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BNP's democracy means distorting history of independence: Quader

November 09, 2020 00:00:00

Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader said on Sunday distorting the history of the country's independence is BNP's democracy as the party failed to take the people to street or wage movement, reports BSS.

"BNP's multi-party democracy's another shape was 'yes' or 'no' vote.

Distorting the history of the country's independence is the democracy of BNP.

Their multi-party democracy was to impose curfew," he said in reply to comments of BNP leaders over November 7, 1975.

Quader was addressing a press conference at his official residence on parliament premises in the city.

Quader said, "Though I don't want to talk about BNP, they force me to do that. If they make fabricated allegations against the government and the Awami League, I must reply as the general secretary of the party."

The AL leader strongly criticised the BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's comment that the country became independent for the second time on November 7, 1975 through revolution and solidarity.

"It is natural for BNP to consider the day as the independence for second time, as the dream of a general to grasp the state power was materialised through the assassination of four national leaders and killings of many patriot, freedom fighter army officers between November 3 and November 7", he added.

He said the defeated forces of independence took their revenge by carrying out the August 15, 1975 carnage and BNP considered the day as independence for the first time.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said if the conspiracy to assassinate Sheikh Hasina through the grenade attacks on August 21, 2004 had become successful, BNP leaders would have said the country became independent for the third time.

The people believe that actually the November 7 is the Freedom Fighters Killing Day, he added.

About cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, Quader said Awami League did not file the cases rather the caretaker government lodged all the cases against her.

He said BNP leaders often took oath to free Begum Zia but the party workers do not find the leaders in street after the announcement.

Mentioning that the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina believes in non-communal spirit, he said the government took immediate action against any attack on minority communities and it did not spare any offenders in the past.

He said the government never kept silent about the incidents of attacks on the minority communities rather it took prompt measures.

The Hindu community members are performing all their religious rituals peacefully during the tenure of the AL government, he added.

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