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Academicians, rights activists for banning BNP from politics

  • Published at 06:15 pm October 11th, 2018
Speakers at the roundtable meeting at Lakeshore Hotel in Dhaka on Thursday
Speakers at the roundtable meeting at Lakeshore Hotel in Dhaka on Thursday, October 11, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Speakers said that BNP was indicted as a terrorist organization by a Canadian Court. BNP was behind the 21 August grenade attack, so it is high time to ban BNP from politics for their terrorist activities

Describing BNP as a terrorist organization, politicians, academicians and rights activists have demanded that BNP be banned from politics.

Speakers said that BNP was indicted as a terrorist organization by a Canadian Court. BNP was behind the 21 August grenade attack, so it is high time to ban BNP from politics for their terrorist activities. 

They made the demand at a roundtable meeting titled “21st August Grenade attack verdict: A crisis of legitimacy for BNP,” arranged by Citizens For Responsible Democracy (CRD) at Lakeshore Hotel in Dhaka on Thursday.

Awami League joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said that BNP-Jamaat terrorism has become a cancer for our society. 

“BNP carried out the 21 August grenade attack using entire state power. But they destroyed evidence of the attack and accused India for the attack.  BNP even plotted the Joj Mia drama,” said Hanif as chief guest.

He also said, “We should take a decision about BNP. Personally I think that BNP has no right to hold registration as a political party. It is time to declare BNP illegal.”

Professor Dr Mesbah Kamal said: “The court’s verdict has proved that BNP and Jamaat are terrorist organizations and they have been trying to make Bangladesh like Pakistan from their establishment. BNP is sheltering anti-liberation forces since its inception as a political party.”

As BNP has been termed a terrorist organization, it should not get any opportunity to do politics, he further said.

“BNP got 30% votes due to our weakness as we failed to make people aware about BNP’s strategy. But 21 August attack’s verdict proved that BNP has no ideology and we should alert people about BNP,” said rights activist, Khushi Kabir.

Among others, political analyst Dr Arafat Rahman, Nur Jahan Begum MP, Gazi Television’s CEO Syed Ishtiaque Reza, Association of Television Channel Owners vice-president and Ekattor TV managing director, Mozammel Haque Babu, and Bhorer Kagoj editor Shyamal Dutta spoke at the meeting, where CRD coordinator Ashikur Rahman moderated the roundtable.

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