The Awami League-led government has virtually surrendered to extreme religious forces through the removal of a sculpture of Lady Justice, political allies of the ruling party observed on Friday.
Though the media reported that the statue was removed as per a decision of the Supreme Court, some leaders of the AL-led alliance doubted that there is an influence of political compromise over the sculpture removal from the apex court premises.
Talking to the daily sun, Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon termed the removal of the statue as “surrender of the government to extreme forces”.
“Now they (extremists) will be desperate to erase the symbol of the country’s independence,” he said.
Menon, also civil aviation and tourism minister, said his party will raise the issue at the meeting of the central 14-party alliance.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president Sharif Nurul Ambia said there is an influence of political compromise over the removal of the sculpture, a symbol of justice.
“We didn’t like the removal of the sculpture. It will put negative impacts on our society and culture in the long run,” he said.
Ambia observes that Hefazat-e-Islam and other extreme forces now may demand removal of all the sculptures in the country.
“At our last meeting of the 14-party alliance, we raised the issue and expressed concerns over the Hefazat’s demand. We will again raise the issue,” he said.
The JSD leader also called upon the government not to patronise Hefazat any more.
Ganatantri Party Presidium Member Nurur Rahman Selim alleged that the sculpture was removed following a desire from the top level of the government.
“To remove the sculpture is the demand from Hefazat. The government fulfilled their demand. Now, extremists are demanding removal of other sculptures. We are waiting to see the next course of the government,” he said.
Selim also demanded reactions from those who had decided to set up the sculpture on the apex court premises.
Communist Kendra Joint-Convener Asit Baran Roy said freedom fighters had not fought the war of 1971 to remove sculptures from Bangladesh.
Bangladesh will lag behind due to the absurd act of the removal of the statute from the apex court, he said.
He further said days will come in the near future when the extreme forces will raise a demand for removing the sculptures of Aparajeyo Bangla and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from the country.