Tarique Rahman speaks at Westminster Hall in London. Photo: YouTube grab
BNP Senior-Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman yesterday said that “Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was an illegal prime minister in 1972 that the same way Sheikh Hasina is the illegal prime minister now by force,” according to a report by the Bangla daily Prothom Alo.
His comments came when he was speaking at a view exchange function with British-Bangladesh civil society at Westminster Central Hall in London.
Tarique said, “According to the Awami League website, even though Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was declared the president at the draft of the declaration of independence till the constitution was written, he declared himself as the prime minister when he returned to Bangladesh on 10th January, 1972.”
In the view exchange programme, Tarique did not touch on subject as BNP’s internal conflicts, failure of the protests against the elections even when he was asked about the issues.
Instead he spent more than 40 minutes trying to prove that BNP founder, Ziaur Rahman declared Bangladesh’s independence.
Tarique also claimed that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman did not want independence with references to different publications and broadcasts.
The programme was chaired by Shayesta Chowdhury, president of BNP UK unit, the Bangla daily reports.