BNP founder secretary general Prof Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Thursday called for self criticism of the followers of late President Ziaur Rahman to assess how far they are charting the path shown by him (Zia.
“You should first of all change yourself before working to change the lot of the country and its people,” he said while addressing a discussion meeting of the BNP at Institution of Engineers to mark the 34th death anniversary of party founder president Ziaur Rahman as the chief guest.
B Chowdhury, who is also president of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, advised the BNP leaders and workers to rectify mistakes that they might have committed.
He repeatedly called the BNP leaders and workers not to be annoyed with him if he has done any mistake.
“I apologise if I have committed a mistake. But history will not excuse you if you might have committed any mistake,” he said.
Barrister Moudud Ahmed feared the militancy and fascism may emerge in the country if democracy cannot be restored.
He called upon the party leaders and activists to get united and take to the streets to restore democracy in the country.
Moudud claimed that it was senior Awami League leader Khandaker Mostaque Ahmed who declared the Marshal Law in the country first.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was present at the meeting and took her seat at audience gallery in the front row.
Presided over by BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman, the meeting was also addressed, among others, by BNP standing committee member Brig Gen (Retd) ASM Hannan Shah, Dr M Zafrullah Khan, Prof Dr Mustahidur Rahman, and Barrister Shajahan Omar, journalist Shawkat Mahmud and Prof Zinatunnesa Tahmina. BNP international affairs secretary Dr Asaduzzaman Khan Ripon conducted the function.
Prof B Chowdhury vowed to upholf the ideology of late President Zaiur Rahman and said he remains with nationalist force and will be with it in future, even if there will be none.
Recalling to the contribution of Ziur Rahman, the Bikalpa Dhara leader said he (Zia) had made the country independent not by sitting idle at home rather he had fought for the independence of the country in the war field.
“But our offense is that we failed to highlight his contribution to the people. It had damaged our image not the image of Zia,” he added.
“I want to revive the nationalist force. I will be there even if there will be none. We will meet if I am alive,” he added.
B Chowdhury also called the BNP leaders and activists to follow the ideals of Ziaur Rahman saying that each activist should be like Zia.
He said the country indulged in massive corruption and terrorism so there is no alternative but to follow the ideology of Zia.
Maj Gen (Retd) Syed Muhammed Ibrahim of Kallayan Party, Mostafizur Rahman Iran of Labour Party, Dr Fariduzzaman Farhad of NDP and Maulana Mohiuddin Akram of Jomiyate Ulamaye Islam also took part in the discussion.
BNP and its front organisations are observing a 14-day programme to mark the death anniversary and Ziaur Rahman, who was killed by a group of misleaded army officials on May 30 in 1981.- Staff Reporter