Zia opened doors to radicals, banished Liberation War spirit: Quader

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said Ziaur Rahman had created scopes for the communal forces to do politics in the country by destroying the spirit of Liberation War.

“Ziaur Rahman had opened the doors to extreme communalism in the country,” he told the council of Ullapara Upazila, Sirajganj unit of AL by joining it virtually from his official residence in Dhaka.

Quader said BNP founder Ziaur Rahman had banished the values of independence and imposed a ban on Liberation War’s slogan ‘Joy Bangla’.

After the Liberation War, the role of Ziaur Rahman became questionable to the freedom fighters as he had made himself controversial, he added.

Quader said in spite of being a sector commander in the Liberation War, Ziaur Rahman had patronized the anti-liberation forces after the independence and that is why the history itself brought him to the witness box.

Mentioning that Zia was the main beneficiary of the world’s most brutal political assassination on August 15, he said the BNP founder rehabilitated the perpetrators of August 15 carnage, gave them jobs at different missions and cooperated the killers to flee abroad.

He said Ziaur Rahman is the father of distorting the history of Liberation War.

Turning to own party politics, the AL general secretary called for holding councils of the tenure-expired district, thana, union and ward units of the party.

He said devoted party men should be evaluated while forming new committees while wrongdoers and controversial persons cannot be given any room in the party.

He hoped the fifth phase municipality polls will be held in a peaceful and festive manner tomorrow.

The government will not interfere in tomorrow’s polls likewise the previous elections, he added.

About the upcoming union Parishad (UP) elections, Quader said UP election is very crucial to empower the people at the grassroots and take ahead the ongoing development spree.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)