Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said that Awami League was ‘basically a very narrow’ political party, which compelled the Supreme Court to say in a recent verdict that the party had gone politically narrow and turned into a ‘monster’.
Addressing a discussion at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, the BNP secretary general said, ‘It [AL] could not think beyond its own thoughts and does not know anyone except its own people.’
He said, ‘They think they are the country and the state... This is why so unjust and injustice.’
The Bangladesh Sports Development Council organised the discussion marking the 48th birth anniversary of Arafat Rahman Koko, a sport organiser and younger son of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Fakhrul alleged that sport organisers, players and artistes as well businessmen were being politically victimised for belonging to BNP.
Fakhrul claimed that BNP and Arafat had tried to remain above political narrowness in fields like sports.
The BNP leader lamented that the country’s political culture had gone into ‘partisan narrowness’ and political leaders even did not go to opponent’s social functions.
He said that the country would have to come out of such a situation and all had to try to rise above narrowness. He remarked that if national unity could not be built, the country would not be able to reach the goal of turning it quickly into a middle income and prosperous one.
Fakhrul described Arafat as a great sport organiser who would be remembered for his contributions to the sport arena. He said that Arafat had to leave the world early after being a victim of ‘political vendetta’.
Presided over by the council’s executive president Abdus Salam, the discussion was also addressed by Mustaqur Rahman, Nurul Kabir Shahin and Aminul Haque.
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