Govt patronises offenders, surrenders to syndicate: BNP

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:46, Jun 02,2020


Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Tuesday alleged that the government was patronising offenders and surrendered to syndicate.

The party senior joint-secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the allegation in a virtual press conference from the party central office in Naya Paltan area of Dhaka.

He said that the government had reopened offices only to witness how much people would be infected and died as they had no mandate of the people.

Although the government allowed resuming public transport services maintaining health directives and social distancing, none of the conditions were maintained, he alleged and said that although the bus fares were hiked by 60 per cent, the buses were charging almost double fares.

He said that the many of long route buses were leaving Dhaka with half passengers of their capacity but they were taking more passengers immediately after leaving Dhaka. 

‘Actually the government had surrendered to the syndicates. The government is oppressing the opposition party and opinions. But it failed to protect people’s lives and properties during disasters and pandemic,’ he said.

The BNP leader said that the government reopened everything although the infection rate was high and recovery rate was low. He also questioned whether the government wanted to make the whole country a graveyard.

‘The incidents of reopening everything, including public transports under the excuse of protecting livelihoods and without paying heed to people’s lives, proves that the government patronises offenders,’ he said

He said that the government was involved in enforced disappearance, torture, lodging cases and arrests of facebook users if they post anything criticising the government but allowed businessmen— Ron Haque Sikder and his brother Dipu Haque Sikder —to flee the country by air although they were accused of torture and threatening EXIM Bank managing director.

Rizvi alleged that it was now evident that they got ‘blessings of power’ and that the government had gave the ‘bank looters’ chance to flee.

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