Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Thursday claimed that prime minister Sheikh Hasina somewhat realised that ‘Awami League’ leaders were involved in the carnage of August 15, 1975.
The party rejected the prime minister’s allegation that late president Ziaur Rahman had obstructed her to return home from abroad.
BNP senior joint secretary general, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, at a news briefing at the party’s central office said the prime minister through her statements made on Wednesday it clear that she had realised some truth, but most parts of her speech reflected ‘her usual habit of repetting lies’.
‘The prime minister in somewhat realised that Awami League leaders were involved in the killing of August 15,’ he said.
So there is no benefit to put allegations on others, he said, urging the prime minister to remain alert about people surrounding her.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina at a function on Wednesday to mark her homecoming day reportedly alleged that some of the then AL leaders and Bangabandhu’s cabinet member Khandaker Mushtaq Ahmed had been involved in the killing conspiracy.
On May 17, 1981, Sheikh Hasina returned home after six years in exile following the brutal assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15, 1975. Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana escaped the carnage as they were in Germany at that time.
Rizvi said the prime minister alleged that president Ziaur Rahman had obstructed her to return to the country in 1981.
He asked the prime minister how could she enter the country on May 17, 1981 if Zia had obstructed her return.
Rather, Zia was killed on the 13th day of her (Hasina’s) coming to the country, he said, adding that people also believed that her (Hasina) patrons ousted Zia considering him (Zia) as an obstacle on her (Hasina) path.
He said she (Hasina) had commented that she was not unhappy after HM Ershad took over power toppling elected president Abdus Sattar at gun point and imposed martial law in the country.
The BNP leader condemned and protested at sending the party’s vice-chairman Barkatulla Bulu to jail when he surrendered before a Dhaka court on Thursday.
Rizvi also criticised food minister Qamrul Islam’s recent allegation that BNP was conspiring to make the rice market instable.
He said the food minister’s statements about damage of crop in Haor belt were blatant lies.
Rizvi said almost all crops were damaged in the Haor belt.
BNP leaders Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie, ABM Mosharraf Hossain and Taiful Islam Tipu, among others, were present at the briefing.
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