Sharply criticising BNP for not observing the historic Mujibnagar Day, Information and Broadcast Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday said BNP wants to deny history.
Talking to journalists after placing wreath at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in city's Dhanmondi-32, Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary, said the provisional government of independent Bangladesh was formed at Baidyanathtala, mainly a mango orchard, in Meherpur on April 17 where Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was declared the first president of the People's Republic of Bangladesh and Syed Nazrul Islam was appointed as vice-president and acting president in the absence of Bangabandhu.
Hasan said sector commanders and others conducted the Liberation War under the provisional government. Ziaur Rahman was also discharging his duty under this government as a sector commander, he added. But, the minister said, it is really regretful that BNP doesn't observe the historic Mujibnagar Day. "BNP doesn't observe many historic days including the birthday of Bangabandhu and March 7. So, it is proven that they (BNP) want to deny the history," he added.
He said BNP is out to patronise the anti-liberation and fundamentalist forces after 50 years of independence.
Expressing firm determination to take the country ahead with a non-communal spirit, Hasan said, "On the day of golden jubilee of the formation of the first government of Bangladesh, this is our pledge that we will take the country forward as a non-communal state by defeating all evil forces."