Politicians and religious leaders on Friday at a discussion in the capital urged political parties to refrain from using religions in the vote campaigns in the elections.
Some political parties used religions in vote campaigns and the religious centres were used as centres of poll campaign.
Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, a combine of religious minorities, organised the discussion at National Press Club where general secretary of the organisation Rana Dashgupta read out the keynote paper.
In the paper, he claimed that in every election year the religious and others minorities faced repressions both before and after the elections.
Rana also demanded representation of the religious and others minorities in parliament as per their ratio in population.
He also opposed keeping Islam as state religion, saying they wanted a secular state, where members of every religion would enjoy equal rights, which was the spirit of the liberation war of 1971.
He also demanded that the big political parties and alliances should not give their party nomination to the candidates who were directly or in directed involved with repressions of the minority communities.
Joint general secretary of the ruling Awami League Mahbubul Alam Hanif said that in Bangladesh every citizen was enjoying equal facilities ensured by the constitution.
Hanif claimed that the minorities were living safe under the Awami League-led government’s rule.
Awami League never wanted to use the religions in the vote campaigns, Hanif added.
Jatiya Party co-chairman GM Quader said that every political party should ensure safety and securities of the minority communities.
Socialist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Khalequzzaman said that the big political parties and alliances used the religions in their vote campaigns.
Workers Party of Bangladesh general secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha also spoke at the programme.
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