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Government 'communal', says Opposition

Opposition parties in Bangladesh have accused the government of spreading communalism and encouraging corruption and terrorism.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 14:55 IST

Opposition parties in Bangladesh have accused the government of spreading communalism and encouraging corruption and terrorism.

Speaking on Monday on the 35th anniversary of the foundation of the country's first provisional government in 1971, Awali League leader Kamal Hossain lamented that the institutions created under the statute had been "politicised".

Hossain, who played a major role in the freedom movement and in drafting Bangladesh's constitution, blamed the government of Bangladesh Nationalist Party and a four-party coalition of hardline Islamists.

The opposition accused the ruling alliance of encouraging Islamic militants.

"Let us join forces to lead the country to the cherished goals," said former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangladesh's founder leader Sheikh Mujib ur Rahman.

She called for making the anti-government campaign a success to build a democratic, repression-free society.

The "Mujibnagar Day" was observed Monday commemorating the formation of Bangladesh's first government at Meherpur in 1971.

The place was later renamed Mujibnagar as a tribute to the hero of the country's independence.

Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, M Mansur Ali, AM Quamruzzaman and others who formed the first government of Bangladesh.

All four were gunned down in jail after a military coup of Aug 15, 1975 when Mujib and most of his family members were killed.

First Published: Apr 18, 2006 14:55 IST