PM can’t shun liability for coal theft: BNP

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jul 27,2018 | Updated: 01:23, Jul 27,2018

 
 

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina holding the charge of power and mineral resources ministry cannot deny the liability of coal theft from Barapukuria coalmine, said Bangladesh Nationalist Party joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Thursday.
Addressing a news briefing at the party’s central office in Dhaka, Rizvi said if there was democracy in the country prime minister would resign shouldering the responsibility for such a big scandal.
He said the prime minister was desperate to cling to the power and she would never quit it in any situation.
The country was experiencing an age of disappearance, where people disappeared, money disappeared from share market, reserved money disappeared from the central bank and gold disappeared.
Referring to recent remarks of the prime minister’s adviser HT Imam that Gazipur and Khulna city polls were fair and the upcoming three city elections would be better that that two elections, Rizvi said people were suffering from a state of panic thinking that if Gazipur and Khulna city elections, which were marked by vote rigging and police torture, were considered fair then what would be situation in a ‘better election.’
The BNP leader came down hard on the secretary of the Election Commission for his statement made on Wednesday that people were being arrested on the basis of specific charges.
Whereas on behalf of the commission was stated that none could be arrested during three city corporation elections, Rizvi said. 
The statement of the secretary of the commission was ‘biased’ and obstacle to fair election, he said.
Rizvi said BNP’s Dhaka city north unit vice-president Shahinur Alam, who went to Rajshahi for campaign of the party’s mayor candidate, was arrested in Rajshahi  on Thursday but police declined his arrest.
BNP vice-chairman Hafizuddin Ahmed at the news briefing urged the Election Commission to conduct judicial investigation into the upazila parishad chairman by-election at Tojimuddin upazila in Bhola on Wednesday marked by widespread vote ‘rigging’.

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