Senior leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday said that the ruling Awami League was a party in fetters and as a result it could not take the ‘proper decision’ over the Rohingya issue.
They blasted the ruling party for blaming BNP of ‘exercising dirty politics’ over the Rohingya issue.
They made the remarks while addressing a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in Dhaka organised by the party to mark its 39th founding anniversary.
Late president Ziaur Rahman founded BNP on September 1, 1978.
Presiding over the discussion, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, ‘BNP is not a shackled party, but they [Awami League] are... So you could not take proper decision over Rohingya issue.’
Referring to Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s recent remark that BNP was doing politics over Rohingya issue, the BNP secretary general reminded his counterpart of the ruling party that the ‘post-Independence AL government destroyed people’s dreams and aspirations through establishing the one-party BKSAL rule’.
He said that it was a matter of shame that Indonesian foreign minister, Turkish foreign minister and first lady had come responding to persecution of Rohingyas before the Bangladesh government made any move.
Fakhrul said that BNP had been speaking in favour of humanity when Rohingyas were fleeing persecution and violence in Myanmar. He reiterated that the government should provide shelter, food and treatment to Myanmar nationals and send them back with dignity through strong diplomatic efforts.
Mentioning that the government obstructed BNP’s human chain events in many districts on Friday, he said, ‘Awami League is afraid of BNP because if BNP takes to the street and then goes to general election, there would be no existence of Awami League.’
He said that the next general election would be held following people’s condition. ‘The condition of the people is holding the election under an election-conducive government, that is a neutral government,’ he said.
BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said that BNP had asked for giving temporary shelter to Rohingyas and to repatriate them through diplomatic efforts.
He added that conspiracies were brewing centring the next general election. ‘The ruling party wants to hold the election keeping BNP out,’ he said.
He informed that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia would place the framework of the election-supportive government at an appropriate time after returning from London.
BNP leaders Mirza Abbas, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Abduallah Al Noman, Selima Rahman, AZM Zahid Hossain and Shamsuzzaman Dudu, among others, addressed the event.
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