The BNP has accused the government of preventing the party from organizing rallies ahead of the next general election, due in December.
“The prime minister is going to places by helicopter and campaigning for her party where the BNP is not being allowed to hold a small rally,” BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said at a media briefing in Naya Paltan, Dhaka yesterday.
“Is this the Awami League-led government’s democracy? The ruling party has destroyed democracy.”
The BNP leader said the current situation was not moving towards the direction of a fair election.
He criticized Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s “objectionable” statements about BNP chief Khaleda Zia and her husband Ziaur Rahman. Fakhrul urged the prime minister to refrain from making such comments.
Reacting to the prime minister’s recent comment that the government had been in power for four years without any problem as the people had voted in its favour, Fakhrul said: “She is holding on to power using state apparatuses.”
Replying to a question about the president’s speech in Parliament on Sunday, he said: “We have full respect for the president and the Parliament. Unfortunately, the president is fully implementing the agenda of the Awami League.
“We know that the speech delivered by the president has to be approved by the Prime Minister’s Office.”
A joint meeting was held before the press conference to celebrate the 82nd birthday of the BNP’s founder Ziaur Rahman. An eight-day programme has been announced to mark the day.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune