Bangladesh was far away from the spirit of liberation war although everyone hoped that the independent Bangladesh and the national spirit of the ‘war of independence’ would be the base for ensuring all social and political justice, said religious minority leaders on Friday.
They came up with the remark while addressing the national convention of national religious minorities and ethnic minorities organised by Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council at the CIRDAP auditorium in the capital, said a press release.
Claiming that religious and ethnic minorities faced discriminations and deprivations in the country, they announced a five-point demand ahead of the 11th national election and urged the political parties to not give nomination to those who had engaged in sectarian activities in the past.
They also warned of boycotting the election if the political parties did not pay heed to their demands and declared to lend their support to the party which would provide the assurance to protect the rights of religious and ethnic minorities.
The other demands included reservation of parliamentary seats for the representation of religious and ethnic minority groups in the Jatiya Sangsad as per the size of the community, ensuring
the safety of minority communities centering the election and formation of a separate ministry and commission for minority groups.
The speakers alleged that a quarter was conspiring to stop the implementation of the Vested
Property Return Act and Chittagong Hill Tracts Accord.
The minority leaders also vowed for combined and tougher movements to protect the rights of religious and ethnic minorities.
Leaders of the parishad — Rana Dasgupta, Pankaj Bhattacharya, Durga Das Bhattacharya, Gautam Chakraborty, Ushaton Talukder, Sukamal Barua, Somnath Dey,
Manobendra Deb, among others, addressed the conference.
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