BNP has no respect for national anthem: Hasan Mahmud

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Awami League leader and former minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud today said country's independence and sovereignty are not safe in the hands of BNP, as they have no respect for the national anthem.

"Khaleda Zia cast aspersion to our national anthem on Saturday. This proves that they have no respect for national anthem," he said while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion meeting organized by National Awami Party (NAP) at Sagor-Runi auditorium of Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) marking the Independence Day.

Expressing the hope that Awami League-backed candidates will win with huge margins in the upazila polls on Monday, Hassan Mahmud said the Awami League candidates are winning for their popularity.

"We have been able to field popular candidates after preventing the rebel candidates," said the AL publicity and publication secretary.

He alleged that the BNP chief is going to foreigners to resolve the domestic issues without creating an atmosphere of talks by cutting ties with Jamaat-e-Islami.

"We believe in talks. Before that, Khaleda Zia would have to have faith in independence, correct her date of birth and abandon the anti- liberation forces," Dr. Hasan Mahmud said, adding that the next nation polls would not be held before five years.

He condemned the BNP leaders for claiming Ziaur Rahman to be the country's first president and proclaimer of independence.