Jatiya Party secretary general Mashiur Rahman Ranga on Wednesday apologised unconditionally in parliament for making derogatory remarks about Shaheed Noor Hossain.
He offered the apology standing in the house to deliver his personal statement under section 274 of the rules of procedure a day after he faced fierce criticism even from two senior parliamentarians of his own party alongside lawmakers of the ruling party and other oppositions in the Jatiya Sangsad.
On November 10, Mashiur while speaking at a meeting of Jatiya Party at its office in Banani said Noor Hossain, a young pro-democracy activist who sacrificed his life on November 10, 1987 during the movement to end the autocratic regime of HM Ershad, a Yaba and Phensedyl addict.
His remark sparked widespread criticism and some ruling and opposition lawmakers also expressed their resentment over the issue in parliament.
Mashiur while speaking in parliament said he made a mistake and for he already offered apology to the family of Noor Hossain.
Regarding his remark over country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Mashiur said if he had said anything wrong about ‘Bangabandhu’ then he is also offering ‘unconditional apology’.
But, he said, he did not call prime minister Sheikh Hasina ‘corrupt and terrorist’.
‘Again, if I made some mistake, I apologise unconditionally,’ he added.
Mashiur said he did not want to make any remark ridicule anyone.
‘I am taking all the faults on my shoulder,’ he said.
On Tuesday, Awami League MPs Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and Tahzeeb Alam Siddique, Jatiya Party MPs Kazi Feroz Rashid and Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Gano Forum MP Sultan Mohammed Mansur and Tarikat Federation MPSyed Nazibul Bashar Maizvandary raised the issue in the parliament and fiercely criticised Mashiur.