Minister of Information and Broadcasting. Hasan Mahmud said, Apamar Bengalis are not communal. All together and alone. That is why the communal evil in this country tried to raise its head sometimes but could not stand up. By our combined efforts that evil force has been suppressed. But pointing out that the evil power has not been eliminated, he said, ‘It can be seen that when the election comes, this evil power tries to lift its cover again. So you have to be careful about them. The Minister said these things while inaugurating the Shubo Mahalaya 1430 program organized by the Gulshan-Banani Sarvajanin Puja Foundation at the Pujamandapa set up in the capital’s Banani grounds this morning. Hasan Mahmud said, ‘Our first identity is that we are Bengalis, then the identity of religion. But as a result of this spirit being struck at the altar of the communal state system of Pakistan, at the call of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, we gained independence in return for the loss of honor of 3 million martyrs and 200,000 mothers and sisters. I have snatched the green flag.’ He said, “But the sad fact is that after 1975 that communal mentality was brought back.” Hasan Mahmud said, “Today, those communal evil forces are in our country and from time to time they make communal incitement to serve their nefarious interests.” Ahead of the election, the information minister said, “We have tried in the course of the last 15 years to bring back the original spirit of Bangladesh that was lost after 1975. A state should never have an ‘enemy property law’ type of law. A different law has been made to abolish it. A lot of work has been done in this way. Giving an example of harmony in the country, he said, ‘Today, Paola Boishakh has become the biggest festival in Bangladesh, the Bengali festival. Irrespective of caste and religion, there is no neighboring country like Bengal in our country. Broadcasting Minister said, ‘Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has repeatedly said that religion is the festival of everyone, religion is the state of everyone. And we see the reflection of that in all religious festivals including Durga Puja, Eid, Prabarana Purnima, where people of all religions participate in a festive atmosphere. The Information and Broadcasting Minister said that the number of places of worship is increasing every year due to the ability of the people and the security measures taken by the government. I hope that the message of Goddess Durga’s arrival in this auspicious Mahalaya is the message of all religions, peace and harmony among people. It will make it stronger.’ Gulshan-Banani Pooja Celebration Foundation President Panna Lal Dutta, General Secretary Pranakrishna Ghosh, Santosh Sharma and others delivered felicitations on the occasion moderated by artist Manoj Sengupta. At the end, artists of the foundation presented a mesmerizing cultural program.