Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, had not gone to the United Nations headquarters in New York to lodge complaint against anybody, but to present the ‘real situation’ of the country to the world, said the party’s standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Friday.
Moudud further said that Fakhrul Islam made it to the UN at the invitation of UN secretary general Antony Guterres. He was addressing a discussion organised by the Bangladesh Youth Forum at the National Press Club in Dhaka.
Referring to the ruling party leaders’ claims that Fakhrul went to the UN to register complaints against the government, Moudud said the secretary general went there to present the situation where the leaders and activists and the common people were subjected to oppression and human rights were frequently violated.
Moudud said they (ruling party) had become ‘frightened’, ‘embarrassed’ and ‘jealous’ as the UN secretary general invited BNP leaders for talks.
He said when the UN secretary general Guterres came to Bangladesh in July to see the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, he could not arrange time to talk to the opposition party, so he sent the invitation later.
Moudud, also a former law minister, said Awami League government had been trying to deceive the people by speaking about forming ‘election-time government’ in mid-October.
He said there was no provision of ‘poll-time government’ in the constitution.
The provision was rescinded by 15th amendment to the constitution in 2011, he added.
Moudud said the government was trying so that the opposition parties could not form any alliance.
He also said that AQM Badrudozza Chowdhury of Bikalpadhra Bangladesh, Kamal Hossain of Gono Forum, ASM Abdur Rob of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Mahmudur Rahman Manna of Nagarik Oikya and even the Left Democratic Alliance were speaking a national consensus about the future political steps of the county.
Meanwhile, BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a news briefing at the party’s central office on Friday morning claimed that so far over 3,000 cases on baseless accusations were filed across the country against the leaders and activists of the party and its front and associate organisations since September 1.
Nearly three lakh leaders and activists were accused and over 3,500 were arrested, he said.
Rizvi alleged that a case was filed with the Motijheel police against BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, vice-chairman Aminul Hoque, senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and law affairs secretary Sanaullah Mia while another case was filed with the Paltan police against BNP chairperson’s adviser Abdus Salam.
He said on Thursday police raided the houses of many leaders, including BNP’s standing committee member Tariqul Islam, vice-chairman Nitai Roy Chowdhury, cultural affairs secretary Ujjal, JASAS secretary Helal Khan and assistant women affairs secretary Sultana Ahmed and conducted rampage in the name of search.
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