The ruling Awami League on Tuesday bitterly criticised the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) for ‘still serving the purpose of Pakistan’.
“The faces of those who opposed the trial of the war criminals have been unmasked. Though they live in Bangladesh, they still serve the purpose of Pakistan,” party general secretary Obaidul Quader said while speaking at a discussion at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.
The AL city units organised the programme, marking the historic Mujibnagar Day.
Hinting at the BNP, Quader said he cast doubt whether BNP believes in country’s independence.
“They don’t believe in the Historic March 7 Speech of Bangabandhu.I doubt whether they believe in the War of Independence,” he added.
Quader, also road, transport and bridges minister, claimed that BNP uses the Liberation War during the election time.
“It has been proved today that it only uses the liberation war during the election time. They don’t nurture the spirit of independence,” he said.
The AL spokesperson came down heavily on the BNP leaders for carrying out attempts to kill Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while in power. “They didn’t stop by assassinating Bangabandhu. They also carried out attempt to kill Sheikh Hasina through the August 21 grenade attack,” he said.
Quader alleged that BNP’s top leadership Tarique Rahman has been hatching conspiracy from London to create unrest in the country.
He said BNP failed to wage movement for nine minutes though it has been trying for movement for the last nine years.
“Being failed to wage the movement, they are now hatching conspiracies. Tarique Rahman tried to pour fuel on the quota reform movement of the students. We’ve seen that he (Tarique) tried to take the movement into different way. We’ve already heard an audio tape containing the conversation of Tarique,” he said.
When the students returned to classes after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s announcement, the BNP leaders kept mum, he said.
Addressing the programme, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said human can be killed but the dream cannot be killed.
“Bangabandhu was not with us but his dream is still alive among us. And Sheikh Hasina has been implementing the dream by taking the country forward,” she said.
She urged the AL leaders and activists to stand by Sheikh Hasina to avert any conspiracy that can hamper the country’s progress.
Speaking on the occasion, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said Sheikh Hasina has been taking the country in line with the dream of Bangabandhu.
“A section has been trying to create unrest in the country. But the Sheikh Hasina-led government won’t bow down to any conspiracy,” he said.
Food Minister Kamrul Islam said those who raised question over the number of martyred of independence, should be driven out from the political arena.
“That political party does not acknowledge the development activities being carried out by the Awami League-led government. They’re now trying to foil the upcoming general election. Their evil attempt should be resisted,” he said.
AL Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak said the post ‘75 government tried to erase the 17 April event from the history through the killing of Bangabandhu.
“When the country has been marching towards development under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, the BNP-Jamaat alliance has been trying to unseat the government,” he said.
AL senior leaders, including Sahara Khatun, Abdul Matin Khasru, Ahmed Hossain and Muhibul Hasan Chowdhury, among others, also addressed the programme with Dhaka north unit president AKM Rahmat Ullah in the chair.