Senior ministers and lawmakers of ruling Awami League today in parliament demanded that the government bring BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman to book immediately for his “seditious” comment on Bangabandhu.
Speaking on thanks giving motion on president’s speech, the treasury bench MPs said as part of Pakistan’s conspiracy and being influenced by Inter-Services Intelligence, Tarique deliberately made the remarks to distort the history and to destabilise the country.
Terming Tarique’s comment as “serious threat” to country’s independence, the ruling party legislators also said the country will face dire consequences if Tarique goes unpunished.
They also demanded to enact new law to punish Tarique for his “seditious” remarks.
Tarique, also elder son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in his latest historic invention on April 8 said that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman became prime minister "illegally" in 1972, triggering huge criticism in political arena.
Earlier on March 25, Tarique who has been staying in London since 2008 for treatment purpose made another startling remark that his father BNP founder Ziaur Rahman was Bangladesh’s first president.
Terming Tarique as insane for him comment, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed said he did not make the comment [on Bangabandhu] out of his ignorance on the history or out of his mental imbalance. “He raised controversy on a matter which has been settled historically. Everybody knows Bangabandhu returned from Pakistan to independent Bangladesh as its president.”
“But, the stupid and illiterate boy made audacious comment on the great leader. He has also claimed that his father [Zia] declared Bangladesh’s independence. How could Zia did that? Was your father an elected representative?” Tofail said amid clapping of treasury bench MPs.
Suranjit Sengupta said: “Tarique has been delivering as per the prescription of ISI. A deep conspiracy has been there as Taique’s statement has been supported by her mother and fellow colleagues.”
“Their [Tarique and Khaleda] statements have been tantamount to the violation of the constitution and they should be brought to book,” he said, adding that their statements seemed dangerous for the country’s sovereignty.
He asked the government to start a legal and political fight against the duo.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim said that an insane young man started conspiracies against the country staying in London.
He asked Khaleda to stop her son from making controversial remarks. “Otherwise, he will be brought to book,” he added.
Railways Minister Mujibul Huq said Tarique was an agent of ISI and engaged in conspiracies against the country. “The nation has to throw away Tarique as he has been working against the country taking funds from ISI,” he said.