BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Sunday said he cannot ignore attend the Awami League council at a time when the ruling party is repressing all its opposition including his own party leaders and activists.
Rizvi said:“AL is repressing its opposition and sending them to jail, a gentleman cannot go to their council,” at the BNP party central office in Naya Paltan Sunday afternoon.
Rizvi added that it was the right decision not to attend the council, saying: “If there was an actual democratic process and environment than BNP would have attended the council.”
He further said that people with a backbone needs to stand up against this undemocratic environment and this is why the BNP did not attend the 20th AL National Council.
The BNP leader defined his stance, saying: “We are a self respecting political party dedicated to the democratic process which is why we must protest the eradication of democracy by the ruling party by not attending their council.”
He further asked how the AL council could afford such a large scale programme accusing them of extortion in paying for it.
On Wednesday last week, at the Dhaka Reporters Unity, BNP Vice-Chairman Abdullah Al Noman spoke on the same issue, saying: “We do not know from where they are getting the crores of taka to spend on their council,” which he accused was acquired through “plundering and looting.”
He also said: “For the last few years the ruling party has been clamping down on the opposition party in following the democratic process although AL has a long tradition of fighting for democracy.”
He further alleged that the present government is ruling the country like as an undeclared one-party ruler.
“AL had repeatedly killed country’s democracy,” he also claimed.
On Tuesday BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had welcomed the upcoming 20th council of Awami League and expressed hope: “The AL council would take the initiative to bring back democracy in the country,” while talking to reporters at BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office.
However, both Fakhrul and Noman expressed the hope that Awami League’s council would be observed peacefully and that it would be a pathway to bringing back democracy to the country.
BNP was invited to the 20th Awami League National Council on Thursday.