BNP senior leader Hafizuddin Ahmed on Thursday warned that their party will resist any government move to remove their party founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave from the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban area.
“It’s a matter of sorrow that a plot is on to relocate the grave of former president Ziaur Rahman. It’ll be the worst stigmatised chapter of Bangladesh’s history of politics of vengeance if the grave is taken way from the Jatiya Sangsad area,” he told a discussion, UNB reports.
Hafiz, a BNP vice chairman, further said, “We would like to make it clear that as long as BNP leaders and activists are alive they will resist any such evil move with their all efforts.”
The Dhaka city south unit of Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha arranged the discussion at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the ‘National Revolution and Solidarity Day’.
According to media reports, the Housing and Public Works Ministry has recently proposed removal of eight graves of renowned personalities, including Zia’s one, from the Jatiya Sangsad area as those were not in the original design of American architect Louis I Kahn who designed Bangladesh’s national parliament complex.
Hafiz said the grave of Ziaur Rahman was not there in the design of Louis I Kahn as Ziaur Rahman was alive when it had been made. “But it’s an evil plan to try to remove the grave of the country’s most popular president ever on the pretext of Louis I Kahn’s design.”
The BNP leader urged the government not to take nay move for relocating their founder’s grave.
“There’s nothing to go on vengeance as history will determine everyone’s respective position in it. So, we want to urge the government don’t take any move which will stigmatise you in history,” he said.
The BNP vice chairman also criticised the government for what he said arresting their leaders and activists across the country in ‘false cases’.
About the handover of Ulfa leader Anup Chetia to India, he called upon the government to inform people in which procedure the Ulfa leader was handed over to the neighbouring country as the Home Minister had claimed he did not know anything about it.