September 20, 2021, 2:38 am
BNP general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has termed the statement of Awami League general secretary and bridge minister Obaidul Quader on BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s birthday as ‘apolitical and unethical’. Calling for the withdrawal of Obaidul Quader’s statement, he said, “Khaleda Zia is an integral name of democracy in this country. Her struggle to establish democracy is written in golden letters in history.” He is still fighting that struggle. Such statements about him are not only apolitical, but also out of political etiquette.
Mirza Fakhrul made the remarks at a milad and doa mahfil at the BNP’s central office in the capital’s Naya Paltan on Monday. On the occasion of Khaleda Zia’s 77th birth anniversary, this event was organized to seek her recovery, longevity, release and forgiveness of the souls of those who died of various diseases including corona across the country. Milad and prayer mahfils are held as part of the party’s central program.
“Khaleda Zia jokes with the nation every year by celebrating a fake birthday on the National Mourning Day on August 15,” the BNP secretary general said in response to Obaidul Quader’s remarks at a discussion meeting on Saturday. He said the Awami League government had convicted Khaleda Zia in a false case filed during the illegitimate government of One-Eleven and kept her internally in order to keep her away from politics. This conspiracy will fail. Khaleda Zia will once again lead the people to defeat this monstrous force.
Mirza Fakhrul said the government was speaking highly insultingly against BNP founder Ziaur Rahman for distorting history and diverting people’s attention. The purpose of saying this is to distort history and confuse the people. He said the Awami League came to power after the August 15 killings. Their leader Khandaker Mushtaq Ahmed came to power that day and a new cabinet was formed with the Awami League leaders following the blood of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. They later made the then army chief an MP and they have now given a dignified position in their government to everyone who was Kushilob at that time.
Regarding the mass vaccination program, Mirza Fakhrul said the government has failed to deal with Corona and has resorted to corruption in collecting vaccines. They have presented another joke in front of the people in the name of giving mass vaccination. Earlier, it cracked down on the opposition in the name of unplanned lockdown.
BNP Standing Committee Member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Chairperson’s Adviser Aman Ullah Aman and Abdus Salam addressed the prayer mahfil conducted by BNP Central Publicity Secretary Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Annie. Besides, BNP’s Habibur Rahman Habib, Khairul Kabir Khokon, Syed Emran Saleh Prince and others were present.
Meanwhile, in a statement, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “We are living in a state where no citizen has security of life and property.” The countrymen are always living in fear and panic.
He made the statement expressing concern over the disappearance of Shibganj Upazila Swechchhasebak Dal member secretary Janibul Islam Josi and Shibganj Upazila Juba Dal convener Shamsur Rahman. They have not been found since last Saturday night and their mobile phones have been switched off.