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‘AL manifesto more favourable for religious minority groups’

  • Published at 05:15 pm December 21st, 2018
Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad
Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad members during the press conference held on Friday, December 21, 2018 Focus Bangla

Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad General Secretary Rana Dasgupta demanded the re-establishment of the 1972’s constitution

The Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad has said the manifesto declared by the Awami League is the most supportive and favourable for the rights of the minorities in Bangladesh.

Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of the organization representing the religious minorities of Bangladesh, made the remark during a press briefing held to discuss and comment on the manifestos declared by all the parties for the upcoming general election.

The press briefing was held at the National Press Club’s VIP lounge on Friday.

Rana said: “The current constitution has nothing in common with the 1972 constitution. This constitution does not guarantee equal rights for all the citizens, especially the minorities.”

He added: “The Awami League, in their election manifesto, has mentioned the re-establishment of the four core state principles of the ‘72 constitution. They want to bring back the constitution which the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman established to ensure equal rights for all despite their religious differences. 

“The present constitution does not comply with those beliefs of the father of the nation. Thus we are again demanding the re-establishment of the ‘72 constitution,” he said.

While reading out from a written statement during the press conference he said: “The Awami League manifesto is more democratic, and progressive in comparison with the election manifestos declared by the other two major political parties – BNP, and Jatiya Party.”

“We are thankful to all the political parties including the Communist Party of Bangladesh, who have complied with our seven-point demand,” he said.

Rana furthered: “I hope that after the 11th parliamentary election, whoever constitutes the government and even the opposition party, will take cautious steps for proper implementation of the promises declared in their respective election manifesto."

Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad Presidium member Kajol Debnath, journalist Basudeb Dhar, and Shrimati Manju Dhar were also present at the press conference, among others.