Reminding of the communal violence the Hindu community faced after the BNP’s electoral victory in 2001, Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has warned that they will be in danger if BNP returns to power.
Quader came up with the warning while inaugurating a Janmashtami program in Dhaka yesterday. “Do you remember 2001?” he recalled. “Under the BNP’s rule, communal forces came to power and brought horror and darkness. ” Those who practiced the Hindu religion were attacked and victimized, he said.
“Do you remember how many Hindu women were horrendously raped by these barbaric forces? How they persecuted innocent people and set fire to their homes?” He further questioned. He said “If those factions return to power, the situation will be worse, even darker and bloodier.”
The Hindu community had faced persecution across the country after the BNP-Jamaat alliance came to power in 2001. Many leaders of the BNP-Jamaat alliance had been named as the perpetrators of this violence.
“Stay alert” he warned. This faction is afraid of losing the election and so they may attack you in an effort to foil it. They may believe that you are weak and attempt to take advantage of it. They may plot to ruin the good relationship Bangladesh currently has with India.”
The minister also called on the Hindu community to support the Awami League in the upcoming election. “You must remember that Sheikh Hasina’s government is the only one that is a friend to minority people. Sheikh Hasina is your friend and your ally.”
The BNP was stoking ‘communal divisions’ in the name of a national alliance, Quader said. He dismissed a question regarding the possibility that the election may be cancelled. “Only those who have failed to keep up are making such statements … it will not work, the people will oppose those who stand against the votes.