Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said a befitting reply will be given if anyone makes evil attempts to create unrest during the ongoing celebration of the golden jubilee of independence.
“Awami League is ready to give a befitting reply to any evil attempt to create chaos during the ongoing celebration of the golden jubilee of independence,” he said.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, gave the warning while speaking at a virtual press briefing from his official residence on Parliament premises.
The minister said Awami League has been in power for a long time but it has not left the street.
“So, there will be no benefit of threatening Awami League with movement. The party is in power today through different movements and struggles,” he said.
Quader said India was the main ally of Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War.
The head of the government of India has been invited to join the celebration of the golden jubilee of independence and birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and this invitation has not been extended to any particular individual, he said.
The AL leader said now it is clear who carried out attacks and looting at the houses of Hindu community at Shalla in Sunamganj ahead of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.This attack and looting were carried out as part of a pre-planned conspiracy, he said.
About the threat of repeating the 2013 Shapla Chattar incident, announcement of resisting the visit of Narendra Modi and the threat of throwing Bangabandhu’s sculpture in Buriganga River, Quader urged the people to remain united under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to resist the extreme radical forces.
Quader paid glowing tributes to former President Zillur Rahman, who was also a former AL general secretary and one of the organisers of Liberation War, marking his 8th death anniversary.
“Zillur Rahman’s life and work will always remain as a source of inspiration to us,” he said.