Suranjit Sengupta has urged the leaders of the ruling Awami League-led coalition to ‘immediately’ stop the war of words over the post-Liberation War activities of JaSaD, a member of the bloc.
The Awami League Advisory Council member told a discussion on Friday that the ongoing debate over the role of JaSaD (Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal) was ‘uncalled-for, irrelevant’.
“We know the history of JaSaD. Everyone knows our history, too. We forged an alliance with them knowing the history full well,” said Sengupta who once pursued left-wing politics.
The coalition between his party and leftist JaSaD was a move against militancy and for democracy, he told the discussion at the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh.
Sengupta also urged the ruling leaders and activists, and journalists not to fuel the tension between the two parties.
JaSaD strongly opposed the post-Liberation War Awami League government of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Its chief Hasanul Haq Inu is now the information minister in Sheikh Hasina-led government.
Recent comments of Awami League Presidium Member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, MP, over JaSaD and Inu’s role during the post-Liberation War period have sparked tension among the two allies.
Rival BNP has also joined the verbal salvo.
BNP leader Asaduzzaman Ripon demanded investigation into JaSaD’s activities from 1972 to 1975.
Later, Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-Ul Alam Hanif blamed JaSaD for creating “the situation that led to assassination of Sheikh Mujib.”
BNP leader Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, who was a JaSaD activist at the time, said Inu’s JaSaD created anarchy.
Inu on last Wednesday sharply responded to the Awami League leaders’ claims.
He also questioned why suddenly the ruling party leaders and their rivals started making comments over his party.
However, Sengupta on Friday said, “I know the actual matter. It is the outpouring of August emotion of some Awami League members. The Grand Alliance will not break over this. Nothing will happen to Mr Inu.”
The Awami League observes August as the ‘month of mourning’. Bangabandhu was killed along with most members of his family on Aug 15, 1975.
Sengupta also dismissed fears of some Awami League leaders over ‘plots to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’.
“Politics of murder, coups of the 1980s is now obsolete. Sheikh Hasina is a bold woman. There will be no gain made by talking about such thing,” he said.
“But some of us want to gain sympathy by making such remarks. People also get scared by such remarks.
“The country is stable now. So we’ll have to stop making such remarks and move forward,” he added.
Source: Bd news24