LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Engineer Khondoker Mosharraf Hossain said here this afternoon that Bangladesh is a unique example of communal harmony where people of all religions live in peace and happiness.
The minister was addressing a big gathering on Sreeangan premises in the town in observance of the 146th (Incarnation) birth day of Lord Jagadbandhu Sundar, the spiritual leader of Mahanambrata sect of Sanatan Hindu community.
The leader of this community during his life time had preached for peace and casteless society for the welfare of the mankind. Lord Jagadbandhu was born in 1871 and died in 1926.
Referring to the religious harmony now prevailing in the district as well as across the country, Mosharraf said that only Awami League can ensure peace and prosperity for all shades of people and religious faiths and to perform their respective religious rites without any hindrance.
A nine-day festival already started on the premises of Sreeangan where thousands of people both from home and abroad are attending the religious hymns and other religious activities, besides joining a fair.
Chaired by President of Sreeangan Mahanam Sangha Kanti Bandhu Brhamachari, the function was attended among others by district civil and police officials.
The minister said that there is no difference in the core theme of various religious beliefs having some differences in the customary practices because all religions preach services to humanity, peace and tolerance.
He also said that religion should not be used as a tool of exploitation and as it a personal belief it should not be allowed to create any impact on the state and social functions because it is a secular state.
The minister laid the foundation of a new 'main temple' (Nat Mondir) to be built by LGED at an estimated cost of Taka 1.5 crore.
Mosharraf also announced that a residential building will be built soon within the Sreeangan complex to accommodate the visiting devotees coming from far-flung areas during religious festival.
The largely attended function was addressed among others by LGED Chief Engineer Shyama Prashad Adhikari, Sreeangan leaders Bandhusebak Brhamachari, Amitabh Bose, District Awami League president Advocate Subal Chandra Saha and Awami League leader Advocate Animesh Roy.
Nine meritorious students of the area were given scholarships by the minister on behalf of Sreeangan authorities.