BNP involved in Hefazat mayhem, says Quader

Staff Correspondent

21 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday alleged that BNP not only extended patronization to Hefazat-e-Islam but was also involved in the recent mayhem.

“The Bangladesh Nationalist Party is, directly and indirectly, involved in the Hefazat-e-Islam’s recent violence. The BNP was involved not only in patronizing the Hefazat’s recent violence but also got involved in it,” he said.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said this while addressing a virtual view-exchange meeting with Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority Rajshahi Zone officials from his official residence.          

The AL spokesperson came up with the remark as the law enforcing agencies have arrested dozens of Hefazat activists including its few top leaders after the recent mayhem during the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh marking the celebration of the golden jubilee of independence and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary.

On Monday night, a delegation of Hefazat held a meeting with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal with a series of demand.

Talking over the arrest of Hefazat’s leaders, the minister said no one was arrested targeting any political party or Alem-Olema.

“Those who were involved with the anarchy and who vandalized and torched houses and public properties are being arrested after scrutinizing video footages,” he said.

About BNP’s allegation that the government has become isolated from people, Quader said BNP is making such ridiculous comments to hide the frustration of their continuous failures in the last 13 years.

Actually not the government, rather BNP has been boycotted by the people and has become isolated from them, he said.

Mentioning that BNP has been calling for movement throughout an era, Quader said BNP has not only failed in movement but also their disgraceful defeat in national, local government and by-elections proved that they have become isolated from people.

Expressing resentment over BNP’s activities, Quader said it is not appropriate to make politically negative remarks during the coronavirus pandemic.

“No one should blame each other at this time. But we have to respond to the lies and blind criticism of the BNP every day. The party has been following the undemocratic path since its inception but now it has become the peddler of democracy and is giving lessons to all,” he added.