BNP's Mirza Fakhrul recently criticized Dr Zafarullah for his comments on his party's acting chairman Tarique Rahman
Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury has blasted the politicians who denounced him for his recent remarks on the decision of appointing Tarique Rahman as BNP’s acting chairman.
He said that those who are criticizing him do not even possess the qualities of a “servant".
“Some politicians were offended due to my recent remarks. I had compared them with servants. I want to apologize to the servants. Because these political figures even lack the qualities of a servant.
“Servants, when oppressed, leave their jobs at one point. But these people do not have that might or right to do the same,” Dr Zafrullah said while attending an event of the Bangladesh Students' Rights Council at the Central Shaheed Minar on Friday.
On September 6, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had slammed the Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder for his comments on Tarique Rahman. He urged him to “not talk nonsense in public".
Dr Zafrullah had observed that the decision of appointing Tarique as the party’s acting chairman “breaches the party’s constitution".
However, Fakhrul claimed that the decision was very much in accordance with the party constitution.
He said: “Dr Zafrullah is a well-respected and wise man. But as people get older, they sometimes talk nonsensically. His remarks about Tarique Rahman are quite absurd.”
Tarique Rahman became acting chairman following the natural order as he had previously served as the joint secretary general and senior vice chairman of the party, said Fakhrul, a former state minister.
“There can be no question about the BNP’s leadership. The party is being led by Tarique Rahman and he is performing his duties with the utmost sincerity.
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“Under his leadership, we are hopeful that the party will soon be organized and able to wage a movement to remove the dictatorial-fascist Awami government and establish a people's government,” he hoped.
On September 2, Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury asked the BNP leaders to take to the streets rather than holding press conferences.
He said: “Come back to the streets. We will be with you too. We also want to establish democracy in the country with you… but not the democracy of the Awami League.”
He also asked the BNP leaders to read the party constitution again since they were not following the ideology of the founder, Ziaur Rahman, anymore.