Hasina terms BNP an illegal party

Hasina terms BNP an illegal party

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has termed Bangladesh Nationalist Party
as an illegal organisation founded by a military ruler who seized
power illegally. “It’s unfortunate for the people of Bangladesh to
hear theories from those who have been illegal,” she told the newly
elected Upazila Parishad representatives at Ganobhavan on Saturday.
The premier said “The higher court has declared illegal the rule of
Ziaur Rahman who grabbing power illegally and formed his party BNP.”“So, a party formed by such an illegal grabber of power is also
illegal,” Hasina said. Hasina, who is also the Awami League chief,
was addressing the newly elected Upazila Parishad Chairmen, Vice
Chairmen and female Vice Chairmen who met her at her Official
Ganobhaban on Saturday afternoon. Referring to the BNP chairperson
Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and top BNP leaders, Hasina also
said it was unfortunate for the people to hear theories about the
country’s history of independence from those who belong to an unlawful
party. She said Tarique has been a fugitive after he had left the
country following the 1/11 changeover giving undertaking. “Now living
abroad as a fugitive he is deliberately making irrational comments,”
she said. The Prime Minister also alleged that Tarique plotted
August 21 grenade attack on her rally that killed Ivy Rahman and many
others. “Now attempts are being carried out to malign those who have
earned the country’s independence through the War of Liberation,” In
a scathing attack on BNP and Jamaat Hasina said that these parties do
not believe in the country’s independence. “Had they believed in our
independence, they couldn’t try to distort the real history of
country’s independence through illogical claims,” She said that the
BNP chairperson, her son and Jamaat could not accept the victory of
Bangladesh achieved in 1971 through a bloody war. That’s why they are
trying to confuse people through absurd theories. The premier
wondered, “How he (Tarique) dares to undermine the War of Liberation,
how he dares to undermine the constitution of 72 which is one of the
best in the world.” She said Khaleda Zia could not pass
matriculation, Tarique failed to pass HSC and Ziaur Rahman joined the
Army after passing matriculation exam only. “This is the limit of
their education,” Hasina said. “With this limited knowledge they are
trying to confuse the people about the constitution, the history, the
proclamation of independence and who was the country’s first president
and prime minister.” “They do not even abide by the verdict of the
higher court,” she said. Refuting the recent comments by Tarique the
prime minister stated that father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh
Mujibur Rahman was the first president of Bangladesh while Tajuddin
Ahmed was the first Prime Minister and Syed Nazrul Islam was the first
Vice President. She noted that traitor and killer Khondoker Mostaque
made Ziaur Rahman the Army Chief and then Zia grabbed power illegally
and declared himself president removing former Chief
Justice-turned-President AM Sayeem. Tungipara Upazila Parishad
chairman Gazi Golam Mostafa, vice chairman Ashim Kumar Biswas and vice
chairman Afsana Begum Mimi spoke at the function conducted by AL
leader Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. Turning to the recently held
Upazila Parishad elections Hasina said the polls proved that her
government could hold it fairly though the media said many things
regarding the election. Hasina said,”The upazila Parishad election
was held in a free, fair and neutral manner as there were winning
candidates from AL, BNP and Jamaat,” “Our aim is to decentralize the
government by further strengthening the local government bodies giving
them more power,” she added. – UNB

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