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Fakhrul slams Ershad for comment on Zia

Update : 14 Nov 2014, 06:55 AM

The BNP bashed Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday for making “derogatory comments” on BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.

“A new freedom fighter has been born in the country. He is Ershad. I do not like to talk much about him as I do not want to give him much importance,” Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the party, said.

Addressing a discussion at Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh organised by Sechchasebak Dal to mark National Revolution and Solidarity Day, Fakhrul said: “Ershad cannot criticise Ziaur Rahman. Ershad became deputy chief of army and then army chief due to the kindness of Ziaur Rahman.”

Branding Ershad as traitor, the BNP spokesperson also said: “People also have questions in their minds about what his role was in the Zia killing.”

Former military ruler Ershad on Wednesday claimed that though Ziaur Rahman was a freedom fighter, he destroyed the spirit of Liberation War after assuming office.

Fakhrul called upon Ershad saying: “Please stop and do not embarrass yourself anymore.”

Ershad also said Zia's wife Khaleda had handed the national flag over to anti-liberation forces.

Quoting the prime minister's political adviser HT Imam, the BNP leader said: “The country's constitution says there will by no discrimination in employment, but it seems now only Bangladesh Chhatra League activists can get the jobs.

“It has reached such a level that one cannot get a job without the recommendation of and being an activist of Chhatra League. If anyone has any connection with the BNP, he or she will not get any job. That is a violation of constitution,” he said.

HT Imam on Wednesday said Awami League-backed student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League activists needed to simply pass the BCS written test in order to get jobs, and he would see to the rest.

Speaking at a seminar at the Teacher-Student Centre of Dhaka University, Imam advised Chhatra League activists to engross themselves in studies, saying: “You need to prepare yourself properly for the written part of the BCS examination, and I will see to the rest.”

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