BNP pays tributes to Language Movement martyrs with ‘heavy heart’

BNP pays tributes to Language Movement martyrs with ‘heavy heart’

With its chairperson behind bars on graft charges, the BNP said it has paid tributes to the Language Movement heroes on International Mother Language Day with a heavy heart.

After finishing a procession marking the day on Wednesday, the party’s Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said metaphorically that it was painful to observe the day at a time when “a grave has been dug to bury democracy”.

BNP pays tributes to Language Movement martyrs with ‘heavy heart’

“It’s unfortunate that we are observing the day at a time when all democratic institutions have been ruined, people have been deprived of their voting right, when there is no safety in the country and when each and every organisation, be it the judiciary or the legislative, has been tainted with nepotism,” he told reporters at the Central Shaheed Minar.

“Begum Khaleda Zia, who has fought for democracy throughout her life, is now spending days in prison because of a case fabricated against her.

“We are observing the day with a heavy heart,” said Fakhrul who led the procession to Shaheed Minar.

The party traditionally pays tributes to the Central Shaheed Minar in the first hour of International Mother Language Day on Feb 21, led by Khaleda, but this year it was different.

Fakhrul who led his party colleagues to the Central Shaheed Minar said: “We’ve paid homage to the Language Movement martyrs on behalf of BNP and its chairperson Khaleda Zia.”

Fakhrul and Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain placed wreaths at the Shaheed Minar at 11am. They stood there in solemn silence for some time.

Fakhrul led the party to Azimpur graveyard earlier in the day to say prayers at the graves of language movement martyrs.

Thousands of leaders and activists then marched to the Shaheed Minar.