BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman has alleged that those who prepared the ground for Bangabandhu's assassination on August 15, 1975 now surround Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and became ministers of her cabinet.
"Those wanted to make ‘dugdugi’ (a rural musical instrument) with the skin of Sheikh Mujib, termed him an autocrat during interviews with media and joined the swearing-in ceremony of the Mushtaque government and arranged the oath, are now leaders and ministers of Sheikh Hasina," said Tarique.
He added : "Power-hungry Sheikh Hasina has connection with those type of people to perpetuate power. The role of Inu Bahini in preparing ground for killing of Sheikh Mujib should be investigated before holding anyone responsible."
The self-exiled BNP leader came up with the allegation at a professionals’ meeting titled "Strategy for A Prosperous Bangladesh" at Queen Mary University in East London on Sunday evening.
Presided over by Cardiff University teacher Dr KMA Malik, the Sammilita Peshajibi Parishad organized the seminar.
Terming Awami League a party of "black sheep", he said, “Recently, Sheikh Hasina told a rally that Mushtaque Ahmed, who had become the president after the assassination of Sheikh Mujib, was a black sheep of Awami League. And those who had created the background of Mujib killing, are now in Hasina's party and her illegal cabinet. So, it can be told that Awami League is really a party of black sheep."
He alleged that the 'black sheep' are now out to confuse the people spreading falsehood against the Zia family for hiding their own misdeeds.
The BNP senior vice chairman also said Sheikh Mujib's family was not only a killer family but also cursed.
Blaming Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for killing 30,000 people after the War of Liberation, Tarique said, "The family of Sheikh Mujib is a killer and cursed family. He had beaten the then Deputy Speaker Shahed Ali to death with a chair in the parliament in erstwhile East Pakistan. He had introduced the extrajudicial crossfire on January 2, 1975 by killing dissident Siraj Sikder."
Tarique Rahman, in his address delivered in two segments, talked about recent political situation, pre- and post- periods of Mujib assassination and August 21 attack on Awami League rally in the first session while highlighted his plans for building a prosperous Bangladesh in the second session. He mentioned the development of education, ICT, power, tourism and agriculture sectors.
Referring to unplanned urbanisation as the country's main obstacle, he said that the country's two main cities --Dhaka and Chittagong-- could be built as metropolitan areas like New York city.
He said, “The meritorious students should be given the chance to secure government jobs. So, quota system in different examinations can be reduced by five per cent. That can prevent the brain drain."
Tarique also laid emphasis on making the agriculture sector technology-based and creating industrial parks.
"The main impediment to build a prosperous Bangladesh is the incumbent illegal government. So, all should get prepared under the leadership of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to topple the government."
Dhaka University former teacher Dr M Abdul Mumin Chowdhury, Liberation War organiser and columnist Jaglul Hossain, BNP human rights affairs secretary Barrister Nasiruddin Asim, international affairs secretary Mahidur Rahman, Parishad member secretary Barrister Tarek Bin Aziz and Cambridge University researcher and newly-appointed education and research adviser Mahdi Amin also spoke on the occasion.