Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's speech has uncovered the faces of "those who exploit religion".
"Her remark on the moral degradation of a Hefajat leader is factual and true," he told a press conference on contemporary issues at his official residence in the capital.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said people thought that the so-called leaders would apologise in public after this "shameful incident", but they did not do so. He said people of the country will not allow them to turn religion "into a tool".
The AL general secretary said after an immoral incident at a resort in Sonargaon, the phone conversation of a Hefajat leader also went viral on social media.
He said the vandalism and arson attacks are being carried out at different parts of the country supporting such an immoral incident revealed the nature of extremists and communal forces.
These communal forces are a threat to the country's independence and sovereignty and they want to take revenge for their past defeats by targeting the spirit of the Liberation War, Quader said.
He urged all to get united to resist the evil forces.
The AL general secretary mentioned that after conducting probes into the vandalism carried out on the occasion of the country's golden jubilee, the government has started taking legal action against those involved in the destructive acts.
The people of the country are with Sheikh Hasina's government, so the faces of those, who are inciting and financing the communal forces, will also be exposed, he adde.
About the Covid-19 situation, Quader said as both the coronavirus infection and death rate have increased in the country, the government is enforcing the seven-day lockdown.
He urged all to follow the 18-point directives of the government and health guidelines.