Retorting to the prime minister’s statement that BNP founder Ziaur Rahman would have been made accused for Bangabandhu killing had he not died, BNP today said there are questions whether there was any link between the dates of Hasina’s return and Zia’s killing.
“After ’75, Sheikh Hasina returned to the country on May 17 [in 1981]. And Ziaur Rahman was killed on May 31. There are questions in the mind of the people whether there was any link between these two incidents,” BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said.
He made the comments at a press conference at BNP headquarters at Nayapaltan in the capital this morning.
Hasina made the statement on booking Ziaur Rahman for Bangbandhu killing while addressing a joint meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee, AL advisory council, and Awami League Parliamentary Party at Gono Bhaban yesterday.
"Killer Mostaque murdered Bangabandhu and after Bangabandhu's assassination, he made Ziaur Rahman the army chief and that means Ziaur Rahman was linked to the conspiracy of the Bangabandhu killing," the premier added yesterday.
Responding to the statement today, Fakhrul alleged that Hasina “lied in her own style, and the whole nation is aware about it”.
Protesting what he termed Hasina’s “untrue words”, the BNP leader said: “The prime minister has brought forward the untrue issue to divert the attention of people at a time when the government has failed to ensure good governance and rule of law and the people are living unbearable lives due to incidents of enforced disappearance and murders.”
Saying that the government has no mandate to place the budget for next fiscal, the BNP spokesperson informed that his party would not place its shadow budget this year the way it did in the previous years.
The Jatiya Sangsad goes into the budget session this afternoon. The finance minister will place his budget proposal in the house on Thursday.