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Dhaka Tribune

Rizvi: Bangladesh is being pushed to subordination of another country

  • Defended his call to boycott Indian goods
  • ‘BSF frequently killing our people in the border’
Update : 02 Apr 2024, 07:45 PM

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Tuesday alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government has pushed Bangladesh to cultural, political and economic subordination of a neighbouring country.

He said this while distributing Eid clothes among the poor on behalf of BNP acting Chairman Tarique Rahman during an event organized by Zia Projanmo Dal (ZPD) at the party’s Nayapalton central office.

“They are trying to repress whatever is our own and derives from our soil,” the BNP leader said.

Rizvi said those who can afford to usually host Iftar parties to feed close relatives, the poor and needy people. This has been a long-established culture and religious practice in the country, he said.

He, however, alleged that this year some organizations are not being allowed to hold Iftar parties on the university campus or outside.

“They (govt) do not like it. They are attacking the cultural values of the country’s majority people”, he said. 

The BNP leader alleged that the prime minister is doing this to fulfil her master's will.

“We could not realize it primarily. But if we think deeply, we understand how they are intervening into the cultural and religious beliefs of the country’s majority people”.

In this regard, Rizvi defended his call to boycott Indian goods.

“Why shall we buy their share or toothpaste as they are not respecting our people and our values,” he said, adding: “They kill our people along the border on regular basis.”

“There are treaties and protocol on border killing, but BSF does not bother it. They are frequently killing our people in the border,” he alleged.

Referring to India the BNP leader said: “They claim they are a democratic country. But they do not recognise Bangladesh’s sovereignty, independence and democratic process. Nor do they respect Bangladeshi people. They stand only beside one political party, helping it retain power permanently. They certified them and lobbied worldwide for them (Awami League), Rizvi said.

He questioned why people would use their products since they do not respect their will and ignore the other political parties for the sake of one party.

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