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‘BNP patronises communalism to assume power’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 2 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday alleged that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) uses communalism and anti-India stance as its political weapon to go to power.

“They use religion, communalism and anti-India sentiment as trump cards,” he said.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, made the comments while addressing a press briefing virtually from his official residence on the parliament premises in the capital.

The minister also alleged that BNP patronised religious radicalism and communal evil forces.

“People know it very well that BNP is the reliable shelter of such elements and the party has been carrying out communal politics and using religion as political weapon since its inception,” he said.

“Even, they had come to power in 1991 by collaborating with the communal evil forces,” he added.

Mentioning that religious extremism has spread during the BNP rule and a series of bombs were blasted in 63 districts simultaneously, Quader said the BNP sheltered extremist like Shaikh Abdur Rahman alias Bangla Bhai.

Obaidul Quader said the Awami League wants to build a non-communal Bangladesh imbued with spirit of War of Liberation.

“On the other hand, the BNP wants to destroy the communal harmony in the country with the help of the defeated forces of the liberation war,” he said.

The AL spokesperson urged leaders and activists not to violate party discipline during the UP polls.

“A list of discipline violators and their patrons are being prepared on the instruction of party president,” he said adding that none would be spared if they commit misdeeds.