BNP should go for indoor protests rather than causing public suffering with their demonstrations out on the streets demanding release of their Chairperson Khaleda Zia, Awami League’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said.
At a ruling party meeting on Sunday in Dhaka, he said BNP leaders and activists were creating disorder in the name of peaceful movement.
After police used water cannons and baton charged the BNP leaders and activists to disperse their protests at Naya Paltan on Saturday, the party had alleged that the government was provoking its supporters during its peaceful protests.
Addressing them, Obaidul said: “You are taking your peaceful program towards a conflicting situation. If you want to protest peacefully, then do it indoors at your home and office. Why stage it on the streets creating public suffering?”
“You are leaving people to suffer for hours by holding rallies on the streets,” he said.
Regarding about Khaleda’s imprisonment and bail plea, Obaidul, also the road transport and bridges minster, said the government had nothing to do with it.
“It’s entirely the court’s matter. We have nothing to do here. The High Court will decide whether it will grant her bail or not,” he said.
Earlier this month, Khaleda Zia was jailed for five years after she was found guilty of misappropriating Tk2.1 crore donated to Zia Orphanage Trust by a special court.
After the BNP chief landed in jail, her party said they would free her through a peaceful movement.
Awami League leaders, however, said BNP does not have the strength to go for a tougher movement to realize their demand.
Parts of this article were first published on banglatribune.com