Jamaat-e-Islami has said Mongol Shobhajatra procession of the Pohela Boishakh celebrations is haram or forbidden in Islam.
Nayeb-e-Ameer Mujibor Rahman in a statement on Wednesday also urged the authorities concerned to take “emergency measures” to stop observance of the procession as it is a part of ‘Hindu culture’.
“The government should not impose any anti-national cultural elements violating the constitution, otherwise the outcome will not be good,” he added.
Islam “never approves this procession” as the participants wear masks of dolls, elephants, dragons, horses and other animals, and parade the streets dancing with their partners, he further went on to say.
According to the Jamaat leader, Hindus bring out Mongol Shobhajatra procession to celebrate the birth of Krishna.
In a separate statement, Jamaat chief Maqbul Ahmad greeted the nation on the Bangla New Year and alleged that there had been conspiracies to destroy the Islamic heritage and culture of Bangladesh.
Maqbul alleged that “anti-national cultural elements” had been introduced in the guise of Molgol Prodip and Mongol Shobhajatra.