The BNP leader alleged that ruling party men erased Zia's name on Tuesday from the nameplate of the museum a day after Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel proposed in Cabinet meeting Monday that the museum be renamed
BNP on Wednesday alleged that there is a conspiracy to rename the Zia Memorial Museum in Chittagong and relocate party founder Ziaur Rahman's grave from the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban area.
Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the allegations while speaking at a press conference at BNP's Naya Paltan headquarters.
He said: "The government is freshly conspiring against late president Ziaur Rahman out of sheer jealousy. After initiating a move to implement their blueprint of removing his grave from Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, now they're trying to take over the Zia Memorial Museum."
The BNP leader alleged that ruling party men erased Zia's name on Tuesday from the nameplate of the museum a day after Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel proposed in Cabinet meeting Monday that the museum be renamed.
He continued: "It's not just a dirty act, but a cowardly too. Insulting a valiant freedom fighter under the patronage of the government means dishonouring the Liberation War and the Independence.”
Rizvi said that Zia was rooted to the Liberation War: "No plot can sever him from the people of this country."
After “snatching” the people's voting rights through a “vote robbery” in the recent national polls, he said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is now hurting public sentiments.
Rizvi further said: "I would like to request the government to not hurt people's feelings. Or else, people will break your black hand resisting the violent attack of the state power."
The BNP leader also urged the government to step back from attempting to erase Zia's name from the museum and relocate his grave from the parliament area.
"You will not be able to remove his (Zia's) name from the people's heart by using state power, police, BGB, RAB, and guns," Rizvi added.