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Awami League uses secularism as a cover-up: Khaleda
Observer Online Report
Publish Date : 2014-10-14,  Publish Time : 21:09,  View Count : 8
BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia has said the ruling Awami League has been using secularism as a cover-up. In fact, it does not have faith in any religion. People of any religion are not safe in the hands of Awami League.

She was speaking after exchanging compliments of Durga Puja with the members of Hindu community at Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh auditorium in the capital on Tuesday afternoon.

Khaleda Zia alleged that Awami League had resorted to repression and torture on the people belonging to other religions though it always talks about secularism.

"They (AL) also resorted to looting property and destroying temples. They killed Biswajit and lawyer Chandan Sarkar. But, what were their crimes," she asked.

The BNP Chairperson also alleged that Awami League grabbed the property of the country's Hindu community after coming to power. They also attacked the temples of Hindu community.

Terming BNP as a party of people belonging to all faiths, she said whenever BNP came to power, it worked for the construction of religious infrastructures, including temples for the Hindu community. The BNP government extended all-out cooperation to the people belonging to all religions, but did not grab the property of any religious community.

Khaleda Zia said: "We must save the country and its people from the looters. I urge upon all to build unity among people belonging to all religions."

The former prime minister said, "We're united as a nation. We should inform our neighbours about our unity. People belonging to all religions have equal rights in Bangladesh."

She also called upon all to create an example of religious harmony in Bangladesh.

The Hindu community members included Prof Sukomol Barua of Dhaka University, Advocate Nitai Roy Chowdhury, Goutam Chakravarty, Amalendu Das, student leaders Tarun Dey, Bijon Sarkar, Nokul Chandra Saha, Jogendranath Talukder and Shyamol Bhowmik from Netrokona, Basudev Munshi Khokon and Himadri Shekhar from Bagerhat, SK Roy and Samir Kumar Saha from Khulna, Niranjan Bhowmik and Debashish Roy Madhu from Mymensingh, Advocate Ankur Sen and Shyamol Roy from Rajshahi, Poritosh Chakravarty from Rangpur, Sudhir Babu and Tapan Kanti Burman from Manikganj, Bappi Roy Chowdhury from Narayanganj, Sushanta Sarkar from Gazipur, Shyamol Horr from Tangail, Ashish Sarkar from Barisal, Anup Dey from Sylhet, Advocate Rupu Das from Chittagong and Dipak Kumar Burman from Narsingdi, among others.

BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas, MK Anwar, Barrister Rafiqul Islam Mia, Brigadier General (Retd) ASM Hannan Shah, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, vice-chairman Begum Selima Rahman, Mass Education Affairs secretary Advocate Sanaullah Mia, Religious Affairs secretary Advocate Masud Ahmed Talukder and Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel, among others.

Besides, Guru Shebananda Maharaj from Ramkrishna Asram, Swami Biddyananda Maharaj, Sri Shyamsundar Babaji, Basudeb Mukherjee, Sri Nanda Dulal Brammacharya, Nepal Krishna Dey and Prof Debashish Pal Nandi were present.



Editor : Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury
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