Unity impossible with militancy backer BNP-Jamaat: Qamrul
04 November 2015,Nirapad News: Food Minister Qamrul Islam today said unity cannot be formed with parties like BNP and Jamaat, who sponsor militancy.
“BNP is the originator of militancy and they back it too. They don’t believe in constitution and democracy of the country. And the people, who are now carrying out terrorist activities in the name of militants, Ansarullah and Al Qaida, were former members of Jamaat and its student wing Shibir.
“They are now acting as the ‘B team’ of Jamaat. How can we form a bigger national unity with the people, who do not believe in the existence of the country, back militancy?” he asked.
The minister came up with the observations while addressing a discussion marking the third death anniversary of Awami League leader Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu at Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium.
Organized by Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu Memorial Sangsad and presided over by its president Md Badiul Alam, the meeting was addressed by Awami League publicity and publication secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, MP, Chittagong Awami League leader Gias Uddin Swapan, and Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote general secretary Arun Sarker Rana, among others.
“BNP on one side talking about national unity, but the way its chief Khaleda Zia is talking about the Prime Minister in London, any person with minimum manners and values would condemn that. BNP-Jamaat are hatching conspiracies to destroy the country. They are plotting to turn this country into a failed and militant state by appointing lobbyists abroad,” Qamrul added.
Dr Hasan in his speech recalled the contribution of Babu for Awami League, saying, “He was one of those persons who played heroic role in keeping Awami League united after 1975. For such leaders, in spite of remaining outside of power for 21 years, Awami League survived as the main political party of the country, whereas BNP leaders and activists are nowhere to be found only after seven years out of power.”