime minister said.
She said religion is for one, but the festival is for all.
The prime minister said the main aim of the government is to free Bangladesh of poverty and hunger, which was the dream of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokan, Kazi Firoze Rashid MP and Inspector General of Police Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary also spoke at the program.
Principal of Ramakrishna Math and Mission Swami Dhrubeshananda delivered the welcome address.
'Religious rights of all to be protected'
Later in the evening, speaking at Dhakeshwari National Temple, the prime minister also said that the government’s aim was to build a non-communal Bangladesh, where everyone’s religious rights would be protected.
She said: "The government wants to build a country where no one will be poor, homeless, or hungry. Everyone will get medical services and education, and everyone will lead a beautiful life.
"I want everyone, irrespective of religion and caste, to be able to perform their rituals, and the country to be built with the spirit of the Liberation War," she said.
The prime minister said the Awami League government has always held a strong stance against terrorism, anarchy, and militancy. "We have a zero tolerance policy against these menaces," she said.
Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokan, State Minister for Youth and Sports Dr Biren Sikder, President of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad Milon Kanti Dutta were among others who spoke on the occasion.
Earlier at the event, leaders of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad and Mohanagar Sarbojonin Puja Committee presented the prime minister with bouquets.