Citizens have equal rights in Bangladesh: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said all citizens of Bangladesh have equal rights. “No one living in Bangladesh is a minority”, the Prime minister asserted. Bangladesh is your country and birthplace as well. And the soil of the country also belongs to you. Shedding blood, we the people of all faiths have freed the country and achieved victory,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina, also Awami League President came up with this statement while speaking at a view exchange meeting with the Hindu community to mark the Janmashtami at her Ganabhaban residence in the city. She added, all religions speak about the ‘triumph of humanity’ and they have established that principle in Bangladesh by ensuring the equal rights of the people of all faiths.

“Why do you think yourself as members of the minority community,” Sheikh Hasina said. Recalling India’s key role during the War of Independence, she said India had opened its doors to the then East Pakistan people. “During the War of Independence, India extended its all out cooperation to the Bangladesh refugees there. They fed thousands of people. And that time India fed our people based not on religious beliefs,” she said.

“The people living in Bangladesh will practice their respective religions. Members of the Hindu community are the children of this soil. You’re living in this soil, you’re the children of this soil, so you’ll live here with confidence,” the prime minister said. She said BNP-Jamaat unleashed a reign of terror on the Hindu community across the country.