City of mosques has now become a city of casinos, says Dr Moyeen
BNP standing committee member Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan has alleged that the government has turned Dhaka into a city of casinos like that of Las Vegas of the US.
“We earlier heard that Bangladesh would be upgraded into a developed country like Singapore. I want to say the government has turned Dhaka city into a city like the United States ‘gambling and sin city of Las Vegas, one step above Singapore,” he said on Thursday.
Dr Moyeen made the remarks while speaking at a human-chain program arranged by Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh in front of the Jatiya Press Club.
On Wednesday, elite force RAB raided some clubs in the city, detained and sentenced at least 182 people in connection with running “casinos”, gambling, and drug abuse.
They also arrested Jubo League Dhaka South Unit Organizing Secretary Khalid Mahmud Bhuiyan from his Gulshan home for running a “casino” at Youngmen's Club in the city’s Fakirapool area.
Dr Moyeen said Dhaka was built 400 years back during the rule of Mughals, and later it learned the name of a city of mosques, but that city has now become a city of casinos.
“The government says they have turned Bangladesh into a middle-income country. If Dhaka city becomes Las Vegas due to the push of a middle-income sample, I have no idea where the city will go when this country becomes a developed one,” the BNP leader said.
He alleged that the government has fooled people with its false and deceitful remarks about the country’s development. “They claim we are on the crest of development where the ethics and morals of people are washing away with the tide of development?”
Stating that Bangladesh was liberated mainly for two reasons, establishing democracy and attaining economic emancipation of the people, Dr Moyeen said "one-party autocratic" rule has been established instead of democracy while Dhaka has become Las Vegas instead of economic emancipation of people.