Zia’s title issue raised unnecessarily: BNP

Staff Correspondent

13 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

BNP Standing Committee Member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy said the issue of the party founder Ziaur Rahman’s title has been brought into focus ‘unnecessarily and irrelevantly’.

"I do not think we need any fresh efforts to establish Ziaur Rahman's contribution to the Liberation War," he said.

The BNP leader came up with the statement while addressing a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Friday.

National Democratic Party arranged the programme protesting against a move to revoke BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s gallantry title of Bir Uttam.

Recalling Ziaur Rahman’s role in the war of Liberation, he said, the BNP founder was the best ‘hero’ in the war field. “Most of the Pakistani army members were defeated by his force and the most gallantry titles were given to the freedom fighters who were in the ‘Z’ force commanded by Ziaur Rahman.”

The BNP leader said he had an idea that Awami League would give a posthumous reception to Ziaur Rahman for his role in the Liberation War on the golden jubilee. “But they are not doing what they are supposed to.”

Refuting the allegation of Jatiya Muktijoddha Council, he also said Zia did not violate the constitution. “Ziaur Rahman had upheld the fundamental rights of the constitution.”

Gayeshwar said that the government had become seriously ‘upset and unnerved’ by the Al Jazeera’s recent report on ‘corruption’ in Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, speaking at another programme at the press club, BNP Vice-Chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu said any move to demean Ziaur Rahman would degrade the country's independence and democracy.