Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the party will have to face 21-August-like grenade attack again if its rival Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) comes to power.
Also the road transport and bridges minister, Quader said the situation (for them) will be worse than that of 2001 if the leaders don’t get united, shunning differences among them.
It’s to be noted that the then BNP-led 4-party alliance swept to a landslide victory in the 2001 general elections.
“Have you ever thought of what situation the country will face if the BNP comes to power?” the AL leader asked his party men, while speaking at a representatives' meeting of Chittagong district (south) unit of AL at a community centre in the port city.
Mentioning that less than two years are left to holding the national election, Quader said, “Get united. Can you recall the year of 2001? Bangladesh had plunged into pitch darkness in the five years following the year, 2001.”
He alleged that such darkness will descend upon the country again if the BNP comes to power. “Incidents like 21-August grenade attack will take place again, the blood of 21,000 leaders and activists of AL will be shed again and there will be killing and plundering.”
Calling on the AL activists to remember the “ordeals they went through during the BNP regime”, Quader asked his party men, “There is time still. Get united. Recall the ordeals you went through during the BNP regime, then disunity will not grow in the party. Shun the politics of division. Don’t build rooms within room.”
He said the AL is not the primary enemy of the BNP. “Their target is Sheikh Hasina. They conspired time and again to kill her and still are conspiring.”