Bangladesh Nationalist Party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Tuesday complained that the Monday’s comment of information minister Hasan Mahmud regarding BNP’s divisional rallies demanding party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release was inciting and intentional.
The BNP leader made the allegation while addressing a press briefing at the party’s central office at Naya Paltan in Dhaka, a day after the information minister’s comment that any anarchy or vandalism in the name of BNP’s divisional rallies would not be tolerated and strict actions would be taken against those who would try to harm people and destroy state property.
‘I want to tell you that your comment was provocative. You are telling so out of an ill intention. If there is no peaceful environment, there would be no rally. Will anyone believe that we would create anarchy in our own programme?’ Rizvi said.
He alleged that Awami League had history of foiling opposition rallies by using police and musclemen.
BNP, in its standing committee meeting on July 13, decided to hold rallies at three divisional cities – in Barishal on July 18, in Chattogram on July 20 and in Khulna on July 25, demanding unconditional release of the party chairperson Khaleda Zia.
She is in jail since February 8, 2018, the day when she was convicted by a special court in Dhaka in a graft case.
Rizvi said that BNP’s preparation to hold the rallies was going on in full swing and preparatory meetings were being holding at districts and upazilas.
People were eagerly waiting to join the rallies and the government’s palpitation increased seeing huge response from the people, he said.
He criticised the deteriorating law and order situation in the country and mentioned the incident of Monday’s unprecedented murder in a judge’s chamber in Cumilla in presence of the judge, court officials, police, lawyers and justice seekers.
Referring to the Cumilla judge’s comment expressing fear of her security, Rizvi said that the dreadful situation compelled a judge to express her anxiety over her security in courtroom.
He urged the government to step down from the power, hold a national election under a neutral government to ease the way for public representatives.
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