Dhaka, August 6, 2016: Krishak Shramik Janata League president Kader Siddique on Friday said national unity was essential to eradicate extremism in this critical time of the country but Jamaat-e-Islami and Ganabahini must not be a part of it.
Jamaat was an anti-liberation force while Ganabahini killed many people and waged violent insurgency against the government of Bangabandhu, he said, adding, ‘That is why no national unity can be forged along with them.’
The KSJL president came up with the remarks at a press conference at the party’s central office in the capital’s Motijheel, a day after he held a meeting with Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan house in the city on Thursday night.
He said he did not go to meet Khaleda for forging unity with the BNP, but because she had called him to discuss the country’s current situation.
The veteran freedom fighter said, ‘If Khaleda Zia wants to lead the nation, she must have to announce publicly that Jamaat is not a part of her alliance’.
Jamaat, a component of the BNP-led alliance, is widely criticised for its anti-liberation role during 1971, and a number of its top leaders have been executed for their crimes against humanity during the liberation war.
Ganabahini, a group of armed revolutionists, is blamed for violent insurgency against the government of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the country’s founding president.
Hasanul Haq Inu, the current information minister, was one of the key leaders of Ganabahini, which is also blamed for killing thousands of people including the Awami League activists.
The issue of national unity against militancy came to the fore after BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia recently called on the government for forging a unity of political parties in the backdrop of series of militant attacks in the country.
‘I called on Khaleda Zia to call on Sheikh Hasina for forging national unity leaving out Jamaat-e-Islami,’ Kader Siddique said.
‘If Sheikh Hasina does not respond to the call after leaving Jamaat, then Khaleda Zia will have to carry out the duty to rescue the country,’ he said.
Kader Siddique said imagining anything without Hasina and Khaleda was illogical and the process of forging the national unity must be initiated by Hasina as she was the prime leader of the present government.