The main opposition bnp denied the ruling Awami League’s claim that it is "in favour of the state of emergency".
“We do not want a state of emergency to be clamped down on the country. It is the government, not the opposition that wants to impose the state of emergency”, said Shamsuzzaman Dudu, adviser to the bnp chairperson, yesterday.
Leaders of the ruling Awami League-led grand alliance government have alleged that the bnp is trying to create a tense situation in the country to bring about emergency rule, when restrictions are imposed and the army takes to the streets to maintain law and order.
Addressing reporters at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters in the capital, Dudu warned the government that a tougher movement would be implemented, if the party's detained leaders and activists were not released immediately.
The press conference was called to brief media about the first day of the 36-hour shutdown. The 18-party opposition alliance called the hartal in protest against the "genocide" across the country, and to demand the release of leaders and activists, restoration of caretaker government system and resignation of the government.
Party’s assistant office secretaries Abdul Latif Jony and Shamimur Rahman Shamim were also present.
On the first day, Dudu alleged that five opposition activists were jailed for six months by mobile courts, more than 206 were arrested, more than 322 were injured and cases were filed against more than 800 party leaders and activists.
He also slammed the government for turning the country into a "death valley" as law enforcing agencies were killing people across the country on the government’s order.
Dudu also said he would welcome the statement of Finance Minister AMA Muhith that the political situation would be normal within a month, "if the minister commented, considering the next elections".