Govt snatched opposition’s basic rights: BNP
Accusing the government of snatching the opposition’s right to hold rallies and meetings, BNP on Sunday said the current regime has established a reign of terror in the country.“The government is not allowing the opposition to carry out its political programmes exposing its anti-constitutional and autocratic attitude,” said BNP spokesman Shamsuzzaman Dudu.
“The government has exposed its dual policy as it on one hand is allowing the Awami League-led 14-party alliance to observe their programmes and obstructing our programmes on the other. Their (govt) activities have proved they buried our 1971’s hard-earned democracy,” he added.
Dudu, also an adviser to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, made the allegation at a press briefing at its Nayapaltan headquarters after a joint meeting of the party and its associate bodies.
The BNP leader also alleged that their Nayapaltan central office has apparently been shut by the government as the party’s top leaders are not even allowed to enter it.
“It seems the government has turned the country into a land of anarchy. The ministers and other officials are blindly following whatever Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is dictating,” Dudu said.
Mentioning that a suffocating situation like that of 1972-75 has been created in the country, he said Sheikh Hasina is now following the footsteps of her father.
Dudu slammed the government for keeping BNP joint secretary general Barkatullah Bulu at the high security zone of Kashimpur Central Jail. “An elected MP has been kept at a place where hardened and notorious criminals are usually kept. This is very unfortunate.”
He claimed that thousands of opposition leaders and activists have been put in jails across the country, saying, “The government won’t be able to resist the opposition’s movement with its repressive acts.”
Asked whether the opposition is backtracking from its movement, Dudu said they had withdrawn their scheduled shutdown programme due to the tropical storm Mahasen. “We’re on a movement…wait…will announce tougher programmes soon.” (Source: UNB)