Islam Will be withdrawn As B’desh State Religion: Awami League


Dhaka: Bangladeshi ruling party Awami League leader Dr Abdur Razzak said that Islam will be withdrawn as the state religion from the constitution of Bangladesh.

Awami League presidium member Dr Abdur Razzak at a discussion held at the National Press Club on Saturday said, “Endangering our lives we fought in the Liberation war for a non-communal Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony, here we live with people from all religions and Islam should not be accommodated as state religion in the constitution of  Bangladesh.”

Islam was made the religion of the state by autocratic ruler Hussain Mohammad Ershad damnifying the main spirit of Liberation War. He added “Bismillahi-r-Rahmani-r-Rahim” at the beginning of the constitution

Abdur Razzak was speaking at a round table titled “Deep Rooted Unity of Common People of Bangladesh and India to Counter Terrorism” organised by SAARC cultural society, where he said, “In different programs I told the journalist that I do not believe Islam should be in the constitution as state religion. It’s merely a strategy. If opportunity comes we will repeal Islam from the constitution.”

Secretary of West Bengal state committee Sri Pritam Ghosh, Padma Shri awarded medalled social worker Sri Ajay Dutta and spokesperson of Assam state committee Shiladitya Dev Pramukh spoke at the roundtable which was presided by the SAARC Cultural Society President Syed Abu Hossain.

Off late, the Hindu Community has become a victim of communal attack in different parts of the country including Nasirnagar of Brahmanbaria. Following the attacks demand of repeal of Islam from the constitution came from different quarters.