BNP today called upon Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad to apologise for his statement that late president Ziaur Rahman grabbed power through a bloody revolution on November 7, 1975.
Refuting the allegation, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Zia, who founded the BNP, did not grab the state power.
“Rather the soldiers and mass people brought Ziaur Rahman to power through the revolution,” Fakhrul said while speaking at a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club.
Sommilito Nagorik Committee organised the discussion demanding release of Dhaka city BNP leader Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu who has been awarded life imprisonment for his involvement in the 2009 bloody BDR mutiny.
The former military ruler in an article published in the Bangla daily Bangladesh Pratidin today claimed he did not came to power like Ziaur Rahman who Ershad said grabbed power through a military coup.
In the write-up titled “Manonio pradhanmontrir somipe amar kichu kotha (my speech to honourable prime minister), Ershad said there are clear differences between Zia’s and his coming to power.
In her winding up speech in parliament on July 3, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina commented that Ershad came to power in the same way as Zia did.
Pointing to Hasina’s allegation, Ershad in his article said the passage of Zia’s coming to power had been created through the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members in 1975.
“General Zia came to power through a military coup and I came to power through promulgation of marshal law by a president,” Ershad writes.
Pointing to Ershad’s claim, Fakhrul today said the Jatiya Party chairman has lied in his write-up.
“It was Ershad who at gunpoint grabbed the state power after unseating an elected government. Ershad is the key player behind the country’s corrupted politics,” Fakhrul said.
On the recent maritime verdict, Fakhrul said there was no victory for Bangladesh in the verdict. “Rather we have lost our rights on Talpatti Island.”
He called upon all to unite and wage movement to get back Bangladesh’s rights on the island.